The six finalists

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2018 Results

1st place piano:
Emma Taggart, 15 yrs, Blaine MN. Grieg Piano concerto no. 1, 1st mvt. Studies with Dr. Reid Smith.

2nd place piano:
Nita Qiu, 15 yrs, Woodbury, MN. Chopin Piano Concerto No, 2 in F minor, 1st Mvt. Studies with Dr. Joseph Zins

3rd place piano:
Kirill Nazarov, 17 yrs, Faribault, MN. Grieg Piano concerto no. 1, 1st mvt. Studies with Alexander Braginsky

1st place instrumental:
Madeline Sheard, 18 yrs, Maple Grove, MN. Dvorak cello concerto in B minor, 1st mvt. Studies with Mina Fisher

2nd place instrumental:
Isabelle Krier, 16 yrs, Oregon, WI. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, 3rd Mvt. Studies with Eugene Purdue.

3rd place instrumental:
Carina Yee, 17 yrs, Decorah, IA. Wieniawski Violin Concerto in D minor, 1st mvt. Studies with Igor Kalnin.

Piano honorable mention:
Ben Smith (LaCrosse), Michael Wu (Sun Prairie, WI), Sukarako Eriksen (Wauwatosa, WI)

Instrumental honorable mention:
Harrison Oh (Faribault, MN), Maria Chirinos (Faribault, MN)


Major Sponsor, Dick Record, with the two 1st place winners


Madeline Sheard


AB Culver with Emma Taggart