Recent Meadowmount Alumni Accomplishments
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Jessie Montgomery has been awarded the Sphinx Medal of Excellence in composition and violin. This is the highest honor awarded by the Sphinx Organization to an artist of color who demonstrates artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirt of determination and an ongoing commitment to leadership.
Cellist John-Henry Crawford won first prize in the Ninth Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico.
Cellist Alexander Hersh was chosen as one of six new members of the Astral Artists roster. The prestigious program, based in Philadelphia, includes career development and performance opportunities.
Sisters Julia and Jennifer Choi have both recently won jobs with major orchestras. Julia, violin, was appointed to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Jennifer, cello, was appointed to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Cellist James Baik won first prize in the 2019 Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco.
Violinists Shannon Lee placed fourth in the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Brussels, May 2019. Meadowmount alumni Lauren Gagnon and Elly Suh also participated in the competition, with Elly making the semi-finals.
Violinists Harry Ward and Choi Tung Yeung were selected to participate in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand.
Cellist Johannes Gray will participate in the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition this June in Russia.
Nathan Le, cello, was awarded the Silver Medal the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, MI. Violinist Chelsea Xia and cellists Jaime An and James Baik also participated in the competition.
Cellist Brannon Cho gave a recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, presented by the Center for Musical Excellence. Click Here to read a review of his performance.
Four Meadowmount Alumni were selected as contestants for the 7th Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. Violinists Isabelle Durrenberger, Weilu Zhang, Shannon Lee, and Kiarra Saito-Beckman will participate in the live competition in June 2019.
Meadowmount Alumni, violinists Kai Bryngelson and Wenlan Jackson, with the Alendo Quartet, have been invited to compete in the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Also cellist Benson Marshall, with his quartet, will participate in the competition.
Multiple Meadowmount Alumni have been invited to compete in the finals of the 14th Annual Saint Paul String Quartet Competition in St. Paul, MN on April 13 including Irina Casasnovas, violin, with the Nova Quartet and violinists Kai Bryngelson and Wenlan Jackson with the Alendo Quartet.
Cellist Jiaxun Caroline Yao won the 2019 Spectrum Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition in New York City. She will perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the orchestra March 13, 2019 at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.
The Alendo String Quartet won the 2019 Rembrant High School Chamber Music Competition in Chicago. The group includes two Meadowmount Alumni, violinists Kai Bryngelson and Wenlan Jackson. The Fiero Quartet received Honorable Mention in the same competition, they are coached by Meadowmount alumnus Rudolfo Vieira.
Three Meadowmount Alumni participated in the 2019 Sphinx Competition in Detroit, MI. Violinist Sophia Ayer placed second in the Junior Division. Cellist Maxwell Remmer placed third in the Junior Division. Violinist Paul Aguilar was a semi-finalist in the Senior Division.
Johannes Gray, cello, received the Pablo Casals International Award for Young Cellists in El Vendrill, Spain. Johannes was a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen.
Brannon Cho, cello, won first prize in the Sixth International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, Finland. Brannon is a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen.
Violinist Shannon Lee placed sixth in the International Violin Comeptition of Indianapolis.
Helen Hess, viola, was appointed as a section violist to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Helen was a student of Patricia McCarty.
Maya Budzinski, violin, won the grand prize in the 11 to 14 year old category of the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) and will perform with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Laurel Gagnon, violin, won fourth prize in the 2018 Singapore International Violin Competition.
Meadowmount students Eva Nicholson, violin, and Margaret O'Malley, viola, of The Asrai String Quartet have won the 2nd Prize of the ENKOR International Music Competition. For more information click here.
Woojin Nam, cello student of Meadowmount Teacher Jonathan Koh, will be featured on the National Public Radio Show "From the Top" in 2018.
Davis You, cello, won the 2018 Prometheus Symphony Orchestra (Oakland, CA) Felix Khuner Young Artist Competition and will solo with the orchestra this season.
Five Meadowmount violin students were chosen to participate in the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. They are Jacques Forestier, Yehun Danny Jin, Sean Mori, Christina Nam, and Takumi Taguchi. For more information click here.
Senior Division Winners of the 2018 DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performer in Chicago include three Meadowmount students: Margaret O'Malley, viola; James Baik and William Tan, cellos. The winners will perform a movement of their concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.
William Harvey has been named Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in Mexico City starting in January 2018.
The Dover Quartet, with Meadowmount Alumnus Camden Shaw as its cellist, has been awarded a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Five Meadowmount Alumni have won their State Competitions for the 2017 Music Teachers National Association Competition. They are: Jacob Wang, piano, First Prize Senior Division in North Carolina; Jamie An, cello, First Prize Senior Division in California; Chelsea Xia, violin, First Prize Senior Division in New Jersey; Abigail Leong, cello, First Prize Junior Division in California; and Dexter Doris, violin, First Place Junior Division in New York.
