Alumni News

LATEST ALUMNI NEWS (as of December 5, 2019)

Four Music@Menlo International Program violinists competed in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition in May 2019. First Prize was awarded to Stella Chen (’16).Shannon Lee (’16) placed fourth, and Luke Hsu (’19) and Max Tan (’19) were finalist and semi-finalist (respectively).

Stella Chen is also a recipient of a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award for 2020 along with Tessa Lark (International Program ’12).

Pianists Michael Smith (International Program ’15) and Elizabeth Dorman (Young Performers Program ’05) have joined the faculty of California Music Preparatory Academy .

Violist Molly Carr (International Program ’10) and pianist Anna Petrova (International Program ’14) have a duo named the Carr-Petrova Duo and they made their debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in late October 2019.

Pianist Kevin Ahfat (International Program ’17) is a recipient of a Kaleidoscope Award. Kaleidoscope is a conductor-less chamber orchestra in Los Angeles. Kevin received a cash prize and will perform with the orchestra in the 2019-20 season.

Cellist Brannon Cho (International Program ’17) was awarded the 2019 Ivan Galamian Prize at Meadowmount School of Music. Awarded on the occasion of Meadowmount’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, Brannon’s $25,000 cash prize is intended to assist with career development.

In August 2019, cellist John-Henry Crawford (International Program ’16) was awarded First Prize at the IX Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition . The competition took place in Morelia, Mexico, and John-Henry won a $10,000 prize, a CD recording contract, and numerous performance opportunities.

Pianist Fei-Fei (International Program ’16) had her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut in May 2019 with the New York Youth Symphony. Fei-Fei performed Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.

Pianist Lindsay Garritson (International Program ’12) made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in November 2019.

In August 2019, cellist Sarah Ghandour (Young Performers Program ’06-’07, ’09-’12) won First Prize in the Pablo Casals Festival Competition in Prades, France.

Violist Andrew Gonzalez (International Program ’14) won First Prize at the Fourth Annual Manhattan International Music Competition.

Cellist Sihao He (International Program ’18) took Third Prize in the Sixty-Eighth ARD International Music Competition in Munich (September 2019).

Cellist Alexander Hersh (International Program ‘17) was named a 2019 National Astral Auditions Winner and has joined the roster of Astral Artists. He performed in the 2019 National Auditions Winners Concert in Philadelphia in October 2019. Alex is also a winner of a Young Artist Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Violinist Petteri Iivonen (International Program ‘15) was named Concertmaster of Opéra National de Paris.

Pianist Fanya Lin (International Program ’09) has joined the faculty at University of Arizona as Assistant Professor of Music in Piano for the 2019-20 academic year.

Violinist Sean Mori (Young Performers Program ’15) and his trio received a Gold Medal in the Junior Division at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition . Awarded in May of 2019, Sean and his trio colleagues (pianist Karina Tseng and cellist Angeline Kiang) are the first piano trio to with the Gold Medal in the junior division in eleven years, and the first ensemble to win from Northern California in the junior division.

Cellist Richard Narroway (International Program ’13) has been appointed Lecturer at Melbourne Conservatorium at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Richard begins his appointment in 2020.

Violist Andy Park (Young Performers Program ‘18) won Grand Prize in the Young Artists Division of the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition in April 2019.

Violinist Sory Park (Young Performers Program ’18) was awarded Third Prize in the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Pianist Benjamin T. Rossen (Young Performers Program ’16-’19) was honored to receive First Prize in the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, Senior Division, in June 2019. Benjamin also took the Steinway & Sons Award for Best Performance of a Romantic Piece.

Jeremías Sergiani-Velázquez (International Program ’17) is a tenured member of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s second violin section.

Violist Sophia Inès Valenti (Young Performers Program ’17 and ’18) received an MPower Artist Grant from Sphinx in May 2019. The award is intended to support her private studies in viola as well as participation in chamber music programs.