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Meet the Teaching Artists Focused on Strings

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Nico Abondolo

double bass

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Alumni
1987, 1988
Residency
Festival weeks 1-8

An internationally recognized double bass soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist, Nico Abondolo was appointed principal double bass of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra during the 2011-12 season. He made his debut at age 14 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in 1983 became the first double bassist to win first place in the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva, Switzerland. He has since appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States and Europe.

Mr. Abondolo regularly performs chamber music at the La Jolla Music Society SummerFest and the Ojai and St. Barts festivals, and with the experimental chamber ensemble Concert Nova. Recent highlights include performances of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Brentano String Quartet, John Adams’ Shaker Loops, and Tan Dun’s Quintet, the latter two with the composers conducting. He has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has toured with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Claudio Abbado, Sir Georg Solti, and Lorin Maazel.

Mr. Abondolo has premiered solo works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Henry Brant, and has received composition commissions from Concert Nova and Chamber Music Unbound. He was the double bassist for the New York-based ensemble Continuum and for eight seasons served as principal bass for San Francisco’s Grammy-nominated New Century Chamber Orchestra. He has composed for several New York and West Coast dance companies, performing with them at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Merce Cunningham Studio, and the La MaMa Experimental Theatre (New York). He was the composer for two PBS documentaries, “Half the Sky”, and “A Path Appears”. He has also served as principal bass for many motion picture composers, including John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, and Thomas Newman.

Maintaining a busy schedule of masterclasses at music schools throughout the country, Mr. Abondolo is currently on the faculty of Westmont College, and previously was a faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music and UC Santa Barbara. He studied with Dennis Trembly, Peter Mercurio, and Gábor Rejt at USC; David Walter and Albert Fuller at The Juilliard School; and Franco Petracchi in Italy.

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Martin Beaver

violin & chamber music

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Residency
Festival weeks 1-8

Canadian violinist Martin Beaver was First Violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from June 2002 until its final concert in July 2013.  As such, he appeared to critical and public acclaim on the major stages of the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

As a member of the Tokyo String Quartet, Mr. Beaver was privileged to perform on the 1727 Stradivarius violin from the “Paganini Quartet” set of instruments, on generous loan to the quartet from the Nippon Music Foundation.  Recordings of the Tokyo String Quartet during his tenure notably include the complete Beethoven quartets on the Harmonia Mundi label.

Mr. Beaver’s concerto and recital appearances span four continents with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and under the batons of Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard, Gilbert Varga and Yannick Nézet-Séguin among others.  Chamber music performances include collaborations with such eminent artists as Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Sabine Meyer and Yefim Bronfman.

Mr. Beaver is a regular guest at prominent festivals in North America and abroad. Among these are: the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla SummerFest, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Edinburgh Festival (U.K.) and Pacific Music Festival (Japan).

Mr. Beaver’s discography includes concerti, sonatas and chamber music on the Harmonia Mundi USA, Biddulph, Naim Audio, René Gailly, Musica Viva, SM 5000, Toccata Classics and Naxos labels.  His recorded repertoire ranges from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms to the music of living composers Alexina Louie, Gerard Schurmann and Joan Tower.

Following his early studies with Claude Letourneau and Carlisle Wilson, Mr. Beaver was a pupil of Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng.  He is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal and Indianapolis competitions. Subsequently, he has served on the juries of major international competitions including the 2009 Queen Elisabeth and 2010 Montreal violin competitions, the 2014 and 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competitions and the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Beaver has been the grateful recipient of generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.  This includes Arts Grants for his studies at Indiana University, Career Development Grants and the 1993 Virginia-Parker Prize.  In 1998, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Canada Council awarded Mr. Beaver the loan of the 1729 “ex-Heath” Guarnerius del Gesù violin for a four-year period.

A devoted educator, Mr. Beaver has conducted masterclasses throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  He has held teaching positions at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of British Columbia and the Peabody Conservatory.  More recently, he served on the faculty of New York University and as Artist in Residence at the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded its highest honor - the Sanford Medal.  He joined the faculty of the Colburn School in Los Angeles in August 2013 where he is currently Professor of Violin and Chamber Music.

Martin Beaver is proud to be a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and cellist Clive Greensmith.

Mr. Beaver performs on a 1789 Nicolo Bergonzi violin.

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Sibbi Bernhardsson

violin

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Distinction
The Dorothy Richard Staring Foundation Guest Teaching Artist
Residency
Festival weeks 3-8

Icelandic violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson joined the Oberlin Conservatory faculty in 2017 after performing for the previous 17 years with the Pacifica Quartet, with which he won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, Musical America Ensemble of the Year honors, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, Bernhardsson appeared in more than 90 concerts worldwide each year, including engagements in Wigmore Hall (London), the Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall (New York), and other major venues. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Reykjavík Arts Festival, and has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Jörg Widmann, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, the Emerson String Quartet, Johannes Moser, and members of the Guarneri and Cleveland quartets. His television appearances include The Tonight ShowSaturday Night Live, and the MTV Europe Music Awards with Icelandic artist Björk. He appears on 16 recordings with the Pacifica Quartet and has recorded the violin music of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson and the sonatas for violin and piano by Franz Schubert.

Bernhardsson serves as director of the Cooper International Violin Competition at Oberlin and as artistic director of Iceland’s Harpa International Music Academy. He gives regular concerts and master classes in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, and other ensembles.

Bernhardsson is a 1995 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. His teachers include Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Almita and Roland Vamos, Mathias Tacke, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. He previously served on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

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Nathan Cole

violin & string leadership

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Residency
Festival weeks 7-8

LA Phil's First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole, who joined the LA Phil in 2011, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, KY, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of 10 while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music. 

Cole’s articles and videos on practicing, performing, teaching, and auditioning have helped thousands of violinists worldwide. Visit natesviolin.com for the complete collection. In addition to his online teaching, Nathan is on faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and USC. His articles and photographs have also appeared in Strings, Symphony, and Chamber Music magazines. 

Cole is married to Akiko Tarumoto, the LA Phil’s Assistant Concertmaster. Together they host the weekly podcast Stand Partners for Life, an inside look at orchestra life, which can be heard at standpartnersforlife.com. Nathan and Akiko live in Pasadena with their three children. 

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Glenn Dicterow

violin, orchestral studies & string leadership

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Residency
Festival weeks 1-5

Violinist Glenn Dicterow has established himself worldwide as one of the most prominent American concert artists of his generation.

Mr. Dicterow has enjoyed a storied career. The concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 34 years, an all-time record in that major orchestral position, he became the first holder of the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the USC Thornton School of Music in 2013. He is also the Chairman of the Orchestral Performance Program at New York’s Manhattan School of Music. More than ever before, Dicterow performs as a soloist with orchestras around the nation and beyond, while participating in musical festivals and chamber music, teaching in musical academies and leading masterclasses around the world, while adjudicating competitions, among a plethora of musical assignments in a “second act” easily as active as his much lauded years with the Philharmonic.

