GLOBAL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION
I was born in a family of violin bow makers and classical music enthusiasts. Since I was born, my home is full of music and I was fascinated by the music and the sound of violin. I had my first violin lesson with Ms. Yakun Liu when I was four. She helps me a lot lay a solid foundation for playing the violin and teaches me how to practice scientifically and efficiently. I began to learn with Prof. Marianne Petersen when I was five. Prof. Petersen teaches me handling the phrases musically and artistically. And with much love and patience, she encourages me to play the violin confidently. In addition to having individual lessons with Prof. Petersen, I receive her ensemble lessons and join her orchestra rehearsals, too. I enjoy a lot playing music with other kids. Thanks to my very best and beloved violin teachers, I have won several First Prizes at international competitions. Besides violin, I learn playing harpsichord as well. I also like singing, dancing, painting and doing sports.
Natalie started to learn violin at the age of five. When she was 6 and 7, she passed the ABRSM Level 3 and Level 5 exams with Distinction. Natalie is also good at piano. She participated in the 71st Hong Kong School Music Competition and won the 1st runner-up. Natalie won the First Place in the Rocky Mountain Music Competition of Canada, the Gold Medal in the Xinghui Yao String Competition, the Silver Medal in the 6th Hong Kong International Music Festival, and the 2nd runner-up in the junior group of Inherit Phil. Natalie has a passion for music and hopes she can enjoy her musical journey in the future.
I like singing and improvising on the violin and piano. I have been studying the violin for 2,5 years with Dania Kainova.
Julia is 7 years old and will be a second grader. She started learning violin at age of six, with her teacher Ms. Tingting Wang. She also plays piano and enjoy reading, drawing, Kong Fu, and playing Chess.
Hongcan Zhang is 7 years old and lives in Hainan, China. She started learning violin at the age of 6 and began the online violin lessons from January 2021 with violin instructor Tingting Wang who is from San Diego, USA. She is preparing to sit her grade 3 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music next month in July 2021. She also enjoys singing, drawing, swimming and traveling with families. She is excited to perform in her first international music competition.
My name is Caleb. I was born in 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. I started taking my first cello lesson using my tiny 1/16 cello at the age of four and a half; and fell in love with cello since then. I have passed Suzuki Cello Book 1 & 2, and currently enjoy learning Book 3. Other than cello, I also love playing piano.
Heeley is a 7-year-old girl from Hong Kong. She has been learning to play the harp for 3 years. When she became 5 years old, she began 4th grade and had the great honour of participating in the Christmas Harp Recital in HK MTR station, charity performance in Yan Chai Hospital and had the chance to perform in a local TV program. She has won hundred championships in various music competitions. During the period between 2019 and 2020, she was the 1st prize winner in Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, Okinawa International Music Competition, Rocky Mountain Music Competition, Muse International Music Competition, Great Composers International Music Competition, King's Peak International Music Competition, etc. She was the champion of grade 7 harp in Hong Kong Music Competition 2021 and Youth Arts Trophy Music Competition 2021. Recently, she has also won the Grand Prix laureate in Prague Competition. Her dream is to be a harpist.
Born in 2016 in Hong Kong, Jarvis is a kindergarten student who began learning harp at age 4 with Lillian Kong, and he has been participating in local and global competitions. Among these Jarvis has won the W.A. Mozart Prize at the 30th Young Musician Competition "Città di Barletta"; the Young Hopes Prize at the 3rd Nouvelles Etoiles Competition; the Champion at Hong Kong Intercultural Young Musicians Competition 2021; the Platinum 1st Prize at 2020-2021 Canadian International Music Competition; the Platinum Prize at 2021 Quebec International Music Competition; and the 1st Prizes at Chopin Society Malaysia Virtual International Music Competition 2020, X International Music Competition Amigdala, and Premio LAMS Matera 2020.
Deann Huang(10) is a full scholarship student of the Conservatory Program at the Gifted Music School who now studies violin with Eugene Wantanabe. Deann first started playing violin at the age of 4, at the age of 5 she won second place at the 2016 American protégé Competition in the 5-10 year old group. In 2019 Deann had her first recital and made it to the final round of the Salute to Youth Competition. She placed 1st in the Utah Music Teacher Association’s 8-11 year old violin concerto group. Deann is a fourth grader at the Challenger School In Sandy. Deann also enjoys sports, painting, science and writing.
Hannah Yap Qian Yi 10-year old from Malaysia. I Have strong passion in music, art and ballet since very young age. It has always been my aspiration to be a music composer, performers as pianist, violinist, vocalist, artist and ballerina ever since I was a little girl. I started playing piano and violin when I was four years old and started my music theory study a year later. I also picked up my vocal study in late year 2019. I have participated in various music competitions / festivals and have attained many outstanding awards and achievements from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, UK, Canada, Italy, France, Malta, Finland, Spain, Russia, Hungary. Most recently I was invited to perform in Salzburg Austria, Bonn Germany in Aug 2021 for piano and violin, also Carnegie Hall for violin in Jun 2022.
Caleb is a cheerful third grader who began his studies in violin and piano at the age of 6. He has completed his ABRSM Grade 8 violin exam with distinction at the age of 9. He has won different prizes and awards including Platinum Medalist at the 2021 Quebec International Music Competition and First Prizes at both the 2021 Bonn Grand Prize Virtuoso and Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, with invitations to perform at Beethoven-Haus in Bonn and Solitär Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has been the school orchestra’s violinist since his first grader year.
Praised for her “poise and expressive movement,” violinist Gia Shin has already seen success in many endeavors. Her many first prizes include South Western Music Festival in 2019, as well as Satori Summer Music Festival and Elite International Music Competition in 2020. Her most recent first prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition has earned her the Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize and an invitation to play at Carnegie Weill Hall in 2022. Born in the United States in 2012, Gia Shin started playing violin at the age of four and has been studying with Michelle Shin in Los Angeles since 2019.
Ana Luís Morais de Sousa, was born on April, 2011, at Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal, and started studying violin at the age of 5, at the Paços de Brandão Music Academy, under the guidance of Alexandra Trindade. At the age of 8, in her first competition, XX International Music Competition Cidade do Fundão, she won the first prize and the revelation prize in violin. In the first international competition at 2021, she was gold award. She collaborated with National Theater São Carlos, in the online program “ABC composers” section Vivaldi. Ana Luís really loves playing for her regular school classmates and teacher. Besides playing violin, Ana Luís loves to learn and her favorite subject is math. She is a Scout and loves Nature.
Leah is now 10 years old, she's been learning violin since 5 years old. She has been given several awards in Music Festival and other open competitions. Other than violin, she enjoys singing and has been learning singing since 5 years old as well.
Isabel started playing Viola at age 8. She loves how many notes you can play with only 4 strings. Isabel won 2 competitions for playing the viola. Isabel is in a string trio with her siblings and plays for her neighbors and church. Isabel loves dogs, chickens, swimming, and playing the viola.
Konrad was born on July 11, 2011 in Gdansk. He started learning to play the cello at the age of 7. Konrad attends the Zygmunt Noskowski Music School in Gdynia.Konrad is in the cello class of Mrs. Jadwiga Rudka-Stefaniak. His public debut took place in 2020 in Warsaw at the International Cello Miniatures Competition. It was a fantastic and successful experience for him, and after this wonderful performance, playing the cello became an important part of his daily life. Konrad took part in regional, national and international cello music competitions and won podiums for example at the International Music Competition "Opus 2021" in Cracow, World Cello E-Competition 'Napolinova' in Italy, Primuz String Competition in Italy, International Assotiation of Art 'The Muse' in Athens, National Cello Competition 'Cellolove' in Cracow, National Cello-Contrabass Competition in Malbork, National Cello-Contrabass Competition in Kamien Pomorski, whereas in June 2021 he won the gold award in the National Cello Miniature Competition in Warsaw. His passion is music and cello.
Daniel Wang, age 9, is a third-grade student living in Shanghai, China. He enjoys playing both cello and piano as well as conducting. He is a first-prize winner in cello in the International Music Moscow Competition and won gold awards for both cello and piano in the YCIS YWIES Young Musicians Competition. He also previously won the grand prize in the Shanghai division of the Internationaler Deutscher Ronisch-Klavierwettbewerb piano competition. This fall, he will attend the Shanghai Music Middle School Affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading and playing soccer.
Zarina Zaradna was born on May 16, 2011 in Ukraine in Kharkiv. Zarina's mother comes from Russia, Zarina's father is Polish. Currently, Zarina is studying at the Music School in Poznan (Poland). Zarina's teacher is Dr. Anna Sikorzak-Olek. Zarina is 10 years old, but is already a very talented harpist. Zarina won many times the 1st place at competitions, and two Grand-Prix in Poland and Serbia. Zarina loves to perform on stage in front of an audience. Zarina hopes that her music brings joy and happiness to people. Zarina's dream is to become a composer for children's films, and movies that always have a happy ending.
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Helena Kaminska – nine-year-old harpist from Poland. Since September 2019 she has been taught by Anna Piechura-Gabrys in Karol Kurpinski Music School in Warsaw. She has already been awarded in notable national music competitions for young harpists in Poland - twice with first prize and once with second prize. In May 2021 Helena was honored with 2nd prize by jury of 12th World Open Music Competition in Belgrad.
Damian is eight years old boy with the love of classical music, who wanted to play music ever since he was three. In 2019 Damian started piano and guitar lessons. He also took trumpet lessons to try a completely different instrument, and learned recorder on his own to play just for fun. Damian had several successful piano and guitar recitals and competitions, participated in Open Microphone Nights at the local community center, and plays “special music” in the local church, where he performs solo and duet with his little sister.
Lerchen is a 12-year-old musician from Austin, Texas. He has been playing violin since 7 years old and plays 1st violin in the award winning CVMS honor orchestra. Lerchen also plays piano, and enjoys math, swimming, chess, and video games.
I am a 11 year old violist and violinist from Sydney, Australia. I started learning Viola in 2018 and passed AMEB grade 8 in 2020 with a distinction. I am currently working on L.Mus. I will also complete AMEB grade 8 for violin this year. I received a full music scholarship from Trinity Grammar School—one of the most prestigious schools in Sydney. My greatest musical role model is violinist Itzhak Perlman. Every day, I incorporate Perlman’s motto of “slow practice” into my own practice routine. I particularly enjoy playing Mozart’s pieces as they are often cheerful and uplifting.
Emmy Gu (born in September 2008 in Berlin, Germany) received her first violin lessons at the age of five with Mika Yonezawa, and piano lessons with Ralf-Torsten Zichner at nine. Both as a soloist and in an ensemble, she received multiple 1st prize awards at "Jugend musiziert" and the Carl-Schroeder Competition. She was awarded the “JukaBB Jury Award” and “Audience Award” at the JukaBB workshop for chamber music. She was sponsored by con-Takt Junior and is currently a scholarship recipient of the International Music Academy Berlin.
Maya Vasileiadou is 11 years old,born in Thessaloníki,Greece.She began studying violin at the age of 9 at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki,under the guidance of her teacher,Mrs Raisa Efimova.She has participated in many international violin competitions and has won several prizes.Maya is also studying piano.
I was born in Verona, Italy, in September 2009. I started to study violin when I was three. In 2018 I entered Conservatorio in Verona and my teacher is Maestro Alberto Ambrosini. I love classical music (especially Bach!) and I like very much to play in our class concerts and to take part to violin competitions. My favourite sports are downhill skiing and skating. I live in Verona with my parents and with my little sister Benedetta.
Cristian Alejandro was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 1, 2009. His love for music was evident since the tender age of four. He began taking piano lessons when he was five. At seven he was admitted to the Paublita Concepcion Elementary Conservatory of Music, in Havana, Cuba. There, he pursued his passion for the piano and the violin. In 2018 he took master classes with the American violinist Tai Murray. This further cultivated his love of classical music. Today, Cristian is in his fourth year of studying violin at the Manuel Saumel Conservatory of Music in Havana.
Hannah has been playing the violin for 4 years now. She has won a few competitions and plays in a string trio.
I am a 11 year old violist and violinist from Sydney, Australia. I started learning Viola in 2018 and passed AMEB grade 8 in 2020 with a distinction. I am currently working on L.Mus. I will also complete AMEB grade 8 for violin this year. I received a full music scholarship from Trinity Grammar School—one of the most prestigious schools in Sydney. My greatest musical role model is violinist Itzhak Perlman. Every day, I incorporate Perlman’s motto of “slow practice” into my own practice routine. I particularly enjoy playing Mozart’s pieces as they are often cheerful and uplifting. .
Born in a family of musicians where passion for music has been cherished for many generations, Dusa started playing piano when she was five years old and playing cello from the age of six. With classical ballet that she was into for ten years since she was three years old, one can say music plays a key role in her life. Dusa has very many laureate titles and first prizes from various national and international competitions, but she likes more playing in concert halls. Besides music she is very much involved into equestrian sport which is her second life passion, together with having fun with her dogs. .
My name is Marianna Szałkiewicz-Nowak. I am 13 years old and attend Music Elementary School in Poznań, Poland. My cello teacher is Jan Czaja. I have been playing cello for 6 years and I feel like I am just starting to discover the beauty of this instrument, probably thanks to my new cello teacher who is so passionate about cello music that it seems to be contagious and somehow changes me. I try to play more and more every day and strive to make my sound better and better.
