The American Viola Society is pleased to announce the results of its first Orchestral Excerpts Competition for violists aged 18 to 28
Joseph de Pasquale Grand Prize: Blake Turner
Blake Turner recently received his Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff. He has served as Principal Violist of both orchestras at the Shepherd School, has been a fellowship recipient for the past three years at the Aspen Music Festival, and has been named as a Houston Symphony substitute violist and New World Symphony finalist. Turner will enjoy a paid week performing with the San Antonio Symphony including transportation and lodging, underwritten by friends of Joseph de Pasquale.
Second Prize: Batmyagmar Erdenebat
Batmyagmar Erdenebat, who will receive $500 and an online lesson with a Principal Violist, recently received his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College & Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Slowik. Erdenebat has served as Principal Violist of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and as a substitute violist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Third Prize: Emily Basner
Emily Basner, who will receive $250 and an online lesson with a Principal Violist, received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Mannes College of Music and her Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2010, where she studied with Karen Dreyfus. Basner's previous orchestral credits include serving as Principal Violist in the Salomé Chamber Ensemble and as section violist in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and she currently serves as a substitute violist with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.