INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION PIANO VIOLIN STRINGS OPERA WOODWINDS BRASS
My name is Biliana Frąckowiak. I am 7 years old. I am from Poland. Since 2021 I have been attending Music School in Żagań in violin class . Since September 2021 I have also been taking piano classes.
Ivy is 7 years old and currently is attending the first grade. She lives in Irvine, California, USA. She loves math and arts. Music is her favorite. Due to the pandemic, Ivy learns playing violin only by online courses with her violin teacher Tingting Wang who lives in San Diego, California, USA. After 8 months of the learning, she is excited to perform in her first international music competition. Ivy has a passion for music and will be really happy to continue her musical journey.
Ana Luís Morais de Sousa was born in April 2011, in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal, and began studying violin at age 5, at the Music Academy of Paços de Brandão, under the guidance of Alexandra Trindade. Ana Luís loves to play the violin solo or in an orchestra. Since 2019, she has been distinguished in several national and international competitions. Collaborated with Teatro Nacional São Carlos, in the online program “Compositores ABC” section Vivaldi. Ana Luís loves to play for her regular school colleagues and for her teacher. In addition to playing the violin, Ana Luís loves to learn and read. She is a Girl Scout and loves nature.
Lilian LI is a 9-years-old girl from Hong Kong SAR, China. She has studied violin since 5-years-old. She just got a distinction result in the ABRSM violin exam grade 8. Music has become an very important part of Lilian's daily life that she couldn't live without. She would like to polish her violin skills and take more challenges by participating in more international competitions like King's Peak. Hopefully, she could obtain an ideal result, and more importantly, a precious experience on the way to learning music.
Aaliyah Higashimori Born on April 25, 2012 Nagoya International School 2013-2021, Violin Under Ms. Chise Makino and Ms. Mizuki Kato 2021-present, Violin Under Prof. Kirill Troussov and Music/piano Under Mr. Tomoya Furuta Since 2018, he was awarded 30 First and Gold Prizes at 26 international music competitions in USA, Estonia, Canada, Russia, Austria, UK, Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Indonesia and Italy, and 9 Special Prizes at 9 international music competitions in USA, UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Indonesia and Austria. Fifth Prize and Second Prize at international music competitions in Italy and Ireland. April 14, 2022 Solo Recital at the Musikverein in Vienna as a 1st Prize Winner of the the Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition.
Alisa Gruszka is a 10 years old violinist. Alisa is a third grade student of a violin class under the tutelage of Professor Irena Kalinowska-Grohs in Fryderyk Chopin General Primary and Secondary Music School in Bytom (Poland). In 2020-2021 Alisa was awarded I place in the VI Talent Competition, Czerwionka-Leszczyny, Poland; the title of Artistic Personality of the Competition in the V National (Poland) Competition for Violinists, Violists, Cellists and Double Bassists; 1st degree distinction in the II National Jasna Góra Violin Competition in Częstochowa (Poland); Laureate Diploma in the IV National (Poland) Competition for Violinists, Violists, Cellists, Double Bassists, Guitarists and Chamber Ensembles; II place in the International Viennese Spring Competition; I place in the International Moscow Music Competition.
Samuel was born in China in February 2014 and grew up in Australia. He is an energetic boy who has a wide range of hobbies, and one of his favorite activities is playing the violin. Samuel started playing the violin when he was six years old. His musical ambition is to be able to play beautiful music on his violin and share it with everyone.
Atticus Kwok embarked on her music journey at the age 6, competing at Gold Key Festival and earned first places in 2022, and earning second place in 2022 American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition. She is going to have her first solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2023. To distinguish herself from her older sister, a cellist - Atticus chose the violin, unknowingly that the instrument would also accompany her on many family getaways. She currently attends 3rd grade and participates in the Prelude Sinfonia Orchestra in Orange County, performs duet with her sister at school events and assisted living nursing home. In her free time, Atticus enjoys playing tennis, practicing krav maga, swimming, reading, playing ‘Go’, engaging in silliness and watching magic.
Xinyu was born in May 2012 in Shanghai. Now she's living and studying in Sydney. Xinyu has been learning violin for two years. She’s a keen and motivated violinist. Besides the violin, Xinyu also enjoys reading, singing and playing piano.
From 8 years old,in two years,Ziqi Liu already got eight first prizes and special awards of international competitions from USA,Austria,Italy,Czechoslovakia and Russia.
Justin Kijun Lee, age 10, started playing cello at age 4, because he wanted to play a bigger instrument than his sister (who plays violin): the cello. He won many prizes including 1st place in the YMIC Washington National Youth Competition at age 6, and 1st place in the 48th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition at age 7. Justin has also played in Carnegie Hall twice so far. He is currently studying with Sunghee Choi, where he is expanding his musical abilities. Aside from playing the cello, he enjoys complex math problems and golf.
Crescendo International Music Competition, 1st Prize,Brussel Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, First Prize & Exceptional Young Musician Special Prize Winner,2020.12 Gustav Mahler Cello Competition, 1 prize,Global Genius Music Competition, Gold Prize & Special prize of Excellent musicality,Vienna Jugendmusik Wettbewerb, Grandprize winner& Special Prize of Prof. David Frühwirth (Wirtschaftkammer Österreich Seoul)
Hannah Jeong (10) began to learn cello at the age of 7 and has been studying with Prof. Vladimir Panteleyev since 2020. Hannah is also learning piano and music with Ms. Mana Tokuno. Hannah won the 2nd Prize at the 2021 Cremona International Competition for Strings, Debut Category and started to win multiple international competitions in 2022. Besides music, she also likes reading and running.
Hi, I am Leem Jia En, 10 years old from Singapore. I started learning Guzheng at age 9 when I joined my school’s co-curricular activity (CCA) Guzheng Ensemble Team. I enjoy playing the piano and cornet too! In Year 2021, I have joined numerous musical competitions and was elated to receive First and Gold Prizes from international competitions like King’s Peak Music Competition, Nouvelles Etoiles Music Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso, American Protégé, Charleston International Music Competition, Music and Stars Awards Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards, Global Genius Competition, Grand Maestro International Music Competition, etc. I enjoy both ensemble and solo Guzheng playing!
Emily Tan Yi Rui, 9, started learning Piano and Violin at a very tender age of 4. Additionally, she picked up Guzheng during the Covid-19 lockdown in Singapore and score Distinction for Grade 3 practical exams. She has since then continued this as her 3rd music instrument. She has also won several international and national awards last year including 3 1st prizes in all 3 instruments categories for IMKA Music competition. She was awarded 1st place at Red Maple Keyboard competition, Young Musicians Category and was invited to perform in Toronto, Canada when the concert halls reopen. She was awarded Champion for Grade 1 & 2 Piano in the 3rd ASCO International Music Competition. She has topped the charts for Performance Grade 2 (Gold Prize for Piano), clinching the title of All Round Musician Award for winning 2 or more prizes under different instruments. She was also awarded LYM Annual Star Awards. She was also invited to be in the list of Season 2023 Recitals at Carnegie Hall. She plays Christmas songs on her violin during Christmas visits to the old folks’ home yearly. Often, she was tasked to perform during school concerts and recitals. She hopes that her music passion will continue to bring smiles and love to everyone in the world.
My name is Gabrielle Wang XinTong, 9 years old. I have learned Pipa, Guzheng and Zhongruan in folk music. I am very interested and will often participate in competitions.I am very interested and confident to participate in this competition
Audrey Jarvis, from Western Australia, is 12 years old and has studied violin with Margaret Blades since she was 6. She has won first prizes at several local and national competitions. In February 2021, at the age of 11, Audrey made her Solo debut with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. In October 2021, Audrey made her Concerto debut playing Vivaldi’s L’Inverno. She has recently been chosen as a 2022 Young Artist to play Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with Symphony Orchestra. Audrey enjoys playing with her friends in both quartet and ensemble.
Born on the 5th November 2009 in Athens. Coming from a musical family, it was a matter of time that a small violin would end up in the hands of Nicolia at the age of four and a half.She started her studies at the Athens College conservatoire (class of Mr. Panagiotopoulos) and has appeared on many professional concerts at the college since the age of 8. Since April 2020 she is studying with Professor Kirill Troussov. She has played many concerts in Greece and has performed regularly in France at “Academie de Jeunes Solists”Mezin-Toulouse Recognizing her exceptional talent, Athens College has awarded her the very prestigious “Scholarship of Special Interest” which is a full scholarship over the period of the next six years. She is a first prize winner of “Grand Prize Virtuoso” 2021 Bonn and Salzburg competition Platinum medalist of “Global International Music Competition 2021”. Gold medal of “Global Genius Music Competition 2021 “ Platinum medal of “Grand Maestro International Music Competition “ Gold medal of “e-contest International Music Competition” Gold Prize & Stylish Video Special Prize in category Young Artist - Age 12 & Under London young musician 2021-22 2021 US New Star Strings Competition Top Performer Second Runner Up for the entire competition and Group II FIRST Prize. She has performed in Bonn, “Beethoven House” and Salzburg, “Solitär Mozarteum”. Since September 2021 she is the leader of the Athens College Symphony Orchestra She will make her Athens debut as a soloist with the Camerata Junior orchestra next May at the Athens Megaron concert hall. She plays on a three quarter violin and bow kindly on loan by Geigenbau Eriks (Vienna)
Ellie Malonzo (12) commenced her violin studies at the age of 5. In 2022, she was fortunate to come under the tuition of the emeritus Paul Wright. At the age of 10, she received an A+ (high distinction) and the AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) Excellence award for WA in her Comprehensive Grade 8 exam (violin) through AMEB. At the age of 11, Ellie was awarded the position of Concertmaster in the Western Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO) Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was fortunate to perform the solo in the Khachaturian Masquerade Suite (Nocturne). In 2021, she placed 1st in the North of Perth Music Festival (Under 14s), 2nd place in the Fremantle Eisteddfod Under 15s (Concerto Category). She also was in the reserves for the Australian Chamber Orchestra [ACO] Academy for 2021. Ellie recently won 1st prize in the 11 – 14 age category for the American Music Talent Competition for 2022. In the Brisbane International Youth Music Festival 2022, she was awarded 1st prize in the under 12’s category.
Colin is an avid classical violinist who has been studying Dr. Linda Rodgers in Las Vegas for over 2.5 years. He has placed in many local and international music competitions. His other passion includes math, science, and astronomy.
My name is Sophia, and I am a 12 year old Australian violinist. I started learning the violin at the age of 5, and learnt with Mr Bruce Yang when I was 8 years old. I have won second place in the 2022 Music Singapore International Piano & Violin Competition. I am currently studying grade 10 in violin, and I am doing my Certificate of Performance exam this year. I also learnt the piano when I was 8, and I'm currently studying grade 8. I have performed before: Mozart Violin Concerto no. 1 in B flat major, Beriot Violin Concerto in A minor, Beriot Scene de Ballet, Malaguena by Pablo Sarasate, Preludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler, Mozart Violin Concerto no. 2 in D major and Mozart Violin Concerto no.3 in G major.
Louis Ossi is a 13-year-old violinist who started his musical studies at the age of 5. He has played at Sunday Mass with his church organist and choir for 4 years. Louis was assigned leadership in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (JSYO) as Second Chair of First Violins of the Premier Strings and, at the age of 12, as Concertmaster of the Repertory Orchestra. This season, he serves as Principal of Second Violins of the Philharmonic Orchestra in the JSYO. His other interests include Science, Reading, and Religion.
Sofia Butaru is 13 years old and is a seven grade student at the Dinu Lipatti High School of Fine Arts in Pitesti. She is a rational, sincere and very sensitive person. Her passion is music and her dream is to travel as much as possible, to be able to meet people with whom to share her passion and to visit new places all around the world. She comes from a family of musicians who instilled in her a passion for music. She started playing the violin at the age of 5 under the guidance of his grand-parents, violin teachers also.She started studying the violin at the Dinu Lipatti High School of Arts in Pitești since the first grade. Sofia enjoys the guidance of Professor Florin Negreanu. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions, enjoying prizes together with her teacher. Like her mentor, Sofia believes that success lies in the perseverance with which you build something.
Chloe Kiwon Lee is a creative and optimistic 7th grader that currently lives in Vienna, Virginia. She started to play the violin at age 3 in South Korea. Soon, Chloe began composing music, which allowed her to study at the Seoul Arts Center. When Chloe turned 8, her family moved to the United States, where she is currently studying with Olga Khroulevitch. Chloe won the American Protege competition in 2019 and performed in Carnegie Hall. In 2022, she won an award in Charleston International Music Competition. Aside from playing the violin, she enjoys solving math problems and watching anime.
