Competition Finals

2016-17 Young Artist Competition Results

Overall Winners:

First Prize – Xiaoxuan Shi  -Violin
Second Prize – Enrique Rodriguez – Violin
Third Prize – Yujie He – Violin
Honorable Mention – Clara Neubauer -Violin

Division Winners:


Enrique Rodriguez Violin


Yujie He Violin

Viola Chen Flute


Clara Neubauer Violin

Mizuki Hayakawa Cello

Finals: April 22 2017 Dimenna Center for Classical Music NYC 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Xiaoxuan Shi Violin
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64: Third movement.

Violinist Xiaoxuan Shi is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Catherine Cho. In 2016, Xiaoxuan received her Bachelor’s Degree from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, where she studies with Prof. Qian Zhou. She won numerous competitions including the 1st Prize of the VIVO-S International Music Competition in 2017, the 1st Prize of the Conservatory Concerto Competition (Violin category) and the 1st Prize of the Singapore National Violin and Piano Competition (Artist category) in 2013, and the 3rd Prize of the China National Youth Violin Competition (Junior category) in 2009. Her solo appearances include performances with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra and YST String Chamber Ensemble. As an active chamber musician, Xiaoxuan’s chamber performances include a Brahms Sextet performance with Renaud Capucon, as well as a performance in the Singapore Chamber Music Festival of the Dvorak String Quintet with members of La Bande de La Loingtaine. She has also performed in chamber music concerts in music festivals all over the world.
Stephanie Liu Violin

Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo

Violinist Stephanie Liu is an avid soloist and chamber musician, with performance experiences taking her to venues including Carnegie Hall, Roulette, BargeMusic, the Rudolfinium in Prague, and Vienna’s Musikverein. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Princeton University, with secondary concentrations in Violin Performance and Sustainable Energy. While at Princeton, she served as concertmaster and co-President of the Princeton University Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Princeton University Orchestra, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the Raleigh Symphony, among other ensembles. Stephanie currently studies violin with Jennifer Frautschi, Philip Setzer, and Arnaud Sussman, and previously with Anna Lim and Lewis Kaplan. An active chamber musician, Stephanie has also studied with members of the Brentano String Quartet and Emerson String Quartet and has participated in masterclasses with Mark O’Connor, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Eric Wyrick, Koichiro Harada, and the Silk Road Ensemble. In New York, Stephanie performs regularly with ensembles such as the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Chelsea Symphony, the Songwriter’s Orchestra, and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.
Sean Yongjoo Lim Violin

Chausson ‘Poème, Op.25

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Sean Yongjoo Lim is a 17 years old violinist and native Washingtonian. Lim started
violin at age 8 and moved to Cleveland in 2015 to continue his music study under the tutelage of Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman at Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), Young Artist Program. He is currently freshman – Bachelor of Music in Performance – at CIM. Performing in large venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Lim’s first solo debut performance with orchestra was with the Kostrama Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Gershtein in Russia at the age of 12. Lim has been featured as a soloist with the U.S. Army Orchestra, the Howard County Concert Orchestra, the Landon Symphonette, the Strathmore Gala Event, and the Maryland Classic Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In January 2015, Lim also successfully performed full-length solo recital, featured by the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program, at the J.F. Kennedy Center
Millennium Stage. On May 27th, 2016, Lim performed as a soloist at one of the
Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert Series under the baton of Maestro Carl Topilow at the Severance Hall and received a standing ovation from the full-house audience. Lim was also featured on the NPR From the Top show – live broadcasted in June 2016 on the WCLV ideastream and aired on the NPR public radio in September 2016– as a soloist and a chamber musician with Cecilia Octet.
Lim has received numerous 1st place awards from the regional, national, and
international competitions including The WPAS Feder Memorial String Competition, the Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the FMMC High School Competition for Strings in memory of Gustave N. Johansen, Jr., and the James C. Macdonald Fine ArtsScholarship Competition. Lim competed in the 2015 International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition as one of its youngest participants. Lim was also named twice as an honorable winner of the National Young Arts Foundation in the years 2014 and 2015 and a grand prize winner of Cleveland POPS’ Orchestra 2016 Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Competition. Recently, Lim was named as the East Central Division Winner
and National Finalist of 2017 MTNA Senior String Competition. Lim served as a member of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellow and Co-Concertmaster of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Philharmonic and American Youth Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Lim also served as an assistant concertmaster and a principal of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Lim is a member of Friday Morning Music Club since 2014.

