2022 NYYVC winners

 
YOUNG VIRTUOSO PRIZE WINNERS

Kevin Jin, 15, Piano

$300 Young Virtuoso Prize Winner

           Kevin Jin is a tenth grader from Basking Ridge, NJ. He attends Delbarton School in

Morristown, New Jersey. He was inspired to play the piano by his older sister and has

been studying the piano with Gloria Chu for the past 10 years. Kevin has performed and

participated in many competitions and recitals in the New Jersey/New York areas. In

addition to his passion in the performance aspect of the piano, Kevin is also interested

in music history and theory and their correlation to compositions in different time

periods. The highlights of his pianistic achievements include First Place winner at the

NJMTA Young Musicians Competition and First Places at the NJMEA Annual Piano

Competition in the solo, duet, and concerto categories. He has also received top cash

prizes at the PTCNY Honors Recital Auditions. Last summer, Kevin attended the

Philadelphia International Music Festival program, where he participated in

masterclasses with Grammy-nominated pianist Mark Livshits. Besides studying the

piano, Kevin is part of his school’s a cappella choir, mock trial team, and student

newspaper. In his free time, he enjoys reading and rock climbing.

Yosef Kogan, 11, Violin

$300 Young Virtuoso Prize Winner

Yosef Kogan is 11 years old and a student of Viktor Basis at the Special Music School in New York City. He has performed in Merkin Hall and in the Prague String Festival in the Czech Republic in 2019 and 2022. He won first prize in the 2022 Young Soloist International Music Competition. Yosef is thrilled to make his Carnegie Hall debut, and thanks his teacher, Mr. Basis, and pianist Vilija Naujokaitis. He also thanks his family for their love and support.

Isabelle Son, 14, Viola

$300 Young Virtuoso Prize Winner

Isabelle Son started playing the violin when she was five years old and began learning the viola at age 11. She was accepted into Juilliard Pre-College at age 13, where she currently studies with Molly Carr and Yi-Fang Huang. She resides as the Pre-College Symphony’s principal violist at Juilliard. In addition, she is a part of New York Youth Symphony. She has won numerous awards, including prizes at the International Grande Music Competition, the Prima Volta Music Competition, the Vivo International Music Competition, the Anselmo International Youth Music Competition, and the National Artists Competition. In her free time, she enjoys reading and running including participating in 5K races.

Mina Kim, 14, Cello

$300 Young Virtuoso Prize Winner

            

Seung Hee(Sunny) Rhew, 17, Clarinet

$300 Young Virtuoso Prize Winner

Seung Hee (Sunny) Rhew is a senior at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey. She began her clarinet studies at the age of nine under the direction of her mentor, Seungho Choi. She has participated in masterclasses with Anthony McGill, Ayako Oshima, and Toyin Spellman-Diaz. She has also been a member of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program since 2019. Traumerei, her ensemble group, won a silver medal in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2020, was a finalist at NPR’s From the Top last year, and received the NYYS Chamber Director’s Award. In addition, she has won prizes in the American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition, VIVO International Music Competition, Manhattan International Music Competition, Prima Volta Music Competition, North International Competition, King’s Peak International Music Competition, and Camerata Artists International Competition. Moreover Sunny has been accepted in the Bergen County Band, Northern NJ Region Band, along with the NJ All-State Band. She shares her passion for music and for helping others through playing in the Camerata Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, which had fundraised to support children battling leukemia, provided healing to the elderly in nursing homes and hospitals, and held walk-a-thons to help children in Ukraine.

