Young Artists Program
The Manchester Music Festival (MMF) Young Artists Program is a full scholarship, five week intensive chamber music festival for string players and pianists, ages 18-26. Close to 200 applications are received from over 20 countries around the globe to fill just 17 spots.
Occurring annually every summer in scenic Manchester, Vermont, the 2019 Young Artists Program will take place from July 8 to August 10, 2019.
Young Artists live in the Manchester Music Festival House and receive daily coaching sessions by a faculty composed of world-renowned artists and pedagogues.
2019 Faculty & Guest Artists
Emily Daggett Smith
Amy Schwartz Moretti
Tara Helen O’Connor
Ariel String Quartet
Alexandra Kazovsky, violin
Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Jan Grüning, viola
Amit Even-Tov, cello
Randall Scarlata, baritone
2018 Young Artists
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Hsuan-Min Chang has placed first in numerous competitions, including the Mayor International String Competition, Culture International Music Competition Viola Section, and Hindemith National Viola Competition in Taiwan. As a chamber musician, Hsuan-Min and her string quartet have won first place at the Taiwan National Chamber Music Competition. She has studied chamber music with members of the Borromeo, Great Wall, and Tokyo String Quartets, and has collaborated with, performing alongside such artists as Nobuko Imai and Francesca dePasquale as part of the Heifetz Celebrity Series. As an orchestral musician, Hsuan-Min has served as principal viola with the Kaohsiung City Youth Symphony Orchestra, Apex Orchestra, and Yenchen Orchestra. She was the fellowship recipient of the Music Academy of the West, Heifetz International Music Institute, and its Chamber Music Seminar. She has also performed in notable venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Hsuan-Min has received instruction from Atar Arad, Helen Callus, Matthew Daline, Roberto Diaz, Nobuko Imai, Martha Katz, Mai Motobuchi, Katherine Murdock, and Paul Neubauer among others. She currently studies with Paul Coletti at The Colburn School, where she is the principal violist of the Colburn Academy Virtuosi Orchestra.
Ladusa Chang Ou was born in the city of Montreal and began studying the violin at the age of six. She has since then been the winner of many competitions including the Canadian Music Competition’s Grand Prize and the OSM Standard Life Competition. She also participated in the Pablo Sarasate International competition. At the age of ten, Ladusa performed as guest soloist with the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra and I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra. Since those debuts, she has performed as guest soloist with the Montreal Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy Chamber Orchestra. Ladusa has worked with renowned artists such as Masuko Uchida and Michael Frischenschlager, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degree with Axel Strauss at McGill University.
Isabella Egawa, a recent graduate of Harriton High School, has been playing violin for the past twelve years under the tutelage of Ms. Meichen Barnes. She has won numerous competitions, including the Ambler Symphony Orchestra Competition, Old York Road Symphony Competition, Tri-County Youth Festival Competition, Nelly Berman "Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow" Competition, and PMTA Keystone Chamber Music Competition. She was the concertmistress of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra for its 2017-18 season, 2017 All-National Symphony Orchestra, 2017 Pennsylvania All-State Music Festival Orchestra; associate concertmistress of the 2016 Verbier Junior Festival Orchestra under the conductor Daniel Harding; and second violin principal of the 2016 Verbier Junior Festival Orchestra under the conductor Dima Slobodeniouk. Additionally, Isabella toured Latin America last year, in the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, with conductor Marin Alsop. She plans on attending Carnegie Mellon University this fall, studying Violin Performance with Professor Andres Cardenes.
Pianist Nicholas Ho hails from Singapore, and graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance (Distinction) from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In 2006, Nicholas appeared in the Channel News Asia mini-documentary series, “Wonder Kids of Asia” and went on to have his concerto debut with Mozart’s 14th Piano Concerto in 2007. He has subsequently made several concerto appearances with various orchestras in Singapore. His performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto was described by The Straits Times as “electrifying.” Also an avid recitalist, Nicholas has given numerous recitals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for various charitable causes. In addition, he has also given Asian and American premieres of new solo piano works. Amongst various accolades, Nicholas was awarded the Jury Special Prize at the 5th Asian Youth Music Competition Open Category in 2012 and was also the winner of the 2015 Edward Auer Summer Workshop Solo Competition. Nicholas will be a second year Master’s student at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in the coming fall under the tutelage of Edward Auer and Junghwa Moon Auer.
Maïthéna Girault has appeared as concertmaster with orchestras in France, Germany, Italy, the United States and Montreal’s Maison symphonique. She has been privileged to perform in Carnegie Hall both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Additionally, she has concertized as a soloist with orchestras in Quebec and France more than a dozen times. Maïthéna has won many prizes and awards including the 2017 Golden Violin Award (Canada’s largest collegiate music prize), first prize at the Canadian Music Competition, and the Sylva-Gelber Music Foundation Award. A passionate chamber performer, she was a founding member of the Milton String Quartet, winner of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize. The ensemble worked with members of the Alban Berg, Borodin, Ébène, Escher, Hagen, Jupiter, and Tokyo quartets. Maïthéna entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal at age eight where she studied with Helmut Lipsky for ten years. She now holds a Licentiate in Music and a Graduate Diploma of Performance from McGill University where she studied with Axel Strauss, Alexander Read and Andrew Wan. Next year, she will attend the Manhattan School of Music to continue her studies with Lucie Robert. Maïthéna performs on the 1858 Ex. ''Comte Koucheliov'' violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume and a bow by François Lotte, both generously loaned to her by Canimex.
