Carnegie Bound

Crescendo issue: February 2014
Danielle Maeng (IAA '14) and Anthony Trionfo (IAA '13, Colburn '17) were named the shared First Prize winners in the High School division of the 2013 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition.
Winners performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, October 20, at 1:30 p.m.  (Anthony's age placed him in the High School division, even though he is a freshman at Colburn.)

“As an international competition with a prize of a Carnegie Hall performance, this competition attracts a large number of highly skilled applicants,” says Interlochen’s Instructor of Flute Nancy Stagnitta. “Danielle is a current senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She was extremely excited to prepare for this performance, and in doing so grew tremendously.”

“Anthony graduated from the Academy in 2013, and is currently a freshman at The Colburn School in Los Angeles,” added Stagnitta. “He is doing beautifully – so well, in fact, that he was performing in another competition and was unable to make the trip to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall.”

“Anthony and Danielle are artistic, imaginative, and beautiful flutists and musicians,” continues Stagnitta. “They are dedicated to their craft, and they are natural performers with a commitment to having a unique voice on the flute.”

Danielle remembers the announcement of her honor quite well.

“I remember the day I found out that I had been chosen as a first prize winner and I absolutely couldn’t believe it. I was shaking with excitement and extreme happiness. Performing at Carnegie Hall has been a dream of mine since I can remember and I never thought that I would have the chance to give my debut performance there.”

“Of course I felt extremely nervous, I felt as if I had to play perfectly because of where I was performing but realized that it is not possible to give a perfect performance,” says Maeng. “A performance that allows my audience to feel the same emotional connection that I feel with my music is what I believe to be a perfect performance. That is what I strived for and that is exactly what I felt like I achieved.

Being back at Interlochen after this incredible opportunity has made me even more thankful for not only my connection and love for the arts but the opportunities I have. The emotions I experience from performing at Carnegie are not of pride or accomplishment but pure gratitude of having a gift that I am able to share with people who rejoice in the arts.” 

More information on the competition can be found here.