YTAMC Piano Competition

2024 Judges

Brian Luce

Brian Luce, “an authoritative soloist” praised for his “technical agility” and “lyric power,” is flute professor and associate director at The University of Arizona School of Music. As a chamber musician he has performed in the Luce-McLaughlin Duo, Luce-Caliendo Duo, and Arizona Wind Quintet with recordings released by the Naxos, New World, Albany, Toccata Classics, Gault, and Citadel labels. He has served as principal flute of orchestras in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas and has performed with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, Dallas Wind Symphony, Tucson Chamber Orchestra, and Ulsan Symphony Orchestra. Brian performs and presents master classes worldwide and he won prizes in the National Flute Association, Myrna Brown, Mid-South, and Kingsville International young artist competitions. He is published by Editions BIM and IntegrityInk, and his articles on performance and pedagogy have appeared in Flute Talk Magazine. A Yamaha Artist, Brian has played Yamaha flutes exclusively since 1996.

Eric Mitchko

Eric Mitchko has led North Carolina Opera as General Director since its founding in 2010. Highlights there have included the world stage premiere of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road, being part of the consortium that commissioned and produced Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and a series of acclaimed Wagner performances. Prior to coming to Raleigh he was Director of Artistic Administration for The Atlanta Opera where he was responsible for casting and repertoire, and conceived and managed the chorus’s 2008 participation in Porgy and Bess with the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Earlier, he was Vice-president of Columbia Artists Management in New York, where he managed the careers of 40 singers. He has been a judge of Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, the Jensen Foundation, and the Young Texas Artists Competition. For several years he taught Contemporary Civilization, one of Columbia University's renowned "Great Books" courses, and lectured in the Politics Department of Princeton University.

 

Kay Stern

Kay Stern is the Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has taught and coached at various music festivals worldwide and has been in residence at Wellesley College and San Diego State University.

Some of Kay's Concertmaster positions include the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Concordia at Lincoln Center, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She regularly performs as Concertmaster for many movie soundtracks and video games recorded at Skywalker Ranch. Kay is an active chamber musician, collaborating with colleagues around the world. Her past music festival appearances include the Caramoor, Bard, Olympic, and Grand Teton Music Festivals.

Kay attended the Juilliard School as a student of Dorothy DeLay. Her concerto and chamber music recordings can be heard on Phillips, Nonesuch, Innova, MusicMasters, Koch International, Gramavision, and Albany Records.

David Torns

David Torns is increasingly recognized for his vibrant personality, musical depth, and his ability to communicate an infectious joy for music to both musicians and audiences.

As Resident Conductor and Principal Pops Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, David's recent collaborations include The Wicked Divas, Classical Mystery Tour, Spectrum Motown, Bravo Broadway, Cirque Musica, and Grammy Award winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves.

He has led orchestras with film including Disney's Pixar in Concert, and Disney Around the World. He has collaborated with Broadway artists Doug LaBrecque, Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll, Julie Reiber, Laura Woyasz, Hugh Panaro, Morgan James, Capathia Jenkins, and Darius de Haas.

Mr. Torns is a passionate proponent of music education, designing and implementing educational concerts that reach over 10,000 students a year.

Mr. Torns has worked with the Omaha Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony, and Chattanooga Symphony.

2023 Judges

Jeremy Benson
John Ellis
Melissa Givens
Bradley Mansell
Diane Boyd Schultz

2022 Judges

Miyoko Lotto
Brian Luce
Bradley Mansell
Roger Pines
Maria Schleuning

2020 Judges

Maria Schleuning
Jose Ramon Mendez
Melissa Givens
Elizabeth Buccheri
Jeremy Benson

2019 Judges

Eric Mitchko
Diane Schultz
Kay Stern
Kirk Trevor
William Wellborn

2018 Judges

Elizabeth Buccheri
Miyoko Lotto
Maria Schleuning
William Florescu
Cynthia Estill