Presentations: CAG Presents

CAG Presents is CAG’s main stage concert series that opens with a showcase of the newest CAG Competition Winners and continues with recitals by each of the previous year’s winners.

Upcoming Performances

Sunday, Oct 06, 2019 11:00 am

2019 CAG Competition Finals

 

Merkin Concert Hall

Be the first to see CAG’s new stars at the 2019 CAG Competition Finals!

CAG’s annual competition identifies musicians with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to make an impact in the world. The winners receive management contracts, a New York showcase performance, and professional career development and coaching.

After the finalists perform, the winners will be announced live from the stage.

For more information about the competition jury, click here.

This concert is free and open to all.

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019 7:00 pm

Invoke, multi-string quartet

Winner, 2018 CAG Competition

Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
A co-presentation with Joe’s Pub

Described as “not classical…but not not classical” (David Srebnik, SiriusXM Classical Producer), Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other “not-nots” encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music written by and for the group.

Invoke will perform AMERICAN POSTCARDS: featuring Invoke originals and new music by American composers.

Watch Invoke perform an original work, Dogs:

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Wednesday, Dec 04, 2019 7:30 pm

Aizuri Quartet

 

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sponsored by Marilyn G. and Joseph B. Schwartz, longtime friends of CAG

The Aizuri Quartet is the winner of numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, as well as top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, the ensemble has garnered critical acclaim, and its debut album, Blueprinting, was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble” category.

Program:

LOCALLY SOURCED
Komitas: Armenian Folk Songs
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 64 No. 2 in B Minor
Paul Wiancko: LIFT (2016)

Watch the Aizuri Quartet’s Grand Prize-winning performance at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition:

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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 7:30 pm

Yi-Nuo Wang, piano

First Prize Winner, 2018 CAG Comeptition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Chinese pianist Yi-Nuo Wang was selected as first prize winner of the 2018 CAG Competition, which is just the latest in a series of impressive first-prize performances, along with the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana.

Program:

Bartók: Piano Sonata
Brahms: 8 Klavierstucke, Op. 76
Rachmaninoff:
Piece in D minor
Daisies, Op.38 no.3
Prelude in G-flat major, Op. 23 No. 10
Chen Yi: Ba Ban (2000)
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata

Watch Yi-Nuo play Rachmaninoff’s Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3:

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Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020 7:30 pm

Mitya Nilov, percussion

Winner, 2018 CAG Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

One of the most dynamic percussionists of his generation, Mitya Nilov is a winner of the 2018 CAG Competition. The depth, sincerity, and sensitivity of his distinctive musical voice have empowered him to captivate his audiences worldwide. Mitya has appeared in top halls around the globe, including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, and the New World Center in Miami, Florida.

Mitya will perform FROM RUSSIA TO ARGENTINA: a variety of percussion works including The Little Prince by Viktor Grishin and a world premiere work by 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gilbertson, a co-commission by the BMI Foundation and CAG.

Watch Mitya and pianist Liana Pailodze Harron perform Piazonore by Alexej Gerassimez:

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Past Performances

2018 - 2019 Season

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 7:30 pm

Words and Music

A Celebration of Songs commissioned by CAG

Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street

CAG presents a concert of 13 recently commissioned songs by American composers, set to the poetry of Lucy Miller Murray, founder of Market Square Concerts and CAG Board member. The one-hour concert features songs by Michael Brown, Jeremy Gill, Jake Heggie, Paul Moravec, and Richard Wilson.

Performers include CAG artists Sarah Wolfson, soprano; Mischa Bouvier, baritone; Yoonah Kim, clarinet; and David Shifrin, clarinet. They are joined by collaborative pianist Renate Rohlfing.

The concert is in honor of Richard Weinert, CAG President 2000-2018.

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Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 6:30 pm

OPENING NIGHT: JUDI FLOM WINNERS’ CONCERT

Featuring the Winners of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

Louis K. Meisel Gallery, 141 Prince Street

Join CAG in welcoming our new winners with a performance and reception at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery.

This is a special event for CAG subscribers and donors.

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Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 7:30 pm

Argus Quartet

Co-First Prize Winner, 2017 CAG Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sponsored by Marilyn G. and Joseph B. Schwartz, longtime friends of CAG

The Argus Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles, winning First Prize at both the 2017 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition and the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. As the current Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse programming. In that spirit, the ensemble’s repertoire includes not only masterworks of the chamber music canon, but also a wide range of pieces by living composers.

