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Grand Junction Symphony Guild’s Young Artist Competition Finals to highlight three talented instrumentalists.

February 14, 2018

On Sunday, February 25th, three young and talented musicians from South Dakota, Ohio and Massachusetts, respectively, will come to the Grand Valley to compete for a chance to perform with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in the upcoming 2018-2019 Season. The competition begins at 2pm in the Love Recital Hall at Colorado Mesa University. Tickets are only $10 per person. They can be purchased online at GJSO.org, by phone at 970-243-6787, by visiting the Grand Junction Symphony office at 414 Main Street, or one hour prior the competition outside Love Recital Hall. Tickets are also available from the Monumental Events Box Office at the Avalon Theatre (645 Main Street), Monday-Saturday, Noon-8pm or by phone at 800-626-TIXS (8497).

Now in its 24th year, the Grand Junction Symphony Guild’s Young Artist Competition seeks to encourage young musicians in their chosen instruments and careers by affording them an opportunity to play with a symphony orchestra.

In the fall of 2017, instrumentalists across the nation received information about this year’s competition and were able to apply through Acceptd, a social media type network just for artists and arts programs. Numerous applications were received through the end of the year and Music Director Charles Latshaw and other music professors from Colorado Mesa University were tasked with selecting the finalists from a very competitive pool of applicants.

This year’s finalists are:

Maya Anjali Buchanan
Seventeen-year-old Indian/Italian American violinist, Maya Anjali Buchanan, is a major prize-winner on the national and international stage. She captured First Prize at the 2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition with her performance of the Korngold Violin Concerto.  She is a medalist of the 2017 Cooper International Violin Competition, Second Laureate at the 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the only American violinist to be awarded a top prize at the 2015 Johansen International Competition.

Maya made her solo debut at age ten and has performed as a guest soloist on three continents. In the 2017/18 season, Maya made her debut in recital at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík at the 2017 Harpa International Music Academy Festival, her China debut with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra and debuted with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra as the First Prize Winner of the 2017 Bonnie and Lee Malmed SVSO Young Artist Competition.

Max Houtris
Max-Olivier Houtris, a Grand Junction native, currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of esteemed trombonist Massimo La Rosa, principal trombone of The Cleveland Orchestra as well as renowned bass trombonist, Randall Hawes of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Max has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses with Joseph Alessi, Timothy Higgins, Michael Sachs, Yasuhito Sugiyama, Douglas Yeo, Per Brevig, Christopher Davis, Jesper Juul, Brad Edwards, and Daniel Perantoni among others.

While his areas of study focus in classical training, Max is also involved in the Cleveland jazz scene, free lancing with combos, salsa bands, and big bands across the city. A certified Avid Pro Tools User, Max has combined his passion for music and media with videography to work on projects for the Lake Affect Arts organization, UNICEF and the YaMa Low Brass Seminar in Japan with members of The Cleveland Orchestra. Aside from preparing professional orchestra auditions, Max’s current projects include the creation of doineedamute.com and the development of his YouTube channel.

Rajan Kapoor
Cellist Rajan Kapoor is an avid solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Rajan is currently serving as a String Quartet Fellow and Teaching Assistant to Professor Edward Arron at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has served as principal cellist of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, Opus One String Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, UMass Symphony Orchestra, and NYU Opera Orchestra. Additionally, he has gained recognition in the Hellam and Mondavi Young Artist Competitions and plays on an 1855 Goldmann cello generously loaned to him by the Carlsen Cello Foundation. In 2017, Rajan co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization An die Musik NYC and currently serves as its assistant director.

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