The Final Round of Doublestop Foundation’s 2015 Instrument Loan Competition was held on Sunday, September 6 from 11 am to 1 pm at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre building in room 303. Each of the six finalists performed a 20-minute program that included an unaccompanied movement of Bach, the first movement of a concerto, and a virtuosic work.
The audience, open to the public, was comprised of friends, family members, and the judging committee of Stephanie Baer (Director of Strings Studies, NYU), Timothy Cobb (Principal Bass, New York Philharmonic), Michelle Kim (Founder and Artistic Director), and Matthew Way (Executive Director).
The Finalists Program awards ceremony opened with a moment of silence in honor of Doublestop Foundation’s late board member, James David Bruno, Esq. Jim’s deep love of classical music led him to purchase collectible rare violins, which he loaned to accomplished violinists across the world. Jim was a humble enthusiast whose generosity made classical music better for all, and particularly for those who were lucky enough to bare the fruits of his passion. He will be missed by the community at large, a community that he cherished so deeply.
Finalist, bassist Michael Fuller was named the first-ever Audience Choice Award winner and received a $500 cash prize. Michael captured more than 300 YouTube video ‘likes’ during the 30 days leading up to the finalists program, averaging more than one like per day. Congratulations Michael!
In the end, the committee named three new Ambassadors:
- Emily Shehi (Mario Miralles violin 2013)
- Rebecca Benjamin (Giovanni Pistucci violin, 1890)
- Michael Franz (Thomas Martin bass #69, 2002)
To learn more about these gifted musicians and past winners please visit Doublestop’s Ambassadors page.