Competition Winners (2016-17)
Xiaoxuan Shi Violin – First Prize
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.
Enrique Rodrigues – Violin Second Prize & Junior Division
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.
Yujie He Violin – Third Prize & College Division
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.
Clara Neubauer Violin – Honorable Mention & Senior Division
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor: Allegro Moderato.
Viola Chan Flute – College Division
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.
Mizuki Hayakawa Cello – Senior Division
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.
Ian Maloney Cello – Junior Division
Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1, I. Moderato
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.