Meadowmount School of Music
2021 Benefit Concert
Concerto for four violins in B minor, RV 580
II. Largo - Larghetto - Adagio - Largo
Kento Hong, Katelyn Moon, Dexter Doris, Conan Chang, violins
Miles Goodby, cello
Dongsok Shin, piano
Mythes, Op. 30
I. La Fontaine d'Arethuse
Olga Kossovich, violin
Dr. Nariaki Sugiura, piano
Les prières, Op. 27
Pictures at an Exhibition
III. Tuileries (Children's Quarrel after Games)
V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Préludes, Livre 1
VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Galvin Cello Quartet
Sihao He, Haddon Kay, Sydney Lee, Luiz Fernando Venturelli
Concerto for Violin No. 2, Op. 7
III. Rondo "La Campanella"
arr. Fritz Kreisler
Kento Hong, violin
Andrew Hsu, piano
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, "American"
III. Molto vivace - Trio
IV. Finale, Vivace ma non troppo
Omer String Quartet
Mason Yu, Erica Tursi, violins
Jinsun Hong, viola
Alex Cox, cello
About the performers...
Kento Hong, age 14, began his violin studies at age six with Aimee Kreston and made his orchestral solo debut two years later in Los Angeles. He has had master classes with notable musicians such as Anne Akiko Meyers.
At the age of 10, he entered Juilliard Pre-College, studying with Dr. Ann Setzer, and went on to perform with numerous orchestras as a soloist. Kento was a concertmaster in the Pre-College String Ensemble and performed in the Juilliard Fall Benefit sextet in 2019. Kento has performed in several major venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall.
Kento has participated and won in multiple competitions, most recently in the 2021 Menuhin International Violin competition in which he was awarded Grand 4th Prize in the Junior Division.
Kento studies with Ann Setzer at Meadowmount.
Katelyn Moon is 16 years old and started the violin when she was six. Katelyn was accepted to Juilliard Pre-College at the age of 11 and is studies under Ann Setzer.
Katelyn received First Class Honors of Royal Conservatory Music Development Program at the age of eight. She appeared as a soloist with the Camerata Virtuosi New Jersey Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall at 9 years old. Katelyn performed at major venues including Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, and Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.
Katelyn has won first place at the New York International Music Competition in 2014, second prize in 2016 at Internation Grande Music Competition, and second at the Juilliard Concerto Competition in 2019. She also placed third in the New York International Artists Competition in 2018. She was also a finalist at the Blount-Slawson Competition in 2018 and Boston Music Institute Competition in 2019. In 2020, she was a first prize winner at the NYIAA Praelusio Competition. She is currently the associate director of the Westchester region in Back to Bach.
In the past summers, she has attended the Meadowmount School of Music where she studies with Ann Setzer. She has played for artists such as James Ehnes and Anna Kavafian.
Born and raised in New York, Dexter Doris, age 16, is a violinist that has enjoyed performing and exploring the art of music ever since he was 4 years old. At the age of 6, Dexter was admitted into the Bard Conservatory Preparatory Division where he studied violin with Helena Baillie. Just 3 years later, Dexter began taking instruction from Sally Thomas in New York City and was accepted into both the Mannes Preparatory Division and the Meadowmount School of Music. When he was 10 years old, Dexter moved to the greater metropolitan area of New York for further instruction in both solo and chamber music and to study with Dr. Ann Setzer.
Throughout his middle school years, Dexter has competed in numerous competitions in New York and throughout the country. In 2017, he became the New York State Junior Champion in the NYSMTA Competition and within the same year won the Louisiana Philharmonic Competition where he made his first orchestral debut playing Henri Vieuxtemps’s 4th violin concerto. Dexter has also won and participated in other competitions since then such as the Lyra Music Festival Competition, the eMuse International Online Competition, the Blount Slawson Young Artist Competition, and many others.
At age 13, Dexter was admitted into the Juilliard Pre-College division where he still studies with Dr. Setzer. During his first year there, Dexter won the Sound Symphony Competition in Long Island where he got the opportunity to play Camille Saint-Saens’s 3rd violin concerto. Later, he served as principal 2nd violinist and has just recently served as concertmaster in the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony.
