November 3rd Concert
Laura Navasardian, Cello
Laura was born on December 6, 2003 in New York City. She started playing the cello at the age of six, studying with Vladimir Panteleev. Laura is a ninth-grade student at the Professional Children’s School in New York City and is currently a in her second year at the Juilliard Pre-College in the class of Clara Kim.
In 2014 Laura won the first prize at Cremona International Music Competition in Italy. She is also the first prize-winner at the 2016 New York Music Competition as well as winner of the 2016 Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria. She has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a guest performer and winner of American Fine Arts Festival. She performed on numerous occasions at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York; Auditoriums Museo Del Violino with the Festival Orchestra in Cremona, and Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
In July of 2016 Laura participated in Euro Arts Music Festival in Halle, Germany, and in 2017 in Todi International Music Academy in Italy - on both occasions, in the class of Professor Suren Bagratuni. In 2017 Laura won the Grand Prize at the International Grand Music Competition in New York City and became a semi-finalist at the X International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan.
As a winner of the Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition, Laura performed a concerto with Kaufman Music Center Orchestra at Merkin Hall in 2018, conducted by Nathan Hetherington and also appeared with 92Y School of Music Orchestra under conductor Tomo Matsuo, at the Y92 Centennial concert in New York City.
Laura has attended master classes with Maestro David Geringas at Buchenau, Germany, and subsequently performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in Berlin, with Mr Geringas conducting. In summers of 2018 and 2019, she attended the Perlman Music Program. In December of 2018, won the top prize at the Great Composers Competition for the best performance of Kabalevsky cello concerto. On June 14, 2019, Laura performed as a soloist with Boston Pops at the Boston Symphony Hall, conductor Maestro Jacomo Bairos. In her spare time, Laura likes skiing and swimming but above all she loves cooking.
Ciana Meyers, Violin
Ciana Meyers is a Tenth grader at Special Music School NYC, which she entered in the sixth grade as a student of Lynelle Smith. Ciana currently studies with violinist and composer Andrii Didorenko and has performed a number of his works for violin and piano at Kaufman Center's annual Contemporary Music Festival in Merkin Hall. Ciana's approach to music making and her other great passion writing, are informed by her Irish cultural roots. In August 2019 Ciana was invited to perform in the Opening Concert for Heritage Week in Ireland's Blasket Island Cultural Center where she presented works for violin and piano and her own original poetry. In the same month she performed Vivaldi's concerto in a minor for 2 violins with the LMFL Chamber Orchestra under Richard Crabtree at Llandovery College in Wales, UK. Ciana is an experienced chamber musician who performs regularly in a duo with her sister, pianist Órla Meyers and with friends and colleagues in Kaufman Center's annual Chamber Music Festival.
Connor Tsui, Cello
Cellist Connor Tsui is currently in 12th grade at Trinity School NYC. He is in the pre-college program at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Ole Akahoshi. Connor has won many competitions, including first prize in the American Protégé International Competitions and the Cremona International Music Competition twice. This summer he won the concerto competition at Vancouver Symphony Institute and performed with University of British Columbia chamber orchestra. In July 2019, he won the regional round of the Osaka International Competition in Weyer, Austria. Connor placed 2nd in the Concert Artist Interncellist Connor Tsui is currently in 12th grade at Trinity School NYC. He is in the pre-college program at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Ole Akahoshi. Connor has won many competitions, including first prize in the American Protégé International Competitions and the Cremona International Music Competition twice. This summer he won the concerto competition at Vancouver Symphony Institute and performed with University of British Columbia chamber orchestra. In July 2019, he won the regional round of the Osaka International Competition in Weyer, Austria. Connor placed 2nd in the Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition with a performance at Weill Hall in March 2019, he also placed 2nd in the best performances of Kabalevsky, Dvorak, & Shostakovich Great Composers Competitions, and 3rd at NY International Competition for Young Artists in 2019. He was a finalist in the 2018 Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition, and the 2017 Lyra Youth Music Concerto Competition. In the summer of 2013, Connor made his orchestral debut at age 10 with the National Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev. Connor sang for 5 years with the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus and made his debut with the NY Philharmonic in December 2014 as a boy soprano soloist. Connor plays the piano, is on the water polo team at school and enjoys conducting, fencing, robotics and traveling.ational Virtuoso Competition with a performance at Weill Hall in March 2019, he also placed 2nd in the best performances of Kabalevsky, Dvorak, & Shostakovich Great Composers Competitions, and 3rd at NY International Competition for Young Artists in 2019. He was a finalist in the 2018 Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition, and the 2017 Lyra Youth Music Concerto Competition. In the summer of 2013, Connor made his orchestral debut at age 10 with the National Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev. Connor sang for 5 years with the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus and made his debut with the NY Philharmonic in December 2014 as a boy soprano soloist. Connor plays the piano, is on the water polo team at school and enjoys conducting, fencing, robotics and traveling.
