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Meng Xu Wins UW's Jacoby Soloist Competition

March 6, 2009
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Meng Xu, a piano student from Shenyang, China, won the University of Wyoming's Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition for her performance of Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto" with the UW Symphony Orchestra.

Piano virtuoso Meng Xu of Shenyang, China, was named the winner in the University of Wyoming's Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition, held March 5 at the UW Fine Arts Center.

Her performance of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto" with the UW Symphony Orchestra was selected by the judges as the best among seven soloists that evening, earning her a significant prize. The seven finalists were selected from a pool of nearly 40 UW music students who auditioned in the first round of the competition, held in December.

Xu is pursuing the Performer's Certificate in piano performance at UW where she studies piano with Professor Theresa Bogard. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. During her studies at Shenyang, she was chosen to perform in the "Outstanding Student Recital" every year. She plans to attend graduate school at UW after completing the Performer's Certificate program.

The other finalists were Tim Baird, a graduate trumpeter from Texas; Dan Galbreath, a sophomore violist from Sheridan; Katrina Harr, a graduate flutist from Denver; Stephanie Medema, a soprano from Minot, N.D.; Andy Peeks, a graduate saxophonist from Hope, Ark.; and Harrison Welshimer, a junior saxophonist from Gillette. The judges were Cynthia Katsarelis, conductor of the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Margaret McDonald, professor of piano at Colorado University, and Gary Moody, professor of woodwinds at Colorado State University. UW Professor Michael Griffith conducted the concert.

The Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition provides an opportunity for the best UW music students to appear as soloists with the UW Symphony. It also offers a significant award to the musician judged to have given the best performance that evening.

Jacoby was a founding member of the Symphony Association for UW and a long-time supporter of classical music in Laramie. Her sons Peter and Michael Jacoby made a generous contribution in honor of their late mother. That gift, along with contributions from many of Dorothy's friends, created the endowment for the cash prize that is awarded at the performance.

Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009

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