Concerto & Aria Competition

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School Concerto & Aria Competition is open to all Music School students who play either piano, orchestral or band instruments, or sing. The winner will perform a movement of a concerto or an aria with the RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) on the May 7, 2016 concert at Rhode Island College with Alexey Shabalin conducting.

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2016/17 Winner

On Saturday, February 18, five finalists in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto & Aria Competition performed at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance. Rhode Island Philharmonic Music Director Larry Rachleff and Director and Artistic Administrator David Gasper served as adjudicators. Finalists were selected from an initial round of applicants who submitted recorded performances. Participants included current students from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School performing at a very high level.

Winner: Troy Feng, piano

Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 2 in F Major, movement I., Allegro

Troy Feng began playing piano at the age of six and for the past six years has studied with Dr. Irina Tchantceva at the RI Philharmonic Music School. Troy is an active performer and has participated in numerous concerts, recitals, and masterclasses, including a 2014 benefit performance for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School alongside famed French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard. In 2015, he performed Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexey Shabalin at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.  Troy has won the Jury’s Discretionary Award (2012), Best Overall Performer (2014), and Third Prize (2016) at the Piano Extravaganza! held at the University of Rhode Island. As a co-winner of the 2014-2015 Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto and Aria Competition, he performed Chopin’s “Grand Polonaise Brillante,” Op. 22 with the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexey Shabalin at Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island College. Troy Feng is a sophomore at the Wheeler School in Providence and has many hobbies and activities which he enjoys in his spare time. He is a member of the Wheeler swimming and tennis varsity teams.

Troy will perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra. Alexey Shabalin will conduct the 2pm May 6th RIPYO concert.  The concert will be held at The VETS, Providence, and tickets will be sold through the Music School and at the door through the Music School box office. Ticket prices are $11/adult, $6/students & senior citizens.

2015/16 Winners

On Saturday, November 14th, five finalists in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto & Aria Competition performed at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance with Music Director Larry Rachleff and Resident Conductor Francisco Noya serving as adjudicators. Finalists were selected from an initial round of applicants who submitted recorded performances. Participants included current students from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School performing at a very high level.

Co-Winners: John Duffy, piano and Abigail Siegel, piano

Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor, movement I., Allegro ma non troppo

John Duffy, a senior at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, began playing piano at the age of six. He now studies under the direction of Ms. Nonetta Shatakhtsian at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. At Hendricken, John has demonstrated versatility as a performer, performing as a member of the Bishop Hendricken Jazz Ensemble, a leader of Hendricken's pit orchestra, and a member of a jazz combo. Aside from his life at Hendricken, John has also participated in a RI Philharmonic chamber ensemble, which performed a Trio Sonata by JS Bach and participated in a master class with Larry Rachleff. Along with this concerto, John has also participated in several collaborative performances, including a performance of "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens and a Bach Concerto for Four Pianos. John has also participated in the annual RIMEA Solo & Ensemble competitions, where he has received seven gold medals and been nominated for the RIMEA Honors Concert audition. John plans to continue his studies in music at the collegiate level, and hopes to major in piano performance.

Abigail Siegel, a junior at Moses Brown School, is a piano student of Nonetta Shatakhtsian at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. She has completed piano intensive programs at New York University’s Steinhardt School and the International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas, and has attended the Music Institute at Rhode Island College since 2013. A student of the Music School since 2009, Abby has participated in many summer Chamber Music Workshops and Piano Workshops and has played in a number of Piano Department festivals and recitals. She placed 1st in her age division in the Young Artists Piano Competition of Westfield State University and has received numerous gold medals from the Rhode Island Music Education Association for both solo and ensemble performances. Abby was a winner in the 2015 American Protégé Competition and the 2015 American Fine Arts Festival and will play in two winners’ recitals at Carnegie Hall later this year. She is a member of the Chopin Student Musicians’ Club and has played master classes with Eduardus Halim, Jack Winerock, and Chenggan Yang. Her repertoire includes works of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Khachaturian. Abby is also an accomplished flutist, studying with John Curran and playing in a number of All State Ensembles, All New England Band festivals, the Providence College Festival Band, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under the direction of Vincent Mattera and the Moses Brown Wind Ensemble and Pit Band under the direction of Stephen Toro. Outside of music, Abby enjoys studying Latin and the Classics.

Co-Winner: Faares Deeb, cello

Haydn’s Concerto in C Major, Hob VIIb, n.1, movement I., Moderato

Faares Deeb began playing cello at South Kingstown Middle School at the age of 10. At age 13 he ranked 1st in the Rhode Island Junior All-State competition before having a private teacher. Since the fall of 2013 he has been studying the cello privately with Mr. Daniel Harp. In November 2015, Faares ranked 1st in the Rhode Island Senior All-State competition. Since 2012 he has played with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under the direction of Alexey Shabalin. His solo performances include Lalo's Cello Concerto, Squire's Tarantella and Bach's Suites. He is part of a violin-cello duet, playing at local churches and senior centers. Faares is a junior in the honors program at South Kingstown High School. He enjoys mountain hiking, body-building and swimming.

2014/15 Winners

On Saturday, January 17th, five finalists in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto/ Aria Competition performed at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance with Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Larry Rachleff and Resident Conductor Francisco Noya serving as adjudicators. Finalists were selected from an initial round of applicants who submitted recorded performances. Participants included current students from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School performing at a very high level.