My name is Liz Sandra Navarro Orosco, I am 13 years old, I am of Cuban nationality, born in the City of Havana. I am a student at the Alejandro García Caturla Elementary School of Music. I started to be interested in music when I was 4 years old. At the age of 8, I entered the elementary school of music through a contest, prepared by teacher Raiza Valdez Ortega, and I was selected for my good results. I have participated in face-to-face and online festivals, in concerts of professional musicians from my country. I had the honor of participating in the 1st online festival of Cuban music for bowed strings organized by the Alejandro García Caturla elementary music school with the premiere piece Danza para dos, by Cuban musician Jorge Amado. I hope that with this participation in your contest you will get to know my art.
Rachelle Amelia Tan, from Singapore, has been learning music since 5 years old. Rachelle enjoys writing classical music and loves taking part in music competitions. In the recent years, she has won multiple top awards for performing on the violin and the viola. A seasoned performer, Rachelle has been invited to play on multiple occassions at various prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall (New York), the Royal Albert Hall (London), Beethoven House (Bonn) and Solitär, Mozarteum (Salzburg). Music is a great part of Rachelle’s life and through her performances, she looks forward to sharing her music with you.
Matthew Atticus Tan, from Singapore, has been learning music since 5 years old. Since 2019, he has taken part in various international and local music competitions, winning awards for his performances on the piano, viola and violin. Matthew enjoys performing and has had the privilege of being invited to play at various prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall (New York) and the Royal Albert Hall (London). Apart from performing music, Matthew also enjoys composing music. Matthew looks forward to performing his own compositions in the near future.
Jesse Krentz is 13 years old and, began his studies with his father, Kevin Krentz, when he was 6 years old. His father, step-mother, grandfather, and sister all play the cello so Jesse has been surrounded by cello since birth. Jesse has won many awards including the Bellagrande International Music Competition, the Seattle Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, The Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, including the Special Judges Award, and the Simon-Fiset Strings Competition. In his free time, he enjoys sports, video games, super cars and fishing with his family.
Sofie has been studying guitar from the age of 5, first with composer Javier Farias, then continuing at the Levine School of Music with Franco Platino. She has played in multiple recitals, juries, and competitions. Recently, she has won first place in the King’s Peak International Music Competition and the Elite International Music competition, second place in the American Classical Musician Youth Award, and received an honorable mention in the International Youth Musical Talent Contest. This past fall she began playing cello as well, which she is very much enjoying. When not playing her guitar, Sofie loves math, writing poetry, playing soccer, and riding horses.
Eunice Y. Lee is a sophomore at Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose, CA USA. She started playing the violin at the age of 6. Eunice won the first prize in the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Youth Chamber Music Competition and the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. Eunice also placed first in the 2021 International Music Competition London “Grand Prize Virtuoso” and second in the United States Open Music Competition in 2020. Eunice was selected to participate on full scholarship in the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) National Trustees Summer Music Institute, Washington, DC in 2021, and she was accepted to the Junior Bach Festival in 2021. Eunice was also selected as the first Violin member of the California All-State Honor Ensemble High School Symphony Orchestra in 2021 and 2022. Eunice placed 4th in the Instrumental solo at the US Open Music Competition in 2017 and won an Honorable Mention from the Korea Times Annual Music Competition in 2016.
Arzas Voskanyan is 16 years old violin player coming from Armenia. He has been appeared as a soloist in UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania and so on. Arzas studies with Kyoko Yonemoto in Conservatorium Maastricht.
Victoria Tan, from the United States, plays the violin and piano, and has performed at numerous music halls, including Carnegie Hall, and was awarded many grand and first prizes in both violin and piano competitions. She has performed with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra in New York, the NV Chamber Orchestra in New Jersey, and the Metropolitan String Orchestra in Connecticut. Besides her interest in music, Victoria loves reading and writing, and has won several contests for her poetry.
Devon Chang, age 16.He 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 first place in King’s Peak International Music 2021 summer competition, a second place award in The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and second place award in the Great Composers 2020 competition and 2021competition. In addition, he obtained California State Honors and was invited to the Convention Recital for MTAC . He also enjoys playing basketball, and programming.
A sophomore in high school, Dixon has been playing the violin for over ten years. Recently, Dixon won first prize in the US International Open Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards, and Great Composers Competition: Best Bach Performance. In addition, Dixon was the co-concertmaster for the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section Honor Orchestra in 2020. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, he has helped organize local benefit concerts in hopes of having a positive impact on the community. Currently, Dixon is part of the California Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra.
Lauren Wu lives in Pennsylvania and has been playing violin since age 6. She was concertmaster of the Schuylkill Valley Area Orchestra and is currently a member of Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO). Lauren won 2nd Place in the Junior Strings division of the Tri-County Youth Festival in 2021 and won Grand Prix prize in Music Fest 2022. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading and baking.
Zofia Kawalec is 16 years old from Poland, studying in the violin class of Ms. Alina Brodka. She likes to learn music history, play compositions of H. Wieniawski and read books. She also loves rock music. She took part in Medici Music International Competition, where she has won the award of the 3th place.
I started playing piano when I was four, and started playing violin when I was about eight. In 2021, I pass ABRSM violin practice grade 8 with distinction, and I got a merit pass for ABRSM piano practice grade 8. I attended two summer camps of NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra, where I practiced both chamber music and orchestra. Currently I am a grade 10 student at Northern Academy of Arts, where I have played chamber music along with orchestra since grade 9. I am a winner of 2019 Russian Music Competition, 2022 International Young Artists Competition, 2022 American Music Talent Competition.
Ananya Nair is a 16 year old violinist from Frisco, Texas. She has been studying under the tutelage of Dr. Chuong Vu from the age of 7. She was a member of TMEA All-State Philharmonic Orchestra in 2021 and 2022 (assistant concertmaster in 2022). She is the gold prize winner of the London Young Musician International Competition (2022) and a gold prize winner of World Classical Music Awards International Competition (2022). Ananya also placed third in the American Protege Piano and Strings International Competition and received the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall as a soloist (2021). In the area of greater Dallas, she is the concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Philharmonic and the concertmaster of her high school orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and singing.
My name is Madeleine Chang and I am 15years old. I started playing viola when I was 8 years old, and my current viola teacher is Mr. Dmitriy Khanukayev. My musical achievements include placing first in the Satori Summer Music Festival. Second place award in the Great Composers 202 2competition and playing in the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings orchestra. Recently, I also obtained California State Honors under the String Advanced Division. In addition to playing viola, I also love acting, swimming, and making art.
My name is Ana Gabriela León Pérez. I was born in Havana, Cuba. Since I was a child I had always a big interest on music so I decided to dedicate my whole life to that pasion, and my parents have been my principal support. I started my studies in Alejandro García Caturla Elementary Music School when I was seven years old with my current professor Raiza Valdés Ortega. I have been working on my musical skills since then, first with the violin (from third to sixth grade) and now with the viola at the National Music School of Cuba, and I also belong to the Chamber Choir. I won the first prize at King’s Peak Music Competition and I have participated at the Philadelphia International Music Festival. I pretend to keep participating on music contests to get more experience and I will keep improving my skills.
Min Hwang was born in Seoul , Korea in 2007. He started his violin lessons at the age of 8. Winning prizes in competitions such as Lila competition and University of Suwon Competition, Min was deeply inspired in playing instrument. When he moved to California, U.S.A. in 2017, he started to study with Ms. Jennifer Munday who later on advised him to switch to viola. He currently serves as a principle Violist in the LCHS orchestra. Besides music, Min is greatly interested in science.
From a very young age I was interested in music in general, until I was eight years old when I entered the Alejandro García Caturla Elementary Music Conservatory, Havana, Cuba. Beginning studies with the violin for a period of four years, where later I assume the viola as the main instrument to date, where I continue my studies at the National School of Art. During this time I was part of the symphony orchestra of the Alejandro García Caturla Elementary Music Conservatory and the National School of Art, in addition to participating in the 1st Provincial Viola Festival in Havana as well as in previous editions of King's Peak International Music Competition.
Zubin Park is a cellist located in Delaware, USA. He has played with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, and is currently on full scholarship at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA as part of the Trowbridge String Quartet. Most recently, he attended Bowdoin International Music Festival and performed Elgar Cello Concerto with a local orchestra. In his free time, Zubin enjoys working on his business startup and rowing.
Veronica Kuo started playing the piano from the age of 5 and decided to learn the cello when she was 8 years old. She is currently a freshman in high school and has participated in many competitions such as the 2022 IMAS Competition 8th Annual Talented Young Musician Olympia Competition for piano(Gold prize) and the 2021 Pelican International Music Competition(1st prize in both piano and cello). She has also passed the Certificate of Merit Level 10 piano Level 8 cello exam and won State Honor. She has participated in her school orchestra since middle school and is currently the principal cellist at her high school.
Lucas is 15 years old and a 10th grader at the Bethesda Chevy Chase HS. He has been playing the cello since he was 4 years old, first with Aron Rider and more recently with Henry Stubbs and Alan Rafferty, and has been a member of the Levine School of Music Honors Program since 2016-17. Lucas has won several local and regional competitions playing solo and as part of chamber ensembles. Lucas loves classical music, but really has a soft spot for Dvorak and Beethoven. When not playing the cello or studying, Lucas loves playing board games, cycling and hiking.
Haoran Li is a 16-year-old cellist from Pleasanton, California. He is the winner of the Music Teachers’ Association of California VOCE Competition, United States International Open Music Competition, Rene and Gordon Smith Awards in Music. He also has won top prizes in numerous competitions including United States Open Music Competition, KAMSA Competition, ENKOR Int'l Music Competition, King’s Peak International Music Competition, and the Junior Bach Festival. An avid orchestra player, Haoran joined his first youth orchestra in 2014. Since then, he has played in many orchestras. He has been a member of the Young People's Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Gradus ad Parnassum (principal cello), the California Youth Symphony Associate Orchestras and Senior Orchestras. Haoran currently studies cello with Brady Anderson. Outside of music, Haoran enjoys reading, skiing and video games.
Cellist Natalie Kwok made her Carnegie Hall debut as first prize winner of the American Protégé International Competition in 2017 at the age of ten. She has gone on to perform both as soloist and chamber musician at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Southern California, and the Château de Chambord, Château du Clos Lucé, and La Madeleine Church in France. She has appeared as soloist with the Seraphim Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings and was a prizewinner in other competitions including the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Satori Strings Contest, the Los Angeles Violoncello Society, finalist in the Osaka International Music Competition, and awarded first laureate in Festival Bridge's Winter Stars of Dresden. Most recently, Natalie has been invited as a quarterfinalist to Moscow for the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians representing the USA, and has been named a finalist and prizewinner in the Edith Knox Young Artists Performance Competition. Natalie is an active chamber musician and orchestral player. She was a member of Chamber Music | OC’s distinguished Pre-College Program, has played with Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, the Orange County Youth Symphony, is currently a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has been invited to NYO2 for its 2022 season. She actively contributes to fundraising activities in Orange County including the Pacific Academy Foundation, benefit concerts in response to California’s wildfire emergencies, at assisted living homes, and at children’s therapeutic centers. Besides daydreaming about different eateries, Natalie also trains in Krav Maga self-defense and enjoys coding, karaoke nights, aggressively playing card games, and is a member of her school’s Advanced Science and Engineering Program.
I am Aniela Szymula, a 16 year old cellist, swimmer, book lover and student from Cracow, Poland. I started to play cello at age of 8, but wanted to start way before. I’m currently studying with Mrs. Renata Gąsiorek. I have participated in many masterclasses and lessons with renowned musicians, including Kazimierz Michalik, Stanisław Firlej, Andrzej Orkisz, Andrzej Bauer, Bartosz Koziak, Marcin Zdunik, Zdzisław Łapiński, Arkadiusz Dobrowolski, Edward King and Jan Lewandowski. My latest achievement is winning a third place at „2022 American Music Talent Competition”.
My name is Agata Kurowska, I am from Poland and I am 18 years old. I finished music school in Poznań byt currently, I am studying the violin at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, in the violin class of professor, habilitated doctor Piotr Tarcholik. I have been associated with music from an early age due to the numerous musical traditions in the family. Especially I appreciate the opportunity to play in orchestra. That is why in 2018 I took part in auditions for the Polish National Youth Orchestra for which I was qualified with honors. Thanks to this project, I had the opportunity to perform in the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olsztyn, at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw, as well as during the Chorin Music Festival in Germany. In the same year, I also had the pleasure to perform at the certificate ceremony at the town hall in Lübeck, Germany. I am also very happy to take part in master classes (Daniel Stabrawa, Karina Gidaszewska, Silesian String Qaurtet).
