First Place – Hikaru Yonezaki (violin)
Second Place – Phoebe Gardner (violin)/ Rannveig Marta Sarc (violin)
Third Place – Ning Zhang (Clarinet)
Sean Yu (Cello)
Runner -up: Chelsie Lim (cello)
Enrique Rodrigues (violin)
Runner-up: Sarah Ma (violin)
Sophia Steger (violin)
Runner-up: Abigel Kralik (violin)
Chelsie Lim Cello
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
Chelsie Lim, age 14, was born in Melbourne, Australia in 2004. She moved to the United States at the age of
Chelsie is the 1st prize winner of numerous competitions, including the New York International Music Competition (2014), the YWCA of Queens New York Music Competition (2015), and the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, in which she debuted with an orchestra (2017), among others. She is a Gold Medalist of the Bravura Philharmonic’s 10th annual Young Artists Concerto Competition, and a finalist of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Goldwasser Concerto Competition, which she received the 3rd place award. She was a semi-finalist of the 2017 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan. Chelsie was awarded a scholarship to the HeifetzPEG program of the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia (2017) and was chosen to perform in their Stars of Tomorrow concert series. She was a participant of the Morningside Music Bridge summer festival, a full-scholarship program, in Warsaw, Poland (2018). This summer (2019), Chelsie will be attending the Perlman Music Program.
Chelsie was awarded performances at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, and has participated in master classes with cellists Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Yu Wei, Kirill Rodin, and Zvi Plesser, and Laurence Lesser. Orchestrally, in 2018, she was a principal cellist of the Pre-College Symphony.
Sean Yu Cello
Dvorak: Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
Sean Yu is a 14-year-old cellist, who is in his 5th year at The Juilliard School Pre-College division. He has been studying with Minhye Clara Kim since the age of nine.
Sean won the 4th prize at the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan and performed as a soloist with the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra of KazNUA at Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall in June 2017.
Selected to appear on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” with Host Christopher O’Riley, he performed at NEC’s Jordan Hall in 2016. “From the Top” featured a video of Sean and posted it on their Facebook page and their YouTube channel.
At the age of 12, Sean was accepted into the Perlman Music Program, where he spent 7 weeks of his summer intensively studying chamber music, solo performance, and orchestral music under the tutelage of Merry Peckham, Areta Zhulla, Astrid Schween, Zvi Plesser, and Itzhak Perlman. He also performed at the Neue Galerie in New York City for the Perlman Music Program.
Sean has been featured as a soloist with the Sinfonietta Nova Orchestra, New York Chamber Players Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, and St. Thomas Orchestra as a result of winning numerous competitions. These competitions include the Young Concert Artists Competition, the Camerata Artists International Competition, the New York Chamber Players Concerto Competition, and many more.
Sean performed at the Merkin Concert Hall after winning the grand prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition and the first prize at the International Grande Music Competition. In addition, he was also awarded the 1st prize at the 17th New York Music Competition and performed at the Weill Recital Hall.
Maximo Kim Piano
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto no. 2 in g minor, Op 22
Maximo is 12 and is a eighth grader at Hunter College High School in New York City. He is in the Honors Program at Mannes Prep and has been studying with faculty member, Eileen Buck from the age of seven. Maximo has performed in several winners’ and finalists’ recitals and concerts at venues in New York such as Weill Hall, Merkin Hall and Steinway Hall. He has also performed in the student showcases of the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso and Acqui Terme, Italy. Maximo also plays chamber music with the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Program.
Maximo likes travelling, snowboarding, listening to jazz and trying out new restaurants. Maximo was born in Geneva and has lived in Barcelona, Seoul and New York. Maximo speaks English and Spanish and is working on his Korean and Chinese.
