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, performing 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.

 

During the 2019-20 season, violinist Nathan Meltzer (www.nathanMeltzer.com) performs at the Musical de l’Orne in France, Giardini La Mortella in Italy, in Denmark with the Aalborg Symfoniorkester, and with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the UK.  During the fall he plays at the Liederkranz Foundation in New York, gives the Gessner-Schocken memorial recital in Cambridge, and records his first CD with Rohan De Silva on the Champs Hill label.  In the spring he returns to North Carolina to play the Brahms Concerto with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and plays the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Adelphi Orchestra in New York and New Jersey.

 

Nathan has been a soloist with the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Bloomington, Evansville, and Muncie orchestras, among others, performing in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and across the US. 

 

Youngest ever to win the Windsor Festival International String Competition, Nathan studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at Juilliard.  He has been a concert artist with Omega Ensemble since 2016 and has participated in ChamberFest Cleveland, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Moritzburg Festival, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, and the Verbier Festival Academy.

 

Nathan performs on the “Ames, Totenberg” Antonio Stradivari violin, Cremona 1734, which is on loan from Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.  He is under worldwide general management with Hazard Chase.

Sterling Eliott’s recent accomplishments include being awarded 1st prize in the Senior Division of the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition where he was the youngest Finalist in the prestigious competition. Sterling also won the audience choice award. Sterling has performed several concerts in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum which included a performance on the CNBC Television Network. Sterling is also one of the youngest musicians to work as sub for the New York Philharmonic. In October of 2018 Sterling had his solo debut at Carnegie Hall where Frank Daykin of New York Concert Review wrote: “The very fine young cellist Sterling Elliott played two movements from Cassadó’s Suite for Solo Cello with perfect intonation, style, and total involvement.”

Sterling has soloed with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and many more as well as a performance at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. These concerto performances have taken place in venues across the United States, most recently including Carnegie Hall in New York and Symphony Hall in Boston.

Sterling currently studies with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School working towards an undergraduate degree in Cello Performance where he is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

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. 

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Sebastian Stöger, cellist,
born on March 5, 1999 in New York City, is of Austrian-American descent. Sebastian is currently a student at The Juilliard School , working on a BM undergraduate degree, studying cello with Joel Krosnick and chamber music with Joseph Lin. In fall 2019, his piano trio, The Vuillaume Trio, was placed into the prestigious Honors Chamber Program at The Juilliard School. The trio was selected to perform at Juilliard’s Chamberfest and the Focus Festival in January, 2020. They are continuing to perform at high profile venues this season. Sebastian was recently involved in a video production with NPR “From The Top.” It is a tutorial series called “How to Nail It”, where he comedically shares his input on how to address technical and musical difficulties in Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6. This series will be posted onwww.fromthetop.org and can be viewed worldwide. In Fall 2020, Sebastian will perform the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, in New York City, with the Handel Festival Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Elefant. 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, an international workshop for young string players who meet several times a year for longer periods to study orchestral and choral works, chamber music and solo repertoire. There, Sebastian was fortunate to be instructed by cellists Ron Leonard, Paul Katz, Merry Cadence Peckham, and violinist Itzhak Perlman. Sebastian was the featured artist of Juilliard Open Studios in 2016 performing the Elgar cello concerto. JOS is a subscription based application that brings the Juilliard experience to arts enthusiasts from around the globe. He performed on the NPR radio “From the Top” show and won the Jack Cooke Artist Award. Sebastian currently plays on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume Cello, circa 1855, loaned by Curtis Bryant Fine Cellos. Sebastian has performed several works online since the beginning of the pandemic. You can find them by clicking the link below.

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.

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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.