Gvantsa Butskhrikize was born in 2002 in Kutaisi,Georgia. She started studying violin in the M.Balanchivadze Musical School, in the Orchestra department. Gvantsa won a scholarship of an Art Academy and won First Place in a competition, being chosen as the Judges Favorite contestant. She is a winner of the International Contest and a Grant recipient of a contest held in Turkey. She won First Place in the “ Find your star” contest. Gvantsa has held three solo concerts , and has participated as an invited special guest in concerts in different regions. She has played with sinfonietta Orchestra and received First Place in the International Contest of young musicians. In 2019 she participated in the International Contest “American protégé” an won First Place . She had Gala concert at Carnegie hall. In 2021 She won International Contest O.Taktakishvili and won First Place. Gvantsa now is student at Mikeladze central Music School, studying under professor Manana Kantaria.
Abigail Uy has been learning violin since the age of seven and currently studies under the tutelage of Elbert Tsai, teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College. At the age of eleven, she soloed with the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto. In her freshman year of high school, she joined Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra where she served as Principal Second Violin. Just this year, she won First Place in the 2022 SF International Innovative Music Competition. In her free time, Abigail enjoys cooking, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.
Ukrainian violinist Sofiia Hnativ currently studies under professor Sławomir Tomasik at The Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
She has also lessons with his assistant Roksana Kwaśnikowska. Sofiia was a student of professor Yaroslava Rivnyak in Kyiv Lysenko State Music Lyceum. After her death in 2018 she continued studies and graduated from school in the class of Olga Korinets.
Also, Sofiia has taken lessons and masterclasses with professor Jan Stanienda and professor Oleg Krysa. In 2019 she got a grant to study at the Youth Classic Swiss International Music Academy(SIMA), where Sofiia had violin lessons with professor Philip A. Draganov and chamber music lessons with professor Jose Gerardo Flores.
She is a laureate of many national and international music competitions as a violinist and as a composer, a finalist in professional foreign violin competitions.
She played solo in the philharmonics of Ukraine and professional stages of Hungary, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland.
Gina Schuerpf is Swiss and 17 years old. She is currently studying under Prof. Nam Yun Kim in Korea. She loves to play the Violin and meet with other musicians. In the past years, she has had the opportunity to join many of the international Violin festivals including the Singapore International Violin Festival in 2017 and 2019, Ishikawa music Academy in Japan in 2018, the N.Y. Classical Bridge festival in 2019 as well as the Great Mountain music Festival in South Korea. During those festivals she had the great chance to attend many intensive master classes and have some incredible learning moments with world class teachers. Her most recent accomplishments are the receiving of the First prize at the Rising Star Grand Prix, First prize with honorable mention at the MCO Competition in France and winning the Gold Prize in the category of Young Master Age 18 & Under, at the London Young Musician competition and honorable mention at the Vienna New Year’s Concert International Music competition in 2021. Gina is excited to be starting her next journey at ‘The Juilliard School’ this fall 2022 in N.Y.
Daniel Dmowski is 17 years old. He has been learning the violin since he was 7 at the Music School in Lublin, Poland. Every year he participates in master classes in music. He is a laureate of many prestigious music competitions. Daniel is very fond of classical music and jazz.
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, Santiago 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, Primuz International online Competition 2021, Gloria Artis Viena and IMKA.
Abdurakhmonov Abdumardon Bakhtiyor ugli is graduator of 2019-2020 academic year on major of Violoncello of the department of bow-stringed instrument of Republican Specialized Music Academic Lyceum named aftu R. Glier From the beginning musical talent presented Abdurakhmonov Abdurnardon Bakhtiyor ugli was accepted to the class of professor Ibragimov Jakhongir Akbarovich is youth coach services in the Republic of Uzbekistan on Violoncello of the department of bow-stringed instrument of Republican Specialized Music Academic Lyceum named after R.GIier in 2009. Abdumardon quickly established himself as a curious, hard-working and demanding student in his chosen profession, demonstrating his talent in various cultural and educational activities held in high school and out of high school. He was respected for his humility and honesty, hard work, perseverance in his work and kindness to his friends. He has participated in concert programs on television and radio, and has published articles about his achievements in various newspapers. It's time to dump her and move on and Abdurakhmonov Abdumardon took 2 nd place in the XII International Festival — Competition named after "Krimskaya vesna-2013" conducted in Ukraine. In 2015 issued diploma in International Competition named after "Darin-2016" in Kazakhstan. In 2017, 2nd place in Intemational Competition named after "Zvezdniy proekt" in Russa. In 2018, issued diploma in International Competition named after "Istedod" In 2019, Issued Grand Pre of V international competition named after "Darin" in Kazakhstan. In 2019, I st place from the nomination of "Camer orchestra" of International competition narned after "Open Asia". In 2020, Awarded with 1 st place in the International Festival named after "Sozvezdenie talantov2020" in Russia. In addition, the Honored Artist of Uzbekistan has repeatedly performed with the chamber orchestra "Soloists of Uzbekistan" under the direction of A. Raimjanov. He is currently one of the active soloists of the Young Talent Chamber Orchestra under the State Philharmonic of Uzbekistan. We believe that Abdurakhmonov Abdumardon Bakhtiyor ugli is Violoncello of bow-stringed instrument of Republican Specialized Music Academic Lyceum named after R.GIier will be leading specialist with his own knowledge and abilities in the sphere of music.
Celina Chen is a junior attending Valley Christian High School with a passion for the arts. As a cellist, she has done solo, chamber music, and orchestra type performances, and is currently a member of the Young Chamber Musicians program. She has won numerous awards in competitions such as the CalASTA Solo Competition, Bellagrande International Music Competition, Prima Volta Music Competition, Diablo Valley College/Holy Names University Young Artist String Competition, Korean-American Music Supporters’ Association Competition, ENKOR Competition, United States International Music Competition, Great Composers Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, International Youth Music Competition, and American Protege. Additionally, she has received recognition from ACSI with the “Command Performance” solo award. During the summer of 2021, Celina was honored to play in the Carnegie Hall NYO2 summer orchestra. Outside of cello playing, she delights in singing, as she has won awards in vocal competitions such as the Kingspeak International Competition, International Youth Music Competition, Great Composers Competition, ENKOR Competition, Bellagrande International Music Competition, United States International Music competition, among others. She cannot wait to see where music takes her, and looks forward to furthering her musical journey.
Rachel Wong (born April 2004) started to play the cello at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Mr Gevorg Sargsyan. She is the principal cellist and section leader of the National Junior College (JC) senior string orchestra, and was the youngest cellist to join her college’s senior orchestra. She was placed on Singapore’s National JC Talent Management Scheme at the tender age of 12. Her recent honours include winning the ‘Special Brilliant Award’ in the International Brilliant Talent Discovery competition, and bagging 3 Gold Medals - the "Versatile Musician Award", the "Young Master - Age 18 & Under" Gold Prize, and the "Performance Grade VII" Gold Prize - in London Young Musician 2021-2022 Season 3. She has also participated in various masterclasses, and has travelled to the Czech Republic to perform solo in St Martin's Church, where Mozart performed. Apart from playing the cello, Rachel also plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele. When she is not drawing her bow across the strings, you can find her cooking, swimming, singing, and making music with her friends and family.
Born and raised in South Korea, Haerim Oh started playing violin when she was four. Acclaimed for her brilliant and passionate playing, Ms. Oh won various awards and prizes, such as being selected for the Excellent Performance of Virtuoso Pieces and Final Award at Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in 2015 and winning the first place in Ewha Music Competition in 2017. She has also performed with various orchestras worldwide, performing as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Teleradio-Moldova, Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory Symphony. She was also selected to perform a solo recital at the Seoul Kumho Art Hall in 2012, and has participated in numerous festivals such as 8th Emirates International Peace Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival throughout the past decade. As a young, blooming musician, Ms. Oh has been actively participating in various international violin competitions, such as Isang Yun International Violin Competition, Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, and Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition for Young Musicians. Ms. Oh is currently pursuing her master’s in violin performance at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Miriam Fried.
Nea Toivonen is a violinist studying classical music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She is graduating as a Bachelor of Music in spring 2022. Music has been one of the most important things in her life since she was a child. For her it is a language that can be utilized to portray things words cannot describe. As a violinist Nea craves to test her limits and aims to improve as much as possible. She actively takes part in all kinds of music projects. In the future she'd aspire to work in versatile environments both alone and in orchestras.
Violinist Gaoyang Yang is a recognized young talent, having performed in many countries around the world. She began her music career at a young age, serving as principal second violin of the Attached Primary School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music String Orchestra and the Eastern Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she won fourth place in the 6th ‘Hubei Golden Chimes Award’ professional music competition and went to the 11th National Youth Violin Competition. Gaoyang formed a string quartet called ‘Light’ and has participated in various music festivals, including the 5th International Chamber Music Festival Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Qingdao Music Festival. In 2018, She was selected to join the one-year masterclass of Prof. Oleh Krysa of Eastman School of Music. Gaoyang is a member of NYO-China in 2019 and has performed at many renowned festivals including Germany’s Young Euro Classic, the UK’S Snape Proms, and Italy’s Bolzano Festival. Gaoyang Yang is grateful for the several scholarships she has been awarded throughout her studies. She received her BMus from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, winning the honor of outstanding Graduate. Currently, Gaoyang is pursuing her master degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Chen Xinlei is currently a sophomore at the Central Conservatory of Music. From 2014 to 2020, he studied at the High School Affiliated to Xinghai Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Mr. Lin Xin. During his school days, he achieved excellent results and excellent academic performance. He has won the gold medal of the 5th International String Competition in Russia, the silver medal of the National Violin Competition and other awards. Xinghai Conservatory of Music Affiliated High School 2018-2019 Top-notch Innovative Talents Training Program, and has been rated as an outstanding team member. During the school, he successfully held a special concert and won praise. In 2019, he began to study with Associate Professor Yue Lin. In 2020, he was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music with the first grade in a foreign school. The formed ensemble Aloes String Quartet and Ebony String Quartet won the Silver Award at the 2021 World Classical Music Awards (WCMA).
My name is Roksana Krechowiecka. I'm 20 and I'm a young artist.I started my musical education at the age of seven as a violinist, then I changed the instrument to the viola while learning to the 2nd degree music school in Bielsko Biała. I am currently studying at the Academy of Music in Katowice in Dariusz Korcz class.I have performed with the orchestra in countries such as Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Arab Emirates, Italy. I have participated in many music courses and workshops with outstanding professors.
Cellist Nella Balog is a major prizewinner of numerous national and international cello competitions. Most recently she won the Gold Medal and 2 special prizes at the David Popper International Cello Competition. She has performed extensively in her native country of Hungary as both a concerto and recital soloist, and has additionally performed across Europe, South-Africa and the USA. Born in 2002, she studied in the Szent István Conservatory in Budapest with István Varga. Nella has also studied in Bloomington, USA on a full scholarship at the Indiana University Summer String Academy and participated in numerous masterclasses with Csaba Onczay, Susan Moses, Peter Stumpf, and chamber music masterclasses with Sarah Kapustin and the Verona Quartet. In 2019 she was selected at the Cello Akademie Rutesheim to perform as a soloist with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, where she additionally studied with Wen-Sinn Yang. She received masterclasses from professors like Wolfgang Boettcher, Daniel Müller-Schott, Mező László, Sennu Laine, Kangho Lee, Marcio Carneiro, Matias de Oliveira Pinto, Beatrice Reibel-Petit. Highlights of the last seasons have included first prizes and special prizes at both the Talents for Europe International Competition (Slovakia) and Jan Vychytil International Cello Competition (Czechia), an invitation to the Scandinavian Cello School for a bespoke career advancement residency by Jacob Shaw, and praticipating at the LGT Young Soloists’s South-Africa tour. From the academic year of 2020/21 she’s studying with Wen-Sinn Yang at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.
A Las Vegas based guitarist (b. 2000), Liam began his studies at age 13, and at 16, began formal lessons with world renowned guitarist Ricardo Cobo. In 2018, he won 3rd place in UNLV's Performing Arts Center Classical Guitar Competition, and shortly thereafter began his Bachelor's of Music studies under Professor Cobo. He's played in masterclasses of Eliot Fisk, Redmond O'toole and Mengya Tian, and has studied privately under Marc Teicholz and Steven Lin.
