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2010 International Violin Competition of
Indianapolis Participants, Bios and Repertoire

Hrachya Avanesyan

Hrachya Avanesyan

Armenia, Age 24

Teachers:
2007-2010 Augustin Dumay
2003-2008 Igor Oistrakh

First Prize winner of the 2006 Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Armenian-born violinist Hrachya Avanesyan has performed extensively throughout Europe. Recent debuts include performances with such orchestras as the Belgian National Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Danish Radio Orchestra among others. In 2008, Hrachya won First Prize in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition and in 2006 he won First Prize in Belgium's Prix Henri Vieuxtemps. Hrachya studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Igor Oistrakh and the Queen Elisabeth College of Music with Augustin Dumay. Hrachya plays on the 1717 "Piatti" Stradivarius.

I. Preliminaries

Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in E-flat major, K. 302 - W. A. Mozart
Hebrew Melody, arr. L. Auer - J. Achron
Caprices No. 13 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 - R. Schumann
String Force - Joan Tower
Poème, Op. 25 - E. Chausson

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99 - D. Shostakovich

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Andrey Baranov

Andrey Baranov

Russia, Age 24

Teachers:
2006-present Pierre Amoyal

2007-2009 Pavel Popov
1997-2007 Vladimir Ovcharek

Andrey Baranov was born in Leningrad and began studying violin at the age of five. The recipient of numerous competition prizes, Andrey won Second Prize in the Sendai International Violin Competition, First Prize at the Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the Marteau International Violin Competition. Andrey has performed with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic in London among others. Andrey studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and is currently enrolled at the Conservatory in Lausanne, Switzerland where he is an assistant to Pierre Amoyal. Andrey performs on a violin by Andrea Guarneri (1682).

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in E minor, K. 304 - W. A. Mozart
Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 17 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, arr. N. Milstein - F. Chopin

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - S. Prokofiev
Polonaise in D major, Op. 4 - H. Wieniawski

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Benjamin Beilman

Benjamin Beilman

United States, Age 20

Teachers:
2007-present Ida Kavafian

2002-2007 Almita Vamos
2002-2007 Roland Vamos

Benjamin Beilman has appeared as a guest soloist with the Philadelphia, Detroit, and New Mexico symphony orchestras and is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He won First Prize at the 2010 Montreal International Music Competition, First Prize and the Bach Prize at the 2009 Corpus Christi International String Competition, and was the Gold Medalist at the 2007 Stulberg International String Competition. A featured artist at the Marlboro Music Festival since age 17, he joins Musicians from Marlboro on tour in 2011. Benjamin currently attends The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 9 and No. 20 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Allemanda and Double, Corrente and Double from Partita No. 1 in B minor, B.W.V. 1002 - J. S. Bach
Albumblatt, arr. A. Wilhelmj - R. Wagner

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - S. Prokofiev
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 - L. van Beethoven
Fantasie Brilliante, Op. 3, No. 3 - J. Hubay

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major - F. Haydn
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Noah Bendix-Balgley

Noah Bendix-Balgley

United States, Age 26

Teachers:
2008-2009 Ana Chumachenco

2006-2009 Christoph Poppen
1997-2005 Mauricio Fuks

Noah Bendix-Balgley is Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and Third Prize winner at the 2008 Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris. Noah has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra among others. He received First Prize at the 14th "Andrea Postacchini" Competition in Fermo, Italy. Noah is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Noah plays on a Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesu' violin on kind loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in London.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 2 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Hebrew Melody, arr. L. Auer - J. Achron

II. Semi-Finals

Rondo in B minor, Op. 70 - F. Schubert
Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a - S. Prokofiev

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - J. Brahms

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Sebastian Casleanu

Sebastian Casleanu

Germany, Age 24

Teachers:
2007-present Mihaela Martin

2005-2007 Rosa Fain
2000-2004 Zakhar Bron

Sebastian Casleanu was born into a musical family in Münster, Germany and began studying violin with his father at the age of six. In 2009, he was a semi-finalist at the Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest and won First Prize at the 2008 Lions Musikpreis NRW. Sebastian regularly performs with orchestras throughout Europe. Currently a student at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Sebastian also studied at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprice No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Caprice No. 20 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, arr. N. Milstein - F. Chopin

