2020 Participants

CELLISTS

Michał Balas, Eighteen-year-old from Krakow, Poland. Michal is the first prize winner of 11 national and international cello competitions for young musicians. He regularly participates in most prominent cello masterclasses in Poland and abroad. He is the alumnus of the Morningside Music Bridge Program in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 performing twice as the finalist of the program’s Concerto Competition.

Hun Choi, Eighteen-year-old from Seoul, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2017 and studies with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, former cellist of the Guarneri Quartet.  This is his second summer at MMB.

Yireh Choi, Fourteen-year-old from New Jersey, USA. She started playing cello at the age of 8 and was accepted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Division at age 12, where she began her studies with Clara Minhye Kim.

Andrew Chun, Sixteen-year-old from New York, USA.  

Luka Coetzee, Fifteen-year-old Canadian cellist from Calgary, Alberta. She made her solo debut at age eleven with the Calgary Civic Symphony as a winner of the Calgary Concerto Competition. She is the winner of numerous awards and competitions including Second Prize at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competition as well as receiving the Public’s Choice Stingray Rising Star’s Award. She is a six-time winner of the Canadian Music Competition.

Jaemin Han, Fourteen-year-old was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea.  JaeMin Han has won the 1st Prize at David Popper Competition and Osaka International Music Competition. He attends Seowonju Elementary School and Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts.  This is his second time to attend MMB.

Karolina Kamińska, Fifteen-year-old born in Katowice in Poland. When she was three years old her family moved to Warsaw. In 2015/2016 she participated in the 2nd edition of Lusławice Talent Orchestra founded by Krzysztof Penderecki at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center. Children who are chosen for this program are laureates of the most prestigious national competitions in Poland.

Angeline Kiang, Sixteen-year-old from California, USA. She studies with Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Music Academy.  She began her music education in piano at the age of 4 and in cello at 5.  In her spare time, Angeline enjoys reading and calligraphy.       

Jiayi Liu, Seventeen-year-old from Shanghai, China. She started to study the cello since she was 10 years old.  She has won numerous prizes including first prize at American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition in 2017. She studies at the Middle school Affiliated to Shanghai Music Conservatory.  This is her third summer at MMB, having attend for the first time in 2018.

Shengyu Meng, Seventeen-year-old is originally from Shanghai, China but currently lives in Arcadia, California where she is a student at the IQ Academy. She studies cello at Colburn Music Academy with Clive Greensmith. She is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Shengyu was a two-time winner in the Central Conservatory of Music (China)’s Aiqin Bei Cello Competition. Shengyu also loves cooking and swimming.

Krzysztof Michalski, Seventeen-year-old from Poland is from a family of teachers in Tarnobrzeg, a small district town in the Subcarpathia region.  At Cracow's Conservatory he learns cello playing under Renata Gąsiorek, and for two years has been under the artistic care of a prominent German cellist, maestro Claus Reichardt.

Eilien Tai, Twelve-year-old was born in California, USA and began her musical studies on cello, violin, and piano at the age of five. Eiline has given numerous public performances; she made her first debut recital at the age of seven at Carnegie Hall in New York, and had her first appearance as a soloist with orchestra at the age of ten with Southern California Philharmonic. Currently, Eiline is studying with Mrs. Sarah Koo at the Colburn School.

Yasen Wang, Fourteen-year-old from Beijing, China. This is his first time at MMB.

Tadeusz Wawrowski, Fifteen-year-old from Poland. He was born in Warsaw into family of musicians. He is a student at the Zenon Brzewski High Music School which is dedicated for young talented musicians. Tadeusz has been awarded many prizes at national and international competitions. He is interested in photography and likes movies too.

Wanxuan Wu, Seventeen-year-old from Shanghai, China studies at the Middle school affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory. He was selected by the program ‘Music Prodigy Search’ to perform with the Shanghai Opera Orchestra conducted by Muhai Tang.

Eena Yoon, Sixteen-year-old lives in Toronto, from Ontario, Canada. Her passion for music began at the early age of three, where she started off her music career by learning the piano. Shortly afterwards, Eena began learning the cello at the age of seven and began studying with Ashley Choi. Currently, she is studying at the Royal Conservatory’s Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists with David Hetherington, and is also privately studying with Andrés Díaz.

Jingzhi Zhang, Sixteen-year-old from Shanghai, China.

