Pearl and Julius Young Music Competition

  • 2017-2018 Season



Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:00 PM


Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth



Featured Performers: 

The Baroque Orchestra is pleased to announce  the 2018 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition for young instrumental artists, ages 16-22

First Prize is $1,000. The First Prize winner will perform a concerto movement at the BONJ Summer Music Festival in August, 2018. Second prize is $500. Third prize is $250. Two $100 honorable mention prizes will be awarded. Judges will include principal musicians from the orchestra and guest artists.

The competition will be held Sunday March 11, 2018 at NOON. Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.  Each of ten finalists will perform a movement from a major concerto or sonata.   The competition/performance is open to the public. 

Admission to this unforgettable afternoon of great music is FREE!

Judges for the 2018 Competition

Andrew Pecota has played bassoon with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey since its very first concert.    He has performed concertos of Vivaldi and Mozart and has served as wind section leader.   He is a founding member of Zephyrs Winds and a leader in chamber music performance in New Jersey.    He is on staff at Montclair State University.

Evan Ardelle has been an active cellist for almost half a century.  He was a student of master cellist Avron Twerdowsky and has played with numerous orchestras, chamber music groups and Broadway musical productions over the past five decades.  He also teaches cello part-time, just to share the joy of this wonderful musical instrument.   Mr. Ardelle, a former principal cellist of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey with his two beloved sons and his three beloved cats.

Michael Bulychev-Okser was born in Moscow, Russia in a family of distinguished musicians. He composed and played music since the age of seven. An honored alumnus of The Juilliard School, Michael Bulychev-Okser has collaborated with many of the  world's most notable musicians: Oxana Yablonskaya, Dmitry Yablonsky, Daniel Pollack, Martin Canin, David Dubal, Richard Kimball, Jonathan Strasser, and Mikhail Voskresensky. An extensive performance schedule finds him dividing his time between Europe and the United States in both solo performances and appearances with the world’s top orchestras, including Manhattan Philharmonic, Novgorod Philharmonic, and Parnassos Symphony. Because of Michael’s early and extraordinary talent, famous Russian composer T.Khrennikov took Michael, then nine years of age, under his instruction at the Moscow State Conservatory. A protégé child from an early age, Michael studied piano performance at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Mikhail Voskresensky.   In 2014, Michael Bulychev-Okser founded the Alion Baltic International Music Festival, in Tallinn, Estonia.

BONJ Accompanist

Hyunjin Cho (BONJ Accompanist) began her piano lessons at the age of five. She continued her studies at Chugye University for the Arts in Seoul where she received her Bachelor’s degree as a full scholarship student.   Her appearances have included solo performances at The Juilliard School and in the New Jersey area supported by the Westerhoff Foundation as well as chamber music performances at the Shepard Hall, the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Bruno Walter Hall at Lincoln Center and NV Hall. She has played in the Echo Music Festival in the summer 2012 and 2013 as an accompanist and coach. She has been on the piano faculty at the Westerhoff school of music and arts since 2003.  Ms. Cho received her Master’s degree and professional studies certificate from Manhattan School of Music as a partial scholarship student with Marc Silverman.

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