Now in the recent year, Dexter has enjoyed performing in many masterclasses with esteemed artists and outreach concerts in the tri-state area as he is a member of the Back-to-BACH Project and a member of other organizations ran by peers of his. Dexter hopes to pursue a professional career in classical music as well as careers in early music and chamber music.
At the Meadowmount School of Music, Dexter studies with Ann Setzer.
Conan Chang, violist age 15, began his musical adventure with piano at age 5 and violin one year later. Becoming more passionate about music, he challenged himself with competitions. His most recent achievements include getting 2nd place in the National Pinoci Artist Competition and winning 1st Place in the Vivo International Competition. He has performed in many concert halls, including Weill Recital Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, and Merkin Hall.
Conan attended Meadowmount School of Music in 2019, 4Strings Music Festival Summer Camp in 2015, 2016, and 2018, and Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp in 2017. Currently, he is attending the Juilliard Pre-College Program on Saturdays and studies with Ms. Ann Setzer.
Aside from solo works, Conan also plays in orchestras. He is in the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and the Saddle River Day School Chamber Ensemble. He is an active chamber musician, and also plays music with his friends for fun.
In addition to violin, Conan continues to play the piano. He is the Second Alternative Winner of the National Virtuosi Competition (2018), and the pianist of the VioLit Quintet.
This summer, Conan made recordings of his arrangements and improvisations. He hosted multiple virtual concerts for raising funds, and for friends and family.
Conan studies with Ann Setzer at the Meadowmount School of Music.
Miles Goosby age 20, is currently a cello student in Julia Lichten's studio at Manhattan School of Music. Miles began playing cello at the age of 8, in his home-town of Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis, Miles was a member of the Memphis Youth Symphony, and a concerto competition winner. He also attended Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra Program, and joined the NYO2 roster for their inaugural season in 2016, as well as the following season.
Miles recently joined Ms. Lichten's studio after spending two years at Pepperdine University, where he was awarded 1st prize in the 2019 Thomas M. Osborne Concerto Competition. While at Pepperdine, Miles was involved in multiple different orchestral and chamber ensembles. He also attended Pepperdine’s “Heidelberg Summer Music Program”, where he studied and performed various chamber works in Germany and Austria. Miles is passionate about fostering deeper connections through the joy or sharing music.
Miles studies with Julia Lichten at the Meadowmount School of Music.
Dongsok Shin, pianist, has been a member of REBEL since 1997. He was born in Boston and played the modern piano from the age of four. Since the early 1980’s he has specialized exclusively on harpsichord, organ and fortepiano.
Much in demand as a soloist and continuo player, Mr. Shin has appeared with the American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Concert Royal, Early Music New York, Carmel Bach Festival, Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and Mexico, has been heard on numerous radio broadcasts nationally and internationally, and has recorded for ATMA Classique, Bridge Records, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Hänssler Classic, Helicon, Lyrichord and the Newport Classic.
Mr. Shin was a founding member of the Mannes Camerata, receiving international critical acclaim as music director for their productions of early baroque operas, and he was a member, as well as a guest director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca, NY. He is also well known as a recording engineer, producer and editor of numerous early music recordings.
Olga Kossovich, violin age 26, was born in Moscow, Russia. At the age of 4 she received her first violin lesson and began her formal musical training. In 2002 she was accepted into the Central Music School in Moscow. While studying she actively participated in concerts and competitions across Russia and abroad. In 2009 she placed 3rd in the Demidov International Youth Violin Competition DeMYuKS-V in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In 2012 she placed 3rd in the XVII Togliatti International Competition for Musicians.
In 2013, she graduated from the Central Music School and entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. During her time at the Conservatory, she participated in the III Savely Orlov International Music Competition in Samara, Russia, where she placed 2nd. In 2017 she participated in the First Rudolf Gummert International Young Performers Competition in Kazan, Russia, where she also took 2nd place.
In 2019, as a student in the United States she placed 1st in the GGFSO Young Artist Concerto Competition and 1st place in the BSO Young Artist Competition. In 2021 she has placed 1st at the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition.
