Gabrielle Lamb, Choreography
Grand Prize

Gabrielle Lamb, winner of a 2014 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, is based in New York City, where she directs her own company, Pigeonwing Dance. She has been described by DANCE Magazine “a dancer of stunning clarity who illuminates the smallest details—qualities she brings to the dances she makes, too".

Gabrielle Lamb, winner of a 2014 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, is based in New York City, where she directs her own company, Pigeonwing Dance. She has been described by DANCE Magazine “a dancer of stunning clarity who illuminates the smallest details—qualities she brings to the dances she makes, too".

Her dance works for stage and screen have been presented by, among others, the Banff Centre, Hubbard Street 2, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, BalletX, Sacramento Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theatre of Harlem, SUNY Purchase Conservatory, the University of Utah, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, the American Dance Festival, and the ARTV and BRAVO networks of Canada.

She has won choreographic competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, and Western Michigan University, as well as the Banff Centre's Clifford E. Lee Award and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. 

Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic of the New York Times, described her work as having "the quality of play that often characterizes good or great art".

Lamb, who had a distinguished performing career before transitioning to choreography, trained in her hometown of Savannah, GA and later at the Boston Ballet School. She was a longtime soloist at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, before being invited, in 2009, by renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon to join his company Morphoses in New York City. Her repertoire as a performer has also included principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Luca Veggetti, Shen Wei, and Pontus Lidberg. She has performed on stages across the world, including in New York City, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Munich, Stockholm, Riga, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Toronto. 

Sara Daneshpour, Piano

Sara Daneshpour is the 3rd prizewinner of the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, along with the 2014 prizewinner at the Seoul International Music Competition in Seoul, Korea and 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. She is the First Prize winner of the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), 2nd prize of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, and 1st prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition.

Sara Daneshpour is the 3rd prizewinner of the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, along with the 2014 prizewinner at the Seoul International Music Competition in Seoul, Korea and 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. She is the First Prize winner of the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), 2nd prize of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, and 1st prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition. She has studied under the direction of Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School, and Dr. Oleg Volkov. Her studies are continuing under Sergei Babayan since 2015.

Daneshpour has performed not only in her native city of Washington DC, but also throughout the U.S., Russia, Canada, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, France, Sweden, Spain, and Japan She has been heard on stages of such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In addition, she has been featured nationwide on 160 public radio stations, including the venerable WGBH in Boston.

Daneshpour's performances have earned high accolades from audiences and critics alike. The Washington Post wrote of her performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra "...she created transfixing poetry. And she found delightful details in passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine." The Baltimore Sun stated that Sara "delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 producing enough tone for two pianists in the process", while The Mercury News called her performance "...sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there."
In addition, she has been featured as a soloist on prestigious music series including the Werner Richard Saal concert series in Munich, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strathmore Hall in Washington, DC, Ventura Festival, The Frederic Chopin Society in St.Paul, Minnesota, The Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, in which the New York Concert Review wrote,“ she lavished color on oft-neglected line, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish…she exhibits all the requisites for a high voltage career and more: blazing technique, power, expressivity, imagination, and a lovely stage presence.“ 
Highlights of past seasons included performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gerard Schwarz in Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro George Hanson, and with Maestro Peter Bay at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. Performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto, No. 20 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland, and with Maestro Stephen Simon and the Sinfonietta both in Cape Cod and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with the Buck's County Symphony with Maestro Gary Fagin. Ms. Daneshpour recently also gave solo recitals at the Musee d'Orsay and returned to Paris for a recital at the Salle Cortot. 

Alicia Eggert,

Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, Tang Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, The MAC in Dallas, and Sculpture By the Sea in Sydney, Australia.

Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, Tang Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, The MAC in Dallas, and Sculpture By the Sea in Sydney, Australia. It has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, BBC Future and Hyperallergic, and in books such as Typoholic: Material Types in Design, Foundations of Digital Art and Design with Adobe Creative Cloud, and Elements and Principles of 4D Art & Design.

Eggert is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a TED Fellowship, an Artist Microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission, and a Direct Artist Grant from the Harpo Foundation. She has been an artist in residence at Google Tilt Brush, Sculpture Space, True/False Film Festival, and the Tides Institute and Museum of Art. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and the Sculpture Program Coordinator at the University of North Texas in Denton. She lives with her son, Zephyr, in Denton, Texas.

Yoshie Ueno,

Yoshie Ueno, a Japanese flutist, graduated first on the top of the list from Tokyo University of Arts and received the Acanthus Award. Then she finished the master's degree program of the Tokyo University of Arts.

