2019 Chamber Music Fellows

Pre-Formed Ensembles   |   Strings   |   Winds   |   Brass   |   Piano   |   Composition


PRE-FORMED ENSEMBLES

The THALEA STRING QUARTET (Christopher Whitley violin, Kumiko Sakamoto violin, Luis Bellorín viola, Titilayo Ayangade cello) is dedicated to bringing timeless music to audiences from all walks of life. From living rooms to concert stages around the world, the Thalea String Quartet aims to connect with audiences on a musical, emotional, and personal level, from first time listeners to string quartet aficionados. They are devoted to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music through innovative programming and community engagement. The Thalea String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and China, and has appeared in a number of world-famous concert halls, including the Kennedy Center, Massey Hall, and Weill Hall. The Thalea String Quartet were top prize winners at both the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2018 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2015-17 and were recently named the Young Professional String Quartet at the Butler School of Music, where they study with the highly acclaimed Miró Quartet (Norfolk ’98). They also serve as Associated Artists at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel for the 2018/19 season, where they are mentored by the Artemis Quartet. They are managed in North America by Lisa Sapinkopf Artists. | thaleastringquartet.com 

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound, and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the VIANO STRING QUARTET won Third Prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition along with the Sidney Griller award for best performance of the compulsory work, Thomas Adès The Four Quarters, and the Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn string quartet. The Quartet was formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and have since performed with world-class musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Elisso Virsaladze, Paul Coletti, and Martin Beaver. As firm believers in community engagement, in recent years the quartet has participated in the “Play It Forward” Residency in Bellingham, WA, a residency at the North Michigan University, and repeat performances of “Over the Top,” a Musical Encounter Interactive performance for thousands of children in Los Angeles. Highlights of the upcoming 2019-20 season include the quartet’s debut at the Schneider Concert Series at The New School in NYC and the Vancouver Chamber Music Society. The Quartet works primarily with Martin Beaver, Clive Greensmith, and Arnold Steinhardt, and will be the Quartet-in-Residence at the Colburn Conservatory beginning in fall 2019. The Viano String Quartet won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Third Prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017. |  Louise Willson Scholarship | vianostringquartet.com


STRINGS

Cellist JOHN BELK is going into his third year as a master’s student at Rice University, where he studies with Desmond Hoebig. He recently performed the Walton Cello Concerto with The Orchestra Now led by Leon Botstein. He has had the opportunity to collaborate with distinguished musicians and composers including Peter Serkin, David Shifrin, and Joan Tower. Belk completed bachelor’s degrees in music performance and computer science at the Bard College Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Wiley. When he’s not practicing, Belk can usually be found spending time with his extremely lazy and extremely lovable golden retriever Hobbes. | Clement Clarke Moore Scholarship

Originally from Philadelphia, CLARE BRADFORD has studied cello since the age of four. She enjoyed her first solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the age of seven, and since then has appeared in chamber and solo performances in Alice Tully Hall, The Guggenheim, Heinz Hall, Jordan Hall, the Kimmel Center, and the Tobin Center. Bradford has spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Kyoto International Music Festival. Bradford received her Bachelor of Music in cello performance at New England Conservatory and has recently completed her master’s degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Joel Krosnick. | Aldo And Elizabeth Parisot Scholarship In Memory Of Harris Goldsmith | clarebradford.com 

TIFFANY CHANG, age 20, is currently studying at the New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried. Born in Arizona, Chang began playing the violin at the age of three after seeing her older brother playing the instrument. She has been a prize winner for various state competitions as well as concerto competitions at summer festivals. In addition to competing, Chang was a member of Music For Cure, a volunteer club at her high school where she performed hour-long concerts with her classmates at local senior homes. Outside of music, she enjoys binging her favorite shows and going to the gym. | Clement Clarke Moore Scholarship 

HUDSON YE-HYUNG CHUNG, born in Jerusalem into a Korean family, began playing the violin at age six, and at 12, made his debut with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Israel’s fifth president, Itzhak Navon, became Chung’s patron for his studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Chung appeared with the Sejong Soloists in 2009, for its 10 Annual Benefit Concert alongside with guest artist, Gil Shaham. He has won first place awards in the Israeli-American Foundation Sharett scholarship program (Tel Aviv, 2006); Kukmin Daily News, (Seoul); Youngsan Young Artist (Seoul); and New York International Music Competitions. Having studied at The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, he currently studies with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. 

