59th Cohort – 2022 Young Artists
We’re thrilled to share with you the 59th cohort of TSoM Young Artists. This group of 19 exceptional violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists is inspiring not only for their amazing artistry but also for their advocacy for music’s role in society.
Alexander Goldberg, 20 – a violin student of Ani Kavafian – is pursuing a Master’s Degree at the Yale School of Music after having graduated from Yale with a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy. At Yale, Alex won the Joseph Lentilhon Selden award for “verve, idealism and constructive interest in music and the humanities” and the Head of College Cup for “outstanding scholarly achievement and creative promise.” He previously studied with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music. Alex has attended and performed at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo (where he received a merit scholarship) and attended the Taos School of Music. Alex made his debut as a soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra at age 8, his Carnegie Weill Hall debut at age 11, and appeared on NPR’s From The Top. He has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the Boston area, including the Concord, Brockton, and Quincy orchestras. An avid chamber musician and recitalist, Alex is also passionate about combining concerts with lectures on music, art, and literature. Recent projects in this vein include a lecture-recital on the links between Goethe, Brahms, and Romanticism in literature and music and a live-streamed recital on the concept of motion in Plato, Euripides, Bach, and Ysaÿe as part of the Literary Music Series.
Violinist Nick Hammel is currently a senior at The University of Texas at Austin where he studies under Sandy Yamamoto. He has soloed with orchestras such as the Richardson Symphony, Central Texas Medical Orchestra, and the Austin Civic Orchestra. Nick was a semi-finalist in the 2022 Young Texas Artists Music Competition and the 2022 Jefferson Symphony Young Artists Competition. Most recently, Nick won 1st prize in the 2022 Ann & Charles Eismann Young Artists Competition. Nick is an active chamber music performer, and has performed with artists such as Sandy Yamamoto, Bion Tsang, Andrew Brownell, Josh Gindele, John Largess, and Anton Nel. His most recent chamber group, Trío En, won Silver Medal in the Senior Strings Division of the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and placed first in the 2020 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Nick was also second violinist of the Favola Quartet, which won Grand Prize in the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. In addition to playing solo and chamber music repertoire, Nick recently was titled principal second violin in the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Meet Riana: https://youtu.be/1RJ0fby5uos
American-Javanese violinist Riana Heath received her first violin lessons at the age of six with Moscow Conservatory graduate Pavel Feldman in Montréal, Canada. At thirteen she moved to Europe to study in the precollege division of the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Wonji Kim-Ozim as a member of the Leopold Mozart Institute for highly gifted students. As a recipient of the Erasmus+ scholarship in 2019-20, she had the opportunity to study at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) with Prof. Michaël Hentz. Riana Heath holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from the Mozarteum University and is currently a recipient of the Stephen & Denise Adams Scholarship as she pursues a Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Syoko Aki Erle. In addition to her violin studies she studied viola at the Mozarteum with Prof. Thomas Riebl, obtaining a double Bachelor of Arts degree. With her sisters Dhyani and Susila Heath, she has performed in various concert venues as the “Eucharis Strings.” In 2016 Riana was awarded first prize at the international competition “Grand Prize Virtuoso.” Passionate about sharing her love for classical music to children of her motherland Indonesia, she is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Kartini Music School for Girls, a non-profit institution aiming to enrich the spirits of underserved girls in Indonesia. Riana says, “Although I’m fluent in five languages, I consider music to be by far my favorite means of communication.”
Minji Lee, from South Korea, began learning a piano at 5 before picking up a violin at age 6, which spurred her lifelong love of music. She made her solo debut with Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra when she was 10. Minji has won numerous competitions including 2nd Prize at Bales Violin Competition and 3rd Prize at Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition in Budapest, Hungary. She has played in masterclasses for Shlomo Mintz, Mimi Zweig, Aaron Rosand, and the Dover Quartet. She also has participated in music festivals including Heifetz International Music Institute, Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. She has performed in many major venues including Jordan Hall, Severance Hall, and the Seoul Arts Centers. Minji was selected as a recipient of 2020 Mark Zinger Memorial Foundation Scholarship. Lee received a Bachelor of Music degree with Soovin Kim at New England Conservatory and is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman.