Serin Park Violin
Tchaikovsky concerto in D major, Opus 35 (3rd movement)
Serin Isabelle Park has solo performances with Allentown Symphony Orchestra with conductor Diane Wittry, Orchestra of Camerata, and Concert Festival Orchestra. As the winner of Juilliard Pre-college concerto competition, she performed as soloist with Precollege String Ensemble with conductor Radu Paponiu. She also had Masterclass with Ilya Gringolts in Geneva. Born in NYC, Serin began her violin studies at age of five with Solim Shin. Since then she has performed multiple occasions at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center, Steinway Hall in NYC, Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Miller Symphony Hall in Philadelphia, University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar Germany, and Centre des Arts at Geneva Switzerland. She is three times first place winner in the New York Music Competition. Also won first places in Adelphi Orchestra Competition- Junior Division, G. Gershwin International Music Competition, Golden Key Music Festival, Crescendo, and Camerata Artists International Competition. As an aspiring musician, Serin accomplished grade five in Music Theory of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music at age of nine.
At age of ten Serin was admitted to Juilliard Pre-college under Catherine Cho, where she received as a loan the ¾ size violin labeled Antonio Gragnani of Livorno dated 1798 on generous donation by Doublestop Foundation. Her performance in HeifeitzPEG program was selected one of the Top 10 Heifeitz Videos of Summer 2016. And in 2018 she has been selected to participate in Menuhin Competition at Geneva, Switzerland. Recipient of the United States President’s Award for Academic Excellence, Serin enjoys reading in her free time.
Serin currently studies with Catherine Cho at Juilliard Pre-College and plays a 1740 Venetian violin by Domenico Bussano.
Laura Navasardian Cello
Laura Navasardian Cello
Tchaikovsky- Pezzo Capriccioso
Laura was born on December 6, 2003 in New York City. She started playing the cello at the age of six, studying with Vladimir Panteleev. Laura is a ninth-grade student at the Professional Children’s School in NYC and is currently in her second year at the Juilliard Pre-College in the class of Clara Kim.
In 2014 Laura won the first prize at Cremona International Music Competition in Italy. She is also the first prize-winner at the 2016 New York Music Competition as well as winner of the 2016 Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria. She has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a guest performer and winner of American Fine Arts Festival. She performed on numerous occasions at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York; Auditorium Museo Del Violino with the Festival Orchestra in Cremona, and Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
In July of 2016 Laura participated in Euro Arts Music Festival in Halle, Germany, and in 2017 in Todi International Music Academy in Italy, on both occasions in the class of Professor Suren Bagratuni. In 2017 Laura won the Grand Prize at the International Grand Music Competition in NYC and became a semi-finalist at the X International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan.
As a winner of the Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition, Laura performed a concerto with Kaufman Music Center Orchestra at Merkin Hall in 2018, conducted by Nathan Hetherington and appeared with 92Y School of Music Orchestra under conductor Tomo Matsuo at the Y92 Centennial concert in New York.
Laura has attended master classes with Maestro David Geringas at Buchenau, Germany and subsequently performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in Berlin with Mr. Geringas conducting. In summer of 2018 she attended the Perlman Music Program and later that year won the top prize at the Great Composers Competition for the best performance of Kabalevsky’s cello concerto.
Dylan Hamme Violin
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63, 1) Allegro Moderato T
Dylan Hamme studies with Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division as a recipient of the Jason and Susanna Berger Scholarship. Previously, Dylan attended Manhattan School of Music Pre-College on full scholarship as a recipient of the Patinka Kopec Endowed Precollege Violin Scholarship. Dylan is a sophomore at Bergen County Academies High School of Visual & Performing Arts.
At age eleven, Dylan was featured on NBC’s Today Show performing with violinist Joshua Bell. That same year, he was soloist with the Bergen Sinfonia. He made his concerto debut at age twelve with David Gilbert and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performing Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole.
Dylan has been a prizewinner in numerous solo competitions including International Virtuoso Competition (IVC), New York Chamber Players Orchestra Concerto Competition, and New Jersey’s IGO Young Artist Competition. His piano trio at MSM won first prize in the Pre-College Chamber Music Competition. At Bergen Academies, his current trio was selected by Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society in their Second Annual Young Artists Competition to perform at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers).
Dylan has given many solo and chamber recitals at The Juilliard School and MSM Pre-Colleges. He performed on the 2018 IVC Gold Winners’ Concert in NYC, and in solo recitals including Young Artists Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church (Verona, NJ); Music on a Sunday Afternoon Young Artist Series (Teaneck, NJ). Dylan appears with Juilliard Pre-College colleagues in the Back to Bach Project. 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.