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
Polonaise in D major, Op. 4 - H. Wieniawski
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata in G major - M. Ravel

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Jiafeng Chen

Jiafeng Chen

China, Age 23

Teachers:
2006-present Pierre Amoyal
2004-2010 Jan Repko
1999-2004 Lei Fang

A recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, Jiafeng Chen won First Prize at the Wieniawski Violin Competition and Second Prize at both the Sibelius and Menuhin Violin Competitions. In addition, he was a Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in 2009. Active as a concerto soloist, Jiafeng has appeared with such orchestras as the Hallé Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, among others. Jiafeng plays a violin by Antonio Stradivarius (1692) kindly on loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in London.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 11 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Beau Soir, arr. J. Heifetz - C. Debussy

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a - S. Prokofiev
String Force - Joan Tower
Lachen verlernt - E. Salonen

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Stella Chen

Stella Chen

United States, Age 17

Teachers:
1999-present Li Lin

Stella Chen is a 17-year old violinist from Palo Alto, CA. Her accomplishments include being the youngest prizewinner in the Senior Category of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition as well as winning First Prize at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Bronislaw Kaper Awards. She has been enrolled in the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since the age of 10. This coming fall, Stella will attend The Juilliard School as a student of Itzhak Perlman.

I. Preliminaries

Caprice No. 4 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Hebrew Melody, arr. L. Auer - J. Achron
Caprice No. 9 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 - B. Bartók
Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Carmen Fantasy (after Bizet) - F. Waxman

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Nikki Chooi

Nikki Chooi

Canada, Age 21

Teachers:
2007-present Ida Kavafian
2007-present Joseph Silverstein
2003-2007 Bill van der Sloot

Nikki Chooi was born in Victoria, Canada and is currently a student at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. A recipient of numerous awards, he received First Prize at the Klein International String Competition and the Special Prize at the XIII Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. Nikki has performed as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, Peninsula and Winnipeg, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has performed on the CBC Debut Atlantic Recital Series, Vancouver Winter Chamber Music Series, the National Arts Centre Debut Recital Series, and as part of the 2009 Curtis on Tour.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 17 and No. 21 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Playera - P. de Sarasate

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - J. Brahms
Polonaise in D major, Op. 4 - H. Wieniawski

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Stefani Collins

Stefani Collins

United States, Age 21

Teachers:
2005-present Paul Kantor
2000-2007 Sarah Johnson
2004 Robert Lipsett

Stefani Collins is a Starling Scholarship student at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2009, Stefani was the DeLay Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and was the Second Prize Laureate at the Portnoy International Violin Competition. Last year, she made her Severance Hall and Aspen Music Festival debuts performing Dohnányi's Concerto No. 2. Other solo engagements have included performances with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Mid-Atlantic, and Eastern Music Festival orchestras. Stefani has also appeared with the New York String Orchestra, All-Girl Vivaldi Orchestra, and on NPR's "From the Top".

I. Preliminaries

Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 11 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Romance, Op. 1 - E. Elgar

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 3 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe
Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a - S. Prokofiev

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Yoo Jin Jang

Yoo Jin Jang

South Korea, Age 19

Teachers:
2010 Miriam Fried
2000-2009 Nam Yun Kim

Violinist Yoo Jin Jang has performed extensively throughout her native country of South Korea. Recently, she has appeared with the top Korean orchestras including the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, Yoo Jin appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Ivan Fischer. Yoo Jin was awarded the Fourth Prize at the Seoul International Music Competition as well as Second Prize, the Audience Prize, and the Prize for Best Performance of the New Zealand commissioned work at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Yoo Jin studied at Seoul National University.

