“In the early days of Young Concert Artists, which Susan Wadsworth founded in 1961 to foster fresh talent in classical music, the organization’s recitals were presented in an Armenian restaurant in Greenwich Village,” writes Anthony Tommasini in Friday’s (5/10) New York Times. “Now, the winners of its annual auditions process—usually four to six—are presented in recital at important halls in New York and Washington, and are provided with a few years of management and guidance, too. ‘Susan identifies talent quickly and then wants to help nurture and develop it with care,’ the soprano Julia Bullock, a winner in 2012, said…. Among the more than 270 alumni … are major artists like Ms. Bullock; the pianists Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax and Jeremy Denk; the violinist Pinchas Zukerman; the cellists Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; the soprano Dawn Upshaw; and the composers Andrew Norman and Kevin Puts…. After 58 years, Ms. Wadsworth … will step aside as director; the Young Concert Artists season ends on Thursday with a program of three recent winners playing concertos with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall. While she will continue as an artistic adviser, the composer Daniel Kellogg is taking over as president.”

Posted May 13, 2019

Susan Wadsworth photo by Celeste Sloman