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Competition Finals 2024

Saturday April 20 2024 
Marc Scorca Recital Hall | Opera America NYC

Juniors
    William Yeh - Violin |  Jayden King - Violin | Elizabeth Song -  Violin | Neal Kotamarty Eisfeldt - Violin

Seniors
    Natalie Oh - Violin |  Shaw Edwards - Cello | Nathaniel Yue - Cello |  Jonathan Okseniuk - Violin

 Sophia Geng - Violin

College
    Jamie Yoojin lee - oboe |  Yang Yu oboe | Kingsley Hsieh - clarinet |  Esther Chae - Cello | Alyssa Warcup - Viola | Hongbo Cai - piano | Matthew Hakkarainen - Violin

Finals 2024: Text

Juniors

William Yeh - Violin
Jayden King - Violin

Elizabeth Song -  Violin

Neal Kotamarty Eisfeldt - Violin

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William Yeh - Violin

William Yeh (14), born in London, currently studies with Naoko Tanaka at Juilliard Pre-College. William has won first prizes in various international competitions (Junior Division), including Camerata Artists International Competition, Adelphi Orchestra Concerto Competition, Philadelphia  International Music Festival Concerto Competition, New York Chamber
Players Concerto Competition (USA), EUROASIA International Violin  Competition (Japan), and NOMEA International Violin Competition (Italy).
William has enjoyed playing as a soloist with orchestras, including NYCP Orchestra (New York), Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni (Italy), and Academy of Taiwan Strings (Taiwan), etc. In 2022, William played with internationally renowned violinist Svetlana Makarova and Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni in Italy, followed by his remarkable performance at the Aspen Institute’s 38th Annual Awards Dinner in NYC. In 2023, William again astounded the audience with his Paganini Violin Concerto and Wieniawski Violin Concerto with American Chamber Orchestra and NYCP Orchestra in NYC. In 2024, William mesmerized the full-house audience at the NYC Merkin Hall with his Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Camerata Orchestra. William also enjoys playing chess, badminton, singing and dancing in musicals, as well as going to track & field training and meets at various stadiums in New York.
Feel free to follow William’s Instagram @william.yeh.violinist and William’s YouTube Channel.

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 Jayden King - Violin

Jayden King is a 9-year-old violinist and a 4th grader at Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey.  Jayden started his violin study at the age of 3 and since then he has been performing as a soloist at some major venues such as Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.  With his exceptional music talent, Jayden was accepted to Juilliard Pre-College Division when he was 7. At the Pre-College, Jayden is studying under the tutelage of Professor Masao Kawasaki.
Jayden has won numerous prestigious competitions as First Prize and Grand Prize winner. In 2023, at the age of 8, he was the youngest First Prize winner at the Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition and the youngest Grand Prize winner ever at the 2023
Camerata Artists International Competition.  Jayden was the First Prize winner at the 2023 Hill Concerto Competition, VIVO International Music Competition for 2019 to 2023 (also received the Gold Prize Award in 2023), and 2021 Crescendo International Music Competition.
As one of the highlights of his violin journey, Jayden made his solo debut with the Lindeblad Orchestra at the age of 6. As First Prize winner in 2023, Jayden performed with the Camerata New Jersey Orchestra at the Camerata Artists International Competition’s Winners’ Concert, and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at the Hill Concerto Competition’s Winners’ Concert. Jayden attended the 2023 Summer Camp at the Heifetz International Music Institute as one of the youngest in the Junior Division. He was selected at the audition as the youngest violinist to perform at the First Opening Junior Division Showcase Concert.
In school, Jayden enjoys math, science, and reading.  Asides from school and music, Jayden enjoys playing video games, tennis, swimming, and chess.

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   Elizabeth Song -  Violin

 Elizabeth is a fifth-year Juilliard-PreCollege Violin student currently studying with Dr. Masao Kawasaki. Previously, she studied with Dr. I Hao Lee.

Elizabeth is a 3rd prizewinner of the 2023 Il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition, taking place in San Vito Al Tagliamento, Italy. Elizabeth made her orchestral debut in March of 2023 - with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and the Grammy-Award-winning Maestro Michael Repper - as the winner of the  Elizabeth Loker Concerto Competition: performing three concerts in Easton and Berlin, Maryland; and Rehoboth, Delaware. She is also the 2023 winner of the Juilliard Pre-College String Orchestra Concerto Competition. In addition, Elizabeth is a Laureate of Chicago Violin Competition (2022) and the Concertmaster of the North Jersey Middle School Orchestra (2023). Last summer, she attended Morningside Music Bridge, a full-scholarship program at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Elizabeth has a bright and sunny personality and loves interacting and connecting with people. Outside of music, she enjoys participating in her school clubs and activities and playing soccer with her high school teammates.