Co-Winner: Troy Feng, piano

Chopin’s Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat Major, Op. 22

Troy Feng is currently an eighth grader at the Wheeler School in Providence He began playing piano at the age of six and currently studies with Dr. Irina Tchantceva at the RI Philharmonic Music School. He won the Jury’s Discretionary Award (2012) and Best Overall Performer (2014) at the Piano Extravaganza at the University of Rhode Island. He has performed in numerous concerts and recitals, including a benefit performance for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School along with famed French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard. Most recently Troy performed Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (RIPYO) under the direction of Alexey Shabalin. Troy has many hobbies he likes to do in his spare time. He also plays tennis and basketball and swims competitively.

Co-Winners: Alisa Smith, flute and Erica Smith, clarinet

Danzi’s Sinfonia Concertante for Flute and Clarinet in B-flat Major, Op. 41, movement III., Polonaise

Erica Smith, a sophomore and Alisa Smith, a freshman, at North Kingstown High School, have been involved in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) since 2012 and the RIPYO Symphony since 2014. They are currently active in the North Kingstown High School Band led by Toni Silveira. Their musical careers started at Jamestown Lawn School under the guidance and leadership of band directors Karyn Kauffman and Leland Brown.

Erica began her private clarinet studies under Frances Brown and currently studies with Kelli O’Connor. She has also studied with Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School Faculty Member Vincent Mattera and participated in the school’s Jazz, Rock & Blues summer workshop. Erica has performed in the RIMEA All-State Music Festival since 2012 and was ranked number one for the 2014 Senior Division. In 2013, Erica was selected as the only instrumentalist to conduct a solo performance at the University of New Hampshire Summer Music School.

Alisa studies flute with Deborah James. She is principal flute of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Senior Wind Ensemble (RIPYWE Sr.) and a member of RIPYO Symphony. In 2014, Alisa was selected as principal flute in the Rhode Island All-State Band, junior division and the John Philip Sousa National Honor Band, New England Region, Junior Band. Alisa was ranked 1st in the RIMEA All-State Music Festival Junior Division for three consecutive years. She also performed as a soloist in a double concerto with RIPYWE junior division in May 2014.

2012-2013 Concerto/Aria Competion Winner:
Felipe Ferreras (piano)

On Saturday, February 23rd, the finalists in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto/ Aria Competition performed at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance. Rhode Island Philharmonic Music Director Larry Rachleff and Resident Conductor Francisco Noya served as adjudicators. The finalists were selected from a first round of applicants who submitted recorded performances on CD.

Winner: Felipe Ferreras will perform a movement from Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on the May 5th, 2013 concert at 3pm with Alexey Shabalin conducting the Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be held at the VETS in Providence.

About Felipe: Felipe Ferreras, a senior at the Wheeler School in Providence, RI, has been a piano student of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School for over 11 years. He currently studies with Nonetta Shatakhtsian at the Music School. Felipe has participated in the Chamber Music program at the Music School for the past four years, was a recipient of the Alan Fox Scholarship Award in 2010, and the Joseph Silveira Scholarship this past year, both awarded by the Music School.
He has performed in many recitals at the RI Philharmonic's Carter Center, and at PC, RIC, Brown University and the Chopin Student Musician's Club, as well as churches and private functions for arts patrons and community leaders in the Greater Boston are and Providence. For the past two years, Felipe was invited to participate in RIMEA's Honors Recital Concert.
Felipe has participated in masterclasses with Larry Rachleff, Jon Kimura Parker, Alon Goldstein and Won Yong Lee, and has recently expanded his repertoire with works of Beethoven, Ravel, Moszkowski, Debussy, Liszt and Prokofiev, among others. 
At Wheeler, Felipe is a leader of various student clubs tackling social justice issues and promoting awareness for people of socially significant differences. He also volunteers at local organizations such as M.E.R.I., the RI Philharmonic, and RI Hospital. Felipe will enter Brown University in the fall, where he hopes to continue his musical training while and studying biology and ethnic studies.

2011-2012 Concert/Aria Competion Winner:
Sara Barone (piano)

On Saturday, February 25th, three finalists in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Concerto/ Aria Competition performed at the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance. Rhode Island Philharmonic Music Director Larry Rachleff, Resident Conductor Francisco Noya, and Operations Director David Gasper served as adjudicators. The finalists were selected from a first round of applicants who submitted recorded performances on CD. This year, applications were only accepted from students at our music school.

First Place Winner: Sara Barone, piano. Sara will perform the 1st movement of the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, Alexey Shabalin conducting, in the May 6th RIPYO concert.

Sara Barone, a junior at the Wheeler School in Providence, has been studying piano with Ya-Fei Chuang at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division for five years. Sara has also participated in the chamber music program at the RI Philharmonic Music School during the past three years. She has performed in recitals at the New England Conservatory, RI Philharmonic Music School, M. Steinert & Sons in Boston, as well as at Harvard University. During her summers, Sara has enrolled in the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria for the past four years. She has been selected to participate in various academy concerts and studio recitals in Salzburg during this time.
Sara has performed in master classes for Ya-Fei Chuang, Robert Levin, Michael Stern, and Larry Rachleff. She has mastered a broad repertoire of the classical genre which includes Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and most recently, Mendelssohn.
Sara is also involved in the Wheeler School’s a cappella group, the 18 Wheelers, where she participates with the group in both local and out of state competitions under the direction of Kristin Sprague, artistic director. She also enjoys music composition, and has written pieces of classical and contemporary genres. She has worked for Community Music Works through the mentorship program since 2010, teaching piano and volunteering at the organization’s concerts and events.
When she’s not engaged in music, Sara enjoys tennis and has been playing number one singles on the Wheeler tennis team since 2010.

WATCH: Check out this video of Sara Barone, playing with RIPYO at The VETS on May 6th.

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