I. Preliminaries

Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 1 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in E minor, K. 304 - W. A. Mozart
Berceuse in D, Op. 16 - G. Fauré

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata in A major - C. Franck
Sonata No. 6 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112 - B. Bartók

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Stephanie Jeong

Stephanie Jeong

United States, Age 23

Teachers:
2007-present Cho-Liang Lin
2008-2010 Ronald Copes
1996-2007 Aaron Rosand

Stephanie Jeong was the top prizewinner at the 2008 Paganini International Violin Competition. At the age of 12, she made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recent highlights include her solo debut with the Kansas City Symphony and her Kennedy Center recital debut in Washington, D.C. A prizewinner at numerous competitions, Stephanie was the winner of the 2008 Korean Concert Society Auditions and won Third Prize at the 2008 Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition. Stephanie received her Bachelors degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and recently completed her Masters degree at The Juilliard School.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 15 and No. 11 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Nana from Suite Populaire Espagnole, arr. P. Kochanski - M. de Falla

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - S. Prokofiev
Sonata No. 6 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto - W. Walton

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Clara-Jumi Kang

Clara-Jumi Kang

Germany/South Korea, Age 23

Teachers:
2004-present Nam Yun Kim

2001-2003 Zakhar Bron
1995-1998 Dorothy DeLay
1992-1995 Zakhar Bron

Clara-Jumi Kang started violin and piano lessons at the age of three and entered the Mannheim Musikhochschule at the age of four. At the age of seven, she auditioned at The Juilliard School where she was accepted with a full scholarship. Her numerous prizes in international competitions include First Prize at the 2010 Sendai International Violin Competition, Second Prize at the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the 2009 Seoul International Violin Competition. Clara-Jumi is currently studying under Nam Yun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts where she was accepted as one of the youngest college students.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 7 and No. 11 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Beau Soir, arr. J. Heifetz - C. Debussy

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata in G major - M. Ravel
String Force - Joan Tower
Carmen Fantasy (after Bizet) - F. Waxman

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - L. van Beethoven

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Eunice Keem

Eunice Keem

United States, Age 26

Teachers:
1994-present Cyrus Forough

Eunice Keem received first prizes at the prestigious Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., the American String Teacher's Association National Competition, and the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition. She has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall and on their Western European tour, the National Chamber Orchestra, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. Eunice is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in C major, K. 303 - W. A. Mozart
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 - P. I. Tchaikovsky
Caprices No. 2 and No. 11 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op 23 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 - G. Fauré
Caprice Basque, Op. 24 - P. de Sarasate

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99 - D. Shostakovich

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Esther Kim

Esther Kim

United States, Age 22

Teachers:
2006-present Jaime Laredo

2003-2006 Michael Frischenschlager
1999-2003 Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, and Hyo Kang

Born in Southern California, Esther Kim began studying violin at the age of five. At the age of 10, she entered The Juilliard School of Music. Esther has won prizes at several international violin competitions, including the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. At the age of 12, she was awarded the "Most Promising Musician" Prize at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Bronislaw Kaper Awards. Esther has soloed with numerous orchestras including the Claremont Symphony, Vermont Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic, and the Nagoya Philharmonic among others. Additionally, she has performed throughout Germany as well as Japan, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. Esther is currently a student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Salut d'Amour, Op. 12 – E. Elgar
Caprice No. 5 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 3 in G minor - C. Debussy
String Force - Joan Tower
Carmen Fantasy - P. de Sarasate

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Fabiola Kim

Fabiola Kim

United States, Age 19

Teachers:
2006-present Kyung-Wha Chung
2004-2006 Sylvia Rosenberg
1997-2004 Nam Yun Kim

Fabiola Kim, a student at The Juilliard School, has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world. She was the youngest competitor ever to win the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra's Concerto Competition. In 2005, she won the Concerto Competition of the Aspen Music Festival and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She was awarded Second Prize at Corpus Christi International Competition and she is a prizewinner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Fabiola was recently invited to play at Smetana Hall in Prague with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

I. Preliminaries

Caprice No. 4 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Caprice No. 1 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76 - B. Bartók
Carmen Fantasy - P. de Sarasate