Glenn Dicterow first came to prominence at the age of 11, making his solo debut in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years. He first appeared with the New York Philharmonic in 1967, at the age of 18, performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto under the baton of André Kostelanetz.

Dicterow joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Associate Concertmaster in 1971, becoming Concertmaster there before turning 25. He came to New York as that orchestra’s Concertmaster in 1980, while soloing annually with the Philharmonic in each of his 34 years. In that time, he served as the orchestra’s “leader” (to use the British term) in collaboration with four very different music directors, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel and Alan Gilbert

In a New York Philharmonic concert tour Dicterow was featured as the soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade After Plato’s Symposium, with Bernstein himself conducting. He performed the Waxman/Bizet Carmen Fantasy under Zubin Mehta as part of the New York Philharmonic’s “Live From Lincoln Center” telecast, and he was a soloist in the orchestra’s 1982 concert at the White House. Another career highlight was his performance of the Barber Violin Concerto at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China during the Philharmonic’s 1998 tour of Asia.

His shelf of recordings is endless, as the Philharmonic’s Concertmaster, in a large array of solo assignments, both of the great romantic concerti and of the 20th Century classics that he has championed, and in a wide range of chamber music. He has twice recorded Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with the New York Philharmonic, once with Yuri Temirkanov conducting, once with Kurt Masur. He and his wife, violist Karen Dreyfus, have committed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante to disc, alongside the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Carl St.Clair. He has recorded violin sonatas by such heroes of American music as Ives, Copland, Bernstein, and John Corigliano.

“The Glenn Dicterow Collection,” a three-CD set on the New York Philharmonic label, surveys his career with the orchestra, in performances spanning thirty years, from 1982 - 2012, featuring his performances of concerti by Bruch, Bartok, Barber, Korngold, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Szymanowski, plus the Bernstein Serenade, Kernis’s Lament and Prayer, and John Williams’s Theme From Schindler’s List, among many highlights.

As a sidelight, Dicterow has also provided the violin solos for numerous Hollywood films, including such modern classics as The Turning Point, The Untouchables, Altered States, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Interview With the Vampire, among others.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian, he also studied with Joachim Chassman, Naoum Blinder, Manuel Compinsky, Erno Neufeld, Gerald Vinci, Eudice Shapiro, Jascha Heifetz and Henryk Szeryng.

Today, Dicterow is as committed to passing on the great musical legacy that spurred his own career as he once was in his orchestral duties. Beside his endowed chair at the USC-Thornton School and his innovative work in the Manhattan School’s orchestral program, he is the leader of the String Leadership Program at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West, training new generations of concertmasters and principal second violinists.

Among his many honors, the Young Musicians Foundation, a Los Angeles institution which has spurred the careers of innumerable artists, honored Dicterow in February 2015 with its “Living the Legacy Award.” It should be noted that in his early teens, Dicterow, who is now on the YMF Advisory Board, won that organization’s Debut Concerto Competition in 1963.

Glenn Dicterow and his wife, Karen Dreyfus, are founding members of the Lyric Piano Quartet and the Amerigo Trio, performing, recording, teaching and proselytizing at leading festivals and musical institutions around the world.

He joined the Music Academy faculty in 2014.

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Karen Dreyfus

viola, chamber music

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Residency
Festival weeks 1-5

Karen Dreyfus enjoys a wide-ranging career as a noted soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician and as a pedagogue. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America, and has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Musicians from Marlboro, and the New York Philharmonic. Her numerous honors include prizes at the Naumburg, Lionel Tertis, Washington International, and the Hudson Valley competitions. Along with her work in the classical music field, Dreyfus has performed on many film scores, pop, jazz, and rock recordings.

The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Award, Ms. Dreyfus has recorded many CDs as a soloist and chamber musician. Her premiere recording with Bridge Records, Romanze, met with considerable critical acclaim. She has recorded William Walton’s Viola Concerto, Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante”, as well as solo works by American composers. Such composers as Ezra Laderman, Jon Deak, George Tsontakis, Paul Chihara, William Thomas McKinley, Elizabeth Brown, and others have written works expressly for her. Dreyfus has toured with jazz pianist/composer Chick Corea and recorded a Grammy- nominated work entitled “Lyric Suite for Sextet.”

In 2014 Ms. Dreyfus was invited to teach on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music where she continues to teach viola, chamber music, and orchestral studies. Dreyfus has taught on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Mannes School along with the Manhattan School of Music where she was honored with an Emerita Award in 2022 after more than 30 years on faculty. Many of Karen Dreyfus’ students have gone on to win positions in orchestras, teach on university faculties, as well as play in chamber ensembles.

Karen Dreyfus is a founding member of the Lyric Piano Quartet and the Amerigo Trio.

She has been a Music Academy teaching artist since 2014.

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David Geber

cello & chamber music

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Distinction
The Susie and Ted Cronin Chair in Cello
Residency
Festival weeks 6-8

David Geber had his early musical training in Los Angeles, where he was raised in a family of professional cellists.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School.  Mr. Geber has been recipient of numerous cello and chamber music awards, including the Walter W. Naumburg Award and the Coleman Chamber Music Prize.  He has appeared as soloist at Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival, as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony and New York Chamber Symphony.  A strong supporter of new music, he has premiered numerous works for cello and chamber ensembles.  As founding cellist of the American String Quartet, he concertized and recorded internationally with that ensemble for nearly thirty years, having given concerts in all 50 of the United States and playing up to 100 annual engagements.

Mr. Geber is a longtime cello and chamber music faculty member at Manhattan School of Music cello and served as a senior administrator of the school for 15 years.  In addition to being artist/faculty at Music Academy of the West, he maintains other festival relationships with National Arts Centre of Canada and Heifetz Institute. Prior festival posts have included Aspen Music Festival & School, Meadowmount School of Music and Tanglewood Music Center. He is also an exclusive, worldwide artist/representative for Jargar Strings.

Mr. Geber has recorded for Albany Records, Capstone Records, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, New World Records, Nonesuch Records, and RCA.  He has served as adjudicator for major international string competitions including Bordeaux, Evian, Naumburg, Isang Yun and Coleman.  He is Vice President of both the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation (New York City) and American Friends of Kronberg Academy (Germany).  He plays a rare Ruggieri cello, made in Cremona in 1667.

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Milan Milisavljević

viola

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Residency
Festival weeks 6-7

Milan Milisavljević is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His performances combine intense expression with an immediate and profound link to his listeners and have won much critical acclaim.