Singaporean violinist Sarah Ng has established a worldwide career encompassing solo, chamber and orchestral performances. Recent career highlights include a tenured position with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and winning prizes at the Medici Music Competition and Charleston International Music Competition. She has also attended fellowships at the Vermont Mozart Festival, Round Top Festival and Madeline Island String Quartet Fellowship. Sarah holds degrees from the McGill Schulich School of Music and the Eastman School of Music.
Sylwia Marut Was born on 28.04.1998 in Wrocław (Poland). Currently she is a master degree student (second year) at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, at the Faculty of Instrumental Performance in a virtuoso module in the violin class of Prof. Łukasz Błaszczyk and PhD Dominika Przech. She graduated, with honours, from the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Wrocław in the violin class of MA Tomasz Stocki. Sylwia is a tutti first violin musician at the Lodz Philharmonic Arthur Rubinstein. Sylwia Marut is a laureate of many music competitions both in Poland and abroad. She received five scholarships from the Mayor of Wrocław in the field of art as well as a scholarship from the Marshal of Łódź Voivodship. She will play in 2022 a solo concert with the Orchestra of the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Witold Lutosławski in Łomża, a concert during the Jurassic Summer Festival and a concert with an orchestra in Paris and Łódź. Sylwia takes part in many master classes, where she has improved her playing performance under the guidance of Prof. Wiesław Kwaśny, Prof. Karina Gidaszewska, MA Kinga Augustyn, MA Jolanta Sosnowska, MA Stefan Plewniak. She cooperated with many famous orchestras: the Primuz Chamber Orchestra, the Amati Ensamble München, the Camerata Wrocław, the BC Instrumentalis Ensamble (with Basilica Cantans choir) and the Brahms Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at numerous festivals, including the following: - The Orchestra Rock Festival - Concert with Primuz Chamber Orchestra and Krzysztof Cugowski at Krakow Variete Theatre (2019); - The 6th and 5th As Festival in Łódź with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź under Jerzy Swoboda’ s baton (2018 and 2017); - As soloist during the Concert "Sounds of the disappearing world" with Krzesimir Dębski in Białystok (2018); - Solo Concert during the launch of the new train of the Łódź Agglomeration Railway (2018); - The Passion of Christ Concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź under Kai Bumann’s baton (2018); - A concert in cooperation with the Artistic Agency "Pro Musica" led by conductor Alan Urbanek - concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra "ArtBel Ensamble" together with the choir "Gaudium" (2017); - II and IV International Brahms Festival In Wrocław; - The International New Year's Eve Gala under Jan Pogány’s baton (2013 and 2014). SYLWIA MARUT’S ACHIEVEMENTS 1.1st prize and special prize - 5th International Youth Music Competition "Nouvelles Étoiles", Paris, 31.01.2022 2.1st prize - 6th Edition International Competition for Instrumentalists and Singers "Best Mozart Performance", London; 27.01.2022 3.1st prize - 1st International Music Competition "Małopolska 2021", Poland; 20.01.2022 4. 1st prize - World Open Music Competition autumn edition 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia; 20.12.2021 5.1st prize and 2 special awards: Special award of the Bronisław Huberman Czestochowa Philharmonic Concert during the Jurassic Summer Festival and Special Prize - Concert with the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Łomża at IIIrd Wanda Wiłkomirska Polish Music Violin Competition in Częstochowa, Poland; 11-14.11.2021. 6.Special Prize "D'Addario" –at Malta International Music Competition, Malta; 27.07-31.07.2018. 7.1st prize – at X Concorso Musicale Citta'di Filadelfia Concorso Internazionale di Musica Classica, , Fildelfia, Italy; 09-13.05.2018. 8.The Master Course at "Pupils of the Masters" , Krzyżowa , Poland; 11-17.07.2016. 9. Distinction -at IV National Cieszyn Violin Competition, Cieszyn, Poland; 24-26.04.2016. 10.3rd prize at the International Violin Competition YOUNG PAGANINI, Legnica, Poland; 30.03-01.04.2016. 11.Master Course "Students of Masters", Krzyżowa, Poland; 20-23.03.2016. 12. 2nd prize –at the Competition "Miniatures of XX and XXI century after 1945", Wrocław, Poland; 22.02.2016. 13. 4th prize at 40th National Bach Competition named after Stanisław Hajzer, Zielona Góra, Poland; 06.12.2015. 14. Master Course "XI European Musical Workshops" , Kołobrzeg, Poland; July 2015. 15.1st prize at the XI Lubuskie Violin Encounters, Zielona Góra, Poland; 15.06.2015. 16.1st prize at the 13th Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Musicisti "Luigi Zanuccoli", Sogliano al. Rubicone, Italy; May 2015. 17. Finalist at the International Violin Competition YOUNG PAGANINI , Legnica, Poland; 26-28.04.2015. 18. A distinction at 4th National Youth String Instrument Competition, Elbląg, Poland; 24-26.04.2015. 19.2nd prize at Competition "Contemporary Miniature - after 1945", Wrocław, Poland; 16.02.2015. 20. 2nd prize at Competition "Contemporary Miniature - after 1945", Wrocław, Poland; 10.02.2014. 21. A distinction at the Ist Cieszyn Violin Competition, Cieszyn, Poland; 21-22.04.2012 22. 3rd prize at the Violin Competition Vivaldi 333, Wieliczka, Poland; 13-16.04.2011. 23.2nd prize at the XIII Świdnica Confrontations of Young Violinists, Świdnica, Poland; 02.04.2011 24.3rd prize at the XII Świdnica Confrontations of Young Violinists, Świdnica, Poland; 27.03.2010. 25. 3rd prize at the XVI Music Presentations of Young Violinists, Bystrzyca Kłodzka, Poland; 14-15.05.2009
Violist Ben Carter was born and raised in Greer, South Carolina. He is an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music and the University of South Carolina School of Music. His most recent festivals include Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and Domaine Forget de Charlevoix. He has appeared in professional orchestras such as the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ben Carter will continue his viola studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he will pursue his Master of Music degree with Jeffrey Irvine.
Fang Chen is a violist, teacher and the commissioner of Zhengzhou String Music Association. He studied violin at the age of five and went to China Conservatory of Music in 2012, where he studied with Cao Hai, a professor of the orchestra department of the China Conservatory. In 2014, he was selected from many competitors to join the Asian Youth Orchestra and toured with the orchestra in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo and Osaka. In 2017, he entered the the National Academy of Music and theater in Hannover, Germany, to pursue his master's degree under the tutelage of renowned performer and principal of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Professor Christian Poel. In 2020, he went to the United States and invited by famous viola educator Dr. Susan Dubois to attend the University of North Texas as the highest scholarship recipient and teacher assistant to begin his doctoral studies.
I was born on March 10 in 1999. I graduated from Mieczysław Karłowicz state music school in Zielona Góra. Now I am studying cello in Academy of Art in Szczecin at professor Tomasz Szczęsny. My achievments include: London Classical Music Competition - 4th prize (2022) IV Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition- honorable mention ( Prague, 2022) II Caprice Competition - III prize ( Szczecin, December 2021) IMKA Music Competition - I prize (Fall Edition, October 2021) IMKA Music Competition - I prize (May 2021) III Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition 2021- honorable mention Scholarship in Baltic Neopolis Orchestra on Festival Szczecin Classic 2021 (26.04-03.05. 2021) Scholarship in association Pro Musica In free time i love travelling and cooking.
Eri Murayama was born in Japan. She has been playing the harp over 20 years. She has received awards. The 6th Hong Kong International Harp Competition Open Pedal division Bronze medal, Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition Professional Category Gold Medalist on 2022.
Ziying Zhao, a guqin player. She started to learn guqin when she was 15 years old in China. She went to the US when she was 16 years old. In the US, she keeps learning guqin and began to teach guqin in 2014. She did guqin performance in Seattle Center, University of Washington, Texas A&M University, Asian & Pacific Culture Center, etc. She also did guqin presentations in many universities and schools. Guqin is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world with more than 4000 years of history. Many guqin pieces are from hundreds or thousands of years ago. Ziying Zhao hopes she can bring the ancient sound to modern society and let the world know the music from thousand years ago.
Michael Paouris is a well-known Soloist and Composer. He is the first who entered the Bouzouki in Jazz and Classical music in the 100 years of instrument's existence. Michael Paouris has released 35 albums, 3 Symphonies, 6 Concertos and more until today. He has many collaborations with some of music legends like Al Di Meola. Al Di Meola said about Michael Paouris: "Michael is a Humble Genius! He is a Phenomenon musician!" Mikis Theodorakis said about Michael Paouris "Michael Paouris is a Phenomenon!". A few weeks ago a team of scientists (Physicians and Mathematicians) from the University of West Attica chose Michael Paouris' music for a research about Fractal dimensions and all the good benefits for the brain. Michael Paouris has received 15 1st Prizes International Awards and he performed at the greatests venues like Carnegie Hall etc. One of the most important moments of his career is his speech on the well-known TEDx.
I am from China.7years old.I started to learn violin with Jiayin Huang teacher at 3 years old. I love music love playing violin. I hope I will become a famous violin musician.
Born in London (UK), Ellie Jagger began violin lessons at the age of five. She participated in various musical festivals such as the 4th New Talent British International Youth Music Competition 2021, the North London Festival of Music, Speech and Drama where she earned a Distinction, and the World Classical Music Awards 2021, winning a Bronze Prize. In her spare time, Ellie loves composing music, singing and listening to concerts. Her dream is to become a violin soloist, to share the joy of music with her friends, family and the world.
Miles Marsollek (born October 2015) began violin lessons at the age of three with Mika Yonezawa, the deputy concertmaster of the Komische Oper in Berlin. After four months of lessons he had his first audition, and after another two months he played his first small concert. Since then, around 20 other public appearances have followed. In September 2021 he performed at a concert for young musicians in the Berlin State Opera. Miles has already composed two pieces for violin and has been participating in national and international music competitions for several months. In 2021 he has already won 16 international awards. In Scandinavia he won 3rd prize in a duo with his brother Maddox (piano, 8 years old, 1st and 2nd prizes were not awarded). Also as a duo the brothers won two times a first prize in the USA and a second prize in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Miles won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes as a soloist in various competitions in the USA. Farther he won a 1st and a 2nd prize in Estonia, a 2nd prize at a European Academic competition Artists Association and another two 2nd prizes and three times a 1st prize in England. Most recently, he won a 1st prize in the age group up to 8 years at the international music competition “2021 Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso" and was selected to perform at the Teatro Studio, Parco della Musica in Rome. In Germany he also won 1st prize as a soloist at the Carl Schroeder Competition (distinction with outstanding success) and a 1st prize with distinction at the Hamburger Instrumental Competition. In addition he won a 1st prize in a duo with his brother in “Youth makes Music”, the most important music competition in Germany.
April is 6 years old and currently attending the first grade. She was born in Ohio, USA and moved to Seattle, Washington with her family in 2021. She started learning violin in spring 2020 at the age of 4 with her teacher Ms. Mengting Guo. With much love and patience, Ms. Guo helped April a lot to lay a solid foundation for playing the violin. The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything to online learning, including the violin class. Even though it was challenging in the beginning, she still enjoys violin and music very much. Besides that, she also likes sports, drawing pictures, reading books and taekwondo.
Katrina started her violin training with Ms. Marissa Murphy, who serves as Principal Second Violin of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Katrina has a strong passion to music. Earlier this year she was awarded First Prize in International Music Competition Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso under Young Musician Category, and First Place in Elite Music Competition under Elementary category. She is going to have her first solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2022. Katrina currently is the Concertmaster of Preparatory Strings Orchestra in Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO). Besides music, Katrina enjoys dancing and singing. She is also a competitive dancer.
Calliope Smith (10) studies at the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Division with Natasha Makhijani and is a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (“PACO”). Calliope has been described, in the words of one judge, as “perform[ing] with great style, panache, and fidelity.” Among other competitions, Calliope has won the 2019 and 2020 PACO Concerto Competitions, first prize in the Great Composers Competition Rising Talents of the Americas, Bartók, Haydn, Vivaldi and Music of the Seventeenth Century Competitions, the Judges’ Distinction Award in the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition, first place in the Crescendo International and Little Mozarts competitions, and second prize in the New York International Artists’ Association Praelusio Competition and the Odin Competition. She has three scheduled performances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall during the Spring of 2022. She attended Point Counterpoint Prelude, Presto PACO, and C’est Bon chamber music camps as well as HeifetzPEG.
