Maritsa Brookes Concerto Awards

About the Competition

Awarded to any undergraduate or graduate student in the Don Wright Faculty of Music on the basis of performance excellence demonstrated in solo concerto competition, this annual competition has been a highlight for many students over the years. This award was made possible through the generous donation by Maritsa Ateena Brookes (BA '57) to Foundation Western. The winners receive the honour of performing their selection in a public concert with the Western University Symphony Orchestra in the following school year. In addition, a generous monetary award is shared amongst the winner and the two runners-up, received in the fall following the competition.

Please note that candidates must be full-time registered students in the Don Wright Faculty of Music for 2019-2020; currently registered in applied music; and, intend to be registered students during 2020-2021. DMA students are not eligible. This competition is open to all instruments.

Important Dates
Deadline to submit application: November 28, 2019 (by 12:00 p.m.)
Deadline to submit video recording (voice): January 6, 2020
Deadline to submit video recording (piano): January 6, 2020
Audition (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion): January 7, 2020
Final Round: January 11, 2020 (12:00 p.m., von Kuster Hall, open to the public)

Public Performance

The final round of the 2019-2020 competition (open to public) is on Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00 p.m. in von Kuster Hall (Music Building).

2019-2020 Competition

Preliminary round judges:

TBA, Winds, Brass, Percussion
TBA, Voice
TBA, Piano
TBA, Strings

Final round external judges:

TBA, Winds, Brass, Percussion
TBA, Voice
TBA, Piano
TBA, Strings

Previous Winners

2018-19
First Place: Leonardi Joewono, Piano
Second Place: Alexis Wright, Marimba
Third Place: Kirit Mascarenhas, Violin
Runner Up: Michal Aloni, Voice
> View Symphony Orchestra webpage for 2019-2020 concerto performance information

2017-18
First Place: Kelvin Mun, Violin
Second Place: Dan Luong, Piano
Third Place: Christian Wrona, Viola
Runner Up: Dorothy Lin, Violin

2016-17
First place: Sean Tzu-Hsiang Kao, Piano
Second place: Bing Xin Yang, Violin
Third Place: Daniel Dennis, Cello - View Meet the Artist video

2015-16:
First place: Heidi Wall, Piano
Second Place: Christian Golding, Piano - View Meet the Artist video
Third Place: Jordan Clayton, Violin

2014-15:
First place: Danbee Ko, Piano
Second Place: Morgan Traynor, Voice
Third Place: Rachelle Li, Violin

2013-14:
First Place: Natalia Skomorokhova, Piano
Second Place: Matt Henry, Saxophone
Third Place: Lisa Mulgrew, Voice
Runner Up: Warren Elder, Marimba

2012-13:
First Place: Nicole Li, Violin
Second Place: Jayden Beaudoin, Marimba
Third Place: Vladimir Soloviev, Piano

2011-12:
First Place: Joel Tangjerd, Cello
Second Place: Margie Bernal, Soprano
Third Place: Bryn Blackwood, Piano

2009-10:
First Place: Tim Cheung
Second Place: Eric Mohr
Third Place: Catherine Folstad
Alternate: Grace Baker

2010-11:
First Place: Peter Gajdek, Trumpet
Second Place: Courtney Murias, Voice
Third Place: Edgar Suski, Piano

2008-9:
First Place: Neal Cabigon
Second Place: Mark Prince
Third Place: Victoria Grigg
Fourth Place: Adam Falconi