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I am pleased to announce the repertoire for the 2014 Young Artist Oboe Competition. The repertoire for the 2014 IDRS Young Artist Oboe Competition was selected by Martin Schuring, Dan Stolper and Michele Fiala. It was announced at the General Meeting during the conference. The repertoire follows:

  • CPE Bach Sonata in g minor for oboe and basso continuo, Wq 135, Breitkopf Edition, Movements One and Three (with repeats)
  • Saint-Saens Sonata for Oboe, any edition (second and third movements)
  • Antal Dorati Duo Concertante (second movement only)
  • Parma, Raffaele “Potpourri on Themes of Rigoletto,” Spartan Press (Reserved for the finals)

Applications will close March 15th, 2014 and finalists will be announced by May 1st, 2014. More information will be posted in the future at

1st Prize: Mingyuan Yang

2nd Prize: Thomas English

3rd Prize: Ben Roidl-Ward

1st Prize: Lin Qing

2nd Prize: Johannes Grosso

Honorable Mentions:
Nir Gavrieli
Friederike Hulman
James Jihyun Kim

Early Registration sale prices are extended through Sunday night May 26th! Come to IDRS 2013 Conference June 25-29 in sunny Southern California at the University of Redlands, just east of Los Angeles.

Visit our website at to read about the great variety of exhibitors who will be there with the latest double reed products and instruments, and the wonderful performers from all over the world who will be featured. Several evening and Saturday afternoon performances will include double reed concerto performances with orchestra or string ensemble. There will be morning lectures and many daytime concerts and master classes. See information on getting to Redlands, on campus housing, hotels, reading sessions, and more under Conference information and Event information. Evening programs and daytime schedules are listed under Event Schedules. Come have a delicious meal and wine and enjoy a chamber music concert in the gorgeous outdoor setting of a California Winery on Thursday night.

We hope to see you there!

Carolyn Beck and Francisco Castillo
Co-hosts IDRS 2013

The Members of the 2013 Young Artist Competition for Bassoon Committee are pleased to announce the finalists of this year’s competition:


  • Thomas English, USA
    Teachers include Kara M. Stolle, Douglas Spaniol, George Sakakeeny
  • Ben Roidl-Ward, GERMANY/USA
    Teachers include Francine Peterson, George Sakakeeny
  • Mingyuan Yang, CHINA/USA
    Teachers include Wendy Rose, Te Xu, Jianzhong Zhao


  • Jonathon Pearson Altizer, USA
    Teachers include Sharon Kuster, Kristin Wolfe Jensen
  • Naho Zhu, Japan/USA
    Teachers include Patricia Rogers, Richard Ranti, Janet Underhill

The finalists will compete at the IDRS Conference on June 27 at University of Redlands in California, USA. The winner will perform a recital on June 28 and receive a cash prize of $3,000 US.

The Members of the YAC Committee and the Officers of the Executive Committee are deeply appreciative of the time, effort and expertise expended by the judging panel. Members of the panel were:

  • Jeffrey Lyman: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • Marion Reinhard: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, La Scala Theater Orchestra, formerly of Berlin Philharmonic
  • Rodion Tolmachev: Principal Bassoon Mariinsky Theatre; Winner 2008 Gillet-Fox Competition

The final round of the 2012 IDRS Young Artist Oboe Competition was held at the conference on Monday, July 9th at 9am in the lovely Kumler Chapel at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. All three finalists performed at a very high level.

The final judges were John Dee (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA), Geralyn Giovannetti (Brigham Young University, USA) and Christopher Redgate (Soloist, England). The results were announced on the evening of the competition.

The first prize winner was Juri Schmahl, a student of Clara Dent-Bogányi at the Hochschule fuer Musik Nuernberg,Germany. He won $3000 and a recital at the IDRS Conference.

Chi Yuen “Bobby” Cheng (a student of Song-Lam Yiu in Hong Kong) was awarded second prize of $2000.

Gretchen Myers, a student of Frank Rosenwein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA, was awarded the third prize of $1000.

The IDRS would also like to acknowledge Julia DeRosa (a student of Elaine Douvas at the Juilliard School, USA) who was initially selected as a finalist but was unable to attend due to a tour with the Juilliard Orchestra.

We thank enthusiast Al Markel for posting his photos from the conference last week in Oxford, Ohio.

Congratulations to all the finalists in today’s Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition!

First Prize: Katarzyna Zdybel
Second Prize: Amanda Swain
Honorable Mentions: Bogdan Dumitriu, Ingrid Hagan, Laura Miller

Excerpt: Emily Pailthorpe, oboe – Phoenix Concerto for oboe and strings, op. 102 (2009) – Paul Patterson (b. 1947)

Excerpt: Martin Kuuskman, bassoon – Ciranda Das Sete Notas for bassoon ans string orchestra – Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Excerpt: Nicolas Daniel – Concerto in c minor, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

The 2013 Young Artist Competition for Bassoon will take place at the IDRS Conference being held at the University of Redlands, in Redlands, California, US. The competition repertoire is as follows:

Gordon Jacob: Partita for Solo Bassoon. Movements I, II, III, and IV
Oxford University Press

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for bassoon and continuo in e minor, RV 484. Entire work
Edition of entrant’s choice

Gabriel Pierné: Solo de Concert, Op. 35. Entire Work
Edition of entrant’s choice

For Finals Only
Alexandre Tansman: Suite pour basson et piano. Entire Work

pdfDownload the competition brochure in English, Spanish, German, French, and Japanese

Please contact Saxton Rose, Competition Chair at with any questions.