Richard Record Rising Stars Concerto Competition
Finals Competition LIVE at the March 7th Symphony Concert!
The Richard Record Rising Stars Concerto Competition is named in honor of our long-time sponsor, Richard Record.
Thank you to our 2020 Rising Stars sponsors:
Richard Record, Anna Beth “AB” Culver, Jane Saline Memorial, Jay and Dawn Jaehnke, Thomas and Jan Brock, John Bolstad and Bill Koutsky
Image Below: 2020 Semi-finalists with a few of the many sponsors: Jan Brock, Richard Record, Jay Jaehnke, Grace, Jessica, Jacob, Nita, Katya, Emily, and John Bolstad
Rising Stars 2020 Semifinalists
2019 Competition Results
The winner of the 1st place $2000 Anna Beth Culver Award is Sakurako Eriksen, 17 yrs, Milwaukee, WI. She performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto, No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, Allegro, ma non troppo with the LSO on March 9, 2019. Sakurako studies with Stefanie Jacob.
4 Finalist: Sakurako, Antonio, Claire and Zechariah
1st place AB Culver Award piano: Sakurako Eriksen, 17 yrs, Milwaukee, WI. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op.26. Studies with Stephanie Jacob.
2nd place Jane Seline Memorial Award piano: Antonio Wu, 15 yrs, Madison, WI. Bochmonioff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.18. Studies with Shu-Ching Chuang.
Honorable Mention Tom & Jan Brock Award violin: Claire Arias-Kim, 17 yrs, Hoffman Estates, IL. Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53. Studies with Almita Vamos. Honorable Mention Jay & Dawn Jaehnke Award viola: Zechariah Mo, 17 yrs, Rolling Meadows, IL. Walton Viola Concerto. Studies with Almita Vamos and Roland Vamos.
The Six Preliminary Finalists
Semi-Finalist John Bolstad Award cello: Grace Kim, 16 yrs, Waunakee, WI. Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor.
Semi-Finalist Sigurd and Jean Ann Gundersen Award piano: Beatrice Grant, 16 yrs, Waconia, MN. Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19.
The winner of the 2nd place $1500 Jane Saline Memorial Award is Antonio Wu, 15 yrs, Madison, WI. He performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto, No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, Allegro scherzando with the LSO on March 9, 2019. Antonio studies with Shu-Ching Chuang.
2018 Competition Results
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
2017 Competition Results
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
Naomi Sutherland from Viroqua, MN
Sakurako Eriksen from Wauwatosa, WI
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
$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
Abigail Arkley from Somerset, WI
Quinlan Bock from Viroqua, WI
$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
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
Instrumental – Yaoyao Chen from Menasha, WI and Michael Winkler from Sheboygan, WI
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
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
2nd Place – Noa Qui from Woodbury MN, MacDowell Piano Concerto
3rd Place – Zhen Tu from Eagan, MN, Mozard Piano Concerto