New director to lead Children's Chorus Music: Leo Wanenchak will serve as music director for a year, pending a national search.

September 08, 1998|By Judith Green | Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Leo Wanenchak has become music director of the Baltimore-based Children's Chorus of Maryland, succeeding Bruce Bryant. He has taken the position for a year while a national search is enacted.

Wanenchak is also director of the Arts for Talented Youth program at the Peabody Institute of Music, which allows proficient young musicians to study with teachers from the college-level Peabody Conservatory.

He was formerly organist and director of music at Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.

Another win

Peabody alumna Bin Huang, a 26-year-old violinist from Hunan, China, won fourth place in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow this summer.

A student of Berl Senofsky at Peabody, the musician previously had won the Wienawski Competition in Poland in 1985; the conservatory's Marbury Violin Competition in 1991; a silver medal in the Prague Spring festival of 1992; a bronze medal in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 1993; and first place in the Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, in 1994.

The Paganini prize brought her an opportunity to play a Guarneri violin once owned by Paganini, now kept under glass in Genoa, and a recital sponsored by the city of Baltimore, which is a sister-city of Genoa.

Bin Huang holds the artist's diploma from Peabody, the conservatory's highest degree, which is reserved for performers of international scope.

Two Towson University preparatory students won first and third place in the 13th annual Chiang Wen Yeh International Young Artist Piano Competition, held in June at Catholic University in Washington.

Anabelinda DeCastro of Baltimore was the first-place winner and Adam Yarian of Bowie the third in the 11- to 12-year-old division of the contest. Their teacher, Reynaldo Reyes of the Towson faculty, was a member of the judges' panel, but he did not judge his own students.

Yarian also was named junior champion in the World Championship Old-Time Piano-Playing Contest, held Memorial Day weekend in Decatur, Ill.

Well, why not?

Department of Self-Effacement: Violinist Gidon Kremer has formed and is touring with a chamber orchestra called the Kremerata Baltica. Really.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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