Born in South Korea, cellist Sua Jo spent the first few years of her life in the United States, where she began her musical education. Moving back to South Korea at the age of 10, she began her cello studies in earnest, studying with principal cellists in leading orchestras. She has won prizes in competitions around the world including the Vienna Jugendmusikwettbewerb, Gaechun Music Competition, and numerous others. She has participated in masterclasses by Gary Hoffman, Laszlo Fenyö, and Jeroen Reuling. She has served as principal cellist in a number of orchestras, such as the Cheongju Festival Orchestra, Enghien Music Festival Orchestra, and Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra. Currently, she is a rising sophomore at the Peabody Conservatory, where she studies under the tutelage of distinguished cellist, Alan Stepansky.
Cellist Rajan Kapoor is an avid solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Rajan is currently serving as a String Quartet Fellow and Teaching Assistant to Professor Edward Arron at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has served as principal cellist of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, Opus One String Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, UMass Symphony Orchestra, and NYU Opera Orchestra. Rajan recently received First Prize in the 2018 Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Additionally, he has gained recognition in the Hellam and Mondavi Young Artist Competitions and plays on an 1855 Goldmann cello generously loaned to him by the Carlsen Cello Foundation. In 2017, Rajan co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization An die Musik NYC and currently serves as its assistant director.
A native of Massachusetts, Becca studied for ten years at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Program. In 2012, Becca toured Argentina with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Hugh Wolff. The following year she became a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and went on tour to Carnegie Hall. Becca currently studies with Violaine Melancon and will be pursuing her Master’s Degree at McGill University. Previously, Becca attended the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she served as Co-Concertmaster of the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Peabody Modern Orchestra, and Principal of the Peabody Chamber Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. Her string quartet, the Vernon Quartet, was selected as Peabody’s only Honors Ensemble for the 2017-2018 academic year. She has served as a faculty member and guest artist at the Easton Chamber Music Festival, toured Germany and Austria as a chamber musician and soloist, and has attended many prestigious summer music festivals. In addition, Becca is extremely devoted to bringing music into the community. She served as the first co-director of the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductor-less string ensemble at Peabody Conservatory that performs exclusively at community venues. Becca Kasdan is the 2018 recipient of the Johns Hopkins President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts and the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music.
Violinist Hee Yeon Kim has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, South Africa, and South Korea. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Mark Kaplan and has attended the Chautauqua Institute and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Next Generation initiative. In 2015, Hee Yeon was selected to participate in the Fellowship String Quartet Program at Madeline Island Chamber Music, where she made her radio debut. She has collaborated alongside many renowned musicians, including Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Zvi Plesser, Xiao Dong Wang, Kwan Yi, and Anthony Ross, and was invited to ECU's 2017 Summer Chamber Music Institute as a Next Gen Alum. Hee Yeon won first prize in the 2017 ECU Concerto Competition and received her Master’s degree at East Carolina University under the tutelage of Ara Gregorian. In her spare time, Hee Yeon enjoys pizza, doggies, and tennis.
Cheuk-Yan Vincent Leung is a native of Hong Kong. He is currently pursuing his Master of Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Ms. Sharon Robinson of the renowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Previously, he studied with Keith Robinson of the Miami String Quartet at Kent State University. Mr. Leung has participated in masterclasses by Johannes Moser, Paul Watkins, Steven Isserlis, and the Emerson String Quartet. He has also participated in prestigious music festivals including Texas Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Brevard Music Center and Interharmony Music Festival. Mr. Leung is active as a chamber musician. He is currently the cellist of the Médard Trio, which was selected to be part of the Advanced Piano Trio Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Leung is a strong proponent of new music; he has performed in the premieres of works including Improvisation no.30 (“Cannons”, After Kandinsky) by Jiri Trtik and Piano Trio by Sebastian Birch.
Violinist Lara Maria Madden has had the honor of performing in the United States, Europe, and Asia. An enthusiastic orchestral and chamber musician, she has performed in venues at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Yokohama’s Minato Marai Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She has performed with the Jacobs School of Music Concert Orchestra, served as Concertmaster with DePaul University Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with Chicago’s Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Thompson Street Opera Company, and Chicago Composers Orchestra. Last summer she attended Music Masters Course Japan, performing in Yokohama and Tokyo. Lara has received numerous awards for violin performance, including Jacobs School of Music Emerging Young Artist Award from the Fall of 2012 to the Spring of 2016. Lara has participated in chamber music coachings with members of the Pacifica String Quartet and Ying Quartet. She is currently studying under Dr. Olga Kaler at DePaul University. Originally from River Forest, Illinois, Lara began studying the violin at the age of three. She was featured on Chicago’s WFMT radio station performing the Arensky Piano Trio in 2010. Lara has a passion for physical fitness and practices yoga and running in her spare time.