The Strad magazine has described his playing as “very imaginative, with a fine, cultured tone.” Milan’s solo album Sonata-Song, released by Delos Music, has received glowing reviews, with the recording of Aram Khachaturian’s solo sonata on the album hailed as “definitive”.

He has won prizes at competitions such as Lionel Tertis and Aspen Lower Strings and has performed at Marlboro, Cascade Head, Classical Tahoe, Mostly Mozart, Josef Gingold, and Grand Teton music festivals.

Milan has appeared as soloist throughout the world, with orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic orchestras of Belgrade, Medellín, and Boca del Río, Aspen Sinfonia, New York Classical Players, Classical Tahoe, and others. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn String Quartets, as well as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Joseph Kalichstein, Augustin Hadelich, Cho-Liang Lin, and many others.

Milan has been heard worldwide on countless recordings and broadcasts of the MET. He previously served as its Assistant Principal Viola for 11 seasons. He is a former member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has served as guest Principal Viola of many orchestras, such as the Toronto Symphony.

As an educator, Milan has given classes at universities and conservatories worldwide, such as at the Juilliard School and the Rubin Academy of Music, the Verbier Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Milan is on the viola faculty of the Mannes School of Music as well as New York University.

He is also increasingly in demand as a conductor, serving on the conducting faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division as head of one of its orchestras.

Deeply committed to music of today, Milan has given the world premiere of Afro-Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s Solo Viola Sonata, and regularly performs new music by Ana Sokolovic, Jessie Montgomery, and others. One of his recent projects has been Slow Beethoven, collaborating with Lara St. John, Miranda Cuckson and Jeffrey Zeigler, in a unique creation of a lush sonic landscape based on the world of Beethoven’s late string quartets.

Milan’s teachers include Jutta Puchhammer, Atar Arad, James Dunham, Nobuko Imai, and Samuel Rhodes. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University.

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Richard O’Neill

viola & chamber music

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Distinguished Alumni Awardee
2021
Alumni
1998, 1999
Distinction
The Hyon Chough and Maurice Singer Chair in Viola
Residency
Festival weeks 3-4

Newly appointed violist of the Takács Quartet, Richard O’Neill has distinguished himself as one of the great instrumentalists of his generation. GRAMMY Award winner for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Performance in 2021, O’Neill is only the second person to receive an award for a viola performance in the history of this category. Also an EMMY Award winner and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, O’Neill has appeared as soloist with the world’s top orchestras and conductors including Andrew Davis, Vladimir Jurowski and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. An Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Principal Violist of Camerata Pacifica, he also served as Artistic Director of DITTO, his South Korean chamber music project, for thirteen seasons, leading the ensemble on international tours to China and Japan and introducing tens of thousands to music. A Universal Music/Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, he has made 10 solo albums and many other chamber music recordings, earning multiple platinum discs. Composers Lera Auerbach, Elliott Carter, Paul Chihara, John Harbison, and Huang Ruo have written works for him. He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, The Special Olympics, UNICEF and OXFAM and serves on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West and is an Music Academy alumnus (‘98, ‘99).

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Cynthia Phelps

viola, orchestral studies

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Distinguished Alumni Awardee
2001
Alumni
1979, 1983
Residency
Festival weeks 2, 5, 8

Esteemed violist Cynthia Phelps’s wide-ranging career has taken her to stages across the world as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic for over two decades, she is a regularly featured soloist with the orchestra both at home and abroad, in a variety of repertoire, including two world premieres written solely for her. Other concerto appearances have been with the Minnesota Orchestra, Shanghai, Vermont, Santa Barbara, Eastern Music Festival, and San Diego Symphonies, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, and Rochester and Hong Kong Philharmonics.  Known for her emotional nuance, virtuosic technique, and plush tone, she is a founding member of both the New York Philharmonic String Quartet and Les Amies trio and is a frequent guest with chamber series across the globe. She has been featured in several nationwide "Live from Lincoln Center" telecasts, on National Public Radio, Radio France, Italy‘s RAI, and in regular broadcasts from the 92Y, including collaborations with Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov. She is on the faculty of The Juilliard School Shanghai Academy, Music Academy of the West, and Mannes College of Music.

Ms. Phelps attended the Music Academy in 1979 and 1983, and was named a recipient of the Music Academy's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

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Takács Quartet

quartet-in-residence

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Distinction
The Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation / Peggy Maximus Fund quartet-in-residence
violin
Edward Dusinberre
violin
Harumi Rhodes
viola
Richard O\\\\\\\'Neill
cello
András Fejér
Residency
Festival weeks 0-2

The world-renowned Takács Quartet, is now entering its forty-eighth season. Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Richard ONeill (viola) and András Fejér (cello) are excited about the 2022-2023 season that begins with a tour of Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, and includes the release of two new cds for Hyperion Records. A disc of Haydn’s opp. 42, 77 and 103 is followed by the first recording of an extraordinary new work written for the Takács by Stephen Hough, Les Six Rencontres, presented with quartets by Ravel and Dutilleux. As Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Takács will perform four concerts there. In addition to programs featuring Beethoven, Schubert and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, one concert consists of works by Britten, Bartók and Dvořák that highlight the same themes of displacement and return explored in Edward Dusinberre’s new book Distant Melodies: Music in Search of Home. The book is published by Faber and the University of Chicago Press in the Fall of 2022. The quartet will perform the same program at several venues in the USA, complemented by book talks. During this season the quartet will continue its fruitful partnership with pianist Jeremy Denk, performing on several North American series.

Throughout 2022 and 2023 the ensemble will play at prestigious European venues including the Edinburgh and Schwetzingen Festivals, Madrid’s Auditorio de Música, Bilbao’s Philharmonic Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Bath Mozartfest. The group’s North American engagements include concerts in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tucson, Portland and the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University.

The Takács Quartet is known for innovative programming. In 2021-22 the ensemble partnered with  bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro to premiere new works by Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner, commissioned by Music Accord. In 2014 the Takács performed a program inspired by Philip Roth’s novel Everyman with Meryl Streep at Princeton, and again with her at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2015. They first performed Everyman at Carnegie Hall in 2007 with Philip Seymour Hoffman. They have toured 14 cities with the poet Robert Pinsky, and played regularly with the Hungarian Folk group Muzsikas.

The Takács records for Hyperion Records, recently winning awards for their recordings of string quartets by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, and - with pianist Garrick Ohlsson - piano quintets by Amy Beach and Elgar. Other releases for Hyperion feature works by Haydn, Schubert, Janáček, Smetana, Debussy and Britten, as well as piano quintets by César Franck and Shostakovich (with Marc-André Hamelin), and viola quintets by Brahms and Dvorák (with Lawrence Power). For their CDs on the Decca/London label, the Quartet has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits. Full details of all recordings can be found in the Recordings section of the Quartet's website.

