Zildjian is pleased to announce that Ethan Ahmad from the University of Southern California is the winner of the 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship. Ethan is a student of Jim Babor. Ethan received a $5,000 tuition award, an expense free trip to the Zildjian factory and complimentary cymbals. Ethan visited the Zildjian Factory in early September, where he worked in the Orchestral Vault to select his prize with Keith Aleo, Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at Zildjian.
Congratulations also to our two runner up applicants - Wai Chi Tang from the Manhattan School of Music, a student of Duncan Patton, and Michael Jopling from Carnegie Mellon University, a student of Jeremy Branson. They both received a special complementary cymbal package picked out by our Cymbal Experts at the Zildjian factory.
The first round of competition was judged by James Campbell from the University of Kentucky. Ten finalists were chosen and their unmarked CD’s were sent to Cynthia Yeh, Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The other seven finalists were:
Sean Van Winkle, New England Conservatory, a student of Frank Epstein
Colin McCall, Eastman School of Music, a student of Michael Burritt
Alison Chorn, Cleveland State University, a student of Tom Freer
John Thomas III, Florida State University, a student of John Parks
Bryn Lutek, McGill University, a student of Aiyun Huang
Steven White, Northwestern University, a student of She-e Wu
Robert Oldroyd, Boston Conservatory, a student of Nancy Zeltsman
The Kerope Zildjian scholarship is an opportunity for the Zildjian family to pay tribute to Kerope, who presided over one of the most-storied periods in Zildjian history. From 1865 until his death in 1909 in Constantinople, Kerope continued to develop the classic K. Zildjian sound, coveted by the world's greatest percussionists. In memory of Kerope's deep commitment to the art of craftsmanship, the Zildjian family established this scholarship to encourage and reward percussionists in their pursuit of performing excellence.