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Classical music notes: Appleton teen pianist wins 2010 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra competition

February 13, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear has another item to finish off this week with so many student events.

Joseph Hauer of Appleton has won the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s 2010 Concerto Competition, held in Madison last month.

Hauer (below) performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, and won out over 37 other competitors from around the state.

As the winner of the competition Joseph will appear as a soloist at the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s June 30th, 2010 Concerts on the Square performance and will receive the David Lewis Crosby Scholarship in the amount of $1, 000.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Elliot J. Yang, cello; Alice Huang, violin; Rebecca Jin, piano; Madlen Breckbill, violin, Leah Latorraca, violin; Ansel Norris, trumpet; and Joseph Connor, alto saxophone.

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition gives talented high school students from around the state the opportunity to showcase their talents with Music Director Andrew Sewell and the musicians of the WCO. The competition is open to students in grades 9-12 residing in the state of Wisconsin. Applications are accepted from string, woodwind, brass and percussion players.

Here is the biography for Joseph Hauer:

Joseph Hauer is a home-schooled senior from Appleton, Wisconsin. He began studying piano with his mother when he was 4, and has subsequently studied with Charlene Reitz of Fond du Lac and Catherine Walby at the Lawrence Academy of Music.

He currently studies piano with Catherine Kautsky at Lawrence University, to where she returned after teaching for five years at the UW School of Music.

He has won awards in numerous competitions, including the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Young Artist Concerto Competition; the Fox Valley Youth Soloist Concerto Competition; the WMTA Badger State Keyboard Competition; and the Fox Valley Junior Piano Concerto Competition.

He performed Liszt’s “Totentanz” (Dance of Death) with the Fox Valley Symphony in 2008 and the third movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

Joseph also plays the violin and currently studies with Yuliya Smead at the Lawrence Academy of Music. He was a member of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony from 2007-2010 and the Fox Valley Symphony from 2008-2010. On violin, he has received awards in the Fox Valley Junior String Competition and the Fox Valley Young Artist Competition.

Besides music, he enjoys snowboarding, water-skiing, disk golfing and wrestling with his 4-year-old golden retriever.

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