Congratulations to cellist Josue Valdepenas, a student of Professor Eric Kim, who has won the Jacobs School’s Rococo Variations concerto competition and will perform the Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Chamber Orchestra on February 24 at 8pm in Auer Hall, Urial Segal conducting.
The runner-up in the competition was Jeongwon Yang, also a student of Eric Kim.
Valdepeñas is a native of Toronto, Canada, and began piano studies at the age of three and cello studies at the age of seven. Piano dominated most of his music education until his high school years, and he has won several piano competitions in the Toronto area, including various categories at the Kiwanis Music Festival and the Grand Prize of the Toronto Music Competition in 2005. Currently a senior at the Jacobs School of Music, the cello has become the central part of his musical focus.
Valdepeñas has participated in music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Scotia Music Festival, Banff Chamber Music Residency, and New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2011 and 2012.
He is a founder of the Donatello String Quartet, which was invited to the 2012 Coleman Chamber Competition and 2012 Sandor Vegh International Quartet Competition, and won the 2012 Kuttner Quartet Competition at Indiana University. The quartet gave its New York City debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in May 2012.
As a soloist, Valdepeñas was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Sphinx Competition and has appeared as soloist with the Earl Haig Symphony Orchestra, Koffler Chamber Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra with his younger brother, Alejandro Valdepeñas.