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January 21, 2009 > Fremont Symphony announces young artist winners

Fremont Symphony announces young artist winners

Submitted By Susan Rose

The Fremont Symphony is pleased to announce the winners of its 43rd Annual Young Artist Competition for brass and woodwind players, which took place on January 10, 2009.

First prize of $1000 and an opportunity to perform with the orchestra were awarded to flutist, Laura Bergmann of San Francisco. She will play Carl Nielsen's Flute Concerto at the Symphony's February 7, 2009 concert. Laura is a senior at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has studied the flute for ten years, for the past two years with Tim Day, principal flutist with the San Francisco Symphony. She has played with several orchestras, including the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble and the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and has been a soloist with the Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra. She also likes to dance, read, and spend time outdoors running, hiking or traveling.

Second prize of $500 went to bassoonist, Michael Severance of Benicia. He also attends the San Francisco Conservatory and plays in the San Francisco Youth Orchestra. He studies bassoon with Stephen Paulson, principal bassoonist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Michael will play one movement of the Bassoon Concerto in F Major by Carl Maria von Weber at the Symphony's free Children's Concerts in March.

No third prize was awarded.

The Nafisa Taghioff prize for competitors under 16, was won by 12 year old flutist Annie Wu from Pleasanton, who performed the Chaminade Concertino for Flute. She has studied flute for over four years, the past two with Esther Landau. Annie, a seventh grader at Pleasanton Middle School, has won several competitions, including the California State Junior Woodwinds Competition. She recently performed with the Fremont Flute Ensemble.

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra hosts a Young Artist Competition each January. Next year's competition will be for string players.

Fremont Symphony Orchestra concert
Saturday, February 7
8 p.m.
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 659-6031

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