Competition Finals 2018
2018 Young Artist Competition Results
First Place: Bryan Cheng, cello / Randall Mitsuo Goosby Violin
Second Place: Keila Wakao Violin
Third Place – Jisu Choi Violin
Junior – Keila Wakao Violin
Runner-up – Elizabeth G Lee Violin / Laura Navasardian, Cello
Senior – Sofia Gilchenok Viola / Jun Lin Violin
Runner-up – Kenneth Naito Violin / Charles Zandieh Cello
College – Jason Moon Violin
Runner-up – Sophia Stoyanovich Violin / Phoebe Gardner Violin
Mozart Violin Concerto in D Major No.4 I. Allegro
Hailed as “…a spectacular young violinist” by Seattle Times Music Critic Bernard Jacobson, violinist Sophia Stoyanovich has captivated audiences across the country since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. She has soloed with numerous orchestra including the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, Rainier Symphony, Thalia Symphony, Bainbridge Symphony, and Butte Symphony amongst others. Winner of the SeattleSymphony Young Artist Auditions she made her debut with the Seattle Symphony in 2011 performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.Ms. Stoyanovich has been featured on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live with Sean MacLean,
NPR’s From The Top with pianist Christopher O’Riley, and by The University of Washington Women’s Society Recital Series hosted by Dave Beck. Ms. Stoyanovich presented her first professional solo recital for the Collected Works Concert Series at age twelve, and continues as a recitalist in New York and at home in Seattle, Washington.Most recently she performed as Gold Medal winner of the 2016 International Virtuosi Competition in New York City and as finalist in the 2017 Mondavi Young Artists Competition.In March of 2014, Ms. Stoyanovich traveled to Vietnam where she performed and led masterclasses for
students in Hoi An, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Performances at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music and The Soul Music Academy took place as well. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Stoyanovich had the honor in November of 2014 performing with fellow members of her quartet from The Juilliard School at the Opening Gala of Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. She has worked and coached with many noted chamber musicians included David Finkle, Sylvia Rosenberg, Astrid Schween, Roger Tapping, Catherine Cho, Martin Chalifour, and Ronald Copes.Daughter of Northwest based Composer Patrick Stoyanovich, she also has performed in several worldpremieres with The St. Cecilia Music Festival including commissioned works “Cantos de San Juan de la Cruz”. and songs of “Saint Thomas Aquinas” with mezzo-soprano Sarah Mattox. In October of 2016 she premiered Patrick Stoyanovich’s String Quartet No.1 “Shiloh Church” at The Bowery Poetry Society in New York City. Ms. Stoyanovich has participated in numerous masterclasses including working with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Ida Kavafian, Gil Shaham, Robert Chen, Tjeerd Top, Joel Krosnick and Donald Weilerstein. She has been awarded scholarships to the Sarasota Music Festival (2016), Fellowship at The Aspen Music Festival (2015), The National Youth Orchestra of the United States (2013- 2014), Seattle Youth Symphony
Orchestra (2004-2013), Marrowstone Music Festival (2009, 2010), Greater Kitsap Honors Orchestra (2008), Indiana University String Academy (2008), Interlochen Arts Academy (2007) and Seattle Youth Symphony (2009-2012). Ms. Stoyanovich began her violin studies at the age of six. She currently studies under the tutelage of Professor Li Lin at The Juilliard School in New York City, as recipient of the Drs. & Kassie Biros Neuman
Scholarship and the C.V. Starr Scholarship. She performs on a 1930 Berger Violin made in New York City.
Bryan Cheng, cello
1st and 2nd movements of the Elgar Cello Concerto.
Winner of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, 20-year-old Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng has attracted widespread attention for his natural, virtuosic command of the cello and his mature, impassioned musicianship. He made his orchestral debut at age 10 with the I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra; since then, he has been soloist with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Nouvelle Génération Chamber Orchestra, and Germany’s Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, among others. In summer of 2017, he toured as soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 12 cities across the country.