Enrique Rodrigues Violin
Bruch: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Enrique Rodrigues is a student at Fair Lawn High School and is honored to be the first recipient for dual outstanding achievements in academics and music by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Enrique was selected to travel to Miami as a 2019 National YoungArts Foundation Winner and engage in a week of masterclasses and performances with many of the nation’s most renowned artists. In addition, Enrique was invited to perform in Los Angeles on the National Public Radio’s From the Top radio show, and to record at the acclaimed Hollywood Studios in LA. He has been awarded top prizes at the Juilliard Concerto Competition, New Jersey ASTA Solo Strings Competition, NJMTA Young Musicians Competition, Shining Stars Debut Soloists & the Golden Key Music Festival. In 2015 and 2017, Enrique was invited as a recognized artist of the Juilliard Starling Delay Violin Symposium. In the summer of 2017, he studied at the Morningside Music Bridge Festival, receiving full scholarship.
Enrique has given performances in prestigious venues at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, New World Center, Merkin Hall, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, and the Kaufman Dance Studio at the Juilliard School as well as internationally at P.I Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, and The University of Music, in Germany. Maestro Zubin Mehta, Joshua Bell, and Midori Goto are a few among the illustrious musicians Enrique has had the immense opportunity to perform for.
In addition to formal concerts, Enrique is the NJ Regional Director of the “Back to BACH” Project, an international initiative to encourage school students to learn to play an instrument and show the value of hard work and passion. The project has partnerships with the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as well as collaborations with acclaimed organizations such as Boston Symphony’s Project STEP and Baltimore Symphony OrchKids.
Sarah Ma Violin
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
Sarah Ma, 16, is currently studying at the Juilliard Pre-College Division with Masao Kawasaki as a recipient of the Beggs-Dethier Scholarship. Previously a full-scholarship student of Elizabeth Faidley at the Manhattan School of Music, she was the youngest winner of both the Symphony and Philharmonic divisions of MSM’s Concerto Competition in the school’s history, as well as sitting principal second violin or concertmaster of the orchestras every year. As a top prize-winner in countless competitions, Sarah has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the entire Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic and the entire Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, among several others. In her performance with the MSM Symphony Orchestra and the New York Chamber Players Orchestra, Sarah performed on the 1742 ex-David Guarneri del Gesu kindly loaned to her from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. She also used this violin in the summer of 2016 when she traveled to Italy to compete and perform with orchestra in the Il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition, receiving the prize for best virtuoso performance. Sarah was also accepted as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Cooper International and Blount-Slawson National Violin Competitions in 2017. She was given the honor to perform the National Anthem at Washington Nationals Stadium in a 2017 Cubs vs. Nats game, as well as playing on WHSV TV representing the Heifetz International Music Institute, where she studied with David and Linda Cerone and Ani Kavafian, among others. In November 2017, Sarah participated in the Heifetz On Tour opening ensemble group for the 2017-18 season. In 2018 she studied with Robert Lipsett at Aspen Music Festival. Sarah has performed in masterclasses for Ray Chen, Donald Weilerstein, Sarah Chang, Stefan Jackiw, Aaron
Noam Ginsparg Cello
Kabalevsky: Concerto for Cello no 1 in G minor, Op. 49
Cellist Noam Ginsparg was born in January 2004 in Ithaca, New York to an academic family. He began his cello studies at just shy of 7 years of age with Ithaca cellists Zachary Sweet and Sera Smolen, and is now a student at the Juilliard School pre-College, jointly in the studios of Richard Aaron and Sieun Lin. Before moving to Juilliard, he was a long-time student of cellist Zachary Sweet at Ithaca Talent Education, and also studied with cellist Elizabeth Simkin of Ithaca College. He is a piano student of Ithaca pianist Michael Salmirs, who also serves as accompanist, mentor, and collaborator.
Noam is an alumnus of Meadowmount Music School, the Kinhaven and Greenwood Junior programs, as well as the Bowdoin and Sewanee Summer Music Festivals, where he studied with David Ying and Anthony Kitai, respectively. At Sewanee Noam was a semi-finalist and received an honorable mention for his performance in the 2016 Jacqueline Avent Memorial Concerto Competition. He is the 2017 winner of the Spectrum Symphony of New York Youth Concerto Competition and has soloed with the Spectrum Symphony under the direction of David Grunberg, and with the Ithaca Community Orchestra under the direction of Madeline Schatz-Harris. In Spring 2018 he placed third in The Chappaqua Concerto Competition. This summer he will attend the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York.
