Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition

  • 2012-2013 Season



Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:00 PM


Dolan Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth


Free Admission

Featured Performers: 

   Eleven young musicians will perform music of Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssoh, Sibelius, Elgar, Walton and Tchaikovsky starting at Noon.  Admission is Free.

First Prize is $1000. The First Prize winner wlll perforrm a concerto movement at the BONJ Summer Music Festival, August 11, 2013.   Second prize is $500. Third prize is $250. Two $100 honorable mention prizes will be awarded.    Judges  include Robert Deutsch (Houston Symphony), Andrew Pecota (The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey) and Ron Levy (Palisades Virtuosi).    Eleven finaliists chosen from the applicants will perform at Dolan Performance Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, starting at noon.   The competition is open to the public, free admission.   Don't miss this opportunity to hear great young artists perform!

The artists:
Soyeong Park, violin, a sophomore in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, has won numerous competitions since she was eight years old, and subsequently performed with many orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recently, she was accepted into National Youth Orchestra of United States of America, and will participate in an international tour to Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, and Washington D.C. with maestro Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell this summer.  She has studied with Mei Chen Barnes and currently studies with Yayoi Numazawa and Yumi Scott.   Soyeung will perform the 1st movement of Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).
Kira  Elise Mathias-Prabhu, piano, 17, studies piano and violin privately with Dr. Joanna Chao of Juilliard School of Music, and Izabella Liss Cohen of Kent Place Girls School, respectively. Her 2012 musical accolades include: Honorable Mentions in the Alexander and Buono International String Competition for High School Students, and the "You Got Rhythm" International Music for Youth Competition in Philadelphia, where she performed in both instrument categories; and second place in the annual Steinway Society Scholarship competition.   In 2011, Kira was the senior division grand prizewinner of the 2011 Goldblatt Scholarship Competition for Strings, and a winner of the 2011 New York Concert Festival Concerto Competition in two categories - Piano and Strings.    Kira will perform the 3rd movement of Sonata Opus 2 #3 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).
Kathryn Chamberlain, violin, began her studies at the age of 5. She has won numerous awards in the state of New Jersey, including those at the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition, ASTA Solo Auditions, Handler Master Class Auditions at the Thurnauer School, and the Don Bosco Young Artists Series. She has appeared as soloist in the Andrew DeGrado Music Festival at Weill Recital Hall in New York City and has toured Europe twice with the Sussex County Youth Orchestra. Kathryn was a first violinist with the North Jersey Junior Region I Orchestra for two years and Concertmaster of SCYO for one. This summer she attended the inaugural season of  Manhattan In The Mountains, an exclusive camp for solo and chamber music. She is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, where she studies violin with Grigory Kalinovsky.   Kathryn will perform the 1st movement of Violin Concerto by Petr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).
Mark Serkin, cello, is a junior at Fair Lawn High School. At a very young age, Mark began studying piano before settling on cello in 2009 at the age of 14. Presently, Mark studies at the Mannes College preparatory division with Barbara Stein Mallow. In January 2013, Mark won the second-place prize in the KRB New York International Music Competition and subsequently played a recital at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.   Mark will perform the 1st movement of Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar (1857-1934).
Amanda Kam, flute, a 16-year old honors student at Millburn High School,  became a Blue Ribbon winner in the New York Flute Club Young Musicians Contest in 2011 and 2012, as well as the third place winner and scholarship recipient in the Ridgewood Band Youth Competition in 2012. She earned an honorable mention in the New York Chambers Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2012. She is a current scholarship student in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where she is a principal flute player in the highest-level Philharmonic Orchestra.   Amanda will perform Concertino by Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944).

Rachel Friedberger, flute, is a senior at Montclair State University. She majors in Music Education and Flute Performance and is also a member of the Montclair State University Honors Program. Rachel has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall four times, twice as a soloist, once as a member of the MSU Flute Ensemble, and once as a member of the MSU Chamber Orchestra.  Rachel will perform the 1st movement of the Flute Concerto in D Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).
Jordan Hendy, violin, a junior at Oratory Preparatory School in Summit, NJ, lives in Berkeley Heights.  He  is a pre-college student in the Juilliard School of Music, under the tutelage of Stephen Clapp.  Accomplished in both piano and violin, Jordan has performed extensively for charitable causes including Wafaa Younis Violin Project for Israel, Autism speak, Mosquito Nets Project for Ministry of Hope and  Hearts for Honduras.   He is a regular performer for World Youth Alliance in New York.  Jordan plays competitive tennis and is the co-captain for his high school varsity tennis team in the spring season.   Jordan will perform the 1st movement of Violin Concerto in A Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).
Lee Ann Serrano, violin, is currently a senior at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, New York and studies with Agnes Kwasniewska at the Suzuki School in Mineola, New York. She currently serves as concertmistress of the Herricks High School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Robin Maddox. Lee Ann is also historian of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Since elementary school, she has participated in the NMEA All-County and Long Island String Festivals. For the past eleven years, she has participated in NYSSMA receiving consistently high evaluations. In 2011, she had the honor of participating in the NYSSMA All State Symphonic Orchestra. She has performed as both an ensemble member and as a soloist at various performance venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Flushing Town Hall, and the Tilles Center. In 2009, she was chosen along with her quartet to perform at the Lincoln Center for its Young Ensembles Concert. During the summers of 2009 through 2011.   Lee Ann will perform the 1st movement of Violin Concerto by Felx Mendelssohn (1809-1847).
Joo Eun Lee, violin, began her music life at the age of eight as a student of Sung-Ju Lee, at The Korean National University of Arts, Pre-College Division.  She has appeared in master classes with Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Valery Oistrakh, Mikhail Kopleman, Eduard Schneder and Emil Chudnovsky.   Ms. Lee has been awarded as the winner of CBS Radio Violin Competition, 48th Stamford Young Artsts Philharmonic Competition, Daejin University Violin Competition, and was a prize3winner of the New York Music Competition, Sound Symphony Solo Competition and Union City Young Arts Competition.  She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Stephen Clapp at the Juilliard School.  She has appeared as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Carnegie Stern Hall with distinguished conductors, including John Adams, David Afkham, and Jane Glover.  Previous instructors of her violin studies include Patinka Kopec, Masao Kawasaki, Jura Karajeva, Sung-Ju Lee and Victor Danchenko.   Joo Eun will perform the 1st movement of Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).
Jackson Whang, violin, started studies at age four, and switched to viola at eight. Principal violist of NJ Youth Symphony for 4 years, he matriculated into Juilliard Pre-College at 14, where he now studies and was principal. Summer programs include Tanglewood, Eastman, and Green Mountain. Past teachers include George Taylor, Arik Braude, Katie Dey; current teachers are Frank Foerster, principal violist of NJSO, and Sophie Arbuckle. He won the 2010 NY Viola Society Glyde Scholarship. He works with Anne Fitzgibbon and Samuel Marchan of El Sistema USA. Jackson participates in the World Youth Alliance Orchestra and Jeunes Virtuoses de New York.   Jackson will perform the 1st movement of Viola Concerto by William Walton (1902-1983).

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