Since his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall at age 14, Mr. Cheng has performed in world-class concert halls including Montréal’s Maison Symphonique, Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, Aspen’s Harris Hall, Shanghai’s Poly Grand Theatre, and at international music festivals including Trasimeno, Aspen, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Festival of the Sound. He is 1st-prize winner of the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition, 2nd-prize winner of the OSM Manulife Competition, one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” and a CBC Young Artist of the Year. His debut album Violoncelle français (2016) on German label audite received worldwide acclaim, and his sophomore album Violonchelo del fuego will be released in June 2018. As the cellist of Cheng2 Duo, he has presented multiple recital tours, visiting over 30 cities across Canada and 13 cities in China.
Over the years, Mr. Cheng has accumulated a concert repertoire spanning ﬁve centuries, and is equally committed to both traditional masterworks and the music of his time. Mr. Cheng has commissioned and given over half a dozen world premieres in North America, including the world premiere of two pieces by Canadian composer Alexina Louie at his second Carnegie Hall recital; the North American premiere of a cello concerto by British-Russian composer Gabriel Prokoﬁev (grandson of Sergei) at Koerner Hall with the Esprit Orchestra; and most recently, the world premiere of a multimedia project featuring ﬁve new Canadian works by composers from all regions of the country at the National Gallery of Canada.
2017-2018 highlights include his solo debut with the Niagara Symphony, recitals at renowned chamber music series in Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Winnipeg, and Berlin; a 16-city tour in Ontario and Québec with Jeunesses Musicales Canada; and a two-week tour across British Columbia.
Mr. Cheng is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin in the studio of Jens Peter Maintz. He plays a rare 1754 Venetian cello by Bartolomeo Tassini.
Jason Moon Violin
Paganini’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 6. movement #1
Eighteen-year-old Jason Moon began studying the violin at the age of five and is currently under the tutelage of Li Lin as a first-year undergraduate at the Juilliard School. As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he graduated in 2017 from the Menlo School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College, where he studied for two years with Wei He. He played in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for four seasons, with which he served as principal and performed in the summer of 2015 in several European concert venues, including the Berlin Philharmonie and the Amsterdam Concertebouw.
Jason has won numerous competitions in the Bay Area including the Silicon Valley Youth Music Competition, Peninsula Symphony Youth Musicians’ Competition, and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He has also been selected as a semifinalist in the 2018 Schadt String Competition. He has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has furthermore had the pleasure of working with and performing in masterclasses for such renowned artists as Ilya Kaler, Joel Smirnoff, Miriam Fried, Lucie Robert, Kim Kashkashian, Ivan Zenaty, and Haik Kazazyan.
An avid chamber musician, Jason has participated in Susan Bates’ Young Chamber Musicians, through which he was able to perform for and work with the Borromeo, Escher, and Calidore String Quartets, and in Juilliard’s Chamberfest program. He has in previous summers attended the Meadowmount School of Music, Northwestern University Summer Violin Institute, Music@Menlo Young Performers Program, and Yellow Barn Young Artists Program. In the summer of 2018, he will be attending the Taos School of Music.
Randall Mitsuo Goosby Violin
Violinist Randall Mitsuo Goosby (21) made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 13, where he “exerted a masterly level of control and lavished an exquisite tone playing Ysaye’s unaccompanied Sonata No. 3…and his performance won him a deserved standing ovation for its sheer virtuosity” (NY Times Music review). Randall has appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States since winning First Prize at the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition in 2010, at age 13. The win immediately led to an invitation by Tony- Nominated actor Delroy Lindo, to perform at the 18th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, California. That same year, Randall was invited to appear as part of the New York Philharmonic’s prestigious Young People’s Concert series at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. He was invited to play again with the New York Philharmonic in 2011 and in 2012.
Randall began violin studies at age 7, and made his solo orchestral debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at age 9. He attended and performed at the Schlern International Music Festival in Schlern, Italy that same year and, thereafter, attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME) and the Perlman Music Program (Shelter Island, NY). In 2011, Randall received a full scholarship to attend the Juilliard Pre-College program in New York. Randall currently studies with reigning violin virtuoso, Itzhak Perlman, and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance, and a proud recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship.
