ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has announced that flautist Abi Middaugh and violinist Lily Sullivan are the winners of its 2021 Young Artist Competition.
Initially, twelve finalists competed on December 11, 2021 at Eastern Michigan University, with the winners having the chance to perform at one of the A2SO’s youth concerts in 2022.
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Middaugh will perform the opening movement of Carl Nielsen’s Concert for Flute and Orchestra, while Sullivan will perform the opening movement of Camille Sint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor.
“I am so happy to have been able to be part of the Young Artists Competition this year,” said Competition Jury President and A2SO Principal Violin Aaron Berofsky. “The performances were wonderful; remarkably sophisticated and beautiful for students at such a young age. I was impressed with the variety of repertoire and instruments represented, all performed to an incredible level. said Berofsky.
Middaugh is originally from Ypsilanti and is in her final year of high school at the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University, where she is studying transverse flute with Kelly McDermott in Ann Arbor.
She plans to study the flute to become an orchestral flautist. She is currently a member of the University of Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Michigan University Wind Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Flute of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Art Camp 2021.
Middaugh won first prize in the Washtenaw Community Orchestral Concerto Competition in 2020 and the North Dakota State University National Music Competition in 2021.
Sullivan is a Merit Fellow of the Academy of Music at the Chicago Institute of Music. The center is intended for advanced pre-university musicians. She studied violin with Grigory Kalinovsky and is a member of the Dando Piano Trio at the Chicago Institute of Music.
Sullivan received an honorable mention in the 2020 Association of the Louisville Orchestra Young Artist competition. She won the first Ladonna Dingledine prize in the 2021 Muncie Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, first prize in age category C of the Bellegrande International Music Competition. She was also chosen as the Young Laureate of the 2021 Chicago International Violin Competition.
“I remembered how privileged it is to make music in front of a live audience,” Sullivan said. “To participate in this competition alongside such talented musicians was an honor. I am very grateful for the opportunity to share the stage with the Ann Arbor Symphony. “
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