2019 Competition Winners Recitals

International Recital Tours include stops in London, Santa Barbara, NYC, Chicago & Los Angeles


World premieres especially for the Competition Winners, commissioned by the Music Academy of the West

The winner of the 2018 Solo Piano Competition, Sophiko Simsive performs Bach’s Italian Concerto, Chopin Preludes, Op. 28 and the premiere of Orpheus Suite (after Rilke) by Elizabeth Ogonek. The winners of the 2018 Marilyn Horne Song Competition mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano and pianist Andrew Sun perform Schubert, Ravel, Falla, and a premiere song cycle by Ricky Ian Gordon.

Upcoming Recital Tour Dates

Recital Programs

The 2018 Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners mezzo-soprano Kelsey Lauritano and pianist Andrew Sun and the 2018 Solo Piano Competition winner Sophiko Simsive will also perform recitals in London (January 11), New York (April 3), and Chicago (May 22). Sophiko Simisive will appear in London (January 11), Chicago (April 10), and Los Angeles (April 28).

Marilyn Horne Song Competition International Tour

Progams include selections from:

SCHUBERT Ganymed, Du Bist die Ruh’, Suleika I

RAVEL Histoires Naturelles

RICKY IAN GORDON Without Music (world premiere)

FALLA Seven Popular Spanish Songs

*live broadcasts (Chicago, WFMT 98.7 / Los Angeles, Classical KUSC)

Generously supported by Linda Seltzer Yawitz and Robert W. Weinman.

Solo Piano Competition International Tour

Programs include selections from:

BACH Italian Concerto, BWV. 971

CHOPIN Preludes, Op. 28

ELIZABETH OGONEK Orpheus Suite (after Rilke) (world premiere)

  • Jan 11, 1 pm / LSO St. Luke’s, London lso.co.uk/lso-st-lukes
  • Apr 10, 12:15 pm / Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago* / imfchicago.org
  • Apr 26, 7:30 pm / Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara
  • Apr 28, 6 pm / LACMA, Los Angeles* / lacma.org

Generously supported by The Luria Foundation

Community Events


Apr 10: Chicago High School for the Arts

Apr 10: Chicago High School for the Arts

Solo Piano Competition winner Sophiko Simsive will lead a 90 minute masterclass at one of Chicago’s premiere visual and performing arts high schools.


Apr 27: Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

Apr 27: Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

Solo Piano Competition winner Sophiko Simsive offers a intimate performance at this Santa Barbara County Senior Living Community.

May 24: Sing! Program

May 24: Sing! Program

The 2019 Marilyn Horne Song Competition Winners will make a guest appearance at a Sing! children’s choir rehearsal at their Franklin Elementary School charter site.