Inland Empire Lad Takes Top Prizes at the 2022 Waring International Piano Competition
Inland Empire Lad Takes Top Prizes at the 2022 Waring International Piano Competition 26 year old Jonathan Mamora, born in Redlands in Riverside County, took both top prizes at the 2022 Waring International Piano Competition. Mamora is the first contestant since Michelle Naughton in the 2005 Intermediate Competition to grab 1st place in both the solo and concerto divisions. Mamora is currently working on is Doctorate in Music at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. One of his early teachers is Elvin Rodriguez of La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. 2nd place concerto prize went to 24 year old Christopher Richardson from Northern California, and currently studying at Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. 2nd place Solo and 3rd place Concerto went to 25 year old Simon Karakulidi, currently studying at Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT, and born in Siberia. 3rd place solo went to Ilya Shmuckler, born in Moscow, and currently studying in Missouri.