First Prize Winners Sruthi Garimella, left, Yunseo Kim, and Julia Chen. Not pictured, Maggie Mu. Courtesy photo
Thirteen outstanding young pianists in Los Alamos came away with top prizes in the Keith Snell Sonata Contest held annually in Santa Fe.
A total of 38 students were entered in the day-long competition, with Los Alamos pianists garnering more than half of the prizes in seven different levels of competition. Each level—Two through Eight—had one required Sonata or Sonatina movement from the Classical Era of music. Each student entered in that level performed the same required work.
Three distinguished judges adjudicated the contest and provided each contestant with written comments on her/his performance. Winners also received certificates and trophies. Judges were pianists Larry Blind and Astrid Groth of Albuquerque and Composer-Pianist Michael Mauldin, also of Albuquerque. The contest was held in the United Church of Santa Fe.
Los Alamos had four of the First Place Winners. Sruthi Garimella, age 13, won the highest Level VIII, performing the first movement of Mozart Sonata in Bb, K. 570.
First Place in Level VII went to Yunseo Kim, age 11, performing the first movement of Beethoven Sonata in G, Op. 49, No. 2. The third First Place award went to Maggie Mu, age 10, in Level VI, performing the first movement of Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545.
Finally, Julia Chen, age 11, was awarded First Place in Level V, performing Clementi’s Op. 36, No. 3, the first movement. Sruthi Garimella and Julia Chen are both students of Dr. Madeline Williamson; Yunseo Kim is a student of Ms. Janna Warren; and Maggie Mu studies with Dr. Jacquelyn Helin of Santa Fe.
Additional Sonata Competition prize winners were as follows:
Level III: Clementi, Op. 36, No. 1
Jack Ammerman, 10 years, Third Prize, student of Janna Warren
Betty Kang, 10 years, Honorable Mention, student of Madeline Williamson
Level IV: Kuhlau, Op. 55, No. 1
Lenny Svyatsky, 11 years, Third Prize, student of Madeline Williamson
Fayrouz Mourad, age 11, Honorable Mention, student of Janna Warren
Level V: Clementi, Op. 36, No. 3
Leo Abfalterer, 11 years, Second Prize, student of Janna Warren
Level VI: Mozart, K. 545
Daniel Kim, 11 years, Second Prize, student of Janna Warren
Sonya Svyatskaya, 13 years, Third Prize, student of Madeline Williamson
Level VII: Beethoven, Op. 49, No. 2
Nicholas Mozyrsky, 13 years, Third Prize, student of Madeline Williamson
Injie Mourad, 13 years, Honorable Mention, student of Janna Warren