Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 2015 Hennings-Fischer Winner

By On February 24, 2015

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra announced Annie Jacobs-Perkins as the grand prize winner of the 2015 Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition held on Saturday, February 21.  Jacobs-Perkins is a freshman trustee scholar studying cello performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

Photo (left to right with Maestro Steven Kerstein): Sergio Coelho (Clarinet), Annie Jacobs-Perkins (Cello), Mina Hong (Violin), Matthew Cohen (Viola), Micah Wright (Clarinet.) (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic)

Photo (left to right with Maestro Steven Kerstein, center): Sergio Coelho (Clarinet), Annie Jacobs-Perkins (Cello), Mina Hong (Violin), Matthew Cohen (Viola), Micah Wright (Clarinet.) (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic)

“The evening was also highlighted by wonderful performances by the other finalists,” commented a representative for the Burbank Philharmonic.

The annual Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition is hosted every February by the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra at Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty. Grand prize winners of the instrumental and opera categories receive an honorarium and also the opportunity to perform with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra.

Annie Jacobs-Perkins, freshman trustee student at USC Thornton School of Music, won the 2015 Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition with a cello concerto. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

Annie Jacobs-Perkins, freshman trustee student at USC Thornton School of Music, won the 2015 Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition with a cello concerto. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

The competition is open to all opera singers and orchestral instrumentalists excepting pianists  age 30 and under as of February 15, 2015. Strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion competitors perform a complete concerto from the standard repertoire. Singers perform three contrasting arias from the standard operatic repertoire.

Burbank native Julie Adams shared the 2014 Hennings-Fischer grand prize with  violinist Heidi Hatch. Adams went on to win the grand prize at the 2014 Metropolitan Opera Finals in New York City last year.

The Hennings-Fischer Foundation is a nonprofit corporation located in Santa Monica, California. This organization benefits philanthropy, voluntarism and grant-making foundations. The foundation is particularly known for regular support of area musical organizations and competitions, including the Music Teachers of California’s annual VOCE (Voice, Orchestral instruments, Chamber Ensemble) competition.

The Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition marked its fourteenth year with the 2015 event. The competition typically draws serious young musicians college age and older.

The next Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Symphonic Favorites concert is Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty. The concert is free to the public with ample parking.