Yireh Choi (cello)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Variations of a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 for cello and Orchestra (Theme & Variations 1, 2, 3, 7)
Yireh Choi, 14, started playing the cello at the age of 8 and was accepted into The Juilliard School Pre-College Division at age 12, where she began her studies with Clara Minhye Kim. She is the first prize winner of numerous competitions including the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, the Lyra Music Competition, the YWCA of Queens New York Music Competition, the International Virtuoso Competition, the International Grande Music Competition and the Vivo International Music Competition. She also made her orchestral debut in 2017 when she won the Camerata Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Her performance venue includes Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, and she has participated in master classes with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Zlatomir Fung. In the summer of 2019, Yireh was awarded a scholarship to the HeifetzPEG program of the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia. Yireh also won many awards with the Sorella Piano Trio consisting of her sister and best friend. They made it to the Quarter-Finalist Round of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and appeared on NPR’s “From The Top” in 2020. When she isn’t practicing, Yireh enjoys spending time with her sister, learning to play new instruments, and eating Korean food.
Joshua Song (violin)
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, 3rd movement: Allegro ma non troppo
Joshua Song, 14, began his violin studies at age 3, with Ecaterina Gerson at the School for Strings. He is currently in his second year at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division with Dr. Ann Setzer. He has won first place in several competitions, including the NY YWCA of Queens Music Competition, the International New Praise Festival, and the Camerata Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition. He has also placed a silver medalist in the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition. This past summer, Joshua has attended the Morningside Music Bridge festival with a full scholarship, where he studied and attended masterclasses with world-renowned artists such as Ear Lee, Nikki Chooi, Quan Ge, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Agata Szymczewska. His concert venues include Weill Recital Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, and NEC’s Jordan Hall.
SoHyun Ko (violin)
Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.5 in A Minor
1st Movement Allegro non troppo and 3rd movement Allegro con fuoco
SoHyun Ko, 13 years old, is now studying under Mr. Pinchas Zukerman and Mrs. Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege.
She began studying violin at the age of 4. She was a student at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts.
Many major TV stations such as MBC, KBS , SBS in Korea, broadcast her violin performances several times throughout the country.
When 8 years old in 2014, the Stiftung Mozarteum in Austria invited her to Salzburg.
At Mozart Wohnhaus, SoHyun Ko played the Mozart’s original violin.Austria National broadcast ORF recorded all her plays and broadcast them throughout Europe.
When 9 years old in 2015, SoHyun Ko met Mr. Pinchas Zukerman.They performed together Bach concerto for Two violins in 2016 in Korea.It was broadcast and appeared in many newspapers.
She held many solo recitals and played with many famous orchestras.
SoHyun Ko, 8 years old, was recorded as the youngest violinist who performed in the Concert Hall of Seoul Arts Center. All 2,500 audiences were very enthusiastic.
Especially at Cadogan Hall in London in 2018, she performed Mendelssohn violin concerto with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Pinchas Zukerman.
She won many first prizes at competitions, Mastmedia’s 17th Korean Strad Concours (2015), the 14th Korean Violin Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra (2013), the 40th Korean Violin Competition of the Hankook Ilbo (2012) and so on.
At 2018 HeifetzPEG, SoHyun Ko was elected as a Star of Tomorrow. Zigeunerweisen performed by 12-year-old SoHyun Ko, is now viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube.
Bobby Park (violin)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
III. Allegretto non troppo
Bobby Park, born in Seoul, moved to the U.S. in 2017 to study violin with Ms. Catherine Cho at Juilliard Pre-College and he has also been studying with Mr. Donald Weilerstein since 2017.
Started playing the violin at the age of 6. Since his debut at age 7, he has been a guest soloist at international concerts and festivals including the Shanghai International Arts Festival at Oriental Art Center in 2013, Seeds of Hope Concert for Sichuan, Shanghai in 2014, and Bucheon Music Association Concert in Korea in 2016. He has also performed with the Russian Symphony Orchestra in Moscow and New Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Shanghai. He won first prizes at the 14th International Russian Rotary Children Music Competition in Moscow in 2016 and Allegro International Music Competition in Hong Kong in 2013. He has been awarded other numerous first prizes in domestic competitions in Korea and China. In 2018, he made his New York debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall after winning first prize at the eighth New York International Music Competition and first prize winner and the Judge’s distinction award at the American Protégé International Competition. As first-prize winner at the 2018 New York Chamber Players Orchestra Concerto Competition, he performed with the New York Chamber Players Orchestra and he was re-invited to the NYCP Concert at Carnegie Hall in January 2019. Bobby was the first place winner of the 2019 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition.In February 2020 he was awarded both the first and grand prize for the Camerata Artists International Competition and performed with the Camerata New Jersey Orchestra at Merkin Hall of the Kaufman music Center.Bobby is excited to have been chosen as one of five students from Juilliard to perform in the upcoming collaboration concert with Maxim Vengerov and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra at the Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall in May 2020.Currently, Bobby is in the 8th grade and enjoys playing soccer, painting and conducting in his free time.