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Hwi-Eun Kim

Hwi-Eun Kim

South Korea, Age 20

Teachers:
2008-present Donald Weilerstein

2008-present Ronald Copes
2003-2008 Ida Kavafian

Born in Daegu, Korea, Hwi-Eun Kim began studying the violin at age 7. In the following three years, she won the first prizes at the Korea Music Association Competition, TBC Broadcasting Station Competition, and Ewha Young People's Competition. She has performed concerts at Daegu Arts Center, Daegu Opera House, and Sejong Concert Hall, which were broadcast by KBS and TBC Broadcasting Station. At age 13, she entered The Curtis Institute of Music and is currently continuing her studies at The Juilliard School. Hwi-Eun recently performed a concert at Alice Tully Hall with the Daegu Youth Orchestra.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in E-flat major, K. 302 - W. A. Mozart
Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W.V. 1004 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 4 and No. 5 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, arr. N. Milstein - F. Chopin

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - J. Brahms
String Force - Joan Tower
Poème, Op. 25 - E. Chausson

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Mayu Kishima

Mayu Kishima

Japan, Age 23

Teachers:
1999-2010 Zakhar Bron

Born in Kobe, Japan, Mayu Kishima began studying the violin at age three. A Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2010, Mayu won top honors at the Wieniawski Competition for Young Violinists in 2000. She later won First Prize at the 2003 Patras and 2004 Novosibirsk international competitions. She has since appeared with such orchestras as the Japan and Prague philharmonics, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Mayu studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 14 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 - G. Fauré
Tzigane - M. Ravel

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99 - D. Shostakovich

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Jae Ook Lee

Jae Ook Lee

South Korea, Age 19

Teachers:
2007-present Kyung-Wha Chung

2003-2007 Glenn Dicterow

Jae Ook Lee began playing the violin at the age of five and studied at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul before enrolling in Juilliard's pre-college division at age 12. A recipient of numerous awards, Jae received First Prize in Korea's Strad Competition in Seoul, Second Prize in the Music Journal Competition and First Prize in Kookmin Daily Newspaper and Hansei University Competition in Seoul. In 2006, he won the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition subsequently performing in Alice Tully Hall. He has been a soloist with Joy of Strings, the Great Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Jae currently attends The Juilliard School.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in C major, K. 303 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 2 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Mélodie in E-flat major, from Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42, No. 3 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 3 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe
Sonata - J. Corigliano

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112 - B. Bartók

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Marisol Lee

Marisol Lee

South Korea, Age 23

Teachers:
2010-present Ingolf Turban

2006-2009 Mi-Kyung Lee
2000-2006 Jong-Suk Lee

A winner of numerous competitions, South Korean violinist Marisol Lee received First Prize at the 2009 Max Rostal International Violin Competition, First Prize at the Joong-Ang Music Competition in Seoul, and Third Prize at the Queen Sophie-Charlotte International Competition. Marisol currently lives in Germany where she studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. She previously studied at Seoul National University and the Seoul Arts High School in Korea. Marisol currently performs on a violin by Antonio Stradivarius (1703, Cremona).

Marisol currently performs on a violin by Antonio Stradivarius (1703,
Cremona), that she received as a prizewinner of the foundation "Deutsche
Stiftung Musikleben" in Hamburg.

I. Preliminaries

Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 4 and No. 21 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in E minor, K. 304 - W. A. Mozart
Hebrew Melody, arr. L. Auer - J. Achron

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata in A major - C. Franck
Carmen Fantasy(after Bizet) - F. Waxman
String Force - Joan Tower

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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David McCarroll

David McCarroll

United States, Age 24

Teachers:
2008-present Miriam Fried

2004-present Donald Weilerstein
1999-2004 Simon Fischer
1995-1999 Anne Crowden

David McCarroll has performed as a soloist throughout the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Tunisia, Thailand, New Zealand, Panama, El Salvador, and the United States. A recipient of numerous awards, David was a prizewinner at the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the 2007 Klein International String Competition. David has performed at Marlboro, Prussia Cove, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Caramoor's Rising Stars Series, Gstaad, Gower, Manchester Quartetfest, Windsor, Wyastone, and Spittalfields festivals. He is currently a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and previously studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Crowden School of Music. David plays a 1761 Joseph & Antonio Gagliano violin.