Randall has made solo appearances with several major orchestras across the U.S. including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, New World Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and Arkansas Symphony among others. He has also made two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium as part of the Sphinx Organization’s Young Artist Development Program. In addition to performing, Randall is passionate about sharing his love for music, and has participated in outreach programs for public schools, children’s hospitals, and music programs across the country.
Randall received Grand Prize honors at the Memphis Youth Symphony Concerto Competition (2008), Germantown Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition (2009), the Young Artists Concerto Competition at the Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado (2009) and, at the age of 13, became the youngest First Prize Winner of the Annual Sphinx Concerto Competition. Additionally, he received the prestigious Isaac Stern Award (2011) following his second solo performance at Carnegie Hall, and was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program (2012), which showcases performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians. Randall was also honored as the 2013 Rising Star of the Key West Impromptu Classical Concert Series in Florida, and was honored as a Rising Star of the Stradivari Society in 2015.
Randall plays on a magnificent Giovanni Paolo Maggini (c. 1600) on generous loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Phoebe Gardner Violin
Born in 1997, violinist 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, Germany, and Israel. In 2017, Phoebe won a Silver Award in the US Virtuoso Competition and was awarded the Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award in the Final of the Australian Music Foundation Awards. In 2015 she was named a Young Arts Winner by the National Young Arts Foundation USA, where she had the opportunity to work with Mikhail Baryshnikov in New York. Throughout her time at The Juilliard School, she has been privileged to work with conductors Alan Gilbert, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed in masterclasses with New York Philharmonic co-concertmaster Sheryl Staples, and in Germany with Roland Glassl, and Sebastian Schmidt from the Mandelring Quartet.
Phoebe has won many awards for her violin performances and her original compositions. She was awarded her Associate and Licentiate Performance Diplomas, both with distinction. Phoebe has performed at many concerts throughout Sydney and as an invited soloist with The Mosman Symphony Orchestra and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, where she performed the premiere of a work by the Young Composer of the Year as well as the Bach Concerto for Two Violins. Phoebe has also been a featured artist in the NSW Schools Spectacular.
Phoebe began violin studies at age 5 in the Suzuki program. She then studied for many years with Janet Davies in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Rising Stars Program where she was a scholarship recipient and was also awarded the Fairweather Prize by the Sydney Conservatorium Foundation. In 2013, Phoebe was the first Australian to receive a scholarship and attend the Perlman Music Program. Phoebe was then awarded a full scholarship from The Starling Foundation to continue her violin studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho in the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School, where she was concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra.
Along with her studies, Phoebe spends her time performing for Concerts In Motion – a New York City-based not-for-profit organization providing uplifting, live music to people who are homebound, veterans, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, and medical patients of all ages.
Jisu Choi Violin
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in g minor
Acclaimed as a brilliant and captivating performer by the New York Concert Review, a native Korean violinist Jisu Choi is rapidly establishing her solo career by participating in various competition. Ms. Choi has won various prizes in both solo and chamber categories at numerous competitions such as Dong-A News Music Competition, LISMA Competition, Crescendo Music Competition, Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, Pearl and Julius Young Music Competition and Rondo Young Artists Competition. Ms. Choi has given a winner’s recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall with a program of Dvorak Piano Quartet. She recently has given her first solo recital at Weill Recital Hall in May 2017, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Igor Stravinsky, and Pablo de Sarasate.
Ms. Choi has worked with many renowned musicians including Daniel Avshalomov, Ju-Young Baek, Emanuel Borok, Glen Dicterow, Anne Epperson, Koichiro Harada, Kristin Lee, Ken-David Masur, Samuel Rhodes, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Leonard Slatkin, Ian Swensen, and Torleif Thedeen.
Ms. Choi is a recipient of Mark E. Tracey Memorial Band Scholarship and a full scholarship student at Manhattan School of Music. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Ms. Lucie Robert.
2017 Elaine and Stephen Stamas New York Philharmonic Scholarship Fund recipient, Jun Lin, age 15, is a 10 grader at Collegiate School in New York City. He started his violin studies at age 4 with his father, Professor Li Lin, and currently is a student of Professor Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School Pre College Division.
