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Philadelphia's 2018 Astral Artists National Audition Winners Announced

Astral Artists has today announced the four winners of its 2018 National Auditions - in Philadelphia, United States

Astral Artists has today announced the four winners of its 2018 National Auditions - in Philadelphia, United States.

This 2018 winners are:

  • 26-year-old American violinist Hannah Tarley
  • The Vera String Quartet
  • 27-year-old Polish flutist Antonina Styczeń
  • 25-year-old American french hornist Eric Huckins

This year’s winners will join the esteemed Astral Artists roster – for customized career development mentorship, marketing, performance opportunities and community engagement experience.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Hannah is a former prize winner at the Oliveira International Violin Competition - and recently made solo appearances with the Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony.

Comprising violinists Pedro Rodriguez and Patricia Quintero Garcia, violist Inés Picado Molares and cellist Justin Goldsmith, the Vera Quartet is former Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music - and will serve as String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music for 2018-2020.

A graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Antonina is a four time recipient of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage prize for extraordinary artistic achievement.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Eric has recently performed with both The Philadelphia Orchestra and the American Ballet Theater.

“Each year the bar rises for our National Auditions candidates ..." Astral Artists Executive Director, Julia Rubio has told The Violin Channel.

"Our four winners have excelled through a rigorous audition process ... and we look forward to introducing the world to the next generation of great performers and thinkers,” she has said.

The four winners were selected from several hundred applicants – and following a number of live audition and interview rounds.

Previous audition winners include: violinists Judith Ingolfsson and Soovin Kim – and VC Artists Nikki & Timothy Chooi, Zlatomir Fung and Benjamin Beilman.

PICTURED: 2018 ASTRAL ARTISTS PRIZE WINNER, THE VERA QUARTET (PHOTO CREDIT: LINDY TSAI)

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