Yoshie Ueno, a Japanese flutist, graduated first on the top of the list from Tokyo University of Arts and received the Acanthus Award. Then she finished the master's degree program of the Tokyo University of Arts.

She was the first prize winner of various well-recognized competitions, including the 76th Japan Music Competition (with winning Iwatani Award (the audience award), Kato Award, Yoshida Award and E. Nakamichi Award), the 15th Japan Wood Wind Competition (with winning Cosmos Award (the audience award), Governor of Hyogo Prefecture Award and Asahi Shimbun Award), and the 2nd Tokyo Music Competition. She was also the semi-finalist of the Nicolet International Flute Competition.

As a soloist, Ueno has performed with Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Japan’s leading orchestras (Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra etc.), conducted by Eliahu Inbal, V.Valitov, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Junichi Hirokami, and other well-known conductors. She also performed as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Sextet and the Amarcord Quartet Berlin consisting of principal players of Berlin Philharmonic. 

In 2005 and 2016, she had the honor of performing for Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Prince Naruhito of Japan at the Imperial Palace. She also performed at the dinner party of the Japan and China Summit Meeting held in the Official Residence of Japan’s Prime Minister. In 2016 and 2017, she lived in the United States and mainly performed there, including the solo recital in Washington D.C. and the solo performance in Carnegie Hall (New York City). In addition to Japan, she has made solo performances in the United States, Germany, France, Austria, Russia, Korea, China, and Taiwan. Ueno has performed for various TV and Radio programs, including “NHK World Music Album”, “NHK-FM World Music Recital”, “NHK Symphony Square”, and “Kimamani Classic”.  She teaches at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and Muramatsu Flute Lesson Center.

As of September 2017, she released seven CDs from Octavia Records Inc. One of her debut CDs [Garak (Isang Yun Flute works)] won the special commendations from Asahi Shimbun and the quasi-special commendation by the Record Geijutsu journal. Also, her third CD [Eastern Europe Songs] was awarded the quasi-special commendation by the Record Geijutsu journal.
In September 2017, she moved to Paris and bases her activities in France and Europe.

 

Paul Wiancko,

Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator.

While earning cello performance degrees at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School with Ronald Leonard, Wiancko won top prizes at several international cello competitions which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and to Brazil where he performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional.

Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator.

While earning cello performance degrees at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School with Ronald Leonard, Wiancko won top prizes at several international cello competitions which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and to Brazil where he performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional.

During his time in Los Angeles, Wiancko he created arrangements and recorded strings for bands such as Yellowcard and Veruca Salt, and worked with the producers of numerous other artists including Pennywise, U2, and Pearl Jam. His productions, which range from experimental orchestral arrangements to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums, commercials and films. Ever the versatile musician and improviser, Wiancko has toured and performed extensively with Chick Corea, while working closely with him on arrangements. Wiancko appears on his album Continents, as well as Hot House, which won a Grammy in 2013. He has also recorded with Grammy-winner Joe Cocker, and appeared with jazz greats Etta James at the Hollywood Bowl and Stanley Clarke at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Wiancko spent many summers nurturing his love for chamber music at the Aspen, Perlman, Olympic, and Marlboro Music Festivals, where he performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ysaye Quartets. He has also had the pleasure of performing with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Wiley and Richard Goode, among many others. After moving to New York in 2009, Paul joined the award-winning Harlem String Quartet, with whom he spent 3 years performing and teaching extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. Wiancko currently writes and performs as a member of the dynamic viola/cello duo Ayane & Paul, as well as the folk-based Bird's-Eye Trio, and tours regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

One of Wiancko’s first large-scale compositions was a highly virtuosic concerto for cello, orchestra, and electronics. Entitled "Tales From Bent City," the piece blends his passion for hip-hop and improvisation with his love of the great 19th century late-romantic composers, and its New York premiere was hailed by Sequenza21 as "surprising, fun, fresh, and innovative." Wiancko has since composed works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, Met Opera soprano Susanna Phillips, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, yMusic, Boston Cello Quartet, Bargemusic, and many others, and has been the composer-in-residence at the Twickenham, Newburyport, and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals. He recently completed composing the score for the new prison-drama feature film Heartlock, as well as a Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by scientist and NASA project leader Dr. Peter Smith. He was Caramoor's commissioned composer for the summer of 2016.

Wiancko plays on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and spends his spare time woodworking, fly-fishing, and practicing guitar, bass, violin, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin.