Leland Ko (Cello
Liyuan Xie (Violin)
Hana Mundiya (Violin)
Anni Yu (Violin)
LELAND KO (CELLO)
Leland Philip Ko (b. 1998) is a cellist of Chinese-Canadian descent from the Boston area. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across America’s east coast, such as Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre in Boston, as well as internationally in Sweden, Israel, and Spain, including Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada. Leland’s most recent accolades include second prize at the inaugural Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition in 2020, and appearing as a finalist in the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Despite growing up a part of Boston’s strong youth orchestra culture, Leland has often sought out chamber music at various summer festivals over the years, having attended the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School and its Chamber Music Workshop, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.
Leland’s love for chamber music has also led him to be an Artist in Residence of New York Piano Society (NYPS), as well as a frequent performer on Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand’s concert series “Music on Park Ave” at Scandinavia House in NYC, and former Music Director of Opus 21, a student-run chamber music collective at Princeton.
Leland was a long-time student of Ronald Lowry and Paul Katz before attending Princeton University, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in German Literature. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the teaching of Minhye Clara Kim and Timothy Eddy. Since the end of 2020, Leland plays on the ex-Peled, ex-Greenhouse Thomas Dodd from 1790.
Leland was also a competitive long-distance runner for several years, but remains loyal to his original passion of tennis, both as a player and even more so as a fan.
HANA MUNDIYA (VIOLIN)
Hana Mundiya made her concerto debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 13 at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center as a part of the orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts. Her recent top prizes include the 25th International Brahms Competition in Austria, 9th Leopold Mozart Competition in Germany, Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Competition, Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, World Bach Competition, and Princeton University Concerto Competition. The Allgemeine Zeitung described her performance at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden as a soloist with the Mainz Kammerorchester as “convincing and technically impeccable.”
A strong believer in the universal ideals of the United Nations Charter, she is a dedicated member of the UN Chamber Music Society, and performs regularly at the UN Headquarters, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for UNHCR, UNESCO, the Red Cross, and Mount Sinai Hospital. As President of Opus 21, Princeton University's chamber music collective, she led a collaboration with and now frequently performs at the Music on Park Avenue series at Scandinavia House in NYC. She is the Artist-in-Residence for the New York Piano Society.
As a baroque violinist, she has appeared with The Academy of Ancient Music at Walt Disney Concert Hall and San Francisco Early Music Society, and with the English Concert as a principal member of Early Music Princeton.
Born to a Japanese mother and Indian father, Hana is a native of SoHo, New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Catherine Cho and Naoko Tanaka, and Robert Mealy for baroque violin. Her past teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Eric Wyrick, Nancy Wilson, Detlef Hahn, and Bojan Čičić. She is a graduate of Juilliard Pre-College and the United Nations International School in New York City.
Canadian violinist Anni Yu began her musical journey at the age of eight. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, she achieved numerous distinctions and prizes in music competitions such as the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Alberta Provincial Music Festival, and the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition. She made her solo debut at the age of 11 performing a Mozart concerto with the Concordia Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the years, Anni has also appeared as a soloist with the Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and the Mannes Prep Philharmonic.
In the tenth grade, Anni decided to move to New York City to continue pursuing her love for music. A student at Mannes Prep during her final two years of high school, she actively competed in chamber and solo music competitions in New York and had the opportunity to perform alone and with her piano trio at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Greene Space.
In 2020, Anni graduated from the Mannes School of Music with a bachelor's degree in violin performance. She currently studies under the guidance of Lewis Kaplan and Yibin Li and will begin pursuing her master's degree this fall.
Beyond the school year, Anni has spent many summers practicing and performing at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. She has also attended the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austri
Born in 2000, Chinese violinist Liyuan Xie started playing the violin at age four and is currently a student of Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. He studied previously with Binyou Zhou in Shanghai Conservatory before coming to the United States. His other mentors include Lei Fang and Jiayin Huang.