In 2014 the Takács became the first string quartet to be awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the first string quartet to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the members of the Takács Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows, and the grateful beneficiaries of an instrument loan by the Drake Foundation. The members of the Takács are on the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where they run a summer string quartet seminar, and Visiting Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music, London.

The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér, while all four were students. The group received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982.

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Yoonshin Song

violin & string leadership

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Residency
Festival week 6

Acclaimed as “a wonderfully talented violinist…whose sound and technique go well beyond her years”,  violinist Yoonshin Song was born in South Korea, where she began her musical studies at age 5. Making her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career internationally.

Yoonshin was appointed as Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony in August 2019. Prior to that she has held the same position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons. Yoonshin has also served as guest concertmaster of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer.

Beyond her first chair duties, Yoonshin has performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the world, including the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Paul Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others. The highlights of her 2020-2021 season as a soloist include concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has also participated as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous leading music festivals, including the Marlboro, Deer Valley, Great Lakes, and Aspen Music Festivals in the United States; the Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival in Japan; and the Verbier, Lucerne, and Bayreuth Festivals in Europe.

Yoonshin has earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career, including top prize awards in the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy; the Lipinski & Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland; the Henry Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany; and first prize at the Stradivarius International Competition in the United States. She studied under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory and continued her studies with Robert Mann and Glenn Dicterow at the Manhattan School of Music.

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Alan Stepansky

cello

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Distinction
The Susie and Ted Cronin Chair in Cello
Residency
Festival weeks 1-6

Alan Stepansky is recognized as one of the most gifted and versatile cellists of his generation. After a distinguished orchestral career playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, serving as Principal Cellist of the Boston Pops, and culminating in a ten-year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic, he is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, and recording artist. He is currently Chair of Strings and Professor of Cello at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and cello faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Mr. Stepansky has performed as a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has appeared in concert with a diverse array of artists including the Takács and American String Quartets. He has recorded a series of chamber music and solo discs for EMI, which were honored by Gramophone Magazine, BBC Magazine, the New York Times, and the British Music Industry Association, and has been engaged as the solo cellist for numerous major motion picture soundtracks. He has also appeared on the albums of many noted recording artists across many genres, including Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, David Byrne, Audra McDonald, Joss Stone, and Sting, with whom he has also appeared in concert.

Recently, Mr. Stepansky served as the Principal Cellist for six major fund-raising events held in Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Ninth for South Asia, Requiem for Darfur, Mahler for the Children of AIDS, Beethoven for the Indus Valley, Shostakovich for the Children of Syria, and the Scheherazade Initiative, which featured an international orchestra drawn from leading symphonic, chamber music, and solo artists from around the world. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and frequently as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. After studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Stepansky graduated from Harvard University with the Horblit Prize, conferred for his outstanding musical accomplishments.

Mr. Stepansky has been a member of the Music Academy faculty since 2003.

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Bing Wang

violin

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Residency
Festival weeks 1-2

Violinist Bing Wang joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Associate Concertmaster in 1994. She previously held the position of Principal Second Violin of the Cincinnati Symphony and has served on the faculty and as concertmaster at the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2003. Since 2009, she has also been Guest Concertmaster of her hometown orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, where her tenure was highlighted by a televised New Year’s concert conducted by Riccardo Muti. 

As a soloist, Wang has won critical praise for her appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In September 1997, during the Philharmonic’s celebration of the Brahms anniversary year, she performed the composer’s Double Concerto with Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Hollywood Bowl. She made her Walt Disney Concert Hall concerto debut in May of 2005 and appears annually as both concertmaster and soloist at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of composer John Williams, performing his signature movie classics such as Schindler’s List and his arrangement of Fiddler on the Roof. Wang has appeared regularly with the American Youth Symphony since 1997, and she has also been featured as a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Manhattan Symphony, and other orchestras. In 2002, she gave her first performances in China since emigrating to the U.S., touring as a soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. 

Active as a chamber musician, Wang has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Lang Lang, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among others. Chamber music appearances include performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany. She also performs regularly on the Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella and Chamber Music series. 

Bing Wang began studying the violin with her parents at the age of six. She entered the middle school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she was concertmaster of the school orchestra, and graduated with highest honors. After coming to the U.S. to study with Berl Senofsky at the Peabody Conservatory, she received her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Glenn Dicterow. In 2012, Bing Wang was named an Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music. 

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Seth Parker Woods

cello

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Residency
Festival weeks 2-3

Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist Seth Parker Woods has established his reputation as a versatile artist and innovator across multiple genres. His projects delve deep into our cultural fabric, reimagining traditional works and commissioning new ones to propel classical music into the future. Woods is a recipient of the 2022 Chamber Music America Michael Jaffee Visionary Award.

In the 2022-2023 season, Woods premieres a new version of his evening-length, multimedia tour de force Difficult Grace at 92Y, UCLA, and Chicago’s Harris Theater; curates and performs a program honoring the centennial of composer George Walker at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.; premieres Freida Abtan’s My Heart is a River, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony; and performs a world premiere by Anna Thorvaldsdottir at Carnegie Hall as part of Claire Chase’s Density Series. The Great Northern Festival in Minneapolis will present Woods in his critically acclaimed performance installation, Iced Bodies, in which Woods, in a wetsuit, plays an obsidian ice cello.

Recital appearances this season include concerts with pianist Andrew Rosenblum at Dumbarton Oaks in D.C., Boston's Isabella Gardner Museum, and The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, and a return to his former home Brussels for a solo recital at Das Haus. He also tours to Washington Performing Arts, Krannert Center, Stanford Live, California Center for the Arts, Count Basie Center for the Arts, Auburn University, and Emory University with the Chad Lawson Trio. In addition, Woods will hold residencies at Montclair State University and Oberlin Conservatory. The season will also see the release of a new solo album on Cedille Records and the soundtrack of the PBS documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust – a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein – to which Woods contributed.

In addition to solo performances, he has appeared with the ICTUS Ensemble (Brussels, BE), Ensemble L’Arsenale (IT), zone Experimental (CH), Basel Sinfonietta (CH), Ensemble LPR, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Atlanta and Seattle Symphonies, and in chamber music with violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Andreas Haefliger. A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, Woods has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, G. F. Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, and Peter Eötvos to Peter Gabriel, Sting, Lou Reed, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Rachael Yamagata to such visual artists as Ron Athey, Vanessa Beecroft, Jack Early, Adam Pendleton, and Aldo Tambellini. In the 2021-2022 season, he premiered concertos by Rebecca Saunders and Tyshawn Sorey.

