The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra presented its sixth annual Hennings-Fischer Young Artist's Competition first-place awards to violinist Kathryn Eberle and soprano Lauren Michelle Criddle on Saturday evening.
The competition, held in the Hall of Liberty of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, honors artists under 30 who represent the brightest talent in instrumental and opera categories. Pared down from 60 contestants who participated in the competition, Eberle and Criddle were two of the eight finalists selected by a panel of judges during preliminary competition held last week.
Prior to the evening's competition, the orchestra's music director and conductor, Maestro Steven Kerstein, spoke about the competition, made possible through a gift from the Hennings-Fischer Foundation. Established in 2001 to perpetuate musical tradition and excellence, the foundation is the legacy of violinist, conductor and teacher Noumi Fischer and his wife, fellow violinist and teacher, Audrey Hennings Fischer.