Saturday, March 14, 2009

YouTube Symphony Winners Announced

The winners of the YouTube Symphony competition were recently announced, and the clarinetists are:

Marco Antonio Mazzini (Belgium, Peru)
Ana Catalina Ramirez Castrillo (Costa Rica)
Victor de la Rosa (Spain)
Soo-Young Lee (Korea)

Check out the YouTube Symphony channel to see the winning videos.

We thought our readers might be interested in knowing more about the winners, who will be performing a concert at Carnegie Hall in April, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Many of our readers already know the name of Marco Mazzini because of his website Clariperu and his great Spanish-language videos about extended techniques. He has posted about winning the bass clarinet position in the YouTube Symphony at his personal blog, and there is also a great post (in Spanish) with information about each of the winners at the Clariperu blog. Mazzini is principal clarinetist of the Ostrava International Orchestra (Czech Republic) and is an active performer of contemporary music. He will be representing Belgium, where he currently resides, as well as his native Peru.

Ana Catalina Ramírez Castrillo is from Costa Rica, where she studied with Marvin Araya, principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. She then attended the Longy School of Music where she was a student of Jonathan Cohler, and received a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, as a student of Michael Sussman. She is principal clarinet of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and teaches clarinet at Belhaven College and Mississippi College. For more information about Ana Catalina Ramirez, check out her iLike profile.

Victor de la Rosa is a Spanish clarinetist. We couldn't find much information about him, but perhaps he will get back to us!

Soo-Young Lee is a 23-year-old Korean clarinetist who recently graduated from Seoul National University. She was a student at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Academy under Paul Meyer as well as the Asian Youth Orchestra and Asia Philharmonic Orchestra Academy under director Myung-Hun Chung. Soo-Young Lee currently studies in Austria at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz with Stefan Schilling.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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