Violist BETHANY HARGREAVES has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician across North America, China, Europe, and Israel. Hargreaves has participated in festivals including the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, and Taos School of Music. She has collaborated in concert with Itzhak Perlman, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Hargreaves is a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and regularly collaborates with the New York Classical Players and Noree Chamber Soloists. She has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Ms. Hargreaves is currently studying at the Yale School of Music with Ettore Causa. | Sponsored By James And Nancy Remis

South Korean violinist IN-AE LEE began studying the violin at the age of five. She has since then been the winner of many competitions including the CBS Broadcast Music Competition, International Violin Competition of the Music Association of Korea, and the Haydn International Competition. Lee has participated in masterclasses by Cho-Liang Lin, Mikhail Kopelman, Stefan Milenkovich, and Kyung Sun Lee. She has collaborated in chamber concerts with distinguished artists such as the Escher Quartet, Andres Diaz, Chee Yun Kim, Ignace Jang, and the Sejong Soloists. Lee is currently pursuing Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School with Hyo Kang. 

HAERIM OH, a nineteen-year-old violinist from Daejeon, South Korea, started playing when she was four. Oh has participated in many violin competitions both domestically and internationally. She has won several prizes including first place in Ewha Music Competition Violin Section and fifth pace at in Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition (Korea). She has performed with Bucheon Symphony Orchestra (Korea) and has held individual recitals at the Seoul Kumho Art Hall. Oh has participated in many festivals such as the SUMMIT Music Festival, the Lienzo Norte Music Festival (Spain) and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She is currently studying at New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried.

TOMSEN SU, cellist, is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree under the guidance of Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School of Music. His current records in life include eating two medium Domino’s pizzas in one sitting and playing over 60 hours of Smash Ultimate on the week of its release. An avid chamber musician, Tomsen has attended the Taos School of Music and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival. Tomsen performs on a Carl Becker cello generously on loan from the Colburn Collection and a Giovanni Lucchi bow from the Maestro Foundation. 

The THALEA STRING QUARTET (Christopher Whitley violin, Kumiko Sakamoto violin, Luis Bellorín viola, Titilayo Ayangade cello) is dedicated to bringing timeless music to audiences from all walks of life. From living rooms to concert stages around the world, the Thalea String Quartet aims to connect with audiences on a musical, emotional, and personal level, from first time listeners to string quartet aficionados. They are devoted to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music through innovative programming and community engagement. The Thalea String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and China, and has appeared in a number of world-famous concert halls, including the Kennedy Center, Massey Hall, and Weill Hall. The Thalea String Quartet were top prize winners at both the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2018 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2015-17 and were recently named the Young Professional String Quartet at the Butler School of Music, where they study with the highly acclaimed Miró Quartet (Norfolk ’98). They also serve as Associated Artists at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel for the 2018/19 season, where they are mentored by the Artemis Quartet. They are managed in North America by Lisa Sapinkopf Artists. | thaleastringquartet.com

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound, and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the VIANO STRING QUARTET won Third Prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition along with the Sidney Griller award for best performance of the compulsory work, Thomas Adès The Four Quarters, and the Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn string quartet. The Quartet was formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and have since performed with world-class musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Elisso Virsaladze, Paul Coletti, and Martin Beaver. As firm believers in community engagement, in recent years the quartet has participated in the “Play It Forward” Residency in Bellingham, WA, a residency at the North Michigan University, and repeat performances of “Over the Top,” a Musical Encounter Interactive performance for thousands of children in Los Angeles. Highlights of the upcoming 2019-20 season include the quartet’s debut at the Schneider Concert Series at The New School in NYC and the Vancouver Chamber Music Society. The Quartet works primarily with Martin Beaver, Clive Greensmith, and Arnold Steinhardt, and will be the Quartet-in-Residence at the Colburn Conservatory beginning in fall 2019. The Viano String Quartet won the Silver Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Third Prize at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017. |  Louise Willson Scholarship | vianostringquartet.com

