Students - 2014
Aaron Baker, cello, is a double major at Oberlin College, studying cello with Amir Eldan and Art History. He has attended festivals at Montecito, the Mannes School of Music, and Bowdoin. As a winner of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, he performed Haydn's D major Cello Concerto with the Youth Symphony in 2012, and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations in Chicago in 2013. In addition to his cello studies, Aaron is pursuing a minor in viola da gamba performance with Catharina Meints.
Jae Young Bea, violin, served as principal of the Seoul Arts School Chamber Orchestra in performances at Harvard University, MIT, New England Conservatory and at University of Texas, Austin. Jae Young is the recipient of the Seoul City Prize for Young Artists and an award in the Korea Young Artists Competition. She recently won second prize in the Strad Magazine Competition and was featured in a Strad Music article.
Jae Young Bea is currently a Bachelor's Degree candidate and scholarship recipient at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with Lucie Robert.
Wanting Cheng, piano, began her studies with Zhiwei Zhang at the Middle School Affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music at age 11. She is the recipient of a full scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where she has been studying with Jeffrey Cohen since 2013. Wanting Cheng was a runner-up in the 2nd "Cadanza Cup" National Piano Competition, and placed fifth in the 2nd International Piano Competition in Changchun, China.
Christine Choi, violin, began her studies at age 7. She has received numerous awards: Menuhin-Dowling Young Musicians Award, 2nd prize and the Lawrence Bedini Scholarship at the Stewart Brady Competition, the Janet Spoor Achievement Award Fellowship, and top honors at the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and Union City Young Artist Competition. Ms. Choi was accepted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at age 8, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree as an Honorary Distinction student and recipient of the Ruth and Jo Blackmore Scholarship. She graduated with her Masters of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Lucie Robert. Ms. Choi is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Boston University, studying with Bayla Keyes. This is Ms. Choi's second year at Duxbury Music Festival. Last year she placed second in the DMF Competitions.
Caroline Cox, violin, is a graduate of East Carolina University with a double major in violin and piano performance. She studied violin with Ara Gregorian and piano with Keiko Sekino. She was selected to perform in the ECU Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival: Next Generation Series several times. Caroline won the ECU Concerto Competition and the Durham Symphony Orchestra and Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competitions. In 2012, Caroline represented North Carolina in the Music Teachers National Association Competition in New York, winning first place in the Young Artist Collegiate String Division. She was one of the six finalists chosen to compete in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Competition in Houston, Texas. Ms. Cox earned a Master's Degree from Mannes College of Music in Violin Performance. She will continue her studies next year as a doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Lucie Robert. Her former teachers include Ara Gregorian and Keiko Sekino. Ms. Cox won First Prize in the 2013 Duxbury Music Festival Chamber Competition.
Caty Dalton, viola, began her studies at the age of five. She is currently working toward a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance, and studies under Rita Porfiris at the Hartt School of Music.
Jacob Efthimiou, cello, studies with Amir Eldan at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2013, he toured in the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev. He also performed as principal cellist of the Empire State Youth Orchestra during a concert tour of China and South Korea in the summer of 2012. Jacob has been the winner of several competitions and awards, including the Lois Lyman Concerto Competition, and the New York Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition. He was the third-prize winner of the Anthony R. Stefan Scholarship Competition in the spring of 2012, and has been featured on WSKG's "Expressions" Series.
Michael Crowley, piano, has won various prizes including The Patricia Bellingham Memorial Scholarship, The Claire Simpson Therrien Prize, and The Eastern CT Arts Council Concerto Competition. As a graduate student, Michael attends The Manhattan School of Music in New York City, studying with Jeffrey Cohen. He attained his Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT, with President's Honors. In addition to performing, Michael has been a researcher for Alan Walker, and maintains an active piano studio in New York City.
Wenjie Jia, began studying piano at age 5 in China. At age 10, she was the 1st prize winner in the State Piano Competition of Shandong Province. In 1998, she won 1st prize in her audition for The Tianjin Music School and started to study under Professor Wei Li. Wenjie won second prize in the Open group and the Chopin group in the 14th (Asia) Piano Competition in 2007. In 2008 Ms. Jia entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a student of Professor Yun Sun. In 2012, Ms. Jia received a scholarship from Manhattan School of Music to study with Jeffrey Cohen for the Master of Music Degree.
