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Dallas International Piano Competition Finals 2022

Friday, June 24th, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Moody Performance Hall

2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 (map it)

Main Event at 7:30 PM

Experience dynamic pianism at the highest level, as three finalists of the Dallas International Piano Competition vie for the event’s top prize. All three will perform a solo concerto with orchestra, and a renowned jury of concert pianists will select a winner. Attendees will also have the opportunity to cast their vote for the audience favorite!

Watch and listen to quarterfinals and semifinals May 18-20, 2022 at dallasipc.org.

Tong Chen, conductor
Soloists, Alexander Agate, Jonathan Mamora, Narae Lee

Event duration: 2 hours

Program

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major

Allegro brioso
Andante assai
Allegro scherzando

Alexander Agate, piano (winner, 3rd prize)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor

Vivace
Andante cantabile
Allegro scherzando

Jonathan Mamora, piano (winner, 1st prize)

Intermission

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major

Allegro non troppo
Allegro appassionato
Andante
Allegretto grazioso-Un poco piú mosso

Narae Lee, piano (winner, 2nd prize & audience favorite award)

AWARDS CEREMONY

Presentation of the Audience Favorite Award
Presentation of the Jurors’ Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd

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Reserved Seating: $24-54

Livestream: $15

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What People Are Saying

  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "...the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Bruce Wood Dance Company...make an ideal cultural ambassador for the city to major urban centers in the United States and beyond."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Best Way to Watch A Silent Film 2014: ...they showed us that there’s nothing quite like watching a movie to the sound of a live orchestra."

    The Editor D Magazine
  • "The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."

    Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News
  • "For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."

    Teresa Frosini CBS 11 News
  • "…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Renaissance harmonies abounded, tinged with just the right spice of 20th Century dissonance and bi-tonality. It was brought out at just the right level by McKay."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The pointed intentionality of last night's programming, which initially looked like a musical mishmash, was to breathe new life into the old. And the structure of it was brilliant: 'Here's something you'll know. Here's something you should know. And here's something fun, so you leave feeling elated.'"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "The Dallas Chamber Symphony is nothing if not ambitious."

    Katie Womack Dallas Observer
  • "This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well-executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "They have some incredible talent in their midst."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "There were a lot of excited whispers and shoulder grabs as people stood up to leave. I rarely see crowds so invigorated after classical productions."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Shows like this reinforce that I'm on board; I'll see anything this group and its artistic director Richard McKay tries…"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The orchestra and conductor McKay deserve hearty accolades for this ongoing silent cinema project, with hope that it will continue to enrich the local scene in upcoming seasons."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."

    Peter Simek D Magazine
  • "Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical..."

    John Norine TheaterJones
  • "The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."

    John Norine TheaterJones

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Tong Chen, conductor

“Masterfully presented the Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony,” described the Leipzig Times. A prizewinner of the prestigious International Malko Conducting Competition, Tong Chen, current assistant conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, has quickly established herself as one of her generation’s most promising and exciting young conductors.

Highlights of the 2021-22 season include subscription week with the New Jersey Symphony orchestra, debut with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and engagements with National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Chen is a proud participant of the 2020 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, postponed to March 2022.

Tong Chen has worked with numerous orchestras across the globe, including the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo; Mikkelin Kaupunginorkesteri; Besançon Symphony Orchestra; Leipzig Symphony Orchestra; Alabama Symphony Orchestra; Charleston Symphony Orchestra; and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she made her Lincoln Center debut at David H. Koch Theater with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In addition, Tong has worked for Gustavo Dudamel of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ivan Fisher of the Budapest Festival Orchestra as a cover conductor.

Born in Shanghai, China, Ms. Chen is a regular guest conductor with orchestras throughout China. Including the Shanghai Philharmonic, Xia Men Philharmonic, Qing Dao Symphony Orchestra, Guang Zhou Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Opera House, where she worked as the assistant conductor from 2004-2009.

The founder of the new music project, “NOW!”, Tong has commissioned and performed new compositions throughout different cultural backgrounds and genres. Recently world premieres include Allen Shawn’s Concerto for Clarinet and Cello, one of the last pieces commissioned by Benny Goodman; Ellis Marsalis’ “The Fourth Autumn,” arranged by Hannah Yim; “Thu Diếu” by Viet Cuong and many works by Jessie Montgomery. This season, Tong teamed with composer Huang Ruo and Manner Opera to work on a new production of Huang’s Dr. Sun-Yat Sen.

​An education advocate, Chen taught orchestral conducting and led the Copland School of Music orchestral program from 2012-2018. She is a regular guest conductor at the Manhattan School of Music and a guest lecturer at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

A protégé of the former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, Ms. Chen was awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 2012, which allowed her to study the music of Mendelssohn and serve as the assistant conductor for Maestro Masur at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
Tong primary studies were with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Conservatory, where she received her Master’s Degree in conducting. In addition, she attended the Aspen Music Festival, where she worked with David Zinman, and the Cabrillo Festival, where she studied with Marin Alsop.