Liyuan has collaborated with the orchestra such as Shanghai Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera House, Nanjing Philharmonic, Qingdao Symphony and Shanghai Chamber Orchestras. As a chamber musician, he has performed for the ‘From The Top’ and ‘WQXR’ channel as well as in Jordan Hall and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
He also served as a concertmaster of National Youth Orchestra Of China, Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, NEC Symphony and the others. His concert engagements in season 2020-2021 include performing Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Nanjing Philharmonic Orchestra, solo appearance throughout the major cities of China and playing as a member of his hometown chamber ensemble ‘Nanjing Quartet’.
Eli Goldberger (Clarinet)
Spencer Rubin (Oboe)
(Blaire) Nayoun Kim (Violin)
Myra Cui (Violin)
JeongWon Lee (Flute)
Bethany Bobbs (Cello)
Michelle Stern (Violin)
Noelle Naito (Violin)
Sanford Whatley (Viola)
Esme Arias-Kim (Violin)
MYRA CUI (VIOLIN)
Myra Cui is a junior at River Dell Regional High School in New Jersey. She began violin lessons at 5 years old and currently studies with Ms. Naoko Tanaka at Juilliard School Pre-College Division. Besides being a violin soloist, Myra is also a devoted orchestral musician, serving as the concertmaster of the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she served as the concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and New Jersey Regional I High School Orchestra. Myra enjoys participating in competitions where she can learn and grow with her musical friends. She is a National YoungArts 2021 winner in the classical music category, and the New Jersey state winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Student Performance Competitions. Myra has received top awards from competitions such as National League of Performing Arts International Young Artists Competition, VIVO International Music Competition, International Virtuoso Competition, New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra Concerto Competition, International Grande Music Competition and Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, among others. Myra has performed in master classes by renowned violinists Midori Goto and Anna Rabinova, and chamber master classes by Fred Sherry and Daniel Phillips. She has played in major venues including the Isaac Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. In addition to playing violin, Myra enjoys teaching and mentoring younger violinists, looking for new ways to spread the joy of classical music.
JEONGWON LEE (FLUTE)
JeongWon Lee (2002) was born in Seoul, South Korea and started playing the flute after falling in love with the clear and pastoral tone of the instrument. In 2015, SJB News has called her “the new rising star of the wind instrument”.
JeongWon has won first prize in the New York Young Virtuoso Competition, Korea Flute Association Concours, Dong-A Junior Music Competition, Sungjung Concours, Eumyoun Concours, Kukmin Daily & Hansei University Music Competition, Flute & Flutist National Flute Competition, and Seoul National University of Music Competition. She has also received awards for outstanding performance and achievement from Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School.
As a solo artist, she has many performances accompanied by the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Teleradio-Moldova, Gunsan Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korea Flute Soloists. JeongWon also holds her own flute recitals annually.
She is currently enrolled in The Juilliard School Precollege and studying with Professor Carol Wincenc.
Esme Arias-Kim, 14, is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college students and studies violin with Almita Vamos. She previously studied with Betty Haag-Kuhnke. Esme made her solo orchestral debut at the age of ten with the Oistrakh Symphony. Other solo appearances include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni Orchestra as well as solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 92Y New York, Musikferien am Starnberger See, Germany, and Palácio Foz, Portugal. Esme is a first place winner in many competitions including the Enkor International Competition, New York International Artist Association, Sejong, Confucius, DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers, Sinfonia da Camera Competition, Center Stage Concerto Competition, Lisker Music Foundation Young Artists Scholarship Competition, and the Fox Valley Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. Esme competed in Il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition in Italy as the only American after being selected one of sixteen finalists. Recently she was one of ten violinists selected to be part of the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, a fully funded program made possible through the generosity of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation for ten highly gifted violinists. Esme has received masterclasses from Julia Fischer, Vadim Gluzman, Kirill Troussov, Grigory Kalinovsky, Mihaela Martin and Ilya Kaler as well as the Borromeo Quartet. Chamber music accolades include her ensembles being selected as quarterfinalists for two consecutive years at the Fischoff Competition and receiving 1st Prize Amateur Division Chamber for the Chicago International Music Competition. In 2020, Esme was awarded 1st Place Laureate in the Junior Division of the 23rd Annual Sphinx Competition and performed a recital on Chicago’s classical radio station WFMT’s “Introductions”. She also soloed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center after participating as one of four finalists and receiving first alternate in The Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition. Later that year Esme was featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and awarded Overall Open Division Grand Winner and Open Senior Division Overall Winner for the 2020 Walgreens National Concerto Competition.
