As part of our mission, Bravo! Vail supports the next generation of performers, administrators, and music-lovers.
These innovative, hands-on programs provide young arts leaders with unique opportunities to connect and work behind the scenes with one of the top classical music festivals in the country.
JENNY CHEN, piano
CHELSEA WANG, piano
Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist”, Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe, including Kennedy Center in Washington DC, New York’s Merkin Hall, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Orford Music Festival in Orford, Quebec, Salmagundi Club, Ossining Library, Temple E-manuel, among others. She is a prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions: the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, 2012 Music Teachers National Association Yamaha Senior Competition, 2010 Eastman International Piano Competition, the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. She was also a recipient of the 2012 Schubert Club Scholarship.
Ms. Wang made her orchestral debut (when she was still unable to reach the pedals of the piano) at the age of six, playing Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. She has performed with many orchestras since then, including Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2011, Ms. Wang was chosen to perform in an all-Beethoven concerti concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto under the baton of maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Her festival appearances include the Pianotexas Academy and Festival (formerly known as the Cliburn Institute), Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, where she won the ‘Prix de Piano’ festival prize, Music from Angel Fire, the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, Banff Piano Masterclass, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Wang has had the honor to work with many influential musicians and chamber groups, including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, Arie Vardi, Aldo Cicollini, John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andre Watts, Dénes Várjon, Jonathan Biss, Leonidas Kavakos, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, eighth blackbird, Emerson Quartet, members of the former Tokyo String Quartet, and more.
As a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Wang frequently performs with violinist and friend Stephen Waarts. Together, they have performed across the United States and Canada, and have shared the honor of meeting and playing for the Belgian, Spanish and Dutch Ambassadors to the United States, his excellencies Johan Verbeke, Ramón Gil-Casares, and Rudolf Bekink, respectively.
Ms. Wang has been featured on many radio shows, including NPR’s “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley, “What Makes It Great” with host Rob Kapilow, along with other programs on Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York’s WQXR, and Philadelphia’s WHYY Public Radios. Future recital engagements in 2016 include performances at the Morgan Library in New York, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Music at Evergreen Museum and Library, and summer Curtis on Tour performances in Spain and Germany.
A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Ms. Wang started learning piano at the age of four and violin at age seven. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, studying with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. At Curtis, she holds a full-tuition scholarship as a recipient of the William A. Horn M.D. Fellowship. Previous instructors include Meng-Chieh Liu, Ksenia Nosikova, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Damarez Alvarez.
Photo: Pete Checchia
2016 Emerging Artists: Aeolus String Quartet
Bravo! Vail is proud to showcase outstanding chamber ensembles in the early stages of major professional careers.
These young artists benefit immeasurably by performing, teaching, and learning throughout the Vail community, in concert and collaboration with Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and other renowned Festival musicians.
These ensembles are immersed in a learning experience like none other.
Bravo! Vail recruits students poised to begin careers in arts administration. Earn a glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most successful classical music festivals in the country. Bravo! Vail is no longer accepting applications for the 2017 program. Please check back for information regarding the 2018 program.
Instituted in 2016, the Luis D. Juarez Honorary Music Award supports and extends opportunities for students to pursue musical studies of the highest caliber. Recipients will have displayed commitment, dedication, and excellence in their musical studies. The goal of the award is to provide financial assistance to a student in his or her pursuit of serious high-level music studies in an accredited program, camp, academic institution, or another similar setting, or to assist with the costs of instruments, software, or other materials essential to the student’s continued musical studies.
In a letter to Bravo! in December 2015, Luis wrote:
"Bravo has given me the means to grow as a person, and as a student. Through the chance to work with you as a teacher, I have gained a greater appreciation for my teachers at school and decided that I want to be a teacher. I am passionate about being a music teacher, and I see myself in a classroom, directing a choir, or teaching kids the piano or the guitar. I believe that a good teacher can influence what kind of a person a child will be when they grow up, and that music can help them through life’s rough patches. If I can help the next generations in any way, I strongly believe that it’s through music education.
I am the first of my family to be graduating high school, and to be moving on to college. This is all very new for me and your support has meant the world to me. Thank you for everything.
The application period for the 2017 Award has ended. Please check back for information regarding the 2018 Award.