Concerto Competition Winners Concert

June 27 | 8 PM
Camerata Belliniana conducted by Johann Sebastian Guzman and AmiCaFest soloists
Italian Ministry of Defense Medals Awarding in memory of Salvatore Larocca, fallen of World War II
Free entrance | Agriturismo Valle dei Margi, Grammichele
Apericena to follow (reservation required: +39 0933 940464)

Camerata Belliniana
Johann-Sebastian Guzman, conductor
Concerto Competition Winners, piano
Jina Jang (First Prize), Artun Miskciyan (Second Prize), and John Tobias Thomas-Rose (Third Prize)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Salzburg, 1756 – Vienna, 1791)

Rondo in A major, K. 386
John Tobias Thomas-Rose, piano

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414
Artun Miskciyan, piano

Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415
Jina Jang, piano


Jina Jang

Born in South Korea, pianist Jina Jang began studying piano at age five. She was awarded in numerous piano competitions, including the 5th International Chopin Piano Competition in Japan and Marian Garcia International Piano Competition in the States. Ms. Jang participated in Summer Piano Workshop at Indiana University, International Piano Academy at Seoul National University, and New Mexico Chamber Music Festival. She continued her professional studies by attending masterclasses given by internationally renowned pianists, including Leon Fleisher, Thomas Schumacher, Anton Nel, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Daniel Shapiro, Alexander Kobrin. While in the States, she appeared in numerous recitals, including Eastman Summit Piano Series and Wildflower Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she has been a member of Piano Trio ‘Dante Deo’, which was founded by Eastman alumni in 2013. After they gave their first recital in Rochester, they were invited to perform in many Chamber concert series, which were held in State College, Lock Haven, and New York City. Jina Jang completed her B.M. degree in Piano performance at Seoul National University and M.M. degree at Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Enrico Elisi as a Graduate Award recipient. She is currently pursuing her D.M.A. degree in Penn State University under Professor Timothy Shafer, receiving Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Artun Miskciyan

Artun Miskciyan, of Armenian descent, was born in 1995. He started playing the piano at the age of six. In 2010, he participated at Pera International Piano Competition and received the “Best Baroque Interpreter Prize”. Same year, he also participated in National Chopin Piano Competition, which was held in Ankara, where he received the “Polish Embassy Special Prize”. To continue his piano education, he moved to Canada with his family in 2011. He continued his piano study with Prof. Marietta Orlov at the Young Artists Performance Academy in the Royal Conservatory of Music. He was invited to perform at the Steinway Gallery in Michigan twice, as well as at events in Toronto, including the Luminato Festival. He graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts with the second highest honours, as well as from the Academy in 2014. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, he worked with renowned Oxana Yablonskaya in Puigcérda, Spain. Currently, he is a scholarship student of Prof. James Parker and Prof. Enrico Elisi in the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Mus.Bac.Perf.) Program at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music.

John Tobias Thomas-Rose

Hailing from a small town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, Toby Thomas-Rose has performed in venues across Northern California and the US.  He began his musical studies at an early age, and has competed in numerous smaller competitions in California. Toby is an avid chamber musician and has performed in various chamber music settings under the tutelage of  Susan Lamb Cook.  He also took third prize in the Festival of New American Music featuring a new chamber composition by composer Katrina Wreede. Toby has performed and participated in several music festivals across the globe.  Most recently he was a student at the Amalfi Music Festival in Italy, and helped to organize the American Liszt Society’s 2016 Festival at California State University Northridge.  Toby is also a frequent at the Adamant Music School Traditional Piano Intensive located in Vermont.  He  previously served as a board member in the non-profit organization Nevada County Composer’s Cooperative where he helped to produce concerts featuring new works by living composers in the area.  Toby is currently a student at California State University Northridge studying with Dmitry Rachmanov.

Johann-Sebastian Guzman

Colombian-American pianist and conductor Johann-Sebastian Guzman is thrilled to join AmiCaFest 2017. As a young conductor, Johann has had the great privilege and honor of collaborating with and shadowing conductors all over the world including Maestro Ramon Tebar, Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Maestro Franz Welser-Möst. His passion and talents have taken him to shadow and work with some of the worlds greatest orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Sinfónica de Galicia, Palm Beach Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana and with artists such as Hilary Hahn, Javier Perianes, Leo Nucci and Plácido Domingo. Johann has recently been appointed assistant conductor of the Palm Beach Symphony and Opera Naples in the U.S. Future engagements include shadowing and assisting at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in England with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, and at the Philharmonie with the Berlin Philharmonic. He really wishes to continue to expand his musical knowledge and share his passions with the world and is very grateful to everyone who has supported him on this musical journey.