PICT faculty member Mathilde Handelsman has been announced as a First Prize winner of the 2021 American Protégé International Concerto Competition; along with the other winners, she is scheduled to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC, in a season of 2022-23.
A solo and chamber musician, Mathilde has performed throughout Europe and the USA, winning prizes at various national and international piano competitions. Mathilde has recorded two albums: Images, Claude Debussy 1903-1907 (solo piano, Sheva Collection, 2019) and Works of Roger Boutry (oboe, bassoon, and piano, UTA, 2019). As a music educator, Mathilde has taught invited masterclasses at various universities as well as the 18-hour course, Avant-Garde Music in Post-WWII Europe, at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT) in Fall 2019.
American Protégé is the only international music competition open to all instrumentalists, singers, and ensembles. The International Concerto Competition welcomes applications for all instruments, including strings, piano, voice, and winds. In 2021, the International Concerto Competition attracted the largest number of applicants in American Protégé history, with appicants hailing from 11 countries around the world. Mathilde won First Prize in the category of “college students and professional musicians” with her performance of Roger Boutry’s Variations on an Imaginary Theme.