NYFC Competition 2019 Winners
The 2019 New York Flute Club Competition was held on Sunday, March 17 at the Flute Fair. Congratulations to the winners, who will be featured in recital on our concert series on April 28 at 5:30 pm:
1st prize: Christine Choi
2nd prize: Jordan Arbus
3rd prize: Jeong Won Choe
We would like to acknowledge all the talented young artists who participated and thank Kaoru Hinata, competition coordinator, and the distinguished panel of judges: Gretchen Pusch, Susan Deaver, Karen Bogardus, and Jeanne Wilson; and Stephanie Jutt, who joined them for the finals.
Special thanks to Phil Unger and the Flute Center of New York for sponsoring the first prize.
Christine Choi, age 24, is currently a master's student of Judith Mendenhall at the Mannes School of Music (degree expected May 2019). As a chamber musician in the Mannes Sounds Festival, Ms. Choi has performed at Carnegie Hall in 2017 and 2018. She is a featured artist on the soon-to-be-released Wind Masterclass series with Demarre McGill, and has performed in masterclasses with Walter Auer, Carol Wincenc, and Christina Jennings. She earned her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University under the tutelage of Pam Vliek Martchev and, while there, won the school's 2014 concerto competition as well as first prize in the 2015 San Diego Flute Guild Competition.
Jordan Arbus, age 26, was born into a musical family and began his music studies at the age of eight in Toulouse, in the south of France. Since then, he has participated in many international masterclasses and festivals. After obtaining a degree in music from the Conservatory of Aulnay-Sous-Bois in 2015 as a student of Patrick Gallois, he obtained a bachelor of music degree from Montclair State University as a student of Susan Palma-Nidel. He is currently a student at Bard College studying with Tara O'Connor. In the fall of 2019 he will begin studies for a master's degree from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Ransom Wilson.
Jeong Won Choe, age 21 and a native of South Korea, is currently pursuing bachelor of music at New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Paula Robison. Ms. Choe has won numerous awards and honors, including the second prize at the 2016 Yeajin Artist Music Competition held by the Korea Art Development Association, second prize at the 2015 Seoul Music Competition, first prize at the 2014 Haneum Music Competition, and a performance as a featured soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also participated in the New York Summer Music Festival, the Gonjiam Flute Festival, and in masterclasses with Sandrine Tilly, Linda Chesis, Michel Morageus, Julien Beaudiment, Patrick Gallois, András Adorján, Marina Piccinini, and Renate Greiss-Armin.