The Omer Quartet, with Meadowmount Alumnus Alex Cox as its cellist, was one of the four Grand Prize winners of the 2017 Young Concert Artist International Auditions.
Meadowmount Alumnus Richard Narroway has released a recording of the J.S Bach Solo Cello Suites on the Sono Luminus Label. Read the wonderful review from Gramophone Magazine here.
Oriol Plans-Casal has joined the piano faculty of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig.
Dmitri Vorobiev has joined the piano faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Pianist Maggie Pang has joined the elite roster of young artists at the Australian National Academy of Music.
Meadowmount Alum Benjamin Bowman has been named concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City for the 2017-19 season. Mr. Bowman has been concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra since 2014.
Jeremy Tai, cello, won first prize in the 32nd Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. Jeremy is a student of Jonathan Koh at Meadowmount.
Brannon Cho has won 6th prize in the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition. Sihao He was also named a Laureate for placing in the top twelve. Both are cello students of Hans Jørgen Jensen. Sihao performs in recital on June 8 at the Flagey Centre (Bruxelles). Brannon performs Dvorak Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège on Tuesday, June 13 at the Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf (Bruxelles) and Wednesday, June 14 at the Salle Philharmonique/Concert Hall (Liège). On June 20th, he will play a recital at the Korean Cultural Center in Brussels.
Five Meadowmount Alumni, Brannon Cho, John-Henry Crawford, Sihao He, Alex Hersh, and Tavi Ungerleider, cello students of Hans Jørgen Jensen, have competed in the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgium.
Hana Chang has won third prize in the 2017 Prague Spring International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. Hana is a student of Ivan Ženatý at Meadowmount.
Ifetayo Ali-Landing, 14 year old cellist, winner of the 20th Annual Sphinx Competition's Junior Division returns to Meadowmount for another summer to study with Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen. Read more here.
Alumnus Kensho Watanabe has been appointed Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He had previously served as a substitute violinist for the orchestra from 2012-2016. At Meadowmount, Mr. Watanabe was a student of Ann Setzer.
Zuill Bailey, cello, has been nominated for a 2017 Grammy under the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for his performance of Michael Daugherty's Tales of Hemingway on the Naxos Label.
Thomas Mesa, cello, performed in a choral work by Thomas Lloyd, Bonhoeffer, under conductor Donald Nally and the piece has been nominated for a 2017 Grammy under Classical, Best Choral Performance.
Meadowmount Alumnus Philip Boulanger, cellist with the Haven String Quartet, has been appointed Director of Session I at Point Counter Point in Vermont.
Former Meadowmount student, 26 year old Korean-American violinist Elly Suh has been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition, in Lviv, Ukraine. Elly studied with Sally Thomas at Meadowmount.
Violinist Bracha Malkin and violist Rebekah Edewards are the newest members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 2016.
Alexander Hersh, cello, won the 20th annual Schadt String Competition presented by the Allentown Symphony Association in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Russian pianist Viacheslav (Slava) Kiselev was a soloist with The State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov" conducted by Dimitris Botinis. He performed the Liszt Piano Concerto in A Major in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. You can see the performance on YouTube by clicking here.
Czech-born brothers Matous and Simon Michal are the two newest members of the 2nd violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Both brothers attended Meadowmount and are graduates of the Prague Conservatory, Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. Both are top prize winners at the Kocian and ‘Concerto Praga’ International Music Competitions.
Thomas Mesa, cellist, is the First Place winner in the senior division of the 2016 Sphinx Competition.
The JXC Trio has won Second Prize in the ENKOR International Internet Chamber Music Compitition 2015/2016 based in Düsseldorf, Germany. The members of this piano trio, formed at Meadowmount, are Christopher Banka, piano, Xingyu Li, violin, and Justin Park, cello.
Brannon Cho, cellist, was the First Prize winner at the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra 2015 Young Artist Competition and received a solo performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. Brannon also took second place in the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition in New York.
John Henry Crawford, cello, was a finalist in the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York City.
Meadowmount was well represented in 2015 at The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia. Cellists John Henry Crawford, Brannon Cho, and Sihao He were all finalists.
Meadowmount is proud to announce that two of our students were winners of the 2015 MTNA National Competition. Violinist Phoenix Avalon was the second place winner in the Junior Performance Division and violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman was the first place winner in the Senior Performance Division. Both Phoenix and Kiarra are students of Jan Mark Sloman.