 

PIANISTS

Mohammed Alshaikh, Seventeen-year-old currently resides in Palestine. He was born in Saratov, Russia. At age nine he started trying different instruments in Barenboim Said foundation school in Ramallah, Palestine. A year later, he started playing the piano with Emma Spitkovsky in the Magnificat Institute for Music in Jerusalem old City. Mohammad also participated in MMB in Warsaw 2018, and in 2019 in Boston where he performed and was interviewed in NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Show.

Christian Chiu, Seventeen-year-old is a junior at Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Christian has studied with Professor Natasha Snitkovsky of the City Music Center of Duquesne University since the age of 7 and also studies with Professor Boris Slutsky of the Peabody Institute. He made his solo orchestral debut at age 10 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall with conductor Lawrence Loh, performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21. He has won top prizes at national and international piano competitions.

Seokyoung Hong, Twelve-year-old living in Seoul, Korea. She studies at the Seoul Arts Center Prodigy Academy and loves playing the piano. It is her dream to perform at the main concert hall of Seoul Arts Center.

Caroline Hsu, Sixteen-year-old has been studying piano at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division since 2015. She studies under the guidance of Professor Hung- Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone and is a fellow of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Caroline moved to Long Island, New York at the age of 11. She began her piano studies at the age of five with Maggie Lee and has also previously learned with Daniel Cheng. Caroline attends Syosset High School, and has held the title of school-wide spelling bee champion. She was an All-County percussionist and currently writes for her school’s newspaper.

Song Hyeon Kim, Seventeen-year-old is from South Korea. He is looking forward to MMB this summer.

Saehyun Kim, Thirteen-year old from South Korea has won multiple prizes at the international and national levels. Recently Saehyun was the 2nd prize winner and youngest finalist of the 1st International Tchaikovsky Online Piano Competition for Young Musicians, which was held in March and April 2019. During the final round, he performed at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Seoul with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Chi-Yong Jung. Additionally, he won the 2018 Ewha & Kyunghyang Music Competition, which is the most prestigious music competition for young artists in Korea. Saehyun enjoys playing tennis and chess with his family, and mathematics is his major interest, besides music.

Jinyoung Katie Kweon, Sixteen-year-old was born in Seoul, South Korea. She started her piano studies at the age of eight. She presently is a Grade 9 student at BC Collegiate (international school) in Seoul. She recently participated in the 2020 Hilton Head International Piano Competition in U.S. and won the second prize at the 2018 Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany. In her free time, she loves to go to the ballet or concerts as well as to watch musicals and movies.

Hao Wei Lin, Fifteen-year-old from Taipei, Taiwan. Hao-Wei enjoys studying geography in his free time, which fits with one of his favorite results of playing the piano: “Music takes me all over the world to meet new friends.” He gave his first recital at the age of 10, and has performed in Taiwan, Canada, China, the United States, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. His international young artist competition achievements include first-place finishes at Bradshaw & Buono in New York and Grotrian-Steinweg in Germany, as well as prizes at Cleveland, Aarhus, Ettlingen, and Fryderyk Chopin (Poland). He currently attends Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School and studies piano with Chun-Chieh Yen.  He attended the program last summer and is delighted to be back.

Katherine Liu, Fifteen-year-old from Massachusetts has received top prizes in numerous regional and international piano competitions including the Grand Prix at both the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford and the Soloists of New England Competition, first prizes at the Steinway & Sons Piano Competition, the Rives School Concerto Competition, the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, the Brockton Young Arts Concerto Competition, the Rosewood International Piano Competition, the Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition in Poland, and the third prize at the Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition.  Katherine currently studies with HaeSun Paik at the New England Conservatory. In her free time, she loves to read, swim, bake and explore the art of mathematics.

Hao Rao, Sixteen-year-old Hao grew up in the mountainside town of Jishou, China. Every week, his mother would take him on a 16-hour train ride to his piano lesson; he never tired of the trip and instead saw it as “departing for a great music journey with unknown surprises.” He now attends the Middle School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music in the sprawling city of Guangzhou, but still studies with his teacher of almost seven years, Vivian Li (Suirong). He has won three major national competitions in China, received prizes at the 2018 Ettlingen Competition and the 2019 Aarhus Competition, and—at the age of 13—presented the complete Chopin etudes in recital. He listens to opera and enjoys reading fiction, playing sports, and sampling desserts.