In recent years, Woods has appeared in concert at the Royal Albert Hall – BBC Proms, Aspen Music Festival, Ojai Festival, Snape Maltings Festival, the Ghent Festival, Washington Performing Arts, Strathmore, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Le Poisson Rougel, Cafe OTO, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klang Festival-Durham, INTER/ actions Symposium, ICMC-SMS Conference (Athens, GR), NIME-London, Sound and Body Festival, Instalakcje Festival, Virginia Tech, La Salle College (Singapore), and FINDARS (Malaysia), amongst others. Recent awards include a DCASE artist grant, Earle Brown/ Morton Feldman Foundation Grant, McGill University-CIRMMT/IDMIL Visiting Researcher Residency, Centre Intermondes Artist Residency, Francis Chagrin Award, Concours [Re]connaissance-Premiere Prix, and the Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Scholarship.

His debut solo album, asinglewordisnotenough (Confront Recordings-London), has garnered great acclaim since its release in November 2016 and has been profiled in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, The Guardian, 5against4, I Care If You Listen, Musical America, Seattle Times, and Strings Magazine, amongst others.

Woods recently joined the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at The University of Southern California as Assistant Professor of Practice - Cello and Chamber Music. He previously served on the faculties of the University at Buffalo, University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, and the Chicago Academy of the Arts and as Artist in Residence at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and Northwestern University - Center for New Music. Woods holds degrees from Brooklyn College, Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, and a PhD from the University of Huddersfield. In the 2020-21 season, he was an Artist in Residence with the Kaufman Music Center, and from 2018-2020 he served as Artist in Residence with Seattle Symphony and Creative Consultant for the interactive concert hall, Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center.

Seth Parker Woods is a Pirastro Artist and endorses Pirastro Perpetual Strings worldwide.

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Meet Our Fellows

Violin

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Isabella Brown

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
20
Birthplace
Sterling, Virginia
Current School
Colburn Conservatory
Compeers
Sarah Corliss; Leila Drake and Chris Fossek
Scholarship Donor
Peggy and John Maximus Endowed Scholarship in Violin

Isabella is earning a bachelor’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory, studying with Martin Beaver. Awards include first prize at the 2020 Crain-Mailing CSO Young Artists Competition, and third prize at the Cooper International Violin Competition. Isabelle has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Hajung Cho

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
26
Birthplace
Seoul, Korea
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Tom and Ellen Orlando; Dorian and Peter Hirth
Scholarship Donor
Peter and Dorian Hirth Scholarship in Violin

Hajung is currently earning a master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Joseph Lin. In 2010, she was awarded first prize in both The Korea Herald Competition and the Yewon Music Competition. Hajung has performed with the Seocho Philharmonia Orchestra and the Ditto Orchestra.

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John Fawcett

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
22
Birthplace
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
School
Cleveland Institute of Music
Compeer
David Herrera
Scholarship Donor
Elenore and Thomas Hugunin Endowed Scholarship in Violin

John is earning a master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo. John was a finalist of the 2022 Music International Grand Prix, and was a returning member of the 2022 New York String Orchestra Seminar. He has performed with the American Youth Symphony, Akron Symphony, and the Oregon Mozart Players.

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Beau Henson

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
22
Birthplace
Des Moines, Iowa
School
University of Michigan
Compeers
Mark Osiel; Mary McMaster
Scholarship Donor
John Percival and Mary C. Jefferson Endowed Scholarship in Violin

Beau recently earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, studying with David Halen. In 2019, Beau received first prize in both the Des Moines Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Music Competition. He has performed as concertmaster of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Volta String Quartet.

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Alena Hove

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Seattle, Washington
School
Colburn Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Eileen Sheridan and Roger Wilde
Scholarship Donor
Eileen Sheridan and Roger Wilde Endowed Scholarship in Violin

Alena received her master’s degree from the Colburn Conservatory, studying with Robert Lipsett. Alena was the winner of the 2021 Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer Competition, and has performed as a soloist with the Pacific Symphony, the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Burbank Philharmonic, and the Colburn Orchestra at Disney Hall.

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Danny Yehun Jin

violin

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Fellow
2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Gunsan, South Korea
Position
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Compeers
Heejung Kim and David Sherman; Mimi Do & Heidi Do
Scholarship Donor
William Hymanson Endowed Concertmaster Scholarship in Violin provided by Irene Hymanson
Music Academy Award
2023 Duo Competition winner

  • Danny is earning a bachelor's degree at Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Ida Kavafian;
  • He joins the violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in fall 2023;
  • He has also performed with the Royal Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic, and Charleston Symphony orchestras.

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Harin Kang

violin

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Pronouns
she/her
Fellow
2018, 2023
Age
26
Birthplace
Suwon, South Korea
School
New England Conservatory
Compeers
Eileen Sheridan and Roger Wilde
Scholarship Donor
William Hymanson Endowed Concertmaster Scholarship in Violin provided by Irene Hymanson

Harin is earning a master’s degree at New England Conservatory, studying with Kristopher Tong. Harin won first prize in the 2019 Hwasung National Music Competition and has performed as Concertmaster of the NEC Chamber Orchestra. She has made solo appearances with the Sejong Soloists and the LG Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Chaewon Kim

violin

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Fellow
2022, 2023
Pronouns
she/her
Age
27
Birthplace
Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea
School
Yale School of Music
Compeer
Tisha Weber Ford
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Violin, anonymous donor

Chaewon is a graduate student at Yale School of Music where she studies with Tai Murray. and earned her master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Recent awards include Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Prague Spring International Competition (String Quartet Division), and First Prize in the 2021 International Artist Award Scholarship Competition. Other awards include the 2020 Kumho Young Chamber Concert Audition (String quartet section), second prize in the 2017 Busan MBC Music Competition in 2017, and first prizes in the Strad Competition, Korea Herald Competition, Sung-Jung Music Competition, and Music Journal Competition. Chaewon was a full scholarship fellow oat Taipei Music Academy & Festival (2021) and the Blanc String Quartet (since 2019).

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Yunjung Ko

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
27
Birthplace
Seoul, Korea
School
Manhattan School of Music
Compeer
Candice Frankel
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Violin, anonymous donor

Yunjung received a professional studies certificate from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Lisa Kim and David Chan. She was awarded second prize in the 2009 Young Tchaikovsky String Competition, and was the first prize winner of the 2010 KCO Competition. She was a member of the Symphony S.O.N.G from 2021-2022.

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Na Hyun Della Kyun

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
18
Birthplace
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Current School
Curtis Institute of Music
Compeer
Valerie Burns
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Violin, anonymous donor

Na Hyun is currently earning a bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Shmuel Askenasi and Benjamin Beilman. She earned second place at the 2021 Sungjong Concours and was a competitor in the 2021 Menuhin Competition in Richmond, Virginia.

