Stephen Kates Memorial Fellowship

Cellist Yuki Koyama, a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen at both Meadowmount and Northwestern University, has been named first recipient of the new Stephen Kates Memorial Fellowship.

The Fellowship was created in 2012 with a generous contribution from Mrs. Mary Louise Kates to honor the memory of her husband. Stephen had been a prizewinner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition, a long-time faculty member at the Peabody Institute of Music and Leonard Rose’s student at Meadowmount in 1961 and 1962.

Yuki Koyama is a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University. In 2012, he won the Samuel and Elinor Thaviu Competition and was a top prizewinner in the Caprio Competition. He has been national finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition and the ASTA National Solo Competition. Most recently, he participated in the Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Poland.

Yuki has played for Steven Isserlis, Lynn Harrell, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Steven Doane and Paul Katz and has collaborated in chamber music with both Lynn Harrell and James Ehnes. He continues studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen this fall as a master’s degree student at Northwestern University.