Clare Longendyke wins Bartok concerto competition and will perform April 15

Congratulations to pianist Clare Longendyke, a student of Professor Jean-Louis Haguenauer, who has won the Jacobs School of Music ‘Bartok’ concerto competition.  The alternate winner for this competition was Haewoon Yang, a student of Professor Arnaldo Cohen.

Longendyke will perform as soloist with the Concert Orchestra, Scott Sandmeier conducting, in a performance of Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Sunday, April 15, at 3:00 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Other works on the program include Night Ceremonies by Frederick Fox (a memorial performance for the beloved composer who was on the Jacobs School faculty for many years) and the Strauss Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron.

“I feel truly honored to have been selected to perform Bartók’s concerto with the Concert Orchestra, particularly because of the personal attachment I have made with this formidable work. The story behind the concerto astounds me – the fact that Bartók wrote the piece for his wife when he was dying of leukemia, that he never completed the work, and that she never performed it — makes it a very meaningful piece to perform.  My interpretation of the 3rd concerto is inspired by its history and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to perform it with an orchestra!”

 About Clare Longendyke

A native of Chicago, Illinois, pianist Clare Longendyke was born in 1987 and began her musical studies at the age of seven.  A graduate of the Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance magna cum laude where she studied with Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe and Linda Jiorle-Nagy, Longendyke has participated in music festivals and master classes in the U.S. and Europe.
 
Laureate of the prestigious Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship in 2009 as well as a recipient of grants from the Zaleski Foundation, Clare spent three years studying at Paris’ École Normale de Musique de Paris with professors Erik Berchot and Pavlos Yallourakis.  She received the “Diplôme d’Enseignement à l’unanimité avec des félicitations du jury” (Diploma with the highest distinction of the jury), a diploma with distinction in Chamber Music, as well as special recognition for her interpretation of the works of Elliott Carter.
 
Clare’s most notable performances include a recital at Paris’ Salle Cortot as well as solo and chamber music recitals at the Fondation des États-Unis as part of its young artist program, PONT.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the Jacobs School of Music where she is an associate instructor and student of Professor Jean-Louis Haguenauer.

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