Cellist John Henry Crawford was the Grand Prize winner of the 2015 ASTA National Solo Competition held in Salt Lake City last March. John Henry is a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen at Meadowmount and in Chicago.
Miles Norman, cellist, placed 3rd in the 2015 David Popper International Cello Competition in Varpalota, Hungary.
Sydney Lee, cello, was named a 2015 Presidential Scholar in th Arts by the White House Commission for Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education.
Noah and Sydney Lee, cellists, won first place in their age divisions in the 2014 10th International Cello Competition 'Antonio Janigro' in Poreč, Croatia. Noah was also awarded the Grand Prize in the competition.
Christopher Gao, cello, wins First Place in the Walgreen's Concerto Competition in the Midwest Young Artists Division for 2014.
Violin soloist Bella Hristova and Escher String Quartet violinist Aaron Boyd, have both been awarded the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant. This award is designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalist as well as chamber ensembles, who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program believe to have great potential for major careers.
Sihao He, cello, won the 2013 Gaspar Cassando Competition held in Hachioji, Japan. He was also named co-grand prize winner of the American String Teachers Association’s 2013 National Solo Competition. Sihao studies with Hans Jorgen Jensen.
Brannon Cho, cello, received third prize in the 2013 Gaspar Cassando Competion held in Hachioji, Japan. Brannon is a student of Hans Jorgen Jensen
Rachel Saul, Violin, is now with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
Jessie Montgomery, violinist and composer, has been named the Inaugural Sphinx Virtuosi Composer-in-Residence. Jessie's works will be featured during the 2013 Sphinx Virtuosi Tour.
Noah Lee, age 12, wins 1st Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musician in Switzerland.
Gabriel Cabezas, won first price in the 2012 Senior Division of the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition and he was presented with the Audience Choice Award.
Alexia Bigari, violist, is the recipient of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, presented by “From The Top”. Alexia has also been awarded a Vuillaume viola by the Virtu Foundation.
Dmitri Vorobiev, piano, was awarded the grand prize at the 2000 International Pretoria Competition in South Africa, and in 2003 he won the first prize in the New Orleans International Piano Competition. Dmitri has recorded for Naxos and is currently Assistant professor of Piano at the University of Northern Iowa.
Jing Wang was appointed concertmaster of the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Josh Halpern, cello, won the Gold Medal in the junior division at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition for 2011. His ensemble Polaris Quartet formed last fall as part of the Starling project. (A prep program for advanced young strings players.) The quartet is coached by Alan Rafferty, a Meadowmount alumni.
Matthew Allen, cello, 2010 1st prize winner of the 2nd Gaspar Cassando International Violincello Competition and winner of the Audience Award. 2009 winner of the Junior Division of the National ASTA Competition and 2008 Grand Prizewinner of the Stulberg International string Competition in Kalamazoo, MI.
Deanna Talens, cello, 2009 winner of the Senior Divison and Grand Prize winner of the National ASTA Competition. 1999 and 2000 Walgreens Concerto Competition winner and was awarded the Daniel Shafran Special Prize of Promise at the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Gabriel Cabezas, cello, in 2008 won the Gold Medal in the Fischoff Chamber Music National Competition with his group Quartet Polaris. In 2007 he released his first compact disc entitled "Moyugba Orisha" featuring a world premiere piece of the same title. He is Bronze Medal Winner of the Junior Division of the 2005 Fischoff Chamber Music National Competition and overall performance winner of the Midwest Young Artists Junior Division of the 2004 Walgreens National Competition.
Tina Chen, violin, won first prize in the 2008 International Violin Competition held in Qingdao, China.
Jessica Hung, violin, is now Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Jessica also serves as Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and previously held the same position in the Chicago Civic, Northwestern University, CIM, and Ashland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the post of Assistant Concertmaster with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
David Requiro, cellist, is the first prize winner of the 2008 Walter Naumberg International Cello Competition.
Matous Michal, 16, violinist from the Czech Republic is the 2008 Grand prizewinner of the Kocian International Competition and special prize for excellent performance in the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY).
Simon Michal, 14, violinist from the Czech Republic is the 2008 Second prizewinner of the Kocian International Competition and 2008 Grand Prize winner of the International Violin Compeition.
Chad Hoopes, 14 year old violinist from Ohio, won the Junior 1st Prize at the 2008 Menuhin Competition in Cardiff.
Francisco Montalvo, violin, received the award for Best Artist by Public and Critics in the XI International Competition "Pedro Boat" City of Music in Badajoz-Espana.
Allan Steele, 14, cello, in 2008 won the Bronze Medal in the Fischoff Chamber Music National Competition with the Aurelia String Quartet.