Jun is the winner of Grand Prize of Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra Young Artists Competition, Grand Prize and House of Representatives Award of New York International Music Concour, First Prize and Bronze Medal Award of Vivo International Music Competition, First Prize of Crescendo International Music Competition, First Prize of Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, First Prize of Golden Classical Awards International Competition, and Gold Prize of Osaka International Music Competition Junior Course Division. Currently, he is a member at Collegiate Orchestra and Juilliard Pre College Symphony.
Jun is a participant of 2017, 2016 and 2015 Music@Menlo Young Performers Program, 2014 Junior Bach Festival, Berkeley, California, a soloist and a guest artist of Bay Bells Ensemble in Palo Alto, California (May 2014), and Civic Garden Club of San Carlos, San Carlos, California (July 2014), and has appeared as soloist with Collegiate Orchestra (2016) in New York City, Harker Orchestra (2013 and 2014) in San Jose, California and performed in numerous solo recitals at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in San Francisco, California (2007-2014).
Besides musical achievements, Jun holds numerous academic honors such as Award for High Honors from The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Harker Honor Roll of Academics, Effort and Citizenship, Harker Mission of School Award, Harker Love of Learning Award, and Challenger Certificate of Exceptional Academic Performance.
Sofia Gilchenok Viola
Violist Sofia Gilchenok is a student of Hsin-Yun Huang, Molly Carr, and Yi-Fang Huang in the Juilliard School’s Pre-college Program, which she has attended since 2013. She has performed Paganini’s La Campanella with the Ocala Symphony and has also appeared as soloist with the Willimantic Symphony. This year Sofia was chosen as the first place strings winner in the Musical Club of Hartford’s High School Competition, placed second in the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, and advanced to the finals of the 92Y Concerto Competition. In 2016, Sofia was chosen as the winner of the American Viola Society’s Solo Competition, Junior Division. She was a finalist in the Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition and the recipient of the NFMC’s 2015 National Wendell Irish Viola Award, Northeastern Division. She has performed in masterclasses with the Calidore Quartet, the Diaz Trio, Lawrence Dutton and Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet, Sheila Browne, Kirsten Docter, Wu Han, Jeffrey Irvine, Juliette Kang and Tom Kraines, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Lynn Ramsey, Karen Ritscher, Keith Robinson, Carol Rodland, Peter Slowik, and Ivo-Jan van der Werff. Sofia is passionate about chamber music and considers her participation in Music@Menlo among her favorite musical experiences. Her former teachers include Heidi Castleman, Steve Larson, Melinda Daetsch, and Kathy Almquist. Sofia volunteers weekly at Camp Care Therapeutic Riding Center in Columbia, CT. She enjoys designing jewelry and playing with her dog and kitten.
Kenneth Naito Violin
Brahms violin concerto D major 1st mvt.
Kenneth Ryu Takebe Naito is a 12th grader from Elkridge, Maryland. Kenneth studies with Professor Naoko Tanaka at the Juilliard School, Precollege Division. He started his violin studies at the age of 4 and his teachers included Ms. Elizabeth Faidley (Peabody Institute), Professor Keng-Yuen Tseng (Peabody Institute), Ms. Olga Khroulevitch, and Professor (Emeritus) Shirley Givens (Peabody Institute and Juilliard School). He has performed in many venues including Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, 92 Y, Franz Liszt House in Weimar, Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, National Gallery of Art, Evermay Estate in Washington, DC, German Consulate in NY, and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Kenneth’s solo recital debut was age 8 at the Peabody Conservatory and his concerto debut at age 11, performing the Bruch violin concerto with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra, Russia, Pavel Gerstein, conductor. During the past 2 seasons, Kenneth performed with the Columbia Orchestra (MD), the National Philharmonic Orchestra (MD), the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (MD) and the United States Army Orchestra (VA). Kenneth performed at a public masterclass with the Jerusalem Quartet sponsored by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation, at Evermay. Most recently, Kenneth performed the Vivaldi Concerto B minor for Four violins at the Heifetz Festival Celebrity Series with Professor Mark Kaplan (Indiana University) and Professor Brian Lewis (University of Texas). Kenneth was chosen to be a Student Artist to the 2017 Starling-DeLay Symposium on violin studies held at The Juilliard School. Kenneth also attended at the Heifetz International Music Institute’s Summer Institute for the past 3 years and the Summit Music Festival last year. Kenneth interests outside of music include earning a Tae-Kwon-Do blackbelt, and biking, and running.
