2017 Concerto Competition Winners

Kristy Park – First Place

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Kristy Park, 15, is a sophomore at Newport High School in Bellevue. She began cello studies at age 10 with Leslie Marckx. Since then Kristy has received numerous honors such as receiving first in her PAFE division multiple years in the concerto and solo divisions, as well as being a finalist in the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival for two years. Her recent accomplishments include placing first in the 2016 Washington Music Educators Association State Solo Contest. In November 2016 she performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Seattle Youth Symphony in Benaroya Hall after winning their concerto competition. Kristy has served as principal cellist in the Seattle Youth Symphony and in the NAFME All-Northwest orchestra. This past summer, she attended the Meadowmount School of Music, where she studied with Jonathan Koh. Kristy has had the honor to play for Ronald Leonard, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Natasha Brofsky, and Alison Wells, and has studied chamber music with the Tokyo string quartet. Kristy plays on an R. Masens cello made in Lettonia, Latvia c. 1969, generously loaned to her by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

Takumi Taguchi – Second Place

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Takumi Taguchi, a sophomore at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, WA, is a student of Simon James and Hiro David, formerly with Mihoko Hirata of the Suzuki Method.

He has won several competitions including 2013 Suzuki World Convention Concerto Competition, 2013 David Tonkonogui Memorial Award by Music of Remembrance, 2015 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival (SYAMF), the 2016 KING FM Young Artis Awards - Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, 2016 Seattle Symphony Young Artist Awards, among others. Additionally, he was a semifinalist at the 2016 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in London, UK. He has also performed as soloist with various orchestras including the Seattle Symphony.

In the summers, he has attended music camps including the Meadowmount School of Music and Summit Music Festival, on generous merit scholarships. He was selected as one of ten student artists at the 2015 Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School.

He has been a regular performer on the Music of Remembrance concerts at Benaroya Recital Hall both as a soloist and chamber musician often collaborating with members of the Seattle Symphony. Outside of music, he has been studying Japanese calligraphy for the past ten years. At school, he enjoys PE, math, biology and chemistry.

Olga Para – Third Place

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Olga Para, 16, a junior at Issaquah High School, started playing the trumpet when she was 11 years old. She studied with Philip Dungey in 2014, then has been studying ever since with principal of Seattle Symphony, David Gordon.

Her accomplishments include winning the 2015 Eastshore Solo & Ensemble contest, playing principal for both Seattle Junior and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, being brass section leader for the Evergreen Philharmonic, winning the Evergreen Concerto Competition, and preceding to the semifinals for the National Trumpet Competition of 2017. Olga is currently playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Evergreen Philharmonic, and Issaquah Philharmonic.