The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra teamed up with the Hennings-Fischer Foundation on Saturday to present the eighth annual Young Artist’s Competition at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. Those competing were judged by a panel of internationally renowned musical authorities and world-class opera coaches. The winners were soprano Clarissa Shan Clarissa Shan and clarinetist Jose Granero.
Having bettered a preliminary field of more than 60 artists, including other finalists, Stephanie Elsaed, Seul-A Lee, Edward Trybek and Athena Mertes, Shan and Granero were awarded honorariums and extended an invitation to perform with the Burbank Phil during its upcoming concert season and at the Starlight Bowl’s Summer Pops Concert.
Among those who assisted in the competition were the organization’s President James Brandon, President Emeritus Lynda Willner, Vice President Katie Brandon and Secretary Elsbeth Riess.