Sat April 23 2022 10:00 AM

National Opera Center - Marc Scorca Recital Hall NYC



1. Sophia Werner (Violin)

2. Tien-Lin Yang (Violin)

3. Lia (Liang-Liang) Chen (Violin)



Bethany Grace Bobbs (Cello) /

Christina Nam (Violin)


Simon Hagopian-Rogers (Violin)

Lila Holyoke (Cello) - Honorable Mention


Evelyn Joung (Cello)

Irene Lee (Oboe) - Honorable Mention



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First Place

Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63.  (Allegro Moderato)

Sophia Werner, 18, has studied violin for 13 years and is currently a freshman at the  Juilliard School, where she studies with Laurie Smukler. Other influential teachers include  Linda Case, Rebecca Fischer, Robert Lipsett and Joseph Lin. Highlights from her  freshman year include performances as quintet and a septet with the New Juilliard  Ensemble and a performance of Wynton Marsalis’ “Swing Symphony” with the Juilliard  Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Last summer she expanded her  orchestral experience as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation  fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she was a first violinist of the  Aspen Festival Orchestra. Formative orchestral experiences were as concertmaster of the  Binghamton Youth Symphony and Binghamton Baroque Orchestra.  

Chamber music is an important part of Sophia’s life. She has performed as a member of  a variety of ensembles including string quartets, string trios and violin-piano duos under  the tutelage of Simone Dinnerstein, Rebecca Fischer, Samuel Rhodes, Natasha Brofsky,  Laurie Smukler and Joel Krosnick among others. Other chamber experiences have been  

at Greenwood Chamber Music Camp (Cummington, MA), the Oberlin Baroque  Performance Institute (BPI), 2.5 years with the Harlow String Quartet (Ithaca, NY), and  at the Chamber Music @NewPark festival in Ithaca with members of the Toronto  Symphony. This summer, Sophia will attend Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, ME, as a Young  Artist fellow.  

In both 2016 and 2019, Sophia soloed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca) as  the winner of the Lee Strebel Memorial Youth Concerto Competition. Also in 2019,  Sophia performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes as the  winner of the Doreen B. Hertzog Concerto Competition (Elmira, NY), and twice with  the Ithaca Community Orchestra. She is a 2020 and 2022 finalist in the Adelphi  Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. She has also enjoyed two solo performances with  the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra, and one with the Binghamton Community  Orchestra.  

Other musical experiences have included invitations to perform with the Oberlin BPI  Faculty Orchestra and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (twice as a section member),  performances with her sister, Miranda, a violinist at Indiana University, and masterclasses  with Andrés Cárdenes, Paul Kantor, Marilyn McDonald, Cynthia Roberts, Julie  Andrijeski, and Beth Wenstrom. She placed first in her categories for violin and piano in  the Southern Tier Music Teachers’ Association competitions in 2016 and 2017. 




Third Place Overall
Sibelius violin concerto in D minor mov 1
Liang-Liang (Lia) Chen was born in San Gabriel, California, and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, where she studied violin starting from age 5 with Hsin-Yu Yang and Richard Lin. After auditioning and being accepted into the prestigious Juilliard Pre-College program at age 12, she moved to NYC, where she now studies with Dr Ann Setzer. She has won several awards and honors, including second place in the Juilliard Pre-College concerto competition, Grand Prize in the Elite International Competition, first place in the Fiorello H LaGuardia concerto competition, the merit award for YoungArts foundation, second place in the Camerata Artists International Competition, and first place in the International Artist Award Competition. She has had solo recitals in several countries, including Taiwan, China, and the United States. She enjoys playing and collaborating with fellow musicians in charity concerts for foundations such as Show Me Your Heart Foundation and Music in Us. In her free time Lia enjoys painting, playing tennis, and baking.




Junior Division Winner

Piece Name: Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

A native of Princeton, NJ, Evelyn Joung, age 14, started playing the cello when she was seven years old. In 2019, she was accepted into the Juilliard’s Pre-College Division as the youngest cello student, at age 11. She is a student of Clara Minhye Kim. 

Evelyn placed first in numerous competitions, including the Crescendo International Competition (2016), the Vivo International Music Competition (2019), New York International Music Competition (2019), the International Grande Music Competition (2020), the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition (2022), and the Lyra Music Youth Competition (2022). She was chosen as the alternate winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition in 2019. She received a full scholarship to the Morningside Music Bridge summer festival in the summer of 2021, where she participated in masterclasses with cellists Laurence Lesser, Yu Wei, and Zvi Plesser. This summer, Evelyn will be joining the Perlman Music Program.

Evelyn is a founding member of the Tres Gracias Trio. Tres Gracias won First Place and Young Virtuoso Prize at the New York Young Virtuoso Competition (2020), First Prize at the IMM CONCORSO in Italy (2020), First Prize and Judge’s Pick at the Vivo International Music Competition (2020-21), Grand Prize at the Enkor Competition (2021), and First Place at the Camerata Artists International Competition (2021). The Trio also has concert tours planned in Cuba and South Korea. 

Evelyn was awarded performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Lincoln Center. She loves to play not only solo cello but also chamber music and orchestra. She has been a member of Pro Sono, a non-profit organization that shares the passion and love of classical music to all generations, and has played monthly at hospitals and senior homes in New York and New Jersey since 2017. As a piano player, she won the Gold Prize at the Golden Key Music Competition (2017). Evelyn is currently an eighth-grader at the Chapin School in New York City. In addition to playing the cello, she enjoys reading novels, traveling, and eating tasty food at restaurants.