Atlantic Young Artist 2018 Competition Winner

On Saturday, April 21, five talented pianists competed in the 2018 Atlantic Young Artist Competition held at Mount Allison University. The quality of the performances was extremely high. Each performer presented a recital program of approximately 45- minutes in length of contrasting works. The competitors were:

Martine Jomphe, New Brunswick

Kathryn Wagner, Nova Scotia

Tabitha Payzant, Nova Scotia (studying in Newfoundland)

Andrew Son, Nova Scotia

Gina Hyunmin Lee, New Brunswick (studying in Ontario)

The winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition is nineteen year-old Andrew Son from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

As the Atlantic Young Artist for 2018, Andrew Son will embark upon a short concert tour of the Atlantic region in the fall. Martine Jomphe was named runner up in the competition. In the event that Son is unable to do the tour it will go to Ms. Jomphe.

Andrew Son is currently in his first year at Dalhousie University where he plans to major in neuroscience with a minor in music. He is presently studying with Lynn Stodola. No stranger to the national stage, he represented Nova Scotia at the 2015 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association National Piano Competition in Vancouver. He was recently awarded the Piano Rose Bowl in the 2018 Kiwanis Music Festival in Halifax.

The adjudicator for this Young Artist Competition was Richard Boulanger. Boulanger’s training began in Montreal and continued to Germany with pianist Karl Engel and Paris where he studied with Nadia Boulanger. He received his Doctorate in Musicology from the Sorbonne. He is currently active as a concert pianist and full professor of music history and piano at the Université of Moncton.

The Atlantic Young Artist Competition and Tour are projects of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations and its provincial counterparts in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. The competition is open to pianist, singers and instrumentalists between the ages of 16 and 25 (27 for singers) who are currently studying with a Registered Music Teacher.