New York, New York, January 24, 2003 — Four Winners were chosen in the 2003 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, from 300 applicants from 42 countries, before a distinguished jury of musicians at the 92nd Street Y. Each Winner was awarded $5,000, debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, Boston and Washington, DC, and joins the management roster of Young Concert Artists, Inc., which since 1961 has discovered and launched the careers of a long list of extraordinary musicians. Young Concert Artists provides management services, concert engagements and career development for three or more years.

The First Prize Winners are: Laura Buruiana, 22-year-old Romanian cellist; David Guerrier, 18-year-old French trumpeter; Antoine Tamestit, 23-year-old French violist, and DaXun Zhang, 21-year-old Chinese double bassist, the first double bassist in YCA history.

The Jury members were: Pamela Frank (violin); Ruth Laredo (piano, YCA alumna); Karen Lindquist (harp, YCA alumna); Jerome Lowenthal (piano); Jon Manasse (clarinet); Marya Martin (flute, YCA alumna); Ray Mase (trumpet); Jorge Mester (conductor); Scott Nickrenz (viola); Mark Peskanov (violin); Jonathan Sheffer (conductor); Fred Sherry (cello, YCA alumnus); James Sinclair (conductor); and Susan Wadsworth, Chairman of the Jury (Director of Young Concert Artists).

Special Prizes were also awarded. Cellist Laura Buruiana received four Prizes: The Jerome L. Greene Foundation Prize, established in memory of Jerome L. Greene, which sponsors her New York debut recital; The Pennsylvania Prize: eleven concert engagements throughout the state; The Slomovic Prize, an Orchestra Engagement, awarded by Anna Slomovic; and The Miriam Brody Aronson Prize, awarded by Josh Aronson in memory of his grandmother, which assists in underwriting Ms. Buruiana’s First Prize cash award.

Trumpeter David Guerrier was awarded two Prizes: The Saint Vincent College Concert Series Prize, a concert engagement, awarded by Joseph Bronder, Founder and Director of the Series; and The John and Esther Browning Memorial Prize, established by the late pianist John Browning in memory of his parents.

Violist Antoine Tamestit received five Prizes: The Peter Jay Sharp Prize, an endowed YCA fund established in memory of Peter Jay Sharp, which underwrites a New York concert; The Pasadena Symphony Soloist Prize, an appearance with the orchestra, awarded by Music Director Jorge Mester; The Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, which helps to sponsor his New York debut concert, awarded by Michael Cannon; The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Prize, a concerto engagement in Durham, NC, awarded by Conductor and Artistic Director Lorenzo Muti; and the Princeton University Concerts Prize, a $1,000 cash prize and a concert engagement, awarded by Concert Manager Nathan Randal.

Double bassist DaXun Zhang received four Prizes: The Fergus Prize of $5,000 and an Orchestra Engagement, awarded by Mrs. Jean Fergus; The Claire Tow Prize, which sponsors his New York debut at the 92nd Street Y, awarded by Leonard and Claire Tow; The La Jolla Chamber Music Society Prize, a concert engagement, awarded by President & CEO Mary Lou Aleskie; and the Washington Performing Arts Society Prize, a Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center, awarded by Neale Perl, President.

The remaining Finalists were each awarded Second Prize, and $1,000: clarinetist Alexander Bedenko, harpist Letizia Belmondo, the Biava String Quartet, flutist Katherine Bryan, flutist Julietta Curenton, the Jupiter String Quartet, cellist Si-Yan Li, cellist Sophie Shao, violinist Mikhail Simonyan, pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski, pianist Nicolas Stavy, and violinist Akiko Yamada.

Laura Buruiana won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig, Germany in September, 2002, co-sponsored by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.” David Guerrier won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris in October, 2002.


The Young Concert Artists International Auditions are unlike a competition. There are no rankings, and any number of winners can be selected. The sole criteria are musicianship, virtuosity, communicative power, individuality and readiness to begin a concert career.

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