Ima Hogg Competition


2017 Ima Hogg Competition
Semi-finalists


 Barbara McCelvey, 2017 Competition Chair

Kiril Angelov, marimba

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Rainer Crosett, cello

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Michael Ferri, violin

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I-Jung Huang, violin

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Churen Li, 
piano

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Joseph Morris,
clarinet

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biography.

Rachel Ostler, violin

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Charles Seo,
cello

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biography.

Vijay Venkatesh,
piano

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Alan Woo,
piano

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Semi-finals Round: 

Thursday, June 1, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
FREE and open to the public
Semi-finalists perform concerti with acompanists every 30 minutes with Finalists announced at 5:00pm


Finals Concert:

Four finalists perform with the Houston Symphony
Saturday, June 3, 2017

7:30pm

Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Tickets $25
This concert will be broadcast live on News 88.7 KUHF
Announcement of competition winners will take place shortly after the concert.

 

About the Competition: 

The Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition is one of the foremost multi-instrument competitions in the world. Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, this prestigious competition is designed to identify outstanding young instrumentalists and support their pursuit of careers in music. Ten contestants will be selected to perform in the Semi-finals. Four finalists will advance to perform with the Houston Symphony to determine the winner of The Grace Woodson Memorial First Prize and a $25,000 award. This national competition is open to young musicians, ages 16-26 who play standard orchestral instruments and piano.

 

Questions? Email education.community@houstonsymphony.org

 


 2017 IMA HOGG COMPETITION PRIZES


 

-FIRST PRIZE-
THE GRACE WOODSON MEMORIAL AWARD
Generously given by The Dennis Family in memory of Grace Woodson
$25,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall in July, 2017 (exact date TBD)

-SECOND PRIZE-
THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY LEAGUE AWARD
Given in recognition of Jerry Priest, founding Chair of the Competition and in honor of the Houston Symphony League
$10,000
Solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, July 1, 2017

-THIRD PRIZE-
THE SELMA NEUMANN MEMORIAL AWARD
Presented by the Houston Symphony League Bay Area in memory of Selma Neumann, Founding President of the Houston Symphony League Bay Area
$5,000

-FOURTH PRIZE-
THE JEAN WHITBREAD KUCERA AWARD
Given by Lilly and Thurmon Andress in loving memory of Lilly's mother, Jean Whitbread Kucera
$2,500

-ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT-
THE ROBERT AND NANCY PEISER AWARD FOR ARTISTIC ENCOURAGEMENT
Given by the Houston Symphony Board's Immediate Past President and his wife to provide encouragement to one of the finalists - and selected by the musicians of the Houston Symphony
$1,000 

-AUDIENCE CHOICE-
THE HERMAN SHOSS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Given by Diane and Harry Gendel in loving memory of her father, Herman Shoss, a former violinist in the Houston Symphony
$1,000

 

 


SPONSORS:
The Houston Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition.

            

         Official Television Partner  
 
   
Official Health Care Provider
 
Official Airline

Contact: For more information on supporting the Competition, please contact Molly Simpson at molly.simpson@houstonsymphony.org or 713-337-8526 or Liam Bonner at liam.bonner@houstonsymphony.org or 713-337-8536. 

 

 


FORMER IMA HOGG COMPETITION WINNERS 


 

2016 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Luke Hsu, violin
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Christine J. Lee, cello
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Brian Lin, piano
  • 4th Prize: Samuel Chan, marimba
  • Audience Choice Award: Luke Hsu, violin
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Luke Hsu, violin

2015 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Esther Liao, piano
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Bixby Kennedy, clarinet
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Seth Morris, flute
  • 4th Prize: Hui Shan Chin, piano
  • Audience Choice Award: Esther Liao, piano
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Hui Shan Chin, piano

2014 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Lin Ma, clarinet
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Maria Chlebus, marimba
  • 4th Prize: Fedor Amosov, cello
  • Audience Choice Award: Fedor Amosov
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Fedor Amosov

2013 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Moran Katz, clarinet
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Vladimir Khomyakov, piano
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Min Jung Kim, piano
  • 4th Prize: Elizabeth Fayette, violin
  • Audience Choice Award: Moran Katz
  • Artistic Encouragement Award: Moran Katz

2012 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize/Gold Medal: Megan (Levin) Conley, harp
  • 2nd Prize/Silver Medal: Wei Chen Lin, marimba
  • 3rd Prize/Bronze Medal: Laura Park, violin
  • 4th Prize: Andrew Staupe, piano
  • Audience Choice Award: Andrew Staupe

2011 Ima Hogg Competition Winners:

  • 1st Prize / Gold Medalist: Brook Speltz, cellist
  • 2nd Prize / Silver Medalist: Esther Park, pianist
  • 3rd Prize / Bronze Medalist: Siwoo Kim, violinist
  • 4th Prize: Geraldine Ong, pianist
  • Audience Choice Award: Geraldine Ong

 

Photo credit: Anthony Rathbun

 

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