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2018 Competition Info

The upcoming David Hochstein Recital Competition is scheduled for Sunday, February 11, 2018. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Click here to view and download the application. For additional information, call Hochstein at (585) 454-4596.

David Hochstein Recital Competition


Our school opened its doors in 1920 in memory of David Hochstein, a Rochester native and world-class violinist who was tragically killed in WWI. The David Hochstein Recital Competition was initiated in 1991 to celebrate and encourage outstanding talent and achievement among young musicians in our community. 

The Recital Competition is open to advanced students in grades 10-12 in the nine-county region surrounding Rochester. In order to compete, musicians are required to prepare challenging music in varied styles and perform before juries of noted professional artists.

First-place winners of the David Hochstein Recital Competition are honored for their achievement with a $500 prize and invited to share their gifts with the community in a spring recital in the Hochstein Performance Hall that is open to the public and recorded for later broadcast on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5.


  • All contestants must perform three compositions (or movements) in contrasting styles.
  • All three compositions performed must be by different composers.
  • Contestants in Categories II & III are required to provide piano accompaniment and their own accompanist.
  • Contestants must provide one extra copy of each composition for the judges.
  • Piano contestants must perform from memory. Memorization is optional for other instrumentalists.
  • Concerto repertoire is not permitted for piano contestants.
  • Audition time may be limited. Contestants should be prepared to be interrupted and asked to perform any portion of the music.

Winners of the 2017 David Hochstein Recital Competition, which took place on April 13, 2017, are:

Raymond Feng (piano) of Pittsford
Pittsford-Sutherland High School
Elier Suárez, teacher

Chie Xu (violin) of Pittsford
Pittsford-Mendon High School
Renée Jolles, teacher 

David Kim (clarinet) of Pittsford
Pittsford-Mendon High School
Andrew Brown, teacher

Cassandra DiLucia (piano)
Jackie Hager (cello)
Amelia Snyder (saxophone) 

Honorable mention:
Nicole Page (flute)