The day-long Concerto Competition provided a showcase for the some of the finest musicians in the School of the Arts Conservatory of Music, who performed selections from the repertory before the judges: harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Kyu-young Kim, and trumpeter James Ross.
Harpist Bridget Kibbey, is renowned for her performances of masterpieces and new works. Winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, she is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. A Julliard graduate with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, she recently joined the harp faculties of New York University, Vassar College, and the Julliard School Pre-College program.
Ms. Kibbey has been a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Julliard Symphony, Israel Youth Philharmonic, and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral harpist she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke to name a few. She was one of a group of emerging musicians who performed at the first concert in Carnegie Zankel Hall. A leader among harpists active in contemporary music, she has premiered works by both emerging and prominent living composers.
She is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (IOE) and has been a featured soloist at the Anthology, Sonic Boom, and Julliard FOCUS Festivals. Her recently self-released solo album"Love is Come Again," was named one of 2007's Top Ten Albums by Time Out New York.
Violinist Kyu-Young Kim, an award winning soloist and chamber musician is hailed for his flawless musical and technical command. A graduate of the Curtis Institute and Julliard, he has presented solo recitals throughout the United States, and in Korea, Japan, Germany and New Zealand. He served as Associate Concertmaster and soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and was a soloist with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Poland. He is a former member of the Pacifica Quartet and he and his wife, cellist Pitnarry Shin, were awarded a 2002 McKnight Fellowship as the Soyulla Dou.
Trumpeter James Ross joined the New York Philharmonic in 2006 following his tenure at the Metropolitan Opera from 1994-2006 where he also performed with the Met Chamber Ensemble. He studied at the University of British Columbia, St. Louis Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He previously was principal trumpet of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and a frequent performer with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra. He has been a principal trumpet at Tanglewood with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.