Featured Artists: 2021-22 Season
Kevin Zhu has amassed an outstanding record of concert performances and competition wins since he began studying violin at age three. In 2021 he was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant Award. He has performed as soloist at prestigious venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, China's National Centre for the Performing Arts, Moscow’s International Performing Arts Center, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, and Austin's Long Center for the Performing Arts. He is also winner of the Avery Fisher Grant.
In April of 2018, Kevin won first prize in the 55th Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy, and received special prizes for being the youngest finalist and the best performance of a Paganini Caprice. In the 2012 Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing, Kevin was awarded first prize in the Junior Division, becoming the youngest-ever winner in the 29-year history of the competition, also taking home the Composer’s Prize for the best performance of a new Chinese work.
Recent performances include concerto appearances with the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as solo recitals across Europe, the United States, and China. As a Culture Ambassador of the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China, Kevin was a twice featured soloist at Iceland’s Harpa International Music Academy, and has repeatedly been a featured artist on BBC Radio 3 and NPR. Upcoming engagements include concerto appearances in Poland, as well as solo recitals in Italy.
Kevin is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Mr. Itzhak Perlman and Professor Li Lin. He performs on the c1722 "Lord Wandsworth" Antonio Stradivari violin, which is on loan from the Ryuji Ueno Foundation and Rare Violins In Consortium.
Jeremiah Blacklow began studying the violin when he was three. As a soloist and chamber musician, Jeremiah has performed at important cultural centers across the globe including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Incheon’s Tri-Bowl,and the Neue Galerie. Jeremiah has appeared as a soloist with the Concord Orchestra, the Boston Civi Symphony, and recently performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Bach Society Orchestra. Jeremiah has been coached by the Juilliard, Cleveland, Shanghai, and Brentano Quartets. He has participated in various music festivals such as the Perlman Music Program, Kneisel Hall, the Taos School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Jeremiah and pianist Noah Krauss began working together as a violin-piano duo, and they have collaborated during the pandemic performing live-streamed concerts for people in healthcare sites around the northeast.
Jeremiah currently studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where he is pursuing a Masters degree in violin performance as a recipient of the prestigious Fidelity Foundation Scholarship and the Dorothy Starling Scholarship. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard College in 2020.
Alexandra Woroniecka, 19, a Polish-American violinist currently studies at The Juilliard School under Mr. Hyo Kang. She appeared on NPR’s From The Top show number 387. She was a Semi-Finalist in the Cooper International Competition in 2017 in Oberlin, OH and advanced to the remaining 10 in the 2019 Cooper International Competition. Also a receiver of The Paul Rudoff Scholarship and the Educational Grant from Concert Festival. She has performed in well known halls such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and The Łancut Castle in Poland. She performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Concert in 2015 and in 2018 received acknowledgment. Alexandra has played in masterclasses for Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yu-Chien Tseng, Rodney Friend, Masao Kawasaki, Daniel Phillips, Paul Kantor, Gerardo Ribeiro, Blair Milton, Naoko Tanaka, the Emerson Quartet, and Kikuei Ikeda. She has attended Zenon Brzewski International Music Courses in Poland, Heifetz International Music Festival, Harpa International Music Academy in Iceland, Summer Violin Institute in Northwestern, IL, and Meadowmount School of Music during her summers
Israeli-Canadian cellist Daniel Hass is the First Prize Gold Medal winner of the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition, the 2016 winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, and the 2019 winner of The Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition.
As a soloist, Mr. Hass has performed throughout Canada and the USA, having appeared with the orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra. He has performed as recitalist and chamber musician in Amsterdam, Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Montreal, and across the United States. A sought after chamber musician in New York City, Mr. Hass frequently performs as a guest artist with the Jupiter Chamber Players, the Omega Ensemble, the Sejong Soloists, and since 2019 has served as the principal cellist of the Philadelphia-based orchestra Symphony In C.
Mr. Hass is as a member of the Perlman Music Program Alumni. He Graduated from Juilliard in 2017 as the proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree at Juilliard, under the tutelage of cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and violinists Areta Zhulla and Itzhak Perlman.