Charles Zandieh Cello
A harbinger of young musicianship, Charles “Charlie” Zandieh, age 16, began his cello studies at age 4 with Alex Croxton at CW Post on Long Island. He later transferred to the School for Strings in Manhattan at age 7, where he continued his studies with Mr. Croxton. Charlie was exposed to theory, chamber music and orchestral performance at a young age, which catapulted him into the musical world. At age 10, Charlie was accepted into The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Program, where he currently studies with Minhye Clara Kim. Charlie is currently a junior at Syosset High School on Long Island. In school, Charlie is part of many musical activities, including chamber club and Tri-M, and he even plays the trumpet in his school’s stage band.
Charlie won Juilliard’s 2014 Cello Concerto Competition and performed the Lalo Cello Concerto with the Pre-College Orchestra that February at age 12. Soon thereafter, he was featured on News 12 Long Island, the Daily News, and a special entertainment documentary on Ovation TV titled “Young Marvels.” Two years later, Charlie placed runner-up in Juilliard’s 2016 Cello Concerto Competition. Since then, he has been a winner of the Great Composers Competition and a merit winner in the Young Arts Competition. Charlie also sat principal chair in the 2017 NMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, NY, and has been the principal seat of the Nassau County All-County Orchestra for the past 4 years.
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 in Long Island. He is a member of the Zandieh Trio, with his violinist brother Cameron and pianist brother Christopher.
Eliana Silverman Violin
Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46: I. Introduction: Grave, Adagio Cantabile
17-year-old violinist, Eliana Silverman, is from Franklin, Michigan. She was first introduced to the violin at the age of six by her grandmother, who still had her childhood violin. Although this antique instrument was in disrepair and virtually unplayable, Eliana was intrigued and shortly thereafter started private lessons with Dr. Sharon Rothstein in Farmington Hills, MI. She is currently a junior at Cranbrook Kingswood Schools in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and has been playing in her school’s orchestra since the 4th grade. Also, Eliana has been a participant in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s various Civic Youth Ensembles for the past 7 years, and is currently the first violinist in the Slatkin Quartet there. She has had the incredible experience of attending Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp from 2011-2016, playing in the first violin section of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2016. This past summer, Eliana spent three weeks in McMinnville, Oregon at Linfield College for Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, and plans to attend CQP for seven weeks this summer.
Eliana has played in countless monthly studio solo recitals and frequent chamber music recitals over the past ten years. Furthermore, she has had extremely special opportunities to participate in master classes for distinguished musicians such as John Gilbert, Ara Sarkissian, Penny Kruse, Odin Rathnam, Laura Roelofs, and Linda Thomssen, as well as lessons with Charles Castleman.
She is thrilled to be playing in the Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition Finals and could not have done it without the support of her violin teacher and loving and supportive family members. She plays on a John Young 2007 violin, custom made for and previously owned by internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch. Outside of music, Eliana loves spending time with her family, including her two younger brothers and two dogs.
Angelina Dong Violin
15-year-old Angelina Dong, from New Jersey, is an Honor Roll student at Fair Lawn High School and is currently enrolled in Mannes School of Music. She began her violin study at age 4 and for the past two years, she has studied with Michelle Kim and Khullip Jeung.
She won First Prize in the Russian Music Competition and performed the winner concert at Carnegie Hall. She is also a winner of the Vivo International Music Competition and the NJMTA Young Musician Competition. Last year, she is one of the few violinists invited to perform for “Women of the World” conference at David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Hall where guest speakers such as Hilary Clinton and Scarlett Johansson made an appearance. While in middle school, she was selected to play at the Fair Lawn Board of Education meeting and was highly praised for her performance.