The program will include:

Haydn: String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33 No. 1
Juri SeoRespiri
Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles
Ted Hearne: Overlay (For David Lang)
Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”

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Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 7:30 pm

Prevailing Winds

CAG Encores!

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

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CAG welcomes artists Imani Winds; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Tanya Bannister, piano; Tom Gallant, oboe; and PUBLIQuartet for a program of wind-centered works.

Program:

Russell Platt: Quintet for Bassoon and Strings (1996–97)
Peter Kolkay and PUBLIQuartet

Poulenc: Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon, FP 43
Tom Gallant, Peter Kolkay, and Tanya Bannister

Martinů:
Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments, H. 174
I. Prelude
Tom Gallant, Peter Kolkay, Tanya Bannister, and members of Imani Winds

Intermission

Jeff Scott: Startin’ Sumthin’ (2012)
Lalo Schifrin: La Nouvelle Orleans
Valerie Coleman: Tzigane (2011)
Imani Winds

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Watch Imani Winds perform Startin’ Sumthin’ by member Jeff Scott:

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 7:30 pm

Dominic Cheli, piano

Co-First Prize Winner, 2017 CAG Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Applauded by MusicWeb International for his “splendid playing…great skill and technical prowess,” St. Louis native Dominic Cheli‘s career is rapidly advancing. In addition to winning the CAG Competition in 2017, he was named the winner of the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition and released his debut CD for the Naxos label, featuring the music of Muzio Clementi. Highlights of his 18-19 season include performances at the Mostly Mozart and Ravinia Festivals, in addition to his Weill Recital Hall debut with CAG.

Program:

Carl Vine: Piano Sonata No. 1 (1990)
Scriabin: Poème in F-sharp Major, Op. 32 No. 1
Scriabin: Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28

Intermission

David Hertzberg: Softly her tower crumbled in the sweet silent sun
(World premiere – a co-commission by the BMI Foundation and CAG)
Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118 No. 2
Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

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Watch Dominic perform Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata No. 1:

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 7:30 pm

YooJin Jang, violin, with Renana Gutman, piano

Winner, 2017 CAG Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

In memory of William Reid Pitts, Jr., M.D.

Applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances,” violinist YooJin Jang is a winner of the 2017 CAG Competition, and is also First Prize winner of the 2016 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. YooJin’s 18-19 season includes concerto debuts at New York’s Chautauqua Institution and in Japan with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra.

Program:

J. S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 in E major for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1016
John Corigliano: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1963)

Intermission

Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121

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Watch YooJin and Renana perform Corigliano’s sonata:

2017 - 2018 Season

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 7:00 pm

Opening Night: Judi Flom Winners Concert

Featuring the Winners of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

Louis K. Meisel Gallery
141 Prince Street

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Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 7:30 pm

CAG Encores!

Featuring the Brasil Guitar Duo; members of the Enso String Quartet; Christina Jennings, Flute; Tanya Bannister, piano

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sponsored by the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund

CAG welcomes current alumni artists the Brasil Guitar Duo (a 2006 Competition winner), who will combine with members of the Enso String Quartetpianist Tanya Bannister (both 2003 winners), and flutist Christina Jennings (a 2001 winner) in a mixed program of classic and new works, including Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 and works for flute and two guitars by the Brasil Guitar Duo’s members, Douglas Lora and João Luiz.

Program:

W. A. Mozart: Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b
    Enso String Quartet and Christina Jennings, flute

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
    Enso String Quartet and Tanya Bannister, piano

Darius Milhaud: Sonatina for Flute, Op. 76 (arr. João Luiz)
Tendre
João Luiz: Northeastern Nostalgia
Douglas Lora: Para você, uma Flôr
    Brasil Guitar Duo and Christina Jennings, flute

Leo Brouwer: Sonata de Los Viajeros
Egberto Gismonti: Sete Anéis (arr. João Luiz)
Egberto Gismonti: Karatê (arr. João Luiz)
    Brasil Guitar Duo

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Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 7:30 pm

Jiji, guitar

First Prize Winner, 2016 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sponsored by Marilyn G. and Joseph B. Schwartz, longtime friends of CAG

Works by Steve Reich, J. S. Bach, Ginastera, and Leo Brouwer

Guitarist Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned her First Prize at the 2016 CAG Competition.

