48th Annual Edith Knox
Knox Young Performers' Showcase 2021:
It is my sad task to announce because of COVID-19 we will not hold our 49th
consectutive Knox Competition in 2021. We expect the 49th competition will
take place in 2022. For one year only, we are expanding eligibility to
include 25 year old musicians. In 2023 will revert to 24 year limit.
First Prize $1600
(By Special Invitation)
February 15, 2020 9am-5pm
Los Angeles Harbor College
Second Prize $850
Final Showcase Competition
(Open to the public)
March 1, 2020, 2pm-6pm
Redondo Union High School
222 Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach,CA 90277
The First Place winner will be invited to perform as soloist with the Peninsula Symphony
Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Gary Berkson, at our June 28, 2020 concert,
and in recital on June 5, 2020 in Classical Crossroads' First Fridays at First concert series
at Torrance, California.
On-line applications will be accepted from November 15, 2019 through noon January 15, 2020.
|First Place ||$1600|
|Second Place ||$850|
|Third Place ||$600|
|Fourth Place ||$450|
| Fifth Place ||$350|
The Competition is open to instrumentalists who have not attained the age of 25 by June 1, 2020.
Proof of age may be required at the Preliminary Competition. Audition times will be assigned based
upon date applications are received. In the event there are an unusually large number of applicants,
you may be asked to provide a CD or DVD of a sample performance, and not all applicants may be
selected for the preliminary round.
Entrants must perform a concerto in its entirety or other work for
solo instrument and orchestra from the standard repertoire that is
equivalent in terms of difficulty and length.
Selections are subject
to approval by the Chairs of the Knox and Artistic committees and
the Music Director and must be performed from memory with piano accompaniment.
Accompanists must be provided for both Preliminary and Final Competitions.
Please ensure your accompanist is available for both performances.
In addition to appearing at both Competitions, finalists must be available
to appear in concert with the Symphony on June 28, 2020 and are required
to attend scheduled rehearsals on June 9 and June 23 at Harbor College
and the final rehearsal on June 28 at Redondo Union High School.
The winner must also be available to play a short, solo recital
at 12:15 PM on June 5, 2020 in the Classical Crossroads' First Fridays at First concert series.
An honorarium of $1000 will be provided by Classical Crossroads for this recital.
Decisions of the judges are final. Neither oral nor written critiques will be provided.
Applications must be submitted on-line beginning November 15, 2019 and not later than noon (PST) on January 15, 2020.
Edith Knox Performance Competition and prizes are made possible through support provided by Edith Knox Fund,
the Mimi Horowitz Fund, and individual donors (Angels).
Results from 2020
|Winner ||Mi-Hyun Suh, Piano ||Chopin Concerto for Piano in F minor|
|Second (tie)||Tiffany Koo Piano ||Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 for Piano|
|Second (tie)||Kevin Song, Cello||Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations|
|Third||Austin Ho, Piano||Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on Paganini|
|Fourth ||Dallas Noble, Violin ||Sibelius: Concerto for Violin in D minor|
Results from 2019
|Winner ||Audrey Park, Violin ||Sibelius: Concerto for Violin in D minor|
|Second ||Irene Lee, Cello ||Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations|
|Third (tie)||Tiffany Koo Piano ||Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 for Piano|
|Third (tie)||Dominik Yoder, Piano||Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on Paganini|
|Fourth ||Eilene Tai, Cello ||Elgar: Cello Concerto|
Results from 2018
|Winner ||Victor Shlyaknenko, Piano ||Liszt: Concerto for Piano No. 1|
|Second ||Strauss Shir, Violin ||Sibelius: Concerto for Violin in D minor|
|Third ||Max Hammond, Violin ||Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano No. 3 in C major,|
|Fourth ||Clayton Dungey, Tuba ||Vaughn Williams: Concerto for Tuba|
|Fifth ||Annie SeEun Hyung, Cello ||Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor|
Results from 2017
|Winner ||Nicholas Mariscal, Cello ||Samuel Barber: Concerto for Cello, Opus 22|
|Second ||Michael Harper, Trumpet ||Arutunian: Concerto for Trumpet|
|Third ||Heidi Hatch, Violin ||Korngold: Concerto for Violin, Opus 35|
|Fourth ||Tomlin Su, Violin ||Glazunov: Concerto for Violin, Opus 82|
|Fifth ||Max Hammond, Piano ||Schumann: Piano Concerto, Opus 54|
Results from 2016
|Winner||Caroline Ho, age 17 ||Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 for Piano in B-flat minor, Opus 23|
|Second||Rainer Crosett, age 24 ||Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello|