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  Neal Kotamarty Eisfeldt - Violin

Neal Eisfeldt 14 is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a pre-college conservatory for advanced musicians, currently studying violin under the renowned pedagogue Almita Vamos and Injoo Choi.

He is also a fellow of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, for gifted musicians from underrepresented communities and a fellow of NPR’s From The Top youth initiative.  

Neal started his violin studies at 3.5 years. He made his solo debut at 10 at Carnegie Hall and his orchestral debut at 11 with the Midwest Philharmonic. As the youngest violinist to win the Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition, he recently performed the entire Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with several orchestras including the Montgomery Symphony and will also be performing with the West Suburban Symphony and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra shortly.

He recently performed for esteemed soloist Hilary Hahn as a part of her CSO’s Artist in Residence series and the accomplished Vadim Gluzman at Symphony Hall prior to that. He has also been nominated to play at the 2024 Chicago Youth in Music Festival (CYMF) with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Symphony Hall. 


Neal’s solo performance and interview have been featured on NPR’s From the Top. He has also composed his first solo violin piece named “Ukrainian Dream and Cradle” in dedication to the Ukrainian people.

Neal has won top honors in several competitions including the Society of American Musicians, France International Competition, Sejong, DePaul Concerto Festival, Walgreens, and the Crescendo International competition.

He was awarded First Prize and the Exceptional Young talent award at both the Bonn and Salzburg Grand Prize International Virtuoso competitions, Rising Star and Top Performing Artist in the Sound Espressivo International competition with 140+ participants, and the overall Grand Prize in the Enkor International festival.


Neal has performed in many festivals such as the Tea Time recital at University of Chicago, Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, Ravinia Martin Theater, and the Mary Galvin Hall. 

In addition to performing solo, Neal enjoys playing both chamber and orchestral music in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy and with the Midwest Conservatory of Music prior to that.

Neal has taken master classes from world renowned musicians such as Ani Kavafian, Ray Chen, Augustine Hadelich, and Nurit Pacht and has also received coaching from pedagogues such as Mirriam Fried, James Ehnes, Julia Fischer, and Philip Setzer. 

In his free time, he enjoys listening to his favorite violinists Itzhak Perlman and Jascha Heifetz, as well as cooking and spending time with his sister.

Finals 2024: Team Members
Finals 2024: Team Members

College

Jamie Yoojin lee - oboe

Yang Yu oboe

Kingsley Hsieh - clarinet

Esther Chae - Cello

Alyssa Warcup - Viola

Hongbo Cai - piano
Matthew Hakkarainen - Violin

Simon Hagopian - Violin

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Jamie Yoojin lee - oboe

Oboist Jamie Yoojin Lee has been hailed as “a performer with outstanding techniques and majestic
qualities of expression” (liveen/J Classics) and she is the First Prize winner of many prestigious
competitions. In 2022, she won the Aspen Music Festival Woodwind Concerto Competition and performed Kalliwoda’s Concertino with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra. As the Grand Prize winner of the 34th Japan Woodwind and Percussion Competition, she performed the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Tokyo City Philharmonic. She has also appeared as soloist with the Seoul National University Symphony Orchestra and the Busan Philharmonic as the winner of their competitions.
Jamie enjoys a very diverse repertoire playing in orchestras, chamber groups, and solo recitals. She has
appeared many times with the contemporary group, Ensemble Blank (Korea).
Born in South Korea, Jamie began playing the oboe at her age of 9 and has been recognized as the one
of the most promising young oboists for her mature and musical playing. She received her training at
Yewon Arts School, Seoul Arts High school and earned a Bachelor's degree in oboe performance at the
Seoul National University with highest honors. In addition, Jamie was selected by the Korea National
Institute of Gifted in Arts (KNIGA) with a national scholarship in recognition of her giftedness.
Jamie is pursuing her master's degree at The Juilliard School as an honored recipient of a Kovner
Fellowship, studying with Elaine Douvas. During her studies at Seoul National University, Jamie worked
with Misung Lee, a principal oboist of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Jamie studied with Yunjung Lee, a
former professor in Kyunghee University in Korea and Ingo Goritzki at Korea National Institute of Gifted in Arts (KNIGA). In addition to music, Jamie is passionate about volunteering at animal shelters for stray dogs during her free time.

