Alumni News

Latest Alumni News (as of April 15, 2019)

Two International Program alumni have been awarded joint First Prize at the 2018 IsangYun International Cello Competition, held in November 2018. Christine JeongHyoun Lee (’14) and Sang Eun Lee (’15) both received cash awards and a number of concert engagements.

Two Young Performers Program alumni pianists, Hilda Huang and Agata Sorotokin, have both been named recipients of the 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Hilda participated in Music@Menlo’s Young Performers Program from 2006–2010, and Agata from 2009–2012 and 2014. The fellowships are $90,000 merit-based awards exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The program draws nearly 1,800 applications annually for just 30 fellowships.

Violinist Becky Anderson (International Program ’16) has joined the Vera Quartet as of October 2018. Winners of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the Vera Quartet is in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music through 2020. Becky also co-founded a nonpartisan organization named VOTESart, which uses music to promote voter registration and civic engagement.

In October 2018, Brannon Cho (International Program ’17) won First Prize at the VI International Paulo Cello Competition.

Cellist Johannes Gray (Young Performers Program ’10 and ‘11) was a scholarship recipient in the 2018 Pablo Casals International Award for Young Cellists. Established by the Pau Casals Foundation in 1984, the award helps young musicians broaden their knowledge of the instrument through ongoing studies and training with leading professionals.

Pianist Zhenni Li (International Program ’17) was awarded joint Second Prize at the 2018 Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Competition held in Colorado in October 2018. Zhenni performed with her duo partner, violist Matthew Cohen.

Cellist and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artist Mihai Marica (International Program ’10) has joined the Apollo Trio.

Violinist Grace Park (International Program ’08) won First Prize in the 2018 Naumburg International Violin Competition. Open to international violinists ages 18 to 32, Grace received a cash prize of $25,000, two fully subsidized New York City recitals, and a commissioned work by acclaimed Argentine-American composer, Mario Davidovsky. Alumna Shannon Lee (International Program ’16) took Second Prize.

Pianist Benjamin Rossen (Young Performers Program ’16-’19) has been selected as one of twenty-four participants in the 2019 Van Cliburn Junior Competition in early June 2019.

Jonathan Swensen (Young Performers Program ’10 and ’11) was awarded a First Prize in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in November 2018. Jonathan was also awarded First Prize in the Windsor International String Competition in April 2019. In addition to a cash prize, Jonathan will receive a fine contemporary cello bow, an opportunity to record on the Champs Hill Records label, and a number of important international performance opportunities.

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