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Laureate Gala
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
November 21, 2023, at 7:00pm EST

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Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Ensembles & Composers
From Around the World
The New York Chamber Players Orchestra
under the baton of Maestro Giacomo Franci
is featuring world class soloists from US, Europe, Canada, Asia.
Premieres of newly composed works; recital soloists, and ensembles.

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Music Director of New York Chamber Players Orchestra

Meet the Gala Performers

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Concertos and Pieces with Orchestra by


Haydn, Beethoven, Khachaturian,

Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Albeniz,

Lowe Finney, Sophie Dunér,

Mauricio Mastrini

Rubén Ángel Russo Guitiérrez, Piano

Qianci Liu, Cello

Ariel Levy, Saxophone

Olivia Zhang, Piano

Stacey Stofferahn, Soprano

Emily Snelbecker, Piano

Ralitsa Tcholakova, Violin

Marcela Gonyea, Piano

Sophie Dunér, Mezzo-Soprano


Antian Jiang, Piano

Marcio Candido, Violin

Jelena Stefanic, Soprano

Sophie Dunér, Mezzo-Soprano

Marie-Claire Giraud, Soprano


Lee Stockner's students

Music Lee Inclined Guy, Inc.


Ari Amir, Piano

EJ O’Connor, Piano

Jason Wasserman, Piano

Shane Patel, Piano

Brendan YuPiano

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Kristina Henckel & Amanda Virelle, Piano Duo


Lowe Finney

Sophie Dunér

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Gala Laureates


NOVEMBER 19-20 in New York City

Steve Robinson is an American radio manager, producer and executive producer. He has held senior management positions with numerous American radio stations, including WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network/Chicago, WBUR/Boston, WGBH/Boston, WCRB/Boston, KPFA/Berkeley, WBGO/Newark, Vermont Public Radio and Nebraska Public Radio Network.ork.  Robinson served as general manager of the statewide Nebraska Public Radio Network (1990-2000) and WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network from 2000 until October 2016.  

A 50-year radio veteran, he has produced programs ranging from classical music documentaries to public affairs programs and has directed over 100 on-air pledge drives.  

In 1984, he co-founded AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, a service organization to assist independent radio producers in the United States. Robinson wrote AIR’s first two successful grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Steve Robinson, Host
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"It is very important to have the audience participate in this competition! It engages the listener and encourages our  wonderfully talented contestants.

I am delighted to co-found the James Adler Audience Favorite Award  for the Sound Espressivo Global Music Competition. Sit back, listen, enjoy -- and please vote!"

~James Adler, Pianist and Composer

Photo: Frank Gimpaya

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Artists from Around the World

Sample Compositions from All Periods of Classical Music

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Kaleidoscope of Genres, Instruments, Ensembles

Age is Not a Limitation of  Artistry! Performers are Aged 7-80

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iClassical Academy


iClassical Academy provides Recognition Awards

to Winners and Participants of Carnegie Gala Auditions

We believe that anyone, at any time, should have access to the wonderfully beautiful world of music

Our mission is to provide new generations of musicians, from any part of the world, the possibility to improve their skills and enjoy a wide audience

iClassical Academy is based in Switzerland

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Vera Danchenko-Stern

(piano/vocal coach)

Julio Reyes (conductor/guitar)

Michelle Lynn (piano)

Galina Ivannikova (voice/piano)

Giacomo Franci (conductor/piano)

Fred Rosenberg (clarinet)


provided immediate on-air feedback to participants during the Live Audition stage.

To learn more about the Judges, and to see their bios click here

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