2014 Concerto Competition First Place Winners Showcased with University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Two of the three first place winners of the 2014 Concerto Competition perform with the University Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 PM in Mandel Hall. Flutist Caroline Wong presents Jacques Ibert’s virtuosic Flute Concerto, and trumpet player Matthew Bloomfield performs George Gershwin’s colorful Rhapsody in Blue, in the arrangement by Timofei Dokshizer, the famed principal trumpet player of the Bolshoi Ballet. USO Music Director Barbara Schubert conducts.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Caroline Wong started playing the flute at age 7. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2012, where she was a student of Thomas Robertello. She was also a first place winner of the James and Helen Pellerite Orchestral Excerpt Competition in 2012 and the Accent Music Festival Concerto Competition in 2009.  She was selected as a live-round competitor in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition in 2011.  Ms. Wong is currently a first-year law student at the University of Chicago Law School and a member of the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew Bloomfield began playing trumpet at the age of 9, inspired by his parents’ big band swing dance music. He focused on classical and orchestral music in high school, and earned the coveted position of Principal Trumpet in New York’s All-State Symphony Orchestra during his sophomore year. Matthew later studied trumpet performance at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Professor William Campbell, former Principal Trumpet in Zubin Mehta’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.  He was a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild’s solo competition in 2004 and 2007, and the National Trumpet Competition in 2011. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 and is currently a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Forty musicians applied for the 2014 biennial Concerto Competition at the university. “The record number of applicants demonstrates the continually growing interest in musical performance on our campus,” said Barbara Schubert, Director of Performance Programs. “The level of preparation and artistry exhibited by this year’s auditionees was extraordinary. The decisions were difficult to make!”

The panel of judges for the 2014 Concerto Competition included: Barbara Schubert, Director of Performance Programs and Conductor of the University Symphony; Robert Whalen, Conductor of the University Chamber Orchestra; Chip De Stefano, Conductor of the University Wind Ensemble; and Steinway artist Gregory Brown, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist.

Admission to “Concerto Showcase” is free, with donations accepted at the door ($10 general / $5 students). For more information, call 773.702.8069 or visit music.uchicago.edu. Mandel Hall is located at 1131 E. 57th Street in Hyde Park, Chicago. A reception in Hutchinson Commons will follow the concert.

The 100-member University Symphony Orchestra presents an ambitious season of six major concerts per year. The Department of Music’s thirteen performance program ensembles present over a hundred stimulating and varied concerts each year.

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