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