An honors and scholarship student at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, where he is a music concentrator, Noam participates in school ensembles on weekdays and commutes by train to New York City on weekends for his Juilliard classes and ensembles. In his free time, he enjoys composing and listening to music, reading novels, drawing, and practicing his German. Noam plays a Rogeri model cello by Seattle luthier Jason Starkie.
Ning Zhang Clarinet
Weber Concertino for Clarinet, Op.73.
Clarinetist Ning Zhang is pursuing her Bachelor and Masters of Music at The Juilliard School, through the highly selective Accelerated BM/MM Program, under the celebrated clarinetist, Charles Neidich. As a young orchestral clarinetist, Ms. Zhang has performed with many ensembles at The Juilliard School, including the Juilliard Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera, New Juilliard Ensemble and Axiom, always bringing joy to the music. During the past summers, Ms. Zhang has participated in the National Orchestral Institute and Festival (2018), National Youth Orchestra of China (2017), and Verbier Music Festival (2014,2016).
Ms. Zhang started playing the clarinet at the age of 14, and with her talent and enthusiasm for music, just two years later, she was awarded the First Prize of the National Wind Competition of China, which is one the most authoritative competitions for youth in the country. In recent years, she has continued her success in solo competitions, including winning the first prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (Classical Clarinet), first prize in the Crescendo International Competition, second prize in the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition (New York Chapter) as well as in Qingdao International Clarinet Festival Concerto Competition. Due to these achievements, her reputation as a rising young solo clarinetist is being recognized by more and more people, both in her home country, China, and in the US.
In addition to her appearances on the stage, she is also committed to teaching. In fall 2017, Ms. Zhang was awarded the position of Teaching Fellow, a two-year fellowship program at the Juilliard School, becoming the first Chinese undergraduate student to receive the honor.
As an international student, Ms. Zhang endeavors to promote communication across cultures. During the past years, she has been invited as a translator for many master classes of celebrated musicians from all over the world, including Robert Diaz, Ayako Oshima, Eddy Vanoosthuyse and Richard Hawkins. In addition, her Chinese translation of Dr. Kornel Wolak’s “Articulation Types, Clarinet Booklet” has been published and used in conservatories, such as ZheJiang Conservatory in China.
Daria Barabanova Piano
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Described as “polished pianist with effortless finger technique and clearly a strong musical intellect ” by New York Concert Review, Daria Barabanova performed in the best concert halls around the world including Carnegie Hall.
A prize-winner of numerous competitions including XII International Competition of Moscow Region, Moscow International Prokofiev Competition, IV International Competition of Young Musicians named Gnessin, La Noche en Madrid International Competition (Spain), and the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition (New York).
She made solo appearances at Weill Recital Hall, DiMienna Music Center for Performing Arts, and the Embassy of Estonia. In addition to her appearances in the United States, she has performed recitals internationally in Italy, Germany, Spain, Israel, Estonia, and Russia. Her performance venues in Russia have included the Maly and Rachmaninoff Halls of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gnessin Concert Halls, Pavel Slobodkin’s Moscow Theatrical and Concert Center as well as Concert Hall of Academic Capella in Saint-Petersburg.
Ms. Barabanova has performed actively in festivals, most recent ones include the Pianale Academy in Germany, Alion-Baltic International Music Festival in Estonia, Weimar Intensive Piano Courses and Weimar Master Classes in Germany, Virtuoso & Belcanto Festival in Italy and Tel-Hai International Master Classes in Israel among many notable others. She has worked with and performed in master classes of such notable artists as Oxana Yablonskaya, Ian Jones, Alon Goldstein, Pavlina Dokovska, Matti Raekallio, Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Jun Kanno, Friedmann Rieger, Akiko Ebi, Justas Dvarionas, Uta Wayand, Alexander Kobrin, Anthon Nel, Andrew Giles
Recently she has performed the Schuman Piano Concerto with the conductor Pavel Gershtein in the year of 2017. After that in 2018 she performed the Beethoven Piano Concerto № 3 with Kostroma State Symphony orchestra in Russia.
