Sein An, 16, Grand Prize Winner of the 16th International Violin Competition “Remember Enescu” in Romania (May 2013), is a recipient of the Starling Violin Scholarship at Temple University Music Preparatory Center for Gifted Young Musicians which enables her to study with Prof. Eduard Schmieder, internationally renowned violin professor and conductor.
As a soloist with orchestras she has performed with the Wilmington Symphony, Temple University Symphony, and as invited soloist with North Carolina Symphony, appeared with the orchestra in five cities during 2011-12 season, playing Pablo de Sarasate Carmen Fantasy. Classical Voice North Carolina (http://cvnc.org) review called her “superbly talented”… Listeners can deservedly expect to hear a great deal more from Sein An.”
As a winner of numerous competitions, she also became a winner of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, receiving recital engagements in Southern California during 2013-2014 seasons. Sein also has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award via the NPR top-rated radio show From the Top in 2013.
Sein attended such summer programs as the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Chamber Music and the Meadowmount School of Music as a full scholarship recipient. In 2012, she attended Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, where she was one of 30 finalists selected for the final prizewinners’ concert among the 1000 participants in all three sessions of the academy that summer.
Sein is currently a sophomore of Upper Dublin High School and playing a 1921 Carl Becker violin on loan from the Colburn Collection in Los Angeles, California.
Cellist Elizabeth Lee, age 17, is a senior at Eastern High School. She began playing the cello at 8 years old and has studied with Metta Watts since age 10. In addition to cello, Elizabeth has studied piano since the age of 5. Engaged to perform with the Lansdowne and Ambler Symphony Orchestras as a winner of their young artists competitions, Elizabeth makes her solo debut this season. A student in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians program of Temple Music Prep for seven years, Elizabeth was previously a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and chamber ensembles coached by Charles Parker, Rebecca Ansel, Metta Watts, and Marvin Moon. Elizabeth plays in the Trowbridge Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jeri Lynne Johnson of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra as a recipient of the Settlement Music School Advanced Study Scholarship. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. For five consecutive years, Elizabeth has been the principal cellist of the SJBODA Orchestra and a participant in the New Jersey All-State Orchestra. Recently, she participated in the 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Orchestra held in Nashville, Tennessee. Elizabeth has played in master classes for the Johannes Quartet, among others, and attended the Luzerne Music Center and the Music in the Mountains Chamber Music Camp. President of Eastern High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, she frequently performs in school recitals, retirement homes, and church. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys singing and playing golf.
Violinist Dora von Trentini, age 17, is a senior at George School where she is an Honor student pursuing an IB Diploma. A student of Yayoi Numazawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra, she began her violin studies at the age of five with Julian Meyer, and later with Lee Snyder. In addition to violin, she has studied piano with Edward Ferdinand since age seven.
As a soloist, Dora has appeared with the Bucks County Symphony and the Newtown Chamber Orchestra. An active orchestral player as well, Dora was concertmaster of the PMEA District 11 Orchestra in 2011 and 2012 and a participant in the PMEA Orchestra Festivals up to the State level for the past three years. This April, she was selected as a member of the NAfME All-Eastern Orchestra where she placed fifth. Dora has also been a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the Temple Music Prep Center of Gifted Young Musicians program. As a recipient of the 2011-12 Settlement Music School Advanced Study Scholarship, she was a violinist of the Ann Newman String Quartet coached by Sidney Curtiss.
Dora has played in master classes held by distinguished artists: Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Marcy Rosen, Gillian Rogell, and Ida Levin, and has attended the Point CounterPoint Music Camp, Music in the Mountains Chamber Music Camp, and Blue Mountain Festival. This past summer, Dora attended the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where she was admitted to the master classes held by Paul Rozcek and Dora Schwarzberg.
Born in 1996, violinist NaYoung Yang studies violin with Dr. Ann Setzer at the Juilliard Pre-College and with Dr. Eugenia Choi. She also studies piano as a secondary instrument with Ms. Adelaide Roberts at the Pre-College. NaYoung debuted as a soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as a winner of the 2010 New York International Music Competition. She has played as a soloist with the NJIO Symphony Orchestra, the Camp Orchestra of Westminster Conservatory, and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, and appeared twice as a soloist with the Island Chamber Symphony in New York. She has performed in a few master classes including one with the legendary violinist Mr. Joseph Silverstein. She was often invited as a special guest performer in benefit concerts and winners’ concerts including the Golden Strings of America’s winners’ concert at Carnegie Hall in 2012. NaYoung has won more than 15 national and international music competitions since her first win in 2008.
NaYoung has participated in several music programs including the Great Mountain International Music Festival, the New York Youth Symphony, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival. She is currently the concertmistress of the Bravura Youth Orchestra, and a member of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, and the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra. NaYoung is a senior at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ where she is President of School News, the editor of School Yearbook, and Director of Information of the School Technology Organization.
Melody Yu is 10 years old and started to study the piano with Mrs. Nelly Berman when she was five. She is currently a devoted student of Maxim Mogilevsky and Anna Kislitsyna. She previously studied with Dr. Igor Resnianski. She debuted in the Kimmel Center for performing arts in Philadelphia at the age of six as the Platinum Prize winner of Golden Key Piano Competition. She is also the First Prize Winner of International Crescendo International Piano Competition and Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow Competition and has performed such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York. Melody is also a Winner of West Chester Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition. Melody attended premiere summer piano training program in Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2010 and had master classes with world renowned piano pedagogues. Being a Chanlan Lee Music Scholarship recipient and Nelly Berman School of Music Full Scholarship recipient for 5 Years, Melody participated in many fund-raising concerts for charity such as New York Sandy Benefit Concert. As an active chamber musician, Melody is a competitive violinist in Philadelphia Youth String Ensemble and a pianist in Nelly Berman School Chamber Music Quartet. In her spare time, Melody loves to play lacrosse, dance, read and bake. She is a captain of Reading Olympic Team at her school.