Fiorela Miria, 17, Voice

$300 Young Virtuoso Prize Winner

Fiorela Miria, 17 years old, is a Vocal music student at Laguardia High School of Music and at The Juilliard Pre-College. Operatic roles include Genoveffa in Suor Angelica, Chorus in Cavalleria Rusticana, Annina/Gypsy in La Traviata and 1st Lady in The Magic Flute with Hudson Lyric Opera, Children's Chorus in Carmen with the  New Rochelle Opera, Cherubino arias with the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with New York Lyric Opera Theater Summer Program, and Giuseppina in La Traviata with New York City Opera. Fiorela won 2nd place in the 2019 Junior High New York Lyric Opera Competition, 1st place in Voice for the Little Mozarts Crescendo Competition, with a solo performance of O Mio  Babbino Caro at Carnegie Hall, 1st place in the NATS competition in both Classical and Musical theatre, 2nd prize in the 2020 eVoco Young Artist Award, 1st place in the 2020 Talente Hunt Competition with the Omega Fraternity-The Rockland Ques, 1st place in the  2021 International Grande Music Competition, 1st place in the NATS NYC in the Lower High School Classical division, 1st place in the NATS Eastern Region in the Lower High School Treble Voice Classical division, 1st place in the 2022 Talent Hunt Competition with the Omega Fraternity-The Rocland Ques, scholarship prize from The George London Foundation, 1st prize in the 2022 eVoco Young Artist Award, 1st place in the 2022 Lew York Laureate International Music Competition, and the 1st place in the 18th Centrury Charleston International Music Competition.

Echo Quartet, 15-16, Ensemble 
Janice Lee, Isabella Jung, Yumi Park, Ava Choi  (4 violins)

$300 Young Virtuoso Prize Winner

Violinists Janice Lee (Gr. 11), Isabella Jung (Gr. 11), Yumi Park (Gr. 10), Ava Choi (Gr.11) have participated in the Echo Summer Music Festival and School since 2016 to present, and performed at the Echo Summer Music Festival and School in 2022. They learned chamber music as a group under the tutelage of Dr. Yu Jeong Lee.

In the summer of 2022, each musician took part in the Saarburg music festival and school in Germany and enjoyed performing as chamber musicians.

 
PIANO
1st place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Penelope Cheung

8

CA

Marcia Burchard

Serin Oh

9

NY

Daniela Bracchi

Oliver Shen

11

NY

Eileen Buck

Jiyool Kim

12

NY

Sohee Hwang

Adelaide Li

12

NJ

Tomoko Harada

Kevin Jin

15

NJ

Gloria Chu

Sebastian Jin

15

NJ

Tomoko Harada

Sarah Li

15

NJ

Tomoko Harada

Alex Wong

15

NJ

Carol Ferri

Raymond Xu

15

NJ

Chiu-Tze Lin

Joshua Kim

17

NJ

Eui Kim

Nicholas Kim

17

NJ

Eui Kim

Katrina Veltman

17

NJ

Rita Shklar

Arthur You

17

NJ

Li-Chen Hwang

2nd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Lucas Li

8

NY

Daniela Bracchi

Elaine Yan

9

NJ

Hanbo Liu

Jaden Liu

11

NJ

Grace Yang

Cherie Xu

13

NJ

Grace Yang

Olivia Ki

13

NJ

Dae Hyung Ahn

Evan Barbush

15

NJ

Mark Pakman

Brandon Huang

15

NY

Li-Chen Hwang

Heather Qin

15

NJ

Tomoko Harada

Claire Jiang

16

NJ

Grace Yang

Natalie Kim

17

NJ

Hyunjin Cho

Tianqi Sun

18

CT

Hanbo Liu

3rd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Ian Oh

6

NY

Daniela Bracchi

Shawn Liu

9

NJ

Fan Yang

Victoria Butz

10

NJ

Hanbo Liu

Nora Lee

13

NJ

Dae Hyung Ahn

Qi En Lo

14

NY

Hsing-Tai Wu

Caroline Kartman

15

NJ

Sohyun Ahn

Dominic Flannery

15

NY

Sohyun Ahn

Alexander Zhou

15

NJ

Han Chen

Rui Tao

15

NJ

Youjin

Anna Huynh

16

CA

Juyun Hung

Pennie Lu

16

NJ

Hanbo Liu

 
STRINGS
1st place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Ivy Yin, Violin

