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2017 Young Artist Winners

Want to learn more about the 2017 Young Artist Winners? Read all about them here!


They will be performing March 10 at 7:30pm and March 11 at 2:00pm at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene.


Call 208-765-3833 for special discount family ticket pricing.


Aveek Ganguly
Aveek Ganguly, Piano

Aveek Ganguly is a 17-year-old pianist and a junior at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon. He has been studying the piano for eight years and currently studies with Dr. Renato Fabbro of the University of Portland.  Aveek is a two time winner of the Metro Arts Young Artists Debut Van Buren Concerto Competition and performed alongside Maestro Niel DePonte’ and members of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater in 2014 and again in 2016.  Both concerts were broadcast live on All Classical 89.9 KQAC FM.  This year, Aveek won third prize in the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition and was chosen to perform in Carnegie Hall.  He won the 2016 Beaverton Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition and performed with them twice.  In 2015, Aveek was a runner up in the Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition and was selected to perform the second and third movements of the Mendelssohn Concerto in G Minor with the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra.  He won first prize in the OFMC Dr. Suzanne Raines Scholarship Competition in January 2013, and also received an honorable mention in OMTA’s Tom O’Brien Scholarship Competition in the same year.  He has participated in master classes given by esteemed musicians such as with Catherine Kautsky, Fred Karpoff, Mark Westcott and Peter Mack among others. In both 2011 and 2013, he won the grand piano scholarship from the Piano Santa Foundation, Portland.  Aveek is also a frequent winner of OMTA Romantic, Classical, Contemporary and Oregon Junior Bach Festivals, and is a member of his school’s Concert Choir where he both sings as a tenor section leader and accompanies on the piano.  He also sings tenor in his school’s all-male A cappella group.

Joan Herget
Joan Herget, Cello

Joan Herget, 15, is a Canadian cellist from Calgary, Alberta. She began playing the cello at age 5 and studies with Beth Root Sandvoss. Joan is a student of the Honors Academy for Gifted Youth at the Mount Royal Conservatory, where she has the great opportunity to play in accomplished orchestras, chamber groups, and study with world class visiting artists, including Colin Carr, Lynn Harrell, Johannes Moser and Andrés Diaz.

In June of 2015, Joan won first place at the Canadian Music Competition in Vancouver, BC. Joan has competed as a finalist in the Canadian Music Competition for the last four years, placing in the top three each year. Joan also regularly competes at a provincial level for both solo cello and chamber with her piano trio, winning first place as a soloist and second place with her chamber group. Joan has had great success year after year at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival, winning gold in all of her solo classes.

Joan is the oldest of four girls in her family. She loves to water ski, down hill ski, and swim. She is currently in grade 10 and attends Bishop Carroll High School.

Brandon Cazden
Brandon Cazden, Tuba

Based in New York City, Brandon Cazden is an orchestral tubist, currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music in tuba performance at the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Kyle Turner, former interim principal tubist of the New York Philharmonic, and current principal tubist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Lukes.

As an orchestral tubist, Brandon has appeared with the New York Youth Symphony, where he is principal tubist, the Baltimore Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, and the Mannes Orchestra. Brandon is also a substitute tubist for the New World Symphony.

As a soloist, Brandon is very honored to have won the 2017 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, being the only tuba player (thus far) to do so.

When Brandon does not have a tuba in his hands, he can be seen watching/playing baseball and hockey, as well as making and trying different flavors of barbecue sauces.

Other principal teachers have also included Alan Baer, current principal tubist of the New York Philharmonic, as well as Lance Nagels, current principal tubist of the Quebec Symphony.

Elizabeth Yao
Elizabeth Yao, Piano

Elizabeth Yao graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese, having studied piano with Dr. Robin McCabe, Patricia Michaelian, and Nancy Jang. She went on to complete her Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the teaching of Mack McCray. Elizabeth has distinguished herself as a soloist in several competitions, including the University of Washington Annual Concerto Competition and the Ladies Musical Club Award Tour Competition. She also enjoys collaborating with other musicians in orchestral, chamber, and accompanying roles, which have included performances with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle modern music ensemble Inverted Space, and the San Francisco Symphony educational outreach program Adventures in Music. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University under the tutelage of André Watts.