Yang Ziao-Yu, 21, violinist from China, won 1st Prize in the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians' Competition in 2002.
James Ehnes, violin, 2008 Grammy Award Winner for Best Instrumental soloist performance of Barber/Korngold/Walton: Violin Concertos (CBC Records), recipient of the 2002 Cannes Classical Award for Young Artist of the Year and winner of the 2002 JUNO for Best Classical Album for his recording of Bruch's Concertos nos. 1 and 3 with l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Charles Dutoit (CBC Records).
Marta Vieira, cello, 18, 2008 Overall winner of the Walgreens Concerto Competition.
Frantisek Soucek, violin, the Banff 2007 International String Quartet Competition awarded 2nd Prize to the Zemlinsky Quartet of which Frantisek is first violin.
Jing Wang, violin, is the 2007 First Prize winner of the 22nd Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition. He has won First Prize at the 2000 International Competition "Concertino Prague" in Prague and was nominated "Le Titre de Jeune solist" of all French Radio in 2002. He is First Prize winner of the 1997 Canadian Music Competitions and the Montreal symphony Orchestra Competition in 1998.
Beloslava Hristova, violin, managed by Stanton Consulting, is the winner of the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. She also won 6th prize in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2006, was the grand prize winner at the 2001 International Kocian Competition and appeared at the Tanglewood Music Festival as soloist with Garrison Keillor in 2002.
Petra Vilankova, violin, was awarded first prize at the National ASTA Competition for 2007 and second prizewinner of the senior division of the 2006 Michigan ASTA Solo Competition.
Slava Kiselev, piano, second prizewinner Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition 2007.
Anne Burden, cello, won the 2006 Solo Competition at the Juilliard School and performed Prokofiev's Symphonie Concertante with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
Barbora Kolarova, violin, is the top prizewinner in the junior division of the 2006 Michigan ASTA Solo Competition.
Ruben Palma, cello, 1st place winner of the 2006 NY American String Teachers Solo Competition and named a semi-finalist in the 2006 Sphinx Competition.
Rachel Harding, violin, preliminary participant in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2006.
Saeke Matsayama, violin, preliminary participant in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2006.
Robin Scott, violin, second prize winner in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition 2006.
Drew Petersen, 13, piano, 2006 recipient of the Davidson Fellows Scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.
Chen Jiafeng won second prize at the 2005 Sibelius Competition.
Jessica Constant, Neena Deb-Sen, Elly Suh, Felicia Tan, and Ken Schwartz received 2nd prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend Indianna in 2004.
JiaJing Wang and Jiafeng Chen shared 3rd prize in the 4th International Competition for Young Violinists in Novosibirsk, Russia in 2004.
Eldbjorg Hemsing, violin, won First Prize in the Sparre Olsen Competition in 1999, First Prize in the 2000 Norwegian Youth String Competition and First Prize in the Norwegian Youth String Competition and the Sparre Olsen Competition in 2000 and second prize in the 2001 Kocian International Violin Competition. She was recently soloist with the Bergen, Trondheim and Kiev Symphony Orchestras.
Ragnhild Hemsing, violin, won First Prize in the Sparre Olsen Competition in 1999, First Prize in the 2000 Norwegian Youth String Competition and First Prize in the Norwegian Youth String Competition, December, 2000 and the First Prize in the 2001 International Kocian Competition. She was recently soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic and the Bergen and Kiev Symphony Orchestras.
Elizabeth Chung, cello, received first prize at 2001 Walgreens Concerto Competition, guest division and second place winner in the 2002 Chicago Symphony Young Artist Competition. In 2006 she won the Concerto Competition at Aspen Music Festival Performing the Dvorak Concerto.
Min Lee, violin, an IMG artist, recently recorded on the Universal Record Label with the Royal Philharmonic with Conductor, Thomas Sanderling
Eunice Keem, violin, semi-finalist in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2006, received first prize in the Jr. Division of the 2002 National ASTA Competition and first prize at the Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C. As violinist in the Orion Piano Trio, she won first prize in the Jr. Division of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Julie Yoon, as violinist in the Chiara Quartet, won the Senior String Gold Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2002.
Patricia Sunwoo, violin, first prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition and winner of the 1998 Walter Naumburg Award. She records on the label CP2 and Arabesque Recordings.
Clancy Newman, cello, won the first prize at the Walter Naumburg Competition in 2001 and is managed by Astral Artistic Services.
Dmitri Vorobiev, piano, was awarded the grand prize at the 2000 International Pretoria Competition in South Africa.
Tatsuya Nagashima, piano, appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. His concert engagements include appearances with the National Symphony of Taiwan, the Russian Federal Orchestra, and with the Berlin Sinfoniker.