National Recorder Competition for Young Players – Finals

February 6, 2016
Event begins at 6:30 – Reception follows
Free and open to the public!
Settlement Music School – Mary Louise Curtis Branch

(Free parking lot adjacent to building)

Announcing the winner of the 2016 National Recorder Competition: Teresa Deskur

PiffaroNRC-Teresa Deskur, Joan, Bob

Piffaro has held its bi-annual competition since 2007. The successful venture has featured 15 recorder virtuosi and produced four winners, who are featured on Piffaro’s subsequent subscription season. The first winner of the National Recorder Competition, Alexa Raine-Wright, has received degrees in early music from McGill University and is carving out a successful career for herself on recorder and Baroque flute with Arion Baroque Orchestra and Flute Alors. Two others, Joe Lewnard and Bryan Duerfeldt (who showcased his skills on the October 14, 2012 episode of NPR’s From The Top), have pursued degrees in the sciences, but still consider the instrument an important part of their lives. The most recent winner, Martin Bernstein, went on to take first prize in the “Under 21” category of Belgium’s International Mieke van Weddingen Competition, the first American to do so. He was featured on the June 30, 2015 episode of NPR’s From The Top and is now attending the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. 

Congratulations to all of 2016 Finalists!

High school Finalists

  • Henry Bransdorfer (Grand Rapids, MI), 18 years old, self-taught
  • Teresa Deskur (Vestal, NY), 15, student of Barbara Kaufman
  • Noah Shipley (Philadelphia, PA), 17, student of Rainer Beckmann
  • Mathilde Sundaram (Concord, MA), 15, student of John Tyson

Middle school Finalists

  • Robert Dorsey (Woodbridge, NJ), 11
  • Sridhar Shenoy (Philadelphia, PA), 11, student of Rainer Beckmann
  • Alexis VanTassel (Endwell, NY), 10, student of Barbara Kaufman

PiffaroNRC-VanTassel, Dorsey, Sundaram, Shenoy,Deskur, Bransdorfer, Kimball, Wiemken - playing