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Yang Yu oboe

Yang Yu is an oboist from Vancouver, Canada.  He is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies at the Mannes School of Music with Elaine Douvas.  Yang began studying oboe at the age of 12 with Geronimo Mendoza at the Vancouver Academy of Music.  He has participated in summer programs such as Hidden Valley Music Seminars, the National Arts Centre Orchestra Wind Institute, Domaine Forget Music Festival, and he has performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on their 2023 Aurora Tour.  As a soloist, he performed Oscar Navarro’s “Legacy” oboe concerto with the Vancouver Youth Symphony orchestra.

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Kingsley Hsieh - clarinet

Kingsley Hsieh, born in Dallas, TX, raised in Taiwan. He began his Bachelor degree in The New School - Mannes School of Music in 2023. Studying with professor Charles Neidich. He is interested in performing all varieties of contemporary pieces. Kingsley started his piano learning when he was 4 and started his clarinet’s at 9. He used to major in piano until high school. Kingsley has countless concert experiences around Taipei and other cities in Taiwan. He began his contemporary path in 2022, which made him fully attracted. Therefore, his final repertoire is one of his favorite masterpiece by John Corigliano. Hope everyone enjoy.

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Simon Hagopian - Violin

Simon Hagopian was born into a musical family in 2004. When he was four years old, Simon
began studying at the Special Music School in New York City with Viktor Basis. In 2014, he was
a first prize winner in the Vivo International Competition and won “Best Performer Award”. The
following year, Simon was one of the first prize winners in the American Protege Competition
and was won “Judges Favorite Award Winner”. Later in 2015, he was the first prize winner in the
junior string division of the Cremona International Music Academy festival competition, and
performed as a soloist with one of the festival orchestras the following year. Beginning in 2016,
Simon began studying with Christina Khimm and Aaron Rosand. In 2017, he performed at the
Armenian Embassy in Washington DC, at an event in honor of renowned soloist Sergey
Khatchaturyan. The following year, Simon was one of the winners of the Kaufman Music Center
Concerto Competition, and performed at Merkin Hall with the Orchestra. Simon was accepted to
Juilliard Pre-College at age 13, where he began studying with Li Lin. He attended Pre-College
from 2018-2022 and has been studying at the College Division since 2022. In addition to Violin,
Simon has been playing the piano for many years and studied piano at Lucy Moses from 2016-
2022. He also composes music and has taken private composition lessons at Juilliard
Precollege with Manuel Sosa. He has performed in master classes for pedagogues including
Ida Kavafian and Masao Kawasaki.

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Esther Chae - Cello

A native of Miami, Florida, Esther Chae is currently studying at The Juilliard
School. Under the tutelage of Clara Kim, Esther is in the last year of her
undergraduate studies. At the age of nine, Esther made her concerto debut with
the Coral Gables Symphony. In 2016, Esther was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke
Scholarship while being featured on the radio station “From the Top”. Additionally,
she has been featured nationally on Interlochen Public Radio, Wisconsin Public
Radio, WLRN Television, and the Miami Herald Newspaper. Ms. Chae has
performed as a soloist with the Alhambra Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth
Symphony, New World School Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra,
New World Symphony, and the Amernet Quartet as well as having earned
acclaims in competitions such as the Blount-Slawson Competition, the Kennesaw
Young Artist Competition, and the LISMA International Competition. Esther is an
alumni of both Interlochen Arts Academy and Colburn Music Academy. She has
had the opportunity to receive masterclasses with respected cellists such as
Marcy Rosen, Alban Gerhardt, Bion Tsang, and the late Lynn Harrell.
At Juilliard, Esther enjoys leadership roles, serving as a principal cellist in
Juilliard’s Orchestra and working for the school’s String Quartet Survey program.
She advocates for classical music accessibility to a broader demographic, as
Group Leader for the Gluck Community Engagement Fellowship (2022-) and as
an intern for the nonprofit organization, Harmony Program. She furthers this
reach through online platforms, amassing millions of views through YouTube and
TikTok. Outside of her musical endeavors, Esther enjoys playing chess and a
good hike.

