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Big Win From Curtis In Young Concert Artists Competition

Benjamin Beilman, a poised and monstrously talented 20-year-old violinist studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, is one of three winners in the prestigious Young Concert Artists competition.

Big Win From Curtis In Young Concert Artists Competition

Benjamin Beilman, a poised and monstrously talented 20-year-old violinist studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, is one of three winners in the prestigious Young Concert Artists competition.

(The other two winners are Narek Arutyunyan, an 18-year-old Russian clarinetist and George Li, a 15-year-old American pianist.)

Curtis also scored in YCA's second prize category, with awards going to Yen-Yu (Jenny) Chen, 16; the Old City String Quartet (Bryan Lee and Joel Link, violinists; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, violist; Camden Shaw, cellist); and violinist Benny Tseng.

A YCA prize is more meaningful than money. It's often been an important career maker. Beilman, who is also an Astral Artists, will be given a debut recital in the 2011-2012 YCA concert series in New York and in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, and also in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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