Bethany Bobbs, a senior in high school, is a scholarship student in the Juilliard School Pre College, a training center for advance pre-college musicians, and the Perlman Music Program. Bethany currently studies cello with Astrid Schween, and piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.
Bethany made her cello solo debut at the age of 9 performing with the Cleveland Institute Chamber Orchestra, and has subsequently gone on to solo with many symphonies including the Delaware Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic Symphony, The Fort Bend Symphony, Brazosport Symphony, The Houston Symphony of the North, The Houston Youth Symphony, Summit Symphony, New Jersey Intergeneration Symphony, Sinfonietta Nova, Ambler Symphony, the Ocala Symphony, Old York Road Symphony, and The Sewanee Music Festival Orchestra twice as their concerto winner for two years in a row. Bethany has won many awards including 2nd place in the Lynn Harrel Competition, the grand prize in the Houston Symphony of the North Young Artist competition, the HMTA Teachers Concerto Competition, and the Georgia Philharmonic Samuel Fordis Competition, as well as a merit winner of the prestigious YoungArts Award and 3rd place, being one of the youngest competitors, in the prestigious Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition. In addition, Bethany won the Rachel Barton Pine 2017 Foundation Scholarship, 3rd place in the 2016 National Federation of Music Teachers Association Stillman Kelly Award, a national piano and instrumental competition, and, the 2015 Mary Alice Cox Cello Award, their youngest winner on record. Bethany loves performing for charity organizations, retirement facilities, and hospitals, and won the Houston Music Doing Good Scholarship in 2015 and 2016 for her charitable performances. Last spring Bethany and her twin sister, Susanna, put together an online charity concert called “Harmony for Healing” and raised $3000 for artists negatively affected by COVID-19. The youngest of 8 musical children, Bethany is grateful for her family’s love and support as well as the instruction and inspiration of Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s Perlman Music Program, Astrid Schween and the Juilliard Pre-College program.
Spencer Rubin is a student at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division where he studies with Elaine Douvas and Yousun Chung. Spencer was a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist and he will be featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program in early 2021. As a soloist, Spencer has performed with the New York Chamber Players Orchestra, and he will perform with the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Island Symphony Orchestra during their 2021-2022 seasons. He has earned other numerous first place and grand prize awards in international competitions including the New York Young Virtuoso Competition (where he also won the Young Virtuoso Prize), ENKOR International Music Competition, Vivo International Competition, Rondo Young Artist (Vanguard) Competition, American Fine Arts Festival, National Young Maestro Competition (where he also won the best overall performance award), American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented International Young Gifted Musicians Festival, Prima Volta Music Competition and Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition. As a chamber musician, Spencer was a grand prize winner of the National League of Performing Arts Competition and a two-time winner of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Competition. Spencer is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival (where he was the youngest oboist ever to attend), Hidden Valley Music Festival, Juilliard Summer Winds Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He was also invited to join the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO). Spencer has participated in numerous masterclasses including winning a competition to perform in a MET Orchestra Musicians Masterclass.
