Jurow International Harpsichord Competition

The Seventh Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition
Semi-finals: Thursday, March 22, 9:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m. & Friday, March 23, 9:00 –11:45 a.m.  
Final Round: Saturday, March 24, 2:00–5:00 p.m. & 6:00–9:00 p.m.

The Jurow Competition semi-final round will feature 16 contestants performing solo works by Byrd and Bach, a movement from James Dorsa's Jupiter's Moons, and accompanying violinist Martie Perry on the Sonata in D minor by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. The selected semi-finalists are: Leon Schelhase, Nadja Lesaulnier, Lark Powers, Assaf Sommer, Mo-ah Kim, Chiaki Omura, Mark Edwards, Jia Lim, Tami Morse, Ricardo Magnus, Elisabetta Ferri, Shin Hwang, Jovana Bojovic, Jacob Street, Elena Zamolodchikova, & Faythe Vollrath. The finals will feature 6 performers on 50-minute programs to include works of Louis Couperin, Bach, and accompanying soprano Janet Youngdahl on cantatas by Barbara Strozzi. Prizes will be announced at a reception following. PRIZES are as follows (in US dollars): First Prize, $5000; Second Prize, $2500; Third Prize, $1500; Jurow Prize, $750 to be awarded to a promising non-finalist, Mae and Irving Jurow, donors. The jury consists of Ketil Haugsand (Hochschule für Musik in Cologne), Dana Maiben (Longy School of Music, continuo judge), Mitzi Meyerson (Universität der Künste, Berlin), Vivian Montgomery (University of Cincinnati CCM), and Edward Parmentier (University of Michigan).

Competition Flyer (PDF).

Inquiries: Vivian Montgomery montgovn@ucmail.uc.edu



The sixth Jurow Competition was held March 8-10 at University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. The winners are:

Ilya Poletaev, Gabriel Shuford, second prize
Chu-Chun Liang, third prize
Sonia Lee, most promising semifinalist

One of the interests and concerns expressed at SEHKS's first conclave was establishing competitive activities for harpsichordists, since very few such opportunities existed in this country. The first competition was held at the 1982 Conclave in Tallahassee, FL.

The fifth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition 2002 was held Bethlehem, PA, USA, March 7-9, 2002. The Jury for the competition included Kenneth Gilbert, Davitt Moroney, Arthur Haas, Jacques Ogg, and Charlotte Mattax.

The winners of the 2002 competition

Joint 1st place (prize split)
Joseph Gascho, USA ($2500)
Michael Sponseller, USA ($2500)

2nd place ($2500)
Heidi Tsai, USA

3rd place ($1500)
Martin Robidoux, Canada

Most promising non-finalist (Jurow prize $750)
Adam Pearl, USA

The Previous Competition

The Society's Fourth International Harpsichord Competition was held during Conclave '96 in Tallahassee, March, 1996. Contestants were chosen from 32 entrants from Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States. Judges for the competition include Kenneth Gilbert, France; John Gibbons, Boston; and Lisa Crawford, Oberlin.

And the Winners Are:

The first prize winner was Irina Rees, far right, a Russian-born harpsichordist who presently lives in New York and studies with Charlotte Mattax at Rutgers University. Second prize went to Tien Yang, far left, a native of Taiwan who currently studies in London with Virginia Black. Third prize was won by Yoonok Lee, right of center, a harpsichord student of Lionel Party at the Juilliard School of Music since 1989. The prize for 'Most Promising Non-finalist' went to Nadia Bohachewsky-Soree, left of center, also a student of Charlotte Mattax.