Giselle is born in December 2012 in Singapore. She has been studying violin in School Of Young Talents at NAFA Academy since the age of 4 years old. Giselle is a very energetic musician, likes to play expressive music, and communicate with people through it. She has also received a numerous competition awards including but not limited to: -First Prize in String Avenue International Autumn 2021 -First Place in Vienna Virtuoso Competition 2021 -Gold Prize & Expressive Performance Special Prize in London Young Musician 2021 -Special Prize in Singapore Violin Festival 2020 and 2019 -Bronze Prize in Singapore Raffles International Festival 2019
Ananya Balaji is from India and started playing the Violin since the age of 5. She is a second grader. She takes private online violin lessons. She is also training in Bharatanatyam (South-Indian classical dance form) and enjoys swimming. She is very passionate about music and violin. She wants to become a Violinist and a space scientist. She has also won other International online Violin competitions.
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. Ana Luís loves playing violin solo or in orchestra. Since 2019, she has been distinguished in several national and international competitions. 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 read. She is a Scout and loves Nature.
Isabella Nikita Sumargo started her music journey when she was 6 years old. She started to learn piano at first, then started violin for her 2nd musical instrument. Now at the age of 9, Nikita has joined and got several awards and trophies from various competitions and festivals both local and international for both piano and violin.
I love playing the cello, arranging Rubik's Cube, reading books, riding scooters and roller skates. Every day my unique teacher infects me with love for the instrument. My recent achievements are: 1st PLACE World Open Competition, Belgrade 2021 1st PLACE International Music Competition OPUS, Kraków 2021 2nd PLACE Cello Competition Gustaw Mahler, Prague 2021 1st PLACE XXVI National Cello Confrontations CEA, Bydgoszcz 2021 2nd PLACE XXI CEA Cello and Double Bass Competition, Malbork 2021 Recently, I was honored with a great honor, I was invited to the 4th edition of the Lusławice Talent Orchestra (2021-2023). Life without music would be gray and terribly boring.
Konrad born on 11 July 2011 in Gdańsk. Konrad started learning the cello when he was 7 years old. Konrad studies at the Zygmunt Noskowski Music School in Gdynia. Konrad is in the cello class of Jadwiga Rudka-Stefaniak. His public debut took place in 2020 in Warsaw at the International ‘Cello Miniature’ Competition. This 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 have taken part in regional, national and international cello music competitions, including ‘Opus 2021’ International Music Competition in Krakow, ‘Cellolove’ National Cello Competition in Krakow, National Cello-Contrabass Competition in Malbork, National Cello-Contrabass Competition in Kamień Pomorski, International Music Competition in Athens, etc. His passion is music and cello.
William Kim (age 10) started playing the cello at 8 years of age. Within a year and half, William started winning multiple competitions and was invited to perform as a soloist with a cello orchestra. William is also a YouTuber under the name “Poco Cello” and aspires to become a cello soloist one day.
Maria Sharaburina was born on September, 2012 in Moscow (Russia). Now she lives with her family in Austria and studies playing harp with her mother (harpist und music teacher) Yulia Snegur. Maria is already a winner of austrian and international Competitions. Maria plays piano as well.
Janmie Wong is currently 10 years old. She has been playing harp since 6 years old and is now under the tutelage of Miss Barbara Sze at the Junior Music Programme of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Janmie has won numerous local and international harp competitions, her major achievements include: First Prize in the International Music Competition OPUS 2021 (Poland), Gold Prize in London Young Musician (2021), Double 1st runner-ups in the ‘Legends’ Solo Harp Competition (Singapore, 2019), Double first prizes in the First Asia International Youth Harp Competition 2021 (U9 and U12), Gold Medalist at the Joint School Music Competition 2020 & 2021, Winners of HKYPAF International (Harp) Competition in 2019, 2020, Winners of International Fringe Music Competition (Harp) in 2019, 2020 & 2021. Besides studying harp, Janmie also studies piano, vocal and percussion. Apart from Music, Janmie likes reading, dancing, swimming and cycling as her pastime
Leem Jia En is a multi-talented 10-year-old from Singapore. Her passion in music brought her to learn various instruments. She began her piano study at age 6, Guzheng at age 9 and recently she picked up trumpet as her third instrument during the year end school holidays. She has also won numerous first/gold prizes this year with her Guzheng performances from international competitions like American Protégé, Grand Prize Virtuoso , Red Maple Music Competition, Global Genius Competition Autumn Season, Charleston International Music Competition, IMKA, Grand Maestro International Music Competition etc. She is invited to debut in Carnegie Hall and Canada when the concert halls re-opens.
Frederick is a 12 year old, 6th grade student at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose, California. Having grown up in a musical family, he enjoys playing in an ensemble with his cellist older brother and his pianist mother. He is currently studying violin under his teacher, Dr. Ann Kerobyan. This is his first music competition. When he is not playing violin, he enjoys art, drawing, reading and traveling.
NATALIA DRAGAN violin I was born in 2009 in Poland. I lives and studies in Legnica. I comes from a family with musical traditions. Parents and sister also play the violin. Mother and father both are my teachers. I made debut with the orchestra at the age of 6, after several months of study, playing A. Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor and Obertas by H. Wieniawski. I performed in numerous prestigious venues. I am a laureate of 30 competitions worlwide, incl. in Moscow, New York, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Stokholm and Prague, Italy and Slovakia. I was made my debut in the prestigious KONZERTHAUS concert hall in Berlin at 23.09.2021 with F. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto E Minor with the orchestra. I has played 25 times with chamber and symphonic orchestras: M.Bruch - Concerto No. 1 op. 26 E.Zimbalist / Rimsky-Korsakow - Concert Fantasy "Golden Cockerel" P.Sarasate – CARMEN Fantasy op.25 F.Mendelssohn- Violin Concert E Minor N. Paganini- Wariations A Major op.posth. N. Paganini-Venetian Carnival A. Vivaldi Concerto in A minor H. Wieniawski - Obertas K. Kurpiński - Polonaise D-Major A. Vivaldi - Seasons: "Spring"
Oriana Wojciechowska (13 years old) has been playing violin since she was 6. In 2020 she graduated with honors from the Primary General Education Music School in Gdansk, Poland, under Dr Paula Preuss. Now she continues her music education in the Secondary General Education Music School in Gdansk, where she studies violin under Prof. Malgorzata Skorupa. Oriana Wojciechowska attended many international master class violin courses, working under many recognized violinists. Her big stage public debut was in 2019, when she has performed in Great Concert Hall of Lancut Castle. She is laureate of many international violin competitions.
Sofia Butaru is 13 years old and is a seven grade student at the Dinu Lipatti High School of Fine Arts in Pitesti. She is a rational, sincere and very sensitive person. Her passion is music and her dream is to travel as much as possible, to be able to meet people with whom to share her passion and to visit new places all around the world. She comes from a family of musicians who instilled in her a passion for music. She started playing the violin at the age of 5 under the guidance of his grand-parents, violin teachers also.She started studying the violin at the Dinu Lipatti High School of Arts in Pitești since the first grade. Sofia enjoys the guidance of Professor Florin Negreanu. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions, enjoying prizes together with her teacher. Like her mentor, Sofia believes that success lies in the perseverance with which you build something
Natalie Chen is 12 years old from California, USA. She started learning violin when she was 9 years old under the guidance of Dr. Ann Kerobyan. She has won 3rd place at the Medici International Music Competition and 2nd place at MAP International Music Competition 2021. She loves classical music and plays piano as well, winning several piano awards at USOMC (US Open Music Competition). She is also a competitive diver and a former competitive gymnast. She also loves skiing, snowboarding, and watching NBA Warriors basketball.
Colin is 11 years old and loves playing classical violin! He has been studying violin with Dr. Linda Rodgers in Las Vegas, Nevada since October 2019. He also enjoys math, astronomy, and competing in Quiz Bowl Alliance!
Maya is 11 y.o,born in Thessaloniki,Greece.She started taking violin lessons in 2018 with Raisa Popailidi. Since 2021 she’s a student of G.Petropoulos at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.She has participated in many international contests and won many awards .Maya also plays the piano.
Ana Paula Sarduy Pérez, violin. Born in Havana, Cuba. December 6, 2009. She was born into a humble family of musicians. At the age of 7 she began to study violin at the Paulita Concepción Music Coservatory under the guidance of teacher Maria Verdecia Vilier. She is currently studying the fourth year of her specialty under the tutelage of Ariel Sarduy Pérez ( Concertino of the National Symphony Orchestra ). In her student years she played with the National Symphonic Orchestra, the Jose White Camerata and the Camera Orchestra of the Coservatory. She has performed the double Concerto for two violins by Vivaldi and the double Concerto by Bach. She has received master classes from the violinists Tais Murray (USA ) and Gersia Sánchez (Cuba). She has performed works by Baklanova, Seiz, Reiding, Accolay, Vivaldi, Komaroski, Kabalesky, Correlli, Handel, Bach, Viotti, Sarasate, Kreisler, Rode, Shubert, Mozart, Paganini, among others. She has participated in April 2021 in the Online Violin Festival of Havana.
My name is Kandace Cheung Ching Hei, I'm currently at grade 8 of violin and I've played the violin since I was 4 years old. I adore playing the violin because of it's tone is just amazingly unique and enchanting among the other instruments. Also, the violin has no limit whatsoever to what it can do, which allows me to express myself whether I'm happy or depressed. That's all, hope you enjoy my playing!
Emily started playing violin at the age of 6. Her musical achievements include several winnings in violin national competitions held in Indonesia. Recently, she was rewarded as the third place winner in violin competition at Vienna Virtuoso Festival 2021. Emily currently studies violin under the guidance of Daniel Chandra and Vivin Tandiono. She is a member of the First Violin section in Kota Pahlawan Youth Orchestra.
Agnes is a 13 year-old student at St. Stephen's Girls' College, Hong Kong. She was admitted to the junior music programme of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) for violin study as well as all round musical training when she was 7 years old. She is excited to perform in her first international music competition.
I am 11 years old and live in Ankara, Turkey. I started learning piano at the age of 5 and my music education as a student of viola at the age of 7, in Bilkent University Music Preparatory School. I studied with Elena Gnezdilova for 3 years. I am also interested in composing. I participated in the National Children's Composers Competition two years in a row in 2019 and 2020 and became finalist at my age category. I continue my viola studies with my teacher, Ulugbek Rihsi for 2 years.
Con ocho años (2016) decidi que queria ser musico y comenze a estudiar música en la escuela Alejandro Gracia Caturla. Comente en violín pero actualmente mi instrumento es la viola. En el 2018 participe el Festival Provincial de Violín Manuel Saumel. Y en este año (2021) participé en dos festivales online, uno de música cubana y otro realizado por mi escuela para violas. La viola y el violin son los instrumentos que me apasionan de verdad y que amo la música en general ya que tienen el poder de con tan solo sonidos de alegrar o entristecer el alma
I, Daniela Reyes Diaz, am Cuban and I study at the Alejandro Garcia Caturla music school in Havana, I'm in the 8th grade and I'm studying Viola, I also played piano, music is my great passion.
Lyam Chenaux was born in Switzerland in 2009, and at a very young age he chose to play the cello. Lyam quickly showed exceptional musical qualities, and at the age of 8, he won a first prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse competition. At the age of 9, he joined the Ministrings of the Lausanne Conservatory (directed by T. Strinning and B. Batt), which allowed him to develop his skills in stage expression and improvisation and to perform in many countries. Particularly appreciating public concerts, Lyam had the chance to play at various festivals and concerts in the region from a very young age. At the age of 10, Lyam played for the first time as a soloist at the Somak Academy in Biel, with the Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra. On this occasion, he met Denis Severin, who is currently his teacher at the Zakhar Bron School in Zurich. Ambitious, persevering and highly motivated, he won numerous first prizes with honors in national (CSJM, Baroque Sion, Riviera, Bach Sion) and international competitions (RisingStar Berlin 2020+2021, Nouvelles Etoiles, Virtuoso International Music Competition Rome, Procello online competition, France Music Competition). Passionate about music, Lyam also plays the oboe, is initiated to composition and particularly appreciates jazz.
