Conroe Draws World Famous Musicians
The 35th annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition culminated on Saturday, March 9, with the highly anticipated Finalists’ Concert & Awards at Conroe’s Crighton Theatre. The event featured CEO of Steinway & Sons Ron Losby, who flew in from New York City, as guest of honor and drew a full house. Young Texas Artists’ three-day competition leading up to the concert and awards event saw musicians ages 18-30 (ages 20-32 for Voice) who are Texas residents or affiliated with a Texas university or school of music competing in one of four divisions: Voice; Piano; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar. Finalists in each division vie for the opportunity to compete for a share of $20,000 in monetary prizes and performance opportunities. This year’s competition featured 70 contestants, including international musicians from Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. In addition, Texans studying outside the state at Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Hartford and University of Louisville came “home” to be a part of the event. The 2019 Grand Prize winner was Russian pianist Artem Kuznetsov.
Source: Community Impact News