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Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition Winners

Piano

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2022 JMYAC Winner 1st Place Piano Gabriel Higbie

Gabriel Higbie

Age: 16
Hometown: Albuquerque
School Level: High School Junior
School: La Cueva High School
Composer: Liszt
Performance Selection:
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major, S 244/6
Music Teacher: Tatyana Bayliyeva

Gabriel received a cash prize of $2,500 and an opportunity to perform the winning solo with the New Mexico Philharmonic, plus other performance possibilities.

2nd
Sophia Zhang 2nd Place Piano 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

Sophia Zhang

Age: 12
Hometown: Albuquerque NM
School Level: 7th Grade
School: Albuquerque School of Excellence
Composer: Mozart
Performance Selection:
Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major. K. 175
Music Teacher: Tatyana Bayliyeva

Placing 2nd in the Piano portion of the the competition on Friday, 11 February 2022 was Sophia Zhang. Sophia was presented with a cash award of $1,500.

3rd
Tobias Fernandez 3rd Place Piano 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

Tobias Fernandez

Age: 16
Hometown: Albuquerque NM
School Level: High School Junior
School: Oak Grove Classical Academy
Composer: Chopin
Performance Selection:
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Music Teacher: Samuel Jacobs

The third place winner in the 2022 Piano competition was Tobias Fernandez playing a piece from Chopin's Four Ballades. Tobias was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Rising Star
Jacob Passey Rising Star Piano 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

Jacob Passey

Age: 13
Hometown: Albuquerque NM
School Level: 7th Grade
School: Coyote Willow Family School
Composer: Tchaikovsky
Performance Selection:
Dumka, op. 59
Music Teacher: Tatiana Vetrinskaya

Jacob was selected as the Rising Star and received $500.

Strings

1st
Sahid Palacios 1st Place Strings 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

Sahid Palacios (violin)

Age: 18
Hometown: El Paso TX
School Level: College Freshman
School: New Mexico State University
Composer: Lalo
Performance Selection:
Symphony Espagnole, op.21, I. Allegro con troppo
Music Teacher: Simon Gollo

Sahid Palacios placed first in the Strings competition of the 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition. Sahid was awarded $2,500 and an opportunity to perform the winning concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic, plus other performance possibilities.

2nd
Ella Curb 2nd Place Strings 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

Ella Curb (violin)

Age: 17
Hometown: Corrales NM
School Level: High School Senior
School: Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School
Composer: Prokofiev
Performance Selection:
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 1, Allegro Moderato
Music Teacher: Maria Stefanova

Capturing second-place in the Strings category at the 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition, Ella Curb was awarded $1,500.

3rd
Lilly Porter 3rd Place Strings 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

Lilly Porter (viola)

Age: 16
Hometown: Albuquerque NM
School Level: High School Sophomore
School: Home Schooled
Composer: C Stamitz
Performance Selection:
Concerto in D major for Viola I., Allegro con troppo
Music Teacher: Ruxandra Marquardt

The 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition Third Place Strings winner Lilly Porter (violin) was awarded $1,000.

Rising Star
Alicia Peng Rising Star Strings 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition

Alicia Peng (violin)

Age: 12
Hometown: Albuquerque NM
School Level: 7th Grade
School: Desert Ridge Middle School
Composer: Lalo
Performance Selection:
Symphony Espagnole, op.21, I. Allegro con troppo
Music Teacher: Mark Rush

12 year old Alicia Peng (violin) was named strings “Rising Star” at the 2022 Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition and received a cash prize of $500.

2022 Scholarship Award Winners

Willow Stracuzzi — Texas Strings Summer Camp
Lilah Cheng — UNM Summer Music Institute
Piano
Akilan Sankaran 1st
Kayden Kelly (Rising Star) 2nd
Sophie Passey 3rd
Strings
Camilo Vasquez (cello) 1st
Analise Granados (violin) 2nd
Maria Paula Bernal (violin) 3rd
Luis DeVargas (viola) 3rd
Summer Crab (cello) Rising Star
Piano
Gabriel Ingliss 1st
Samuel Maddox 2nd
Kayden Kelly 3rd
Karen Zhang Rising Star
Strings
Lorenzo Gallegos, Jr. 1st
Sofia Taylor 2nd
Levi Jensen 3rd
Luis DeVargas Rising Star
Analise Granados Other
Piano
Jane Wei 1st
Wesley Dong 2nd
Gabriel Bennett Higbie 3rd
Josh Shevitz Most Promising
Strings
Abigail Monroe 1st
Lorenzo Gallegos, Jr. 2nd
Luiz Paulo C.D. Freire 3rd
Analise Granados 3rd
Carol Stringer Most Promising

2018

Piano
Andreas Landstedt 1st
Strings
Ezra Shcolnik, violin
Toby Vigneau, bass
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