I. Preliminaries

Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W.V. 1004 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in E-flat major, K. 302 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 2 and No. 21 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Allegro Moderato from Romantic Pieces, Op. 75, No. 1 - A. Dvor(ák

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 4 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 - B. Bartók

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - J. Brahms

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Boson Mo

Boson Mo

United States, Age 20

Teachers:
2007-present Paul Kantor

1997-2007 Mr. and Mrs. Keqiang Li

A native of Boston, Boson Mo discovered the violin at the age of seven, and began his studies in Montréal. Boson has received many distinctions in both Canada and the U.S., including First Prize at the Canadian Music Competition and Third Prize at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. He currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music with the help of a generous scholarship from the Starling Foundation. Having already participated at international academies such as the Morningside Music Bridge and the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Boson returned for his third consecutive fellowship summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School. His violin is provided by a scholarship grant from the Virtu Foundation.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 11 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Nocturne, Op. 51, No. 3, arr. M. Press - J. Sibelius

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 - J. Brahms
Sonata No. 6 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99 - D. Shostakovich

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Nadja Nevolovitsch

Nadja Nevolovitsch

Germany/Russia, Age 26

Teachers:
2004-2008 Igor Oistrakh

2003-2004 Thomas Brandis
1998-2003 Zakhar Bron
1998-2003 Anna Netchiporouk-Bron

Born in St. Petersburg to a family of musicians, Nadja Nevolovitsch began playing the violin at the age of six. She went on to win First Prize at the European Competition for Young Soloists in Luxembourg and Second Prize at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition in Switzerland. Nadja has performed with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania. She graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany. Nadja currently performs on a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner which she received as a prizewinner of the foundation "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben" in Hamburg.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 2 and No. 10 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Mélodie in E-flat major, from Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42, No. 3 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Poème, Op. 25 - E. Chausson
Sonata in G major - M. Ravel

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Andrej Power

Andrej Power

Sweden, Age 22

Teachers:
2003-2010 Henryk Kowalski

2006-2010 Zakhar Bron
2000-2002 Olga Parchomenko

Andrej Power began studying the violin at the age of three in his native Sweden. He was the First Prize winner in the Berlingske Tidendes Competition in Copenhagen, Rovere D'oro in Italy, and Eurovision for Young Musicians Finals in Sweden. He was also a prizewinner in the Stradivarius International Violin Competition in Salt Lake City. Andrej has performed with such orchestras as the Royal Opera Orchestra in Stockholm, Utah Symphony, and the Moscow Philharmonic among others. He has studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste, and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Andrej performs on a Giuseppe Guarneri 'filius Andreae' of Cremona c. 1715, generously loaned by Bein & Fushi.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Hebrew Melody, arr, L. Auer - J. Achron
Caprices No. 5 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 6 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe

Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75 - C. Saint-Saëns

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Xiaoxiao Qiang

Xiaoxiao Qiang

China, Age 23

Teachers:
2009-present Cho-Liang Lin

2005-2009 Qian Zhou
1999-2003 Sheng Yin Huang

Originally hailing from China, Xiaoxiao Qiang began her violin studies at the age of four. Xiaoxiao was a prizewinner at the 2010 Tuesday Musical Club Competition in San Antonio and the Corpus Christi String Competition, and was the First Prize winner of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition. Currently a Masters degree student at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Xiaoxiao previously studied at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore as well as Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 15 and No. 13 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, arr. N. Milstein - F. Chopin

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a - S. Prokofiev
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Fantasie Brilliante, Op. 3, No. 3 - J. Hubay

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Jesus Reina

Jesus Reina

Spain, Age 23

Teachers:
2002-2010 Pinchas Zukerman/Patinka Kopec

1999-2001 Mauricio Fuks
1997-1999 José Luis Garcia-Asensio
1995-1997 Natasha Boyarsky

Born in Malaga, Spain, Jesus Reina began his studies at age four with his grandfather, learning Spanish folk music. He later went to the Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid, where he received the prize naming him "the most outstanding violinist" from Queen Sofia of Spain. Jesus' major performances include the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with Pinchas Zukerman, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Eiji Oue and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and a performance with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra at the "El Escorial" festival 2007. Jesus is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music and previously studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