Eli Goldberger (Clarinet)
Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto, Mov 1
Clarinetist Eli Goldberger, age 16, is a student of Jon Manasse at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. He is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and the New York Youth Symphony, and has performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and at the Luna Composition Lab Premieres at Merkin Hall. Eli has appeared as soloist with the Czech Opera Symphony at MusicFest Perugia, Italy (Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 2) and with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1) for which Broadway World’s Classical Editor Peter Danish praised his “rock-solid technique and a marvelous sense of dynamics and lithe phrasing.”
A winner of the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Musician’s Program Competition, Eli was a finalist in the 2019 Curtis Institute Young Artist Summer Program’s Concerto Competition, the 2019 Spectrum Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, and the 2019 New York Chamber Players Concerto Competition, and a semifinalist in the 2019 Chappaqua Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Eli has also studied with Larry Guy, Vadim Lando, and David Sapadin. In addition to music, he is passionate about snowboarding, skateboarding, and standing backflips.
Tien-Lin Yang (violin)
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 Op.63, Mvmt 1
Tien-Lin Yang, 18, was born in Taiwan and started playing violin at the age of 6. He has won top prizes in solo and chamber music competitions in Taiwan. He has won the first prize in the National Music Competition of Violin, the first prize in the National Music Competition of Piano
Quintet in Taiwan and the second prize in the senior division of the Twelfth Annual Academy of Taiwan Strings Violin Competition. He has won the gold prize in the 2019 International Virtuoso Competition. He started attending The Juilliard School Pre-College Division since 16, now a
student at Juilliard Pre-College, where he studies with Catherine Cho.
Dylan Hamme (violin)
Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14, (first movement)
Dylan Hamme is a scholarship student of Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School Precollege Division where he has held leadership positions in the Precollege Symphony and Precollege Orchestra. Previously, Dylan attended Manhattan School of Music Pre-College on full scholarship as recipient of the Patinka Kopec Endowed Precollege Violin Scholarship. Dylan attends Bergen County Academies High School of Visual & Performing Arts. This summer he will tour North America with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).
At age eleven, Dylan was featured on NBC’s Today Show performing with violinist Joshua Bell. That same year, he appeared as soloist with the Bergen Sinfonia. He made his concerto debut at age twelve with David Gilbert and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performing Lalo’s five-movement Symphonie Espagnole.
Dylan was awarded first prize in the 2019 New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and recently performed Ravel’s Tzigane as featured soloist with that orchestra in their 2020 season. He has been a prizewinner in numerous solo and chamber music competitions including: International Virtuoso Competition (IVC); New York Chamber Players Orchestra Concerto Competition; Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Second Annual Young Artists Competition; and MSM Pre-College Chamber Music Competition (first prize 2016 Senior Division).
Dylan has performed in numerous solo and chamber recitals at The Juilliard School and MSM Pre-Colleges. He appeared on the IVC Gold Winners’ Concert in NYC, and his many solo recitals include: Young Artists Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church (Verona, NJ); Music on a Sunday Afternoon Young Artist Series (Teaneck Library, NJ), Montclair Music Club’s Annual Young Artist Concert (NJ). Dylan appears with Juilliard Pre-College colleagues in the Back to Bach Project’s educational concerts for young audiences. His Bergen Academies Piano Trio was featured on Lincoln Center’s Second Annual Concert at Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has performed in master classes of renowned violinists Joseph Silverstein, Jennifer Koh, and Patinka Kopec.
An accomplished singer, Dylan debuted with The New York Philharmonic at age eight in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. A former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus, Dylan was one of three solo boys (spirit guides) in their 2016 production of The Magic Flute.
