Meet our 2019 Concerto Competition winner

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the winner of its 7th Annual Young Artists’ Concerto Competition! Twelve-year-old pianist HUDSON RAGINS won the event with his expressive performance of the third movement of Beethoven’s Concerto in C Major, No. 1 for piano. Hudson began piano study at age seven and has studied with Wilton teacher Yoshie Akimoto, Steinway Artist, since he was nine. He is home schooled.

Hudson has won many first prizes already, including the 2018 Steinway Competition, the Norwalk Symphony Young Artist Festival Junior Level, and the French Award at the Schubert Award Competition. He was the alternate winner of Danbury Symphony Concerto Competition. In prior years he won first prizes at the Renee B. Fisher Competition and the Deborah Kahan Competition, and was third prize winner at the Princeton Festival Piano Competition.

Hudson has been a brilliant young pianist in Young Talent Chamber Music concerts in Connecticut and New York. He performed in a YTCM Trio as featured guests of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony conducted by Eric Jacobsen.

Says Hudson, “ My favorite way to express music is through playing with others, like chamber music. Music inspires me in all ideas, and sometimes a mythical world of dragons and evil forces. When I am not practicing piano or getting into some kind of trouble, you can find me with my nose in a book or a role-player game.”

He will be performing with the symphony in the subscription Music for All Ages concert on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Norwalk Concert Hall. This concert also features members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony playing Side-by-Side with the professionals in the symphony. Sara Watkins, Executive Director of the NYS, says that “It is a great opportunity for our talented musicians to experience a professional experience. Many of them are considering a future in music and this is a perfect taste.”

The Concerto Competition is part of a Young Artists’ Festival hosted by the NSO each year. The winner of the Junior level was Wilton resident Caleb Sharp, who studies cello with Madeleine Bouissou and Clara Kim in New York City. The 2nd place for the Junior Level went to Norwalk resident Arav Amin, who studies violin with Lucie Gelinas at The Juilliard School.