Winston-Salem Symphony Names 2012-2013 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search Winners

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (FEBRUARY 21, 2013) – The Winston-Salem Symphony has announced the winners of the 2012-2013 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search competition. The winner of the junior division, for students ages eight to 12, is pianist Kevin Xu, age 10, of Cary. Yu studies with Florence Ko. The first place winner of the senior division for ages 13 through senior year of high school is Chambers Thomas Loomis, a pianist from Asheville. Loomis is a senior in high school at Christ School in Asheville. He studies with Suzan Fehr.

Xu and Loomis will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony at the Concert for Community, which will be held on March 16, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University (WFU) campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Xu will play the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A K. 488 and Loomis will perform the Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major by Franz Liszt.

Other contestants recognized for their outstanding performances were:

Junior Division:

  • Second Place: Stephanie Wang, 10, of Cary, who studies piano with
    Clara Yang.
  • Third Place: Siana Wong, 10 of Summerfield, who studies violin with Gregorio Midero.

Senior Division:

  • Second Place: Ross Roberts, 18, of Winston-Salem, who studies bassoon with Saxton Rose.
  • Second Place: Samuel Sparrow, 17, of Durham, a clarinetist who studies with Jimmy Gilmore.
  • Third Place: Aria Cheregosha, 17, of Durham, who plays the violin/viola and studies with Shelley Livingston.

The finals for the 2012-2013 competition were held on Saturday, February 2 in Winston-Salem at Crawford Hall on the Campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. First round auditions took place in Winston-Salem and Raleigh on January 19 and 20. Each contestant was required to play a 10-minute movement from a concerto suitable for performance with an orchestra. Judges for the Talent Search were Peter Perret, Conductor Emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Matthew Troy, Associate Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and Dimitri Shteinberg a member of the UNCSA Piano Faculty.

The annual Youth Talent Search, named in honor of Peter Perret, was developed to identify North Carolina’s most gifted and talented young musicians. Maestro Perret established the competition as a means of helping develop young talent and as a way of recognizing and supporting the teachers and families of musically-gifted children. Participation in the competition also provides students with information and motivation to continue their musical studies. Many have gone on to become professional musicians, including the winner of the very first Peter Perret Youth Talent Search, who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic.

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The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.