Class of 2017 - 2018 Summer Accolades

7.1.18  Each summer the Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music into a cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States. The Southeastern Piano Festival is a high-level training platform for the young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond. Twenty of some of the best pre-college pianists on the piano scene today take part in a rigorous program that includes daily lessons with USC piano faculty, master classes with guest artists and up to five hours of practice a day. The week's events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges. 


MIC is happy to announce that Academy pianist Yerin Yang has won First Prize in the 2018 Arthur Fraser Competition along with the Young Jury Award and Best Solo Work. Yerin will perform a complete concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic in Masterworks concert series during the 2018/2019 season. Earlier this spring, Yerin won first prize in the Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition. 


6.5.18 Congratulations to twelve-year-old newly accepted Academy violinist Esme Arias-Kim, who will be representing the United States at the 2018 il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition.

The competition will be held in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy, from the 4th to the 8th of July. Open to international violinists aged 9 to 13 years old, the first prize winner will receive a cash prize and a number of international performance opportunities. 


6.4.18 Academy violinist Julian Rhee, first-prize winner in the 2018 Johansen International Competition, has won second prize as well as Best Performance of a work by J.S. Bach and Best Performance of this year's Commissioned Piece, in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Julian was one of only three finalists in this prestigious competition. Judges were Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, David Froom (who wrote the JIC commissioned work in 2015!), Janet Horvath, Mel Margolis, Ian Swensen, and Barbara Day Turner.