Haeun Yu is 12 years old and currently attending the first grade at Yewon School. She’s a cellist with a tremendous passion for music. She took 1st place at the Virtuoso International Competition, the Music Education News Concours, the Kukmin Daily and Hansei University Music Competition, and the Eumyoun Competition thanks to her brilliant skills. She also received praise from the conductor and audience when performing with the MS Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gyeonggi Youth Orchestra. Furthermore, she was recognized for her musicianship by performing in numerous concerts including the Young Musicians Festival and the Gum Nanse Youth Orchestra Subscription Concert.
Born on Mar.17th 2010 in Shanghai, China, Ziqi Jin began receiving formal cello lessons when she was 7 years old. She won many first prizes in some national and international music competitions. She is now studying at The Music Middle School Affiliated with Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Prof. Dahai Liu.
Sherine Liu is a 13 year-old student at Sartartia Middle School, Sugar Land Texas. She began playing the cello at the age of 7 and continued to grow and develop. She is now the lead cellist at her school's varsity performing orchestra.
Aiden was 9 years old when he made his cello solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2017 as a winner of the New York Golden Classical Music Award International Competition. He started studying piano at the age of 2 and cello at the age of 5, and performed in a concert half year later. He has been awarded First Prizes at both the 2021 Bonn Grand Prize Virtuoso and Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, with invitations to perform at Beethoven-Haus in Bonn and Solitär Mozarteum in Salzburg. Currently, he is the principal cellist in his school’s orchestra.
Devon Chang, age 15, started playing the violin at age 7, and currently studies violin with Mrs. Eunhee Kim. His musical achievements include several first place finishes at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, the Satori Summer Music Festival, and the MTAC-OC Concerto. He has also won a second place award in The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and a second place award in the Great Composers 2020 competition. In addition, he obtained California State Honors and was invited to the Convention Recital for Music Teachers’ Association of California. Outside of music, he enjoys playing basketball, swimming, and programming.
Adriana Zhou is an upcoming 10th grader at Troy High School in Fullerton, California. She studies both piano and violin at Opus 119 under Dr. Bella Tseng. Her accomplishments include winning prizes in competitions like the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and Texas Stars International Competition. Besides playing music, Adriana enjoys reading books and snowboarding.
Isabela Diaz is a 16-year-old violinist who lives in Miami, Florida, and has been studying the violin since she was six. For the past few years, she has been studying alongside Jose Guibert and Huifang Chen. In 2019, she participated in the New World Symphony Side by Side Concert, the Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Institute of Music and the National Youth Orchestra 2 gathered by Carnegie Hall. In 2021, she competed in the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition Semifinals.
My name is Wesley Chen and I go to American High School in Fremont, CA. When I was 6 years old, I began to study violin under Herbert Chang who is a distinguished violin teacher and composer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, I won First Place in the Advanced Solo Romantic category and Second Place in the Advanced Solo Baroque category of the BAMA US International Open Music Competition (2021). I am also part of the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. In my free time, I enjoy listening to classical music and playing the piano.
Amy Lee is an ambitious violinist who has won multiple first prizes from many different eisteddfods such as the first prize in Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and performed in New York, Carnegie Hall at the age of 12. She has also won multiple prizes in Australia such as the St George Eisteddfod, Ryde Eisteddfod, Inner West Eisteddfod, Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod and many more. She is actively participating in musical aspects, both in and out of school.
Lanting Zhu was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and she is currently a high school sophomore. She performed at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall as a member of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra when she was 8. Starting from 4th grade to now she has been in the County Gifted and Talented Orchestras. She has won the 2021 Canadian International Music Competition (CIMC-MOMA) Young Artist Award 3rd prize. She enjoys music and violin greatly and tutors elementary and middle school violin classes nationwide in order to spread her knowledge and joy.
Chloe Joo (15) is studying violin with Julie Kurtzman at the 92Y School of Music as a Recanati-Kaplan Program scholar. She is the concertmaster of ISO's Symphony Orchestra. She was interviewed by Andrea Grimes on CBS from WCBS-TV in April, 2018. She was selected to perform for the Howard Johnson Tribute Gala concert at Merkin Hall in September, 2019. She performed with ISO for the Mingus Dynasty Collaboration Concert in November, 2019. Chloe was the winner of ISO’s 2015 Concerto Competition and made her solo debut that same year with the ISO Concert Orchestra, performing Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She performed twice at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall after winning first place at the 2015 Forte International Music Competition as well as the 2016 Rondo Vanguard Music Competition. She performed in Merkin Concert Hall after winning third place at the 2018 International Grande Music Competition. She won first prize for the 2019 International Best Shostakovich Performance Competition. In 2020, she won third prize for the ENKOR International Music Competition. She won second prize for the 2021 GLORY Int'l Strings, Winds & Percussion Competition. She also won second prize for the 2021 The Music of America Competition. She was a recipient of the Irving Caesar Music Scholarship in 2015. She also performed in a violin masterclass with Odin Rathnam in 2014. In the past summers, she has attended Point Counterpoint Music Camp in Leicester, Vermont, since 2013. In 2015 and 2016, she performed in Brandon Town Hall, Vermont.
Erica Lee began playing the violin at the age of nine at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Since then, she has participated in NEC Prep orchestras, chamber groups, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Point CounterPoint Summer Festival. Erica has won several musical awards for both local and international competitions such as the Seoul International Music Competition. Additionally, she has been accepted into the MMEA Northeastern Junior District Orchestra, Senior District Orchestra, and the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra. She continues to perform as a soloist in various locations and works to improve herself as a musician.
Ariadna studied at various conservatories in Valencia until she was 14 years old. During those years she received classes and Masterclass from Leo de Neve, Sabtiago Canto, Ana Valero Betran and Thuan Do Minh. She is also a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Generalitat, the Madrid JMJ Orchestra and the Alicante Youth Orchestra. In 2018 she will study at Musica Mundi School with Julia Dinerstein as a teacher. Since then she has received Masterclass with Michael Kugel and Mikhail Zemtsov, since 2020 she has received awards at Kings Peak competition. ODÍN Competition, Opus competition 2021 and Primuz International online Competition 2021. .
Hello. My name is Vagif Gurbanov. I was born on February 17, 2006 in Azerbaijan, Baku City. I am now 15 years old. I entered the Bulbul School. And my Teacher - Valentina Sergeevna Krainova, I started to study cello from the age of 8. And after 2 years I became a Laureate of international competitions. Competition named after Heydar Aliyev 1st place, Future Stars Georgia 1st place, World Harmony 1st place, International Competition-Festival ,, Sozvezdie-EUROPE -ASIA 2021-Gran prix, RACONTO DI PRIMAVERA In Italy - LAUREAT 1st place, World Art Games Spain -1st place, Radio Voices of the Planet RUSSIA-1st place, Spring Symphony 2021 PRAQA ČESKA - GRAND PRIX.
ChenXiang , male, born on August 11, 2005 in Changzhou City Jiangsu Province, began to learn cello from Mr. Zhang Xisheng at the age of six. In 2014, he was admitted to the Affiliated Primary School of Shanghai Conservatory Of Music in Primary Grade Four. Professor Liu Dahai was his cello instructor,and his piano instructor was Wang Chen. In 2017, he was admitted to the Affiliated High School of Shanghai Conservatory Of Music in Junior Grade One, and Professor Liu Dahai has been his cello instructor till now.
Zuzanna was born in Warsaw, Poland. She started to play cello at the age of 7. As a student of elementary music school participated in many cello competition (solist and duo). After graduation she started to study at music high school at prof. Tomasz Strahl and dr. Rafał Kwiatkowski's class. She won twice the first and the second price in Nationwide Cello Competition Miniatura Wiolonczelowa in Warsaw, the first and second price in International Music Competition Sosnowe Nutki in Otwock,twice second price in her age category as a cellist in eMuse Competition in 2019 and 2021 and a special price – cello string, she was honorable mentioned in Nationwide Cello and Bass Competition in Warsaw and Łódz, and many more. As a member of duo she won the first price in International Music Competition Sosnowe Nutki in Otwock and the second price in Nationwide Ensemble Competition Sochaczewskie Spotkania Kameralne. She is interested in politics, likes windsurfing, tarvelling, reading and listening to the music (jazz, rock).
Yochen Zhong is a 15 year old cellist from Austin, Texas, and is a rising sophomore at Westwood High School. He has been playing cello since he was 10 years old. Yochen has been a member of the TMEA All-State and All-Region Orchestras. In addition to music, Yochen also has a passion in biology and is a USABO semifinalist. In his free time, Yochen enjoys listening to music and swimming.
Theodore Tak,14, is a cellist who currently studies with Jonathan Koh. He started learning the piano at the age of 6 and has been playing the cello since he was 8 years old. Theodore was the winner of the Korea Times Youth Music Competition, United States International Music Competition, Silicon Valley Youth Music Competition and Golden State Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He was a cellist of the Golden State Youth Orchestra for 2 years and is now volunteering with the Almaden Youth Musicians. When not pursuing music, he enjoys playing tennis and traveling to explore and learn about new cultures.
Maria Wang started learning cello at age 10 and is currently studying under Yao Zhao, the principal cellist of the San Diego Symphony. She is currently the principal cellist of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and assistant principal of the AmeriCal Youth Symphony. She enjoys to learn Japanese and sing during her free time.
I was born in 2007. I study at Aydın Adnan Menderes Universty State Conservatory in Turkey. I have been studying cello for 4 years with my teacher Dr. Özgür Elgün.
Born in Taiwan, Murphy Chuang has been studying the cello since seven and is currently studying in Massachusetts, USA. She has taken part in several orchestras such as New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School (Youth Symphony Orchestra), Taipei Philharmonic Youth Ensemble, and Milton Academy School Orchestra. Murphy has participated and won in numerous local and international competitions including Gold Award in “2021 Canada Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition” Final Round; Gold Award in “2020 Japan Osaka International Music Competition”; Silver Award in “2019 Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards International Music Competition” and was invited to perform in the Gala Concert at The Esplanade Recital Hall, Singapore. Murphy continues to pursue her passion for cello and music.
Nathan Jeong, age 15, is a 10th grader at California High School in San Ramon, CA. He began cello studies at age 8. Since then Nathan has received several awards including 2nd place in the US International Open Music Competition and moving on to the the final round of the Tri Valley Solo & Ensemble Music Festival. Nathan is also a member in a string quartet, Fourte, and has been playing in it for 2 years, participating in several local events. He has also played for local senior centers and events.
Dominika was born in 2007 in Warsaw, Poland and began her musical adventure at the age of 7 by learning to play the harp. Currently, she is studying with Professor Anna Piechura-Gabrys in the Frederic Chopin State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. She is a laureate of numerous awards and scholarships all over Poland and Europe. She took masterclasses with famous national and foreign musicians such as Elzbieta Szmyt, Agnieszka Gralak, Joanna Kozielska, Adelheid Blovsky-Miller. From the beginning of her career, Dominika has been active in chamber music, incl. in the Wiktorska Harp Open ensemble. In addition to classical music, Dominika is interested in jazz music and took part in masterclasses with jazz harpist Pia Salvia.
Elishia Yeung (16) is the Champion of the 2020 Outstanding Young Ambassador Awards in the Arts and Performance Category - VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. In 2019, Elishia was invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York and The Orpheum in Vancouver. Last year, she won gold prizes at the Serbia International Music Competition and The Most Promising Harp Student award at the KPU International Music Festival. She also won silver prizes at the France Music Competition and Quebec Music Competition 2020. Recently, she won the Platinum First Prizes in both the Canadian International Music Competition 2021 and Quebec Music Competition 2021.
I am living in Warsaw in Poland. Music is my passion, sometimes a challenge - I love it! I started learning to play harp with Mrs. Anna Piechura-Gabryś almost 3 years ago. I love taking part in music competitions, master classes and concerts. I also like playing in orchestra "Wiktorska Harp Open" My dream is to be part of the symphony orchestra one day.
Megan van Uffelen (2005) from the Netherlands studies at the Young Talent Class at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Zwolle with Manja Smits. Last years she participated in several competitions. In Oct.19 she was rewarded with the Jury award for the best performance of a classical piece in cat. C of the Int. Harp Comp. Velenje (Slovenia). In September 20 she was a finalist of the Royal Concertgebouw Competition. Megan attended masterclasses with Lavinia Meijer, Remy van Kesteren, Pierre-Michel Vigneau and Masumi Nagasawa. Megan is invited to attend a masterclass at the World Harp Congress in Cardiff, which will take place in July 2022.
Born on October 4, 2004, she began classical guitar studies at the age of 7 with teacher João Moita. She entered the Aveiro music conservatory in 2013, currently attending the 7th grade of classical guitar studies. She has already attended some masterclasses and workshops. During her musical career, she participated in several competitions, including 16 prizes in several coutries: Portugal, Spain; France; Russia; European Union. It has a vast number of performances and she participated in television programs, including: Canal Central de Aveiro (June, 2021); Kuriakos TV “Mornings on TV” (July, 2021); Tele Elda “With you live” (July, 2021).
My name is Nare Markossian. I'm 14 years old. I'm from Armenia and I play Armenian folk instrument - kanon. I study at the music school after Zareh Sahakyants in Abovyan. In Armenia I have participated in many international "republican competitions" and won honorable places.
This is my first time participating in a competition outside of Armenia.
