Big Win for Camilo ‘21 at Piano and Strings Competition

Over Presidents’ Day weekend, Camilo ‘21 competed in the 29th Annual Jackie McGehee Young Artists Competition for Piano and Strings, an annual concerto competition for young musicians in New Mexico. 
Camilo earned first place in the strings category for his performance of “Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85.” As a winner, he was awarded $2,500, along with an opportunity to perform his concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic when the pandemic is over. “Winning the competition was an amazing experience and it has left me feeling optimistic and eager to see where I can go and what I can do next,” expressed Camilo. Watch his winning performance.
The virtual competition hailed 27 contestants ages 10–21 from across the state—the largest group of performers in the competition’s history. To be admitted to the competition, all contestants submitted an application and a video of themselves playing a concerto. For Camilo, preparation for the competition consisted of the practice and work he’s put in his whole life as a cellist. “There wasn't any specific training I did just to prepare for this competition, rather my performance was just the result of all the practice and work I have put into my playing since starting,” he explained.
Although there was no live audience to watch the young musicians perform at the event, every performance was live-streamed via YouTube so that anyone could tune in. 
It was Camilo’s first time competing in this annual competition, and will be his last. Even though he would love to compete again, first place winners are unable to do so. However, Camilo looks forward to continuing his career in music performance in college and beyond. No matter where he goes to school in the fall, Camilo plans on earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Cello Performance. We are sure to be hearing more of his beautiful music in the future.