Alexander Agate, pianist

Born in 1994, Alexander’s first musical achievement occurred at age 13 upon acceptance into the Applied Music Scholarship program at Moorpark Community College, a two-year program during which he worked with Professor Mona DeCesare.  Two years before attending university, he studied under concert pianist Robert Thies, and then studied with Dmitry Rachmanov at California State University, Northridge.  He completed his Masters Degree at Manhattan School of Music, studying under Andre-Michel Schub, and is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music under the continued tutelage of Professor Schub.  He has had master classes with many distinguished pianists including John Perry, Jeremy Denk, Robert McDonald, Jerome Lowenthal, and Victor Rosenbaum.

Alexander has attended numerous summer festivals, including—for summer 2021, 2020, and 2019—the Music Academy of the West, as one of eight solo piano fellows. He has attended the John Perry Institute, Adamant Music Festival where he studied with Seta Tanyel, and the IKIF Piano Festival.

Alexander has competed in various competitions, including the 2017 Manhattan School of Music Balsam Duo Competition and the Manhattan School of Music Munz Chopin Competition, for both of which he was awarded the top prize. Alexander was one of 10 semi-finalists in the prestigious 2017 Naumburg International Piano Competition.  He reached the semi-final stages at the 2020 Chopin National Competition, and the Suzhou Jinji Lake International Piano Competition (2021).  Most recently, he won second prize at the March 2022 American International Paderewski Piano Competition in Los Angeles.

Alexander has attended numerous summer festivals, including—for summer 2021, 2020, and 2019—the Music Academy of the West, where he was one of eight solo piano fellows selected from hundreds of applications. He has attended the John Perry Institute, Adamant Music Festival where he studied with Seta Tanyel, and the IKIF Piano Festival.

Alexander has competed in various competitions, including the 2017 Manhattan School of Music Balsam Duo Competition and the Manhattan School of Music Munz Chopin Competition, for both of which he was awarded the top prize. Alexander was one of 10 semi-finalists in the prestigious 2017 Naumburg International Piano Competition.  He reached the semi-final stages at the 2020 Chopin National Competition, and the Suzhou Jinji Lake International Piano Competition (2021).  Most recently, he won second prize at the March 2022 American International Paderewski Piano Competition in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Mamora, pianist

An Indonesian-American and native of Southern California, pianist and educator Jonathan Mamora strives to uplift and positively influence others using music as a means for service through churches, homes, schools, community centers, and the concert hall.

Jonathan’s performances have taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and he is a prize-winner of several regional and international competitions, most recently winning first prize in the 2022 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the 2022 Eastman Piano Concerto Competition. Recent performances include Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 with the Eastman Philharmonia and the Waring Festival Orchestra, and Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He was recently a featured artist for the LA Phil Affiliates in the Desert. He has previously performed in masterclass by pianists as Olga Kern, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert Levin, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and Stanislav Ioudenitch.

Jonathan holds graduate assistantships in accompanying and in music theory at the Eastman School of Music and has received the Eastman Excellence in Accompanying Award. Jonathan also teaches piano for the Eastman Community Music School.

Jonathan is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying with and serving as studio assistant for Douglas Humpherys. He received his Bachelor of Music from La Sierra University and his Master of Music from The Juilliard School. His previous teachers include Elvin Rodríguez and Hung-Kuan Chen.

Narae Lee, pianist

Korean-born pianist Narae Lee began to play the piano at the age of seven and made her official debut at the Rising Young Stars Concert a year later.

She has won numerous prizes and participated in competitions, festivals both nationally and internationally, including Wideman Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition, the World Piano Competition, Art of the Piano, Chautauqua Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival as an assistant of Piano and Collaborative Piano faculties, New Paltz Piano Summer, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, Samick-Seiler Piano Competition, the Mayor of Seoul City Prize, and the Grand Prix Round Prize, the 21st Century Artist Special Prize at Osaka International Piano Competition in Japan. She has recently won the top prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington DC.

As a winner of the Seoul Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Ms. Lee made her orchestral debut with Seoul Philharmonic the 18th Annual Concert at the National Theater of Korea in 2009. Also, she has performed with CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and CCM Concert Orchestra as a winner of CCM Piano Concerto Competition (Left Hand Piano Concerto by M. Ravel). As a soloist, she has appeared at the Piano Gala Concert at Eastern Music Festival with the piano faculty, the New Artists Series Recital, and the Samick-Seiler New Artists Concert at Youngsan Art Hall. She has performed international masterclasses given by Richard Goode, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Andreas Haeflinger, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Kevin Kenner, Jerome Rose, Alexander Toradze, and Blanca Uribe.

Ms. Lee studied at Sunhwa Arts High School with Dr. Jeeyoung Shin and Yonsei University with Dr. Misha Kim in South Korea. She has earned her Bachelor of Music degree with a Cum Laude studying under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Lee was a recipient of Honors Scholarship and William Black Award. After her Bachelor of Music degree, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland to study further for her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts at the Peabody Conservatory. Most recently, she was awarded the second prize from the Yale Gordon Competition at the Peabody Conservatory as well as she was participating in the Brahms Piano Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, Seattle International Piano Competition, the Olga Kern Piano Competition, and the Washington International Piano Competition.

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