My musical instrument is still popular in Armenia, but not outside Armenia. So I want to spread our national instrument all over the world.
Emmanuelle Sievers began playing violin at the age of 3 and currently studies with Brian Lewis. Her recent honors include first place at the 2021 OMFA Provincial Competition. Emmanuelle has played in numerous orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2019-2021) and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (2017-2020). She has also performed as a soloist with the Canadian Sinfonietta, the North York Concert Orchestra, and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Additionally, Emmanuelle was selected to participate in the Suzuki Method "Ten Children" tour in Japan (2012) and in the Young Artists Summer Program at the Curtis Institute of Music (2018).
Born in Tianjin in 2002, he studied violin with his mother Zhang Jie at the age of 7. In 2013, he studied with Professor Yu Bing at the Central Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the "Qin", "Faust" and "Dumka" piano trio. He is the artistic director of Dumka Music Studio. During his studies, he won more than ten first prizes in international competitions.
Marta Tryzna was born in 2002. She started playing the violin at the age of six. In 2021 she graduated Zygmunt Noskowski Music School in Gdynia in the class of prof. Małgorzata Skorupa. She is a laureate of many awards at national and international competitions, including 1st prize at the International Music Competition OPUS 2021 (Poland), 2nd prize at the International String Competition in Elbląg 2021 (Poland), 3rd prize at Rudolf Barshai International String Competition 2021 (Russia). Marta is a scholar of the Polish Children’s Found.
Yustyna-Mariia Hret (Justina Gret, Justinettaa) - born October 2, 2003. (Lviv, Ukraine) At the age of 5 she started playing the violin. She graduated from Lviv State Music Lyceum named after Solomiya Krushelnytska, violin class, under the tutelage of her professor Heorhii Pavlii. In 2019 she started studying in Slovakia, at the Conservatory, Košice, Timonova 2. Now she studies with Milan Kyjovský. She is a 1st degree winner and winner of the Grand Prix in international competitions and festivals. (UK, Slovakia, Ukraine). .
Claire Dao has been playing violin for over fourteen years, studying with the Betty Haag Academy of Music. Performing with the Magical Strings of Youth, she has played in venues such as the Berlin Dom and the Chicago Symphony Center, as well as a multitude of others. In Thailand, she has also participated in the Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra and several international competitions.
Endre Stéger (born December 2001) is a cellist with transylvanian-hungarian roots and started to play cello at the age of 6 in Vienna. As a 12-year-old, he got accepted to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he was taught by the Solo-Cellists of the Vienna Philharmonics, Prof. Wolfgang Herzer and Robert Nagy. Endre has won the 1.Prize + Special Price at National Competition of Austria, “Musik der Jugend”, in 2014,2016 and 2018. He played in Opera projects such as Don Gionvanni, Il Trovatore and Wozzeck at the “Salzburger Festspiele”. Since 2018, he is in the class of the renowned international soloist, Prof. István Várdai.
Mikayel Voskanyan started his studies in music at the age of nine. His major prize winner in Renaissance International Competition, Serbia international Competition, Art Music Competition, AGBU discoveres Competition. Mikayel is finalist in Anna Kull International Cello Competition. He took masterclasses from cellists such as Steven Isserlis, Tim Park, Boris Andrianov and so on. Mikayel studies in Alexander Chaushian's Cello class in Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Lilla SZABÓ wurde 2003 in Budapest, Ungarn in eine Familie von Liebhabern von Kultur und klassischer Musik geboren. Mit 9 Jahren begann sie ihr Cellostudium. Von 2012 bis 2018 lernte sie unter der Anleitung von prof. Gabriella Kanfi an der Kispest Grundschule für Kunst - Budapest, und sie erhielt Coaching von prof. Ádám Jávorkai. Seit 2018 ist sie Schüler von Péter Szabó, dem herausragenden ungarischen Cellisten, an der Leo Weiner Katholischen Schule und Musikhochschule in Budapest. Lilla Szabó hat an Meisterkursen von prof. Peter Askim an der 3rd Waltham Forest Cello Fest (2021), prof. Ildikó Szabó und Péter Szabó an der Cellissimo-Akademie in Budapest (2019, 2020) sowie Prof. Reinhard Latzko, Ádám Jávorkai und Zoltán Onczay an den Gutensteiner Meisterklassen in Österreich (2018, 2019). Sie ist Gewinnerin mehrerer internationaler Wettbewerbe im Jahr 2021.
Eighteen-year-old Connor Tsui graduated from Trinity School NYC, with an award for Excellence in Science in 2020. He is a merit scholar on the Dean’s list in the pre-college program at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Ole Akahoshi. Connor will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall of 2021. Raised in NYC, Connor has performed in all 4 concert halls of Lincoln Center: as boy soprano soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for many years; as soloist with the NY Philharmonic, at Alice Tully Hall with Chamber Music Society’s Young Musicians Program; and at David Koch Theater as part of New York City Opera’s children chorus. Connor has also performed many times at Carnegie Hall in the Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill recital halls as prize winner in many competitions, at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, Morse Hall at Juilliard, Merkin Hall in NYC, at the Musikverein in Vienna, Museo di Stradivari in Cremona, the Chan Center in Vancouver, as well as many other concert halls in USA, Europe and Australia. Connor sang for 5 years with the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, singing many boy-soprano solo roles such as the 1st Spirit in Die Zauberflote for 2 seasons, and the Shepherd in Tosca. He made his debut with the NY Philharmonic in December 2014 as a boy soprano soloist, performing in Handel’s Messiah as soloist. The New York Times said, "The 11-year-old Connor Tsui is utterly charming in his short proclamations, which he performs from memory (being, after all, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus)." Connor plays the piano, was on the water polo team at Trinity school and enjoys conducting, cooking, robotics and traveling.
My name is Ashley and I am a rising senior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. I have been playing the Guzheng for 10 years, participating in multiple performances and festivals. I have also been studying music theory, music history, and violin in school as well. I hope to bring enjoyment and excitement through my performances!
Twenty-one-year-old Jason Moon began studying the violin at the age of five and is currently under the tutelage of Li Lin as a fourth-year undergraduate at the Juilliard School. Growing up in the Bay Area, he graduated in 2017 from the Menlo School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College, where he studied with Wei He. He played in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for four seasons, with which he performed as principal. Jason has won numerous competitions in the Bay Area including the Peninsula Symphony Youth Musicians’ Competition and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, among others. In the greater New York area, he won first prize in the Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition and was a semifinalist in the Schadt String Competition and the International Jascha Heifetz Competition. He has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has furthermore had the pleasure of working with and performing in masterclasses for such renowned artists as Midori Goto, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Joseph Kalichstein, and the Borromeo, Miro, and Brentano String Quartets. An avid chamber musician, Jason performs regularly as a member of the Adonis Piano Quartet alongside his colleagues at Juilliard. He has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, Music@Menlo Young Performers Program, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Taos School of Music, Heifetz International Music Institute's Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Seminar, and Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival.
Laureate of All-Russian and International competitions. Winner of Two Grand Prix (Israel, Russia), Gold Medal (Italy), Silver Star (Europe). 4th year student of the Academic College of Music at the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky
She is a Sir George Iacobescu Award Holder at Royal College of Music London studying with Radu Blidar for her Bachelor Degree. She is currently playing on a Richard Duke 1800s violin kindly lended by Royal College of Music London. She has participated in many masterclasses with renowned teachers like Suren Akhnazaryan, Philip Draganov, Igor Volochine, Pavel Vernikov. She won 1st prize in the National Olympic Contest (2017) and 2nd prize in Flame Competition Paris (2016) and Stockholm International Music Competition (2017).
Kitsho Hosotani, born in America in 2000, began studying the violin at age 4. He has performed with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Illinois University String Orchestra, Harper Symphony Orchestra, and Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra. He has won prizes in the Thirteen Annual DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers, Robert Stanger Young Artists Concerto Competition, and American Music Institute Violin Competition. This year of 2021, he has won the platinum prize in the Quebec Classical Music Competition, and first prizes in both the International Music Competition “Bonn” Grand Prize Virtuoso and the International Music Competition “Salzburg” Grand Prize Virtuoso.
AURORA GOLFARINI was born in Livorno in 1998 In 2019 she graduated in violin with full marks at "P. Mascagni" Music Conservatory Livorno Italy with M ° Anna Maria Fornasier She studied Violin at “Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music” in Riga (Latvia) with Maestro Tereze Ziberte. She also studied at the “Codarts” in Rotterdam (Holland) with M ° Natasja Morozova and Chamber Music with Gijs Kramers she attended the "String Pop", "Playng Tango" course. She has attended numerous Masterclasses with famous teachers M ° Marco Rizzi, M ° Sonig Tchakerian, M ° Pavel Bermann and M ° Eva Bindere. Currently she studies with Maestro Stefano Pagliani At the age of 15 she performed as a soloist at the concert "Ospedali in Musica" A.GI.MUS (Florence) In 2018 she performed with Tchaikovsky's "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra" Op.35 in the "YellowHauseGround" Theater in Rotterdam (Holland) and, in the same year with Mozart's "Concerto No. 5 for Violin and Orchestra" in the 'JVLMA Auditorium in Riga (Latvia). She performed with the Thalassa trio at De Doelen Studio, Rotterdam (Holland). In the “P. Mascagni “from Livorno in 2013 she won the" CesareChiti A "Scholarship Competition and in 2017 she won the" Cesare Chiti B "Scholarship Competition. In 2021 she won numerous international music competitions in Italy: - 1st Prize International Music Competition "Premiocrescendo" Florence - 1st Prize International Music Competition "Città di Stresa" - 1st Prize International Music Competition "Città di Latina" - 1st Prize International Competition "Giovani in Crescendo ", where you also received the Special Prize of the "Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini" and the invitation to perform as a soloist with orchestra during the opening night of the next 2022 Competition - II ° Prize International Competition "Città di Massa" ' She was awarded at the "Primuz String Conpetition" (Poland) She begins very young the concert activity with orchestral formations At the age of 14, together with the "Dulcimer Fondation pouf la Musique" of Geneva (Switzerland) she played with "RadicondoLivornOrchestra" in many tours in Tuscany-South Tyrol. Since 2014 she has been part of the "Amedeo Modigliani Orchestra" of Livorno in the role of Principal First Violin with which she has participated in numerous opera and theater seasons. She was part of the "Codarts Pop Orchestra" of Rotterdam conducted by Ronald Kool. She collaborated with " Orchestra Filarmonica Puccini"e "Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina " In 2020 she won the audition in the "Italian Youth Orchestra", role Sub Principal First Violin. In 2021 she won the audition in the "Goldoni Theater Orchestra" with which she performed in many Italian Theaters. She has played with famous conductors: Daniele Rustioni, Valerio Galli, Daniele Gatti and the famous violinist Kolja Blacher
The 22-year-old violinist Ludwig Balser has already performed on some of the world's largest stages. In addition to solo appearances in the Berliner Philharmonie and the Tonhalle Zurich, he has already given concerts at numerous venues such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Musikverein Wien, Linder Auditorium Johannesburg and Victoria Hall Singapore. His first single was produced in 2019 with the meditation “Thais” by Jules Massenet from the SONY / RCA RED SEAL label. In Summer 2019 he performed the premiere of Beethoven's “Kreutzer” Sonata (arranged for string Orchestra and solo violin) at the Rheingau Music Festival. He recently finished his Bachelor studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim with Prof. Dora Bratchkova and is starting his Master studies at the “Zürcher Hochschule der Künste” with Prof. Andreas Janke. Previously he studied with Prof. Waleri Gradow in Mannheim (GER) and Lugano (CH). From August on he will be a member of the Academy of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg.
Ashley Crawford is a junior violin performance major at Shenandoah Conservatory, studying under Akemi Takayama. In 2019, Ashley was the principal second violinist in the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, and went on to win the senior division of PVYO’s 2019 concerto competition. In 2020 and 2021, she was the principal second violinist in the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and was featured as a soloist in SU’s production of The Last Five Years. She also competed as a finalist in the 2021 North American Virtuoso International Competition, and was awarded a silver medal.
I am currently studying for a master deegree at Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. I study under the direction of prof. Szymon Krzeszowiec. I am actively participating in violin and chamber competitions, and also developing a concert life, mostly as a chamber player - in the past year I created a violin and piano duo with an excellent pianist - Michał Dziewior.
Armando Atanda is currently obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance at Jacksonville University under the instruction of Dr. Marguerite Richardson. He is the principal Violist of the JU orchestra and also serves in their Honors Quartet. He has previously attended numerous festivals including JU chamber music intensive, Luzerne music center, Cannon music camp, Brevard music center.
Anna Helgert received her first lessons at the age of five. In 2016 she joined the Music High School Schloss Belvedere which is a partner of the University of Music “Franz Liszt” in Weimar and studied with Prof. Richter, Prof. Krüger and Prof. Leser. She was a member of the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie. Anna Helgert is a Stavenhagen award winner and won several prices at the German competition “Jugend Musiziert”. She received musical impulses from Prof. Sachse, Prof. Selditz, Prof. Knörzer and Prof. Waskiewicz. Since 2019 she is studying at the University of Music in Nuremberg with Prof. Richter.