Julia Jones, Violin
Julia Jones is a 15-year old violinist from New York City. She started to take her violin lessons with Viktor Basis at the age of 5 at the Kaufman Music Center. At an early age Julia became a top prize winner of many international competitions. Julia attended various music festivals in Europe and the United States. She performed at Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Ann Goodman Hall, National Bastille Opera, Paris. Julia participated at masterclasses with Dmitri Berlinsky, Felix Andrievsky, Vadim Gluzman, Cathrine Cho, alma Vamos, Shlomo Mintz, Sungsic Yang, Cihat Askin, Sonig Tchakerian, Li Lin, Itzhak Perlman, Natalia Likhopoi, Viktor Tretiakov, Cho-Liang Lin. In the summer of 2018, Julia joined The Perlman Music Program. In 2018 -2019, she became a recipient of a merit scholarship from Kaufman Music Center.
Alessandra Yang, Viola
Fifteen-year-old violist Alessandra Yang is from Philadelphia and began on violin at age four, switching to viola when she was eleven. She is currently a student at Friends Select School and studies at Juilliard Pre-College with Carol Rodland. Previous teachers include Kerri Ryan (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Gerry Rice. Alessandra has performed as part of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, Temple University Pre-College Orchestra, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, and Musicopia String Orchestra, as well as in chamber groups at Juilliard and Temple University pre-colleges. In 2018 she performed in Boston's Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, and in recent years she has attended both Greenwood Music Camp and Kinhaven Music School. She has a keen interest in mathematics and is an avid cook.
Yesong Sophie Lee, Violin
Since winning the First Prize at the 2016 Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in London at the age of 12, violinist Yesong Sophie Lee has been “quickly building an international following as an emerging young virtuoso of outstanding potential” (The Violin Channel). Lee has been described as “…ooz[ing] confidence and ability, both musical and technical” (Early Music Reviews, London) whose “playing was silk-toned, notable especially for the intensity it maintained (The Guardian, London) “… and a real homage to Menuhin in the way her vibrato extended seamlessly from note to note…”(The Telegraph, London), “Her seriousness and density of expression is amazing… In any case, a huge talent” (Kultur Radio, Berlin).
She has gone on to perform with numerous orchestras, including the London Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin’s Konzerthaus Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Milan’s Orchestre des Cameristi de la Scala, the Seattle Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony, to name a few. She performed Bach’s Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Richmond Symphony, and also performed Duo Gemini with Henning Kraggereud at Victoria Hall. She has performed in festivals in Gstaad, Geneva, Kronberg, Warsaw, Cheltenham, Gower, Oundle, Harrogate, and in major cities from Honolulu to New York City, in the USA. She also gave a concert tour of the UK, where she played for Prince Charles.
In the 2019-2020 season, some of Ms. Lee’s concerts include the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Orchestre des Cameristi de la Scala de Milan, Beethoven Concerto with the Bremerton Symphony, the two Beethoven Romances with the Calgary Philharmonic, and recitals at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan, and the Resonance Masters’ Series in Seattle. Recently, she received Salon de Virtuosi’s ‘Charlotte White’ Career Grant, and will be performing at the Salon’s Gala Awards Concert at The Kosciuszko Foundation.
Her early achievements include receiving the Composer’s Award at the Menuhin Competition for her performance of the newly commissioned work, Shpigl, by Oscar Colomina i Bosch, winning First Prize in MTNA’s 2015 National Junior Strings Competition at age 11, and making her solo debut with the Seattle Symphony at age 8. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, and also played at their fundraiser concert in Boston.
Adam Jackson, Piano
Adam Jackson, aged 16, was born in the UK to a Polish mother and a British father. He began piano studies at the age of 7 and made his orchestral debut at 10 as winner of the Symphony of Westchester Concerto Competition. Adam has performed with orchestras in Europe and the US including the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio in Poznan, Poland, the Siletz Bay Festival Orchestra in Oregon, the New York Chamber Players and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.
At the age of 11, Adam won the Under-16 category at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, appearing live on British television. In 2017, Adam was awarded 1st prize in the Young Musician of the Year competition at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, Wales, second prize in the Theodor Leschetizky International Concerto Competition in New York, and third prize in the Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition in New York. The 2017/2018 season saw Adam playing in the Weill Room at Carnegie Hall and in June 2018, he competed in the finals of the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. In the summer of 2018, he won a full scholarship to attend Morningside Music Bridge, a summer school for gifted young artists held at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw. In 2019, Adam was selected to participate in the prestigious “Music@Menlo” Chamber Institute & Festival in California.
Adam is currently an 11th Grade student at SMSHS and is a student in the Juilliard School Pre-College division, under the tutelage of Ms Orli Shaham.