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Two French Musicians Among 2015 Young Concert Artists, Inc. International Prize Winners

Following auditions at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Young Artists, Inc. announced six prize winners for its prestigious international auditions, among whom were two talented French musicians: 22 year-old pianist Rémi Geniet and 25 year-old oboist Olivier Stankiewicz.

First Prize Winners of the Final Auditions in New York are presented in debut recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Winners become members of the roster of Young Concert Artists, which brings concert engagements throughout the United States, publicity, promotional materials and career guidance. The value of the First Prize has been estimated at US $75,000.

About Rémi GenietRémi Geniet was one of the last students of the great pianist Brigitte Engerer. At the age of 20, he was awarded the second prize of the Queen Elisabeth 2013 International Piano Competition in Belgium. He has studied both at the Paris National Conservatory and at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in the class of Rena Shereshevskaya, and is now under the guidance of Prof. Evgeni Koroliov in Hamburg. He also studied chamber music with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, orchestral conducting with George Pehlivanian and Renaissance polyphony with Olivier Trachier. Rémi attended master classes with Vera Gornostaeva, Tatyana Pikayzen, François-René Duchâble and Giovanni Bellucci.Website

About Olivier StankiewiczOlivier Stankiewicz, whose extensive musical activity is characterized both by his remarkable curiosity and virtuosity, has constantly sought to expand his artistic scope and sources of inspiration. Appointed principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra in May 2015, he has also performed with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertegebouw and served as Principal oboe with Toulouse’s Orchestre National du Capitole (ONCT) from 2011 to 2015. There, he recently performed the world premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s oboe concerto Nur under Tugan Sokhiev. He has performed with the Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestre, the Gunma Symphony and the Tokyo Sinfonietta. Named “classical revelation” in 2013 by the French association ADAMI, Olivier Stankiewicz also took First Prize at the 10th International Oboe Competition of Japan, won the Young Concert Artist European Auditions.Website

ABOUT YOUNG ARTISTS, INC‟Young Concert Artists has acquired a special status in the musical world, and deservedly so. Its auditions and concerts have brought to public attention a steady stream of remarkable musicians. It is extremely doubtful that any organization anywhere could have matched the YCA record for spotting great talent and helping it along.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES 

Young Concert Artists is a non-profit organization founded by Susan Wadsworth in 1961, dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world. Each YCA Artist is chosen by winning the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Auditions differ in three important ways from Competitions: YCA hears instruments, voice and chamber ensembles; there is no limit to the number of artists who can win; and the participants are competing against a standard of excellence – not each other. Each YCA artist is presented in a debut recital in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, as well as in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Young Artist Showcase Series.

Among the renowned musicians whose careers began with Young Concert Artists are violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, and Chee-Yun; pianists Emanuel Ax, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Anne-Marie McDermott, Olli Mustonen, Ursula Oppens, Murray Perahia, Fazil Say and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; flutists Paula Robison, Marya Martin and Eugenia Zukerman; the St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets; cellists Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; soprano Dawn Upshaw; and composers Kevin Puts, Andrew Norman and Mason Bates.WEBSITE