2013 Young Artist Competition Winner

Sammy AndonianThe New England Philharmonic named 15-year-old violinist Sammy Andonian from Lincoln, Massachusetts, winner of their 19th Annual Young Artist Competition. Andonian performed the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the NEP, under the direction of Richard Pittman, at their annual family concert “A Distant Journey” on December 15th. The concert featured John Adams’ Tromba lontana; Silvestre Revueltas’ Janitzio and Richard Cornell’s Umai’s Journey, featuring the Boston Children’s Choir and narrated by Renee White, Dean of Simmons College.

Sammy Andonian began his musical studies playing the cello at age four and began playing the violin at age seven. Now 15, Sammy studies with violinist John Holland and cellist Mike Reynolds. As a young musician, he has won numerous awards and was recently the first place winner in the Walden Chamber Players’ Young Artists Competition. As an orchestral musician, Sammy has been a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2008, and he is now both a concertmaster and a principal cellist for the Boston Youth Symphony, their premier ensemble. Last year, Sammy was the principal cellist of the MMEA’s 2013 All-State Orchestra and was also a member of New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Richard Pittman, NEP’s Music Director, recalled Sammy’s audition, “… his tone is beautiful and the variety of tonal colors and phrasing in his performance was special and remarkable for a person of his age.” NEP’s Concertmaster Danielle Maddon, who also served on the judges panel, was impressed by Sammy’s “… brilliant playing … full of heart.”

The competition’s runner-up was Tristan Flores, a 14-year-old violinist from Lexington, Massachusetts, who performed Saint-Saëns: “Introduction et Rondo capriccioso.”