I. Preliminaries

Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W.V. 1004 - J. S. Bach

Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 1 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Siciliana - M.T. von Paradis

II. Semi-Finals

String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 - R. Schumann
Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 - L. van Beethoven

Caprice Basque, Op. 24 - P. de Sarasate

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross

United States, Age 22

Teachers:
2001-present Itzhak Perlman

2008-2010 Ronald Copes
2002-2008 Catherine Cho

Michelle Ross recently graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature. Also a composer, Ms. Ross was named Emerging Composer by the New York Arts Ensemble, and her work in collaboration with dance was honored in the Choreographic Honors Awards at Juilliard. Ms. Ross was the winner of Juilliard's Pre-College Stravinsky Competition as well as winner of the Lawyer's Orchestra Tchaikovsky Competition. Ms. Ross is currently a student at The Juilliard School.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in E minor, K. 304 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 20 and No. 21 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Beau Soir, arr. J. Heifetz - C. Debussy

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata in A major - C. Franck
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 3 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112 - B. Bartók

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Robin Scott

Robin Scott

United States, Age 24

Teachers:
2009-present Donald Weilerstein

2009-present Kim Kashkashian (violin only)
2003-2008 Miriam Fried

Robin Scott has performed internationally and won Second Prizes in the Menuhin International Violin Competition, and both the Klein and Stulberg International String Competitions. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lille among others. Robin has performed at many of the most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie's Weill Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress, as well as participated in the Ravinia and Marlboro Festivals. He currently studies at the New England Conservatory and previously studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Robin plays on a violin generously loaned to him by Richard Hendrix.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 15 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Mélodie in E-flat major, from Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42, No. 3 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata in A major - C. Franck
Polonaise in D major, Op. 4 - H. Wieniawski

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - L. van Beethoven

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Hyun Su Shin

Hyun Su Shin

South Korea, Age 23

Teachers:
1997-present Nam Yun Kim

Born in 1987, Hyun Su Shin began playing violin at the age of four. A prizewinner in numerous competitions, Hyun Su won Fifth Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, First Prize at the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition, Third Prize at the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition, and Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the Hannover International Violin Competition to name just a few. She has performed with numerous orchestras including the Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.) among others. Hyun Su is currently a student at Korea National University of Arts.

I. Preliminaries

Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W.V. 1004 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 11 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, arr. N. Milstein - F. Chopin

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata in A major - C. Franck
Polonaise in D major, Op. 4 - H. Wieniawski

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Eric Silberger

Eric Silberger

United States, Age 21

Teachers:
2005-present Glenn Dicterow

2008-2010 Pinchas Zukerman
2001-2005 Itzhak Perlman
2003-2005 Robert Mann

Eric Silberger has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. He has been featured on numerous international television and radio broadcasts and has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra among others. Silberger is an honorary scholarship student at the Columbia University and The Juilliard School Joint Program. At Columbia, Silberger is majoring in economics and political science. Silberger is President of Epresto Entertainment LLC, Columbia Classical Performers, and organizer of the BCJ concert series at Miller Theatre (NYC).

I. Preliminaries

Caprice No. 1 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Hebrew Melody, arr. L. Auer - J. Achron
Caprice No. 11 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 - J. Brahms
String Force - Joan Tower
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 - C. Saint-Saëns

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - J. Brahms

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Yoonshin Song

Yoonshin Song

South Korea, Age 28

Teachers:
2009-present Robert Mann/Nicholas Mann

2008-2009 Glenn Dicterow
2004-2008 Donald Weilerstein

Born in Korea, Yoonshin Song began her musical studies at the age of five. Winner of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, Ms. Song also won the Second Prize in the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy where she was also awarded the Special Prize for the best performance of a Paganini Caprice. She has performed with many orchestras around the world including the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Symphony among others. Yoonshin is currently an Artist Diploma student at the Manhattan School of Music and previously studied at the New England Conservatory and Seoul National University. Yoonshin plays on a 1707 Vincenzo Rugeri violin generously loaned to her by a sponsor in Michigan.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 2 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in E minor, K. 304 - W. A. Mozart
Romance, Op. 78, No. 2a - J. Sibelius

