2014 Concerto Competition Winners

Audrey Chen – First Place

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Audrey Chen, a senior at Interlake High School, began studies with Kai Chen at age 9. Throughout high school, she has distinguished herself in multiple festivals and programs, including being chosen as a concerto winner in the 2013 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and earning recognition as principal cellist of the USA’s very first National Youth Orchestra. Recently, Audrey won both the Washington State and Northwest Divisions competition of the Music Teachers National Association Senior Strings Competition, and she will be advancing onwards to compete as a finalist at the national level. Audrey has soloed with over seven different orchestras, including with the Seattle Symphony, with Eastside Symphony, and with the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Audrey is currently principal cellist of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and Interlake Chamber Orchestra, and she is also an active member in her community, performing for retirement centers, benefit concerts, and the like. Audrey plays on a French Buthod cello on generous loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

Quinn Price – Second Place

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Quinn Price has been playing the violin since he was 8. He lives in Ellensburg WA, where he is a Junior and honor roll student at Ellensburg High School. He is a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony and has performed as Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster. Quinn won first place at the 2013 State Solo and Ensemble Competition in violin, and received an honorable mention at both the Simon-Fiset String Competition and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. As a winner of the Seattle Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Quinn performed as a soloist with the Seattle Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra. Every Saturday Quinn travels 100 miles to Seattle where he studies with University of Washington Professor of Violin Ron Patterson and piano collaborator Irina Akhrin.

Ria Honda – Third Place

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Ria Honda, 13 years old, is a 8th grader at The Bush School in Seattle. She currently studies with Margaret Pressley and Jan Mark Sloman of Dallas. In 2008 Ria was selected to become a Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Scholar through the Pressley Violin Studio and the Seattle Conservatory of Music where she is in the Chamber Music Program. Ria has won many local awards such as The Performing Arts Festival and Seattle Music Teachers Association’s (SMTA) Simon-Fiset Competition. She has received 1st Place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Northwest Regional Competition and honorable mention at the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra's National Young Artist Concerto Competition. Ria has played in master classes and lessons for Tong-Wei Dong, Joseph Silverstein, and David Nadien. Ria made her solo debut in 2009 with the Seattle Festival Orchestra and has also performed with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra as their Concerto Competition winner. She has participated in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2007 and has been concertmaster of the Symphonette Orchestra and the Junior Symphony Orchestra. Ria began playing the violin at the age of 5 in Tokyo, Japan with Kuniko Kawai. For the past four summers she has attended the Meadowmount School of Music studying with Jan Mark Sloman.