David Montreuil began to learn the violin in Montreal at the age of 8 years old. In the winter of 2017, while studying in violin performance at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, he started playing the viola as part of a chamber music group and had such a good time with the instrument that he decided to become a full-time violist. He is now completing a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance at the Schulich School of Music with André Roy and Marina Thibeault. David has been part of many music programs such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Orford Musique. The teachers he has worked with include André Roy, Marina Thibeault, Mark Fewer, Marcelle Malette, Denise Lupien and many others.
Michael Newman is a classically trained cellist from Southampton, Pennsylvania. In May 2018, he earned his Master’s degree in cello performance from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Michael was a recipient of the Marc von May Cello Scholarship and studied with distinguished cellist, Alan Stepansky. While at Peabody, he was awarded the Olga Von Hartz Owens Memorial Prize in Strings and the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in May 2016 from the Boyer College of Music at Temple University, under the tutelage of Udi Bar-David, a cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. An accomplished chamber musician, Michael has performed in various concerts, festivals and in masterclasses with the Juilliard Quartet, the Brentano Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Dover Quartet, the Miro Quartet, and the Montrose Trio. Additionally, Michael is a member of the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductor-less string orchestra that performs exclusively in the local community with a mission to bring the beauty of music to people in challenging situations. While in his hometown, Michael enjoys teaching cello privately and at a summer music school.
Lukas began his studies on viola at the age of nine. In the fall of 2015, he began studying at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings under the tutelage of Rebecca Albers and Lawrence Dutton. While in school, he had the opportunity to perform the Mendelssohn Octet in the Fabian Concert Series with Annie Fullard, first violinist of the Cavani Quartet. He has also had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with the Calidore Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, Ehnes Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Che-Yun Chen, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Dimitri Murrath.
Ryan Soeyadi is a rising sophomore and scholarship recipient studying at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julian Martin. Ryan attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division under the tutelage of Dr. Adam Kent for seven years. He has also studied with Dr. José Ramón Méndez and Dr. Amy Gustafson over the course of five continuous summers at the Stony Brook International Piano Festival. He has been the recipient of scholarships and awards such as the Constance Keene Scholarship, the Ralph Zola Memorial Scholarship, and the Rosetta Goodkind Memorial Scholarship. He has won numerous prizes at competitions such as the Steinway and Sons Piano Competition in New York City, the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in Washington D.C., the Stony Brook International Piano Competition, and the Mieczyslaw Munz Competition at Juilliard, to name a few. He has performed in masterclasses with teachers such as Susan Starr, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis, and Miyoko Lotto. He has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, Avram Theater in Southampton, NY, and more.
Noah Sonderling was born and grew up in Los Angeles. He studied both piano and violin and was also a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus for six seasons. Noah had his first concerto performance with the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, playing the first movement of the Beethoven C major concerto. In 2011, he received second place in the state level of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Contemporary Competition, and in 2013, he received an Honorable Mention in the Edith Knox Concerto Competition of the Peninsula Symphony in Torrance, California. He was also a prizewinner in the 2015 Brevard Music Center Piano Competition. He was a member of the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra in the 2011-2012 season, during which time he played the piano part in Stravinsky’s Petrushka. He was a substitute keyboardist with the American Youth Symphony in 2013-2014 and in this capacity performed excerpts from Danny Elfman film scores under conductor David Newman. Noah has been a member of the IU New Music Ensemble since 2015, and in April 2017, he appeared as soloist with the ensemble in a concerto by British composer Tansy Davies. He was featured with the ensemble a second time in April 2018, performing the Ligeti Piano Concerto, after winning a concerto competition at IU. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Menahem Pressler. In the fall, he will begin a Master’s degree at IU with Norman Krieger.
Teresa Wang began her musical journey when she started playing violin at the age of 5. At age 11, she was admitted to the prestigious Young Artists Performance Academy at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music where she studied from 2007 to 2014. The comprehensive training she received there made her the versatile musician she is today, enjoying performing in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. Teresa has been the concertmaster of the Academy Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, McGill Symphony Orchestra, and National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She has performed as a soloist with the Academy Chamber Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Teresa has collaborated with artists such as Martin Beaver, Henrik Brendstrup, Stéphane Lemelin, Douglas McNabney, John Novacek, Eric Nowlin, Scott St. John, and Axel Strauss. She has appeared as a fellow at the Toronto Summer Music Festival and National Youth Orchestra of Canada. After completing her Bachelor of Music at McGill’s Schulich School of Music with Outstanding Achievement in Violin, Teresa decided to continue her studies at McGill and is currently pursuing a Master of Music, studying with Axel Strauss.