Maria Bieleninik - violinist and violist. From the age of 8 I started learning to play the violin. At that time, I participated in many orchestral and soloist courses. I am a student in the violin class of Tomasz Tomaszewski. For just two years I have been studying the second instrument - the viola. In a short time of learning this instrument, I won many awards, including 3rd place at the International Music Competition in Zurich, 2nd place at the National Competition for Viola, or the Artistic Personality award at the National Competition in Baroque Style. I belong to the Classical Music Festival orchestra, giving concerts in Vienna or Eisenstadt. I am a scholarship holder of the Classic Szczecin project organized by the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra. I am a finalist of many competitions both in Poland and abroad. Not only as a violist, but also as a violinist. I am developing towards chamber, orchestral and solo music.
Viktoria Wagner, born in 2000, has given multiple concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and France as well as a soloist with Orchestras such as the Philharmionie Baden-Baden. She has also taken part at the Chamber Music Masterclass at the Kronberg Academy. During her studies she has received guidance from Barbara Westphal, Lena Sandoz, Jörg-Wolfgang Jahn, Thomas Timm and Andreas Willwohl. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany where she has performed in venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Semperoper Dresden, Konzerthaus Wien, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Easter Festival of Baden-Baden under the baton of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Kirill Petrenko and Daniele Gatti. She has been awarded several prizes both as a soloist and with chamber music in the competition “Jugend Musiziert” and “Deutscher Tonkünstler Verband” Baden-Württemberg. Additionally she was awarded with the Heckmann special prize and a scholarship from the Riemenschneider Foundation Karlsruhe. Currently, she is studying with Florian Richter at the Hochschule for Musik in Nürnberg. Previously she studied with Detlef Grooß and Franziska Dürr.
My name is Aleksandra Borowik and I started my musical education at the age of six as a violist and later I changed the instrument to viola. I am currently studying at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan in a viola class of Ewa Guzowska. In my musical journey I have participated in various masterclasses and competitions. I performed as a soloist with Silesian Philharmonic and cooperated with many orchestras, among other New Music Orchestra and Polish Youth Orchestra LYO. I am also a scholar of the Polish Children’s Fund.
I am a young artist studying at the Academy of Music in Katowice in Elżbieta Mrożek-Loska's class. I have performed in countries such as Germany, Poland, United Arab Emirates as a soloist, part of a quartet and a part of an orchestra. I took part in masterclasses, for example Viola Conference in Katowice. I was also a laureate on VIII Viola Competition in Żywiec, on CEA Auditions and on IV MKA in Bydgoszcz.
Izabela Skaruz - student at Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, laureate of music competitions, e.g. Ogolnopolskie Konfrontacje Wiolonczelowe 2018 in Bydgoszcz (II Prize), V Paris International Music Competition 2020 (II Prize), Primuz International Strings Competition 2021 (Distinction). Member of International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra 2019 project.
Anna Olivia Amaya Farias (*14.12.1998 in Hamburg) has been taught since the age of nine by Prof. Bernhard Gmelin. In 2012 she passed the entrance examination to the Andreas- Franke Academy at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and was a young student there until she began her Bachelor's degree in the winter semester 16/17. Since 2020she has been studying with Prof. Tanja Tetzlaff until her Bachelor's degree. From September 2021, Anna Olivia will study Master at the Conservatoire national supérieuer musique et danse de Paris. Anna Olivia Amaya Farias was born in 2013 and 2016 when she participated in 'Jugend musiziert' was awarded a first prize in the “Solo Cello” category, and in 2013 she also received one first prize in the 'Piano Chamber Music' category and was awarded by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the NDR Elbphilharmonieorchester awarded special prizes. In addition, she received in addition to special prizes at the international Dotzauer competition and the “international Knopf Competition”. Anna Olivia Amaya Farias has given concerts as a soloist and chamber music, among others in the Elbphilharmonie, in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, in the Tchaikovsky-Saal Hamburg and on Festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Mozart Festival, the Russian Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Música Cartagena in Colombia. By participating in international master classes with David Geringas, Wolfgang Boettcher, Jens-Peter Maintz, Gustav Rivinius, Mischa Maisky, Daniel Hope, Xenia Jancovitch, Jérôme Pernoo, Eckard Runge, Vytautas Sondeckis and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, she was able to acquire important suggestions for her musical development. It was supported by scholarships such as by the Friends of Young Musicians Jürgen Ponto Foundation and was also a scholarship holder and participant in TONALi18 Competition and the Daniel Hope Academy 2019. Anna Olivia Amaya Farias plays a cello by Carles François Gand, Paris 1825 and one Bow by François Nicolas Voirin, Paris 19th century.
Samuel Sykes, twenty, is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He began studying the cello at age three with Karen Geyer at the Northeast Iowa School of Music and made his concerto debut at age twelve. He then continued his studies with Kevin Price- Brenner and Peter Thomas, and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy from 2017-2019. In May 2017 he was the recipient of the Interlochen Arts Academy’s Fine Arts Award for Cello Performance. Samuel was also the assistant principal of the ISTA Honors Orchestra in 2016, and performed as the assistant principal of the World Youth Symphony under the baton of renowned conductors including Karina Canellakis, JoAnn Falleta, Carlos Kalmar, Cristian Măcelaru, Carlos Izcaray, and Jung-Ho Pak. Additionally, he was a YoungArts Winner in 2019 for Classical Music. Samuel has participated in masterclasses with string quartets such as the Juilliard String Quartet, the Calidore String Quartet, and the Cavani Quartet. Some of his leading mentors include Hans Jørgen Jensen, Dennis Kim, David Garrett, Jonah Kim, and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir. He is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Kraut at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
From 2018. continues his studies at the Academy of Music. Karol Szymanowski in Katowice in the cello class of Dr. Arkadiusz Dobrowolski. He has participated in numerous music courses, incl. in Nysa, Busko-Zdrój, Lusławice, during which he worked under the supervision of outstanding teachers such as: Stanisław Firlej, Tomasz Daroch, Tomasz, Strahl, Justus Grimm, Denis Severin, Danjulo Ishizaka and Adam Krzeszowiec. He performed several times at the "Szalone Dni Muzyki" in Warsaw. He took part in an exchange of young orchestral musicians in Neumarkt, Germany. Despite his young age, he had the pleasure to perform at the Częstochowa Philharmonic, the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, the Grand Theater of the National Opera in Warsaw and the Academy of Music in Katowice. It was her who had the pleasure of working with conductors such as Misha Katz, Urlich Nicolai.
I was born in 2000 in Tarnowskie Gory in Silesia. In this town I took my first steps in music. I started to learn violin in Primary Music School in Tarnowskie Gory. When I went to Secondary Music School in Bytom I changed my instrument. I decided to play double bass, thanks to my first double bass teacher Krzysztof Korzen. It was breakthrough in my music life. I travelled with double bass around Europe. I took part in Music Competitions, Workshops and Orchestras Projects. Currently I study at Music Academy in Gdansk in class of Leszek Sokolowski and I’m looking for new music experience.
Taiga Benito is a 23 year old double bassist from Honolulu, Hawaii. He currently attends the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree under the guidance of Professor Rachel Calin. Benito also has received his Bachelor of Music degree from CCM. Before CCM, Benito studied with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra bassists, John Kolivas and John Gallagher. In previous summers Benito participated in the Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy’s FOOSA Philharmonic in 2018, Brevard Music Center’s collegiate orchestral studies program in 2019, and the National Orchestral Institute + Festival in 2021.
My name is Olga Ucieklak, I'm 19 years old and I live in Katowice, Poland. My music education started when I was 7, my mum wanted me to have some hobby so I started playing harp. After graduating primary school I went to music highschool which I finished with many successes. Now I am studying in Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. I love playing harp and it brings me so much joy.
Zuzanna Wasiewicz is a Polish harpist, studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she has been offered a scholarship. Zuzanna was awarded a scholarship and Certificate 'Student Talent' granted by the Lodz Teacher's Education Center'. In 2019 she graduated with distinction the Henryk Wieniawski Comprehensive State Music School in Lodz. From the very beginning of playing the harp she successfully participated in many music competitions of solo and chamber music categories. Annually, since 2009, she participates in national and international courses, concerts, workshops, and music festivals. Since 2021 Zuzanna is a member of Baltic Sea Philharmonic.
Based in Atlanta, Sarah Pearson started playing harp at the age of 15. Prior to harp, she studied piano and flute. As a child, she was passionate about music and always dreamed of studying music in college one day. Now, she is studying at Peabody Institute under Dr June Han. Sarah has played in numerous ensembles, including the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Harp Ensemble. She has played in master classes for renowned harpists such as Mariko Anraku, Sivan Magen, and María Luisa Rayan. Recently, Sarah won a gold medal in the North American Virtuoso International Music Competition.
Márton Girincsi was born in 2000 in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. At the age of 14, he took his first classical guitar lessons from Katalin Kóti-Molnár in his hometown, Tiszavasvári. From the following year he continued his instrumental studies with Erika Czakó at the Nyíregyháza High School of Arts. In 2020, he was admitted to the bachelor course at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he is currently studying with Prof. József Eötvös. Since the beginning of his classical guitar studies, he has attended several masterclasses, including those of Gabriel Bianco, Lukasz Kuropaczewski and David Russell.
I Bănescu Ioan is currently studying at the National University of Music Bucharest, Romania, in the first year of master's degree where he's taught by Romanian guitarist Costin Soare. In 2020 he was awarded an ERASMUS+ scholarship where he studied for a semester in Hungary, Szeged, at the Faculty of Music "Béla Bartók" with guitarist and composer David Pavlovits. He received multiple awards in both national and international competitions in countries such as France, Portugal, Romania and Serbia. He received lessons from world renowned guitarists like Reinbert Evers, Lorenzo Michelli, Marcin Dylla, Andras Csaki, Pablo Marquez, Susana Prieto and Sung Jin Kim. He got the opportunity to perform in numerous national and international events, such as Nendaz Guitar Festival, XVI edition, Switzerland, International Festival "IconArts", Transilvania, Romania, International Festival "Guitar Evenings", in halls such as Thalia Hall, Sibiu, Romania, Balssi Institute, "George Enescu" National Museum, Sutu Palace etc.
Dominika Przech, is a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She graduated from Professor Łukasz Błaszczyk’s class of violin at the Academy of Music in Łódź (diploma with honors) as well as Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg in the master class of Professor Grigory Zhislin (Meisterklassendiplom). She is a laureate of many national and international music competitions and festivals. Ms Przech is an active concert performer. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States and Russia. She has collaborated with prominent conductors, including Marek Pijarowski, Wojciech Michniewski and cooperated with the DUX record company.
Fang-Chun Hsieh is a rising young violinist from Taiwan. She began studying violin at five years old. Fang-Chun will be pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship, studying under Kurt Sassmannshaus from fall 2021. She earned her Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and Bachelor of Music at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), studying with Nicholas Mann and Chun Chang respectively. Fang-Chun has been selected to play in the Miniatures for All Strings Concert at MSM; and she has won the NTNU Violin Concerto Competition and played with NTNU Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, Fang-Chun has been admitted to Aspen Music Festival and School, International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, Asian Youth Orchestra and NTSO International Youth Orchestra Camp (led by Chao-Liang Lin) between 2013 and 2018. Fang-Chun also has attended several masterclasses, including those with Nai-Yuan Hu, David Chan, Nancy Tsung, Christophe Boulier, Nanette Chen, Xiao Liu, Oleh Krysa, Sebastian Breuninger, Zuo Jun, Robert Lipsett, Grigory Kalinovsky.
Vilmos Csikos obtained his Master degree in the class of Mr. Yossif Ivanov at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in June 2019. Since 2016, He is studying with Mr. Karen Aroutiounian. He won the 1st prize at the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in 2007 (Italy). He won the 1st prize at the Remember Enescu International Violin Competition in 2007 (Romania). He won the 3rd prize at the Louis Spohr International Violin Competition in 2013 (Germany). He won the 1st Prize at the Leonid Kogan International Violin Competition in 2017 (Belgium). He won the 1st Prize at the Henry Vieuxtemps International Violin Competition in 2020 (Belgium). He won the 1st prize at the Primuz International Strings Competition in 2021 (Poland). He is regularly invited to perform at International music festivals and concerts in Europe and in Asia.
The Chinese violinist, Huanhuan Sun was born in a musical family. She earned her doctoral degree from the Faculté de Musique, Université de Montréal under Professor Claude Richard with a full scholarship. She graduated from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music with a full scholarship under Professor Qian Zhou. She earns her Master’s degree in Violin Performance & Violin Suzuki Pedagogy at Cleveland Institute of Music under Ms. Joan Kwuon and Ms. Kimberly Meier-Sims. She served as Concertmaster of The Cleveland Women’s Orchestra in 2017-2018. She was also the recipient of the Marcel-Saucier violin scholarship. In 2020, she won the 2nd prize of Concours de concerto de l’OUM.
Galina Lanskaia was born near Moscow and started to play violin at the age of 5.As a child she was laureate of competition 'new names' and diplomat of competition 'magic bow' she continued her education in Gnessin college and then she did her Bachelor degree in 'Mozarteum' university of Salzburg with Lavard Scou Larsen and Wonji Kim-Ozim.Became Laureat of competition 'citta di Bartletta' (2018) Also she joined masterclasses with Prof. Pavel Vernikov in academie Villecroze.Also she did masterclasses with Alexandre Brussilovski. Now she is doing her master degree in conservatoir Versailles with Nicolas Dautricour.