SHUHAN WANG was born in Nanjing, China. At the age of 12 she enrolled at Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a violist under the tutelage of Professor Li Sheng. A keen chamber musician, Wang was a participant of ‘Music Prodigy Search’ program at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. She also attended the Chamber Music Art Week Invitational competition of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. At this performance she received a prize as part of the Phoenix Quartet. In the fall of 2018, Wang began her Bachelor of Music degree studies at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Professor Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Amory.

CHERRY CHOI TUNG YEUNG, a 22-year-old Hong Kong born violinist, is currently studying at The Juilliard School with Ida Kavafian. She has been admitted to the highly selective accelerated program, where she will finish both the bachelor’s and master’s programs in only four years. She recently won a position in the San Diego Symphony and at has been admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. Yeung has received numerous awards including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, The Juilliard School Violin Concerto Competition, New York Philharmonic Global Academy Competition, among others. | Sponsored By David Low And Dominique Lahaussois 


WINDS

Praised by the Huffington Post for her “lithe and penetrating line,” SARRAH BUSHARA is an oboe performance student of Richard Woodhams and a composition student of David Ludwig at the Curtis Institute of Music. A native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Bushara has won prizes in competitions locally, nationally, and internationally. She was a member of the 2015 and 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, performing multi-city tours of China and Europe. Other recent summer engagements include the Cuban American Youth Orchestra, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival. Bushara currently serves as co-principal oboe of the Curtis Symphony orchestra and as a substitute oboist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. | Paul And Susan Hawkshaw Scholarship 

JORDAN DINKINS completed her undergraduate degree at the Peabody Institute in May 2019 as a student of Denise Tryon. She was a finalist in the 2018 International Horn Society Solo Competition and was awarded honorable mention in the Yamaha Young Artist Competition. An avid chamber musician, Dinkins was a member of Aeris Brass and Zenith Winds, both named Peabody Honor Ensembles. She has studied chamber music with Josef Burgstaller, Seth Knopp, and Michael Kannen, and has worked with the Jupiter String Quartet.

Iranian-American flutist, AMIR HOSHANG FARSI, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started flute at the age of 14 and received his bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory and his master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Farsi was the former second flute of the Washington Chamber Orchestra, principal flute of Occasional Symphony and has taught several clinics around the Bay Area. He has also performed under the prolific conductors such as Marin Alsop, David Robertson, Peter Oundjian, Leon Fleisher, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Farsi’s primary flute teachers are renowned soloists Ransom Wilson and Marina Piccinini. | Sponsored By Sukey Wagner

An Iowa native, ELENI KATZ is studying at the Yale School of Music for her master’s degree, under the mentorship of Frank Morelli. This year she was a semifinalist in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition under Professor Marc Vallon. In Katz’s free time she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, and cooking with friends. Katz has also attended the IMANI and Madeline Island Chamber Music Festivals, the Brevard Music Center, Chautauqua Institution, and played with the National Repertory Orchestra this past summer. Eleni received a Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 

From The Woodlands, TX, SCOTT LEGER is a first-year Horn Fellow at the New World Symphony. In addition to performances in Miami Beach at the New World Center, Leger has performed with the Omaha Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He enjoys performing in a variety of capacities including as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral ensembles. As an arranger Leger seeks to adapt old repertoire, shaping them for new ensembles and audiences. He received his Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and his Bachelor of Music in music education and performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. | scottlegerhorn.com 

Born in Qingdao, China, ZHENWEI LI received his Bachelor of Music from the Shanghai Conservatory where he studied clarinet with Professor Zhao Zengmao, graduated from the Curtis Institute in 2017. Li is now pursuing a master’s degree at the Boyer College of Music under the guidance of Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Li has won the second prize of the Hong Kong International Clarinet Competition and China Golden Bell Music Competition — the highest award in the Chinese music world — and placed first in the Hong Kong Chamber Music Competition in 2017. Li has performed with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Opera, and in 2018 joined the Philadelphia Orchestra’s sub-list. | Sponsored By Katherine Moore 