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Alyssa Warcup - Viola

American violist Alyssa Warcup is pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music where she holds the Edward Montgomery Fellowship as a student of Roberto Díaz and Ed Gazouleas. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her mentors have included Hsin-Yun Huang, Misha Amory, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, and Stanley Konopka. Originally from the Chicago area, Alyssa began her viola studies at age twelve.

Alyssa made her solo debut performing the Schnittke Viola Concerto with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. She has won first prize in several competitions, including the National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Viola Competition and Wendell Irish Viola Award, as well as the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. She was the recipient of the Contemporary Music Prize from the Fontainebleau Schools and winner of the inaugural Howard E. Leisinger Viola Prize from the Tuesday Musical Association.

Alyssa has appeared as both soloist and chamber musician at festivals including the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, Gstaad String Academy, Fontainebleau Schools, National Arts Centre Young Artists Program, Heifetz International Music Institute, and National YoungArts Foundation. She is an avid orchestral musician, having performed as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra and receiving invitations for fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival. Alyssa is passionate about outreach, regularly performing with ensembles in hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, and museums. She has performed with the Cleveland chapter of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in local communities. 


Alyssa performs on a viola made by Christopher Germain in 2012

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Hongbo Cai - piano

Critically acclaimed artist HONGBO CAI, is considered a rising star on the international stage as an outstanding pianist, 21 years old, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall, and at 22 years old, he was appointed adjunct faculty in the piano department of New York University, he was hailed as an "accomplished musician ...... with command of style and a refreshingly individual approach" by The Herald. 


In 2021, he completed a China tour of Shanghai, Xiamen, Zhengzhou, Hefei, Fuzhou, and Putian at the invitation of CPAA and Jucheng Theatre chains, and in June 2022, he embarked on a concert tour sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Utah, which included appearances in the music associations of Harvard and Brown Universities and other Ivy League schools. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America, and his 2023-24 program includes recitals in Indonesian, Singapore, France, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Portugal, Austria and the US, in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Boston, Salle Cortot in Paris, Ehrbal Saal and Musikverein in Vienna. 


In 2023, Mr. Cai won the Grand Prix at the 5th Piano Island Festival and was awarded the concert management rights of the Piano Island Management as of January 2023, and was invited to be a guest teacher and adjudicator for the 6th Piano Island Festival, alongside Dang Thai Son, Stanislav Ioudenitch and Antonio Pompa Baldi. He also won the first prize in the 2022 Carls & Sofia Piano Competition and was awarded album distribution rights by KNS Classical. Other competition awards include First Prize at the WPTA Spain Piano Competition, First Prize at the 22nd Valesia Musica Juniores International Competition, Gold Medal at the 3rd WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition, First Prize at the 4th Moscow International Music Competition, and Second Prize at the 15th Aloha International Piano Competition. 


He has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Shanghai Opera House, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Fujian Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory of Music Youth Orchestra, West New York Chamber Orchestra, Pazardzhik State Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria, Mikhail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, and Orquestra do Algarve of Portugal. Among them, as a long-term soloist guest, he will join the regular seasons of Orquestra do Algarve of Portugal and Pazardzhik State Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria. . 


Mr. Cai was a guest performer at the closing ceremony of China's First National Youth Games in Fuzhou. He is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Prof. Zhou Ting, Vice Principal, Prof. Meng-Chieh Liu, the mentor of Lang Lang and Yuja Wang, and Prof. Korsantia, the Grand Prix winner of the Rubinstein Competition. He was awarded a merit scholarship by the Dr. Ende Niu Foundation and the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Education and is now pursuing graduate studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Prof. Hung-Kuan Chen.

