Friends of Music wrapped up their 2017/2018 season with a free concert featuring the winners of their annual scholarship program. Congratulations to winners Kirk Albachten on trumpet, and pianists Yutong Chen and Anson Sin.
Yutong Chen (Angela) is from Shenzhen, China. She started studying piano when she was 5 years old and obtained high-level certificates of achievement in music while still in high school. Currently, Angela is a freshman at Southern Oregon University majoring in Piano Performance. Her program will consisted of works by J. S. Bach and Franz Liszt.
Anson Ka-Lik Sin, a native of Hong Kong, has performed as a concert pianist in well-known concert halls all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Besides being a virtuosic pianist, Mr. Sin is an accomplished player of both the violin and viola and has performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and a Beethoven Piano Concerto with the Port Townsend (WA) Community Orchestra. Mr. Sin played a Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt and an Impromptu by contemporary Chinese composer Shi-Guang Cui.
Throughout his childhood, music was always an integral part of trumpeter Kirk Albachten’s life. He sang in numerous youth ensembles in the Rogue Valley, participated in The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon as a trumpeter, and won several accolades in both disciplines. Deciding to focus primarily on trumpet, Kirk studied under lead big band trumpeter Stan Mark for several years. Before attending Southern Oregon University, Kirk was offered positions with the United States Marines Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps and the Airforce Band of the Golden West in 2009. At the Scholarship concert, Kirk played a Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian.
Each year Friends of Music works with Dr. Alexander Tutunov, Professor of Piano at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, to select three promising young musicians to be awarded scholarships. Dr. Tutunov also performed at the concert and has been a favorite of Friends of Music audiences for several years. A First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Dr. Tutunov's playing was described by “Soviet Culture”, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent". He is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union.