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Phantasy, Op. 47 - A. Schoenberg
Sonata No. 3 in G minor - C. Debussy

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - J. Brahms

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Josef Špac(ek

Josef Špac(ek

Czech Republic, Age 23

Teachers:
2009-present Itzhak Perlman

2004-2009 Ida Kavafian
2007-2009 Shmuel Ashkenasi

Mr. Špac(ek has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Most recently, he won the Grand Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2009, and Third Prize and the Young Person's Jury Prize in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2008. Mr. Špa?ek has performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Bohuslav Martinu Festival, and at the Moravian Autumn Music Festival. Josef graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2009 and is currently studying at The Juilliard School.

I. Preliminaries

Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W.V. 1004 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 11 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Abendlied
, arr. J. Joachim - R. Schumann

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 3 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe
Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - S. Prokofiev

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Emma Steele

Emma Steele

United States, Age 20

Teachers:
2005-present Cyrus Forough

2003-2005 Mimi Zweig
1994-2003 Stacia Spencer

Emma Steele is a junior at Carnegie Mellon University and is co-concertmaster of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. Emma has soloed with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. She has received many first prize awards and recently received a study grant from the International Pablo de Sarasate Violin Competition. She was also accepted to compete in the Menuhin Competition in Oslo. A native of Chicago, Emma studied for two years at the Indiana University String Academy.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in A major, K. 305 - W. A. Mozart
Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W.V. 1004 - J. S. Bach
Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2, trans. in D major, A. Wilhelmj - F. Chopin
Caprices No. 7 and No. 21 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76 - B. Bartók
Caprice Basque, Op. 24 - P. de Sarasate

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 - S. Prokofiev

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Elly Suh

Elly Suh

United States, Age 21

Teachers:
2008-present Robert Mann
2007-2009 Joel Smirnoff
1998-2007 Sally Thomas

Elly Suh has received awards from the Society for Strings, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has participated in the Banff Master classes, Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, Meadowmount and Music Academy of the West. Elly received her Bachelors degree at The Juilliard School, where she is continuing her graduate studies as a recipient of the Jerome Greene Fellowship.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 3 in C major, B.W.V. 1005 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Playera - P. de Sarasate
Caprices No. 11 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Poème, Op. 25 - E. Chausson
Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 - B. Bartók

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 - J. Brahms

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Valentina Svyatlovskaya

Valentina Svyatlovskaya

Russia, Age 27

Teachers:
2001-2007 Liviu Prunaru

2001-2007 Alberto Lysy
2000-2006 Alexander Stang

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valentina received her first violin lessons at the age of five. At the age of 10, she entered a special music school at St. Petersburg Conservatory. A recipient of numerous awards, Valentina won Second Prize at the Lipizer International Violin Competition where she was also awarded special prizes for her performances of works by Mozart and Bach. She was also Second Prize winner of the Valsesia Musicale International Violin Competition. Valentina is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland. In 2007, Valentina joined the world-renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Valentina performs on a violin by Andrea Guarneri (1676).

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in E minor, K. 304 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 10 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Siciliana - M. T. von Paradis

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 - J. Brahms
String Force - Joan Tower
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 - C. Saint-Saëns

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major - J. Haydn
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Antal Szalai

Antal Szalai

Hungary, Age 29

Teachers:
2007-2009 Katalin Sebestyen

1995-2005 Peter Komlos, Jozef Kopelman
2001-2002 Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec

A native of Hungary, Antal Szalai first began his violin studies at the age of five. Since then, Antal has performed with such orchestras as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic among many others. At age 15, he was invited to perform for the gala concert to celebrate Yehudi Menuhin's 80th birthday. Antal will make his Viennese debut in 2010 at the famed Musikverein with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Szalai was a Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition and First Prize winner at both the Lipizer and Valsesia Musicale international violin competitions.