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Matthew Hakkarainen - Violin

Matthew Hakkarainen is the first American violinist to win first prize at the Premio Rodolfo
Lipizer International Violin Competition, in Gorizia, Italy, where he also received three special
prizes for “a young, deserving talent,” the best interpretation of a 19th century sonata, and the
best interpretation of a 19th century concerto. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis
Institute of Music, where he studied with Pamela Frank, and he currently attends the Juilliard
School, studying with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. Previous teachers Matthew has
studied with include Charles Castleman, Mauricio Fuks, Borislava Iltcheva, Huifang Chen, and
Maree Sawhney.
Matthew was recently awarded third prize at the Stuttgart International Violin Competition in
Germany. He also won the second prize, audience prize, and contemporary piece prize at the
Mirecourt International Violin Competition in France. In 2018, he won first place in the New
World Symphony’s Concerto Competition and performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with
Michael Tilson Thomas and the NWS. Later that year, Matthew served as Concertmaster of
NYO-USA for its concert tour in Asia. In 2022, he won the Aspen Music Festival and School’s
Violin Competition, and performed as a soloist with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra.
This past summer, he won first prize ex æquo in the Prix Ravel at the Conservatoire américain
de Fontainebleau with his performance of Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane. He has served as
Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the latter for which
he recorded the violin solos from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade for the orchestra’s first
Curtis Studio Label album, now available on Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming
platforms. He is currently Associate Concertmaster of Symphony in C, and has also appeared
as a Substitute Violin with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Matthew has been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” and has performed as a
guest artist at FestivalSouth. In 2019, he went on a solo recital tour across three towns in
Northern Italy. Matthew has appeared as a soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra,
Jacksonville Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra,
Orchestra Sinfonica Bulgaria Classic di Plovdiv, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, New River
Orchestra, and others. Festivals he has attended include the Conservatoire américain de
Fontainebleau, Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, Castleman
Quartet Program, Orford Musique, Ferme de Villefavard Summer Academy, Meadowmount
School of Music, and Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute. Matthew is also honored to be a
Center for Musical Excellence Young Artist, and a faculty member at Musart Music.
A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Matthew is currently pursuing his Master of Music in
violin performance. He is very grateful to perform on a 1790 Giuseppe Guadagnini violin and an
Étienne Pajeot bow graciously provided by the company CANIMEX INC., from Drummondville
(Québec), Canada. Matthew also recently received his dual citizenship with Finland.

Seniors

Natalie Oh - Violin
Shaw Edwards - Cello
Nathaniel Yue - Cello
Jonathan Okseniuk - Violin
Sophia Geng - Violin

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Natalie Oh - Violin

Natalie is a 16 year old violinist from Oradell, New Jersey. She attends the River Dell High School and the Juilliard Pre-College, where she studies with Catherine Cho. Previous teachers include Francesca dePasquale and Jungwon Yoon. A precocious violinist, Natalie has won prizes in several competitions such the Chicago Violin Competition, Ensemble 212, Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, Prima Volta Music Competition, the International Virtuoso Competition and the American Protégé International Competition. Natalie is also the recipient of the 2024 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Innovation Challenge where she co-founded her nonprofit, AllNote Alliance, that aims to promote underrepresented composers. In addition to her solo repertoire, Natalie enjoys playing orchestral and chamber music and is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. In spring 2023, Natalie’s chamber group from Juilliard played with members of the New York Philharmonic to premiere works of Thomas Flippin. She has also performed in many outreach solo, chamber and orchestra concerts at schools and senior centers and has participated in master classes with Philip Setzer and chamber coachings with Stefan Jackiw. In the summers, Natalie has attended music programs and festivals such as the Kinhaven Music School and the Heifetz International Music Institute, where she attended the past 3 years. This summer she will be attending Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensemble, NYO2. Aside from music, Natalie enjoys photography, drawing and traveling, especially road trips.

