Mitya Nilov announced winner of 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition

The 2018 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition culminated Wednesday evening, October 17, at CAG’s Winners’ Showcase Concert, featuring performances by the winners of the annual international competition.

The First Prize was awarded to pianist Yinuo Wang, 22. Management prizes were awarded to percussionist Dmitrii Nilov, 26 and multi-string quartet invoke. invoke was also designated as a New Music/New Places ensemble. All the artists will make their New York debuts during the 2019-20 concert season on the CAG Presents concert series.

The New Music/New Places prize is for an individual or ensemble that displays a particular strength and connection to new music and adventurous programming, as well as a strong commitment to education and outreach into the community. New Music/New Places awards have been given to artists including Imani Winds, PUBLIQuartet and bassist Sam Suggs.

The winners were chosen through a rigorous selection process. Over 250 applicants to the 2018 Competition submitted recordings which were independently evaluated by two professional musicians. Based on these critiques, 75 applicants were invited to the semifinal round in New York. Seven panels of judges evaluated the semifinalists and selected 12 to advance to the Final Round, which took place at Merkin Hall on October 16. The members of the Jury for the Final Auditions were:


Chris Williams