2021 Cogen Competition Grand Prize Performance

Congratulation to the 2021 Cogen Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winner:
Ruby Ahdoot, flute

Flute Concerto No. 2 K314, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro Aperto

Ruby Ahdoot, flute student of Kathleen Jacobi 

Levine International Orchestra
Vasily Popov, conductor, Levine Faculty

The Ruth P. Cogen Competition was established by the Board of Trustees of Levine Music in 1983 to honor Ruth Cogen, one of the school’s founders and its first chair of the Board of Trustees.

The 2021 Competition took place virtually. Each participant prepared a video recording of one movement from a concerto or solo piece intended for performance with an orchestra for the preliminary round. Students in the final round recorded their performances with accompaniment using Levine’s zero-latency rooms. The grand prize winner was chosen from all the first-place division winners to play in a virtual performance with the Levine International Orchestra comprised of Levine faculty, alumni, and musicians worldwide. View all final round performances.

This program has been made possible through the generous support of the Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc.

Levine International Orchestra

Vasily Popov, conductor, Levine Faculty, U.S.A.


Yui-Chi Chang, Faculty, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Antti Hartikainen, Helsinki Opera Symphony Orchestra, Finland


Igor Karzov, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia
Willam Hoggard, DC Strings Workshop, Washington D.C., U.S.A.


Sergei Levitin, Covent Garden Opera Orchestra, London, U.K.
Akemi Takayama, Roanoke Symphony, Shenandoah Conservatory, U.S.A.
Yi Yang Norway Radio Orchestra, Oslo, Norway
Kimberly Galva, Levine Faculty, U.S.A.
Brendan Shea, Levine Alumnus, Euclid Quartet, U.S.A


Evgenia Kondrina, Bolshoi Opera Theater, Moscow, Russia
Patrick LeStrange Levine Faculty, U.S.A.
Joanna Cochenet-Gallastegui, Levine Faculty, U.S.A.


Mayda Narvey Ismena Collective, London, U.K.
Kacy Clopton Levine Alumna, Luther College Faculty, U.S.A.
Alex Cooper, Levine Alumnus, DC Strings Workshop, U.S.A

Double Bass

Donovan Stokes, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester U.S.A.

Special thanks to: Aaron Percy, Recording Engineer, Vasily Popov, grand prize conductor and video editor, Lois Narvey and Ted Cooper, competition organizers, Stephen Bulla and Stephen Czarkowski, competition judges.