Born in Hong Kong, Yuen-Chit Chan began by studying piano when he was four. He fell in love with the responsiveness of the strings the first time he held a cello. At age 9, he switched to cello, started studying with his teacher, Sit-Kan, Hui. After a couple of years of cello lessons, in 2021 his artistry finally recognized through an extensive list of accolades including the Bronze Prize from World Classical Music Awards, Silver Prize from The 5th Hong Kong Youth Club International Music Contest and Vienna Music Examination Board Competition 2021.
My name is Oliwia. I'm 13 years old. I'm a student of the eight grade of the Music school in Bytom, Poland. I play the harp for the seventh year. My second passion is drawing portraits of people and animals. I also attend acrogymnastics classes.
Sofie has been playing guitar from the age of 5 and is passionate about her studies. She rises early in the morning to practice before school every day. Sofie has participated in multiple recitals and competitions, and has won awards from the King's Peak International Music Competition, the International Youth Musical Talent Contest, and the American Classical Musician Youth Award. When she is not playing her guitar, Sofie loves soccer, writing poetry, studying math, and playing the cello.
Maria Pańczyk, was born on April 1, 2005 in Gdańsk. She began learning to play the violin at the age of 6. Currently, she is studying at the Zygmunt Noskowski Music School in Gdynia in the violin class of professor Małgorzata Skorupa. Maria has taken part in many regional and national violin, solo and chamber competitions. Maria participated in the International Zenon Brzewski Music Course in Łańcut and in the Master Course of Music Interpretation in Puck. Maria Pańczyk has received a scholarship from the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship twice and received an artistic scholarship from the city of Gdynia.
Karl Li started playing violin at age 3 and has studied with Peggy Klinger for the past 11 years and now attends Manhattan School of Music. He was the concertmaster of the Westchester County Elementary and Junior Orchestra at age 10 and 14, respectively. He is the co-concertmaster of Festival Orchestra where he was coached by the New York Philharmonic. Karl has performed in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Kaufman Music Center. In 2020, Karl won First in the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and is a national finalist in the Worldvision Music Competition.
Fourteen-year-old Julia Yi began playing the violin at the age of four. With her outstanding hard work and commitment, she has earned many awards. These range from prizes such as three Gold Seal Awards in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, First Prize in the IGCMA Competition in New York which earned her a performance at Carnegie Hall, and First Place winner in Performing Arts Festival of the East Side at the age of ten. Julia has also served as Concertmaster and Principal for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO), for which she has been part of the program since age 10. Julia has also performed as a soloist for SYSO at Benaroya Hall in Seattle at age twelve. Additionally, her work has been exhibited in the public eye as she was selected for the High School All-State Honor Group 2022. Julia’s musical talent has emerged not only as a violinist but as a pianist. She was awarded in various piano competitions including Gold medalist at the Virtuoso Seattle Competition and Silver medalist at the Sonata Competition. Her talent in Music Arts expanded as a dancer from age five to ten, in the well-known international traditional dance group and performed at various theatres including McCaw Hall in Seattle. These distinct experiences in the arts have helped her develop new goals, but additionally, new visions for the future.
Annelise Ossi a 14-year old violinist who was born in Jacksonville, FL and has been studying the violin since 5.5 years. She started playing the violin at Sunday Mass with her church organist and choir since 7 years. She has participated for many years in musical community service projects and fundraisers. She also enjoys playing in an orchestra setting and has been concertmaster in several summer camps. At 12 years, she was named Concertmaster of Repertory Orchestra in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. This year, she was named Assistant Concertmaster of Philharmonic Orchestra in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to music, Annelise likes horseback riding, crocheting, Math, Science, and Religion. She says her favorite of all, is her time spent with her family.
Charissa Soh began to learn how to play the violin from the age of 6. Currently, Charissa is an 11th grader at Bergen Technical School in Teterboro, NJ. She expresses her love of music and violin through her studies and enrollment in the Juilliard Pre-College Program. She has also performed through her participation in the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Program. While her accomplishments include multiple competitions, she truly enjoys performing for others. Besides playing music, Charissa enjoys cooking and fashion.
I started playing violin at the age of 4 at Suzuki School in Bellevue, WA. When I was 6, I started studying with Mr. Leonid Keylin (Seattle Symphony). After we moved from Seattle to California I studied with Ms. Linda Rose from age 9-11. I am now studying with Mr. Keylin mostly via Skype and sometimes in person. I joined South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra (SCYSO) when I was 9. In 2019 I went on a tour with SCYSO to Germany, Austria and Prague where I was the assistant concertmaster and played Vivaldi's "Winter" solo at Rudolfinum Concert Hall. I have participated in LA ASTA competition in 2018 and got 3rd place. I am a member of TMJ (Tuesday Musicale Juniors) of Pasadena, CA. I won 3rd place at 2021 Callie McGrath Solo Competition. I participated in the first round of Classicalia Global Televised Music Competition . Outside of music I like swimming.
Ellie Seohyun Lee is a 16 year old violinist from San Diego California. She has shared her musical feelings and loves through playing violin in orchestra and musical events. Ellie has been in San Diego Youth Symphony for 8 years and played several assistance principal, principal and concert mistress roles. She was a founding member of the SDYS Youth Leadership Council, and organized 2021 SDYS YLC BLM Concert. Ellie serves as a president of music volunteering project and organizes and performs mini concerts for seniors regularly. She participates benefits concerts every year and teaches violin to the students with special needs. Ellie received 1st place in 2019 international academy of music competition in Castelnuovo de Garfagnana, Italy, 2nd place in 2020 American Protégé International Piano and String Competition, 1st place in 2021 San Diego MTAC VOCE, 2nd place in 2021 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, 1st place in 2021 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and 1st place in AFAF’s Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition 2021.
Yui began playing the violin at the age of 5. She enrolled into the prestigious NAFA School of Young Talents and also studied under Prof. Qian Zhou, Head of Strings at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. After moving to the States, Yui enrolled in the Juilliard Pre-College program and is continuing her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Program. She currently attends boarding school in Massachusetts. Apart from playing the violin, Yui enjoys reading and watching movies. Personal statement: Truthfully, playing the violin is such an individual, lonely experience- it’s very competitive in nature, and especially when we are younger, the focus seems to be on competition instead of collaboration. But music is supposed to be collaborative! There is nothing more beautiful and unique about musicians with different instruments, of different ages, and of different walks of life just combining together to produce music. It strikes down language and cultural barriers, which is what makes it so meaningful to me. There were so few windows for musicians during the pandemic, making it very hard to feel inspired and motivated, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this online music competition.
Mi nombre es Fátima Arencibia Corbera, tengo 14 años de edad, estudio en la Escuela Elemental de Música Alejandro García Caturla en La Habana donde comencé mis estudios desde el año 2015 en la especialidad de viola aunque además estudio violín. Participé en el 2017 en el concurso Provincial de violín "José White", en el 1er festival de La Habana de cuerdas frotadas y en el 1er festival de viola de La Habana. He sido miembro de diferentes conjuntos como el proyecto Suite Amina, la Charanga del Conservatorio y el quinteto de cuerdas en su formato reducido.
My name is Ana Gabriela Leon Perez. I was born on November 16th 2005. I started my studies in Alejandro García Caturla Elementary Music School when I was 7 years old with my current profesor Raiza Valdés. I've been working on my musical skills since then, first with the violin and now with the viola at the National Music School of Cuba. My dream is become myself a great artist.
Kevin Lee made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2017 at the age of nine. He has awarded the first winner of the Elite International Music Competition in 2019 and 2020, the Korea Rising Stars Competition in 2020, the Crescendo International Competition in 2019, the International Maestro Piano and String Competition in 2018, the Seoul Music National Student Music Competition (Grand Prize) in 2017 and the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition in 2017. Also he has won the New England Conservatory Prep Solo Strings competition 2021, the KCPO music online competition in 2021, the King’s Peak International Music Competition in 2020 and the International Music Competition “Bonn” (Germany) in 2020, “Paris in 2019,” “Vienna in 2018,” “Rome in 2017” Grand Prize Virtuoso and the “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition in 2018, the Hanuem Music Competition in Seoul, South Korea, and the American Protégé Piano & String International Competition in 2017. Kevin was featured the first cello soloists in Preparatory String Orchestra Spring Festival, where he performed the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with his teacher, Sam Ou at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory. He performed Dmitri Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 49 as a soloist with Sejong Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul, Korea. Kevin has participated in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra summer camp at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, and the Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. Also he attended to University of New Hampshire Cello Festival in New Hampshire. Kevin performed master classes with Yeesun Kim (Borromeo String Quartet), and Lluis Claret. Kevin has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member at prominent Boston areas venues, including New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Williams Hall, Brown Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, Kresge Auditorium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, and Carnegie Hall in New York, Salisbury Congregational Church in Vermont, Seoul in South-Korea.
Jisun Song is a sophmore at Summit Denali High School. She has been playing the cello since the age of 7 and the piano at the age of 5. She plays the cello under the tutelage of Brady Anderson. Jessica has been a member of the Silicon Valley Youth Symphony for 3 years, and continues to play with them regularly. She is currently preparing for the North California Youth Talents competition in December. Additionally, Jessica plays the piano recreationally, under the guidiance of her mother. Outside of music, she enjoys doing small crafts like crocheting, going on long walks, and watching movies.
I am 16 year old student, who is passionate about music. When I was 5, I started playing piano. At the age of 13 I started playing harp, which is now my main instrument. I am looking forward to be a great musician one day.
Piotr Stadnicki was born in 2004 in Copenhagen, Denmark into a family of musicians. His first violin teacher was his mother. In the year 2020 he was admitted into the preconservatory school of classical music in Copenhagen. In the year 2020 he won 1st prize at The Danish Classical Music Competition (Berlingske). In August 2021 he won 1st prize in "Medici International Music Competition".In September 2021 he won 3 gold prizes in 3 different categories, "Excellent musicality" special prize, and was awarded "Season Top 1" in Global Genius Music Competition" Summer Season. He is also a 2nd prize winner of MAP International Music Competition (Los Angeles).In October 2021 Piotr received in "London Young Musician competition" Gold prize in his age group, Gold prise in category "Sonata performance", Platinum prize in category "Concerto performance", special prize "Versatile Music Award" and was acclaimed #1 in seasons ranking. The same month he won Gold medal in "The Danish Junior Music competition" (Copenhagen, Denmark), special "Scene" prize in the South Denmark Talent Competition (Sønderborg, Denmark), 1st prize in Royal Sound Competition (Montreal, Canada), 1st prize in Rocky Mountain Music Competition (Ontario, Canada), 1st prize in Red Maple Music Competition (Toronto, Canada). In November 2021 Piotr received an invitation to participate in the "Career project" of Tiziano Rossetti International Music Academy (Lugano, Switzerland).
I was born in 2004 and I am from Poland. I started being interested in music when I was about 10 years old. I started playing the violin at the age of 12, which is relatively late. I have always worked hard to achieve success in international competitions. I study in Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna I i II Stopnia im. Fryderyka Chopina in Nowy Targ. I have achieved many successes at competitions both in Poland and abroad. I also have participated in many Masterclasses in Poland. I am still going to develop my skills by taking part in many masterclasses and competitions.
My name is Izabela Krzystek, I am 18 years old. I have been learning the violin since I was 7 at the Music School in Zielona Góra. Iwona Wasiak is my teacher. I have participated in international master classes with many outstanding violin professors, incl. Stefan Tarara, Marcin Baranowski. I have participated in many national and international violin competitions. I was invited to cooperate and I gave concerts as a soloist with the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra. I am a scholarship holder of the Mayor of Zielona Góra.
Irain Herrera Quiros, born in Cuba November 10, 2002. My passion for music started at an early age. At the age of seven, I initiated my musical studies specializing in the violin. Attended in 2010, Alejandro Garcia Caturla Conservatory under the supervision of the following instructors, Carmen Amador Farinas and maybe Pena. Throughout my musical career participated in 2012 Accredited Ambassadors Meeting in Cuba under the initiative of the Greek Embassy at the Museum of Bellas Artes Cuba. A frequent guest artist at many music festivals in Cuba, Panama and Ecuador. I partook in V and VI Provincial Violin Festival 2012 and 2014. Participated in 2015 provincial Violin Contest were I obtained first place, performed at the International Festival Les Voix Humaines in 2015. Enriching my studies as a violinist, at the National School of Arts in 2017, under the supervision and tutoring of Veronica Reyes Master in violin. Participated in the Festival of Arts in Panama 2017 and Festival of Arts in Ecuador 2018.
