6th Young Artists Concerto Competition 2013

Co-Chairperson: Wendy Wu and Shirley Ming Whui Yang

The 6th Young Artists Concerto Competition was held on February 18, 2012 at the Jacobs Music Center, Lawrenceville, NJ under the direction of Chairperson, Wendy Wu and Co-Chairperson, Shirley Yang. Three judges, Minjeong Cha, Yi-heng Yangand music director Chiu-Tze Lin, heard wonderful performances from a group of 40 outstanding young artists including 16 pianists, 11 violinists, 1 violist, 7 cellists, 3 flutists, 1 percussionist, and 1 guitarist The judges were extremely impressed with the high caliber of performances. The judges selected Three Grand Prize Winners. They will perform with the orchestra on Sunday evening, June 2, 2013 at 7 PM. In addition, the judges declared Silver and Bronze medal winners in recognition of their fabulous performances.  They will be featured in a concert sponsored jointly with the Arts Council of Princeton at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 8 PM.   

(All winners are listed in alphabetical order)

Grand Prize Winners:

Charles Yoonsuh Lee, violin, age 14
Sydney Lee, cello, age 16
Angela Zhao, piano, age 14

West Windsor Award:

Soyeong Park, violin, age 15

Silver Prize Winners:

Jessica Hong, cello, age 13
Katie Liu, violin, age 14
Enrique Rodrigues, violin, age 11
Bryan Tong, piano, age 12

Bronze Prize Winners:

William Chen, piano, age 9
Tess Jacobson, viola, age 15
Katherine Lin, flute, age 17
Robin Park, cello, age 11
Allegra Whiting, cello, age 15


Minjeong Cha, violist, received her bachelor at Seoul National University, and then went to Yale University for her masters degree as a recipient of the Henry and Lucy Moses Full Scholarship and Gilmore Fellowship. She is expecting to receive her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University in May 2013. She won numerous competitions, including the Seoul Baroque Chamber orchestra competition, Kumho Art Hall Young Artist Audition, Segyeilbo and Hangukilbo competitions and Rutgers University chamber music competition.  She appeared as a soloist with the Seoul National University Orchestra, Korean Symphony, and Ola Viola at Wien Konzert Haus.   Ms. Cha has played with KBS symphony orchestra, Korean Symphony, Baroque chamber orchestra, Philomusika, and Seoul Philharmonic orchestra. She has been a Faculty Member of the Rutgers University Extension Division since 2009, and principal violist at Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chiu-Tze Lin, a versatile and multifaceted musician - conductor, pianist, and teacher, was named as a finalist in the orchestral conducting division of the 2010 American Prize Award.  Ms. Lin had served as the music director and conductor of the Manalapan Battleground Symphony for seven years.  Under her baton, the symphony received the 2004 Victor Grossinger Award for Innovative Programming.  Ms. Lin was selected as a “Hottest Artist in New Jersey” in 2001 by the Asbury Park Press.  As a concert pianist, Ms. Lin has been acclaimed by the New York Times for her “strong technique, a hearty tone that sounded big and unforced [which] provides the greatest musical pleasure.” She is a Steinway Artist who has performed in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. Ms. Lin has appeared as a touring soloist with the Chicago Symphony, and was a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her second CD featuring works of J. S. Bach for solo piano has been described by New York Concert Review magazine as a ".... most satisfying performance .... with eloquence and sensitivity." This recording has also been selected by the Bravo Baroque organization as a recommended keyboard CD.  Her recordings have been broadcast from stations across the country. Ms. Lin was a director and faculty member of the 2004 Beijing Music Festival, the first international summer music festival sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.  Ms. Lin also conducted the Shanghai Musicians Chamber Orchestra at the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Concert. The performance was broadcast on CCTV9, the Chinese Central Television English Channel that transmits across China and around the world. 

Pianist and fortepianist Yi-heng Yang has been noted by The New York Times for “astonishing skill and vividness,” and “absolute mastery” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Recent solo appearances in the US, Europe, and Japan have been at the Frederick Collection, the Cobbe Collection, the Finchcocks Musical Museum, Sirakawa Gallery, Trinity Lutheran Church, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. She is keyboardist in a variety of period and modern ensembles. She has also performed with The Sebastian Chamber Players.  Ms. Yang was awarded first prize at the First Square Piano Competition of the “Amsterdam Virtuosi” Festival 2011. She was winner of The Juilliard School's Mozart Piano Concerto Competition and the Haddonfield Symphony (Symphony in C’s) Concerto Competition. Ms. Yang is a faculty member at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and has been a guest lecturer at The New England Conservatory, Ohio University, and The Juilliard School. Yi-heng holds a doctorate in piano performance from The Juilliard School, having studied with Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, and Veda Kaplinksy. She studied fortepiano with Audrey Axinn, and the Amsterdam Conservatory’s Stanley Hoogland. Yi-heng received the Mustard Seed Foundation’s Harvey Fellowship and the Huygens Grant from the Dutch Ministry of Culture.

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