Angelina has had the honor to attend a masterclass with the renowned violinist, Cho-Liang Lin in the second JiaFeng Chen International Music Summer Course. She also has studied with Danielle Belen at Center Stage Strings summer camp and has received chamber coaching from the Calidore String Quartet. She loves to contribute to the community and has performed numerous times at nursing homes throughout Northern New Jersey.
Angie is very determined and energetic towards pursuing her dream to become a concert violinist.
During her free time, Angie enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing tennis.
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.1 in f sharp minor 1st movement
Jiabao Wei was born in China, first shown her talent of violin playing at 3 years old. she won several gold awards in National Children’s violin competition in very young age. Then she entered the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School of CHINA to be a young violinist. She won first prize both in HongKong International Violin Competition and the Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition. Now, she has studied in the Juilliard School Pre-college Division for 4 years and currently studies with Joel Smirnoff and I-Hao Lee.
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations:1,2,3 and 7
Laura was born on December 6, 2003 in New York City. She started playing cello at the age of six in the class of Vladimir Panteleev. Laura is an eight-grade student at Special Music School. She is currently the first-year student 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 2016 New York Music competition as well as winner of 2016 Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria. She 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, Auditoriums Museo Del Violino with the Festival Orchestra in Cremona, Italy, and Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In July 2016, Laura participated in Euro Arts Music Festival in Halle, Germany, and in July 2017 – in Todi International Music Academy, Italy. On both occasions, she worked with Professor Suren Bagratuni and performed several concerts. In 2017, Laura won the Grand Prize at the International Grand Music Competition in New York City, and became a semi-finalist at the X International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan. In February 2018, Laura performed with orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall. She won the first prize at 2018 Y92 concerto competition. Laura was accepted to Perlman Music Program for Summer of 2018. In her spare time, Laura likes skiing and swimming but above all she loves cooking.
Elizabeth G Lee Violin
Despite her young age, Keila has proven herself as a serious and competitive violinist. At the age of seven, she won the Forte International Music Competition in New York, followed by a 1st place win at the 8th Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan. Other recent accolades include winner of Waltham Symphony Orchestra Young Artist String Competition, winner of the New England Conservatory Prep Concerto Competition and winner of the New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition.
Keila has appeared as a soloist with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, the Ogaki Chamber Orchestra in Japan, the New England Philharmonic and the NEC Junior Repertoire Orchestra in Boston’s Jordan Hall. Keila was also selected to participate in Julia Fischer‘s violin master class and played at the final concert in Tutzing, Germany.
She was invited to perform and to speak at TEDx BeaconStreet which was held in November, 2017.Keila will be one of the youngest participants in the Perlman Music Program for the summer of 2018.In her spare time, Keila enjoys swimming, reading, drawing, fashion design, and studying the Japanese language.
Sanford Whatley Violin
Sanford Whatley, 14, is a 9th grader at Tenafly Middle School and has been a violinist
for 11 years, currently studying with Khullip Jeung. He is in his second year as a
member of the New York Youth Symphony and the New York Youth Symphony
Chamber Music Program. Sanford’s HaWK piano trio is coached by Yari Bond and
last year was Grand Winner at the National League of Performing Arts chamber music
competition. Prior to solo performance studies with Mr. Jeung, Sanford was a student
at the Thurnauer School of Music for 8 years, where he studied violin with Edwin
Kaplan, Bela Horvath, and Jinah Lee and piano with Beth Robin, and was a member
of the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra. Sanford performed as a member of Face the
Music for three seasons and spends his summers at Kinhaven Music Camp and the
Four Strings Festival. Sanford plays soccer and runs varsity track at Tenafly High
- Keila Wakao Violin
- Elizabeth G Lee Violin
- Laura Navasardian Cello
- Sanford Whatley Violin
- Charles Zandieh Cello
- Jiabao Anna Wei Violin
- Kenneth Naito Violin
- Jun Lin Violin
- Eliana Silverman Violin
- Angelina Dong Violin
- Sofia Gilchenok Viola
- Bryan Cheng Cello
- Sophia Stoyanovich Violin
- Randall Goosby Violin
- Phoebe GardnerViolin
- Jason Moon Violin
- Hannah Murphy Harp
- Jisu Choi Violin