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Watch Cedille’s Emerging Artist Competition
In celebration of over 30 years serving Chicago’s classical music community by recording and promoting its finest artists, Cedille Records looked to discover the next generation of great Chicago musicians with its first recording competition. Six semifinalists, selected from among three dozen original applicants, performed live for a panel of judges on November 20, 2021. The finals, held on November 21, 2021, featured performances by three finalists competing for the competition prize: to have their debut recording produced and released by Cedille Records.
Saxophonist Julian Velasco won the competition and will record and release his debut album with Cedille this year. Friends of Cedille, Aphorism Studios, livestreamed the two day event and we’re pleased to offer you the recordings of each day’s proceedings below.
Semifinals | November 20, 2021
Finals | November 21, 2021
Including their performed works for the final competition
Clare Longendyke, piano
Florence Price: Fantaisie negre No. 4 in B minor
Shawn Okpebholo: mi sueno: afro-flamenco
Debussy: La puerta del vino
Amy Williams: Olga
Debussy: Les collines d’Anacapri
Augusta Read Thomas: Love Twitters
Julian Velasco, saxophone
Andre Waignein: Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
Amanda Harberg: Court Dances
II. Air deCour
Steven Banks: Come As You Are
I. Lift My Eyes
II. Times of the Storm
III. Strength of My Life
Karisa Chiu, violin
Mark O’Connor: Menuhin Caprice
Jean Sibelius, Five Pieces for Violin and Piano: Op. 81, III. Valse
Henryk Wieniawski, Fantasia on Themes from “Faust”: Op. 20
Cedille Records founder and President
Rachel Barton Pine
Violinist, Cedille recording artist and Cedille Board member
Cedille Board member
Former President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Choir
Vice President and General Manager, WFMT
Conductor and former Artistic Director, Lake Forest Symphony
Former Principal Bassoon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Maya Anjali Buchanan
Andrew Rosenblum harpsichordist
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