My name is Kleis María González Vega. I was born on June 9th, 2004 in Matanzas, Cuba. I have had a relationship with music since I was very young since my whole family are musicians. I am currently studying second year at the "Escuela Nacional de Arte"(National Arts School). I am studying also singing. I have been part in some occasions of the Theater Company " La Colmenita" here in Cuba where I played violin. As I am studying music I am also studying English. This is my first time participating at an International Music Competition and I hope to continue studying to participate in future competitions. Thanks for the organization of this contest and for the opportunity that it brings to us musicians.
Lance Morrison Chua Tulagan is a 19-year-old Filipino violist. He started his musical studies at age nine as a violin student under ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Braderick Pineda and then Manila Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Gina Medina-Perez. In 2016, he shifted to viola and became a student of MSO Executive Director, Mr. Jeffrey Solares. Since then, he became a member of the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra and participated in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival at the Golden Hall of Musikverein in Vienna where they won first prize in 2018. He has also played in various concert halls in Munich, Prague, Salzburg, Florence, Venice, and Rome. Lance frequently performs as a chamber musician and featured soloist. In 2019, he performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante performing with the Manila Symphony Orchestra at Arete Hall, Ateneo de Manila. He later joined the MSJO at the Korea Suzuki Association (KSA) Summer Music Festival where he was featured soloist at the Gala Concert accompanied by the KSA Teachers Orchestra. He also played the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto in the Festival’s Ensemble concert. Later that year, Lance was chosen to be one of the MSJO delegates invited by the Philippine Embassy to perform in Yangon, Myanmar. Lance is the principal violist of the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra as well as the violist of the Manila Symphony Junior String Quartet. He recorded the Forsyth Viola Concerto with the Manila Symphony Orchestra for Standard Insurance’s “In Pursuit of Excellence” program. In 2020, Lance was placed under the tutelage of MSO Principal Violist Maurice Ivan Saraza, under whose tutelage he joined and won 2nd Prize at the 2020 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Juniors Category, with the special distinction of being the only violist among 6 finalists in the competition. The following year, he was placed under the tutelage of MSO Concertmaster Diomedes Saraza Jr. as his first-ever viola student and won 1st prize at the NAMCYA 2021 Seniors Category. He won 3rd prize at the Marker and Pioneer (MAP) International Music Competition based in Los Angeles, California in the 17-19 age category. He also participated in the Singapore Raffles International Music Competition and won Silver Award in the Young Artistic Category for Viola. Lance has had masterclasses with Yasa Poletaeva, Odin Rathnam, Gerry Varona, and Karoline Vik Hegge.
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, Santiago 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.
Karina Hechavarría Suárez is a viola student at the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba, under the tutelage of MSc. Raiza Valdés. She has participated in many concerts, national and international festivals and competitions, performed chamber music works with Lyceum Mozartiano's Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the University of Arts. She has shared scene with artists like Ray Lema, Lisa María Blanco and Marita Rodríguez. She performed the world premiere of "Paisaje", by the young Cuban composer Jorge Amado and the Cuban premiere of "Concert in G minor", by I. Konios, at the International Contemporary Music Festival, 2019.
My name is Khai Jeat, and I have been playing the viola for a few years now. I am lucky to have the opportunity to study under teachers who are passionate for music and care for my development not just as a musician but as a person. I enjoy many genres of music and I know that music will always be an important part of my life.
Bethany Bobbs is currently a scholarship student at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick and Astrid Schween. Already a seasoned soloist, she has performed with orchestras such as the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, Yonkers Philharmonic Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Ocala Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony among many others She has attended the Perlman Music Program and PMP Suncoast since 2017 where she studied with Clara Kim, Paul Katz, and Zvi Plesser. As a winner in the National YoungArts Competition, Bethany was invited to attend their YoungArts Week in New York City in 2019. Recently Bethany was invited to perform with the Jupiter Chamber Symphony and at the North Shore Chamber Recital Series. Besides performing, Bethany enjoys using her musical talent to help others, resulting in winning the Houston Music Doing Good Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2020, Bethany and her twin sister, Susanna, put on a virtual fundraising concert known as Harmony for Healing to provide funds for the Artist Relief project that financially aids unemployed artists during COVID-19. Bethany is a current recipient of the Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund and the NFMC Michael Edwards Award.
Katherine Lee, 17, is a cellist who is currently under the tutelage of Jonathan Koh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College. She has been playing the cello since age 6. Katherine has won multiple top prizes in competitions such as 1st place in the KAMSA Music Competition, Silicon Valley Music Competition, Korea Times Youth Music Competition. Other prizes include 2nd in the CalASTA Solo Competition, 2020 ENKOR International Strings Competition, and United States International Music Competition. As an avid chamber musician, Katherine has numerous chamber experiences. In 2020, her piano trio won 2nd prize at the Jane Galante Chamber Music Competition. Katherine has been an avid member of Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and California Youth Symphony, where she is the principal cellist. She won PACO’s 2016-17 solo competition and made her solo debut with the orchestra. In 2018, she was selected to perform at the Junior Bach Festival. She also was selected to participate in California’s All-State High School Symphony in 2020 and 2021. In past summers, she studied at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Boulder Cello Festival, Encore Chamber Music, and Music at Tateuchi. Throughout her years, Katherine has been honored to play in front of great musicians such as Brinton Smith and Ralph Kirschbaum.
Jiyoon Moon, a current junior in Seoul Academy, started playing cello at the age of 10. The next year, she began studying with Prof. Alan Harris, a professor at Eastman School of Music. At 13, Jiyoon played an entire Bach Suite BWV 1007 in the annual Bach Suite cello concert at Ciminelli at Eastman School of Music, alongside college students. She has also performed in the Hatch Hall and Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music in the past. Jiyoon spent most summers in music programs, including the Credo Music Festival in Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman Cello Institute and Vivace Festival. She was also part of the Youth Orchestra of Southern Finger Lake in NY, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in NY, and Seoul Arts High School Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea. For many years, she played in the Plymouth Piano Trio with full scholarship at the Hochstein School of Music, and in a quartet at Seoul Arts High School. She won competitions in both the U.S. and South Korea, and recently played in a Young Artist Concert at Youngsan Art Hall. In the past, she has studied with Prof. Alan Harris, Seungwon Jung, Ji-Hyun Oh, and Joonho Shim.
Krystyna Dulemba is young violinist from Poland. She is studying in Music Academy in Gdańsk as a master in Prof. M. Skorupa's class. She played in national and international orchestras eg. International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra, Youth FMF Orchestra, Baltic Youth Philharmonic.
Matthew Fields is a cellist from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, who is currently studying at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he is a student of Matt Haimovitz. Fields has performed as principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and National Orchestral Institute, assistant principal cello of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Conservatory Orchestra and the Suburban Symphony. Fields has previously studied with teachers such as Pamela Kelly and Martha Baldwin.
My name is Martin Javornik. I come from the town of Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. I started playing classical guitar at the age of 8 with prof. Aleksandar Đukanović. I continued my musical education at the Conservatorium for music and ballet Maribor, where I attended class at prof. Vojko Vešligaj and at gymnasium. Currently, I am studying at Academy for Music in Ljubljana with professor Katja Porovne Silič. Throughout all of my education years, I have attended many guitar competitions in Slovenia and abroad, where I have achieved results I am proud of.
Min Ha Park was born in South Korea. She has been playing the violin since she was 5 years old. At the age of 14, she moved to Europe and started pre-college studying in Hochschulenfür Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt by Prof.Susanne Stoodt. After the pre-college, she also completed her bachlor‘s degree in Frankfurt. During her student days, she has had many concerts in Europe such as in Czech Republic, Germany, Molta, Italy, Austria etc. She completed her master‘s degree in Hochschule für Musik Detmold by Prof. Maria-Elisabeth Lott. She also has recevied prize from various internationmal competitions. Now she continues to study concert examination in Detmold und at the same time she is also responsible as a teacher of the HfM Detmold
She started playing the violin at the age of three. She graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts.currently enrolled University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She was selected for the stringed instrument section of the 14th Osaka International Music Competition. She is second in the 20th Kumakusu no Sato Music Competition. She is the 16th Japan players Competition Stringed Instrument Category Encouragement Award. She is a guest performer of Kyoto Philharmonic. She has been enrolled in the Graz University of the Arts Graduate School under Eszter Haffner since September 2017. She studied violin under Naomi Ishida, Nobu Wakabayashi, Shoko Ikegawa, Takashi Izuhara, Eszter Haffner, and she studied chamber music under Yasushi Toyoshima, Etsuko Nakajima, Andreas Woyke, Claudia Micheletti, and Mathias Enderle.
Kristina Besman was born in 1994 in Moscow. In 2013 she graduated from Gnessins’ Special Music School then entered the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She studied with Prof. Victor Pikayzen. She also got a post-graduated diploma with Prof. Eduard Grach. She is a laureate of several international competitions, including a violin competition in Kiev, a youth competition in Norway, a violin competition in Yakutia. Took part in music festivals, including December Nights in Moscow and in the European Youth Arts Festival in Paris. Kristina has performed in concerts in various concert halls in Moscow. She was on tour in cities of Russia, Spain, Italy and Germany.
In 2007, Violinist Zongjun Li began study with Professor Yue Xu in the Affiliated High School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music. In 2013, he was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music. In 2017, Zongjun studies with violinist Elmar Oliveira on full scholarship at Lynn Conservatory of Music for his Master degree. Zongjun has been a finalist in the tenth Qingdao WenHua Prize National Violin Competition and the third prize winner of the first Hong Kong International Violin Competition. In the same year, he was admitted to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for Doctor degree in violin performance.
Rising violinist Pin-Hsuan Chen was born and raised in Taiwan. She came to the United States to study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received her master’s degree, and is currently completing her doctoral degree, with a special focus on the violin orchestral excerpts. She has studied with former Cincinnati Symphony Concertmaster Timothy Lees, principal second violin Gabriel Pegis, Ming-Shi Du, and is currently studying with Won-Bin Yim. Pin-Hsuan maintains a busy schedule of professional orchestral performances; she plays in the Lexington Philharmonic, the Dayton Philharmonic, Queen City Opera, and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music is also an integral part of her life; she has performed in chamber groups coached by the Ariel Quartet and Miami Quartet, and she currenting in Lieto String Quartet, and won the first prize of Maple Wood Ensemble Competition and Global Genius Music Competition in United Kingdom. As a soloist, Pin-Hsuan won the Taichung City Music Competition and represented Taichung City in the National competition in Taiwan. She also performed as a concerto soloist with the Taipei Youth Festival Orchestra.
Jared Maucotel began violin at the age of 4 with the help of his mother. He always had a love of performing, especially the romantic repertoire, and by age 15, he determined to make violin his career. Learning from great teachers like Simon James, Jan Coleman, and Hiro David. In May of 2020 He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance at the University of Texas at Austin studying under Professor Brian Lewis. In Fall of 2020, he began his Masters degree in Violin Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, Studying with Sandy Yamamoto. He has performed in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Kansas, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Mexico, and Italy, including a concerto performance with orchestra in Fairbanks. He has studied with many prestigious artists such as David Kim, Giora Schmidt, and Philippe Quint. Maucotel is the third place Senior Division winner of the Simon-Fiset Violin Competition, and the first prizewinner of the international Masters of Concerto Competition. He placed 2nd place in the international American Protegé Violin Competition and has been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in December of 2021. He plays on a 1909 Silvestre et Maucotel Violin from Paris, France.
Venezuelan - Mexican Violinist who was born in Maracaibo Venezuela. She started her musical studies when she was 11 years old, in the Venezuelan music program called “El Sistema” in the Santa Rosa de Aguas location (2007). She also studied in the “Jose Luis Paz” Conservatory. Paola was member of the “Academia Latinoamericana del Violín” where she studied with: Mtro. Rhio Sanchez, Alejandro Nuñez, José Francisco del Castillo and Sergio Celis. Afterwards she entered in the “Academia Nacional de Violín” where she studied with Mtro. Camilo Acosta. Paola has been invited to participate in different International tours in Europe And Asia as Bérgamo Festival (Italia 2010) with the Youth Orchestra Rafael Urdaneta, Salzburg Festival (Austria 2013) with the Youth Orchestra “Teresa Carreño of Venezuela”, Busan Maru International Musical Festival (Korea 2015). Paola was the 2nd violin principal chair at the Orchestra of the Americas (Tour Mexico 2019). She has received masterclasses with renowned violin masters as Alexander Markov, Uto Ughi, Nicolas Koeckert, Dylana Jenson and Leon Spierer. Paola have participated in some competitions like: Joven Músico Clásico 2020 (Semifinalist), Frank Preuss International Violin Competition 2021 (Semifinalist), King’s Peak International Music Competition 2021 (Special Recognition Prize), Chengdu College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts Best Audition Award Competition 2021 (Winner). 1st Prize winner US Golden State International Music Competition. 2nd Prize winner Best Saint Saens Performance. 2nd Prize winner The Art of Strings. Currently she works with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra as a 1st violin, recently she finished her Bachelor’s degree with Trinity College of Music and she’s studying her 2nd Bachelor’s degree at Chengdu University College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts with the distinguished Professor Tymur Melnyk.