Originally from Boston Massachusetts, GABRIEL MAIRSON is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Yale University. A student of William Purvis, Mairson has also studied with Denys Derome and John Zirbel of the Montreal Symphony. A winner of McGill University’s chamber music competition, Gabriel and his woodwind quintet took part in a week-long residency at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. This is his first summer at Norfolk where he is excited to continue exploring chamber music repertoire and studies with William Purvis. In his spare time, Mairson enjoys long distance biking and baking bread. 

Oboist HYUNGJU OH, born in Seoul, Korea, is currently in her second year of a master’s program at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Stephen Taylor. She has performed as a piri (Korean double reed instrument) soloist and has served as a substitute oboist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra. While she was an undergraduate student at Korea National University of Arts, Oh performed with the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra as a rotating section member. 

EMMA RESMINI is Principal Flute of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She has soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony. She was an NPR Performance Today Young Artist in Residence. She is pursuing a Master of Music at The Juilliard School as a proud Kovner Fellow, and her bachelor’s degree is from the Curtis Institute of Music. Resmini is an avid cook and crossfitter, and an affirmed “crazy dog lady,” with the goal of one day filling her life with as many dogs as can fit in the house. | emmaresmini.com 

Bassoonist ANDREW SLEDGE is currently pursuing a Master of Music at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Frank Morelli. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he studied with Peter Kolkay and Laura Hauser, and received the Vanderbilt Founder’s Medal for highest honors of his class. A passionate educator, Sledge serves as a teaching artist in the New Haven Public Schools through the Music in Schools Initiative. When not playing the bassoon, Sledge can be found honing his Guitar Hero technique. 

ZIQI YUE, clarinet, is currently pursuing her master’s degree with David Shifrin at Yale School of Music. Yue graduated from the Mannes School of Music under the professional study diploma program with Charles Neidich. In the July 2016, she was invited by the Harbin Old Synagogue Concert Hall to perform a solo recital. In 2015, she was invited by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore) to play a concert led by Jason Lai. Yue studied at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music with Professor Yue Ma, principal clarinet of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She was the first prize winner of 2014/2015 conservatory concerto competition.


BRASS

JORDAN DINKINS completed her undergraduate degree at the Peabody Institute in May 2019 as a student of Denise Tryon. She was a finalist in the 2018 International Horn Society Solo Competition and was awarded honorable mention in the Yamaha Young Artist Competition. An avid chamber musician, Dinkins was a member of Aeris Brass and Zenith Winds, both named Peabody Honor Ensembles. She has studied chamber music with Josef Burgstaller, Seth Knopp, and Michael Kannen, and has worked with the Jupiter String Quartet.

From The Woodlands, TX, SCOTT LEGER is a first-year Horn Fellow at the New World Symphony. In addition to performances in Miami Beach at the New World Center, Leger has performed with the Omaha Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He enjoys performing in a variety of capacities including as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral ensembles. As an arranger Leger seeks to adapt old repertoire, shaping them for new ensembles and audiences. He received his Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and his Bachelor of Music in music education and performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. | scottlegerhorn.com 

Originally from Boston Massachusetts, GABRIEL MAIRSON is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Yale University. A student of William Purvis, Mairson has also studied with Denys Derome and John Zirbel of the Montreal Symphony. A winner of McGill University’s chamber music competition, Gabriel and his woodwind quintet took part in a week-long residency at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. This is his first summer at Norfolk where he is excited to continue exploring chamber music repertoire and studies with William Purvis. In his spare time, Mairson enjoys long distance biking and baking bread. 

