The excitement of discovering a promising new musician is like hearing your favorite piece of music for the very first time. At Noontime Concerts we believe that gifted emerging artists will shape the future of classical music. And that’s why it is our privilege and our commitment to offering young talented musical artists in the early stages of their careers a chance to play on our concert series.
The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists provides scholarship-based live performance opportunities for gifted and talented young musicians who are on the threshold of amazing careers. A Noontime Concerts opportunity for these special artists becomes a memorable experience for all of us who are so lucky to see and hear them play.
LEO JERGOVIC (16 years old) is a junior at Menlo School, Menlo Park. He studies piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre College division. Leo participated in numerous piano competitions and was a top prize winner at New West Symphony Quick Bowman Piano Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, SF Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, California CAPMT Contemporary Music Festival, James Ramos International Video Competition, ENKOR International Music Competition, International Grande Music Competition and San Jose International Piano Competition. . He was selected to perform at the Junior Bach Festival, for both piano and voice. Leo is the 2019-2020 National Chopin Foundation Scholarship recipient.
Apart from piano, Leo studied voice at SFCM. He is a three times winner of the National Gold Medal for Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Voice examination after receiving the highest marks in the nation. He is a three times first prize winner at SF Bay Area NATS Singing Festival and a first prize winner at International Grande Music Competition,
Leo loves performing on stage. His most recent performances include concerts at Todi International Music Masters at Palazzo del Vignola, Todi, Italy, Concerts at Presidio in San Francisco, CA, multiple concerts during Krakow Piano Summer in Poland, SFCM Faculty Artist Series | William Wellborn concert in San Francisco, CA, International Grande Music Competition Winners Concert at Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Concert Hall New York, and multiple Junior Bach Festival concerts in Bay Area, CA. He also had his first soloist appearance as a boy soprano in Valley Concert Chorale performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and was the host and MC of the 2016 SFCM Pre College Showcase Concert. His solo and chamber music performances include numerous recitals at SFCM, SFCM Classical Kick-off Weekend, MTAC- SF Holiday Concert, Master Classes with Simon Trpceski and Nelita True in San Francisco, CA, Masterclasses with Antonio Pompa-Baldi,
Eduardo Delgado, Yunjie Chen, and Enrico Elisi in Todi, Italy, Concerts at Presidio, SFCM Pre College Showcase Concert, Benefit Concerts For ZOE Children’s Homes, MTAC SF Festival, Blossom Cherry Festival in San Jose, Winners of International Russian Piano Competition Concerts, and Lang Lang Foundation 101 Pianist San Francisco.
Leo also enjoys jazz. In his freshman year, Leo took a Jazz Band as a class at Menlo School where he was both a vocalist as well as a pianist. In the past, he has participated in Stanford Jazz Camp and School of Rock bands. There he studied guitar and bass guitar while also being a lead on the keyboard and lead vocal on multiple songs. In school, he played saxophone and clarinet in the school band.
In 2018, Leo started his journey in songwriting. His early songs were recognized by National YoungArts Foundation and, at age 15, he was named 2019 YoungArts Merit Winner in voice/singer-songwriter discipline.
L. v. Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
Largo e mesto
Nocturne Op. 48, No. 1in C Minor
Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 in D-flat Major
Ballade Op. 23in G Minor
The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists
Helen von Ammon
August 2, 1922 – January 31, 2014
As an artist, Helen von Ammon was particularly sensitive to obstacles encountered by artists of all persuasions on the path to recognition and success. Whether in the applied or the musical arts, artistic expression can be fettered by commercialism, perceived marketability, and myriad other constraints. The Helen von Ammon Fund was established to provide talented musical artists the chance to express the depth and breadth of their capabilities. So it is with gratitude for Helen’s vision and generosity that Noontime Concerts provides professional musicians beginning their careers with an important performance opportunity as well as exposure and recognition.
Irving M. Klein International String Competition
Since its inception in 1985, the Klein competition of its kind, and has helped launch the careers of many performers. Mr. Klein, who died in 1984, devoted himself untiringly to the development of young artists. He was extraordinarily sensitive to their human as well as musical needs. His friends, colleagues, and students who established the Competition in his memory sought to imbue it with his unusual qualities of empathy with and generosity to young musicians. Parallel to the guiding principles of the Helen von Ammon Fund, the Klein Competition seeks to provide recital opportunities, recognition, and assistance to accomplished musicians in the early stages of their careers. Noontime Concerts has been honored to present Klein Competition winners under the auspices of the von Ammon Fund. We look forward to featuring other Klein artists in the 2016 season.
The Klein Competition takes place each year in June at San Francisco State University and at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.kleincompetition.org. We encourage anyone interested in fostering young musical careers to make a tax-deductible gift to Noontime Concerts designated to The Helen von Ammon Fund. Recitalists are also encouraged to submit a demonstration tape or CD along with a resume for consideration to:
Helen von Ammon Fund
660 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108