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Eunice Lee

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
19
Birthplace
Los Angeles, California
School
Colburn Conservatory of Music
Compeer
Michele Brustin
Scholarship Donor
Colburn Foundation Scholarship in Violin

Eunice is earning a bachelor’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory, studying with Robert Lipsett. She was the winner of the 2019 Young Stars of the Future Competition and the 2018 Classics Alive National Auditions. Eunice is a recipient of the Colburn Music Academy Greendale Scholarship.

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PoYu Lee

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
22
Birthplace
Taoyuan, Taiwan, R.O.C
School
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Candice Frankel
Scholarship Donor
Sandra Karol Seymour and Phillips Seymour Endowed Scholarship in Violin

PoYu most recently earned his bachelor’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Simon James. He won the 2022 Telegraph Quartet Competition and has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. Poyu is a substitute musician with the Evergreen Orchestra.

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Oliver Leitner

violin

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
San Diego, California
Current School
Yale School of Music
Compeers
Shirley and Ken Waxman
Scholarship Donor
Linda and John Seiter Scholarship in Violin
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Born in San Diego, California, earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in Chemistry, recently began a master’s degree at Yale School of Music
  • He was a recipient of the 2022 Yale Music Department Selden Memorial Award, was one of three finalists in the 2021 Yale William Waite Concerto Competition, and received Yale's 2023 Wrexham Prize;
  • He is a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

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Zeyu Li

violin

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Fellow
2014, 2022, 2023
Age
26
Birthplace
HuaiNan, AnHui, China
Position
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Compeers
Patrick and Erin Spence
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Violin, anonymous donor

Returning fellow Zeyu joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster in 2019. Previously, he was a member of the New York Philharmonic, which he joined at the age of 21. Zeyu served as Associate Concertmaster of both the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and New York String Seminar Orchestra, appearing at Carnegie Hall.

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Aaron You-Xin Li

violin

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Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Tainan, Taiwan
Current Position
New World Symphony
Compeers
Beth Gates Warren and Robert Boghosian
Scholarship Donor
Zvi Zeitlin Endowed Scholarship in Violin
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Aaron earned a master’s degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • A first-year Fellow at New World Symphony, he has played with the Evansville Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, and Terre Haute Symphony
  • He was awarded first prize at the 2023 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Competition

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Julie JuRee Lin

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Chuncheon, South Korea
Current School
Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Compeers
Alan and Fiona Harden
Scholarship Donor
William Hymanson Endowed Concertmaster Scholarship in Violin provided by Irene Hymanson

Julie is earning a master’s degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, studying with Paul Kantor. She has received first prize in the American Protege Competition and the Canadian Music Competition, and has performed as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Surrey Symphony Orchestra, and the PRISMA Festival Orchestra.

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Freya Liu

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
San Jose, California
Current School
Yale School of Music
Compeer
Celeste Davis
Scholarship Donor
Ellen and Peter Johnson Scholarship in Violin

Freya earned her master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with Tai Murray. She won the Boston University Concerto Competition in 2021, and was concertmaster of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra in 2022. She has performed with the Phoenix Orchestra of Boston, and the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra.

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Veronika Manchur

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Lviv, Ukraine
School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Compeers
Shirley and Ken Waxman
Scholarship Donor
William Hymanson Endowed Concertmaster Scholarship in Violin provided by Irene Hymanson

Veronika is earning a master’s degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Glenn Dicterow. In 2022, she received second prize at the USC Ofiesh Honors Chamber Music Competition. Veronika has performed as Associate Concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony and has been under the mentorship of LA Chamber Orchestra CEO Ben Cadwallader.

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Jason Moon

Violin fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Los Angeles, California
School
Colburn Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Jadzia and Emmett McDonough
Scholarship Donor
Colburn Foundation Scholarship in Violin

Jason is earning a master’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory, studying with Martin Beaver. He won first prize in the 2021 Ronald Sachs International Music Competition and the 2022 Colburn Conservatory Concerto Competition. Jason has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, and completed a residency at the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival.

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Ariana O'Connell

Violin fellow

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Bartlett, Illinois
School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Compeers
Kathleen and Jerry Eberhardt
Scholarship Donor
Kathleen and Jerry Eberhardt Scholarship in Violin

Ariana is earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Glenn Dicterow. She earned second place in the 2019 Chicago Violin Competition and first prize in the 2019 Midwest Conservatory Concerto Competition. Ariana has performed as associate concertmaster and fellow of the Chicago Youth Artists Symphony and is a Cadet teacher at the Betty Haag Academy of Music.

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Sarah Beth Overcash

violin

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Pronouns
she/they
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Memphis, Tennessee
School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Compeers
Tom and Ellen Orlando; Dorian and Peter Hirth
Scholarship Donor
Ellen and Tom Orlando Scholarship in Violin

Sarah is earning a master’s degree at the University of Southern California, studying with Glenn Dicterow. Awards include first prize in the Memphis Beethoven Club Young Artist Competition. Sarah Beth has performed with California Young Artists Symphony, American Youth Symphony, and Downey Symphony.

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Justin Saulnier

Violin fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
18
Birthplace
Ottawa, ON, Canada
School
McGill University
Compeer
Alison Brysk
Scholarship Donor
William Hymanson Endowed Concertmaster Scholarship in Violin provided by Irene Hymanson

Justin is earning a bachelor’s degree at McGill University, studying with Andrew Wan. He was the prize winner of the 2023 McGill Romantic Concerto Competition, and the OMFA Provincial Competition. Justin has appeared as a soloist with the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a position as a private teacher.

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Suet Yin Athena Shiu

Violin

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
20
Birthplace
Hong Kong, China
Current School
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Compeer
Michele Brustin
Scholarship Donor
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Scholarship in Violin

Suet Yin is earning a bachelor’s degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, studying with Michael Ma. She was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2021 Chamber Music Division of the HKGNA International Music Competition, and was a prize winner of the HKAPA Concerto Competition in 2022. Solo appearances include the HKAPA Academy Symphony Orchestra.

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Steven Song

Violin fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Naperville, Illinois
School
Cleveland Institute of Music,
Compeer
Siran and Emmanuel Maldjian
Scholarship Donor
The William Hymanson Endowed Concertmaster Scholarship in Violin provided by Irene Hymanson

Steven received a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo. Steven was a quarterfinalist of the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, and the first place recipient of the 2019 SCP Concerto Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra and the Southern California Philharmonic.

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Amelia Sze

violin

ABOUT
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
22
Birthplace
San Luis Obispo , California
School
The Juilliard School
Compeer
Celeste Davis
Scholarship Donor
Hiroko and Michael Bekins Scholarship in Violin

Amelia earned a bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School studying with Li Lin. Awards include semifinalist in the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and First Prize in the Classics Alive National Young Artists Competition. Amelia played in Tom Cipullo's Bonfire Opera at the Music Academy in 2022.

