School of Music students recently swept the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) Young Artists Piano Competition on Nov. 5.
Senior James Anemone won first place, Rachel (Yerim) Lee was named alternate, and Stephen Gliatto received honorable mention. All are students of Igor Resnianski, WCU assistant professor of piano and chamber music.
Anemone, a piano performance major and music history minor, will continue on to the regional Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Piano Competition to be held Jan. 7 at West Virginia University. He was named alternate at last year's MTNA competition, where Gliatto also received honorable mention. The winner of the regional will compete in the national finals in Florida in March 2018.
For the second year, Anemone is a finalist in the University's Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Among his other recent accolades:
Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award (WCU) in recognition of Outstanding Pianistic Ability, Musicianship, and Artistic and Academic Scholarship.
First prize at the Triumph Music Festival (Kimmel Center, Philadelphia).
First prize winner of the New Orleans Piano Institute Solo Competition and the Michael Morochko Piano Scholarship Competition.
Silver Medal with Distinction in the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow International Piano Competition, presented by the Nelly Berman School Classical Music Institute (Philadelphia).
Anemone is an active member and previous president of the WCU MTNA collegiate chapter. He is a member of the American music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda, and was awarded its Outstanding Junior Award. Based in Exton, he teaches piano privately. His teacher, Steinway artist Igor Resnianski, has won many national and international piano competitions and coached a number of piano competition winners. He is a highly sought-after teacher and a previous PMTA Music Teacher of the Year.