Thursday, December 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Young Artists Competition winners featured in Mondavi recital

Pianist Hilda Huang, the 2010 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition junior grand prize winner, will perform Jan. 14-15 at the Mondavi Center. A Palo Alto resident, she made her debut at Carnegie Hall at age 11 and in March 2010 became the youngest person and first American to win the International Bach Competition. Courtesy photo

By
From page A7 | January 05, 2012 |

Details

Who: Violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Hilda Huang, winners of the Young Artists Competition

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15

Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

Tickets: $35 general, $17.50 students; www.mondaviarts.org, (530) 754-2787

The two performers who won the highest honors in the 2010 Young Artists Competition at the Mondavi Center — violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Hilda Huang — will be featured in recitals at the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15.

Kenney won the grand prize in the competition’s senior division (grades 9-12). Born in 1994, Kenney grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and started playing the violin at age 4. He was the concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2010-11.

He also has performed at festivals including Music@Menlo and Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole, and has appeared on the nationally syndicated NPR radio show “From The Top,” which features young artists.

Kenney has studied both baroque and modern violin, and he has performed a number of premieres, including a piece by Steven Mackey, who studied music as an undergraduate at UC Davis, and  is on the music faculty at Princeton.

Kenney is now a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he has performed as the concertmaster of the NEC Symphony and won the chamber music Honors Ensemble competition with his string quartet, which will perform at NEC’s Jordan Hall in February.

Huang, who won the 2010 Young Artists Competition’s junior division (grades 4-8) also hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Now a student at Palo Alto High School, she started playing the piano at age 3.

She made her debut at Carnegie Hall at age 11, as part of the “From The Top” television series on PBS, and also has appeared on the NPR radio version of “From The Top.”

Huang is particularly interested in the music of J.S. Bach, and in March 2010 she was awarded the top prize in the Seventh International J.S. Bach Competition in Wurzburg, Germany, becoming the first American and the youngest prize winner in that competition’s 20-year history.

She also has appeared with the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of Erich Kunzel.

In addition to the piano, Huang studies the harpsichord — an appropriate choice, given her interest in Bach — under Corey Jamason of the San Francisco Conservatory. Jamason is familiar to Davis audiences for this numerous appearances locally with the American Bach Soloists.

Huang also has conducted the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in a family concert, and has been invited to conduct the San Francisco Bach Choir.

Pianist Lara Downes, who performs regularly at the Mondavi Center and organizes the Young Artists Competition, said, “Both Alexi and Hilda are remarkable young musicians, mature and sensitive far beyond their years, intellectually curious, musically courageous and deeply committed to their life in music.

“Hilda plays with an intensity that is absolutely arresting. She’s a tremendously physical pianist whose musicality operates on an almost visceral level,” Downes continued.

“Alexi has a certain grace in his playing that is wonderful to experience. He’s one of those players who makes a performance seem effortless and yet deeply emotional, at the same time.”

The prize-winning young artists will appear in recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Tickets are $35 general, $17.50 for students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787.

Pre-performance talks featuring composer Matt McBane in conversation with Downes are planned at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8055.

Comments

comments

.

News

Former foster youths aided by UCD’s Guardian programs

By Sarah Colwell | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Rain Recyclers saves water for another day

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
City plans signs to improve flow on Fifth Street

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
State gets more rain, big mudslide

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Boston bombing suspect in court for first time since 2013

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
U.S., Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

Supplies collected for victims of abuse

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
New technology chief will join McNaughton Newspapers

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Feds will discuss Berryessa Snow Mountain protection

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
‘Longest Night’ service Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Nominate teens for Golden Heart awards

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Journalist will join post-film discussion Thursday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

City offices will take a winter break

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Konditorei presents free holiday concert

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Yolo County needs a few good advisers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Per Capita Davis: Time to stop fooling around

By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A4

 
NAMI-Yolo offers free mental health education program

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

.

Forum

Disagreement on mother’s care

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Marovich is a brilliant diplomat

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

And a jolly time was had by all

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Remember that all lives matter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Pollution from electric vehicles

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

.

Sports

On skiing: What to know when buying new skis

By Jeffrey Weidel | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devil boys host Les Curry beginning Thursday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

UCD women gear up for second half of swim season

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie men begin 4-game road trip at Air Force

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Youth roundup: DBC Juniors rider Kanz wins a cyclocross event

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
.

Features

College Corner: How does applying for financial aid work?

By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: B3

 
What’s happening

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B3

 
Anniversary: Barbara and Jan Carter

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

Something growing in the mailbox

By Don Shor | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
.

Arts

Sing and dance along to Cold Shot at Froggy’s

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Point of Brew: Recollections of Christmases past

By Michael Lewis | From Page: A7

Golden Bough brings Irish holidays to The Palms

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Come ‘Home for the Holidays’ and benefit school arts

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Rena Sylvia Smilkstein

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, December 18, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6

 
.

Last Minute Gift Guide

Young phenoms make YouTube success look like child’s play

By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG1

Classic or contemporary, it’s all holiday music to our ears

By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG2

Teen gifts: ideas for hard-to-buy-for big kids

By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG3

Holiday decorating contest winners light up our lives

By Dave Ryan | From Page: LMG4 | Gallery

Gift ideas for the health-conscious

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: LMG6

Hall of Fame proudly puts these toys on the shelf

By The Associated Press | From Page: LMG7