"Rondo Young Artist gives performers of pre - college age an array of opportunities to perform in major concert venues. The very best players are selected for Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. I find the condition of the competition to be very fair both artistically and financially. No method and compilations book repertoire is accepted, however artistically valid transcriptions are allowed. Last Spring my student was lucky to be included in the Weill Recital Hall program. I found the entire atmosphere before, during and after the performance to be very festive and friendly. I am looking forward to performances of my two students in the same hall on May 4th."
- Mark Packman
Montclair State University
Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.
''Rondo Young Artist Festival gives young musicians an opportunity to perform in well known concert halls in New York City. It is very well organized competition with fair judges.
I recommend it to my students and colleagues.''
- Efrem Briskin
Manhattan School of Music, Precollege Division
Associate Faculty, College Division
"The Rondo Young Artist Festival served to be an intensely positive musical experience for my student. This exceptionally well-organized festival provided students the privilege of performance hall rehearsal time as well as the opportunity to perform in well-known concert halls. The Rondo Festival upheld an outstanding standard of music-making which encouraged all the festival participants to strive towards higher musical ambitions. I would gladly recommend the Rondo Young Artist Festival to my colleagues!"
- Irina Morozova
Piano faculty, Mannes College of Music
Associate Piano faculty, Manhattan School of Music
Piano faculty, Special Music School at Kaufman Center
Dear Rondo administration,
"One of my student's mother forwarded an email they received from you with the judges comments- wanted to thank you not just for the complimentary ones, but of the critical ones - you had great judges, I was so glad that my student saw the comments similar to what I was telling him, it was important hear an input from a panel of wonderful musicians, very constructive and professional, so I thank you and will keep sending students to you in the future."
- Tatiana Goncharova
Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.
“Rondo is special, This year’s editions has been exciting for my five participating students.”
- Vladimir Valjarevic
Mannes College of Music
Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts
"I was delighted to learn about Rondo festival few years ago. I am a piano teacher in Geneva Switzerland who formerly lived in New York. Rather way i thought that for my swiss students this would be a unique opportunity and honor to participate. For 2 consecutive years we have come to NY to participate in Rondo Festival. I can say that this is extremely well organized, the atmosphere is truly fantastic , while maintaining the highest professional standards at the same time organizers manage not to create stressful and competitive mood among participants. The whole concert feels like a big celebration and it makes students feel appreciated, supported and admired both by audience and organizers.
My student who has performed in Weill Recital Hall last year was so inspired by the whole experience that she wan the 1 st prize at the All Swiss Young Musicians Competition the following month. I am very much looking forward to bringing more students to participate in this wonderful festival , i think that such experience is very important for young musicians since this creates memory that will stay with you all your life. I know that for my students coming to New York and performing in Carnegie Hall is something they will remember all their life."
- Evgenia Pilyavina
Past RONDO Winners
"Congratulations to the both of you and many thanks for a spectacular concert and all your hard work! Sam was so honored to be a part of Rondo Vanguard 2015! The performers were incredibly talented and it was so inspiring to hear them in such an important and magnificent venue. Sam also made some new friends. You were so wonderful with the kids and treated them with such kindness and respect."
Many thanks again for everything!
- Carol, David and Sam (First Place Vanguard Winner - Voice)
"Thank you very much for organizing the Rondo Young Artist and performance at the Weill Hall. Performing there was a truly unforgettable experience, one of the greatest I have ever had throughout my entire career.
This was the first time I have ever performed in a major concert hall, and it was only made possible through the efforts of yourself, the people at Rondo Young Artist, and my teacher, Vladimir!
I thank you very much for your wonderful support! And hope to see you again sometime!"
- Nathan (First Place Vanguard Winner - Piano)
"Just wanted to thank you so much for a great atmosphere and event on Saturday! That was a very positive and memorable experience for Sasha. Thank you again from all of us."
- Alexandra's Mother (Two Consecutive Years First Place Festival Winner - Piano)
"Just wanted to say thank you for all you did Friday to make the winner's recital such a good experience for Zoe. She felt completely comfortable backstage and enjoyed every minute of playing on stage. It was a beautiful recital! Thank you and please pass my thanks on to the other organizers."
All the best,
- Zoe's Mother (First Place Vanguard Winner - Violin)
"Thank you form the bottom of my heart for the opportunities you provided for Vasko to play in Carnegie Hall . This concert helped him greatly to build self confidence as a pianist. I admire your work, as it challenge and inspire young talents."
- Vassil's Mother (First Place Festival Winner - Piano)
"On behalf of our family, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continues support of our daughters. They have found the RONDO experience a very rewarding one!"
- Mother of Two Sisters (First Place Festival Winners - Voice, Piano)