Charles Zandieh (cello)
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125 (Mvt. 2)
Charles “Charlie” Zandieh, age 18, began his cello studies at the age of 4 with Alex Croxton on Long Island. At age 10, Charlie was accepted to The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where he has been studying with Clara Kim ever since. At age 12, Charlie won the Pre-College Cello Concerto Competition and performed the Lalo Cello Concerto with The Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra. Two years later, he placed runner-up in the same competition. That same year, he was featured on News 12 Long Island, The Daily News, and a special entertainment documentary titled “Young Marvels” on Ovation TV. In recent years, Charlie won the 21st Annual New York Music Competition by YWCA of Queens for the Senior Cello Division, as well as the 2nd prize winner in the Senior Division of the Adelphi Orchestra 2018 Competition and Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition. Other awards include The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Annual Young Musicians Concert, The Great Composers Competition, and a two-time merit winner in the Young Arts Competition. Charlie has sat as Principal Cello of Juilliard’s Pre-College orchestra ensembles, as well as the 2017 NMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, NY. Last year, Charlie won the Pre-College Cello Concerto Competition for a second time, performing Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Pre-College Symphony.
Charlie has performed extensively, both as soloist, as well as in chamber ensembles, across the Tri-State Area, with performances at Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Theater, Ithaca College, and the Tilles Center on Long Island. He is a member of the Zandieh Trio, with his two brothers, Cameron (violinist) and Christopher (pianist). Charlie is currently a freshman at The Juilliard School, where he continues his studies with Clara Kim.
Tiffany Chang (violin)
Tiffany Chang is a third-year undergraduate studying at the New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried. Born in Arizona, Tiffany started the violin at the age of three studying under the tutelages of Chun-Yi Lu, Lan Qiu, the late William Magers, and Jing Zeng. She has been a prize winner for various state competitions as well as concerto competitions in summer festivals. In 2014, Tiffany won the Brevard Concerto Competition, giving her the opportunity to perform with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra conducted by Maestro Ken Lam. In 2015, she competed in the finals of the MTNA National Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. During her freshman year at NEC, Tiffany was awarded first place in the NEC Dorothy Bates Violin Competition. As a result of winning, she was given the opportunity to play on a Guarnerius violin (1716) and Benoit Rolland bow for a year. This year, she served as concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Philharmonia under Maestro Hugh Wolff. Recent works performed by the Philharmonia include Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Sibelius Symphony No. 2, Adams’ Chairman Dances and Prokofiev Symphony No. 5. This spring, the NEC Philharmonia will be performing Mahler’s Second Symphony at Boston Symphony Hall. An avid chamber musician, Tiffany has participated in various summer chamber festivals such as the Taos School of Music and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival receiving coachings from members of the Brentano, Miro, Emerson, and Borromeo quartets. In addition to her playing career, Tiffany was a member of Music For Cure, a volunteer club at her high school where she performed hour long concerts with her classmates at local senior homes. Additionally, Tiffany was a member of Harmony Project Phoenix, teaching music to children in low-income communities.
Tabitha Rhee (viola)
Bartok Viola Concerto mov 1
18-year old violinist Clara Neubauer attends The Juilliard School as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. She has participated in the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island and the PMP Winter Residency in Sarasota, Florida since 2017. Clara made her concerto debut with the National Repertory Orchestra at the age of 10 and her Lincoln Center debut at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Ensembles Concert in 2013. She was a winner of the 2020 National Young Arts competition and recipient of the silver medal, 1st Prize Winner in the 2019 Symphony of Westchester Competition, and 1st Prize Winner in the 2017 Adelphi Competition. Concerts this past season include concerto performances with the Symphony of Westchester and the Little Orchestra Society, as well as performances in London and Paris with Music@Menlo, the Mostly Music Series, Neue Galerie, Great Performers Series in Palm Beach, Tenri Cultural Institute, and the Union Club. In the 2017-18 season, Clara performed as soloist with The Little Orchestra Society, the Dalton Orchestra, and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. An avid chamber musician, Clara was a winner of the 2017 Young Musicians Competition at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a Young Performer at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute for five years. Born on 9/11/2001, Clara shared the stage with Bernadette Peters and Robert DeNiro hosting a 9/11 Memorial benefit and can be heard leading the audio tour guide “for children and families” at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, available as a free app at the App Store. In her free time, Clara loves to read, cook, and play ping-pong.
