3. Prize € 4.500,- donated by Grazer Stadtwerke AG
Thomas MEGLIORANZA, Baritone (USA)
Baritone Thomas Meglioranza was born in New York in 1970. He attended Grinnell College in Iowa and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. A strong advocate of new music, he has sung John Adam’s “The Wound Dresser” at the Tanglewood Festival under Reinbert de Leeuw, John Harbison’s “Words from Paterson” at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival under Jeffrey Milarsky, and Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Brilliant Sky, Infinite Sky” in Sapporo under the direction of the composer. Upcoming performances of modern music include Milton Babbitt’s “Two Sonnets” at New York’s Cooper Union, Samuel Barber’s “Dover Beach”, with Concertante, a newly commissioned song cycle by Jorge Martin, as well as a concert of music by John Cage. He was winner of the Eastman School of Music’s Jessie Kneisel Prize for Lieder, more recently was named winner of the 2002 Joy in Singing Award, and was also a prizewinner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Recital appearances this season include Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, Princeton University, the Schubert Club of Stamford, Connecticut, the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music. In Baroque music he has been engaged by such conductors as Andrew Parrott, Jane Glover, Nicholas McGegan, and Bernard Labadie.
Ying-Chien LIN, Piano (Taiwan)
Born in Taiwan, Ying-Chien Lin showed unusual musical and pianistic talent at the age of six. During her college years at the National Institute of the Arts under the tutelage of Rolf-Peter Wille, she quickly established herself as one of the most accomplished musicians in Taiwan. In 1996 she won the national Chopin Competition and was selected to represent the Republic of China at the 13th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Her numerous prizes and awards include winner of the piano competition of Japan’s Hamamatsu Piano Academy, winner of the Taipei City Symphony’s Concerto Competition, semifinalist of the 1st International Taipei Piano Competition, full scholarship of the Wiener Musikseminar in Austria, scholarship of the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with John Perry, and winner of the Accompanist Competition at the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei and master-classes in Moscow with Sergey Dorensky. In 1994-96 she was sponsored by the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation and performed frequently as a soloist and with orchestra at the Taipei National Concert Hall and abroad including Vienna, Aspen and Japan. She is a graduate with a Master Degree of Mannes College of Music. Currently Miss Lin is a Doctor candidate at Stony Brook State University of New York and is also a candidate of the Artist Diploma Program majoring in Collaborative Piano at the Juilliard School.
Duo Thomas MEGLIORANZA / Ying-Chien LIN