North York Music Festival
The North York Music Festival is an annually held music competition. The mission of the Festival is to provide amateur musicians of all ages with the opportunity to perform in a stimulating and encouraging environment while benefiting from the expertise of distinguished adjudicators. Funds raised go towards scholarships to reward participants success and hard work. The Festival promotes the appreciation of classical music for the enrichment of our participants and the broader public.
The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to have the three Concerto Class finalists from the festival perform selections from concertos on October 26th, 2012 at Youthful Exuberance. We are excited to share the stage with Ethan Chen playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Sophia Anna Szokolay playing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, and Kang Ho Song playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 in F# minor.
Ethan Chen, a 14-year-old pianist, has won prizes, trophies and scholarships in numerous piano competitions since 2009. His recent achievements include the first prize in Grade 10 Piano of 2012 Provincial Music Festival held by Ontario Music Association, the Most Promising Trophy in CCC Toronto Piano Competition, and the Mayor of Richmond Hill Scholarship in York Region Music Festival. He performed in various venues such as Cosmopolitan Music Hall and Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Ethan has been studying piano with Lorraine Wu since 2009 and Professor Zenon Fishbein in Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY for two consecutive summers (2011 and 2012).
Sixteen year old Canadian violinist Sophia Anna Szokolay won first prize at the North York Music Festival and the Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competitions.
In 2012, Miss Szokolay was a featured soloist with the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the String Orchestra of the Laurentide Music Festival, Quebec.
Following the family tradition of generations of musicians, one of her dreams is to perform the Violin Concerto of her grandfather, the renowned Hungarian composer, Sándor Szokolay.
Sophia began playing the violin at the age of 3 and she was 12 when she signed a contract with the Chamber Orchestra of the Canadian Children's Opera Company.
At age 13 she became a pupil of David Zafer, professor emeritus of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. Sophia has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2010 and won the Doris Goldman Merit Scholarship Award for Music at Port Milford Summer Camp.
Kang Ho Song is a Graduate of Thornhill Secondary School and is currently studying piano performance at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 2009 Kang Ho Song won 2nd prize in the All TV Music Festival, in 2011 1st prize at the Arts Richmond Hill Festival and the Wishing Well Lions Music Scarborough, and in 2012, the American Protege International Music Competition 1st prize.