Violinist Jihee Lim is from South Korea. She began to playing violin at 11 years old. 1 year later she studied violin in earnest at Yewon Arts Middle School in Korea and got in to the Seoul Arts of High School after graduation. Attending the Seoul Arts of High School in Korea she got accepted to the Korea National University of Arts 1 year earlier with unanimity of Juries and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the school under Namyoon Kim. In 2013, Dr. Lim moved to US to expand her experience and received Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Laurie Smukler. After New York's life, she was admitted to the Cleveland Institute of Music unanimously as an only Artist Diploma student in same year, and studied with Joel Smirnoff and Joan Kwuon. In 2017, she moved to the University of Texas at Austin and achieved her Doctor of Musical Arts with full Scholarship under Brian Lewis. Dr. Lim has been diverse performing with Unification Arts Festival, Founding concert of Music Braille Library, Soongsil University Orchestra, and Solo concert for Gloria 1st CD release, several concerts at Carnegie Hall and so on. Dr. Lim also has won numerous competitions; Eumagchunchu Music Magazine Competition, Korea & Germany Brahms Association Music Competition, Seoul Baroque Chamber String Competition, ChungJoo University Competition, Golden classical music award, Coltman Chamber Competition Grand Prize virtuoso international competition and others. Dr. Lim had orchestra experiences as a Concertmaster, principal in her schools and became a member of Waco Symphony Orchestra from 2019 to present
EDUCATION Diploma Vienna Conservatorium 05/2014 – 02/2018, worked with Prof. Konstantin Weitz Bachelor of Music Renmin University, China 09/2008 - 06/2012 High school 09.2005 - 07.2008, Wuhan Conservatory of Music middle school Performances/Experiences 2019 Performed with Josef Haydn Concert Association in Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) 2018 Won the third prize in The North International Music Competition 2018 Performed in the Grafenegg Music Festival Academy Orchestra 2014 – present Member of Josef Haydn Concert Association performing regularly in Churches 2014 Solo performance during the Summer Academy in Lilienfeld, Austria
Luciano was Born in the city of Goiânia-Brazil. He studied with Alessandro Borgomanero at Federal University of Goiás, and Emmanuelle Baldini at Performance Orchestral Academy int the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and in the bachelor´s and master´s program at Federal University of Goiás. He won the second prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition and play in the winners concerts at the Weill Hal at Carnegie Hall. In 2022 he won the second prize in The North Competition and the Audience Favorite prize in the World Bach Competition.
Born in Hubei, China. Tianrui Hu is currently a second-year master student at Mannes School of Music, majoring in viola performance under Dr. Milan Milisavljevic, principle viola of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra. Tianrui has participated in several master classes, including those with Ettore Causa, Mark Kaplan, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Stradivarius Quartet, and Todd Phillips. Before going to Mannes, Tianrui studied with world-renowned violinist Leechin Siow at College of Charleston, also he additional studies with Wen Qian, Ben Weiss, and Xiong Cheng.
Michał Kubica was born in 1997 in Zabrze, Poland. He started to play instrument when he was 6 years old and currently he is a student of Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań. He won several prizes on solo and chamber competitions eg. 3rd prize on Sugree Charoensook International Music Competiton in Bangkok, 2nd prize on 8th Inernational Chamber Music Competiton in Bydgoszcz. Michał Kubica is also active in chamber and orchestral projects. He took part in such projects as: International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra, Game Music Festival, Szczecin Classic.
Bulgarian violist Vanessa Hristova has just completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music, studying with Nathan Braude and Andriy Viytovych. She is supported by the Countess of Munster Derek Butler Award and the Stephen Bell Trust. She has participated in numerous international festivals and competitions including Young Euro Classic Berlin, International Music Academy Orpheus Vienna, Festival Academy Budapest. She has performed in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin. Her orchestral playing has given her the opportunity to collaborate with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Johannes Meisl and Plamen Djurov, performing as Principal Violist of the Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra and the National School of Arts Varna Orchestra amongst others. As a soloist she has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra and the National School of Arts Orchestra Sinfonietta. Vanessa has had masterclasses with Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Zemtsov, Simon Rowland-Jones, Jennifer Stumm and Wilfred Strehle amongst others. In 2021 she was awarded a scholarship for Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music and was also selected for the English National Opera Evolve Scheme. Most recently she recorded in Abbey Road Studios with LGT Young Soloists and gained full scholarship to attend the Keshet Eilon String Summer Mastercourse as well as the International Summer Academy of the MDW.
Jiaying Wang was born in 1996 in China. She graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing). In 2018 she study with Professor Nils Mönkemeyer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where she finished her Master’s degree on 2021. Currently, she is continuing her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim with Professor Hideko Kobayashi. Since 2021 she is a scholarship holder of „Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz“ and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German
Vasco (Portugal, 27th December 2005) started guitar studies at age 7. Currently attends the 6th grade of music and is a classical guitar student of professor André Madeira at the Coimbra Conservatory of Music. Was awarded 21 prizes in national and international classical guitar competitions (17 in Portugal, 1 in Spain and 3 online), obtaining nine 1st places, three 2nd places, three 3rd places, two second prizes and four honorable mentions. Has performed in 1 classical guitar concert as soloist in Spain and 17 performances in Portugal. Has participated in 7 Master Classes as performer and 1 guitar orchestra internship.
Tudor Torge is a young guitarist from Cluj-Napoca, Romania aged 14, who is studying classical guitar with teacher Viorela Filimon at the Augustin Bena Music School in parallel with his theoretical studies at the Avram Iancu High School in Cluj-Napoca. His talent and virtuosity was recognized from a very young age and until now he has won over 40 prizes at national and international classical guitar competitions. He has won important prizes at the National Musical Performance Olympics (2018, 2019), Sinaia International Guitar Festival (2016, 2017, 2019), International Competition Talente în Afirmare (2019), Pleven International Guitar Festival (Bulgaria, 2017,2019), Guitar Art International Guitar Festival (Serbia, 2017), International Guitar Competition Eduard Pamfil (2015, 2017), Transilvania International Guitar Festival (2016, 2018). One of the most important prizes he got until now is the third prize at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in 2020 and also the First prize at International Moscow Music Online-Competition. He attended masterclasses with some of the best performing artists and teachers of the guitarist community such as Gabriel Bianco, Dávid Pavlovits, Alexis Muzurakis, Liviu Georgescu, Antal Pusztai, András Csáki, Tudor Niculescu-Mizil, Anton Baranov, Carlo Marchione, Girán Péter, Raphaël Feuillâtre, Jonas Egholm and Álmos Tóth. Tudor is also passionate about chamber music and he plays concerts and attends chamber music competitions together with his violin player sister, Mara Torge.
Ausiàs Parejo was born in 2006 and began learning the guitar at the early age of 4 under the guidance of his father Rubén Parejo. He has been awarded First Prize in 25 national and international competitions, and has been invited by prestigious guitar festivals in Italy, Croatia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Czech Republic and Spain. Ausiàs has performed as a soloist, with chamber groups and orchestra. In 2018 he recorded the CD “Con Tanta Tenerezza”, presenting it at the Palau de la Música in Valencia, and also for Media and Press (Radio and TV).
My name is Maxim Rousskikh. I am 15, live in Canada. A couple of years ago I discovered classical guitar, and since then it has become my closest friend. It calms me when I am frustrated or feel distressed but sings with me in joy when I am excited or enthusiastic. KPIMC is the first international music competition I am participating in.
I have been playing the violin since first grade, I was seven years old when I first touched a violin and I fell in love instantly. My first violin teacher was Liuta Cimpeanu and she was the one that made me believe in myself, in my vocation, in the fact that I was able to persue a dream that was just back then begining to take shape. She thought me that art is supposed to touch hearts and that is what I have been trying to do, ever since. I am currently studying the violin with Corina Marc at ''Sigismund Toduta'' music high school, Cluj-Napoca. I have participated in various competitions over time, I have played on different stages over time and came to the conclusion that we feed ourselves with applause and emotion, with feedbacks and critics and try to give back, in a ''wrapped with a bow '' kind of way all the feelings that come along.
Bahar Erünsal She was born in 6th May 2003 in İstanbul. She started playing the violin in 2012 with Yonca Sülün from Istanbul State Ballet and Opera Orchestra. In 2013 she was accepted to the class of Prof. Çiğdem İyicil’s violin class as a part time student in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She has had the opportunity to study with great violinists and gave many concerts in various international music festivals. She is now continuing her violin studies in Istanbul University State Conservatory with Veniamin Varshavsky
Julia Jones is a 17-year old violinist from New York City. She started to take her violin lessons with Viktor Basis at the age of 5 at the Kaufman Music Center. At the early age Julia became a top prize winner of many national and international competitions. In 2013 she won First Prize at the Cremona International Competition, in 2016, Julia became semi-finalist of the 8th International Spohr Competition in Weimar, Germany, she received Grand Prize at the 4th ENKOR International Competition. In 2019 Julia became a Bronze Winner at the National MTNA Competition. As a winner of the Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition, Julia performed with Kaufman Music Center Orchestra at Merkin Hall in 2018, conducted by Nathan Hetherington, and in the following year she performed Sibelius Violin Concerto with Park Avenue Chamber Symphony under conductor David Bernard. In December 2019 Julia was invited to perform Bach Double Violin Concerto with European Youth Spirit Orchestra(EYSO) around Italy under button of Maestro Igor Coretti Kuret. Julia attended various music festivals in Europe and the United States. She performed at Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Ann Goodman Hall, National Bastille Opera, Paris, Museo Del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Julia performed at many charitable concert such as Fundraising events benefiting Kaufman Music Center where she performed Bach Double Violin Concerto with Joshua Bell. She became part of NGO Committee on Migration, and YouthArt Force where she performs at the charitable concerts benefiting different causes. In 2018 -2019, she became a recipient of merit scholarship from Kaufman Music Center Julia participated in masterclass with Dmitri Berlinsky, Felix Andrievsky, Vadim Gluzman, Cathrine Cho, Alma Vamos, Shlomo Mintz, Sungsic Yang, Cihat Askin, Sonig Tchakerian, Natalia Likhopoi, Viktor Tretiakov, Cho-Liang Lin, Gregory Kalinovsky, Sheryl Staples, Philippe Quint. In the summer of 2018 Julia joined The Perlman Music Program where she studies with Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, and Cathrine Cho.
Maria Elena Lascar was born and grew up in Poland. She is currently a student of the High School in Legnica, in Alicja Dragan’s class. Maria Elena regularly takes part in music courses and violin masterclasses. Her acquired musical and stage experience has resulted in successes in international and national competitions, at which she has won 25 different awards including 1st Prize in the Nationwide Violin Competition “Vivaldi 333” 2011, 1st Prize in the International Violin Competition “Oskar Rieding - Master of Music for Children” 2011 and the distinction in the XVI International Violin Competition “Young Paganini” 2018.
- I was borned in Valencia in 2003. - I studied violin Elemental Degree in the “Cim de Benimaclet” with Alex Puchades. - I was member of the Young Orchestra in the “Cim de Benimaclet” and then in the Symphonic Orchestra in the same place, directed by Alex Puchades. - 1st prize in the “VII Concurso de Interpretación Musical del Cim de Benimaclet”, in the Elemental Degree category, year 2015. - 1st prize in the “VIII Concurso de Interpretación Musical del Cim de Benimaclet”, in the Professional Degree category, year 2016. - 1st prize in the Young category of the V edition of Chamber music groups in “Estudio 21”, year 2018. - 1st prize and honor mention in the “X concurso de Jóvenes Intérpretes de Faura” (Valencia), year 2019. - Selected as member from the “Joven Orquesta de les Comarques Gironines (JOCG)” years 2020/2021. - Selected as 1st violin in the Royal Concertgebouworkest Young 2020/2021. - Selected in the “Concurso de jóvenes talentos musicales a escena Las Provincias” year 2020. - Actually, I study 6th of Professional Degree in the “Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia” with Victoria Lorente.
(*2002) Education: music school (2008-2009), Jelena Wilke (2009-2016), Musikhochschule Freiburg: Prof. Simone Zgraggen (2016-2020), Musikhochschule Münster: Prof. Koh Gabriel Kameda (2020-?) Masterclasses: Z.Bron, S.Jaffé, U.Hoelscher, E.Schumann & Kronberg Academy. 1st prizes: national level „Jugend musiziert“ (2015-2020), international Karl-Adler-Youth-Music-Competition (2012-2020), „Lions Music Prize Violin“ (2016) 2nd prize: international „Radda Connect“-Competition (2021) 3rd prize: international Mozart Violin Competition (2021) WDR 3-Klassikpreis & radio recording (2018) Concerts excerpt: Liederhalle Stuttgart under Prof. Christoph Wyneken (2019), New Palace Stuttgart at the reception of the consular corps, Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki (2019) Scholarships: Pfahlberg-Foundation, Freiburger-Museumsgesellschaft, Crespo-Foundation, „Yehudi Menuhin. Live Music Now“ Violin: J.Gagliano (Naples 1780)
Eldon Bradfield is a violinist from Chicago, Illinois. They are going to major in music performance in college. They especially enjoy studying Contemporary, Modern, and Baroque-era music, as well as jazz and folk. They are an invested member of Whitney M Young Magnet High School's orchestra, led by Mr. Michael Mascari; through this orchestra they had the opportunity to play at the Midwest Conference in their sophomore year. They have also been a member of the All-State Honors Orchestra.