 

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Whitney Takata

violin

ABOUT
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Tokyo, Japan
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Beth Gates Warren and Robert Boghosian
Scholarship Donor
Beth Gates Warren and Bob Boghosian Scholarship in Violin

Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School studying with Joseph Lin. She took the Gold Medal in the 2019 Japan Wind, Strings, and Percussion Solo Contest, and earned Second Place in the 2019 Junior Classical Music Competition in Japan. In 2022, she led the Music Academy Festival Orchestra as part of the String Leadership Program.

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Li-Che Wang

Violin fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Puli, Nantou, Taiwan
School
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music,
Compeers
Mark Osiel; Mary McMaster
Scholarship Donor
Patricia Latham Endowed Scholarship in Violin

Li-Che is earning a graduate diploma at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Mark Kaplan. He placed in the 2019 Shu-De Li International Violin Competition and the Chamber Music Division of the 2021 Hong Kong Generation Next Arts International Competition. Li-Che is a teaching assistant in Taiwan Puli's El Sistema Music Camp.

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Qiyan Xing

Violin fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
School
New England Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Alan and Fiona Harden
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Violin, anonymous donor

Qiyan is earning a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Soovin Kim. She has performed as assistant concertmaster of the NEC Philharmonia and is a chamber musician at the Music for Food organization of Boston.

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Brian Zhan

Violin fellow

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
School
Northwestern University

Brian is earning a bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University, studying with Gerardo Ribeiro. Brian was a finalist of the 2023 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, and was a Merit Scholar Recipient of Northwestern University. He was a member of the 2022 New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall.

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Vincenzo Keawe Calcagno

viola

ABOUT
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
20
Birthplace
Greenbrae, California
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Mally Chakola and Dean Jackson
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Vincenzo is a bachelor’s degree student at The Juilliard School studying with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. He won major prizes in both the 2021 International Grande Music and 2020 Northern California Viola Society Young Violists competitions. Vincenzo is a Gluck Fellow at Juilliard.

 

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Sumin Cheong

Viola

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Seoul, South Korea
Current School
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music,
Compeers
Dawn Seymour; Kirsten Dibenedetto
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Sumin is earning a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Stephen Wyrczynski. Sumin received second prize in the 2023 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition and Grand Prize in the 2021 New York International Classical Music Competition.

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Kenneth Fujii

Viola

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Las Vegas, Nevada
Current School
Cleveland Institute of Music
Compeer
Nadia Skidanov
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Alumni-Funded Scholarship in Viola

Kenneth received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Lynne Ramsey. He has performed as acting principal violist of the Canton Symphony, and was a finalist in the 2022 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. Kenneth is a SphinxConnect Fellow.

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Joshua Kail

Viola

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Current School
Norwegian Academy of Music
Compeers
Dean Carter and Mark Stori
Scholarship Donor
Christopher Toomey Scholarship in Viola

Joshua recently earned a master’s degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music, studying with Lars Anders Tomter. He was a semi-finalist at the 2018 Stulberg International String Competition, and has performed with the Oslo Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic.

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Zitian Lyu

Viola

ABOUT
Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Harbin, China
School
The Juilliard School
Compeer
Marina Gutierrez
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Zitian is earning a master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Amory. Zitian has performed in Juilliard ChamberFest, and was recognized as Outstanding Member of Viva La Viola Ensemble. She is a teaching assistant at Julliard.

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Daniel Miles

Viola

ABOUT
Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
25
Birthplace
Detroit, Michigan
School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Compeers
Ellen Barger and Tony Helf; Clive Chang and Chad Tendler
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Daniel received a master’s degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Karen Dreyfus. He has performed with the Pacific Symphony, Downey Symphony, and has acted as assistant principal of the USC Symphony Orchestra. Daniel is a Graduate Instructor at USC and a Teaching Artist at the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

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Torron Pfeffer

Viola

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Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Long Branch, New Jersey
Current School
The Juilliard School
Compeer
Nadia Skidanov
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Torron is currently earning a bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. He is a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship at Juilliard and the Embrella Foundation Scholarship. He has recorded soundtracks for movies such as Don’t Worry Darling, and Till.

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Madeleine Pintoff

Viola

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She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Hunan, China
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Andrea and Ron Hein; Kia McInerny and Gary Kuist
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Madeleine is earning a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Paul Neubauer. In 2018, she was the winner of the Young Soloists of New England Competition, and the Camerata Artists International Competition, Solo Division. Recent performances include Juilliard's Pianoscope and cross-disciplinary program New Dances.

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Molly Prow

viola

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She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Toubei, Jiangxi, China
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Andrea & Ron Hein; Kia McInerny & Gary Kuist
Scholarship Donor
Ingrid Olssen and Charles Schweppe Scholarship in Viola
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Molly is earning a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School;
  • She studies with Misha Amory;
  • In 2019, she was a silver medalist and winner of the Joseph Haydn Prize at the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, and a semifinalist at the Fischoff Chamber Competition Junior Division.

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Nicolas Valencia

Viola

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Houston, Texas
Current School
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music,
Compeers
Ellen Barger and Tony Helf; Clive Chang and Chad Tendler
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Nicolas is currently earning a master’s degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Yura Lee. Nicolas is principal viola of the Fantasmi Chamber Ensemble. He was a finalist in the UNT Concerto Competition (‘19, ‘20, ‘21) and participated in the 2022 American Viola Society Masterclass Series.

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Deng Zhang

Viola

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She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
25
Birthplace
Hangzhou, China
Current School
Boston University
Compeers
Marina Gutierrez
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Viola, anonymous donor

Deng is a doctoral candidate at Boston University, studying with Michelle LaCourse. She is the recipient of the Stephen Hendel Scholarship and Fellowship, and has served as principal of Boston University Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Deng performed in Boston University’s Gabriela Lena Frank Residency workshop and concert.

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Cello

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Patrick Baek

cello

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Pronouns
he/him
Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Seoul, South Korea
School
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Compeers
Clay Tedeschi; Junie and Eddie Jinkins
Scholarship Donor
Clay Tedeschi Family Endowed Scholarship in Cello
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Patrick is currently earning a Doctoral Music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he is studying under Eric Kim;
  • He was awarded third prize at the 2022 MTNA National Finals in the Young Artist category;
  • A graduate of Eastman, he has served as principal for the Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and has been selected to perform in the Eastman School of Music’s Honors and Intensive Chamber program.

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Sarah Chong

Cello

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She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Cupertino, California
School
Northwestern University
Compeers
Alison and Lance Kronberg and Byron Wu
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Cello, anonymous donor

Sarah is earning her bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University, studying with Hans Jensen. She was a finalist in the 2023 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition and a semifinalist in the 2022 Klein International String Competition. Sarah appeared as soloist with the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra as a Felix Khuner Concerto Competition winner.