Michelle Stern, a 17-year-old “violinist on the rise to stardom” (QNS), is critically acclaimed and internationally recognized for her one-of-a-kind, exuberant artistry and masterful technique. She was recently featured on NPR’s From the Top Episode 389, where she performed solo and as a chamber musician alongside distinguished pianist and show-host Orli Shaham. She is currently a graduating senior amidst her seventh year at Juilliard Pre-College under Professor Ann Setzer’s instruction. An active performer, Michelle gives frequent recitals both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has held a concertmaster position in all three of the Juilliard Pre-College orchestras, where she worked with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, and Adam Glaser. She was featured in masterclasses with Anne Akiko Meyers, Josef Špaček, Francesca dePasquale, and Robert Canetti. She earned first prizes in the Camerata Artists International Competition 2021, the Rudolf Barshai International Competition 2021, the Gershwin International Music Competition 2017, Namei International Music Competition, Concert Festival International Competition, New York Music Competition, Jewish Kids Got Talent, American Protégé International Competition, Chamber Music Society’s Young Musicians Program, etc., and has soloed with orchestras nationwide. As the special prize winner of the Rudolf Barshai International Competition, Michelle will make her international debut as a featured soloist with the renowned Israel Chamber Orchestra this fall. Michelle attended and performed at the Meadowmount School of Music, the Oyster Bay Music Festival, and Barge Music’s Here and Now Series, and participated in the Starling Delay Symposium, NPR’s From the Top Arts Leadership with Bravo Waukegan, American Protégé’s Gala at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, the Little Orchestra Society, Mostly Mozart 2020, and the Connectd Project. She was featured on PBS’s Artscene and NPR’s “Seldom Said,” and has received several City Council Citations for her community service, academic achievements, and musical recognition.
Clarinetist Eli Goldberger, age 17, is a student of Jon Manasse at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. He is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and has performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and at the Luna Composition Lab Premieres at Merkin Hall. Eli has appeared as soloist with the Czech Opera Symphony at MusicFest Perugia, Italy, the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony for which Broadway World’s Classical Editor Peter Danish praised his “rock-solid technique and a marvelous sense of dynamics and lithe phrasing.”
A merit winner of the 2021 National YoungArts Foundation competition, Eli was a winner of the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Musician’s Program Competition, a First Place winner (Senior Division) of the 2020 Adelphi Orchestra Concerto Competition, a finalist in the 2021 “From the Top” radio program audition, the 2020 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the 2019 Curtis Institute Young Artist Summer Program’s Concerto Competition, the 2019 Spectrum Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, and the 2019 New York Chamber Players Concerto Competition, and a semifinalist in the 2019 and 2020 Chappaqua Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Eli has also studied with Larry Guy, Vadim Lando, and David Sapadin. In addition to music, he is a starter (right back) on the Great Neck South High School boys’ varsity soccer team, and he is passionate about snowboarding, skateboarding, and standing backflips.
Noelle Midori Takebe Naito, 18, lives in Elkridge, MD. She currently studies violin with Almita Vamos in
Noelle began her violin studies at the age of four at the Peabody Preparatory, Maryland, under the
tutelage of Elizabeth Faidley. She then learned privately with Olga Khroulevitch, Keng-Yuen Tseng, and Li
Lin before studying at The Juilliard School, Pre-college Division under Masao Kawasaki. In 2016 and
2017, she participated in the Heifetz International Music Institute, Virginia, where she studied with
Mihaela Martin, Joan Kwuon, Mark Kaplan, Nicholas Kitchen, Patinka Kopec, and Elmar Oliveira.
Noelle made her orchestra debut with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra (Russia), at age 9, performing
the Mendelssohn violin concerto, 3
rd mvt. She has also performed with the Columbia Orchestra,
Columbia, Maryland, and the Landon Symphonette, Bethesda, Maryland. Noelle has played in venues
such as Weill Recital Hall, New York City, Cadogan Hall, London, England, and Franz Liszt House,
Noelle recently won The William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and will be playing with the Flint
Symphony Orchestra in its 2020-2021 season. She also won the 2020 United States Army Orchestra
Competition in its string division and will be playing with them as well in fall 2020. Noelle was also
selected as a Student Artist at the 2019 Starling-Delay Symposium held at the Juilliard School where she
performed in masterclasses for Kathleen Winkler and Midori. She has also appeared on WFMT, Chicago,
“Introductions” as a soloist and a chamber musician.