Olga is studying at the Meadowmount School of Music with Professor Gerardo Ribeiro.
Dr Nariaki Sugiura, piano Music critics have raved about Nariaki Sugiura’s performances in Europe with such accolades as “the most sensitive touch on the piano,” and “possessing the rigueur, passion, and discipline of an old Samurai.”
International concert artist Nariaki Sugiura has performed solo recitals and concerto engagements in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia at some of the most prestigious concert halls including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall at Shenzhen Concert Hall (China), Ferenc Liszt Music Academy Recital Hall (Hungary), Daejeon Arts and Cultural Center Hall (South Korea), Manoel Theater (Malta), Kioi Hall (Japan), and Museo de Arte (Puerto Rico). He has appeared as soloist with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, UND Chamber Orchestra, and many others.
His arrangements for chamber ensembles and piano ensembles have been frequently performed, and he has also conducted his ensemble arrangements. ugiura has recorded eight CD albums for such labels as Klavier Records, Eroica Classical Recordings, T. K. Music Productions and Indiana University Latin American Music Center. His performances have been featured on television and radio, broadcast nationally and internationally. Active as an editor, his editions of chamber music scores are published by Ludwig Masters Music Publications.
Praised by Lynn Harrell, “Sihao He has impressed me with originality of musical thought and a wonderful command of the cello. His vision is inspiring.”
Cellist Sihao He first came into international prominence in 2008 as a 14-year old cellist winning first prize at the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Croatia. Later that same year, he sealed his great promise by winning the National Cello Competition in his native China. He is also the Grand Prize winner of the prestigious 3rd Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Japan, a laureate of the Queen Elizabeth International Cello Competition International and Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In 2019, he won 3rd prize in Munich’s ARD International Music Competition. In the US, important performances took place before audiences at the Metropolitan Museum, the U.S Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington D.C and a recital at the Myra Hess Concert series in Chicago.
As a soloist, Sihao has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Münchener Kammer orchester, Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Orquestra the Sinfônica de Piracicaba in Brazil, and the Xiamen Philharmonic in China. As a chamber musician, Sihao appeared at the Shanghai New Music Week, the Shanghai Electronic Music Week, in the US at the Music@Menlo and in Europe at the Rome festival. He has performed together with Joseph Silverstein, Pinchas Zuckerman, Donald Weilerstein and the Calidore Quartet. His string Quartet, Simply Quartet, won first prize at the Haydn Invitational Chamber Music Competition in Shanghai, China and was awarded “The Most Promising Young String Quartet” at the 4th Beijing International Chamber Music Competition.
In March 2020, Sihao was chosen to be a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). Born in Shanghai, China, Sihao He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University where he studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Julie Albers, and a Master’s Degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Mr. He is currently attending the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University for his D.M.A. degree under the tutelage of Hans Jørgen Jensen, with whom he studies with at the Meadowmount School of Music.
In addition to playing the cello, Sihao is a brilliant Snooker and Billiard player.
Haddon Kay, age 21, is a junior at Northwestern University pursuing a degree in Cello Performance with Hans Jørgen Jensen. He has studied cello for 16 years and has won recognition as both a soloist and as a cellist for Piano Trio Royale and Trio Keluvaina.
In 2017, he was a finalist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition and performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In 2016, he was the first place winner of the MYA strings division in the Walgreens Concerto Competition. In 2015, Haddon was the selected soloist for the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, winner of the DePaul Concerto Festival, and performed with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.
As a cellist for Piano Trio Royale, the Orion Trio, and Trio Keluvaina, the groups were each semi-finalists at the 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Junior Division. The groups also performed for National Public Radio’s From the Top in Naples, Florida and in Highwood, Illinois. As an orchestral musician, Haddon has held the principal cellist positions of the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of the United States under Michael Tilson Thomas and the 2018 Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.
At Meadowmount Haddon studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen.
Sydney Lee, cellist age 24, made her debut with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Thomas Hong. She captured first prize in 10th International Cello Competition, ‘Antonio Janigro,’ debuting with Zagreb Soloists the following year.
