2013 Concerto Competition Winners

Olivia Marckx – First Place

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Olivia Marckx, 13, is an 8th grader at Odle Middle School in Bellevue. She has been studying cello with her mom since age 5½, and also works with Raymond Davis and Chuck Jacot. Olivia just won 1st place in the Sammamish Symphony Concerto Competition and is thrilled to be invited to solo with them this June. Previously she was a featured soloist with the Seattle Festival Orchestra and later the Cascade Symphony after winning their “Rising Star” Concerto Competition in 2011. Olivia has received honors at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and MTNA competitions for the last three years, and recently was awarded 2nd place at the Coeur d’Alene National Young Artists Competition. In the summer, she participated in Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program and was a full tuition scholarship recipient at Music@Menlo. Olivia has been invited back to solo with the SFO and looks forward to performing the complete Brahms Double Concerto with her friend Annie this spring. Olivia is an avid reader—her current favorite is Tolkien.

Amelia Sie – Second Place

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Violinist Amelia Sie is well known to concert audiences in the Pacific Northwest having made her solo debut with the Seattle Festival Orchestra at age 8. She has gone on to perform with the Seattle Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Cascade Symphony, the Sammamish Symphony, and Philharmonia Northwest, playing repertoire as varied as Sarasate, Bruch, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, and Paganini. She is the 2012 winner of Seattle Young Artist’s Music Festival Concerto Competition and has been featured on National Public Radio’s ‘From the Top’ program. She was most recently named a national finalist of the 2013 MTNA Senior Strings Competition. Amelia, 16, is a student of Simon James and Jan Mark Sloman and works with pianist Hiro David. She previously studied with Katsutoshi Nakamura, and the Pressley Violin Studio where she was a Starling Scholar. She has performed in master classes for Brian Lewis, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Paul Kantor, James Ehnes, Grigory Kalinovsky, Joseph Silverstein, Renaud Capucon, Henry Gronnier, Andrés Cárdenes, Oleh Krysa, Marilyn McDonald, Sandy Yamamoto, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Augustin Hadelich. Amelia, a part-time student at Newport High School and part-time homeschooler is a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and studies each summer as a scholarship recipient at the Meadowmount School of Music in New York.

Karissa Zadinsky – Third Place

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Karissa Zadinsky,18, began studying cello at age 7 with Leslie Marckx. Karissa graduated a year early as Salutatorian from the Insight School of Washington and began performing professionally as a substitute cellist in the Seattle Symphony this fall. As a winner of the 2012 Seattle Young Artist Music Festival Concerto Competition, she soloed with Philharmonia Northwest. In 2010, she was a winner of the Seattle Symphony Young Artists Auditions and performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.