Big Win From Curtis In Young Concert Artists Competition

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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.