Isabella Egawa, 16, is a sophomore at Harriton High School and has been playing violin for 10 years. She currently studies with Mei-Chen Barnes. Isabella was one of the recipients of the 2016 Menges Scholarship of the Ambler Symphony Orchestra, won the 2016 Old York Road Symphony Orchestra Young Artist’s Competition, 1st place in the 2016 Tri-County Youth Festival Senior Solo Division, 2nd place in the 2015 Tri-County Youth Festival Senior Ensemble Division, and 2nd place in the 2016 Philadelphia Sinfonia Concerto Competition. She has been a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia for five years. Isabella was the assistant concertmaster of the 2016 Verbier Junior Festival Orchestra, under the baton of British conductor Daniel Harding, and second violin principal of the 2016 Verbier Junior Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk. She was also the assistant concertmaster of the 2015 PMEA District 11 Orchestra and the second violin principal of the 2016 PMEA State Orchestra. She participated in the 2017 All-National Orchestra this fall. She performs regularly at local churches and retirement centers, and teaches elementary and middle school students weekly. Isabella also enjoys playing piano, ukulele, and singing. Aside from music, she participates in Science Olympiad and plays tennis.
Alyssa Gabrilovich, age 10, is a 5th grade student at Gladwyne Elementary School. Alyssa began playing piano at the age six and a half and for the past 3 years has been studying with Dr. Igor Resnianski at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, Pennsylvania supported by Nelly Berman School of Music scholarship. In 2015 Alyssa performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their Concerto competition. She has previously won prizes at the West Chester University Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition, VII Chopin International Piano Competition (Hartford, CT), American Protégé International Piano and String Competition, and the Golden Key Festival. As a winner of the last two competitions, Alyssa has performed twice in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Along with piano, Alyssa takes voice lessons and is a member of the school choir. In her spare time Alyssa likes dancing and reading.
Charlie Liu, 15, began learning piano at age 4 and has been studying piano with Professor Ingrid Clarfield of Westminster Choir College of Rider University since 2007. He has won top prizes in multiple renowned International or National competitions, including 1st Prizes in the 2015 David Dubois Piano Competition and 2015 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, 2nd Prizes in the 2016 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition and 2016 MostArts Festival, and 3rd Prize in 7th Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition. Among his dozens of other solo competition wins are 1st place five times in the New Jersey and Massachusetts Music Teacher Associations, 1st place of Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, Gold Prize of American Fine Arts Festival, 2nd Prize of Bradshaw & Buono International Competition, etc. At age 11, Charlie made his orchestra debut with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. He has since soloed with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, MostArts Festival Orchestra, Midwest Young Artists Orchestra and will perform with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Charlie won the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Scholarship and remains the youngest ever selected by the Foundation. He set a world record at age 8 by completing a Carnegie Hall “Grand Slam” (performing in all 3 concert halls of the world-famous Carnegie Hall). Charlie performed in the Youtube Symphony Orchestra debut in the Carnegie Hall, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Oprah Winfrey Show as well as for luminaries such as Queen Rania of Jordan and Bono of U2. He also performed at other top venues across the U.S. from Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall in NY, to the Millennium Park in Chicago and the Segerstrom Concert Hall in California. Charlie is committed to helping the society and the community through his music, by initiating and organizing benefit events such as “Young Artists for Haiti” and benefit solo recitals for UI Children’s Hospital and Plainsboro Rescue Squad. He plans to create a “Rescue Music Foundation” and regularly helps out at other charity events, fundraisers and community events, bringing the joy of classical music to local schools and communities through public solo recitals. Charlie is also a recipient of the Scheide Fund and Dr. H. Korkina Scholarships and a participant of the Westminster Conservatory’s Young Artists Program. In his leisure time, Charlie enjoys a variety of video games and excelled in Math competitions. He was a travel hockey player for 8 years.
Sixteen year old senior, Sang-O Park, began studying with Martine Batmann and Blake Brasch at the age of 3, with Metta Watts of Temple Music Preparatory as a scholarship recipient at the age of 9, and, currently, with Sieun Lin of the Juilliard School. Since he joined Temple Music Preparatory for Gifted Young Musicians at the age of 6, he has been the Principal Cellist of and soloist with the Classic Strings and Chamber Players Orchestras. Sang-O has been invited to Novosibirsk, Russia for the Ninth International Young Tchaikovsky Competition and has won the Vivace String Competition, the Ambler Symphony Menges Scholarship, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition. He was also a winner of the 2015 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music, won honorable mentions at the Old York Symphony Competition and MTNA Pennsylvania State Competition, and will be performing with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra in the 2016-17 season. He has played for many, including Lynn Harrell, Orlando Cole, HaiYe Ni, and John Koen, and performed at various venues, such as Temple University Performing Arts Center and the Nicholas Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago. As an active chamber musician, he has also played in numerous ensembles, including the Philadelphia premier of the Mazellier Quartet. In addition to concerts and competitions, Sang-O is taking rigorous academic courses, is the director of his student run chamber ensemble and the Principal Cellist at Harriton High School, is an active member of his nationally recognized Science Olympiad team, tutors music to low income children, swims for the school varsity team, writes for the school newspaper, and volunteers at hospitals and cancer research facilities.
Jason Vassiliou, a senior at Conestoga High School in Berwyn PA, has studied violin since age 4 and has been a student of Hirono Oka for the past 6 years. He has been a member of local music groups including Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, as Concertmaster, Braverman String Quartet as a Settlement Music School Advanced Study Scholarship recipient, Temple U. Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra (YCO) and two quartets, as a Special Violin Scholarship and as a Starling Scholarship recipient. As well as soloing with Ambler Symphony (2017), Jason has soloed, as a competition winner, with Symphony in C (2015), Delaware County Symphony (2015), Old York Road Symphony (2016), Temple Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra (2016), and Temple Music Prep Chamber Players (2012), and the Moscow Ballet (2015). In 2015 he was a Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition Finalist. In the summer of 2016, Jason was a concertmaster with the National Youth Orchestra – USA on the European Tour conducted Valery Gergiev, as well as principal second violin during the summer of 2015, conducted by Charles Dutoit on their seven city tour of China. Jason has also participated in Aspen Music Festival. Jason has been Concertmaster of his high school Orchestra, participated on Academic Competition Team, and has published poems in the high school Literary Magazine, The Folio.