Meet Hana: https://youtu.be/E1iuO06yPUQ
Having made her solo debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 13, Japanese, Indian, and Pakistani-American violinist and native New Yorker Hana Miyamoto Mundiya is a sought after soloist and chamber musician on the world’s top stages throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the United Nations Headquarters, as well as internationally in Sweden, Japan, Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Switzerland. Praised for her “technically impeccable” and “stylistically delicate, tender” playing, she is a versatile and passionate performer with a wide range of repertoire extending from the seventeenth century to works by contemporary Asian female composers. She is a recent top prizewinner in the International Brahms Competition in Austria, Leopold Mozart Competition in Germany, Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Competition, and Adelphi Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Born and raised in New York City, Hana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Princeton University specializing in Japanese and French Literature, has studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Catherine Cho and Naoko Tanaka. Committed to using music for humanitarian purposes, Hana is a member of the United Nations Chamber Music Society, and regularly performs for the UNHCR, UNESCO, Red Cross, and Mount Sinai Hospital. She has collaborated with RAINN, Futures Without Violence, and Sakhi for South Asian Women to offer solace to Asian female survivors of gender-based violence, and is a Roster Artist for The VISION Collective, an ensemble that raises awareness of the global refugee crisis through music.
Meet Isaac: https://youtu.be/nosy8ow76pU
Violinist Isaac Park, 20, began his violin studies at the age of five with Sunny Kang, and studied with Li Lin, Wei He, Helen Kim, and Chen Zhao. In 2020, he entered the undergraduate program at The Juilliard School where he is currently a student of Joseph Lin. From 2016-2019, Isaac was a member of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra. During their 2018-2019 season, he served as co-concertmaster on their European tour. He has enjoyed playing chamber music from an early age, playing in nonprofit groups, the Young Chamber Musicians, and at various festivals. At the moment, Isaac is realizing the struggle of feeding himself 3 meals a day.
Violinist Ziyao Sun has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra musician at top international venues around the world. She recently won the 2nd prize of the Hellam Young Artist Competition and was a winner of the Pearl & Julius Young Music competition. Ms. Sun began studying violin at the age of four and attended the Middle School of the Central Conservatory where she studied with Ms. Ming Jin, Mr. Hong Wang and Mr. Jingye Zhang. She was the associate concertmaster of the Central Conservatory Orchestra and toured many different venues throughout the world. Ms. Sun holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Catherine Cho and Joel Smirnoff. She is currently studying with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music. She attended Meadowmount school of music with full scholarship, won an Aspen Music Festival Fellowship, and has studied at Juilliard’s Chamberfest and Kneisel Hall. As an orchestral musician, she is a substitute member for the China Philharmonic, China NCPA Orchestra, and New World Symphony. In 2019 she became a Fellow of the Montclair Orchestra and was also the Concertmaster of New York String Orchestra Seminar. In addition to formal concerts, Ms. Sun shares her love of music in outreach programs for public schools, nursing homes, and music programs across the country. During her study at Juilliard, she found the program Music as Medicine, which is a program to inspire and give comfort for children in the hospital.
Meet Ashley: https://youtu.be/n7gc3j9fr78
Ashley Yoon is an 18-year-old violinist from Charleston, SC. She is a rising junior studying for a BM with Mr. Joseph Lin at The Juilliard School. She is the winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall. Ashley is also the winner of the 2019 DeKalb Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the 2018 Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra Competition, the 2019 Augusta Symphony Concerto Competition, and was a finalist of the 2019 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She has received multiple Summer Study Scholarships and the Barry Goldsmith Scholarship from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League. She was also awarded the King-Lancaster Orchestral award, the Hiram Curry award, and the Donald Shelter award by the Charleston Music Club. Recently she performed at the MET Museum as part of Juilliard’s ChamberFest. She also has performed with the Piccolo Spoleto Rising Young Star program and performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Lindan Burns, born 1999, began playing violin at age 2 1/2. She started the viola in 2011/2012 and is currently pursuing a BM at the Juilliard School, studying with Misha Amory. She is a recipient of the Noble Scholarship Foundation and the Satterthwaite Scholarship Fund. Lindan has participated in masterclasses with the Pacifica Quartet, Faure Quartet, Calder Quartet, Samuel Rhodes, Lawrence Dutton, Steve Tenenbom, Brett Deubner, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Sheng Li, and Csaba Erdelyi, among others. Past summer festivals include the Young Artist’s Program NAC in Ottawa, Castleman Quartet Program, Perlman Music Program, Next Festival of Emerging Artists, and Yellow Barn Young Artists Program. In 2015, she placed 2nd in the Junior Division of the ASTA National Solo Competition. In 2016, she studied with Helen Callus at the Colburn Academy under the Greendale Scholarship. Lindan particularly enjoys teaching music and late-night chamber reading sessions. While music is Lindan’s first priority, she enjoys a well-rounded life with hobbies such as rock climbing, ballroom dancing, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring museums.
