YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION
Violinist MARKUS AMPONSAH, a junior at Celia Cruz High School of Music in the Bronx, was declared winner of the 2017 Bronx Arts Ensemble Young Bronx Artist Contest at auditions on Saturday, April 29 at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses. The contest is held each year by the BAE for students between ages 14 and 20 who either live in the Bronx and/or attend school here. Markus will receive a cash award and solo performance with the Ensemble during the 2017-2018 season. Runners-Up in the competition were vocalist Michael Figueroa, a sophomore at Hostos Community College, and violinist Adrian Rogers, a sophomore at Horace Mann School in Riverdale. The Young Bronx Artist Contest has been in place since 1980, and was originally named for late Congressman Jonathan Bingham, a Riverdale resident who was a strong advocate for arts education for young people.
Markus Amponsah is a violin student of Naho Parrini, and has won previous awards at the Celia Cruz Concerto Competition and All-City High School Orchestra Concerto Competition. He also attends the Bloomingdale School of Music in Manhattan. Markus is a resident of Co-op City.