After final Round IV deliberations on Saturday, judges selected winners of the Gold ($30,000), Silver ($20,000), and Bronze ($10,000) Medals based upon their performances throughout the whole competition.
Yungyung Guo performed a rousing rendition of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra to take home the Gurwitz Gold Medal. In addition to first prize, Guo was awarded a $2,500 Junior Jury Award chosen by a group of outstanding local piano students ages 13 to 18 who sat alongside the competition jury during all twelve contestant performances of Round I. The other finalists also took home more than their respective medal prizes. Silver medalist Tatiana Dorokhova won the $5,000 Audience Favorite Award during Round III via live text-to-vote and Bronze medalist Young Sun Choi was awarded the $5,000 Best Performance of a Work by a Latin or Spanish Composer, chosen by the Gurwitz jury at the end of Round II.
So what’s next for The Gurwitz 2024 medalists?
During the Awards Brunch on Sunday after Round IV, Scott Yoo announced that they would invite each of the medalists to perform during the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra‘s next season. Musical Bridges Around the World, the presenting nonprofit organization behind The Gurwitz, will also invite the medalists back to perform in San Antonio and local Texas areas in the following seasons. Juror Tanja Dorn, who is head of the global artist management agency Dorn Music, is in talks with The Gurwitz to additionally help propel the medalists’ careers on the international level.
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