The full program is:

Isaac Albéniz: Asturias (Leyenda)

BREATHE AND DANCE
Marin Marais: Les Voix Humaines
J. S. Bach: Allegro from Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998

Arvo Pärt, arr. Manuel Barrueco: Fratres
(featuring the Argus Quartet, violist Nick Revel and bassist Erez Meyuhass)

Gulli Björnsson: Dimmar Öldur Rísa (Dim waves rise) (2017)
Guitar and electronics

Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint (1987)

TWENTIETH CENTURY GROOVES
Leo Brouwer: Paisaje Cubano Con Campanas (1986)
Ben Verdery: Tread Lightly for You Tread on My Dreams (2008)
Alberto Ginastera: Finale from Sonata for Guitar, Op. 47 (1976)

This concert is part of the Composers Now Festival.
The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices, and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together myriad performances ranging in genre from jazz to indie, classical to post-classical, experimental to folk, and beyond. Composers will be in attendance at all events. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York.

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 7:30 pm

Sam Suggs, double bass

2016 New Music/New Places Fellow

The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker Street

Works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Penderecki, and Sam Suggs (world premiere*)

*A co-commission by the BMI Foundation and CAG

Versatile double bassist Sam Suggs was named Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG Competition. As a performer-composer, Sam is committed to expanding the literature of the double bass canon, often combining performances of classic works with his own compositions and reworkings.

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 7:30 pm

Yoonah Kim, clarinet

Winner, 2016 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

With Mariko Furukawa, piano

Program:

Dawn to Dusk
Jörg Widmann: Fantasie for Solo Clarinet (1993)
Maurice Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera
Andrew Hsu: fumarole entombed (2018) *
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major

*Commissioned by CAG with the generous support of the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund

The first solo clarinetist to win CAG in nearly 30 years, Yoonah Kim became the first woman to win first prize at the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in 2016. She is also a member of Ensemble Connect, a highly selective two-year fellowship program under the joint auspices of Carnegie Hall, The Weill Institute, and The Juilliard School.

2016 - 2017 Season

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 7:00 pm

Opening Night: Judi Flom Winners Concert

Featuring the Winners of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild Competition

The Century Association, 7 West 43rd Street

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 7:30 pm

CAG Alumni Concert

Featuring the Parker Quartet; Carol Wincenc, flute; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Michael Brown, piano

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

In honor of Victor and Sono Elmaleh

Program:

Béla Bartók: Suite Paysanne Hongroise
(arr. Paul Arma, trans. Bridget Kibbey)
        Carol Wincenc, flute and Bridget Kibbey, harp

Leonard Bernstein: from Thirteen Anniversaries
        No. 1. For Shirley Gabis Rhoads Perle
Michael Brown: Homage to Copland (2007)
Michael Brown: Thoughts for Richard (2015) (world premiere)
Leonard Bernstein: “Lonely Town” from On the Town (arr. Michael Brown)
        Michael Brown, piano

André Caplet: Conte Fantastique
after The Mask of the Red Death, by Edgar Allen Poe
        Bridget Kibbey, harp and Parker Quartet

Intermission

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
        Michael Brown, piano and Parker Quartet

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 7:30 pm

Verona Quartet

Winner, 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Maurice Ravel: String Quartet
Michael Gilbertson: Quartet (world premiere)*
intermission
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky”

*co-commissioned by Concert Artists Guild and the BMI Foundation

CAG is a presenter partner of Composers Now. 

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 7:30 pm

CAG Encores!

Featuring the Lysander Piano Trio; Naomi Louisa O’Connell, mezzo-soprano; Jennifer Stumm, viola

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sponsored by the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund

Program:

Views of Ireland (Irish songs by various composers)
Naomi Louisa O’Connell, mezzo-soprano and Brent Funderburk, piano

Paul Hindemith: Sonata No. 4 for Viola and Piano, Op. 11
Jennifer Stumm, viola and Liza Stepanova, piano

Gilad Cohen: Around the Cauldron (2016)*
Lysander Piano Trio

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
Lysander Piano Trio and Jennifer Stumm, viola

*World Premiere
Commissioned for the Lysander Piano Trio by Concert Artists Guild, with support from the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 7:30 pm

Daniel Hsu, piano

First Prize Winner, 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Schubert: Four Impromptus, D.899/Op. 90
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