Violist Yong Ha Jung is currently an undergraduate student at the Juilliard School under the mentorship of Roger Tapping. He has won numerous competitions including the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, Schmidbauer International Young Artists Competition, Collin County Young Artists Competition, and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He has made two appearances on NPR’s From the Top and attended the Pyeongchang Music Festival where he had the opportunity to study with notable violists such as Hung-Wei Huang, Kazuhide Isomura, and Hanna Lee. He has also performed in Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Orchestra in 2018 and toured Asia under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. For the past three summers, he has attended the Kneisel Hall Music Festival where he focused on chamber music, studying with incredible faculty including Laurie Smuckler and Joel Krosnick. Yong Ha began his musical studies at the age of nine with Ronald Houston in Dallas, Texas, where he grew up after moving from South Korea at the age of four.
Meet Julia: https://youtu.be/CNe6QHnRqnw
Julia Kirk is a violist and violinist from Jackson, Mississippi. As soloist, notable achievements include First Prize Winner of the International Viola Competition of Mississippi and Finalist of the Shepherd School of Music Concerto Competition. Her performances have taken her to Europe, Asia, and South America. She has made solo appearances with the Symphonic Orchestra of Cuzco, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and the Master Camerata. Julia won a position in the inaugural year of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which traveled to Russia and England under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev and later won a principal chair in the same ensemble. Julia has also won the Maddy Summer Artist Award at Interlochen Arts Camp and received a fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival. Julia holds a B.A. in Theatre and Conducting from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She currently attends Rice University where she is pursuing a Master of Music in Viola Performance under the tutelage of Professor James Dunham.
Violist Laura Liu – a native of Miami, Florida – studies with Cynthia Phelps, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Misha Amory at The Juilliard School. Last season she was a finalist in The Juilliard School Viola Competition and named as a contestant in the 5th Tokyo International Viola Competition. Previously, she was a 2019 National YoungArts Foundation Winner, assistant principal viola of the 50th Anniversary New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the 2019 Southeastern Region winner of the NFMC Wendell Irish Viola Award. Ms. Liu is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School.
Meet Isaac: https://youtu.be/cT1H3eZP7bQ
Isaac Berglind, a 24-year-old cellist from Newcastle, WA, has recently started graduate studies at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Katz. He recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a BM in cello performance and was the recipient of the Glenn L. and Frances Harris Prize. Additionally, Isaac has been a 2019, 2020, and 2021 Tanglewood Music Center fellow, and a 2020 New York String Orchestra Seminar participant. He previously studied with Efe Baltacigil and Janice Lee, and has participated in masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Antonio Meneses, Darrett Adkins, Paul Katz, Norman Fischer, and David Geber. When not practicing, Isaac maintains a full online teaching studio and is the Blogmaster for CelloBello.org.
Meet Tzu-Wei: https://youtu.be/WuukkVgdhgE
Taiwanese cellist Tzu-Wei Jack Huang recently made his concerto debut with the Jenaer Philharmonie at Neue Weimarhalle, Germany. Serving as the principal cellist of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2015, Tzu-Wei appeared in the documentary film, In Search of Perfect Consonance, directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang. Tzu-Wei actively performs in prize-winning chamber ensembles both in his home country of Taiwan and the United States. His piano quintet was the winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in 2018, and in 2020 his newly founded clarinet trio, Trio Astralis, won the “Journey to the Dreams” chamber music program and was awarded performances in Eslite Performance Hall in Taipei. Mr. Huang serves as principal cellist of Counterpoint Ensemble and is a member of Taiwan Connection. In 2021, Mr. Huang was invited to serve as guest principal cellist of the Taiwan Philharmonic. Mr. Huang completed his Bachelor of Music degree in 2019 at Manhattan School of Music. As a recipient of the Yolanda Sardi Schwarzman Scholarship Fund and E. & W. Naumburg Scholarship, he received his Master of Music degree last year at the Juilliard School studying with Richard Aaron. This fall, he will pursue his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Julia Lichten.