As an avid chamber musician, Noelle has been a prize winner at the Rembrandt Chamber Competition
(Chicago), Grand Prize winner at the Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition (Chicago), and a
finalist at the Saint Paul Chamber Competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the Fischoff National
Chamber Music Competition. Other interests include yoga, ballet, and Japanese culture.
Sanford Whatley is a senior at Tenafly High School and has been playing the viola for three years. He studies under Elizabeth Chang and Khullip Jeung at Juilliard Pre-College. As a violist, he has been apart of NYO-USA as well as various chamber ensembles. He also plays the violin, where he mainly focuses on chamber music with his piano trio, The HaWK Trio. Together, the three of them compete locally and across the US and have been to competitions such as Fischoff and Coltman. They are apart of the NYYS Chamber music program.
(BLAIRE) NAYOUN KIM
Nayoun was born in South Korea and began playing violin at the age of four. She was admitted to the Yewon Arts Middle School before she got admitted into the Pre-college division of The Juilliard School at the age of twelve where she currently studies with Professor Li Lin.
She was awarded both the first and grand prize of for the CAI International Competition (2021), winner for the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition (2019), finalist for From the Top, and also won a 5th Hong Kong International Violin Competition when she was eight years old.
She has also won numbers of National Competitions while she was living in Korea including getting featured on the Korean Educational Program as the violin prodigy when she was 9 with her mentor/ professor Ik-Hwan Bae, and Korean Youth Newspaper as the grand-prize winner of their competition, resulting a scholarship.
Nayoun has performed number of performances in variety of places. She also went on international tour with orchestras such as An Die Musik Philharmonia and the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea and the Ukraine.
She was a performer for the Young Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition's opening ceremony in Seoul, South Korea.
Nayoun was selected as one of twelve in Crans-Montana Summer Camp hosted by Maestro Shlomo Mintz at the age of 12 and she is planning to attend the Perlman Music Program starting this summer 2021.
Nayoun is currently a junior in Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest New Jersey.
Sooah Jeon (Flute)
Jinan Laurentia Woo (Violin)
Lauren Seokyung Yoon (Violin)
Sophia Zhang (Violin)
Sheena Youn (Cello)
Miranda Isbitts (Violin)
LAUREN SEOKYUNG YOON (VIOLIN)
Lauren Yoon is a 12 year-old violinist currently studying with Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. Prior to attending Juilliard, Lauren studied with Paul Arnold of the Philadelphia Orchestra and with Nicolette Solomon of Suzuki Music Institute in Dallas.
Lauren is a first prize winner in many competitions including the 2021 Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, the 2020 International Grande Music Competition, the 2020 Bravura Young Artist Concerto Competition, the 2018 Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the 2016 AADGT International Young Gifted Musicians Festival, and the 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition.
She made her first orchestral debut at the age of 8 with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta at the Carnegie Weill Hall. She also performed with the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to solo performances, Lauren enjoys playing chamber and orchestral music. She was the youngest violinist of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra 2016-2017 and also the Philadelphia Young Artist Orchestra 2018-2019.
SOOAH JEON (FLUTE)
Sooah Jeon has already distinguished herself as one of the most promising young flutists of her generation. She quickly demonstrated enormous talent since beginning her flute studies at the young age of seven.
Six months after she started learning the flute she won several national and international competitions. At the age of nine, Sooah was officially
announced as the world's youngest flutist to receive a Performance Diploma with distinction award from the Associate of the Royal Schools of Music in the United Kingdom. Subsequently Sooah was awarded first prize in various music competitions in the United States, including the American Protege, international Grande Music Competition and the New York International Music Competition. In 2019 she won the first prize in the New York Flute
Club Young Musicians Contest, the South Carolina Flute Society Competition, the 92nd Street Y Concerto Competition in New York and the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, where she was the youngest grand prize winner.
