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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

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