|Pianist Xiangyu Zhao|
The the winner of our 2016 piano concerto competition, Xiangyu Zhao, will perform Khachaturian's Piano Concerto in D flat major on our season final concert, April 26, 2016.
Studying piano with Dr. Robert Weirich, Mr. Xiangyu Zhao is currently in his first year of doctorate at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. As an international student coming from China, Mr. Zhao started to learn piano at the age of four and came to United States in 2008. He approached his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Northern Colorado in 2013 under study of Dr. Lei Weng. During his study time in the States Mr. Zhao earned several awards from the MTNA piano competition, Steinway music piano concerto competition in Colorado and was one of the winners of the Concerto-Aria Competition at UMKC. He also earned music scholarships for both his undergraduate and graduate studies. During his undergraduate study Mr. Zhao was specially awarded Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award from the international department at University of Northern Colorado. He was selected to play in the 29th Gala concert as the only solo performer. He was also interviewed by UNC's school newspaper "The Mirror" for his freshman recital. Besides his study at school Mr. Zhao participated several music festivals including the International Keyboard and Institutes Festival at Mannes. There he had opportunities to take master classes with a number of outstanding professors and artists such as Olga Kern, Jerome Rose, Nina Tichman, Norman Krieger, Logan Skelton and Frank Weinstock.
This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated exemplary musicianship and who desires to pursue a university degree in music.
Ruth Morse Wilson was born in Hannibal, Missouri. After moving to Jefferson City in 1953 she was a member of the Morning Music Club, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Advisory Board of the Missouri Arts Council, Capitol City Council on the Arts, Capitol City Womens' Club, a past Missouri State President and a Life Member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Mrs. Wilson passed away in April 2001 at the age of 96.
Our 2015 Wilson Award recipient is Logan Richardson.
This award is presented to a graduating senior who has shown commitment to exemplary service and loyalty to the Orchestra.
It is a collaborative financial award from Lawrence Woodman and Robert Mansur. Lawrence Woodman was a life long participant and supporter of the JCSO, dating to many years prior to WW-II. Until his passing in 1969 he was Robert Mansur's teacher and mentor. Mr. Mansur along with Carl Burkel and other musicians was responsible for rejuvenating the JCSO after WW-II and he served as its first president. He was also the JCSO Principal Flautist for 46 years.
Our 2015 Woodman-Mansur Award recipients are Rowan Bond and Gregory Treiman.