4th Annual Ronald Sachs International Music Competition to spotlight youth musicians


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than a dozen highly-talented musicians will participate in the 2019 Ronald Sachs International Music Competition this weekend at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Now in its fourth year, this annual event offers gifted young musicians an opportunity to develop and advance their talents through competition and performance.

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On Friday, May 17, three judges for the competition will hold master classes starting at 10 a.m. followed by a performance by the judges at 7:30 p.m.

The judges include Ara Gregorian from East Carolina University (volin), Joseph Rackers from the University of South Carolina (piano), and David Zerkel from the University of Georgia (tuba/euphonium).

On Saturday, May 18, young musicians from around the world will participate in a competition which lasts all day.

“We have 14 young artists from all around the world to play music on their designated instruments,” said Event Coordinator Danijela Zezelj-Gauldi.

The winners will be announced during a concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 prize.

Zezelj-Gualdi says the event would be a great opportunity for children who are interested in playing or furthering their training with a particular instrument.

“It could show them how far they can get because these talented musicians are top of their art and are playing beautifully on their instruments,” she said.

Both the Friday and Saturday evening concerts are free and will be held in the UNCW Cultural Arts Center’s Beckwith Recital Hall. A reception will follow Saturday’s performance. Click here for more details.