Congratulations to the winners of our 2021 Young Artist Competition! This competition was sponsored by Wm. S. Haynes Co., Long & McQuade (Toronto), and Flute Specialists, Inc. The required repertoire was Homeland for solo flute by Allison Loggins-Hull and newly commissioned work Septentrion for flute and electronics by Eliot Britton.
First Prize Winner: Abigail Walsh
A versatile and passionate performer and educator, Abigail Walsh is a Visiting Professor of Music at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. She performs with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra as a regular substitute and in Music Wall Duo with pianist, Pei-I Wang. As an ambassador of new music she is a member of the Flute New Music Consortium and is premiering new works for flute and piano with CASA (Composers Alliance of San Antonio) during the 2021-2022 calendar year. Abigail earned her DMA degree from the Hartt School while studying with Janet Arms. To learn more visit abigailwalsh.com. Abigail is the winner of a beautiful Handmade Silver Haynes Headjoint! To listen to her recording of Septentrion by Eliot Britton and Homeland by Allison Loggins-Hull, click on the links below:
Second Prize Winner: Siliang Wang
Siliang Wang received her degree of Master of Music from the University of British Columbia in May 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China) in 2018. Siliang studied flute from age six, enrolling in the Middle School of Central Conservatory of Music in 2008 and was the only wind student recommended for admission to the Central Conservatory of Music (University). In 2009, she won the 3rd Prize in the Beijing International Woodwinds Competition. She gained the 2nd Prize and the Excellent Performance of Chinese Piece Prize in the China Flute Association. In 2016, her woodwinds quintet won the WaHaHa Chamber Music scholarship and joined the Chamber Music tour in the same year. Siliang is going to work towards her DMA degree at UBC School of Music in September 2021. Siliang has won a cash prize sponsored by Flute Specialists, Inc. and Long & McQuade!
Third Prize Winner: Tyler Evans-Knott
Tyler Evans-Knott began playing the Flute 11 years ago and is currently studying under Sally Wolf (Peterborough) and Laura Chambers (Toronto). He previously performed with the Kawartha Youth Orchestra for 5 seasons, was a mentor for their Junior Orchestra’s flutists, and appeared as soloist and section flute with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, through the KYO/PSO apprenticeship program. In the fall of 2020, Tyler also auditioned for and was accepted into the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra for their 20/21 season. Earlier this year Tyler placed 1st in both the Peterborough Kiwanis Music Festival, and the OMFA Provincials Diploma Level woodwinds class, and, most recently, attended the Pender Island Flute Retreat. Tyler with be auditioning for music schools in the coming fall. Tyler is the winner of a cash prize sponsored by Flute Specialists, Inc. and Long & McQuade!