May 19, 2004

Contact: Becca Ramspott, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-5567.

KU music students sweep top awards at Naftzger competition in Wichita

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas music students swept the top awards and collected $9,000 in prizes at the 2004 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards Competition, May 7 and 8 at Wichita State University.

The annual competition is sponsored by the Naftzger Fund for the Arts, based in Wichita, and administered by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. It offers $2,000 cash prizes in three categories: piano, voice and instrumental. A $5,000 first-place award is presented to an outstanding performer from the final round, which includes all categories.

KU violinist Svetlana Kosakovskaya won the $5,000 purse for the competition. Violinist Aleksandr Snytkin won the instrumental division and pianist Maya Tuylieva won the piano division.

Fifty-nine musicians entered the competition. Seven out of 10 finalists were from KU. The event was open to residents of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma or nonresidents who are enrolled at a college, university or conservatory in one of the three states.

Kosakovskaya took home the first-place award of $5,000 for her winning renditions of "Cadenzo for Violin Solo" by Penderecki and "Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82" by Glazunov. She studies with Ben Sayevich, associate professor of violin at KU.

Snytkin, another Sayevich student, won the instrumental division, with a prize of $2,000. He performed Chausson's "Poeme, Op. 25." Two other students of violin, Sara Holmberg and Ji-Yun Han, also were finalists in the instrumental division.

Maya Tuylieva -- a student of Richard Reber, professor of piano and director of the piano division at KU -- won the piano division and $2,000 for her spirited performance of a Nurymov concerto and "Toccata for Piano" by Diemer. Reber's student Charles Srstka also advanced to the finals.

Greer Brown, a soprano who studies with Pamela Hinchman, associate professor of voice, qualified as a finalist in the division for voice with her performances of Schubert's "Gretchen am Spinnrade," Chaussen's "Le Charme" and Strauss' "Fruhlingstimmen."

The Department of Music & Dance is one of three academic units of the KU School of Fine Arts, which also is the parent organization for the Department of Art, the Department of Design and the Lied Center of Kansas.

For more information on these awards, please contact (785) 864-5567.

DOUGLAS COUNTY From Lawrence Sara Louise Holmberg, received a master of fine arts degree in violin in fall 2003 and will participate in the May 23 commencement as a member of the Class of 2004. She is the daughter of Mark and Julie Holmberg, and she is a Lawrence High School graduate.

JOHNSON COUNTY From Overland Park Svetlana Kosakovskaya, freshman in fine arts, daughter of Ludmila Lupacheva; graduate of the Russian Federation High School in Russia.

CALIFORNIA From San Jose and Golden Valley, Minn. Greer Reese Brown, will receive a bachelor's degree in voice May 23. She is the daughter of Monalyn Reese and of Frank Davis of Golden Valley, Minn. She is a graduate of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minn.

MINNESOTA From Golden Valley and from San Jose, Calif. Greer Reese Brown. See San Jose, Calif.

SOUTH DAKOTA From Sioux Falls Charles Joseph Srstka, senior in piano, son of Donald and Cynthia Srstka; attended Augustana College and is a graduate of Ogorman High School.

KOREA From Seoul Ji-Yun Han, junior in violin, daughter of Dae-Hun Han and Seung-Hee.

LITHUANIA From Vilnius Aleksandr Snytkin, doctoral student in violin, son of Liudmila and Gennady Snytkin; graduate of the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius.

TURKMENISTAN From Ashgabat Maya Tuylieva, undergraduate in fine arts, daughter of Suhan Tuylieva and Ogulsenem Gaipnazarova; graduate of Independence Community College in Kansas.


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