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Miles Tatsuo Goosby

Cello

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
22
Birthplace
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
School
Manhattan School of Music
Compeers
Alison and Lance Kronberg and Byron Wu
Scholarship Donor
Dan Dokos and Bryan Graybill Scholarship in Cello

Miles recently completed a bachelor’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Julia Lichten. Miles received first place in the 2019 Thomas M. Osborne Concerto Competition, and has performed as principal cello for the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra.

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Simon Housner

Cello

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Voorhees, New Jersey
School
Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Compeers
Susan Lichtenstein and John Rokacz
Scholarship Donor
Susan Lichtenstein and John Rokacz Scholarship in Cello

Simon is earning a master’s degree from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, studying with Desmond Hoebig. Simon received honorable mention in the 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Competition, and regularly performs as a substitute member of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet.

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Osheen Manukyan

Cello

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Glendale, California
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Patty Jacquemin
Scholarship Donor
Susie and Ted Cronin Scholarship in Cello

Osheen is earning a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Timothy Eddy. Osheen is a three-time recipient of Performing Arts Scholarship from Armenian General Benevolent Union. He has appeared as soloist with the Kontrapunktus Baroque Ensemble, where he also serves as Artistic Director.

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Joseph Mostwin

Cello

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
19
Birthplace
Baltimore, Maryland
Current School
Northwestern University
Compeers
Paula Steinmetz and Allan Morton
Scholarship Donor
Susie and Ted Cronin Scholarship in Cello

Joseph is earning a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, studying with Hans Jensen. He competed in the 2020 U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition, where he was awarded second prize. Joseph was the first prize winner of the 2020 Londontowne Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition.

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Claire Park

Cello

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She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
22
Birthplace
Los Angeles, California
Current School
New England Conservatory
Compeers
Dawn Seymour; Kirsten Dibenedetto
Scholarship Donor
Katharine Mallin Scholarship in Cello in memory of Richard C. Stein

Claire earned a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Laurence Lesser. She was a finalist for the 2018 Mondavi Center Young Artists National Competition, earning the Bernstein Prize. Recently, Claire has performed with A Far Cry Chamber Ensemble, and at the NEC Honors String Quartet Recital.

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Jiho Seo

cello

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She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
24
Birthplace
Seoul, South Korea
School
New England Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Betsy Wise
Scholarship Donor
Gabor Rejto Endowed Scholarship in Cello
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Jiho recently received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Lluís Claret;
  • In 2022, she earned first prize in the NEC Tecchler-Forster Cello Competition;
  • She has performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, served as principal cello for the New England Conservatory Philharmonic Orchestra, and appeared with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra as soloist.

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Matthew Wiest

Cello

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
22
Birthplace
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Current School
University of Colorado, Boulder
Compeers
Susan and Adam Berger
Scholarship Donor
Susan and Adam Berger Scholarship in Cello

Matthew recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder, studying with David Requiro. In 2022, He was awarded second place in the University of Colorado Concerto Competition. Matthew is an Elan Artists Performer, and is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic.

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Alexander Wu

Cello

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
School
Peabody Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Marnie and Steve Pinsker
Scholarship Donor
Stephen Schaible and Daron Builta Scholarship in Cello

Alexander is earning his master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Alan Stepansky. He was the Recipient of the Penn State University Brewster Music Endowment in 2022, and semi-finalist at the IXth "Annarosa Taddei" International Competition in Rome. Alex is the cellist of the Rosen String Quartet.

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Hamzah Zaidi

cello

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Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
24
Birthplace
New York, New York
School
Eastman School of Music
Compeers
Marnie and Steve Pinsker
Scholarship Donor
Stephen Schaible and Daron Builta Scholarship in Cello

Hamzah earned a master’s degree at Eastman School of Music in cello performance and literature, studying with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliot. Hamzah has performed with the English National Opera and was a fellow at the Virtuoso e Belcanto Festival in Lucca, Italy. He has played for BBC Radio 3 and as an extra for Rocketman.

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Double Bass

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Ruth Christopher

Double Bass

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She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
20
Birthplace
Saint Louis, Missouri
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Nancy and Stillman Chase
Scholarship Donor
Patricia and Brian Herman Scholarship in Double Bass

Ruth is earning a bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Rex Surany. She has performed as the principal bass of the Juilliard Orchestra, and is a teaching fellow with the Juilliard Music Advancement Program. Ruth is a substitute musician with the City Lyric Opera, and performs with the Isosceles Trio.

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LonFon Law

Double Bass

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Hong Kong
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Dinah and Ricardo Calderon
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Double Bass, anonymous donor

LonFon is currently earning a master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Harold Robinson. In 2022, Lonfon was the winner of the Royal Academy of Music Double Bass Prize. He has performed with the English National Opera and the Asaka Octet.

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Zachary Marzulli

Double Bass

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Fellow
2022, 2023
Age
24
Birthplace
New York, New York
School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Barbara and Jon Greenleaf
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Double Bass, anonymous donor

Zachary recently graduated with a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Timothy Cobb. Zachary has served as a substitute musician with the New World Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic. He has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy and at the Spoleto Festival.

 

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Rauno Meneses-Halmari

Double Bass

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He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
18
Birthplace
Gainesville, Florida
Current School
Baylor University
Compeers
Dinah and Ricardo Calderon
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Double Bass, anonymous donor

Rauno is earning a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, studying with Sandor Ostlund. Rauno has served as principal bass of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and the 2022 UNT ISMI Orchestra. He is a TMEA Music Scholar.

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Tim Rinehart

double bass

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Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
21
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
School
Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Compeers
Nancy and Stillman Chase
Scholarship Donor
Mary Lynn and Warren Staley Endowed Scholarship in Double Bass
Music Academy Award
2023 MAX Fellow

  • Tim is earning his bachelor’s degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, studying with Paul Ellison;
  • He was the winner of the 2023 Les Violons du Roy Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition 2023;
  • He has performed as a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony.

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Tyler Vittoria

Double Bass

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Pronouns
He/Him
Fellow
2023
Age
22
Birthplace
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current School
The Juilliard School
Compeers
Bill Vollero
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Double Bass, anonymous donor

Tyler is earning a master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Tim Cobb. Tyler has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra and the BlackBox Ensemble. He participated in DC Bass in 2020 and 2021.

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Chingju Chloe Yu

Double Bass

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Pronouns
She/Her
Fellow
2023
Age
23
Birthplace
Taoyuan, Taiwan
School
Colburn Conservatory of Music
Compeers
Nancy and Stillman Chase
Scholarship Donor
Music Academy Scholarship in Double Bass, anonymous donor

Chingju is earning her bachelor’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory, studying with Peter Lloyd. She was a member of the 2022 New York String Orchestra Seminar, and has acted as principal bass for the Colburn Orchestra.

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