We’re happy to announce the winners of our international string competition, the AFAF Golden Strings of America 2010. 1st Place Winners presented a recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Dec 11, 2010, while 2nd place winners performed at an alternate venue in New York City later in 2011. We would like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who participated and of course encourage those who did not win this year to try again during our next season.


Noelle Midori Naito, Violin, (b. 2002), MD
Ballade and Polonaise, Vieuxtemps

Yasmin Myers, Violin, (b. 2001), NH
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, mvt 1, Bach

Joseph Hsia, Violin, (b. 2000), NJ
Sonata in G minor “Didone abbandonate”, Tartini

Roger Liu, Violin, (b. 2000), CA
“Symphonie Espagnole” Op. 21, mvt 1, Lalo

Kenneth Ryu Naito, Violin, (b. 2000), MD
Scherzo-Tarantella, Wieniawski

Igor Rodionov, Violin, (b. 1999), Russia
“Symphonie Espagnole” Op. 21, mvts. 2, 3, Lalo

Derek Louie, Cello, (b. 1998), NY
Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, mwt 1, Elgar

Tiffaney Hsia, Violin, (b. 1998), NJ
Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, mvt. 1, Mendelssohn

Brian Kim, Violin, (b. 1997), Canada
Concerto in E minor Op. 64, mvts. 2,3, Mendelssohn

Alexis Lerner, Violin, (b. 1996), NJ
Partita No. 2 in D minor, Giga, Bach

Mackenzie Lee, Cello, (b. 1996), NJ
Sonata No. 2 , Op. 99, mvt 4, Brahms
“Dance of the Elves”, Popper

Haylee Ma, Violin, (b.1995), China
Capricses No. 5, 17, 24, Paganini

Yaya Gao, Cello, (b. 1994), China
Sonata in D minor, Op. 40, Mvts. 3, 4, Shostakovich

Yenthe He, Violin, (b. 1993), China
Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 23, Ernst

Amir Safavi, Violin, (b. 1992), NY
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Adgio, Bach
Concerto No.1, Op. 99, mvt. 4, Shostakovich

Sarah Lowenstein, Viola, (b. 1986), MD
Suite (1919, New York), mvt 4 , Bloch

Jane Kim, Violin, (b. 1983), NY
Concerto in D, mvt. 1, Stravinsky

Shery Ge, Violin, (b. 2003), CA
Concerto in A minor, mvt. 1, Vivaldi

Marc Edelman, Violin, (b. 2003), CA
Concerto in G minor, mvt 1, Vivaldi

Gregory Kim, Violin, (b. 2002), NY
Concerto in A minor, Akkolai

Tina Wu, Violin, (b. 2000), CA
Ballade and Polonaise, Vieuhtemps

Hayden Zheng, (b. 1999), China
Legende in G minor, Op. 17, Wieniawski

Yodi Deng, Violin, (b. 1997), China
Concerto in D minor, Op. 31, Vieuhtemps

Zyahya Li, Violin, (b. 1996), China
Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, mvt. 1,Mendelssohn

Zayne Wang, Violin, (b. 1996), China
Concerto in A minor, Op. 37, Vieuhtemps

Nikita Smirnov, Violin, (b. 1993), Russia
Sonata in G minor, Adagio and Fugue, Bach

Christine Wu, Violin, (b. 1981), Germany
Concerto in D major, Op. 35, mvt. 2, Tchaikovsky