Beatrice Hsieh
Beatrice Hsieh, Violin

Violinist Beatrice Hsieh has been praised for her “mosaic of sensitive phrase shaping and emotional exploration” (The Reporter). She has performed at venues both in the United States and abroad, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Severance Hall, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Mariinsky II Theatre. As the winner of various young artist competitions, Beatrice has made a dozen solo appearances with orchestras in the United States; recently, she soloed with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as winner of the CIM Concerto Competition. Other honors include the YoungArts Award for Classical Music, honorable mention at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and Grand Prize at the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition. She has also been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” and at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

In addition to her solo activities, Beatrice is a founding member of the Belka Quartet and the Hsieh Duo. She is currently a student in two advanced chamber programs at the Cleveland Institute of Music: the Intensive Quartet Seminar, in which she works with Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet, and the Intensive Duo Seminar. Other chamber intensives she has attended include the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the Madeline Island Chamber Music Fellowship String Quartet Program, where she was also a Dorothy Richard Starling Scholar. In these master class and workshop settings, she has worked with members of the Pacifica, Brentano, Dover, American, Tokyo, Belcea, and St. Lawrence quartets, among others. This past season, Beatrice also collaborated with Roger Tapping, Geoff Nuttall, and Andres Diaz in performances of quintets and sextets.

As an orchestral musician, Beatrice has played under the batons of Cristian Macelaru, under whom she served as concertmaster, and Jahja Ling. Beatrice has also worked with Valery Gergiev and Joshua Bell as a member of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which was featured at the BBC Proms and the Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Recently, she served as principal second of the CIM Orchestra under Theodore Kuchar.

An advocate for community engagement as well, Beatrice has worked with several organizations devoted to reaching audiences of all ages and backgrounds, including the Philadelphia-based Settlement Music School’s Music Education Pathways program, Tune Up Philly, Fischoff’s Peer Ambassadors of Chamber Music program, and various retirement communities.

Beatrice is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Joan Kwuon; previously, she also studied with Joel Smirnoff. In past summers, she has worked with Rodney Friend, Stephen Shipps, Yuzuko Horigome, and Cyrus Forough at the Cambridge International String Academy. Others for whom she has played include James Ehnes, Pamela Frank, Jennifer Koh, Ilya Kaler, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Beatrice plays on a violin on generous loan from the Chi Mei Cultural Foundation, which is based in Tainan, Taiwan and dedicated to the support of young, promising artists of Taiwanese descent and exceptional talent.

Elizabeth Moran
Elizabeth Moran, Soprano

Soprano Elizabeth Moran has received praise for her brilliant high notes, vocal agility and dramatic expressiveness.

Ms. Moran was most recently seen as the Dew Fairy in Amore Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, Ophélie (Hamlet) in concert with Gramercy Opera and Blondchen in Opera Theatre of Montclair’s production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Upcoming engagements include Adina in L’elisir d’amore with New York Opera Forum and performances with Gramercy Opera.

Ms. Moran is a recent winner of the 2016 American Prize Vocal Competition (women in opera). She was a semifinalist in the 2016 Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition, the 2016 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition in New York and a finalist for the 2016-17 Dayton Opera Artist-in-Residence Program.

As a young artist, Ms. Moran has performed a number of roles and scenes: Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) and Morgana (Alcina) with New York Lyric Opera; Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Bel Canto in Tuscany; Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), coached by legendary soprano, Martina Arroyo, with the Martina Arroyo Foundation; Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) and Polissena (cover, Radamisto) with Manhattan Opera Studio; Angelica, Norina, Cunegonde, and Lisette with La Lingua Della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. As a studio artist with Anchorage Opera, Ms. Moran performed extensively in productions of Eugene Onegin, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, Castor et Pollux and Don Carlos, and was featured in solo recitals throughout Alaska.

Other roles include Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Rosina (ll barbiere di Siviglia) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore). Ms. Moran is a frequent soloist with the Baldwin Festival Chorus and the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Ms. Moran earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in New York City.

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