Siyang Rao, Fourteen-year-old is a student of the attached middle school of Wuhan Conservatory of Music, majoring in piano performance.  One of her memorable musical experiences was to attend the Baroque chamber music festival launched by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2019. Her interests include reading and writing, especially comic and animation. She enjoys going for walks with her friends, and swimming in the Summer.

Yoav Roth, Fourteen-year-old was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. In 2011 the family moved to a nearby neighborhood, where he attended elementary school. At the age of 8.5 he started taking piano lessons from a local teacher Ms. Marina Shaikevich. Since then, he and his piano have become best friends and they rarely separate. In April 2016, Ms. Alla Avrakh invited him to join her class at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He has made numerous appearances at the Music Academy (Conservatory) and public concerts.  Yoav trained and competed in judo on a national level. His other interests including his love of reading books and math.

Sean Tan, Fifteen-year-old from Shanghai, China is looking forward to his second summer at MMB.

Mikołaj Woźniak, Sixteen-year-old was born in Zielona Gora (Poland). He is currently a student of Olga Lazarska at the Wladyslaw Zelenski Music School in Krakow. Notwithstanding his young age, Mikolaj has already performed in renowned concert halls such as the Cairo Opera Concert Hall, the Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in Frankfurt-am-Oder, the Penderecki Concert Hall in Luslawice, the Gorzow Philharmonic, the Wroclaw Filharmonic, the MAN Auditorium in Minsk, Belarus, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He received an invitation from maestro El-Saedi to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Cairo Philharmonic Orchestra (January 2020).  When his musical activities allow him time, Mikołaj enjoys reading, visiting art galleries, and going to movies.

Jessica Yuma, Seventeen-year-old from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada began piano lessons at age 3. She completed the ARCT and Licentiate Performance Diplomas (LRCM) from the Royal Conservatory of Music by age 11. Jessica has been a top prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals since she was 7 years old.  Jessica is currently enrolled in Mount Royal Conservatory of Music Advanced Performance Program in Calgary. Jessica also plays the cello in the Edmonton Youth Orchestra (senior).

Hanyuan Zhu, Fifteen-year-old was born in Ningbo, China. He started playing piano in 2010 at the age of six years old. In 2017, he entered the middle school of Shanghai Conservatory of Music without the entrance examinations due to No.1 in the graduation exam.  In 2019, he attended the 2nd Beijing Chopin International Piano competition, at the youngest age of 14 years old in the Senior Group, and won Final prize and best Mazurka prize.

Ryan Zhu, Sixteen-year-old from Vancouver, BC, Canada started to play piano at the age of four. He has gained many awards including Grand Prix at the Canadian Music Competition (2015), Grand Prix at the Philadelphia International Piano Competition (2017), the 2nd prize at the Steinway Piano Competition (2018) and the 4th prize at the Cooper International Competition (2018), the 1st prize at the BC Bösendorfer Competition. He is also the winner of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2016 and 2014). Zhu has collaborated with numerous orchestras, including the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Lions Gate Sinfonia, and the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.

 

VIOLISTS

Joshua Cai, Eighteen-year old from New York, USA.  Joshua began his journey in music on the violin at the age of 6 with his mother. He later found his passion in viola, enrolled at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division and studied viola performance under the tutelage of Toby Appel from 2015-2018, and Carol Rodland since 2018.

Sofia Gilchenok, Eighteen-year old from Connecticut, USA. Sofia is a student of Molly Carr and Yi-Fang Huang in the Juilliard School’s Pre-college Division, which she has attended since 2013. She also studies with Hsin-Yun Huang as a scholarship recipient of Jorgensen Outreach for Youth. Sofia is the Regional Director of the Central CT branch of the Back to BACH Project, a worldwide initiative to inspire love of classical music in the younger generations.

Emily Jiwon Hwang, Fourteen-year old from Palo Alto, California, USA. Emily is a freshman at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California. She studies with Dimitri Murrath in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division, and is a member of the Young Chamber Musicians program directed by Susan Bates. Emily is the California winner of 2019 MTNA Competition in Junior Strings, and was the alternate winner for the 2020 MTNA Southwest Division. She is also a winner of 2020 ENKOR International Strings Competition and 2019 ASTA San Francisco Solo Competition, as well as a finalist in NPR’s “From the Top”.