8

NJ

Tunde Gaal

Seoryeong Ahn, Harp

10

NY

Yeon Hwa Chung

Yosef Kogan, Violin

11

NY

Viktor Basis

Lucille Cheng, Violin

13

NJ

Tunde Gaal

Mina Kim, Cello

14

NJ

SeoJin Yang

Isabelle Son, Viola

14

NJ

Molly Carr / Yi-Fang Huang

Stella Seong, Violin

14

NJ

Yujeong Lee

Amy Xiao, Violin

15

NY

Ella Heifets

Joel Ihm, Cello

15

MD

HyunJin Ro

Stephanie Lee, Viola

16

NJ

Jinyoung Park Kim

Henry Depew, Violin

16

NJ

Tunde Gaal

Alexander Choi, Violin

17

NJ

Jee Sun Lee

2nd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Andrew Huan, Cello

6

NY

Jichen Li

Penelope Cheung, Violin

8

CA

Elizabeth MacCorquodale

Yuna Nam, Violin

9

CA

Sakura Tsai

Claire Kim, Violin

11

NJ

Helen Kang

Eri Ishikawa, Violin

12

NY

Naoko Tanaka

Isabelle Lee, Violin

14

CA

Jeongah Kim

Sue Nishida, Violin

14

NJ

Ella Heifets

Aidan Song, Violin

14

NJ

Jisun Kang

Alexander Lee, Cello

15

KOREA

Jihyeon Hwang

Alex Wong, Violin

15

NJ

Elizabeth Faidley

Ronald Deng, Violin

16

NY

Soo Yeon Kim

Christopher Kim, Violin

17

NY

Anat Malkin Almani

Brandon Kim, Violin

17

NY

Anat Malkin Almani

3rd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

William Fry, Violin

11

NY

Mauro Smorto

Shiyi Hu, Violin

14

NY

Elizabeth Faidley

Sehyun Lee, Violin

14

NJ

Jeesun Lee

Tristin Yun, Violin

14

NJ

Krzysztof Kuznik

Emma Pakola, Violin

14

NY

Elizabeth Faidley/Kevin Matson

Christine Wong, Viola

15

CA

Jiyoung Um

Mia Chen, Violin

16

CA

Igor Tchetchko

Patrick Chen, Violin

16

NY

Elizabeth Faidley

Angela Bao, Violin

17

NJ

Anne Ku

 
WOODWINDS
1st place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Hayan Lee, Flute

16

NJ

KahYun Song

Eleanor Ha, Bassoon

17

NJ

Marc Goldberg

Seung Hee(Sunny) Rhew, Clarinet

17

NJ

Seung Ho Choi

2nd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Brianna Tang, Saxophone

13

NY

Timothy Hayward

Qiheng Duan, Clarinet

14

AUSTRAILIA

Ian Morgan

Chaeyoung Lee, Flute

16

NY

Julie Lee

 
VOICE
1st place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Ryan Wang

11

NJ

Henry Chen

Cayden Tan

12

NY

Sun Young Chang

Violet Paris

15

NY

Amelia Demayo/Gulnara Mitzanova/Liliana Sotirova

Claire Jiang

16

NJ

Laura Heimes

Fiorela Miria

17

NY

Catherine Mazzone

2nd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Lily Yezdanian

13

NJ

Amelia DeMayo / Liliana Sotirova

Christie Kim

14

NJ

Lara Nie

Francesca Ricciarini

16

NY

Sun Young Chang

3rd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

Lily Morgan

10

VA

Amelia DeMayo

Charlize Tan

13

NY

Sun Young Chang

 
ENSEMBLE
1st place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

PIANO TRIO

9

NY

Eileen Buck

Leo Bultje, Violin

Max-Emanuel Burzer, Cello

Frederik Bultje, Piano

ECHO QUARTET

16

NJ

Yujeong Lee

Janice Lee, Violin

Isabella Jung, Violin

Yumi Park, Violin

Ava Choi, Violin

2nd place winners

NAME

AGE

STATE

TEACHER

PIANO TRIO

11

NY

Eileen Buck

Leo Barrat, Violin

Masao Patel, Cello

Oliver Shen, Piano