Oliver Neubauer (violin)
Barber Violin Concerto, 1st movement
Violinist Oliver Neubauer attends the Juilliard School where he is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. Prior to his studies at Juilliard, Oliver took part in the Perlman Music Program and attended the Juilliard Pre- College Division and the Dalton School in NYC. Oliver has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Sound Symphony
Orchestra, and the Symphony of Westchester. Oliver was the recipient of the Gold Award at the 2018 National YoungArts Competition, winner of the 2017 Young Musicians Competition at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and winner of the Artist in You Competition sponsored by the Doublestop Foundation. He has participated in masterclasses with Ana Chumachenco (at the 2019 Kronberg Violin Masterclasses), Ani Kavafian, Edward Aaron, Jorja Fleezanis, Daniel Phillips, and others. He has also
performed and worked with Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Ani Kavafian, Michael Kannen, Ara Gregorian, the Ulysses Quartet, and Steve Tenenbom. Oliver’s festival appearances have included the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Mostly Music Series, Summerfest La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Lake Champlain Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Music in the Vineyards, Art in Avila in Curaçao, and Music from Angel Fire. In 2013,
Oliver made his debut with the New York Philharmonic as the narrator for Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra. Outside of music, Oliver loves playing chess (having competed in numerous national tournaments), playing ping pong, and discussing philosophy.
Kenneth Naito (violin)
Korngold Violin Concerto: mov 1
Kenneth Ryu Takebe Naito is a sophomore undergraduate from Elkridge, Maryland who is currently studying at the Juilliard School with Professor Li Lin. Kenneth previously studied with Professors Naoko Tanaka and Shirley Givens at the Juilliard School, Precollege Division. At age 8, he made his solo recital debut at the Peabody Conservatory and made his concerto debut at age 11, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia.
Other performances include a public masterclass with the Jerusalem Quartet and at the 2017/2019 Starling-DeLay Symposiums. He additionally won 1 st prize at the Kennett Symphony Young Artist Competition and performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the orchestra in their 2019
season. Kenneth has attended the Heifetz International Music Institute for the past 4 years and the Summit Music Festival in 2017. He currently plays on a 1780 Nicola Gagliano loaned by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation.
Chelsea Guo (piano)
Chopin Piano Concerto No 1.
Chelsea Guo has recently completed her studies with honors at Juilliard Pre-College as a double major in both piano and classical voice, and she is currently a piano major at The Juilliard School as a first-year undergraduate student. She studies piano with Hung-Kuan Chen and classical voice with Lorraine Nubar.
From a young age, Chelsea has been honored with numerous awards and opportunities for professional advancement. She is a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale, and a recipient of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarships for four consecutive years. She has been a prize winner at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition, the Young Artists Concerto Competition at Piano Texas, and The Juilliard School Precollege Piano Scholarship Competition. Her gifts as a classical soprano were acknowledged most recently when she received the Silver Medal in the 2019 US National YoungArts Classical Voice Competition and became a semi-finalist for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Chelsea has also been awarded prestigious scholarships from the George London and Gerda Lissner foundations in NY and was the first prize winner of the 2019 Schmidt Voice Competition.
In January 2018, pianist Chelsea performed in the “Grammy Salute to Classical Music: Celebrating the Legacy of Leonard Bernstein” at the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. She was also featured by the Lang Lang Foundation at the young scholars’ piano recital in Weill Hall. In May 2018, Chelsea gave recitals at Wigmore Hall in London and Howard Assembly Room in Leeds as a young guest artist of the Inaugural Leeds Piano Festival, sponsored by the Leeds International Piano Competition in England.
Having debuted as pianist with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra in China at the age of nine, Chelsea returned to the orchestra in December 2018 when she performed as a vocal soloist under the baton of Maestro Tang Muhai. In the previous month, she was a guest artist of the Sixth Shenzhen Piano Music Festival in a trip which also included four solo recitals and two gala concerts in Shenzhen and Tianjin. In this past 2018-2019 season, Chelsea was also invited to give a solo recital with the Mozarteum Summer Concert Series in Salzburg, and was presented by the Impromptus Concert Series with three solo recitals in the New York Tristate area.
Chelsea’s appearances as concerto solo pianist have included ones with the Ft. Worth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Barry Douglas, the Torun Symphony in Poland, the Midwest Young Artists Symphony in Chicago, and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Other solo performances have taken her to Aspen’s Harris Concert Hall, Oxford’s Jacqueline du Pré Hall, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Salzburg’s Frohnburg Palace and Wiener Saal of Stifung Mozarteum, as well as Shenzhen Concert Hall and Tianjin Concert Hall in China. Chelsea’s radio appearances have included National Public Radio’s “From the Top” at the age of thirteen. After her first appearance at New York Classical Music Radio Station WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” at the age of eight, Chelsea returned to this show this past May with a full hour of solo performances and an interview conducted by Robert Sherman as both a pianist and a classical soprano.