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   Shaw Edwards - Cello 

Shaw Edwards became a student of Clara Minhye Kim at the Juilliard School in 2020. He is a 2024 YoungArts Winner. He won the 2024 Grand Prix (top prize) in the French Nouvelle Etoiles Compétition. In 2023, he was a Silver Medalist in the Bellagrande International Music Competition and the North International Music Competition, placing second among all musicians in all categories; in both competitions he placed first for cello ages 16-18. In the 2023 Berlioz International Music Competition and 2023 Carl Reinecke Music Competition, he won Absolute First Prizes for both Concerto and Young Artist. In the 2023 World Exceptional Musicians Competition (22 countries), he won Platinum (top) prizes for Concerto, Young Artist, and Post-1950 Composition; he was also given the Precision Virtuoso Special Award. He was recently chosen to be part of the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Music Intensive for 2024, part of the only chamber group selected. In 2022, he won First Prize in the National Symphony Orchestra’s SMI Concerto Competition and performed the Lalo Cello Concerto in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. He won First Prize in the 2019 Kaufman Concerto Competition and was Runner Up in 2018. He was a winner in 2020 and 2019 VIVO International Music Competition. In 2020, he won Second Prize in the Lyra Music Competition and won Third Prize 2018; he was a Semi-finalist at the Lyra in 2023; he is currently a finalist for the 2024 Lyra Music Competition. He was also a Semi-finalist in the 2023 CMS of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Chamber Competition. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seven by placing First in the Olympic Music Competition. He was an invited performer in the Henry Schneider Scholarship Concert in 2017, 2019, 2020. He played in the New York Youth Symphony Chamber program from 2019-2021. At the age of eight, he began playing with the Mikka String Quartet, sponsored by the Kaufman Center, for six years and was coached by Kronos Quarter for three years and Ethel Quartet for two years. He performed with the Kronos Quartet at Weill Recital Hall in 2014. As a member of the Face the Music Symphony, from ages seven to thirteen, he performed over 25 concerts around New York. At the age of nine he performed the complete Bach Cello Suites 1-4 at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Also a pianist, he has performed Bach's complete Goldberg Variations in 2017, Well-Tempered Clavier Book I in 2018, French Suites in 2019, English Suites in 2020, Six Partitas in 2021, Two-Part Inventions and Three-Part Sinfonias in 2022, and Well-Tempered Clavier Book II 1-24 in 2023.Use this space to write a brief description of what this team member does. You can include relevant degrees, experience or other special qualifications they may have.

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Nathaniel Yue - Cello

Nathaniel Yue attends the Colburn Music Academy as a student of Clive Greensmith. He has also studied with Ronald Leonard. In 2023 and 2024, he was awarded YoungArts National Competition Winner in Classical Music. As a soloist, he has been awarded First-prize wins in numerous competitions including the Stillman Kelley Award, Music Center Spotlight Competition, California Music Teachers National Association State and Southwest Region Competition. An avid chamber musician, his group the Feliz Quartet was recently awarded 2nd Prize in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition. In 2023, his chamber group, the Nth Trio won the inaugural Horszowski Trio Prize at the 50th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, as well as First Place in the Music Teachers Association of California VOCE, State Finals. He regularly participates in summer festivals such as Meadowmount School of Music, Morningside Music Bridge, and Encore Summer Academy. Nathaniel is grateful for the generous scholarships awarded by the Music Center, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the San Marino Rotary Club to help advance his music studies. He has also played in masterclasses for esteemed artists and teachers such as Steven Isserlis, Laurence Lesser, Gautier Capuçon, Johannes Moser, Ralph Kirschbaum, Jessie Montgomery and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Nathaniel plays on a 1790 Thomas Dodd cello on loan from Georg Eittinger of Hans Weisshaar Violin Makers and Restorers in San Marino, California.  Since 2021, he has been the co-regional director of The Back to Bach Project: Greater Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley and president of the Tuesday Musicale Juniors. Nathaniel is currently a junior at San Marino High School. 

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   Sophia Geng - Violin

Sophia Geng, 16, is currently a high school junior at Phillips Academy – Andover and New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She started learning violin at age five and is currently studying with Mr. Paul Biss. Before moving to Boston, she was a scholarship holder at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy for Young Artists studying with the late Victor Danchenko. Other pedagogical influences also include Kirill Troussov, Pierre Amoyal, and Barry Shiffman.
Sophia is a prizewinner in numerous competitions, winning the Hong Kong International Violin
Competition, the Guangdong Province Junior Violin Competition, the International String Competition, the North York Music Festival and the Toronto International Music Festival, among others. In 2023,Sophia also made her European Orchestral debut with the London City Philharmonic as the youngest winner of the London International Concerto Competition. Most recently, Sophia is the youngest prizewinner at the Elizabeth Loker International Concerto Competition. In the spring of 2023, Sophia was selected to join the world-renowned string orchestra LGT Young Soloists on their debut tour in the US. An avid chamber musician, she is also in the piano trio program at the Chamber Intensive Performance Seminar and plays in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as a first violinist. In the summer of 2023, Sophia went on tour with BPYO to South Africa, and will be going on tour to Europe this summer as well.
Besides violin, Sophia is heavily involved in school activities, swimming on Andover’s swim team and acting as an editor of The Phillipian, Andover’s weekly student-run publication. She also enjoys doing competition math, qualifying for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) twice.

Finals 2024: Team Members
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