Congratulations to the winners of the Fresno State Concerto Competition

Fresno State Concerto Competition competitors

The winners of the 2019-2020 Fresno State Concerto Competition are Amanda Steinhauer, xylophone, student of Dr. Matthew Darling and Diego F. Marrero, cello, student of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim.

The winners will perform as soloist with the Department of Music’s large ensembles in May.  Amanda Steinhauer will perform The Golden Age of the Xylophone by Floyd Werle with the Fresno State Wind Orchestra on their final concert of the season on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 8:00 PM, and Diego Marrero will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 2, at 8:00 PM.

The 2019-2020 Fresno State Concerto Competition took place on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Department of Music Concert Hall.  The finalists included Robert Bennett, clarinet, Arianna Knee, flute, Diego F. Marrero, cello, Christopher Rodriguez, baritone, Amanda Steinhauer, xylophone, and Joshua Van Heusen and Cameron Harris, bassoons.

The two esteemed judges adjudicating the competition were Mr. Leor Maltinski, violinist with San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Mr. Michael Tackett, director of bands/instrumental music at the College of the Sequoias.  All the participants performed with the Department of Music’s pianist, Dr. Shing-Ming Liao.


Six finalists will compete for the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Fresno State Wind Orchestra and the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra this semester. 

The Concerto Competition Finals Concert will be at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, at the Concert Hall. 

Participants will be instrumental or vocal soloists who are undergraduate or graduate music students and will perform a concerto or work for soloist and large ensemble. All works will be performed with piano accompaniment by collaborative pianist Dr. Shing-Ming Liao and adjudicated by Michael Tackett, Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at the College of the Sequoias, and Leor Maltinski, member of the first violins of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. 

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 employee and senior, and $5 students. Parking is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

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