May 22, 2016
Spring Concert

"A CONCERTO EXTRAVAGANZA"

Featuring
9th Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners

Fiona Khuong-Huu, age 8, violin
Max Wang, age 11, piano
Kit Ying Cheng, age 16, violin
Jessica Hong, age 17, cello

Program
Rossini The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture
Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole
Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor

Return to 2015-16 season


Kit Ying Cheng in a spellbinding performance of the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto

Kit Ying Cheng in a spellbinding performance of the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto

Fiona Khuong-Huu enjoying the last note of Lalo!

Fiona Khuong-Huu enjoying the last note of Lalo!

Max Wang immersed in Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

Max Wang immersed in Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

Receiving flowers from his friends!

Receiving flowers from his friends!

Jessica Hong's intense performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto

Jessica Hong's intense performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto

Acknowledging Matthew Pan for his dedicated volunteer work for the orchestra

Acknowledging Matthew Pan for his dedicated volunteer work for the orchestra

Ellen Deerberg, competition chairperson, announcing the 2016 winners

Ellen Deerberg, competition chairperson, announcing the 2016 winners

Winners of the 2016 Young Artists Li  Competition (front row, left to right) Chiu-Tze Lin, Max Wang, Kit Ying Cheng, LiYuan Byrne, Fiona Khuong-Huu, Jessica Hong, Ellen Deerberg (Back row): Arlene Sengstack, president

Winners of the 2016 Young Artists Li  Competition
(front row, left to right) Chiu-Tze Lin, Max Wang, Kit Ying Cheng, LiYuan Byrne, Fiona Khuong-Huu,
Jessica Hong, Ellen Deerberg
(Back row): Arlene Sengstack, president


Eight-year-old violinist Fiona Khuong-Huu was born in New York. She started learning the violin when she was three years old, and has been studying under Professor Li Lin from the Juilliard School for the last two years. She has won many awards since age six, and has participated in masterclasses in Switzerland, Japan, Italy, and across the United States. Most recently, Fiona performed at the UNESCO World Heritage “Teatro Olimpico” in Italy. Fiona enjoys playing chamber music and making new friends.

Eleven-year old pianist Max Wang is a sixth grader at the West Windsor Plainsboro Thomas Grover Middle School. He studies under Chiu-Tze Lin, and has previously studied with Sue Bakasi in Suzuki program. Max has won top prizes in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Musicians Competition, Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, and West Chester Piano Competition. He has performed numerous times in Weill Recital of Carnegie Hall, and also at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Auditorium as a result of winning competitions of the National League of Performing Arts and Cecilian Music Club. Max also has played in a fundraising event for the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital. Max plays oboe as well in his school band and the Bravura Youth Orchestra. Max enjoys outdoor activities, making short animated movies, and playing Minecraft games with friends.

Kit Ying Cheng, age 16, is from West Windsor, New Jersey. She has been studying the violin under her father’s tutelage since she was three years old. Kit Ying emigrated from Hong Kong to the US in 2010. While in Hong Kong, she received associate and licentiate diplomas from Trinity College in London, as well as certificates from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Kit-Ying is currently a student in the Juilliard Pre-College Division studying with Elizabeth Chang. She was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Cooper International Competition for Violin in 2015, and has won first place in the Binghamton Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, 92nd StreetY Concerto Competition, Bravura Young Artists Concerto Competition, and the Juilliard Pre-College Violin Concerto Competition.

Jessica Hong, 17, has been playing the cello since the age of seven. She is a senior at Holmdel High School and is in the Juilliard Pre-College Division studying under Dr. Minhye Clara Kim. Having won the Summit Symphony Orchestra and Livingston Symphony Orchestras’ Young Artists Concerto Competitions, Jessica has featured as a soloist with both orchestras. Jessica was recently recognized as a winner by the National Young Arts Association. She has performed in many venues including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Juilliard’s Paul Hall, Morse Hall, Wilson Theater, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Jessica participated in the Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux/Vevey, Switzerland. She attended the Meadowmount School of Music, where she studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen. She also attended the 2015 Great Mountains Music Festival, and played for Myung-Wha Chung and Lluis Claret. Jessica also had the privilege to play for respected artists such as Jian Wang and Philippe Muller. In her free time, Jessica is involved in organizing an annual benefit concert, where all proceeds go to local food banks and relief programs for natural disasters. Jessica will be attending The Juilliard School for college in the fall.