The recital will take place at Cass Winery
PASO ROBLES – The 2021 Paderewski Festival returns to live concerts, open to the public at various venues in and around Paso Robles, from November 5 to 7. The Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski passes as well as general public tickets are now available on paderewskifest.com.
One of the festival’s most exciting events each year is the Recital of the Winners of the Youth Piano Competition, which features talented young pianists from four Central California counties: Fresno, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. This year’s auditions were held virtually, and a total of 14 students submitted their videotaped entries to the Festival. There were nine competitors in the junior division (10-14 years old) and five competitors in the senior division (15-18 years old). The jurors included Professors India D’Avignon, Paul Woodring and Marek Zebrowski, artistic director of the Paderewski Festival. The competing students were between 12 and 16 years old. A total of seven students, three juniors and four seniors, have been selected to perform live at the 2021 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. Their recital will be held at Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
Junior Division third place winner Noelle Hadsall (13), a high school student from La Colina in Santa Barbara, will begin the winners recital by performing Mendelssohn’s brilliant Rondo capriccioso, op. 14. She studies the piano with Pascal Salomon. Second place winner Sela Yarbrough (12) in the junior division is a student at Monarch River Academy in Kingsburg and a pupil of Andreas Werz. Sela will continue the program with the first movement of the Sonata op. 10 no. 3. The first place honors in the Junior Division this year go to Suri Kim (13), an eighth-grade student at Orcutt Junior High and a student of Lynne Garrett since the age of five. Suri will be heard in the performance of Scarlatti’s Sonata in A major, K. 24.
Grace Hu (15), Honorable Mention Laureate (Senior Division), is a tenth grade student at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta and a student of Vera Kong. Due to a prior commitment, Grace is not able to participate in the Winners concert.
The senior division showcase begins with third place winner Andy Shen (15), a sophomore at San Luis Obispo High School and student of Alan Boehmer, will be heard next in the program. His repertoire will include the opening movement of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” and Paderewski’s first published opus, the Impromptu in F major dating from 1879. Second place winner Aidan Purtell (16) is a student of Andreas Werz and an eleventh grader in the Clovis Unified School District. He will present the opening movement of the Sonata op. 2 and Nocturne by Paderewski, op. 16 no. 4
The Winners concert will end with the performance of Scarlatti’s Sonata in G major, K. 427 and Chopin’s Waltz in A flat major, op. 42 by Holly Hadsall, the senior division first place winner and (just like her younger sister) a pupil of Pascal Salomon. Holly is currently a student at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara.
The winners of the Youth Competition 2020 and 2021 can be selected to participate in the cultural exchange program in Poland administered and funded by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles and Festival partners in Poland. This program is currently expected to resume in June 2022 after an interruption caused by the pandemic.
Traditionally, the concert of the Laureates of the Youth Competition is free and open to the public. Showcasing the talents of the Central Coast and trying to fulfill Paderewski’s wish to establish a music school in Paso Robles has been one of the main goals of the festival since its inception in 2006.
Ticket details for the 2021 Paderewski Festival:
▪ Opening concert (Friday Nov. 5 | 7 p.m. wine of honor, 7:30 p.m. concert): Free admission, RSVP compulsory.
▪ Youth Contest Winners Recital (Saturday, November 6 | 5:00 p.m.): free admission, RSVP required.
▪ Gala concert (Saturday, Nov. 6 | 7 p.m. wine, 7:30 p.m. concert): $ 35 general public / $ 10 students.
Saturday meal options: $ 60 per person (food only); $ 75 per person (food and wine). Free for Paderewski friends and Paderewski patrons.
Festival passes: FRIENDS OF PADEREWSKI: $ 250. Includes priority seating at all events, free food and wine on Saturdays, private Sunday brunch, and guaranteed space if audience size is limited due to any changes in SLO County health regulations. PADEREWSKI SPONSORS: $ 500. Includes all of the above amenities, plus an exclusive dinner with the gala artist on Friday night. The 2021 Festival Pass price remains unchanged from previous years.
The main sponsors and long-time partners of the Paderewski Festival include Epoch Estate Wines, Cass Winery, Park Ballroom / Acorn Management, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles and USC Polish Music Center.