Rising Stars Concerto Competition

The preliminary round will be Saturday, January 19th, 2019. Six semifinalists will be selected to perform in the open preliminaries which will be open to the public beginning at 3:30pm in the recital hall at Viterbo University. The top 4 will move on to the final competition during the LSO’s March concert. These 4 will compete for prize monies of $2000, $1500 and 2-$750 prizes. There will be 2-$300 prizes for the 2 semifinalists that do not move onto the final competition.

2018 Competition Results

Madeline Sheard

The winner of the 1st place $2000 Instrumental Award in Memory of Jane Saline is Madeline Sheard, 18 yrs, Maple Grove, MN. She will be playing the Dvorak cello concerto in B minor, 1st Mvt. with the LSO on March 17, 2018. Madeline studies with Mina Fisher.

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

The Six Finalists

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)

AB Culver with Emma Taggart

The winner of the 1st place $2000 Anna Beth Culver Piano Award is Emma Taggart, 15 yrs, Blaine MN. She will be playing the Grieg Piano concerto no. 1, 1st Mvt. with the LSO on March 17, 2018. Emma studies with Dr. Reid Smith.

2017 Competition Results

Instrumental Results

$2000 Jane Saline Memorial winner is Julian Rhee from Brookfield, WI.
Tchaikovsky Violin concerto in D Major, 1st movement

$1000 William and Stephanie Krueger Award winner is Katia Tesarczyk from St. Paul, MN

$500 John Bolstad Award winner is Madeline Sheard from Maple Grove, MN

Abigail Arkley & Julian Rhee

The 1st place pianist, Abigail Arkley from Bloomington, MN and the 1st place instrumentalist, Julian Rhee from Brookfield, WI.

Honorable Mentions

Benjamin Lenzmeiere from Minneapolis, MN

Naomi Sutherland from Viroqua, MN

Sakurako Eriksen from Wauwatosa, WI

Piano Results

$2000 Anna Beth Culver Award winner is Abigail Arkley from Bloomington, MN.
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, 1st movement

$1000 Jay and Dawn Jaehnke Award winner is Noah Qiu from Woodbury, MN

$500 Jean Ann and Sigurd Gundersen Award winner is Nita Qiu from Woodbury, MN

2016 Competition Results

Instrumental Results

$2000 Jane Saline Memorial Instrumental Award winner is Ephraim Sutherland from Viroqua, WI.
Prism Rhapsody for Marimba by Keiko Abe

$1000 Jay and Dawn Jaehnke Instrumental Award winner is David Cao from Madison, WI.
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Mvt 1

$500 John Bolstad Instrumental Award winner is Spring Spaeth from Onalaska, WI.
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Mvt 1

Zhen Tu & Ephraim Sutherland

The 1st place pianist, Zhen Tu from Eagen, MN and the 1st place instrumentalist, Ephraim Sutherland from Viroqua, WI.

Honorable Mentions

Stephanie Ye from Plymouth, MN

Abigail Arkley from Somerset, WI

Quinlan Bock from Viroqua, WI

Piano Results

$2000 Anna Beth Culver Piano Award winner is Zhen Tu from Eagen, MN.
Shostakovich PIano Concderto No. 2, Mvt 1

$1000 Jane Saline Memorial Piano Award winner is Ben Smith from La Crosse, WI.
Saint Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Mvt 1

$500 Travel Leaders Award – Owned & Operated by Goli’s Avenues of Travel winner is Noah Qiu from Woodbury, MN.
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Mvt 1

2015 Competition Results

Intrumental Results

1st Place Jane Saline Memorial – Mark Prihodko from Faribault, MN
2nd Place Jay and Dawn Jaehnke Award – Mariya Zabara from Faribault, MN
3rd Place John Bolstad Award – Naomi Sutherland from Viroqua, WI

Collin Jinks & Mark Prihodko

The 1st place pianist, Collin Jinks from Bayport, MN and the 1st place intrumentalist, Mark Prihodko from Faribault, MN.

Honorable Mentions

Piano – Vivian Wilhelms from Waunakee, WI; Jonathan Mattson from Rochester, MN and Michael Tang from Edina, MN
Instrumental – Yaoyao Chen from Menasha, WI and Michael Winkler from Sheboygan, WI

Piano Results

1st Place AB Culver Award – Collin Jinks from Bayport, MN.
2nd Place David Reedy Award – Noah Qiu from Woodbury, MN
3rd Place Travel Leaders (Owned & operated by Goli’s Avenues of Travel) – Gloriana Wolf from St. Louis Park, MN

2014 Competition Results

Intrumental Result

1st Place – Cello, Micah Cheng from Woodbury Mn, Elgar Cello Concerto
2nd Place  Violin, David Cao from Madison WI, Sibelius Violin Concerto
3rd Place  Violin, Andy Smith from La Crosse WI, Wieniawski Violin No. 2 Concerto

Piano Results

1st Place – Evren Ozel from Minneapolis, Chopin Piano Concerto
2nd Place – Noa Qui from Woodbury MN, MacDowell Piano Concerto
3rd Place – Zhen Tu from Eagan, MN, Mozard Piano Concerto