2014 VEA Winners

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Vandoren Announces 2014 Emerging Artist Competition Winners

Vandoren has announced the winners of the fourth annual Emerging Artist Competition.  The Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (or VEA) is for clarinetists and saxophonists between the ages of 18 and 23 performing at the very highest technical and musical level.  Applicants applied in three categories: classical clarinet, classical saxophone, and jazz – either instrument.  Entries are judged by top artists in each field.

Classical Clarinet: 1st: Taylor Marino – New York, NY, 2nd: Jaewon Kim – Cleveland, OH, 3rd: Roy Park – Austin, TX, Judges: Michael Wayne, Gregory Raden, Daniel Gilbert

Classical Saxophone: 1st: Sean Xue – Bloomington, IN, 2nd: Myles Boothroyd – Traverse City, MI, 3rd: Evan Clark – Cayce, SC, Judges: Chien-Kwan Lin, Griffin Campbell, Kenneth Tse

Jazz: 1st: Greg Jung – Albany, NY, 2nd: Drew Zaremba – Denton, TX, 3rd: Michael Troy – Clarence, NY, Judges: David Bixler, Mark Gross, Harry Skoler

This was the first year electronic submissions and judging occurred in partnership with DecisionDesk™.  “Given Vandoren’s commitment to the environment, this seemed like an obvious transition,” commented Vandoren Brand Manager Andy Blanco.  “All submissions were processed online, eliminating the need for mailing, CD burning, and all that extra paper – waste we’re happy to avoid.”

The first place winners in each category will perform in Chicago on the Emerging Artist Concert at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall on March 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  They will also travel to Paris, which will include a visit to Vandoren headquarters at 56 Rue Lepic to meet with some of the most influential woodwind designers and consultants in the world.

Click here to see all past VEA winners!