Thursday, May 3, 2012

PSO Concerto Competition Finalists Named; Four to Audition for Honeck in June

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2012


4 musicians will audition for Music Director Manfred Honeck in June

PITTSBURGH – A violinist from Utah, a cellist from Philadelphia and two pianists from Los Angeles and New York will compete for a chance to perform alongside the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra next season.
The PSO on Tuesday named the four finalists for the Concerto Competition. They are, in alphabetical order:

William Hagen, 19, of Salt Lake City, violin
Benjamin Hopkins, 21, of Los Angeles (hometown Rochester, NY), piano
Manon Hutton-DeWys, 26, of Bronx, NY (hometown Red Hook, NY), piano, and
Angela Park, 25, of Philadelphia (hometown Los Angeles), cello.

The four were named after the public voted last month on the PSO’s YouTube Channel, where the performance videos of eight semi-finalists were posted. The semi-finalists received a total of 22,222 votes during the voting period, April 13-April 30.

Music Director Manfred Honeck

The four finalists will receive round-trip air tickets to Pittsburgh, where they will audition in June at Heinz Hall for Music Director Manfred Honeck. A winner will be named June 12, receive $10,000 and be the guest soloist in the PSO’s BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Heinz Hall, with Honeck conducting.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition received 104 eligible videos from Feb. 9 to March 22, when eight semi-finalists were chosen. The PSO Concerto Competition allowed instrumental soloists in the United States, unrepresented by management, to upload videos of a performance of selected repertoire on selected instruments to the PSO’s YouTube Channel.

The competition is supported by a $50,000 grant from the PPG Industries Foundation. The PSO would like to thank the PPG Industries Foundation for its support of this concerto competition. Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

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