Sebastian Stöger, cellist, is currently attending The Juilliard School for his Masters degree, studying with Joel Krosnick and Timothy Eddy. In fall 2019, his piano trio, The Vuillaume Trio, was placed into the prestigious Honors Chamber Program at The Juilliard School, studying with Joseph Lin. The trio was selected to perform at Juilliard’s Chamberfest and the Focus Festival in January, 2020. In Spring 2022, Sebastian will perform the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major in New York City with the Handel Festival Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Elefant. Sebastian was recently involved in a video production with NPR’s From The Top. This past summer, Sebastian attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine. In Summer 2018, Sebastian attended the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program in Putney, Vermont. From 2012-2017, Sebastian was a student at The Perlman Music Program, Sebastian was fortunate to be instructed by cellists Ron Leonard, Paul Katz, Merry Peckham, and violinist Itzhak Perlman. Sebastian was the featured artist of Juilliard Open Studios in 2016 performing the Elgar cello concerto. Sebastian was one of the performers featured at the NPR From the Top show at Boston’s Jordan Hall. There, he was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Artist Award, and in Spring of 2017, Sebastian was named a YoungArts competition winner.
Throughout his young career, Sebastian has performed solo and chamber music concerts in major venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Jordan Hall, Steinway Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Sebastian currently plays on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume Cello, circa 1855, loaned by Curtis Bryant Fine Cellos.
Praised for his “ravishing and simply gorgeous” performances in The Washington Post, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for interpretations that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Declared a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine, Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the San Diego Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the major orchestras in his native country of Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony, the Queensland Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony.
In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Fung was a featured soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in their opening subscription weekend celebrating the Orchestra Hall Centennial and received an invitation to replace Andre Watts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing Ravel’s Left-Hand Concerto. Other highlights of the season include performances at the Seattle Town Hall, Eastman Presents, Ottawa Chamberfest, L’Auditori (Barcelona), and a collaboration with the Brentano Quartet at Yale University and Carnegie Hall. In the 2020-21 season, Mr. Fung appears alongside Yuja Wang and conductor Gustavo Dudamel with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in their Sound/Stage series at the Hollywood Bowl, returns to Caramoor with Dashon Burton, and headlines the 2020 WQXR Pride Celebrations in New York City. Other highlights were to include performances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra, Niagara Symphony Orchestra and at Princeton University.
Mr. Fung’s highly acclaimed debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival was “everything you could wish for” (Cleveland Classical), and he was further praised as an “agile and alert interpreter of Mozart’s crystalline note-spinning” (The Plain Dealer). In the following week, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Beijing National Stadium for their Olympic Summer Festival. Festival highlights include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Brussels Piano Festival, Caramoor, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Tippet Rise, and Yeosu International Music Festival. At his Edinburgh International Festival debut, the Edinburgh Guide described Mr. Fung as being “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented... and who probably does ten more impossible things daily before breakfast.” In recent seasons, he has been presented in recital by Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, the Louvre Museum, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Seoul Art Center, and the Zürich Tonhalle.
Mr. Fung garnered international attention as laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv. In Tel Aviv, he was further distinguished by the Chamber Music and Mozart Prizes, awarded in areas in which Mr. Fung has a passionate interest. Mr. Fung is the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and is a Steinway Artist.
Derek Wang is a New York-based pianist and communicator who is guided by the value of committed listening across musical and social spaces. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School and was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music upon graduation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Juilliard, studying with Stephen Hough and Veda Kaplinsky as a Kovner Fellowship recipient. In the summer of 2019, Derek began a fellowship position as pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival and School, enjoying duo collaborations with guest artists Vijay Iyer, pianist and composer, and Robert McDuffie, violinist, in addition to chamber music with members of the festival’s artist-faculty, premieres of works by the festival's composition fellows, and weekly performances under the baton of Timothy Weiss. Most recently, he launched American Stories with violinist Sophia Stoyanovich, a podcast series that celebrates American concert music as a mirror to stories of the people living in the country today, with a first episode featuring conversation with healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19. Derek has performed in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum, Lehrman Hall at the Morgan Library and Museum, and the West Gallery of the Frick Collection.
Henry Kramer has been praised by The Cleveland Classical Review for his “astonishingly confident technique” and The New York Times for “thrilling [and] triumphant” performances, pianist Henry Kramer is developing a reputation as a musician of rare sensitivity who combines stylish programming with insightful and exuberant interpretations. In 2016, he garnered international recognition with a Second Prize win in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and most recently was awarded a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant by Lincoln Center. Kramer has soloed in concertos with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, collaborating with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, Stéphane Denève, Jan Pascal Tortelier and Hans Graf. Through the pandemic, Henry appeared on multiple digital concert programs including a livestream on the Violin Channel, at the Rockport Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, as well as a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Columbus (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra. A sought-after collaborator, he has appeared in recitals at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest, and with Emmanuel Pahud, the Calidore and Pacifica quartets, Miriam Fried, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, Kramer holds the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He is a Steinway Artist.