Nagyeom Jang is a 21 year old cellist originally from South Korea. She moved to New York City in 2016 to continue her studies at the Juilliard Pre-College Division with Minhye Clara Kim. At 8 years of age, Nagyeom won the grand prize at the Little Mozart Competition and was subsequently invited to perform at the Mirabelle Palace in Salzburg, Austria with the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra. She received the Special Prize at the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and won the 2nd Prize at the Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition in 2016. She is the 1st Prize Winner of the New York Music Competition, the International Grand Music Competition in 2017, and 2019 Bravura Philharmonic Competition. Nagyeom has performed as soloist with the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra and Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 15, she gave her recital debut at Kumho Art Hall, sponsored by the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series. She has participated in summer programs such as the Perlman Music Program, Great Mountain Music Festival, and Encore Chamber Music Institute. Nagyeom is currently pursuing her BM at The Juilliard School with Minhye Clara Kim and Joel Krosnick.
Taiwanese-American cellist Jasmine Pai is a top prizewinner of competitions including the Queens Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Pearl and Julius Young Competition, Vivo International Music Competition, Lyra Competition, National YoungArts Competition, MSM Pre-College Concerto Competition, and the American Music Teachers’ League Competition. She is a recipient of honors and awards including fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival, the Intensive String Quartet Seminar with the Borromeo Quartet, the Marion Feldman Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, and artist grants from the YoungArts Foundation. As chamber musician, Jasmine has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including appearances at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, and Fischoff Chamber Competition. As orchestral musician, Jasmine has recently joined the Opera Philadelphia and frequently performs with both the Apex Ensemble and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Tenafly, New Jersey, Jasmine began learning the cello at the age of four with Madeleine Golz. She completed her BM from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music with Hans Jørgen Jensen, where she graduated magna cum laude, and received her MM from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied under the tutelage of Yeesun Kim.
Meet Davis: https://youtu.be/dXsiCaZJowk
Cellist Davis You is a sophomore and Presidential Scholar at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he currently studies cello with Laurence Lesser and previously with Jonathan Koh. His awards include 1st place in the 2018 Korean-American Music Supporter’s Association Competition, 2nd place in the 2021 Long Island Conservatory LISMA International Music Competition, winner of the 2018 Felix Khuner Competition, semifinalist in the 2020 Klein International String Competition, 1st place in the 2016 California American String Teachers Association Solo Competition, and semifinalist at the 2017 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. He has appeared on several national programs including the San Francisco International Piano Festival, the Noontime Concerts Series, and NPR’s From the Top. In addition to his solo work, Davis positively impacts his community through his participation in the Back to Bach Project that connects with local school children through interactive classical music presentations. He also was the first Klein Teaching Artist and co-designer for the Music, Mindfulness and Storytelling Program, a project that gave low-income children in San Francisco’s Chinatown an introduction to using music as an expressive language. He currently plays on a 1795 Forster cello generously on loan from the New England Conservatory.
Meet Anthony: https://youtu.be/rcnSVrEudxI
Anthony Ratinov began playing piano at the age of four under the teaching of his grandmother, Edit Ratinova, who taught at the renowned Gnessin Music School in Moscow, Russia for 45 years. Amongst Anthony’s many honors, he was a medalist at the 2022 Hilton Head Piano Competition, where he was also awarded the Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial prize (the Jury Special Prize); he also received the 1st prize at the 2021 Canada International Artists Piano Competition and the Pianists’ Award (1st prize), sponsored by Bösendorfer, at the International Summer Academy in Austria in 2021 and 2019. Anthony has performed extensively both in the United States and in Europe and has given performances at such notable venues as The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the ORF RadioKulturhaus in Vienna, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Currently Anthony is a masters student at the Yale School of Music studying with Professor Boris Berman; Anthony previously studied at Yale University, where he majored in chemical engineering and graduated with honors, in addition to studying piano with Professor Wei-Yi Yang.
Award and competition winning pianist Yuan Zhou holds a BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she won multiple times the Keyboard Division’s Sadie Zellen Piano Prize. She has studied at programs such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Piano Summer at New Paltz. Currently she is a doctoral student at the Frost School of Music. Yuan has played as a member of chamber groups over past few years, and she has had coachings with Peter Salaff (Member of Cleveland Quartet), Annie Fullard (Member of Cavani Quartet), Kathryn Brown (Head of Piano Faculty, CIM) and Anita Pontremoli (Head of Collaborative Piano Faculty, CIM). Yuan is originally from Chongqing, China, and began studying piano at age 5.