Yujie He Violin

Sibelius Violin Concerto first movement

Yujie He, born in China in 1994, started to play the piano at five and the violin at seven. She came to the United States in 2012 and earned her bachelor degree in the New England Conservatory studying with Paul Biss. She is pursuing her masters in the Juilliard School under the guidance of Catherine Cho now. In 2015, She won the Bales violin competition and got the loan for the violin made by Andrea Guarneri. She has attended many music festivals, including the Music Academy of the West as the youngest participant, Heifetz International Institute, New York String Seminar, Mozarteum, Aspen and Hotchkiss. She has worked with many musicians such as Sylvia Rosenberg, Cho-liang Lin, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Glenn Dicterow, Peter Salaff and has received chamber coaching from the members of Cleveland Quartet, Miro String Quartets, and Shanghai String Quartet.

Viola Chan Flute

Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto, Movement III. Allegro Scherzando.


A native of Los Angeles, California, flute player Viola Chan has performed as both an instrumentalist and vocalist in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Davies Symphony Hall, Vienna Musikverein, and Suntory Hall. She recently performed Steve Reich’s “Drumming” alongside Colin Currie, Daniel Druckman, and the Juilliard
Percussion Ensemble for Reich at his concert in Zankel Hall. A participant of the National Orchestral Institute and member of the New York Symphonic Ensemble 2015, which toured throughout Japan that summer, she often finds inspiration from different mediums of visual and performing arts. Viola has performed in masterclasses with Julien Beaudiment, Elizabeth Rowe, Nicola Mazzanti, Catherine Ransom Karoly, Sarah Jackson, and Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway. Her previous teachers include James Walker and Bolin Pan. Viola is in her third year pursuing a bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Carol Wincenc.


Eliana Razzino Yang Cello

Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations I, II, III, and VII.

Seventeen-year-old cellist Eliana Razzino Yang is a student of Clara Minhye Kim at Juilliard Pre-College. She has performed solo recitals in London, Paris, Rome, New York, Helsinki, and Philadelphia and concertos with orchestras at the Incontri di Canna Music Festival, Newburyport Festival Baroque Orchestra (with violinist Nurit Pacht), Temple University Pre-College, New England Suzuki Institute, and Musicopia String Orchestra. She has also performed as part of Harrisburg’s Market Square rising star series and received first prizes in the Philadelphia All City Orchestra Concerto Competition, Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow Competition, and Vivace Competition, and has collaborated with members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Audubon, Aizuri, and Momenta string quartets, Ensemble Epomeo, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Recital partners include pianists Ieva Jokubaviciute, Amy Yang, and Clare Hammond. In 2015 she travelled to Budapest, Hungary, to play for composer György Kurtág and cellist Miklós Perényi and in 2016 she played for composer George Crumb. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo. In the fall of 2017, Eliana will give two recitals in Rome with pianist Sandro de Palma and one in Naples, Italy.

Eliana will be returning to the Perlman Music Program in the summer of 2017. Past programs include the Castleman Quartet Program, Meadowmount School of Music, and Hotchkiss Institute. She has worked individually with teachers Ron Leonard, Peter Wiley, Richard Aaron, Paul Katz, Laurence Lesser, Natasha Brofsky, Timothy Eddy, Alan Harris, Clive Greensmith, Bonnie Hampton, Péter Szabó, and Martti Rousi. Her previous teachers include Yumi Kendall and Amy Barston. Eliana has also been coached by Ida Kavafian, Merry Peckham, Masao Kawasaki, Samuel Rhodes, Csaba Erdélyi and members of the Brentano, Miro, and Shanghai string quartets, amongst others. Eliana plays on a Joseph Panormo cello from 1810 on generous loan from Mr. Harold and Holly Glass of Philadelphia, PA.
Clara Neubauer Violin

Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor: Allegro Moderato.

15-year-old Clara Neubauer is a tenth grader at The Dalton School and a student of Li Lin at the Juilliard Pre-College. In June of 2017, Clara will be a student at the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Little Orchestra Society, the New York Concerti Sinfonietta and Music@Menlo as a Young Performer. As winner of the 2013 Artist in You Competition, Clara is a Musical Ambassador for the Doublestop Foundation.