Jianxiu Jiang, Fifteen-year old from Beijing, China started learning violin at the age of 6. In 2017, he was admitted to The Music School Attached to The Central Conservatory of Music to learn viola performance with Professor Cao Fei.  He won the first prize in the Sino-German Cultural Exchange Hummingbird Cup Violin Competition in 2015 and the Gold Award in the Golden Beijing Violin Competition in 2017. He usually like drawing (watercolor, sketch and color pencil sketch) and also likes swimming and singing.

Yixiu Lin, Eighteen-year old from Shanghai, China. Yixiu won the viola second prize in the 2018 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players.  She studies with Prof. Li Sheng, Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Haixin Wan, Sixteen-year old from Guangzhou, China.  This is her second time to be accepted to attend the Morningside Music Bridge program.

Shuo Xu, Eighteen-year old from Shanghai, China

Shuhan Xu, Sixteen-year old from Shanghai, China

Emad Zolfaghari, Fifteen-year old from Ontario, Canada. Toronto-based violist Emad Zolfaghari comes from a musical family. Upon moving from Michigan in 2018, Emad joined the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra where he often performs as principal player, as well as the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists as the only student violist. He is also a finalist of the 2018 Royal Oak Concerto Competition, as well as the 2019 Geringas Memorial Scholarship. As a result of his accomplishments, Emad will appear as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Oakville Chamber Orchestra next year.

 

VIOLINISTS

Esme Arias-Kim, Fourteen-year old from Illinois, USA is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college students and studies violin with Almita Vamos. She also studies with David Lisker and previously studied with Betty Haag-Kuhnke. Most recently, Esme competed and received Grand Prize in the junior division of the 23rd Annual Sphinx Competition (2020). She was also awarded 1st place in the Fox Valley Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition, the Lisker Music Foundation Young Artists Scholarship Competition and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. This winter Esme participated as one of four finalists in a performance with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center in the Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition for a chance to solo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was awarded First Alternate.

Henry Auxenfans, Thirteen-year old from Illinois, USA. He is the 2nd PL winner of the 2020 International Arthur Grumiaux violin competition in Brussels, Belgium. Henry is a national finalist of the 2020 MTNA National Competition (the youngest contestant among all regional winners, Junior, Strings division), and the youngest prize winner at the 2020 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age ten in 2018, and his orchestra debut with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra the same year at Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Hall.  He is an avid soloist, orchestral and chamber player in various venues, such as the CSO Hall, Pick-Staiger Hall, Mary Galvin Hall, University of Chicago Logan Center, and Gordon Parks Art Hall. Currently he is a 7th grader at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He enjoys science, math, tennis, soccer, writing and cooking.

Anais Feller, Fourteen-year old from Texas, USA began playing violin at age five in San Diego. Since her sister played the piano, her mother wanted her to play a different instrument “for something to do.” Her teacher organized many concert opportunities at senior homes where Anais enjoyed performing very much. Her passion for playing the violin ignited in August 2015 after attending a summer camp in Germany organized by her teacher’s teacher, Michael Tseitlin.  Anais is a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) and was awarded Honourable Mention at the 2018 GDYO Concerto Competition.

Grace Huh, Seventeen-year old from San Jose, California, USA is a Junior at Lynbrook High School. Grace began playing the violin at the age of five. Currently, she is a scholarship student of Ian Swensen at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division and a student of Eric Chin of the Telegraph Quartet. Her previous private teachers include Li Lin, Wei He, and Elbert Tsai. This winter, Grace was a full scholarship student at New York String Orchestra Seminar, where she made her orchestral debut on Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and received chamber coaching’s with internationally acclaimed artists Bonnie Hampton, Sylvia Rosenberg, Ivan Chan, Kathleen Winkler, and Peter Lloyd.

Miray Ito, Seventeen-year old is a Japanese-American violinist. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12 and a few months later, was awarded first prize at the 2014 Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. She was named a laureate at the 2017 Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition in Germany, and in 2018, she became a semi-finalist at the Menuhin Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. Miray has performed as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra du Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Colburn Music Academy Virtuosi String Orchestra, and Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Chamber Orchestra. Miray has won multiple prestigious awards, including the Joan Graham Award and Irene Kinsey Stare Award, both from the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit in the Septembers of 2014 and 2015. Miray was presented as the “2018 Young Artist of the Year,” an award granted by the Ruth Laredo Memorial Foundation.  Miray is currently in her first year of study at The Juilliard School under Professor Li Lin. Miray plays a 1662 Andreas Guarneri violin on a generous loan from the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. Aside from music, her interests include jazz hip hop dance and photography.