As a hobby, Daria enjoys playing in community centers to give back to the society.
Xizhu Liang Piano
Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
Xizhu Liang is currently a second year student at Mannes school of Music, studied with Pro. JY Song. She was born in China in 2000 and began to study piano at age 6. She had won many prizes include: first prize of Helen Cup piano competition in 2010、first prize of 1st YAMAHA piano competition in Shanghai、third prize of Italy Imola international piano competition、golden prize of Vienna Mozart international piano competition 、first prize of Beijing international music festival and academy solo piano competition in senior division.
Abigel Kralik Violin
Abigel Kralik Violin
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
American-born, Hungarian violinist, 20 year old Abigel Kralik began violin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of four, and continued her studies for three years in Dublin, Ireland before moving to Hungary. As a student of Eva Acsne Szily, she won numerous first-place awards, including a first and grand prize at the national Koncz János competition in 2010. She entered the Liszt Academy of Music’s Young Talents Program in 2011; soon thereafter she was accepted into the Perlman Music Program. In spring 2012, Abigel won first place at the international competition Talents for Europe, in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia. In 2013, she began studying under Kristóf Baráti. Abigel has performed as a soloist with several orchestras throughout the world, most recently with the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with acclaimed musicians such as Vilde Frang, Nicholas Altstaedt and Maxim Rysanov. Her most recent accomplishments include winning first prize at the New York International Artists Association, joining the artist roster of Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and being invited as an Academy Artist at the Verbier Festival. In the fall of 2018, Abigel made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist. She now studies at The Juilliard school under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Laurie Smukler where she is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
Daniel Rafimayeri Violin
Elgar: Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
Daniel Rafimayeri is an American violinist born in New York City to a Jewish family of Iranian and Dutch heritage. He is currently a first year student at the New England Conservatory in Boston studying with Paul Biss. He graduated in June, 2018 from Hunter College High School in New York City and Manhattan School of Music Pre-college Division where he studied with Patinka Kopec. Daniel has performed as a soloist with ensembles including The York Symphony Orchestra, The Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, and The New York Youth Symphony. He has appeared as a soloist and performed in chamber ensembles at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, United Palace Theatre and Appell Center for the Performing Arts. A passionate chamber musician, Daniel attended the Wu Han/David Finckel chamber program at Aspen Music Festival, The Heifetz Music Institute in Virginia, and Greenwood Chamber Music Camp in Massachusetts. He has also worked with Chloé Kiffer, Patricia Davis, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and the late Ecaterina Gerson.
Hikaru Yonezaki Violin
Praised by the Boston Globe for her “silky tone,” violinist Hikaru Yonezaki is passionately committed to connecting to the world around her, having already been heard in Europe and South America, as well as the United States and Canada.
A special part of her latest tour included bringing music to less fortunate communities. As part of her commitment to the community, she worked with younger musicians to encourage their love for music in South America and arranged short programs for nursing facilities in Asia.
Her most recent international appearance was as a selected Young Artist at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, where she gave concerts at the Palazzo Barberini. She has spent several summers in Austria as a student of Michael Frischenschlager, where she has had the pleasure of collaborating with pianists Veronika Kopjova and Aki Maeda. She has performed for many galas, including the Fritz Kreisler Gala in Vienna and the Boston Philharmonic Rising Stars Gala.
At the age of 15, Hikaru served as the youngest concertmistress in the 48-year history of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, participating in a tour of Europe that ended with Mahler’s Symphony no. 9 in Vienna’s legendary Musikverein.
Following the completion of her bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, she is pursuing her master’s degree with Masao Kawasaki. She has performed in masterclasses for Pamela Frank and Frans Helmerson while at Juilliard, where she is also a member of the orchestra. Carrying a deep admiration for collaboration, she has a strong affinity to double concertos and chamber music works.
Mariella Haubs Violin
M. Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Mariella Haubs’ violinistic journey has brought her to over thirty countries in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. She has performed in venues such as the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, and numerous philharmonic halls around the world. In 2014, Mariella performed at the United Nations General Assembly at the invitation of Barack and Michelle Obama, whom she met at this occasion. Her chamber music collaborators include artists such as Joshua Bell, Renaud Capucon, James Ehnes, Lang Lang and Itzhak Perlman.