19-year-old pianist Daniel Hsu was the First Prize Winner of the 2015 CAG Competition, and he was honored as a Gilmore Young Artist for 2016, including performances last spring at the prestigious Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. He has also earned top prizes in numerous other competitions, most recently the Bronze medal at the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. Daniel has recently been invited as one of 30 competitors to the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which will take place from May 25 to June 10 in Fort Worth, Texas. He presents his New York Debut recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

2015 - 2016 Season

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 7:30 pm

Opening Night

Judi Flom Winners Concert

Featuring the Winners of the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th St, New York

 

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 7:30 pm

Steven Lin, Piano

Co-presented with The American Friends of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society

Works by Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Ravel,
and David Hertzberg (world premiere*)

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

“…sparkling virtuosity…and thoughtful interpretations blessedly free of mannerism.”
-The Washington Post

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*commissioned by Concert Artists Guild and the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund

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Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 7:30 pm

Fei-Fei Dong, Piano

Winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

works by Galuppi, Schumann, Lowell Liebermann, and Liszt

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

“The audience held its breath in rapt attention to this amazing musical experience.”
–Palm Beach Daily News

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CAG is a presenter partner of Composers Now. 

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 7:30 pm

Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet

Winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

WEILL RECITAL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL

With pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo and Useful Chamber

George Gershwin: Three Preludes (arr. Ridenour)
Maurice Ravel: Habanera (arr. Ridenour)
Claude Debussy: Four Preludes (arr. Ridenour)
Johannes Brahms: Sonatensatz

Intermission

(Featuring Useful Chamber)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Septet
Antonio Vivaldi: Sento in Seno (arr. Ridenour)
J.S. Bach: Agnus Dei (arr. Ridenour)
Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (arr. Ridenour)

“A major talent in the making.”
-The Grand Rapids Press

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 7:30 pm

In Mo Yang, Violin

First Prize Winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

WEILL RECITAL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL

With pianist Adam Golka

Heinrich I.F. von Biber: Sonata No. 1 in D minor, C. 90 (“The Annunciation”)
David Hertzberg:  Daphne unbound (world premiere)*
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, WoO 27

Intermission

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”)

“…an arresting performer: now sweet, now excitable, now chaste, now florid, and always, everywhere, in command.”
-The Boston Globe

*commissioned by Concert Artists Guild and the BMI Foundation

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CAG is a presenter partner of Composers Now. 

2014 - 2015 Season

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 7:30 pm

Judi Flom Winners Concert

2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition
Featuring the winners of the 2014 Victor Elmaleh Competition

The Greene Space
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 7:30 pm

Donald Sinta Quartet

First Prize Winner, 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

Works by Schubert, Barber, Ligeti & Browning,
and two world premieres by Kristin Kuster and Joseph Bozich

“Beautiful playing… the highlight of the album.”
– American Record Guide

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 7:30 pm

Ko-Eun Yi

Winner, 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

“…a fantasy world of shimmering sounds and colors…
flawless and dazzling…”

– Cincinnati Enquirer

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 7:30 pm

Alexi Kenney

Winner, 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

“…beautiful, aching tone…”
– Strings Magazine

with Renana Gutman, piano

works by Westhoff, Schumann, Enescu, & Shawn Jaeger (World Premiere and co-commissioned by BMI and CAG)*

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 7:30 pm

PUBLIQuartet

2013 New Music/New Places Ensemble

“…independent-minded…”
– The New Yorker

works by Villa-Lobos, Ligeti, Jessie Montgomery, Howie Kenty, David Biedenbender, Eugene Birman, & an original MIND|THE|GAP composition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

2013 - 2014 Season

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 7:30 pm

Judi Flom Winners Showcase

2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition
Featuring the winners of the 2013 Victor Elmaleh Competition

The Greene Space
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 7:30 pm

WindSync

Winner, 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition
Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize Recipient

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 7:30 pm

Steven Lin

Winner, 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Monday, Mar 10, 2014 7:30 pm

Jay Campbell

First Prize Winner, 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

Conor Hanick, piano
Mike Truesdell, percussion

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 7:30 pm

Lysander Piano Trio

Winner, 2012 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 7:30 pm

Michael Brown

First Prize Winner, 2010 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition

“…a young piano visionary…”
– The New York Times

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