45th Annual CMM Youth Concerto Competition

Civic Morning Musicals and Symphoria are pleased to announce a joint collaboration for the 45th Annual Youth Concerto Competition. The winner(s) will perform with Symphoria March 6, 2016.

The Preliminary Competition was held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 in the Setnor Auditorium, Syracuse University

The Judges were Sylvie Beaudette – pianos (Assistant Professor, Eastman School of Music), Peter Povey – Strings (Assistant Professor of Violin, SU), Allan Kolsky – Woodwinds/brass (Principal Clarinet, Symphoria) 

(Jan 16th) The following young musicians went forward to the final round:

Alexei Aceto, piano, played Mozart Concerto in G major, K453, 1st movt
     Alexei's teacher is Charis Dimaras.  He was accompanied by Ni Zhang
Sarah Bobrow,
bassoon, played Mozart Concerto in B-flat major, K191, 1st movt
    Sarah's teacher is Judy Marchione and she was accompanied by Sabine Krantz
Julia Loh, cello, played Boccherini Concerto in B-flat major, G.482, 1st movt
    Julia's teacher is Pamela Davenport.  She was accompanied by Steve Rosenfeld
Dai Wei Shen, violin, played Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor, Op 64, 3rd movt
    Dai Wei's teacher is Peter Rovit, and he was accompanied by Ida Trebicka
Max Tan, cello, played Saint-Saens Concerto in A minor, Op 33, 1st movt
    Max's teachers are Pamela Davenport and Einar Holm and he was accompanied by Ida Trebicka
Ivan Yumagulov, piano, played Saint Saens Concerto in G minor, Op 22, 1st movt
    Ivan's teacher is Charis Dimaras.  He was accompanied by Ida Trebicka

Congratulations to all the contestants for their wonderful, talented playing!


Max Tan - Lawence Loh 1-18-16The Final Competition was held on Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:00am, in the Setnor Auditorium, judged by Maestro Lawrence Loh, Music Director of Symphoria.

Concert Date with Symphoria:  March 6, 2016, St. Paul's Cathedral


Max Tan 1-18-16
The winner is Max Tan, cello.
 He is a 7th grader from Eagle Hill Middle School, Manlius, NY, 
and has been studying cello for five years, all with Einar Holm but recently also with Pamela Devenport.  He also won the 1st place in the CNYAMT Intermediate Instrumental Competition in 2015.  Having studied piano now for seven years, starting with Stavroula Givary and continuing with Ida Trebicka, he won Second Place twice in the CNYAMT Junior Advanced Competition.  Max’s other special interests include tennis, theater, science, social studies, and reading.




Alexei Aceto, piano, was awarded Honorable Mention.  Alexei is a young pianist from a musical family in Ithaca, New York, who began learning the instrument at age four. He studied for eleven years with teacher Trudy Borden (Eastman School, New England Conservatory). Alexei held his first solo recital at age twelve in Barnes Hall, 

Alexei Aceto 1-18-16Cornell University, performing works by Bartók, Beethoven, Chopin, and Satie. The following winter, he performed with young actress Erin Hilgartner in the original multi-media production, Reading Satie; Les Sports et divertissements which featured the piano music of Erik Satie. That event became the subject of the short performance film, Reading Satie. Since August, 2015, he has been a student in the private studio of Dr Charis Dimaras (Professor Piano Performance Studies, Whalen School of Music) and has participated in recital cycles by Dr. Dimaras' students showcasing the piano music of Rachmaninov (September 2014), and  Skriabin (September 2015).  Alexei has performed in master classes given by Dr. Jennifer Hayghe, Dmitri Novgorodsky, and by Professor Phiroze Mehta. He is the winner of the 2014 Nazareth College Piano Competition, and the 2015 Ithaca College High School Concerto Competition. Video performances can be found on his YouTube channel, Alexei Aceto, piano. Alexei attends the Cascadilla School in Ithaca, New York, and is in the eleventh grade.



Co-Chairs Contact Information:

Ida Tili Trebicka (315) 254-0614

Victoria King (315) 299.5598 ex 215 

The Concerto Competition, one of CMM’s important youth programs, is aimed at giving young Central New York musicians the opportunity to thoroughly learn a movement from a concerto and have their performance judged by highly experienced teachers and performers.  This feedback contributes to personal and professional development and to the success of any young musician.

See the specific RULES of the competition.

The Repertoire List divides instruments into four categories:

  • Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
  • Winds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba)
  • Piano
  • Harp, Guitar and Percussion or other

The Judges and competition committee members reserve the right not to select any winners.


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