Mariella has received numerous awards including the Leonhard and Ida Wolf Memorial Prize of the City of Munich, the 1st prize at the Bavarian Lions Club Violin Competition, the McGraw Foundation’s Robert Sherman Outreach and Education Award, and the Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grant. Glamour magazine named Mariella one of their Top 10 College Women of 2014. Mariella’s work has been featured on BBC Radio, Good Morning America, ABC News, CBS, HBO, WQXR, Bayern 4 Klassik, ARD and WDR. Mariella appears in the French documentary film, “A Season at The Juilliard School,” which features her daily life as a college student living in New York. She is also featured in the HBO documentary, “Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass.”
Mariella is the co-founder of “Concerts for Compassion,” a non-profit organization which crosses cultural boundaries by bringing live music to refugees and other vulnerable communities around the world. “Concerts for Compassion” has traveled to three continents partnering with the Red Cross, the United Nations Refugee Agency and other global organizations supporting at risk communities.
Mariella holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied as a Kovner Fellow with Catherine Cho and Itzhak Perlman. She currently plays a 1703 Rogeri violin, which is on loan to her from The Maestro Foundation.
Phoebe Gardner Violin
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64
Recently a recipient of the Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award from the Australian Music Foundation after her performance at Wigmore Hall, Phoebe Gardner is a student at The Juilliard School where she studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. She is supported by a Dorothy DeLay scholarship. Since moving to NYC, Phoebe has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in concerts throughout the USA, and in London, Germany, Israel and Australia. Phoebe has been a part of the Perlman Music Program since 2013, where she has attended the summer programs, residencies in Israel and the Chamber Music Workshop. Phoebe has also been awarded fellowships to attend the Aspen Music Festival and Summer school, studying with Donald Weilerstein and Paul Kantor, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in Paris and the Valdres Music Festival in Norway.
Sophia Steger Violin
Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Violinist Sophia Steger (19) is a student of Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Dorothy Starling Scholarship and Dorothy DeLay Scholarship. She has been awarded top prizes in numerous New York-area competitions and has performed as soloist with orchestras including the New York Chamber Players, Seniors Orchestral Society of New York, Manhattan School of Music Precollege Symphony, and the New York International Chamber Orchestra, and performed Vivaldi’s Winter from
The Four Seasons as soloist with the Aizuri Quartet. Sophia previously studied with Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege where she was awarded performance scholarships for eight consecutive years and has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as an orchestral fellow, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Castleman Quartet Program. Her chamber ensembles have been mentored by members of the Emerson, Shanghai, Juilliard, and Kronos quartets. As the first violinist of the Pannonia Quartet, she performed at Carnegie Hall for the Kronos Quartet’s 40th Anniversary Concert, at WQXR’s The Greene Space, the Queens Museum, at Hilary Hahn’s CD release event for her album ”In 27 Pieces” by invitation of Nico Muhly, and other venues across New York. Sophia is an advocate for humanitarian and environmental causes, and frequently organizes and performs recitals to benefit organizations such as SOIL (a program working to solve the humanitarian and ecological crisis in Haiti), educational sustainability projects for Something Good in the World, and is currently a member of a string trio partnering with 350NYC. Sophia has also led volunteer children’s
performances incorporating folk stories and folk music from around the world and gave a performance/discussion for teen Central American refugees and “youth at risk” from a local shelter. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys reading Agatha Christie stories, playing duos with her younger sister (a flutist), and studying archaeology.
Rannveig Marta Sarc Violin
Icelandic-Slovenian violinist, Rannveig Marta
A passionate chamber musician, Rannveig has performed in venues such as Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York and she frequently performs with Camerarctica- Chamber Music Society of Iceland.
In 2016-2017, she was a member of the Kahlo Quartet, as part of Juilliard’s Honors Chamber Music Program. Rannveig has appeared in music festivals such as Taos School of Music, IMS Prussia Cove, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota and Aspen.
Rannveig graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in 2018 under the tutelage of Laurie Smukler. She is now pursuing her Master of Music at Juilliard as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Donald Weilerstein and Catherine Cho.