Mizuki Hayakawa Cello

4th movement of the Elgar cello concerto in E.

Mizuki Hayakawa, cello is a junior at Edgemont High School in Scarsdale, NY. She has been playing the cello for the past 6 ½ years and is currently enrolled in Juilliard pre-college division studying with Natasha Brofsky. She started her music path with violin, at the age of 4 in Japan. After moving to the states, she started studying with Barbara Berg at Hoff Barthelson Music School, and after attending their summer program, she grew interest in the cello and started studying with Nicole Johnson that following year. Under the influence of Nicole and her father Marc Johnson, Mizuki grew to love chamber music and is currently the cellist in the Firefly Quartet through the New York Youth Chamber program. She has won numbers of competitions as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in venues such as the Weill Hall, Stern/Perelman Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, Rose Studio in Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Ozawa Hall, Koussevitzky shed at Tanglewood. During the summer, Mizuki has attended Kinhaven music school, Greenwood music camp, String Quartet and Young Artists Orchestra at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and this upcoming summer will attend YellowBarn Festival. As an orchestral cellist, she has been principal for Juilliard pre-college symphony and Tanglewood’s orchestra program. She has performed in master classes with Paul Katz,  Richard Aaron, Paul Watkins, Alan Harris, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith, Norman Fischer, Roger Tapping, Shanghai Quartet, and Muir Quartet.

Sara Scanlon

Dvorak Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, 1st movement


Sara Scanlon, age sixteen, developed her love of music and passion for playing cello at age four. She made her solo debut in April of 2016, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as a Grand Finalist of the National Young Artist Competition. Sara has been featured as a soloist on NPR’s “From the Top”, a national radio broadcast hosted by Christopher O’Riley and a featured performer for concerts at the Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY, the Zankel Music Center in Saratoga, NY, Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Battell Chapel at Yale University, New Haven, CT and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. A native of Milford, Connecticut, Sara was the winner for the Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, the Hamden Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Young Artist Showcase Competition in Stamford, CT. She was a finalist in the Curtis 2015 Summerfest Concerto Competition, an Honorable Mention winner for the 2016 National Youngarts Foundation and awarded first place in her age category in the 2016 Adelphi Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. As finalist for the 2016 Orford Award, Sara gave a solo performance at the Orford Musique’s – Gala du Prix.

Sara began her cello studies with Miriam Eckelhoefer and at age twelve continued her instruction with Clara Kim at the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division. Sara is currently a student of Richard Aaron. In addition to her solo work, Sara is a sought after chamber musician. She currently plays in a piano trio, a string quartet and the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra at the Juilliard School. Sara was chosen as one of a select group of twelve musicians and given a full tuition scholarship to participate in the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Studio at Aspen Music Festival this summer.



Benedikt Winzer Violin

Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto Opus 14, 1st movement


Benedikt Winzer was born in Vienna, Austria and now lives in New Jersey. He is currently a freshman at Allied Academy of Health and Science High School. He started playing the violin at age 4. Ben attends Mannes Pre-College where he studies with Khullip Jeung. He has won first place in competitions like the National Young Musicians Showcase, Rondo Young Artist Festival, Forte International Music Competition, American Protege or National Young Maestro Competition and performed in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space and Merkin Hall. In 2016, he won the Mannes Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the Mannes Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017. As concertmaster of the Mannes Symphony Orchestra, he played the solo in Tchaikovsky’s Mozartiana, and has been active with various chamber groups. During the summers, Ben studies with Michael Trabesinger in Vienna, Austria and over the past years attended violin summer camps in Austria, Italy and the US.

Matsumoto Violin

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Opus 28 (Saint-Saens)

Violinist Eanko Matsumoto currently studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. She began playing the violin at age 3 in Tokyo. When she was 7, she was selected to perform as the youngest “youth performer” in the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall. At age 9, she participated in International Summer Academy “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria. Enako came to the United States when she was 10. She studies at The Perlman Music Program during the summer and performs in various events throughout the year.