|Third ||Dillon Parker, age 23 ||Edward Gregson Concerto for Trumpet |
|Forth ||Max Hammond, age 15 ||Rachmaninoff Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18|
|Fifth ||Kristi Kim, age 16 ||Elgar Concerto for Cello in E minor, Opus 85 |
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Results from 2015
|Winner ||Jihyun Lily Moon, 24, piano ||Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125|
|Second ||Usha Kapoor, 21, violin ||Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Opus 64|
|Third ||Minh Nguyen, 21, piano||Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30|
|Fourth ||Kristi Kim, 15, cello||Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85|
|Fifth ||Jamie Kim, 15, Flute ||Chaminade Flute Concertino in D major, Opus 107|
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Results from 2014
|Winner ||Erick Y. Chong, Manhattan Beach||Dvořák Concerto for Cello in B minor|
|Second|| Howard Chen, Los Angeles ||Prokofiev Concerto no. 3 for Piano in C major|
|Third ||Karen Su, Rolling Hills Estates ||Bruch Violin Concerto no. 1 G minor|
|Fourth||Jeffery Li, Mountain View ||Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor|
|Fifth|| Yuet Ka (Keri) Hui, Los Angeles ||Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto no. 5 in F major|
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Results from 2013
|Winner||Hao Zhou, 16, Mission Viejo ||Wienaiwski Violin Concerto no. 1|
|Second|| Joseph Morris, 22, Los Angeles ||Nielsen Clarinet Concerto|
|Third ||Erick Y. Chong, 17, Manhattan Beach ||Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations for Cello in A major|
|Third ||Shotaro Matsumoto, 20, Montelbello ||Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major|
|Honorable Mention|| Karen Su, 14, Rolling Hills Estates ||Wieniawski Violin Concerto no. 2 in D minor|
|Honorable Mention|| Geneva Lewis, 15, Irvine ||Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto no. 3|
|Honorable Mention|| Noah Sonderling, 17, La Crescenta ||Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 1 in D♭|
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Results from 2012
|Winner||Michelle Tseng, 20, Huntington Beach||Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D|
|Second||Jonathan Mamora, 17, Beaumont||Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 3|
|Third||Jeffery Li, 22, Santa Monica||Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante in E minor|
|Third||Jesse Chen, 17, Palos Verdes Estates||Sibelius Violin Concerto |
|Honorable Mention||Yifan Zhou, 21, Los Angeles||Brahms Violin Concerto in D|
|Honorable Mention||Isabella Ma, 15, Rancho Palos Verdes||Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor|
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Some previous winners
- 2014: Erick Chong (Dvorak Cello Concerto )
will attend USC where he will study cello.Watch him at
and in a trio
(can you believe these kids!)
Leonard Chong and Isabella Ma (Knox 2012 Honorable Mention).
- 2014 2nd: Howard Chen (Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3)
is a piano performance and composition student at UCLA. See him in
rehearsal at UCLA
- 2013: Hao Zhou, 16 (Wienaiwski Violin Concerto #1 in F# minor)
is at the Colburn School and continues to show well in competitions.
Colburn Honors String Quartet
2012: Michelle Tseng, 20 (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major) is at USC studying violin.
A Jazz Violin video.
Brahms Clarinet Quintet
with Joseph Morris (Knox 2013 2nd Place).
- 2011 (co-winner): Stephanie Ng, 21 )Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini)
For her YouTube page.
- 2011 (co-winner): Mimi Jung, 16 (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major)
Mimi is at Carnegie Mellon.
To see her perform.
- 2010: Chloe J. Y. Hong, 13 (Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor)
Chloe is a student at the Colburn School.
- 2009: Kristie Su, 14 (Glazunov Violin Concerto in A minor)
is in Rotterdam studying history and playing the Lebet String Quartet.
Click for her bio.
Click to see them play.
- Susan Boettger is a professional musician and teacher.
She is in Huntington Beach California.
- Jeffery Li is a software engineer by day and professional cellist.
- Kyle Shafiee is a professional musician.
- Derek Polischuk is assistant professor of Piano at Michigan State University College of Music.
- 2008: Kristina Jacinth, 19 (Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3 in C Major)
is working as a pianist, teaching piano and as a photographer, some of her work can be found on her photography website,
- 2007: Yina Tong, 19 (Bloch Schelomo Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello) has a Master of Music
from the New England Conservatory.She is working as a cellist.