Eilene Lee, Eighteen-year old started the violin at the age of 5. Eilene has been studying with Dr. Yu Jeong Lee and currently is a student of Naoko Tanaka at The Juilliard School, pre-college. Eilene has won prizes in numerous national and international competitions. She has also performed as a soloist with the NJIO and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition winner. As a chamber musician, she was invited by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln center, The Young Musicians Concert at Alice Tully Hall. She also won 1st prizes in several competitions including the Camerata International Music Competition and the East Coast International Music Competition. Her orchestral experiences include the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra 2, and the Juilliard Pre-college Symphony where she has served as principal. She participates in the Back to BACH Project and Good Neighbor Ensemble.

Ruibing Liu, Fifteen-year old from Shanghai, China began playing the violin at age four. She studied with Professor Jiyang Zhao from 2013, and since 2014 has studied with Professor Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2013, she won 1st place at the 3rd Little Gold Bell National Youth Violin Competition, and in 2016 she was chosen to perform at the opening ceremony of Shanghai Disneyland, performing a world premiere. Ruibing was selected to join the Morningside Music Bridge in 2017 and this will be her fourth year attending the MMB program.

Duncan McDougall, Seventeen-year old from Ontario, Canada is one of the 2017/18 TSYO Concerto Competition winners, started violin lessons in Uxbridge, Ontario, at age 4. He has received first place awards and scholarships from the Rotary Burlington Music Festival, Toronto Kiwanis and North York Music Festivals, and the OMFA Provincial Festival. Duncan is also an accomplished fiddler, winning several age group championships, including the 12 and under category at the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship in Shelburne, Ontario.

Sean Mori, Eighteen-year old from California, USA. Sean Mori is a scholarship student of Ian Swensen at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College. Previously, he has studied with Li Lin, Wei He, and Bettina Mussumeli. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2018 Menuhin Competition, as well as the first-place winner of many other competitions, including the United States International Music Competition, DVC/HNU Young Artist String Competition, Pacific Musical Society competition, KAMSA, Symphony Parnassus Concerto Competition and the Nova Vista Concerto Competition.  He has participated in many summer festivals including Music@Menlo in 2015, Meadowmount School of Music in 2017, and received a full scholarship to the 22nd and 23rd Morningside Music Bridge Program hosted in Warsaw, Poland, and in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Lynn Nam, Sixteen-year old from Seoul, Korea.  This is her first time to be part of the Morningside Music Bridge program.

Bynn Nam, Fourteen-year old from Seoul, Korea is a student at Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and Yewon School, where she has studied with Nam-Yun Kim and Seong-Suk Kim, respectively. She won First Prizes in the Music Chunchusa Concours 2016, the Korean Chamber Orchestra Competition 2017, the Hankook Children's Daily Nationwide Children's Music Competition 2018, and the Dong-a Junior Music Concours 2018.  When she was nine years old, she performed at Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

Wojciech Niedziółka, Sixteen-year-old from Warsaw, Poland and a student of Professor Łukasz Błaszczyk's violin class at the Karol Szymanowski Music School No. 4 in Warsaw. He is a winner of many prestigious violin competitions organized in Poland and abroad, including the International G. P. Telemann Violin Competition in Poznań, the International Music Competition Euterpe in Corato (Italy), and the National Violin Competition of the Groblicz Family in Kraków. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Slovak Sinfonietta, Polish Camerata, Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Baltica, Franz Liszt Academy Orchestra. As an orchestral musician he shared the stage with, among others, the Lusławice Talent Orchestra, and is currently the first violinist of the "Penderecki Youth Orchestra" - a youth chamber orchestra which brings together outstanding young musicians from all over Poland, established and operating at the European Krzysztof Penderecki Music Center. In 2018 he received a scholarship from the "Luzerne Music Center" in the United States. In 2019, he participated in the prestigious "Morningside Music Bridge" program in Boston (USA). He is also a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, the Mayor of Góra Kalwaria and a laureate of the scholarship program "Young Poland". In addition, he loves sports, playing the piano, discovering new places and meeting new people.

