Maritsa Brookes Concerto Awards

About the Competition

Awarded to any undergraduate or graduate student in the Don Wright Faculty of Music on the basis of performance excellence demonstrated in solo concerto competition, this annual competition has been a highlight for many students over the years. This award was made possible through the generous donation by Maritsa Ateena Brookes (BA '57) to Foundation Western. The winners receive the honour of performing their selection in a public concert with the Western University Symphony Orchestra in the following school year. In addition, a generous monetary award is shared amongst the winner and the two runners-up, received in the fall following the competition.

Please note that candidates must be full-time registered students in the DWFOM for 2018-2019; currently registered in applied music; and, intend to be registered students during 2019-2020. DMA students are not eligible. This competition is open to all instruments.

Important Dates:
Deadline to submit online application: November 29, 2018 (by 12:00 p.m.)
Deadline to submit video recording (voice): January 7, 2019
Deadline to submit video recording (piano): January 7, 2019
Audition (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion): January 8, 2019
Final Round: January 12, 2019 (12:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall, open to the public)

Public Performance

The final round of the 2018-2019 competition (open to public) took place on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall (Music Building).

2018-2019 Competition

The winners of this year’s competition are:

First Place: Leonardi Joewono, Piano
Second Place: Alexis Wright, Marimba
Third Place: Kirit Mascarenhas, Violin
Runner Up: Michal Aloni, Voice

Preliminary round judges:

Jill Ball, Sharon Kahan, Shawn Spicer, Winds, Brass, Percussion
Torin Chiles, Patricia Green, Jackie Short, Voice
Stéphan Sylvestre, Leslie Kinton, John Hess, Piano
Annette-Barbara Vogel, Tom Wiebe, Sharon Wei, Strings

Final round judges:

Jill Ball, Winds, Brass, Percussion
Torin Chiles, Voice
Stéphan Sylvestre, Piano
Annette-Barbara Vogel, Strings
Sophie Roland, Chair, Music Performance Studies Department

Previous Winners

First Place: Kelvin Mun, Violin
Second Place: Dan Luong, Piano
Third Place: Christian Wrona, Viola
Runner Up: Dorothy Lin, Violin
> View Symphony Orchestra webpage for 2018-2019 concerto performance information

First place: Sean Tzu-Hsiang Kao, Piano
Second place: Bing Xin Yang, Violin
Third Place: Daniel Dennis, Cello - View Meet the Artist video

First place: Heidi Wall, Piano
Second Place: Christian Golding, Piano - View Meet the Artist video
Third Place: Jordan Clayton, Violin

First place: Danbee Ko, Piano
Second Place: Morgan Traynor, Voice
Third Place: Rachelle Li, Violin

First Place: Natalia Skomorokhova, Piano
Second Place: Matt Henry, Saxophone
Third Place: Lisa Mulgrew, Voice
Runner Up: Warren Elder, Marimba

First Place: Nicole Li, Violin
Second Place: Jayden Beaudoin, Marimba
Third Place: Vladimir Soloviev, Piano

First Place: Joel Tangjerd, Cello
Second Place: Margie Bernal, Soprano
Third Place: Bryn Blackwood, Piano

First Place: Tim Cheung
Second Place: Eric Mohr
Third Place: Catherine Folstad
Alternate: Grace Baker

First Place: Peter Gajdek, Trumpet
Second Place: Courtney Murias, Voice
Third Place: Edgar Suski, Piano

First Place: Neal Cabigon
Second Place: Mark Prince
Third Place: Victoria Grigg
Fourth Place: Adam Falconi