As a soloist, Sooah has performed at New York's leading concert halls, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Buttenwiser Hall
at the 92nd Street Y and Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, as well as Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stem Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.
Since her solo debut with the New Jersey Camerata Orchestra at Merkin Hall at the age of eleven, she has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Concert Festival Orchestra, New York Chamber Players Orchestra and the 92Y Orchestra. Sooah has also appeared in various international concert halls. She performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Cite de la Musique Amphitheatre in Paris as the first prize and exceptional young talent special prize winner of the 2019 Grand prize Virtuoso International Music Competition.
Sheena Youn, 13, started playing the cello at the age of 7 with Taewoo Kim. She is the first prize winner of numerous competitions including the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, Philadelphia international music festival concerto competition and Golden classical music award in US. While she was in South Korea, she won major classic music competitions such as Eumak Chunchu, Ewha Kyunghwang, Strad competition and Eumyeon as the first competition winner. She also made her orchestral first debut in 2017 when she won Seoul Orchestra Concerto Competition. Her performance venue includes Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, and she has participated in master classes with cellist Marcy Rosen, Clive Greensmith, Suren Bagratuni and Amir Elden. Sheena enjoys spending time with her twin borthers, reading many books, and eating Korean food.
Sophia Zhang, 11, is a sixth-grader at Tenafly Middle School. She began her first four years of violin studies with Dorothy Roffman, continued with Avi Nagin for a year, currently studies with Krzysztof Kuznik, and plays in a chamber music group coached by Francesca Silos. She was selected to play in the Handler Master Class Series consecutively from 2015 to 2020, taught by Alvita Vamos, Daniel Phillips, David Chan, Sharon Roffman, Weigang Li, and Grigory Kalinovsky. She performed the opening piece at the Thurnauer School’s Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert at BergenPAC in 2016 and was chosen to play in the Thurnauer’s Kaplan Honors Recital in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Sophia won first place in the Elite International Competition in 2018 and the Crescendo International Youth Competition in 2019, where she performed at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Sophia won the 2020 Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a soloist, she will perform the Kabalevsky Concerto with the orchestra. In 2021, Sophia won second place in the Best Kabalevsky Performance Competition. In addition to her interest in the violin, Sophia loves reading, writing, drawing, studying Greek Mythology, and is an avid tennis player. She also enjoys partaking in Mathcounts and AMC8 math competitions.
Miranda Isbitts of Clearwater, Florida, is a ninth-grade student of renowned Indiana University professor Mimi Zweig. Miranda twice was a soloist with the Florida Orchestra after winning grand prize in the orchestra’s young artist competition in 2018. In 2020, Miranda won first place in the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra junior competition. She has participated in camps at Jacobs School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Prelude Chamber Music in Jacksonville and was a two-year member of the Perlman Music Program Super Strings ensemble conducted by Itzhak Perlman in Sarasota, Florida. Miranda began studying violin with Diane Volpe at age 5 and later was a student of Lauren Murphy in Tampa. She also plays piano and cello. Her violin is an original Gand & Bernardel on loan from The Friedman Family.
Jinan Laurentia Woo is an 8th grader at Harvard-Westlake School and currently studies the violin with Li Lin and Stella Chen of the Juilliard School. She was a Honors Merit Scholarship fellow at the Colburn School, where she studies with Robert Lipsett and Fabiola Kim. She was admitted to the junior division of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at four years old, where she studied with Michael Ma and Hong-Ying Ho. Jinan made her solo concert debut at ten years old at a prodigy series concert sponsored by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation and an orchestral debut at twelve with Incheon Philharmonic. Jinan has taken part in various music festivals, including the Innsbrook Institute, Center Stage Strings and the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2019, she won 1st Prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians.