Wonderlic 2014 Piano Competition Finalists
And the Winners Are..
Samuel Post - First Place
Sam Post is a pianist, composer, and teacher of a variety of subjects in Washington, DC. He completed his undergraduate degree at Yale, where he graduated summa cum laude and won the senior essay prize for his research in astrophysics. While at Yale he also wrote worked as a conductor with the undergraduate opera company, directing a complete production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and played varsity soccer. He earned his master’s degree at Northwestern where he studied with James Giles. While in Chicago he won numerous area competitions, including Northwestern’s Piano Competition. In the last year, Sam joined the piano and chamber music faculty at the Levine School of Music, completed his first studio recordings of his own piano works and the Goldberg Variations, and won honorable mention at the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition. In his spare time he enjoys writing and playing soccer
Jannie Lo - Second Place
Pianist Jannie Lo made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 14, appearing in the "Young Virtuosos" Gala Concert in Weill Recital Hall. Since then, she has performed with various orchestras and festivals across the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Italy. As an avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with musicians such as Roberto Diaz, Norman Fischer, Paul Hersh, Nai-Yuan Hu, Axel Srauss, Joseph Swensen, Bion Tsang, and the Calder Quartet.
Lo is a recipient of the DAAD German Exchange Grant for research on European Contemporary Music, and in addition, has received awards from the Wideman International Piano Competition, King Award for Young Artists, the Peabody Career Development Grant, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, Pacific Musical Society, and others. Her mentors have included Mack McCray, Meng-Chieh Liu, Benjamin Pasternack, and Yoshikazu Nagai. She has also received influential coachings from Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Arie Vardi, and Hung-Kuan Chen. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Conservatory.
Alexei Ulitin - Third Place
Alexei Ulitin (Kiev, Ukraine) actively performs as a soloist and a collaborative artist. In 2013 he has worked as a member of musical staff in Siena Music Festival. This summer Alexei will be attending Aspen Music Festival as a collaborative artist and a recipient of prestigious New Horizons Fellowship. In addition to performing concerts in Finland, France, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States, Ulitin has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Baltimore Music Club 2014; Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition 2013 (2nd prize); the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington DC 2010 (1st prize); MTNA competition 2010 (Eastern Division Winner).
Alexei holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rowan University (New Jersey) where he studied with Veda Zuponcic. His Master of Music degree is from the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev. Currently, Alexei is a Doctor of Musical Arts student and a Graduate Assistant in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland, his teacher is Professor Rita Sloan.
The distinguished judges were Rebecca Trout and Dr. Fred Minger.