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.
“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.
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.