Born and raised on O’ahu, Hawai’i, Taylor DeCastro began learning the violin at the age of 11 under the direction of Ellie Albers LeRoux and later continued with Colin Belisle and Helen Liu-Wong. She has held Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster positions with the Hawai’i Youth Symphony I, Pacific Music Institute Symphony, Hawai’i Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra, and her high school orchestra, and has also performed in masterclasses for Bella Hristova, Victor Yampolsky, Eric Silberger, and Cathy Lee. Taylor is currently a first-year student of Professor Samantha George at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, majoring in violin performance.
My name is Maja Romanowska, I am eighteen years old and come from Kraków, Poland. I have always loved music. When I was a child I wanted to play an interesting, unusual instrument. That is why I chose viola as my primary instrument when I applied to primary music school. To futher develop my musical abilities, I am a pupil of the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary School of Music in Kraków and record music videos with some of my classmates. My other passion apart from music is science - in the future I want to be a doctor.
My name is Çağla Ulusev. I was born in 2002. I have started my music education with piano. I have been playing viola for 5 years. I continue my viola education with Prof. Beste Tiknaz Modiri at Istanbul University State Conservatory. I participated Pino Torinese Master Class, CAKA Winter School and Bosphorus Music Academy. I worked with Eli Kaynor, Sheila Browne, Garth Knox, Hakan Sensoy, Eren Tuncer. I performed concerts with Bosphorus Viola Ensemble.
Arda Aykut was born in 2002 in Ankara. He started his education in Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory,Viola in 2012. Aykut continues his education with Prof. Bediz Kınıklı. Aykut got chance to work with master names like Marco Misciagna,Pauline Sachse,Hartmut Rohde and Tatjana Masurenko.He took place in many concerts in Europe and Asia and gave concert with National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the most important concert hall is Berlin Konzerthaus. Arda Aykut gave concerts as a soloist with Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony ,Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra and qualified to give concert with Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. He was a guest at TRT Radio 3 Young Talents Program. Arda Aykut also won 4.prize in Young Talent Competition of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and Online Classical Music Competition (Best Turkish work interpretation award). He graduated as a top student of the school from High school and He continues on bachelor degree at Ankara State Conservatory.
Natalia Kosakowska was born on February 16th, 2004. She started her music education at the age of 7 on violin, then switched to the viola. Currently, she continue education at the Fryderyk Chopin State Secondary School of Music in Cracow in viola class of mgr Malgorzata Giza-Piatek.
Born in 2003, working viola with Prof. Beste Tiknaz Modiri since 2013 at Istanbul University State Conservatory. In Piano Certificate Programme by Prof. Lale Feridunoglu & Svetlana Duran. In 8 years participated in viola 22 events in Turkey, USA, Italy, worked with numerous teachers and many concerts at events & master classes. Plays in, Dogus Group – Children’s Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Took 3rd place in. In Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition. The Winner of Contest “Young Soloists” and played at concert as a soloist with (Eskisehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra) . Granted Special Jury Honor Award in Trio Animus (Chamber Music Contest “International Ceren Necipoğlu İstanbul Harp Festival) . Played in Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra at new year concert 2019, conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. Selected to Concertgebouworkest Young international Youth Orchestra, mentorship by Edith van Moergastel. Selected to Turkish International Youth Philharmonic Orchestra summer camp 2020.Played tune from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony online with Over 100 participants from 29 countries with “Concertgebouworkest Young” joined the #GlobalOdeToJoy! Took FIRST PRIZE in Viola in King’s Peak International Music Competition 2020, 2021 International Music Competition “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso and selected to perform, 2021 “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition. Selected to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carneige Hall. Took part in the “Wolfgang Entertainment” concert for Mozart's birthday with the CRR Youth orchestra under the conductorship of Cem Mansur, 2021.
Hyunah Pyo was born in South-Korea in 2001. She started playing cello at the age of eight. She is currently studying with Pieter Wispelwey at the University of Germany. Before studying with him she studied with Jeong Joo Choi. In 2014 she won the fourth prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In 2017 she won Grand prix in String, Hanye Music Competition. Performed at the Kumho Prodigy Openning Concert, Kumho Prodigy Solo Recital, Seoul Spring Chamber Festival in Korea, Calahorra International Festival of Chamber Music in Spain.
Jan Łomozik is a student at the University of Music in Lodz. His most recent achievements are receiving six special prizes and the title of the Overall Winner of the 14th Prague Cello Competition Jan Vychytil, 1st prize at Music Festival in Rybnik (Poland), 1st prize at Bydgoszcz Cello Competition (Poland), 2nd prize at the Polish Musical Center Competition in Warsaw (Poland), Jan had an opportunity to work with such renowned artists like Arto Noras, Mats Lidstroem, Daniel Geiss, Claus Reidchart, Tomasz Strahl. The young cellist is a scholar of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Lilla SZABÓ was born into a family of cultur and classical music lovers in Hungary in 2003. She began her cello studies at age 9 in Budapest, and she received coaching from prof. Ádám Jávorkai. Since 2018 she was taught by the great hungarian cellist prof. Péter Szabó at the Leó Weiner Catholic School and High School of Music in Budapest.She is a laureate of several international competitions. Lilla Szabó has attended masterclasses hosted by prof. Ildikó Szabó and Péter Szabó at Cellissimo Academy, Budapest (2019, 2020)and Prof. Reinhard Latzko, Ádám Jávorkai and Mr. Zoltán Onczay at Gutensteiner Meisterklassen, Austria (2018, 2019). As a sensitive and creative soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician she makes it her goal to build bridges between each work andthe audience, enabling the listener to completely engage with the music. Since 2019 Lilla Szabó plays an Johann Christoph Leidolff (1690 - 1758) cello, generously loaned by an Austrian patron. In 2020 her was provided also a cello made by Ferenc Kőrösi, based on a Stradivarius model, allowing by the Leo Weiner Conservatory. In 2020 Lilla Szabó won a very significant sponsorship of the MOL Foundation Talent Support Program Art - Science 2020 in Hungary, for purchase her master cellobow, made by Bernd Etzler.
Marina was born in 2002 in Rovigo, Italy; she has played the cello since she was 8 years old at Conservatoire “Venezze” in Rovigo. She attended Bachelor Studies in Cello under the guide of Maestro Luca Simoncini and got Final Degree cum laude in September 2020. Winner of Scholarships as best musician in International Music Competitions in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, she has also attended masterclasses with important cellists like Sollima, Gnocchi, Somodari, Laffranchini, Polidori, Persichilli. She has played as soloist cello with orchestra at Teatro Fabbri, Forlì (2015), La Rotonda, Rovigo (2017), Fabbrica dello Zucchero, Rovigo (2019). In various ensemble and orchestras she played at La Fenice (Venice); Museo della Musica (Bologna); Auditorium Pollini (Padua); Teatro Fabbri (Forlì); Teatro Ferrini (Adria); Teatro Balzan (Badia Pol.); Teatro Sociale (Rovigo).
Lavinia Golfarini was born in 2002. She started to play the cello at “ISSM P. Mascagni“ in Livorno around the age of 9. She studied with important figures of cello, such as M° Marianne Chen, M° Luca Provenzani, M °Alberto Casadei, M° Vittorio Ceccanti, M°Lucio Danzi Labella and M° Diego Romano. She also attends the “Baroque Practice Laboratory“ at the ISSM P. Mascagni Conservatory with M° Renata Sfriso, M° Gabriele Micheli and M° Maria Luisa Di Menna. She won numerous competitions and awards in Italy such as “Scholarship Cesare Chiti A“, International Competition „Città di Massa“ and "Riviera della Versilia“ Competition. She played in several orchestras of Toscana in the best cultural spaces of Italy. She also performed as soloist with the Orchestra “EstrOrchestra“ directed by M° Chiara Morandi and with the Cello Ensemble “Florence Cello Ensemble“ directed by M° Lucio Danzi Labella with the famous Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85.
Miriam is 17 years old and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. She began cello at age five, taking lessons at the Upper Valley Music Center. Since grade eight, she has been taking lessons and playing in orchestras at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston, MA. In this program, Miriam has studied with Emmanuel Feldman for the past two years.
Hello, I’m Ethan Hsu! I currently study at the Singapore American School. I’ve always felt a deep connection to not only music but the cello in particular; as a child, I would often watch grand concertos be played on television, mimicking the expressive emotions of the baton from the conductor. Eventually, I grew fond of the deep register out of the many orchestral layers that the cello was able to project. Fast forward a couple of years later—from a listener to a performer—I now enjoy myself in the spotlight of a concert, expressing my own emotions and stories through my cello.
Natalia Skonieczna-born in 2003 in Bydgoszcz (Poland). Currently student of Maria Lewandowska. Prizewinner of many national and international music competitions. Recently Natalia has received 2nd Prize on X International Music Competition „Citta di Massa”, 2nd Prize and Polish Harp Society special prize on 2nd National Harp Competition (Poland, 2021), 1st prize in category VI and 2nd prize in category VIII on X International Harp Competition (France, 2019), as well as New Millenium International Music Festival scholarship (Hungary, 2020), and Polish Children’s Fund scholarship (Poland, 2020). Natalia regularly performs at concerts or recitals. As a soloist, she made her debut performing 1st movement of G. F. Haendels’s Concerto in B-major with Pomeranian Philarmonic chamber orchestra in January 2021.
Krystyna Siek was born on November 13, 2003 in Cracow, Poland. At the age of six, she began private piano lessons. At the age of 13, she continued her piano education at a music school. She plays the harp from September 2019. She participated in master classes with jazz harpist Pia Salvia and professor Carlos Pena Montoya - 1st harpist of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk. Her first success is taking third place in the school competition of the stringed instruments section. Krystyna is currently continuing her education at the F. Chopin State Secondary Music School in Cracow.
Anna Chludzinska was born on March 20, 2003 in Cracow, Poland. She has been playing the harp for five years. In 2019, she participated in the Prof. K. Patras Competition in Prague. She performed in Radio Cracow and participated in master classes of professor Anna Piechura-Gabrys, harpist of The Teatr Wielki National Opera in Warsaw. Anna is currently continuing her education at the F. Chopin State Secondary Music School in Cracow. .
Marta Papierz was born in 2002 in Poland. She started to play the guitar at the age of nine. Nowadays she is a student of the last grade at the Fryderyk Chopin State Secondary Music School in Cracow. From the beginning of her music education she has performed in many concerts as a soloist or in a chamber ensemble. She also participates in many international and nationwide guitar competition. Her most important achievements are: first prize at “11th International Music Competition” in Belgrade, second prize at “2021 American Music Talent Competition” or first prize at “7th International Guitar Competition Zruc nad Sazavou”.
I am Kovács Zoltán from Romania. I am studying at the arts high school in Targu Mures (Liceu vocational de arte Targu Mures). I started learning classical guitar two years ago, with the help of my teacher Orosz Dávid. This is the second time I take part in "Kings Peak International Music Competition". The first time I participated I was placed first in my category. I have also participated in a smaller competition in Bucharest, Romania called "Treptele Chitarei (Sixth Edition)" where I was placed second in my age category.
I was born on the 13th of March in 1999 in Poznań. Since 2018 I have been studying violin at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan. Among my biggest achievements are: IV Polish Nationwide Violin Festival in Kielce - fourth place, International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso in Salzburg - second place, International Music Competition Golden Classical Music Awards in New York - second place, International Music Competition in Geneva - first place, II International Cieszyński Violin Competition - honorable mention. I have taken part in many violin courses conducted by Z. Bron, M. Baranowski, J. Stanienda, A. Szymczewska and S. Tarara.
Johanna started playing the violin at the age of four. From 2009 until 2018 she was a student of Emilie Haudenschild at the Music-Academy Basel. As a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician she has played at the "Festival international de musique" in Colmar, the Kronberg-Academy in Germany and the Menuhin-Festival Gstaad. She performed works by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Schubert as a soloist and did an internship with the Basel Symphony-Orchestra. Johanna won the 1st prize of the Swiss-Youth-Music-Competition several times and won the SMPV-Music-Competition 2016. Johanna participated in several masterclasses with Monika Urbaniak, Andreas Janke, Adelina Oprean, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Guy Braunstein and Baiba Skride. In 2019 she was invited to perform Schubert's Rondo at the Klassik Sommerfestival Ettal as a soloist. Now she studies with Barbara Doll in Basel.
I started playing the violin at the age of 5. Coming from a family full of artists not just musicians but also poets and sculptors it was pretty obvious from early on that I am going to become a musician. All this would have meant nothing if I hadn't met a teacher like Ferenc Szecsődi with whom I studied for five years at the SZTE Special School for Young Talents. Subsequently I got accepted at the Manhattan School of Music in Albert Markov's class but having felt the need to really soak in the great Hungarian musical tradition I decided to remain in Hungary and study at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music with professor Miklós Szenthelyi. I had the luck to play concerts in countries like Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Greece, Germany, France, the USA and places like the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy and Luzerne Music Festival in New York, with orchestras like the MÁV Symphony, Europa Jugendorchester, the Hungarian Chamber Orchestra and other chamber ensembles.