Amaryn Olmeda, Twelve-year old has been dazzling audiences with her bold and expressive performances across California and internationally in Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. In 2020, Amaryn was featured as the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s Debut Artist at their New Year’s Concert Series in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkley, CA. 2019 brought solo performances with the Auburn Symphony at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, CA, a return invitation to perform with the Music in the Mountains Orchestra for their Summerfest Music Series, and a performance at the McAllister Honors Recital at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles. She has also been a featured soloist with the Merced Symphony, Solano Symphony, MIM Youth Orchestra, Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra, and with the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra on their 2018 European Performance Tour. In addition to being a soloist with orchestras, Amaryn loves playing chamber music, composing, attending ballet and art classes, collecting American Girl Dolls, and gardening on her family’s hobby farm in Northern California. She is a student of Simon James at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studies music theory with Hiro David in New York.       

Hanna Pozorska, Sixteen-year old violinist from Poland. She grew up with music her parents are musicians and her teachers as well.  Hanna has taken part in many music competitions. Including the State Violin Competition organized by The Education of Art Center in Katowice, Poland (Grand Prix), XIII State Violin Competition in Wroclaw, Poland (Grand Prix) and XIII International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition (7th position), Moscow, Russia, III International Violin Competition “Witold Rowicki im memoriam” in Zywiec, Poland (1st position), The Jadwiga Kaliszewska III State Violin Competition in Poznan, Poland (Grand Prix and Special Prize). One of her important musical experiences was playing in the Luslawicka Orchestra of Talented People and in Penderecki Youth Orchestra both under Krzysztof Penderecki patronage. She attended Morningside Music Bridge in Boston in 2017, in Warsaw in 2018 and in Boston in 2019.

Skylar Peck, Fifteen-year old was born in the United States of America. She started playing the violin at age 6 and currently studies at the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts. She has received the judges' distinction award at the American Protege International Competition, the second prize at the Rising Star Grand Prix Berlin and many prestigious awards at numerous major national competitions. She has performed at several distinguished music halls worldwide, such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall. She has performed with the Cheongju Philharmonic Orchestra, the SIS Coda orchestra, the Seoul Academy Ensemble, and the Asan Philharmonic Orchestra. She has taken masterclasses with Svetlin Roussev, Koichiro Harada, Clara Jumi Kang, Roland Daugareil, Regis Pasquier, Radu Blidar, Boris Brovtsyn, Lucy Roberts, Ani Kavafian and Ray Chen. Her interests include listening to Korean rap music and binge-reading books by Rick Riordan.

Jingyi Wang, Fourteen-years old currently lives in Victoria, Australia. Jingyi began learning the violin at the age of 3. She has been a student of Margaret Batjer at the Colburn Music Academy as a Kohl Scholar since August 2019 and previously studied with Fintan Murphy in Melbourne, Australia. Jingyi has been a prize winner in several awards including the 2019 Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition Richard Mills First Prize and the winner of the 2018 Australian Kendall National Violin Competition. In February 2019, Jingyi was invited to play at the 3MBS Dvorak Marathon and was selected to participate the 2019 Morningside Music Bridge on a full scholarship. Apart from playing the violin, Jingyi also enjoys reading, running and listening to music.

Muyang Wu, Fourteen-year old was born in Zhuhai, China, and began violin studies at the age of 5. He is currently studying at Music Primary School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and studying with Zhu Qinglin.  Over the years he received many awards and recognition. In 2014, he was awarded the First Prize in Children group D and the Best Performance of a Chinese Work in 2014 Hongkong International String Competition.  In 2015, he won the First Prize in children group at 2015 Guangdong Violin Competition for Young Musicians.  In 2017, he was selected by “Yong Talent Supporting Program” of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, at same year he performed his first public recital at Heluting Concert Hall in Shanghai. In 2019,he won 3rd prize in Group B (born in 2003-2006) in 3rd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians. he was awarded “Special Prize" in Singapore String Festival. Also, in same year, he was accepted by 2019 Morning Music Bridge Program.

Tiffany Yeung, Seventeen-year-old from Ontario, Canada is a full scholarship student of Dr. Conrad Chow in the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Having studied the violin since the age of 4, she has performed in renowned halls including Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, The Arts & Letters Club, and the Chan Centre. Most recently, Tiffany won 2nd prize at the 2019 Shean Strings Competition and was a semi-finalist in the 2019 OSM Manulife Competition.  For 3 consecutive years, she was the first prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition, as well as the grand prize winner in 2011 & 2012. Tiffany has performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the CAST Orchestra, and will be performing with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra in the 2020/21 season.