Shengyu Cao has studied violin since he was a child, he enrolled in the School of Music at Southwestern University in September 2016 . In May 2018, he was selected for the "Colorado State University 2+2" joint training program and passed the audition to study viola performance at Colorado State University. He started to study with Professor Miller Margaret. Shengyu was also the Principal Assistant Viola of Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra at Colorado State University from 2019 to 2020, in early 2021. he was officially accepted into the Graduate School of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Duccio Dalpiaz was born in 1998 in Firenze. He start lerning cello at the age of six at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. His teacher was Filippo Burchietti. He started winning competition and, after a while under the guidance of Maestro Burchietti, he attended Bachelor. During this period he won many times school’s scholarships and in 2017 he won solo competition. He was then invited by Wilfired Tachezi at the Mozarteum University. He went to study at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold attending Xenia Jankovic’s class. In 2018 he won two auditions. One for a two year MasterClass with Giovanni Gnocchi and the other for a two year MasterClass with Bruno Delepelaire. Graduated with honors and brilliantly finished his MasterClasses, he started attending Matthias Bartolomey class at the Mozarteum University. During his life he attendedMasterclasses with Marianne Chen, Umberto Clerici, Suzanne Hornbach, Maria Kliegel, Antonio Meneses, Jerome Pernoo, and Julian Steckel.
Graduated at Conservatorio “Bruno Maderna” in Italy. She studies with Cristina Montes Mateo. Her soloist CD “Nocturne” has been published by Da Vinci Publishing and it includes suites of Britten, Chertok, , and Watkins (https://davinci-edition.com/product/c00478/). She has played as First Harpist with Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini of Pesaro in Italy and in Japan. She has played as First Harpist with Bologna University Orchestra and Strasbourg University Orchestra under the baton of Niemeyer, and Tenan. She has played Haendel Concerto in Bb with Young Orchestra of Saint Cecilia de Villavella (Spain), and Debussy Danses Sacrée et Profane with International Orchestra of Rome.
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.
Benjamin Phoon is a violist and violinist . He is from Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia. Initially learned to play the violin at the age of 5, before switching to the viola at age 16. He has won multiple awards with his viola including the gold medal from MYOF(Malaysia youth of festival) Young Artist 2014 and open strings competition 2015, both year . And special prize from Osaka international music competition 2019 . He has also participated in the Silpakorn Summer Music School in Thailand 2016 was collaborate with Maestro Hikotaro Yazaki position in viola co- principal, Miyakojima international music festival 2017 in Japan collaborate with Maestro Makoto Amano and two international violinist Sarah Chang and Fumiaki Miura , Selangor Symphony Orchestra Concert 2017 collaborate with violinist Zhang Le and Maestro Yannis Pouspourikas, MPYO (Malaysia philharmonic youth orchestra) 2013- present was collaborate with several conductor such as Benjamin Zander , Fabian Russell and Nicolae Moldoveanu. He has played for Nobuko Imai, Lawrence power , Sophia Reuter and Donald Maurice in masterclass .
Vadim Pavlov was born in Leningrad, where, at its conservatoire, he graduated in 1983 in the class of Fishman (also professor of Misha Maisky, Boris Pergamenshikov ecc.). In 1987 he became the assistent of Valentin Berlinsky at the musical institute "Gnessin" in Moscow. He was Principal Cellist of important European orchestras: the St Petersburg Conservatoire orchestra, the Theater Chamber Orchestra of St Petersburg, the Galizia Philharmonic, the Tuscan Regional Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Theater orchestra in Florence, the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, the Bellini Theater Orchestra where he is actually Principal Cellist. He has been awarded prizes in important national and international competitions: The "Prague Spring" (1988), the "City of Tortona" (1993), the "City of Modica"(1995), the "Perugia Classico" (1995) and others. In 1994 he was nominated professor F.M.E.M. of Geneva and bestowed the title Knight of the World Order of Music Sciences in Geneva. Mr Pavlov is also professor of the cello class at the Musical Institute of Caltanissetta. He regularly holds master classes in Italy where he has been living since 1990. From 2002 Mr Pavlov plays on a David Tecchler cello of 1700, entrusted to him by the Pro Canale Foundation of Milan
Armed with a versatility of creative interests, cellist Peter Eom has been recognized for his “lyrical, vibrant sound” and an eclectic musical approach that aims to present a vivid, authentic, and personal rendering of works ranging the gamut of Classical music. Peter is a top prizewinner of the Klein International String Competition, Dover Chamber Competition, Alexander & Buono International String Competition, Quebec International Music Competition, National YoungArts Foundation, and in 2013 was chosen as one of three Classical musicians representing the United States of America as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Solo engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, MusicaNova Orchestra, Universal Music Group, YoungArts, and Americans for the Arts. Chamber music engagements include Ravinia Festival, Norfolk Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and Colburn Chamber Music Society. After receiving his Master’s from Northwestern University with Hans Jensen and his Bachelor’s from Colburn Conservatory with Clive Greensmith, Peter currently pursues a residency at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music as a Rebanks Fellow with Barry Shiffman and Hans Jensen.
My name is Ramón Altamirano Farrugia, I am 26 years old, I'm a cellist from Chile. I graduated in musical interpretation at the University of Chile in 2020. I have played in various orchestras in my country, between 2014 and 2019 I was a member of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chile, with whom we toured Africa-Europe in 2019. I have participated in various Festivals and Masterclasses both in my country and abroad. Since 2017 I have studied orchestral conducting.
Ayoun Alexandra Kim, a cellist, began her musical journey at age six in South Korea and continued her studies with Hans Jørgan Jensen in the Chicago area. She has performed in halls such as Nichols Concert Hall, North Shore Center for The Performing Arts, and Bennett Gordon Hall in Ravinia. During her collegiate studies in New York, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Juilliard School’s Paul Hall, Morse Hall, and Wilson Theater. As an avid chamber musician, she has attended summer festivals such as Heifetz Music Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music and School, where she further studied chamber music. In the Summer of 2019, she attended festivals in Europe such as AlpenKammerMusik, Verão Classico, and the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg. She had the opportunity to perform for cellists Rebecca Gilliver, Gary Hoffman, and Maria Kliegel. Ayoun’s passion is sharing music with the community. She has been a Gluck Community Service Fellowship Program participant at the Juilliard School for two years and is currently a Morse Teaching Artist Fellow. She is an active supporter of ‘comfort women’ and is a board member of the K.A. Butterfly Team. She has held several of the team's benefit concerts in the Chicago area on behalf of the ‘comfort women'’ since 2018. In 2020, Ayoun obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and is continuing her studies at Juilliard for her Master’s degree under the tutelage of Natasha Brofsky and Astrid Schween.
Mark Fretheim graduated from St Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2019. As a cellist in the St Olaf Orchestra, he played in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. He has also played the baroque cello as part of the St Olaf Collegium Musicum. He is set to earn a Master’s in Music at Southern Illinois University under Dr. Eric Lenz. Of all his repertoire on the cello, his favorite will always be the Bach cello suites.
Daniela first close up to cello was at the Batuta National Foundation in Bogota city, there she started the studies with this instrument, during her time in that place, she played with Batuta Bogota Orchestra with the assistance of Principal director Maria Del Rosario, years later she began to study in the Music basic program of the National University of Colombia, there she met teacher Cecilia Palma, master Cecilia showed her all the tools to access to the Conservatory of this university at the undergraduate program level where Daniela got a scholarship for the whole five years of studies. In 2017, under the program of master classes of the Bogotá philharmonic orchestra, Daniela took class with Leonard Elschenbroich, that year she was invited to the International Music Festival of Emeralds (Ecuador), where she studied cello with Astrid Schween from Julliard and Cellist Francisco Vila. Daniela has taken master classes with cellists Santiago Cañon, Florian Kitt and Diego Garcia. She also participated in chamber music festivals like “Festi-QArtetos” playing with the Beethoven trio, winners of the prize “Bogota philharmonic to the neighborhood”. She also took part on different orchestras like the youth chamber philharmonic orchestra of Bogota, youth philharmonic orchestra of Colombia and the national symphonic orchestra of the Conservatory of National University of Colombia.
Wolf Hassinger started playing the cello with 7 years. He has been studying under Prof. Eschenburg at the HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin, first for a bachelor's degree and then for a master's degree, which he finished in 2021 with the highest score.He participated in numerous international orchestral and chamber-music festivals and academies, such as "TrentaAcademy of the Vienna Philharmonic" (Slovenia), "International AcademyHelmuthRilling" 2014 (Chile), "PacificMusicFestival 2018" (Japan) or "DavosFestival 2019" (Switzerland). He gained orchestral experience in the Kassel State Orchestra, the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and currently as a 3rd Solo cellist in the Schleswig Holstein State Theater.
She has studied with E. Ceysson, E.F-Binoche, M-P Langrame, J. Boušková, I. Perrin and others at the NICE International Academy of Music, the Prague Academy of Arts and the Svizzera Italiana Conservatory, and performed in concerts with the best graduates. The 71st Fukui Prefecture Music Competition, 1st Prize and Governor's Prize 4th Poppy Harp Festival 1st Prize for Best Overall Performance (England) 2021 Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition 1st Prize Platinum Prize (Montreal) 2021 Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, 1st prize (London) 2021 First Prize in the 2nd ISCART International Music Competition -Scholarship ex-aequo (Switzerland) International Moscow Music Competition 1st Prize (Russia) INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION LEOPOLD BELLAN mention spéciale pour GrandJany（Paris） .
A laureate of many awards at solo competitions and chamber music competitions, nationwide and international, including: • first place, third place and distinction on National and International Competitions for Harp Duos in Cieszyn • first place at the national hearings of the Centre of Artistic Education (CAE) • second place and distinction at the International Music Competition in Prague • third place at the 1st National Harp Competition, organized by the CAE. • first place at the Warsaw Chamber Music Competition, as a soloist in a harp septet of M. Ravel – “Introduction et Allegro” • Grand Prix, first place for performance of a modern piece: “Introduction et Dance”, second place and the special prize from jury on International Competition for Harp Duos in Cieszyn • first place and Grand Prix at the 1st National Online Harp Competition • second place at the 2nd edition of National Online Harp Competition. She played concerts, among others, in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Capital Center of Cultural Education, the Staszic Palace and the Royal Castle. Ewa also performed twice at the concert entitled "Wednesdays of the youth" in the hall of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NPRSO) in Katowice – the performances in Katowice were associated with winning the special prize at the aforementioned competition. Furthermore, she participated in numerous courses on the interpretation of harp music in the world-famous professors’ classes, among others, E. Szmyt, J. Kozielska, Anneleen Lenaerts, Adelheid Blovsky-Miller or Katrina Szederkenyi and others. Currently, a student on the fifth year, accepted as the first candidate, at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under professor Zuzanna Elster.
I am a new learner of harp. I enjoy playing music. I started learning piano when I was a kid. Then develop my interest in harp. But I just have the chance to learn lately.. so here I am..
Adrik Cristobal is a Filipino classical guitarist based in the Netherlands. Over the years, he has studied in countries such as The Philippines (with Lester Demetillo), Spain (with Francisco Bernier), and the Netherlands (with Carlo Marchione). He has won prizes across Asia and Europe. Recent awards include; 1st prize of the NAMCYA National Guitar competition in the Philippines in 2020, 1st Prize at the Yogyakarta Guitar competition in Indonesia and 2nd Prize in the 2019 Spanish Music Competition in Albi France.
Bruno started studying electric guitar when he was eleven and when he was eighteen, he got into classical guitar. In 2005 he graduated with a bachelor´s degree in music and classical guitar in Faculdade Paulista de Artes College. After that he worked as a music teacher and professional musician in many different bands and projects, and released 2 albums and 1 live DVD with his band, Dharma 101. In 2014, he started as classical and electric guitar teacher in Instituto Musical Gomes Cardim, a very traditional and important music school in his home town.