Trumpeter MELISSA MUÑOZ, from San Antonio, Texas, is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music. She served as a boat musician for The Contemporary Austin, performing with a brass quintet that sailed down Lake Marina at sunset. As a member of the 5 O’Clock Brass Quintet, she was featured on Bernstein’s Mass with the University of Texas Wind Symphony. Melissa commissioned a trio for trumpet, marimba, and xylophone in 2017 and takes a keen interest in brass and percussion collaborations. Melissa loves spending time outdoors biking, hiking, and taking long walks on the beach.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, two-time marathon finisher ERIC RIZZO began playing piano at age three and trumpet at age nine. Holding degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Yale School of Music, Eric is now an active freelance musician throughout New England. He has performed at the Eastern Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, One World Symphonic Festival, and will soon be attending the Lake George Music Festival. A passion for travel has also led him to perform on three continents.  

A native of Kenosha, WI, WILLIAM WORTLEY attended the Eastman School of Music earning his Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate studying with Mark Kellogg and Larry Zalkind, and earned his Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music while studying with Scott Hartman. Wortley has been a member of chamber groups that have been laureates of the American Trombone Workshop, ITEC Chamber Competition, as well as semifinalists in the M-Prize competition. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Charleston Symphony and the Syracuse Symphoria. In his spare time, Wortley enjoys playing sports and reading.

AIDAN ZIMMERMANN currently studies tuba performance at the Yale School of Music. Originally from The Woodlands, TX, Zimmermann hopes to one day return to Texas to teach music and eat delicious BBQ. Aidan has held artist residency at the Banff Centre in Canada with the Stamps Brass Quintet, his former brass quintet. He has performed with local orchestras such as New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, The Orchestra Now, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Bard Symphony, and more. On his free time, Aidan enjoys lifting weights, discovering new podcasts to binge, cross country road-trips, and maintaining a craft beer blog. | aidanzimmermann.com


PIANO

MICHAEL DAVIDMAN started piano lessons at five years old at the Greenwich House Music School, from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music, conducting with Jonathan Strasser (2009-2015), and conducting with David Gilbert (2013-2015). Davidman is presently studying piano with Robert McDonald at Curtis Institute of Music. As soloist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphonicity, and Monterey Symphony, Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra, West Point Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Summit Music Festival Orchestra, and Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. Davidman completed his fourth and final year of The Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship program. | 2006 Centenary Committee Scholarship | pianistmichael.instantencore.com/web/home.aspx 

Born in Tamsui, Taiwan, pianist PO-WEI GER is currently studying at the Yale School of Music with Melvin Chen. He studied with Ming-Hui Lin in Taiwan before coming to United State to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music with Solomon Mikowsky. As a soloist Ger has performed with orchestras such as the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He also loves chamber music and has performed in numerous venues, including a masterclass with Gilbert Kalish at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Outside of music Ger loves to cook, despite his friends’ often concern over the final product. | Sponsored By John Garrels And Anne Garrels 

Pianist HILDA HUANG became the first American to win the first prize in the 2014 Leipzig International Bach Competition. Her performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and more recently Ludwig van Beethoven have been hailed for achieving “philosophical depths” (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung) and for possession an “alluring extroversion” (New York Concert Review). Huang studies with Melvin Chen at the Yale School of Music, where she will begin her Master of Musical Arts degree in the fall of 2019. She is in the process of recording her debut solo album, Hilda Huang Plays Bach, and is a 2019 Soros Fellow. | hildahuang.com 


COMPOSITION

GRANT LUHMANN‘S work explores the intersection of his interests in composition, music technology, and performance. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by oboist Roger Roe of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (MN), and the Confluss Duo in venues ranging from National Sawdust in NYC to the Château de Fontainebleau in France and the Sjundy Castle in Finland. | John And Astrid Baumgardner Scholarship | grantluhmann.com

TANNER PORTER is a composer-performer from California. In her “original art songs that are by turns seductive and confessional” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker), Porter’s passion for storytelling manifests in her setting of original poetry. Her love for the cross-mingling of art forms often brings her to incorporate her own artwork and animations into scores and performances. Porter received a Bachelor of Music in composition from the University of Michigan, and is pursuing a Master of Music in composition from the Yale School of Music. Upcoming commissions include works for Albany Symphony, the chamber ensemble Conduit, and the New York Youth Symphony. | John And Astrid Baumgardner Scholarship | tannerporter.com