NYFC Competition 2021 Winners
The 2021 New York Flute Club Competition was was held virtually in two rounds, with 50 highly accomplished competitors from all over the country. Congratulations to the winners, who will be featured in a special virtual recital at the 2021 New York Flute Fair on Sunday, April 11:
1st prize: Min Ha Kim
2nd prize: Tyler Martin
3rd prize: Cameron Cullen
We would like to thank competition coordinator Kaoru Hinata and our esteemed judges, Sara Andon, Maria Harding, Christina Smith, and Ebonee Thomas. In addition, we would like to thank and acknowledge pianist Linda Mark, whose beautiful playing on the required piece, the Gaubert Nocturne and Allegro Scherzando, was recorded and used by all the competitors in their performances.
Special thanks to Phil Unger and the Flute Center of New York for sponsoring the first prize.
Min Ha Kim (first prize), age 25, is currently studying with Mark Sparks at DePaul University. She previously studied with Paula Robison at the New England Conservatory and Leone Buyse at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She won first place in the Seattle Flute Society’s sixth Young Artist Competition. She also won first prizes at the Canadian Music Festival and Performing Arts BC Festival. In 2013, she received an award at the National Music Competition hosted by the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, representing British Columbia. She has been featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Youth Symphony, and Vancouver Pilgrim Orchestra. Ms. Kim has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony and is currently an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She spent her past summers at the Spoleto USA, Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Music Centre, Summer Music Institute, and Orford Academy.
Tyler Martin (second prize) was selected as a member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra and won a full-tuition teaching assistantship at Brevard Music Center. He is a substitute flutist for the Houston Symphony Orchestra and was awarded honorable mention in the Boston Woodwind Society Doriot Anthony Dwyer Flute Competition. Mr. Martin received a bachelor of music degree from DePaul University and a master of music degree from New England Conservatory. He currently attends the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Born and raised in the north of England, Cameron Cullen (third prize) took an early liking to the flute. He went on to study for four years at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Roger Armstrong and Jonathan Burgess before spending the next two years teaching the young musicians at Wells Cathedral School. He is now completing his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music with Ransom Wilson.