Emily Bosenius currently studies with Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, where she holds Principal and Concertmaster positions in the Symphony and Opera Orchestras. She had her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jacques Israelievitch, and as a recent winner of multiple concerto competitions, is looking forward to upcoming solo performances with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in masterclasses for Pavel Vernikov, Mimi Zweig, Cho-Liang Lin, and the St. Lawrence and Rolston String Quartets. Emily has been granted acceptance to international music festivals such as the 2020 Aspen Music Festival, the Orford Music Academy, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and has toured Europe with the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Critics call Alexandra Santarcangelo an emotional, passionate, and powerful violinist with the most impressive technique and musicianship one has seen. She is currently studying under Cordula Merks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the Isidor Geiger Full Violin Scholarship Student. Alexandra also studies Baroque Violin with Elizabeth Blumenstock. Her past teachers include Keita Fukushima, Carol Ruzicka, Julian Ross, and Aaron Rosand. Alexandra has won awards such as a George Coombe Scholarship at Cleveland Institute of Music, The Koch Scholarship at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, The Meadville Medical Center of Foundation award for recitals benefitting the Yolada G. Barco Oncology Institute’s Benevolent Fund, acceptance into the Performing Arts Academy at Connections Academy Cyber School, position of first violin in the Baldwin Wallace Highschool Honors Quartet, a full scholarship to study with Milan Vitek at the CREDO Chamber Music Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, a full scholarship to the University Division of the Marrowstone Music Festival in Washington, a scholarship to study with Gerardo Ribeiro and Ann Setzer at The Meadowmount School of Music in New York, and 7 consecutive appreciation awards from the Coffee House Historical Society for devoting her life to sharing music with others. In the Summer of 2020, due to the Covid-19 Virus, Alexandra attended the CREDO Chamber Music Festival Online as a counselor and full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Robin Scott and Marilyn McDonald, the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artists Program Online as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Desirée Ruhstrat, and the Frost Flavin Violin Intensive Online as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Scott Flavin. She has been honored to join the Jascha Heifetz Violin Society, and the opportunity to play on the 1726 Chanot-Chardon Stradivarius, a 1750 Gennaro Gagliano, and a 1741 Guarneri Del Gesu. Alexandra made her first solo debut at age 14 with the Show Stopper Strings soloing Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.5. She then made multiple appearances soloing Mozart’s 1st Violin Concerto, Saint Saens Rondo Capriccioso, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and recently, performed 1st Violin for Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins with the Young Artist Debut Orchestra. She has been featured on WQLN Radio, and has performed in masterclasses for Earl Carlyss, Sarita Kwok, Marilyn McDonald, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Peter Slowik, Ken Slowik, Sally Thomas, Anne Martindale Williams, James Howsmon, Ida Kavafian, Steven Rochen, James Ehnes, Nikki Chooi, Ray Chen, Soovin Kim, Jennifer Koh, Bill Van Der Sloot, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Daniel Phillips, and Josef Špaček. At the age of 9, Alexandra became a dedicated chamber musician. She has worked with people from the Alexander String Quartet, Arianna String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet, Callisto String Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, Kronos String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Telegraph String Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, and American String Quartet. Her first chamber experience consisted of first violin for Dvorak's American Quartet, and Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet. Since then she has performed chamber music all over the United States. Alexandra also enjoys having solo recitals benefiting the Yolanda Barco Cancer Center, The Erie Area Rabbit Society and Rescue, People affected by the Covid-19 virus, and concerts for disaster relief around the world.
Agata Niewiadoma was born in 1999 in Lodz, Poland. Since 2018 she has been studying at The Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz University of Music in Lodz under the direction of prof. Lukasz Blaszczyk and Slawomira Wilga. She is a laureat of the violin national and international competitions. Also she participated in various masterclasses and courses where she worked with renowned professors such as Barnabas Kelemen, Jakub Jakowicz, Marcin Baranowski, Dima Tkachenko, Łukasz Błaszczyk, Agata Szymczewska, Jan Stanienda. She has performed as a soloist with orchestra “Arte Postiva”. From 2019 she has been playing in the Primuz Chamber Orchestra.
Chicago native Robert Sanders currently studies at the Eastman School of Music with Renée Jolles. At Eastman, Robert serves as a concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia and was a member of the Asha String Quartet, with whom he performed at the Kennedy Center in February 2019. In the summers, Robert has attended the Chautauqua Institution as a concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he performed with Robin Scott, first violinist of the Ying Quartet. He has performed in masterclasses for esteemed artists including Augustin Hadelich, Sarah Chang, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Tessa Lark, and Paul Kantor. Previous teachers include Tamara Glassburg, James Sanders, Hye-Sun Lee and Robert Hanford.
Monika was born in 1998 in Przemyśl, Poland and started playing violin at the age of 10. Currently she is a student at the Music Academy of Karol Szymanowski in Katowice under the guidance of Professor Adam Mokrus. Throughout her education she attended over 10 masterclasses of prof. Sergey Kravchenko, Janusz Wawrowski, Andrzej Gębski, Walentyna Jakubowska, and others. Since 2015 she has been the member of ochestras like Polish National Youth Orchestra LYO, Young Polish Philharmonic Orchestra, and International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra.
Andrea García was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 2001. She is attending her last year of Bachelor at the Catalonia College of Music with the teachers Helena Satué and Kai Gleusteen and receives chamber lessons from the Casals Quartet. She has been awarded with first prizes in national competitions and scholarships and has received masterclasses from international violinists like Kyoko Takezawa, Veronika Eberle or Eszter Haffner. In 2019 she participated in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy, and since 2018 she is a member of the Youth Orchestra of Catalonia. She is also a member of the Youth Orchestra of Spain.
Havuka Lund is a senior Music Therapy major at West Texas A&M University. Havuka is a recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship, and as a representative of all four year, public universities in Texas, was invited to perform at the Texas Association of Music Schools State Convention in 2017. In the summer of 2019, She was offered a fellowship with the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, and later attended the highly selective RoundTop Festival Institute in RoundTop, Texas. She is the winner of the 2019-2020 WTAMU Concerto Competition, and the former concertmaster of the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra. As a competitor in the prestigious Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, she is both a state and division winner, and placed third in the MTNA National Finals. Currently, she serves as assistant-concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony, and enjoys performing with Chamber Music Amarillo and the Tulsa Symphony on occasion. She credits her current teacher, Dr. Rossitza Goza, as well as Dr. Choong-ha Nam, Dr. Sarah Kemmerling, Dr. Mark Bartley, and Vesselin Todorov as her most significant mentors.
My name is Aleksandra Borowik and I started my musical education at the age of six as a violist and later I changed the instrument to viola. I am currently studying at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan in a viola class of Ewa Guzowska. In my musical journey I have participated in various masterclasses and competitions. I performed as a soloist with Silesian Philharmonic and cooperated with many orchestras, among other New Music Orchestra and Polish Youth Orchestra LYO. I am also a scholar of the Polish Children’s Fund.
Violist Kinga Wojdalska is a Yeoman of the Musicians’ Company, and a Hattori Foundation scholarship holder. Currently she is studying at the Royal College of Music in Nathan Braude's class. Her acquired musical and stage experience has resulted in successes in national and international competitions, at which she has won 18 different awards, including: 1st prize in the Bach Solo Competition 2020, 3rd prize in the Anton Rubinstein International Viola Competition 2020 and Karl Doctor Prize in the Lionel Tertis Competition 2019. As a young musician she performed internationally at venues including Musikverein in Vienna, Jordan Hall in Boston and Kings Place in London.
Zuzanna Mańka - violist, born in 2000, Katowice. She has gained her musical experience during workshops, courses, chamber music projects. She graduated from music schools in Katowice in violin (1st degree) and viola (2nd degree). Since 2019, she studies at The Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under professor Katarzyna Budnik. In 2019, she performed as a soloist in the Silesian Philharmonic, backed by the school orchestra (graduate concert). Participant of domestic and foreign musical projects. Laureate of solo competitions (2nd place in the 7th Young Viola Player Competition in Wrocław , 3rd place in the All-Polish Mieczysław Karłowicz Viola Competition in Poznań ) and competitions for chamber music groups (2nd place and special award during the 20th International Juliusz Zarębski Music Competition ).
Since 2017 I have been studying orchestra conducting at Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow with Maestro Lukasz Borowicz. Whereas I am also studying viola playing since 2019 with dr hab. Aneta Dumanowska at my alma mater. In 2019, as a part of Erasmus+, I had been developing my conducting with Maestro Marc Piollet at Kunstuniversität in Graz. I enjoy music making as a conductor and violist. I played many concerts as a member of Polish Youth Orchestra LYO, Cracow Youth Chamber Orchestra, FMF Youth Orchestra and also conducted different orchestras: Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra da Costa Atlântica, Symphony Orchestra of Academy of Music in Cracow and Arco Andare String Chamber Orchestra which I founded and have been directing since 2018.
Julianna Vinci is a student at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of cello of adt dr hab. Natalia Kurzac - Kotula. She is an active performer and member of various chamber ensambles. During her studies she had the chance to participate in workshops and master classes for cello and chamber music with outstanding musicians such as : Paweł Głombik, Michał Dmochowski, Philippe Muller, Angel Garcia Jermann, Bartosz Koziak, Jelena Ocić, Alexander Gebert, Andrei Ionita, Amanda Forsyth, Danjulo Ishizaka and many others. She is a laureate of many awards at national and international competitions.
Edyta Matonóg was born on 19th December 1999 in Chrzanów, Poland. Since 2018, she attends Władysław Żeleński State Music School in Krakow in cello class of Ewa Wojsław- Bober. She is taking part in several music competitions, courses and masterclasses. She performs orchestral, chamber, broadly understood popular genres (folk, gospel, singing poetry, rock etc.) and solo classical music. She is also interested in vocal performance, piano, composition and conducting and those are skills that she would like to develop, beside cello performance, in future
I’m Andranik Armeni Aghajanyan, the Republic of Armenia, was born on May 22, 2000. In 2007-2017, I studied the cello at the Yerevan Tchaikovsky Secondary Music School. - 2012 “You Are Our Pride” Inter. Festival-Competition, the Grand Prix; - 2012, 2013, Samara (Russia), II and III children's music academies of CIS and Baltic countries; - 2015, Novosibirsk (Russia), IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, a special diploma for the perfect performance of variations on a theme from Rossini`s “Moses in Egypt” ; - 2018, Berlin (German) entered The International Musikakademie Anton Rubinstein; - 2019, Yerevan (Armenia), RA Presidential Award. .
Ian Wasserman is a Milwaukee based Cellist who has placed 1st in the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and placed 3rd in the New Jersey Camerata International Solo Competition. Wasserman has performed with Piano Arts of North America, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Dream City Strings, and Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Wasserman has a private studio, and teaches through Brass Bell Music Store, and the Online Music Group. Wasserman has performed for groups including: The Emerson Quartet, Kronos Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.
She begins to play the cello at the age of 14, the following year she enters the Faculty of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she is currently studying for a degree. She has been a three-time winner of the internal faculty contest. She has received master classes from various teachers.
My name is Ludovico Perenzin. I live in Vittorio Veneto (Italy) and i’m 20 years old. I started playing classical guitar at the age of 11 with Roberto Vettorello, and now i’m currently studying at the conservatory “B.Marcello” in Venice with Florindo Baldissera.
Acclaimed as “a musician of daring virtuosity with gripping access and noble elegance” (Die Welt), violinist Miclen LaiPang is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile artists of his generation and has earned global recognition as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Winner of multiple accolades and awards, Miclen has performed in over 50 countries and has recorded numerous CD’s on both Sony RCA Red Seal, Naxos and more. Currently, Miclen resides in Cologne, Germany and is the teaching assistant of renowned violinist Ida Bieler while completing his post-graduate Konzertexamen at the Robert Schumann Hochschule and further studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz with Boris Kuschnir in September of this year.
Shan-Shih Chang is the first Taiwanese violinist admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, where she studied with Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, Marc Danel and Laurence Ketels. She received her DNSPM and Mention spéciale musique de chambre in 2015, and her Master's degree in 2017. Shan-Shih is currently studying with Alexander Sitkovetsky in Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Switzerland. Shan-Shih is the First Prize Winner of the International Music Competition Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso 2018, and has been selected to perform at Gläserner Saal, Musikverein. She won also the Second Prize at The North International Music Competition 2018, the Second Prize at The 30th European Music Competition Città di Moncalieri 2018 and the Third Prize at the Concours International Léopold Bellan 2019. She was one of the finalists of the International Music Competition Luigi Nono 2019.
Active violin performer and violin instructor Tingting Wang began studying violin at age five. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in music at Shenyang Conservatory of Music and Master’s degree in violin performance at University of North Texas and minor in music education. Tingting got the first place winner in the American Protege International Music Talent Competition Fall 2017 and played as a violin soloist in Carnegie Hall. She played as the lead violinist in Eclectic Trio Concert 2017 and played as the violinist for Opening Ceremony of Winter Festival at Florence Culture and Art Exchange Centre. In 2020, she taught many virtual lessons to students around the world in English and Chinese, which helps many students and families have positive attitude during pandemic. Tingting had thousands of followers on RED app (xiaohongshu). One of her online student Julia Chen (6 years old), after taking twenty hours virtual lessons with Tingting, Julia get admitted in the KPIMC 2021 finalist(age A category).
