Early this month, we caught up with the 2013 MSYO Concerto Competition winners, Jonathan Altman & Yunah Kim to get their perspectives on the audition process for the competition. Jonathan Altman, 12 year old violinist from Ustach Middle School, won the Community Division title and Yunah Kim, 14 year old violinist from Modesto High School, won the MSYO Division title. Congratulations to the two of you from the Modesto Symphony Orchestra!
Q: Where did you audition? What piece did you play for the audition? A: We auditioned at the Stanislaus State University during the live audition round. This year I played the first movement of the Concerto No. 1 in G minor by Max Bruch.
Q: Have you auditioned in the past? A: Last year I tried out as an MSYO member, but this year I am playing with YPSO (Young People's Symphony Orchestra of Berkeley), so I applied as a community member.
Q: What are your plans for the future (i.e. college etc)? A: I want to study music in college. I don't know where I will go yet, or if I will study music only or double major. At this point, I don't even know where I will go for high school. I need time to work on my music so I may not got to regular high school.
Q: Do you think this process will impact how you will audition in the future? What did you learn from it? A: Evert audition I do makes me a little smarter about the process. Everybody gets nervous with auditions, but it gets better the more you do it. Live auditions are always the hardest, especially when you're trying for a new position or group. Winning this concerto competition is really cool because it is my first opportunity to play with a live orchestra. Usually kids my age only get to play with piano accompaniment or in small groups, so I feel lucky to be able to do this.
Q: Do you play other instruments other than violin? A: Although my primary instrument is violin, I also love playing French horn and trombone in my school bands, and I also sometimes play viola in chamber groups. I love classical music, but I also really enjoy playing folk music such as Irish and Scottish fiddle, American Old Time music, Bluegrass and Klezmer.
Q: Where did you audition? What piece did you play for the audition? A: I auditioned for the Concerto Competition at Snyder Hall and played the Concerto in A Minor by Accolay. I am one of two students that auditioned.
Q: Have you auditioned in the past? A: I had watched previous students audition and perform the competition, so I decided to try out for the first time, with hopes of getting some constructive input, never actually thinking I would make the cut.
Q: What are your plans for the future (i.e. college etc)? A: After I graduate from Modesto High School in 2016, I hopefully will go on to major in medicine and minor in music.
Q: Do you think this process will impact how you will audition in the future? What did you learn from it? A: I know that this process will impact my future musical career because I can become a stronger performer and improve my skills. I’m so grateful to MSYO for giving me this amazing opportunity to further my musical abilities and learn from this unique experience.