Mia Kim Bernard Cello
C. Saint Saëns: Cello Concerto #1, Op 33: Allegro non troppo

Mia Kim Bernard is a twelve-year old cellist from Hoboken, New Jersey who has been
playing cello since she was four and is currently studying at the Manhattan School of
Music Preparatory Division with Madeleine Golz. As a winner of national and international competitions, Mia has performed regularly at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been featured artist with numerous orchestras such as the Vermont Philharmonic, New York Chamber Players Orchestra, New Jersey City University Orchestra and with Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in Master Classes for Bonnie Hampton, Eric Bartlett, Steve Doane, Julia Bruskin, David Ying and Colin Carr. She enjoys crafts, ballet, swimming, skiing, skating and having fun with her friends.
Enrique Rodrigues Violin

Carmen Fantasy composed by Franz Waxman



15 yr old Enrique Rodrigues is a 9th grader at Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey. He excels in all his academic endeavors and studies at the Juilliard School of Music, under the tutelage of Mr. Hyo Kang & Mr. I-Hao Lee. Since the age of 5, Enrique has been working, with single minded devotion towards realizing his dream of becoming a concert violinist. He has won awards that allowed him to perform as a soloist with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Nova Orchestra. Enrique has also been the recipient of the Gold Medal at the New Jersey ASTA Solo Strings Competition, NJMTA Young Musician’s Competition, Shining Stars Debut Soloists & the Golden Key Music Festival. In 2015, it was an honor for Enrique to have been selected as one of the 10 violinists to perform at the Dorothy Delay Symposium. Enrique had the opportunity to perform and attend master classes by Sarah Chang, Ronald Copes, Daniel Heifetz, Paul Kantor, Giora Schmidt, and Laurie Smukler as well as learn from recitalists, Ani & Ida Kavafian.Through his journey, Enrique has performed at the Carnegie Hall & the Merkin Hall as well as internationally at P.I Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and The University of Music, in Weimar Germany. Maestro Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, are a few among the illustrious musicians, Enrique has had the immense good fortune to have met personally. Enrique has been frequently featured in a variety of press releases for his numerous achievements. He was invited to attend a public council meeting by the Borough of Fair Lawn, and received a letter of commendation for all of his achievements by Lisa Swain, mayor of Fair Lawn N.J.“To whom much has been given, much will be expected” – Enrique is committed to using his time and talent to making this world a better place and giving back to local communities. Enrique has brought immense joy and touched the lives of many senior citizens by performing at Assisted Living Centers, The Veteran’s Homes and Day Care Centers in the State of New Jersey. For the last 3 years, Enrique has had the honor to perform the Star Spangled Banner for the DARE program organized by the Fair Lawn Police Department in conjunction with the Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

In an effort to nurture and inspire a love for classical music in elementary school children, Enrique works as the Northern NJ Assistant Director in the Back to Bach project with fellow Juilliard musicians and together they narrate their own journey and share their passion for classical music with school children all over the state of New Jersey. With his relentless determination & commitment, Enrique is paving the way to carving his own place in the wonderful world of classical music.

Ian Maloney Cello

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1, I. Moderato

KYPC concert #1

Ian Maloney, age 12, is a student of Madeleine Golz at The Manhattan School of Music. A unique musical talent who also plays the piano and trumpet, composes and arranges, Ian has won numerous music competitions. He is a 2016 Lyra Music Youth Competition First Prize Winner, 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition First Place Winner, 2016 New York International Artists Cello Competition Winner, 2016 International Grande Music Competition Winner, 2016 Camerata Artists International Competition Winner, 2016 Manhattan School of Music Chamber Music Competition First Place Winner and three-time Finalist for the Adelphi Orchestra Young Artists Competition. Ian will appear on NPR’s From the Top in April and performs in the newly released From the Top YouTube music video with Project Trio featuring the Twenty One Pilots’ Grammy Award-Winning song “Stressed Out.” He has performed in Master Classes for cellists Clive Greensmith, Paul Watkins, David Finckel, Steven Doane, Colin Carr, Jonathan Spitz, Bonnie Hampton and others. For the past two Summers, Ian has studied chamber music at the renowned Music@Menlo Festival in Atherton, California. He is proud to be part of an award-winning cello duo with Mia Kim Bernard and an award-winning piano duo with Benjamin Rossen.