2016 Winners

We’re happy to announce the winners of our international concerto competition, the AFAF Piano Strings, Winds & Voice International Concerto Competition 2016. We would like to thank everyone who participated and encourage those who did not win this year to try again during the next season.

 

  • $1,500 scholarship (split) towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (Russia Tour)

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – February 13, 2016.

  • Recital with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in July 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Complimentary master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty.

 

Grand Prize Winners

 

Serenna Semonsen, violin, (b. 2005), VA
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen

 

Jack Boettcher, cello, (b. 2001), IL
Teacher: Hans Jorgen Jensen
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

 

Jonathan Lai, double bass (b. 1997), NY
Teacher: Eugene Levinson
Dittersdorf Concerto No. 1 in E major, mvt. 1

  • $300 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Recital with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in July 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

7-13 years of age

Sophia Shao, piano, (b. 2008), NY
Teacher: Natela Mchedlishvili
Haydn Concerto No 11 in D major, Hob.XVIII:11

 

Jimena Rodriguez Salas, piano, (b. 2003), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexsandr Sklioutovski
Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, mvt. 1

 

Laura Navasardian, cello, (b. 2003), NY
Teacher: Vladimir Panteleyev
Haydn-Popper Concerto No.5 in C major, Hob.VIIb:5, mvts. 2, 3

 

Angeline Kiang, cello, (b. 2004), CA
Teacher: Amos Yang
Elgar Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, mvt. 4

 

Michelle Qiu, piano, (b. 2005), VA
Teacher: Anna Ouspenskaya
Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35, mvt. 4

 

14-18 years of age

Vivian Xu, piano, (b. 1999), NJ
Teacher: Ingrid Clarfield
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvt. 3

 

Meghan Leong, cello, (b. 1998), CA
Teacher: Jonathan Koh
Barber Concerto in in A minor, Op. 22, mvt. 3

 

Cynthia Soto, piano, (b. 2000), Costa Rica
Teacher: Darya Riabova
Liszt Totentanz Op. 126

 

Julia Angelov, violin, (b. 2001), DC
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, mvt. 3

 

Zhongyuan Sheng, oboe, (b. 1998), China
Teacher: Sun Minghong
Rubtsov Concerto, mvt. 1.

 

Hayun Chong, cello, (b.1999), VA
Teacher: James Lee
Elgar Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, mvt. 4

 

Ming Liu, oboe, (b. 1998), China
Teacher: Sun Minghong
Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 314, mvt. 1

 

Peter Wang, piano, (b. 1999), MA
Teacher: Natalia Harlap
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, mvt. 1

 

Esther Chae, viola, (b.1999), CA
Teacher: Yen-yin Lee
Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto H.377, mvt. 1

 

Roy Xiong, piano, (b.2000), TX
Teacher: Dr. Catharine Lysinger
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

 

Sebastian Barrientos Espeleta, piano, (b.1999), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Kapustin Concerto No. 2 , Op. 14, mvt. 1

 

Jaime An, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Jihee Kim
Bloch Bloch Schelomo

 

Tristan Murphy, piano, (b.1998), Australia
Teacher: Victoria Mushkatkol
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

 

Max Bobby, cello, (b. 2000), NY
Teacher: Richard Aaron
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

 

Taejun Kim, violin, (b. 1999), South Korea
Teacher: Eugenia Poustyreva
Sibelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, mvts. 2, 3.

 

Brandon Lee, piano, (b. 2001), NY
Teacher: Jeffrey Cohen
Grieg concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

 

Jonathan Lai, double bass, (b. 1997), NY
Teacher: Eugene Levinson
Simandl Concerto in G major, Op. 75
Dittersdorf Concerto No. 1 in E major, mvts. 1, 3

 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Kim, violin, (b. 1998), MA
Teacher: Jin-Kyung Joen
Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1.

 

Max Bobby, cello, (b. 2000), NY
Teachers: Richard Aaron, Sieun Lin
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

 

College students

Qian Yin, violin, (b. 1984), China
Teacher: Stefan Milenkovich
Sibelius Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, mvt. 3.