I graduated from Central Conservatory of Music, majoring in Violin Performance. My first job was in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Now I am a Master’s tutor the School of Art, Shandong University. Reward: 1 “Butterfly” Violin elite competition of China Musicians Association 2 Third prize of the third violin competition of the Central Conservatory of music 3 First prize of Violin Competition (teacher group) in Shandong Art Colleges 4 Shandong Musicians Association holds the first prize of violin group in Instrumental Music competition(Qilu)
Violinist born in Carúpano, Venezuela Started playing at the age of 4 as a student of El Sistema in Venezuela Pablo holds the title of " Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music" granted by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music in London Master studies in Violin Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia Pablo´s latest Baroque Music album release: "6 Canonic Sonatas by Telemann" is available on all major digital music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube Music. Is an Artist/Member of iPalpiti Artists International giving concerts in Walt Disney Hall and other venues in the US Tours in Europe and the US, performing in such venues as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna. In his hometown Carúpano in Venezuela he holds the award of “Good and Honorable Citizen.” Pablo is also a Youtuber with more than 50 videos uploaded and 3k subscribers
Born in Shanghai, China, Peijun started her musical education at the age of four. After 5 years working in the tourism industry, Peijun hopes to study music in the United States. Currently, Peijun is attending violin and viola classes from the studio of Dr. Alex Russell in the Artist Certificate program at APU to pursue further professional performing skills in violin and viola. In Summer 2020, Peijun was awarded the Apprenticeship position in viola for the MasterWorks Festival 2020 Program, which is regarded as “the most well-qualified and responsible applicants with significant education, performance and leadership experience.” During the MasterWorks Festival 2020, under the tutelage of Ms. Lisa Boyko, a violist member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Peijun was selected to perform Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major for a masterclass lectured by Ken-David Masur, the word-renowned conductor. Peijun has earned a master’s degree of Music Education (M.M. Instrumental Emphasis) of Azusa Pacific University, and also the first Artist Certificate in Combined Violin and Viola Performance in APU’s history.
Young aspiring violist from Poland. He started playing instrument when he was 6 and since then he is improving his skills under great professors in Poland and abroad. He was involved in many international chamber and orchestra projects. Currently he is studying in Poznań Music Academy.
Yijing Guo, China.She started to play the violin at age 6, she was admitted at the Attached Secondary Music School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 2008, and she has studied viola at age 15. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in music at Royal Birmingham Conservatory in 2018, studied with Robin Ireland. During that time, she has participated viola master classes with Thomas Riebl, Louise Lansdown, Lucy Nolan. She has participated Texas Music Festival in 2017 and Seper Music International Festival in 2018. She graduated a Master’s degree at New England Conservatory in 2020, studied with Nicholas Cords. She currently pursuing a Doctoral’s degree at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, study with Dr. Catherine Lees.
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Patrick Prejean first started his studies at age 8 at the Acadiana Conservatory. Prejean recalls about his beginnings saying, “My mother was against me playing the viola initially. Her exact words were: Black people don’t play that instrument.” It was the spark needed to prove a point for him. Since then, he has gone on to graduate from Interlochen Arts Academy and has won orchestral positions with Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. their youngest member at age 18. In 2014, he moved to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Stanley Konopka. It was here that his interest in composition started to take root. It was here that his “String Quintet” was premiered. After graduating from Cleveland State University in December, Prejean plans to continue his pursuit of an orchestral position with a major orchestra.
Domenico Ermirio was born 1990 in Genova and has been playing cello since he was eight. He took the first degree ‘with honors’ in 2008 at Genova's Conservatorio “N. Paganini” in the class of Nevio Zanardi. Then he studied with Dario Destefano in Turin. Meanwhile he graduated in Architectural Restoration at the Genoa's University, and in Summer 2016 he successfully obtained the Master of arts in Music Performance with Johannes Goritzki in Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano. Always interested on proposing different pieces and authors from the traditional repertoire, he spent a lot of activity in chamber music groups with different performances in Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Since 2005 he has been working together with many Italian orchestras. Between 2018 and 2019 he has been co-principal cellist in the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie (Germany) and he has actually the same role in the orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège (Belgium).
Praised for displaying “great poise and masterful technique” and possessing “an amazing rich tone,” by The Day, cellist Yi Qun Xu is the Prima Finalist of 2019 Internationals Cello Competition Benedetto Mazzacurati. She has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Marlboro Music Festival, and has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, and Tokyo Quartets. She received honors including the 2018 Sanders-Juilliard-Tel Aviv Museum Prize. She is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. Yi Qun is the Artistic Director of Noree Chamber Soloists.
Radosława Lascar is currently a student of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, in Anna Banaś’s class. She regularly takes part in music courses and cello masterclasses. She performed in such an orchestras as: Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie München, United Soloists Orchestra and others, taking part in many orchestra projects. She has won awards including laureate title in the Nationwide Competition “In Baroque Style” in 2021 and II prize as a soloist at the Miniature Interpretation Competition at the Academy of Music in Wrocław in 2017. In 2017 and 2018, Radosława received a full scholarship from the Rector of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.
Vilde Alme is a cellist currently studying master´s degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has been taking lessons with teachers as Bjørg Lewis, Ole Eirik Ree, Wolfgang Boettcher, Torleif Thedeen, Quatuor Ébène and Emerson String quartet. In 2019 she participated in the Carl Flesch-Akademie in Baden-Baden where she played Schumann cello concerto and won a Förderpreis. She has been accepted as a substitute in many of the professional orchestras in Oslo, such as The Oslo Philharmonic, The Norwegian Opera and Ballett and Arctic Philharmonic, and is an active freelance musician in Norway. She plays on a cello by Christian Bayon, lended to her from the Dextra Musica foundation.
Jiyeon Kim was born in Jinhea, South Korea, and began her cello studies at 10 years of age. She then moved to Seoul, where she studied at the Seoul Art Center Musik Academy and Sunhwa Art Highschool. She continued her cello studies at The Yonsei University in Seoul, where she received her Bachelor of Music(Prof. Youngchang Jo)in 2019. She has been studying Master of Music with Prof. Niklas Eppinger at the University of Music in Würzburg since October 2019. She participated in numerous masterclasses and was able to learn from many renowned cellists, among them Pieter Wispelwey, Maria Kliegel, Jean-Peter Maintz. She also performed with USP Orchester, Changwon Orchester, Jinju Orchester, Sunhwa Art High School Orchestra , Gimhea Symphonie Orchester, City Philharmonic Orchester and other. She is a cello guest artist with many symphonies across Korea including Des Moines Symphony, Gangneung-si Philharmonie, Hanam-si Philharmonie. As a passionate chamber musician, she worked with the Seoul Soloist Ensemble and played Bach's “Goldberg Variations” in the String Trio at the Goldberg Festival. She also played in the ensemble at “The seoul rising star concert” and performed as a soloist in the “Yejin Young Artists” and “Seoul Young Artists” concert series. Between 2007 and 2012, Jiyeon Kim won first prizes in various major national cello competitions in South Korea, such as the Korea Music Institute Competition, the CBS Broadcasting Competition, as well as the KIMP Competition and the Seoul Philharmonic Music Competition. Jiyeon Kim received the Deoksan Scholarship in 2007 and the Gyeongnam Mecenat Association in 2011 and a Korea Student Aid Foundation grant from 2014 to 2018.
Alena Šístková comes from a musical family. She started playing the cello in the age of six. Her first teacher was Mirko Škampa and later on Kateřina Hroníková. Under her leadership, she participated in many national and international competitions - e.g. Elementary Art School National Competitions (3rd and 1st place), Prague Junior Note (1st place), Vychytil's cello competitions (1st and 2nd place), international Heran competitions (2nd place), international competitions in Austria Liezen (twice 3rd place). Since 2010 she has studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jaroslav Kulhan. She participated in two years of the conservatory competition, where she won 2nd and 3rd place. Under the leadership of professor Jindřich Pazdera participated with the string quartet of students of the conservatory of the international competition Talents for Europe in Dolný Kubín, where they won 1st place. She completed summer courses "Czech-French Academy Telč" with Michaela Fukačová and "Music Master Courses" in Dobřichovice by Emirhan Tunca. During her studies at the Prague Conservatory, she participated twice in a masterclass Jiří Bárta and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague masterclass with Reinhard Latzko and Emil Rovner. She worked for two years in the Academy of the Czech Philharmonic. Under the baton of Chuhei Iwasaki, she performed with the Tchaikovsky Orchestra Rococo variations, Saint-Saëns 2nd Concerto in D minor, Brahms Double Concerto a minor and Shostakovich's 1st Concerto in E flat major. Since 2018 she has been a cello teacher at the private school “Music Academy Prague". She is often invited to the symphony orchestra “FILMHARMONIE", Quattro Chamber Orchestra as the leader of the cello and do Student Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic. In 2021 she won the 4th prize at the international competition “Rudolf Barshai International Strings Competition” and 2nd prize at the Gustav International Competition Mahler. She is currently a final year student at the The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Mikael Ericsson.
After graduating from Chung-Ang University College of Music (Prof. Jin-kyung Ji), I graduated from Hanyang University with excellent grades in master's course. (Prof. Gyeong-ok Park) While in school, I performed the Elgar concerto, the Haydn concerto with the Evergreen Orchestra. As an external activity, I participated in the founding performance of the Phnom Penh Orchestra in Cambodia as a senior cello player. With a passion for learning, I participated in various music camps such as Euroasia Music Festival and master classes such as Kiril Rodin, Suren Bagratuni, Tilmann Wick, Ole Akahoshi, Yang Sung Won, and Isang Enders.
Natalie Galster-Manz is a passionate cellist, performer, and educator based in Wisconsin. She recently graduated from Lawrence University with degrees in cello performance and instrumental music education. While at Lawrence, Natalie contributed to countless chamber and orchestral ensembles, including the position as principal of the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. Natalie’s personal projects include a multi-year endeavor to perform the five Beethoven sonatas for piano and cello, which culminated in a special two-day performance at Lawrence University in the Spring of 2019. Natalie will begin pursuing her Masters in Cello Performance in the Fall of 2021.
Juliusz Wesołowski, born in 1994, is the principal harpist of the Koszalin Filharmony in Poland. He graduated masters at the Academy of Music in Lodz with the highest honours at the beginning of 2019. He regularly performs as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber groups. Juliusz began his musical education at the age of eleven and has won many prizes at the international harp competitions in Russia, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Czech Republic. He actively participates in harp events and masterclasses to develop and master his musical skills.
Esther Pinyol Grífols took her advanced studies of harp with the principal harpist of OBC, Magdalena Barrera, at the “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.” Indeed, she was the first harpist graduate of the ESMUC, obtaining the qualification of High Honors in her final degree project entitled “L’arpa impressionista.” She was pupil of various European harpists such as Stephen Fitzpatrick, Alexandra Clemenz, Jana Bouskova, Marianne ten Voorde, Cristina Montes, Charlotte Steale, and Nicolas Tuillez, among others. She was member of the most important youth orchestras of both Catalonia and Spain. She was also part of the “Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya” (JONC) from 2006 to 2013, of the “Joven Orquesta Nacional de Espanya” (JONDE) from 2011 to 2014, of the “Orquestra de Joves Intèrprets dels Països Catalans” (OJIPC) from 2007 to 2013, and of the “Orquestra Simfònica de Monzón” from 2005 to 2012. The membership of all these orchestras allowed her to perform not only in the greatest Spanish concert halls and auditoriums but also in the best music festivals such as the Santader Music Festival and the Berlin Young EuroClassic Festival, among others. During the academic year 2011-2012, she enjoyed a scholarship from the Anna Riera Foundation and from the “Academia d’estudis orquestrals de la Fundación Barendoim- Said” as well. Moreover, she was academician of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from 2011 until 2013. While being tutored by Micaela Serracarabasa, Esther is taking the master’s degree of interpretation at the ESMUC with Madgalena Barrera. The “Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya” (OBC), the “Giorquestra” (GIO), the “Orquestra de Cambra de L’empordà” (OCE), the “Òpera Mosset” company in France, and the “MCO” in Germany are some of the professional orchestras in which she is currently involved. Additionally, she is part of the “Orquestra Camera Musicae,” of “Orquestra Simfonova,” and of “Giorquestra.” She has acted under the instructions of different conductors including Esa-pekka Salonen, Esa-pekka Salonen, Marc Minkowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Pablo González, Kirill Karabits, George Pehlivanian, Manuel Valdivieso, Jordi Mora, Valery Ovsyanikov, Lutz Köhler, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, Salvador Mas, Salvador Brotons, Edmon Colomer, Josep Pons, Jaime Martin, Andrés Orozco, Guerasin Voronkov, Mireia Barrera, and Josep Vila, among others.
Roksana Puchniarz is a 25 years old harpist and student of Kiejstut and Grazyna Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz (Poland) in the harp class of Mrs. Beata Kaminska. She began her musical journey at the age of 9 with the piano. Then, at the age of 16, she discovered her true love and passion, harp. Since then she has taken part in masterclasses with: Anneleen Lenaerts, Elzbieta Szmyt, Agnieszka Gralak, Joanna Kozielska. Roksana collaborates with the various orchestras in Poland and Czech Republic. Her second passion is Spanish language, she is also a student of master's degree in Spanish Philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan (Poland).
Zlata Kryachkova is a harpist from Uzbekistan, Tashkent. She graduated from Uspensky music school and State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. She is a principal harpist of the National Symphony orchestra of Uzbekistan. Zlata has a lot of concert like soloist with symphony and chamder orchestra. She also perform contemporary music.
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