PACS WINS AMERICAN PRIZE

PARK AVENUE CHAMBER SYMPHONY WINS A FIRST PRIZE IN THE ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE COMPETITION OF THE AMERICAN PRIZE 

 

 

NEW YORK, NY (August 31, 2012) - The American Prize Competition 2012 has announced that the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony  ( http://www.chambersymphony.com )  and its music director David Bernard  ( http://www.davidbernard.com )  have won a FIRST PRIZE in Orchestral Performance 2012.

 

The official announcement can be found here:

http://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2012/08/winners-in-orchestral-performance-2012.html

 

 

The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States. David Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony were chosen from a diverse group of ensembles from across the country, on the basis of video recordings of their live orchestral performances.  The American Prize Competition 2012 has also awarded Maestro Bernard a FIRST PRIZE in Orchestral Conducting.

 

"This is an important honor for the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, its supporters and its audience," says David Bernard, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony's music director.  "These talented and dedicated artists deliver consistently high quality performances throughout the season and as evidenced on our recorded performances.  We are proud to be recognized by The American Prize."

 

“It is excellent that our orchestra has been recognized nationally by The American Prize,” says Andrea Berger, Administrative Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.  “This award acknowledges the quality of our concerts and is a testament to the hard work of our musicians and conductor in performing challenging and engaging repertoire.”

 

 

Since its founding in 1999, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has built a loyal following, both in New York City and worldwide through its extensive catalog of recordings on iTunes, Naxos/ClassicsOnline, Amazon and Spotify.  In 2011 the orchestra toured the People's Republic of China performing in 9 major cities including Beijing, Qingdao, Dalian, Chaoyang, Jinzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang and Xi'an.   The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony's performances are acclaimed by New York Critics as “Triumphant ... exemplary ... impressive ... polished … exquisite … with a strong sense of style and commitment … with the depth and fervor of the old-school European orchestras.” 

 

 

The ensemble regularly features important soloists including Carter Brey (principal cellist, New York Philharmonic), David Chan (concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Jon Manasse (clarinet soloist) and Whoopi Goldberg (Oscar Winning Actor and Entertainer), as well as emerging artists from Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes. The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony performs at All Saints Church on the Upper East Side of NYC, with additional performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.  

 

 

Through its fundraising efforts, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has helped establish a new Scholarship Fund for students at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, as well as support  The Harmony Program—a New York City organization that provides music lessons to economically disadvantaged children and is modeled after Venezuela's world-famous model of music education, "El Sistema".  

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