To see her perform.
- 2006: Min Hwan Kim, 18 (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 in Bb Minor) Please send an update.
- 2005: Sean Lee, 18 (Brahms Violin Concerto) is a concert soloist and
teaching at The Juilliard School as a member of the Pre-College Chamber Music Faculty.
Click to hear him play.
- 2004: Alice Chen, 17 (Liszt Piano Concerto #1 in Eb Major) has a PhD in Economics
from the University of Chicago and
is still winning concerto competitions.
Watch her play.
- 2003: Esther Kim, 15 (Ravel Tzigane for Violin) worked as a soloist. She toured Japan and
made a CD which is available from Amazon Japan.
Click to hear her play.
Click for her website.
- 2002: Christine Yu, 22 (Liszt Piano Concerto #1 in Eb Major)
is teaching piano in the San Francisco bay area. She has BS in Biology, BA in Piano
from Stanford, Master and Doctorate in Piano Performance from USC.
- 2001 co-winner:
Joon Sung Jun, 24 (Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello)
is teaching at Cal State Long Beach and performing professionally as a soloist and in chamber groups.
- 2001 co-winner: Xin Xin, 23 (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3 in D Minor) was born in Beijing China,
studied piano in Southern Calofornia and is now teaching at Central China Normal University.
Watch him play.
- 2000: Grace Fong, 20 (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor)
is currently the Director of Keyboard Studies at Chapman University Conservatory of Music.
She has degress from USC and PhD from Cleveland Institute of Music. She still performs and is a judge for
music competitions. Listen to her play.
- 1999: Sally Kikuchi, 11 (Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2)Please send an update.
- 1998: Joseph Keel, 15 (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor) Please send an update.
- 1997: Esther Keel, 11 (Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1)
is working as a piano soloist. She has Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School.
She has performed with over twenty orchestras across the United States including the Jacksonville Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Korean American Symphony,
The Juilliard Orchestra, Merrick Symphony, Mozart Festival Orchestra,
Peninsula Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, and the San Francisco State Symphony,
She is scheduled to play with the Pasadena Symphony on January 17, 2015.
- 1996: Yvonne Lam, 14 (Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor)
has performs as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,
the Pacific Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the American Youth Symphony.
She is with the Grammy-Award-winning contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird.
Visit website or
listen her play.
- 1995: Angela Wu, 14 (Schumann Piano Concerto)
earned PhD and Master degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan. She has
toured as a soloist and taught at Murray State University and Unoversity of Michigan.
Click here to watch her play
and for her website.
- 1994: Jian Wang, 21 (Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor) Please send an update.
- 1993: Jennifer Bai (Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major) is playing with the
Seattle Symphony. She played on recordings by Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews and Alejandro Sanz.
- 1992: Kevin Kumar, 16 (Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor)
is a professional soloist and atristic director for
Salastina Music Society
in Pasadena.Click to to hear him play.
- 1991: Jeremy Justeson, 20 (Ibert Concertino de Camera for Alto Saxophone)
has a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Justeson currently serves as the Director of the
Wind Ensemble and Professor of Saxophone at Kutztown University.
Click to hear him play and here for
- 1989: Linda Wang (Barber Violin Concerto)
is teaching at the University of Colorado. She has worked as a soloist with
orcheatras around the world. She has 4 CDs, available at iTunes and Amazon.
Click here to see her repertoire.
- 1987: Sheryl Staples, 18 (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major)
is with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. She has with more than 40 orchestras
nationwide, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras,
and the San Diego Pacific, and Albany symphony orchestras.
She made her New York Philharmonic solo debut in 1999 performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
She is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, where she teaches orchestral excerpts.
Ms. Staples performs on the “Kartman” Guarnerius del Gesu, c. 1728.
- 1986: Alan Gampel (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor)
is a professional piano soloist.
Click here to see his repertoire. He has played with the Chicago Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Ensemble Orchestrale de Paris.
Here he is playing "Pictures at an Exhibition"
- 1983: Andrew Pearce (Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A minor)joined the Boston Symphony in 1997. Has played with Boston Pops and Chris Botti.
Taught at Vancouver Academy of Music.
- 1982: Allison Glass (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1)
- 1981: Brian Bader, 23 (Liszt Totentanz (Dance Macabre))
studied at San Francisco Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Played at Weill Recital Hall in New York.
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