Chaeyeon Lim, violin, was born in Seoul, South Korea. She began to learn to play violin at the age of 12. She attended the College of Music at Yonsei University, Seoul, where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. She participated in competitions such as 'Eumack Chunchu' and 'Music Education Newspaper,' and placed 3rd in both competitions in Korea. In 2012, she moved to New York City to continue her studies. She is currently studying with Ms. Laurie Smukler at the Manhattan School of Music.
Rachel Mills, cello, is a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Amir Eldan. A native of Rochester, NY, she previously studied with Kathleen Kemp at the Hochstein School of Music. Rachel has been awarded numerous honors, including the Rochester Philharmonic League Young Artist Audition's Albright Award and Aldridge-Tinker Scholarship. She appeard as a soloist with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Penfield Symphony Orchestra. In addition to solo studies, Rachel is active teaching. This past winter she participated in a collaborative program with the National Concert Association of Panama, performing and teaching cello, bass, and chamber music at el Campamento Musical Juvenil de Panama.
Matthew Norman, viola, is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Viola Performance at the Hartt School of Music on a Merit Scholarship. He has worked with many of the top violists in America including Daniel Panner, Susan Gulkis Assadi, and Rebecca Young. His current principal instructor is Rita Porfiris.
Mary Scripko, viola, a native of Southeastern Pennsylvania, began playing the viola at the age of nine. She earned her B.M in Viola Performance at The Hartt School studying with Rita Porfiris and Steve Larson, and recently finished her M.M. at Pennsylvania State University studying with Tim Deighton. Mary's past teachers include Marvin Moon and David Nicastro. She is very interested in promoting new works for the viola in chamber ensembles, and has given several world premieres by local composers. Mary is a member of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra.
Hyun Joon Shin, violin, received his Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Temple University. He earned a Master's Degree in Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Lucie Robert. Hyun Joon will continue his studies at Rutgers University for an Artist Diploma.
David Skrill, cello, began his musical studies at the piano at age six, and first picked up the cello at age 11. He began cello lessons at age 13, and is entering his third year as a double degree student at Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Amir Eldan. He has played in master classes with Brian Manker and Anthony Arnone, as well as the Borromeo and Henschel Quartets. In the past he has attended the Orford Summer Academy and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Hanna Song, piano, studied at Boston Conservatory with Jung-Ja Kim, where she received her Master's Degree in 2014. Afterwards, she was admitted to Shiele Kibbe's class at Boston University School of Music as a member of the Doctor of Musical Arts program with a CFA music scholarship and a graduate assistantship. Hanna has won top prizes at many competitions: 1st prize at Korea Music Scholarship Foundation Competition, Saejong Arts and Cultural Committee Competition, and Korea Mozart Orchestra Competition in Seoul, and 3rd prize in the Korea International Piano Association Competition in Seoul.
Shih Ting Wu, piano, was born in Taiwan, and started to study piano at age 5. She has also studied percussion and viola. She is pursuing a Masters Degree at Boston Conservatory, studying with Dr. Jonathan Bass. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the National Taiwan University of Arts.
Nikita Zabinski, piano, has been studying piano since age four. He studies with Dr. Jonathan Bass, Chair of the Piano Department at Boston Conservatory. He graduated from the RI Philharmonic Music School in 2012. Nikita was awarded first runner-up in the RI Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2009. He earned first place in the Mary K. Hail Piano Scholarship Competition at The Music Mansion in Providence, in June, 2011. Nikita has performed concerts for charities including a Benefit Concert for the International Chamber Music Festival and Institute at the Center for the Performing Arts, St. Marks School and a Solo Piano Recital to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Nikita is also an experienced ensemble musician and performed Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens and Concerto Grosso No.8 by Corelli, as the soloist alongside the RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Nikita is employed at Lime Rock Baptist Church as the Organist and Music Director.
Lina Zhao, violin, is a Bachelor of Music Degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Ms. Lucie Robert. She participated in DMF 2012.