 

Chia-Ying Chan, piano, (b. 1984), Taiwan
Teacher: Timothy Ehlen
Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

 

Leslie Dominic Zhi Wei Theseira, piano, (b. 1992), Singapore
Teacher: Daniel Epstein
Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in D major, Op. 58, complete

 

Amateur adults

Shinhye Kim, piano, (b.1989), South Korea
Teacher: Rajung Yang
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

  • $200 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Recital with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in July 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – February 13, 2016 or May 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

7-14 years of age

Joseph Tao, violin, (b. 2006), MD
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Beriot Scene De Ballet Op. 100

 

Megan Cook, piano, (b. 2004), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Haydn Concerto in G major, Hob.XVIII:4, mvt. 3

 

Yanglan Xu, violin, (b. 2002), VA
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Vivaldi Four Seasons (Winter)

 

14-18 years of age

Ian Kim, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Jonathan Koh
Dvorak Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, mvt. 3

 

Ericka Wu, violin, (b. 1999), CA
Teacher: Theresa Woo
Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, complete

 

Andrew Chong, cello, (b. 1998), CA*
Teacher: Sarah Hong
Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62

 

Eunha Kim, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Byung Kim
Saint-Saëns Introduction and rondo capriccioso, Op.28

 

Allison Kao, piano, (b. 1998), OH
Teacher: Ella Karasik
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

 

Joseph Lee, double bass, (b. 1998), CA
Teacher: Sue Powell
Dittersdorf Concerto No. 1 in E major, mvt. 1

 

Jaehoon (Kevin) Jung, cello, (b. 1999), South Korea
Teacher: Donna W. Rogers
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, mvt. 1

 

Kevin Su, piano, (b. 2000), MD
Teacher: Marjorie Lee
Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt. 1

 

Elise Haukenes, violin, (b. 2000), VA
Teacher: David Salness
Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, mvt. 3

 

Ana Laura Sanchez, piano, (b. 2002), Costa Rica
Teacher: Darya Riabova
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, mvt.1

 

Allan Zhao, bassoon, (b. 1999), CA
Teacher: Yueh Chou
Mozart Concerto in B-flat , K. 191 major, mvt. 1

 

Daisy Lee, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Pat Burnham
Sarasate Carmen Fantasy Op. 25

 

Deborah Kim, violin, (b. 1999), NC
Teacher: Shelley Livingston
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21, mvt. 1.

 

Mariana Saenz, piano, (b. 1999), Costa Rica*
Teacher: Tamara Sklioutovskaia
Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 25, mvt. 1

 

College students

Jordan Daniels, piano, (b. 1992), CA
Teacher: Elvin Rodriguez
Addinsell Warsaw Concerto

 

Xinghi Xiao, harp, (b. 1990), China
Teacher: Paula Page
Ginastera Concerto Op. 25, complete

 

Xing Rong, piano, (b. 1987), China
Teacher: Joseph Banowtz
Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major

 

Jose Eleazar Membreno Paredes, piano, (b. 1995), Salvador
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Grieg Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, mvt. 1

 

Cymrie Van Drew, violin, (b. 1997), UT
Teacher: Monte Belknap
Berg Concerto, mvt. 1

 

  • $100 scholarship towards participation in the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Participation in a Winners’ Recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – February 13 or May 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

  • Concert with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein during the course of the AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe in July 2016 (Russia Tour).

  • Master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty (for an additional fee).

7-13 years of age

Joelle Jeon, piano, (b. 2003), CA
Teacher: Dr. Irina Bendetsky
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, mvt. 1

 

Anton Ni, piano, (b. 2002), CA
Teacher: Dr. Yang Snen
Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1

 

Felipe Rojas, piano, (b. 2002), Costa Rica
Teacher: Ludmila Meltzer
Haydn Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII:11, mvt. 1

 

Annika Hsu, violin, (b. 2002), VA
Teacher: Ricardo Cyncynates
Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, mvts. 2, 3.

 

14-18 years of age

Amy Dunphy, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Jonathan Koh
Lalo Concerto in D minor, mvt. 1

 

Erica Hwang, violin, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher: Po Wei Lai
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op.20

 

Hannah Kim, cello, (b. 1998), CA
Teacher: Kyeong Hwa Kim
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, mvt. 1

 

Grace Tu, piano, (b. 1999), IL
Teacher: Sueanne Metz
Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, mvt. 3

 

Alexander Yu, cello, (b. 2000), CA
Teacher:Jonathan Koh
Saint-Saëns Concerto no 1 in a minor op 33, mvt. 1

 

Jenny Yao, piano, (b. 2000), SC
Teacher: Ran Dank
Schumann Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 54, mvt. 1

 

Erika Vivian Sun Sun, piano, (b.1997), Costa Rica
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Mozart Concerto No.17 in G major, K. 453, mvt. 1

 

Virginia Villalobos, piano, (b. 2000), Venezuela
Teacher: Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovski
Mozart Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415, mvt. 1

 

Veronica Merril, violin, (b. 1998), VA
Teacher: Olga Khroulevitch
Monti Chardas

 

College students

Alec Sievern, piano, (b. 1994), IN
Teacher: John Blacklow
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvt. 1