Thank you to all participants of this year’s Concerto Competition. Be sure to come to our Spring Concert at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday, May 6th to see Salina Fang’s performance!
Salina Fang: Winner, Adult Category
Salina Fang is a Knoxville native with over 17 years of experience on the violin. Born into a musical family, her parents taught her the violin at an early age, and throughout her youth she enjoyed performing in orchestras, chamber music ensembles, as well as competing in local competitions. In 2014, she won the Knoxville Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition. Later, she earned the concertmaster position in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra and held the position for three years, working under the University of Tennessee’s Orchestra Director, James Fellenbaum. Currently, she pursues a violin performance degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and studies under Professor Miroslav Hristov. In the UTSO, Salina serves as the symphony’s assistant concertmaster as well as principal second. Recently, she was one of four finalists in UTSO’s 2022 Concerto Competition. Salina Fang also enjoys performing and teaching in the Knoxville community. She works as a rehearsal assistant for the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra and teaches violin lessons at the Knoxville Academy of Music. Between musical endeavors, Salina loves to spend time with her family and friends, cooking, and exploring the city of Knoxville.
Autumn Larmee: Winner, Youth Category
In the High School Category, Knoxvillian Autumn Larmee won for her outstanding violin solo performance of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, 1st Movement. Autumn Larmee is a senior at Bearden High School in Knoxville, TN. She has studied violin with Mary Ann Fennell for eleven years and played in the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra for eight seasons. Autumn also plays in the BHS orchestra, school musicals and ETSBOA’s All East and All State orchestras. She also plays regularly at services for her church, the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Outside of violin, she plays for Bearden’s varsity tennis team and is a national merit finalist. After graduation, Autumn plans to study biomedical engineering at either the University of Tennessee – Knoxville or Boston University.