I. Preliminaries

Hebrew Melody, arr. L. Auer - J. Achron
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in E minor, K. 304 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 21 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 - B. Bartók
String Force - Joan Tower
Polonaise Brilliante in A major, Op. 21 - H. Wieniawski

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112 - B. Bartók

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Danbi Um

Danbi Um

South Korea, Age 20

Teachers:
2000-2006, 2008-present Jaime Laredo

2007-present Shmuel Ashkenasi
2004-2008 Joseph Silverstein
2000-2004 Ida Kavafian, Yumi Scott

Danbi Um started playing the violin at age 2. At the age of 10, she was the youngest student ever admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she received her Bachelors degree in 2008. Danbi made her debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She placed second at Menuhin International Violin Competition and received Third Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2009. She has attended Ravinia, Yellow Barn and Holland International Music Sessions. Danbi is currently enrolled at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in E-flat major, K. 302 - W. A. Mozart
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 3 in C major, B.W.V. 1005 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 2 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Hebrew Melody, arr. L. Auer - J. Achron

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata in A major - C. Franck
Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Poème, Op. 25 - E. Chausson

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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Arianna Warsaw-Fan

Arianna Warsaw-Fan

United States, Age 24

Teachers:
2006-present Masao Kawasaki

2004-2006 Almita Vamos
2002-2004 Lynn Chang

Arianna Warsaw-Fan is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has performed at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, the Bel-Air Rencontres de Musique de Chambre à Chambéry and the Verbier and Aspen music festivals. She is a founding member of the Nonamé String Quartet, and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles. Arianna received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she served as concertmaster, and is currently finishing her Master of Music degree with Masao Kawasaki.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprices No. 14 and No. 17 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Albumblatt, arr. A. Wilhelmj - R. Wagner

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 3 in G minor - C. Debussy
Polonaise in D major, Op. 4 - H. Wieniawski

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Haoming Xie

Haoming Xie

China, Age 20

Teachers:
2009-present Chai Liang
2000-2009 Lin Yaoji

Haoming began studying violin at six and was admitted to Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2008. He has won numerous awards including Second Prize at the China National Violin Competition and Fourth Prize at the Qingdao International Violin Competition. Haoming has soloed with orchestras throughout China and abroad. In 2009, Haoming performed in Brussels to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Caprice No. 13 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Caprice No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Salut d'Amour in E major, Op. 12 - E. Elgar

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 - L. van Beethoven

Sonata No. 6 for solo violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe
Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 - G. Fauré
String Force - Joan Tower

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 - P. I. Tchaikovsky

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Ying Xue

Ying Xue

China, Age 24

Teachers:
2004-present Donald Weilerstein

Ying Xue was born in Urumqi, China and began violin studies at the age of four. At age 22, she won First Prize in the 2007 Corpus Christi Competition and was the Third Prize winner at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in 2008. As a soloist she has played concertos with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony By the Sea in the United States, and with the Nanning Symphony Orchestra, Jinfan Symphony Orchestra, and Yinfan Symphony Orchestra in China. Ms. Xue finished her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music as the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship and the Wilhelmina Sandwen Scholarship.

I. Preliminaries

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W.V. 1003 - J. S. Bach
Caprices No. 2 and No. 9 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Pièce en forme de Habanera, arr. G. Catherine - M. Ravel

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata - L. Janác(ek
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Poème, Op. 25 - E. Chausson

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 - S. Prokofiev

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Soyoung Yoon

Soyoung Yoon

South Korea, Age 25

Teachers:
2004-present Zakhar Bron

1997-2004 Nam Yun Kim

Soyoung Yoon received her first violin lesson at the age of five in her native South Korea. Soyoung was a prizewinner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She also received Grand Prize at the Odessa International David Oistrakh Violin Competition and First Prize at the Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2002. Soyoung has toured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Asia and Europe. Previously a student at the Musikhochschule Köln, she is currently studying at the Zurich University of Arts in Switzerland.

I. Preliminaries

Adagio and Fuga from Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001 - J. S. Bach
Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 - P. I. Tchaikovsky
Caprices No. 17 and No. 24 for solo violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini

II. Semi-Finals

Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
String Force - Joan Tower
Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 - S. Prokofiev
Carmen Fantasy (after Bizet) - F. Waxman

III. Finals

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - J. Sibelius

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