Competition: 23rd INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION “CITTÀ DI PORCIA”
Courtesy of the Associazione Amici della Musica “Salvador Gandino”
November 5-10, 2012
The twenty-third edition of the International Competition “Città di Porcia,” which this year was dedicated to the tuba, ended on Saturday, November 10. After a week of tough knockout tests with 41 contestants from 17 different countries competing, the jury chose the three finalists who performed with the FVG Mitteleuropa Orchestra conducted by Maestro Maffeo Scarpis at Giuseppe Verdi Theatre of Pordenone. As provided by the Competition rules, a choice between two pieces was given to the finalists. Two contestants opted for the Concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams while the third one chose the Concerto by Samuel Jones. The three performances were highly appreciated by the large audience in the hall, which played an important role as they were called to declare their favorite tuba player with a direct vote right that evening.
At the end of the performances the Jury, chaired by Claudio Orazi (Italy) and made up of Velvet Brown (USA), Alessandro Fossi (Italy), Gerard Buquet (France), Rex Martin (USA), Markus Theinert (Germany), and Anne Jelle Visser (Netherlands) met to declare the winner while the FVG Mitteleuropea Orchestra performed Symphony no. 7 in B minor, “The Unfinished,” by Franz Schubert.
This year the Competition did not have a winner and the verdict of the Jury, which took into account also the final with piano, awarded the second prize of €5.000 to Bethany Wiese (USA), and a shared third prize of €3.000 each to Tancrède Cymerman (France) and Jean Xhonneux (Belgium). The public, contrary to the previous years’ competitions, did not agree with the Jury, awarding Tancrede Cymerman the audience prize of €1.000.
Bethany Wiese (USA)
Bethany Wiese was born in the United States in 1986. She graduated from Lawrence University, Wisconsin, in 2004. From 2008 to 2012 she attended Yale University and she is currently working toward a doctorate at Northwestern University. She has been a finalist and semifinalist in several national and international competitions including the Leonard Falcone and ITEC competitions. In 2010-11 she played with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Brass Quintet. She is now playing with the New World Symphony and is an associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra.
Tancrède Cymerman (France)
Tancrède Cymerman was born in France in 1991. He studied at the Conservatory of Paris in the class of Prof. Gerard Buquet. From 2009 -10 he taught tuba at the CRC in Vendin-le-Vieil. He has been teaching at the Associate Music School of Clary since September 2009. He took part in the Festival de l’Eppau au Mans with the Les Siècles Orchestra. He has played with the Paris Brass Band and the Brass Band of Flanders. He has played with the Sostenuto Orchestra conducted by m° Takashi Kondo, the Graduate Orchestra of the Conservatory of Paris, and is a member of the De Profundis Ensemble.
Jean Xhonneux (Belgium)
Jean Xhonneaux was born in Belgium in 1990 into a musicians’ family in a region that preserves the rich heritage of wind bands. He has been playing the tuba since he was 10 years old. He has participated in many competitions in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. Jean enjoys playing with Young Symphonic Orchestra (Bayreuth) and also does sub work for professional orchestras like the Residentie Orkest Den Haag (Netherlands), the Opera Royal de Wallonie (Belgium), the Orchestre Royal Philarmonique de Liege (Belgium), the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Belgium), the Limburgs Symphonie Orkest, and the Brussels Philarmonic (Netherlands). Since 2008 he has pursued his musical studies at the Conservatory of Maastricht (Netherlands) in the class of Prof. Hans Nickel. Jean currently plays in the Ensemble de Cuivres de Belgique and Belgium Brass. With his brass quintet Eburon, he won the First Prize and the Bayer Prize at the Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon in 2012.