Prizes for young Americans (05.01.12)
Two young Americans earn the prizes from Festspiele MV: The Soloist-Prize is given to the pianist Conrad Tao and audience-award to the fiddler Chad Hoopes.
34 young soloists and 10 ensembles applied to the 35 “Junge Elite”-concerts in 2011 to win one of the wanted junior-prizes from Festspiele MV. Two of these prizes were given to two talented young Americans. The soloist-prize was given to the American pianist Conrad Tao on a piano evening in Stolpe. The other American, Chad Hoopes, who won the hearts of the concert visitor and the audience-prize, that Reederei F. Laeisz sponsored, with his violin and the pianist Mara Mednick in Nossentin.
Dr. Matthias von Hülsen, director of Festspiele MV: “With Chad Hoopes and Conrad Tao we have found two extremely talented young musicians for our international prize-winner-family. The visitors of Festspiele MV have the chance to follow the interesting careers of our two talents.”
The 5.000 euro soloist-prize is awarded since 1995 and is donated by WEMAG AG since 2008.
The in 1994 born chinese-american pianist Conrad Tao also plays the violin and is a successful composer. He gets lessons for piano from Yoheved Kaplinssky at Juilliard Pre-College Division, for the violin from Catherine Cho at Juilliard School and for composition from Christopher Theofanisdis at Yale University. Conrad Tao won many prizes e.g. at the Juilliard Pre-College Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. For efforts trying to bring classical music closer to teenagers, he was rewarded with the Davidson Fellow Prize of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Conrad Tao performed at many concert centres in France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Chile but also at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Singapore Sun Festival, The Festival del Sole Napa Valley, The Festival of the Arts BOCA and the Russian National Orchestra Festival in The Bolschoi Theatre in Moscow. He worked together with important musical objects like the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony und the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Mikhail Pletnev, Leonard Slatkin und Jaap van Zweden. His compositions are played regularly by all kinds of artists and have received many awards.
For the audience-prize the visitors of the „Junge Elite“-concerts ranked the artist by voting cards. 2004 the violinist Veronika Eberle, which 2012 marks the Festspiele MV as Prize-winner in residence, won this price. The prize of 5.000 euros is donated by Reederei F. Laeisz.
The also in 1994 born American Chad Hoopes played in the summer 2011 on recommendation of Daniel Hope at Festspiele MV. The young fiddler lives in Cleveland and is taught by David Cerone at Cleveland Institute of Music. He has won a lot of prizes, for example at Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Chad Hoopes played a recital at Menuhin festival in Gstaad, played on a Gala-concert with the National Arts Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman und worked together with a lot of great orchestras like the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, the Brusseler Chamber Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
In December 2011 the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern had already announced some prize-winners: The NORDMETALL-Ensemble-Prize honours with Daniela Koch (flute), Philipp Bohnen (violin), Wen Xiao Zheng (viola) und Emmanuel Ceysson (harp) four young musicians who proved there qualities in many chamber music projects in 2011. The unique from Nordex sponsored conductor-prize was given to Alondra de la Parra and Cornelius Meister.
The support of young musicians since the founding of Festspiele MV forms a main column: Young promising artists are invited to the “Junge Elite”-Concerts and are Nominees for the ensemble, soloist and audience prize. Once awarded the prize-winners return even as famous musicians to Festspiele MV, like Daniel Müller-Schott, Julia Fischer and Daniel Hope.