Young Artists Grants 2015

Leila Josefowicz, Nicolas Altstaedt and Ray Chen were our 2015 judges. Watch personal introductions from them here.

The following five 2015 winners were awarded $3,000 for their creative projects:

Eric Silberger with Jukubox, providing online music lessons from top teachers
Haerim Elizabeth Lee for MoKo Musik, promoting and commissioning Korean music
Lauren Latessa for a string quartet residency at a senior living facility
Mari Lee’s interdisciplinary Schoenberg performance, lecture and online interviews in Berlin
Rebecca Hannigan & Paul Wargaski with The Luthier’s Workshop, providing and maintaining violins for schools and non-profits

Congratulations to the winning applicants! And many thanks to everyone who applied, it was a wonderful first year and we look forward to next year.

Follow the winners one year on:

Jukubox, Eric Silberger
Jukubox provides online high quality private music lessons with eminent teachers such as Glenn Dicterow (USC, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music faculty), Lewis Kaplan (Juilliard), and Karen Dreyfus (USC). The goal of the project is to make music lessons more accessible. The Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grant will go towards providing scholarships to reduce fees for some students, as well as creating interview podcasts, videos and music content for the site to reach a wider audience.

MoKo Musik, Haerim Elizabeth Lee
MoKo Musik – Modern Korea Music – seeks to raise awareness and understanding of Korean culture by bridging the gap between traditional Korean music and modern music that represents Korea today. MoKo Musik promotes contemporary music written by Korean composers for a mixed ensemble of traditional Korean instruments and Western instruments. The Tarisio Trust grant will help support the production of a series of concerts in the US by MoKo Musik, including a new commission.

Quartet Residency at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, Lauren Latessa
Aiming to use music performance and education as a catalyst for community growth, the Tarisio Trust funding will allow the Community MusicWorks 2012-2013 Fellows Quartet to serve in residence at the Charles. E Smith Life Communities (CESLC) for two weeks during the 2015-2016 concert season. The residency will include an active programme of performances, lectures, composition classes and workshops for senior residents, focusing on the Haydn “Sunrise” Quartet and Debussy String Quartet.

Read a note from Lauren Latessa.

Schoenberg Interdisciplinary Concert, Mari Lee
Violinist Mari Lee is producing an interdisciplinary concert, combining music and lectures to give a deeper understanding of Arnold Schoenberg – the man and his music. A performance of Verklärte Nacht and Pierrot Lunaire by Berlin’s young rising artists will be combined with a lecture on Schoenberg, reconstructing his voice and thoughts from written documents, contextualising him in the Viennese cultural and philosophical scene. The production will also have an online presence to disseminate interviews with senior artists from the Marlboro Music Festival on their interpretations of Schoenberg’s music.

Read more about Mari Lee’s project here.

The Luthier’s Workshop, Rebecca Hannigan & Paul Wargaski
The Luthier’s Workshop is a mobile microshop providing and maintaining violins for schools and nonprofits, connected to Chicago’s Beverley Arts Center, Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project and Merit School of Music Bridges Program. The Tarisio Trust grant will go towards The Luthier’s Workshop partnering with five organisations in the Chicago area and one in Vermont, to assist them with violin maintenance and upkeep. This will immediately affect the musical education of approximately 500 young musicians and create a ripple effect to help many more.