Hannah Jeong, an eighth grader at Wellborn Middle School in College Station, captured first place at Sunday’s 22nd Annual Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition. Her performance of the fourth movement from Cello Concerto in E minor by Edward Elgar wowed the three professional judges.
Noah Taylor took second place with his third movement from Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Strings by Emmanuel Sejourne. Winning third place was Enrique “Ricky” Arellano who perform the first movement from Oboe Concerto in C by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Jeremy No won fourth place with his performance of the first movement from Cello Concerto in C by Franz Joseph Haydn.
Marcelo Bussiki, music director and conductor of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, said the concerto entries this year were the best in the history of the competition.
Jeong, 13, is the daughter of Sewon Han and David Hyungseok Jeong.
Taylor, 17, is the son of Kim Taylor and Zane Taylor. He is a junior at College Station High School.
Arellano, 18, is the son of Jessica Delgado and Paul Arellano. He is a senior at College Station High School.
No, 15, is the son of Eun Sug Park and Eun Gyu No. He is a sophomore at A&M Consolidated High School.
Judges for the competition were Bradley Calame, Adam Mikeal and Penny Zent. Chris Hoffman provided piano accompaniment for all four finalists.
The competition was at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in College Station. A reception was provided by the Symphony Belles, who also assisted with competition logistics.
Last spring, students in any area public or private school or home schooled were invited to submit their performance of any movement from any concerto for any instrument. Bussiki judged the entries blindly and chose the finalists, who were invited to perform their entry from memory at the finals. Eric Gan also was a finalist but had to withdraw due to other commitments.
The competition is sponsored by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and its support guild, the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra.