BRUNSWICKâ€”The Bowdoin International Music Festival is pleased to announce that four Maine musicians â€“ Adrienne Watkinson, Will Bristol, Clare Monfredo, Max Winter, and Laura Ingram â€“ will participate in the Festivalâ€™s 2010 season. The attendance of these talented Maine students has been assisted by generous grants from the Samuel L. Cohen and Simmons Foundations.
Twenty-five year-old Adrienne Watkinson, who last attended the Festival in 2003, is a violinist from Richmond. Ms. Watkinson attends the DePaul University School of Music, studying under Bowdoin Festival faculty member Ilya Kaler. Ms. Watkinson was named Miss Maine in 2008 and competed in the Miss America Pageant, and has performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. The Simmons Foundation has generously provided Ms. Watkinsonâ€™s scholarship to attend the Bowdoin Festival in 2010.
Wilson Bristol, a seventeen-year-old pianist from Freeport, is a student at the University of Southern Maine and has won first prize for the Pine Tree Piano Competition Middle School Division, Bangor Symphony Orchestra Competition, Ocy Downs Competition, and Mildred Freiberg Middle School Competition, among others. In addition to the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Bristol has attended the Portland International Piano Festival and Bay Chamber Next Generation Chamber Camp. He was featured in a recent recording of From the Top at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Mr. Bristolâ€™s fourth summer at Bowdoin has been supported by the Festivalâ€™s John M. Dunlap Jr. endowment fund.
Clare Monfredo, a nineteen-year-old cellist from Seal Harbor, will attend the Festival for the second time. Monfredo is a recent Jack Kent Cooke Award winner, a Bay Chamber Competition Winner, and has been featured on the radio program â€śFrom the Top.â€ť She graduated Cum Laude from Phillips Academy with honors in English and music in June of 2009 and currently studies at Yale University where she is a member of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Monfredoâ€™s Bowdoin tenure is supported by the Samuel L. Cohen Foundation.
Max Winter, a twenty-year-old cellist from Orono, will attend the Bowdoin Festival for the first time. Mr. Winter is a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a former Third Place winner of the Bangor Symphony Concerto Competition and was First Chair in the All-State Orchestra. His first summer at the Bowdoin Festival is being supported by the Samuel L. Cohen Foundation.
Laura Ingram is the recipient of an internship funded by the Samuel L. Cohen Foundation that will enable her to work in the Bowdoin Festivalâ€™s music office as the community concert coordinator. A pianist who was awarded first place in the Pine Tree Piano Competition, Ms. Ingram was a member of the Brunswick High School class of 2008 and is currently a sophomore at William and Mary.
Performances by Maine students and other talented Festival participants can be seen during the Artists of Tomorrow, Community concert and Bowdoin Festival Extra series, which run from July 1 to August 6. For more details on concert times, visit www.bowdoinfestival.org.
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