For 2019-20 season, Ms. Lee was appointed principal cellist of The Curtis Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with eminent chamber musicians including Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Roberto Diaz. Ms. Lee was named 2015 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. She was selected as 2020 grantee from U.S. Presidential Scholars Foundation and Alumni Association Seed Grant Program. She serves as Director of Global Operations at The Back to Bach Project Charitable Foundation LTD and is also Artistic Director of Heartstrings Cello Ensemble.
Sydney began her studies with her mother, Soo Lee. Her playing has been influenced by studies with Sophie Shao, Minhye Clara Kim, Julie Albers, Richard Aaron, Peter Wiley and Carter Brey, and the mentorship of Lynn Harrell.
Ms. Lee is the Emily W. Sunstein Annual Fellow and a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music. As recipient of Eckstein Scholarship and Dick and Helen Thomas Fellowship, she is studying at Northwestern University and at Meadowmount with Hans Jørgen Jensen.
Luiz Fernando Venturelli, age 21, studies Cello Performance as a senior at Northwestern University, with Hans Jørgen Jensen. Born and raised in Brazil by a family of musicians, Luiz developed an interest for music very early in his life, taking piano lessons from his parents at age 3. Later on, he took guitar and choir lessons, until he started playing the cello at age 8. From age 8 until he moved to the USA at age 17, he studied at the Instituto Baccarelli, a non-profit organization that teaches music to over 1000 children for free. In Brazil, he studied with Eduardo Belo and André Micheletti.
Luiz has been a prize winner in multiple competitions, including the Paulo Bosisio competition, the Northwestern University Thaviu Endowed Scholarship Competition, the 2014 NYIAA Competition and most recently the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Luiz has performed in Brazil, USA and Canada. He is currently a member of the Galvin Cello Quartet, which was a silver medalist at the 2021 Fischoff competition.
Aside from cello, Luiz is a huge enthusiast of other kinds of music, having led a rock band and played and recorded with multiple artists in Brazil. Luiz studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen at Meadowmount.
Andrew Hsu is a Chinese-American pianist and composer based in New York City. The range and versatility of his musical pursuits range from the classical canon to modern masterworks and contemporary experimentalism. His music probes the imagination, searching for a distinct sense of colour and timelessness within a delicate sonic palette.
Mr. Hsu is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and Juilliard, where he completed his DMA; as a student, he held the Kovner, Rising Star Annual, and C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellowships. His teachers included pianists Gary Graffman and Eleanor Sokoloff, and composers Samuel Adler, Richard Danielpour, David Serkin Ludwig, Matthias Pintscher and Steven Stucky.
Comprising Mason Yu, Erica Tursi, Jinsun Hong, and Alex Cox (Meadowmount Alumnus), the Omer Quartet is a leader among today’s young string quartets.
Most recently first prizewinners of the Young Concert Artists Auditions, the quartet came into prominence in 2013 when it received Grand Prize and gold medal at the Fischoff National Competition. They further received top prize at the Borciani International Competition, second prize at the Trondheim International Competition, and special prize at the Bordeaux International Competition. The quartet inaugurated a Music for Food concert series in the metro-DC area with the mission to support local hunger relief.
Having completed a graduate residency mentored by Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, they are currently the Doctoral Fellowship Quartet in residence at the University of Maryland, where they work with David Salness and Katherine Murdock.
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2021 Meadowmount Concert Series
Welcome to Meadowmount Concerts Online! In 2021 we pivot to our first ever virtual summer session and have the opportunity to share with you, music from this year's amazing class of extraordinary young artists wherever you are.
While we miss having our students on campus and welcoming you to their live weekly performances, we are excited to showcase their tremendous skills with our expanding community - both here in upstate New York - and beyond! Above all we want to encourage our students to grow and continue to succeed as musicians and giving them the chance to perform for audiences is vital to that development.
Join us every Friday evening at 7:30pm EST for our streamed concerts over social media when we present many of our extraordinary young players in a one-hour concert. You can also watch anywhere, anytime after the premiere! All concerts remain available to enjoy for free through Meadowmount’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
We look forward to having you with us virtually!