Juilliard Selects Ten Exceptional Student Artists to Participate in 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies


Student Violinists Selected to Play for Master Teachers During the Symposium - Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1, 2013

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Friday, May 3, 2013

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Itzhak Perlman (Photo by Nan Melville)
Itzhak Perlman (Photo by Nan Melville)


Juilliard has selected ten exceptional student artists to participate in this summer’s Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center in New York City. The symposium, which will be held from Tuesday, May 28 – Saturday, June 1, 2013 features five days of master classes, recitals, lectures, and pedagogy sessions and provides many opportunities for participants to observe and explore how to nurture and develop the exceptional student artist. The Starling-DeLay Symposium, held at Juilliard every other season, focuses on the methods and philosophy developed by legendary Juilliard pedagogue, Dorothy DeLay, who established the first symposium in 2001. Each year, alumni of her teaching studio (this year including Brian Lewis and Itzhak Perlman) participate as symposium faculty and recitalists.

Brian Lewis, symposium artistic director and a faculty member at the University of Texas in Austin, will lead this year’s symposium. The roster of renowned performers, experts, and master teachers includes: Itzhak Perlman (Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair, The Juilliard School); Jorja Fleezanis (The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University); Ani Kavafian (Yale); William Preucil (Cleveland Institute of Music; Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra); Sylvia Rosenberg (The Juilliard School); Katie Lansdale (The Hartt School); Michael McLean (The Colburn School); Odin Rathnam (Concert Violinist); and Giora Schmidt (guest recitalist).

For more information on the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium, call (212) 799-5000, ext. 7161 or e-mail: symposium@juilliard.edu.

The 10 student violinists selected are:

  • Robyn Bollinger, age 21 (Haddonfield, New Jersey)
  • Elli Choi, age 11, Juilliard Pre-College student (New York, New York)
  • Gloria Ferry-Brennan, age 16 (Langley, Washington)
  • Ji Min Lee, age 24, Juilliard master of music degree student (New York, New York)
  • Marié Rossano, age 19, returning violinist (Bellevue, Washington)
  • William Shaub, age 20, Juilliard bachelor of music degree student (Canton, Ohio)
  • Emily Shehi, age 14 (Olathe, Kansas)
  • Ji-Won Song, age 20 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Eric Tsai, age 16 (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Angela Wee, age 16, Juilliard Pre-College student (Woodbury, New York)

These student artists will attend the symposium tuition-free as performers and recipients of on-stage coaching. They also will be presented in group recitals. The symposium is attended by string teachers from around the world. The 2013 Starling-DeLay for Violin Studies at The Juilliard School will have 170 such participants from 31 states and 14 foreign countries (Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Israel, Mexico, Spain, Singapore, and the United Kingdom).

Meet the Student Artists

Robyn Bollinger

Violinist Robyn Bollinger made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve and returned two seasons later for a second engagement with former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach. She has also appeared with the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Concert Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and numerous other orchestras across the United States. A winner of many competitions, Ms. Bollinger received top prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, the Kingsville International Competition, and the Louis Spohr International Competition, and has received special prizes for her interpretations of Beethoven and Bach. She has appeared on the popular NPR program From the Top four times and has also been featured on PRI’s Performance Today. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Bollinger is a former member of the Newman Quartet, which took second prize at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She is also a recipient of an entrepreneurial grant from the New England Conservatory for her ground-breaking “Project Paganini,” a performance project that combined all 24 Paganini Caprices with a multi-media historical presentation. A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Bollinger is currently studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, where she is a recipient of the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship.

Elli Choi

Elli Choi, 11, was born in San Diego and began her violin studies at age three. A soloist by age five, she performed with the Korean Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. When she was seven, Ms. Choi performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Premier Music College in Prague at the 5th Dubai International Peace Music Festival. She was eight when she performed Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with the Prague Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ladislav Cigler at Dvořák Hall in Rudolfinum, Czech Republic, and toured with them again last spring, performing Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1. Ms. Choi has appeared as soloist with the Corpus Christi Symphony in Texas conducted by John Giordano; with Sejong soloists, a world renowned ensemble in Seoul, Korea; and Orchestra Musica Nova in Scottsdale, Arizona. In March 2012, Ms. Choi was invited to perform in the “Juilliard in Aiken” Festival in South Carolina, and in April 2012, she performed with the Juilliard Orchestra in the Juilliard Gala. In August 2012, Ms. Choi won the special prize at the International Debussy Competition in Salzburg, Austria. She also was invited to perform for U.N. President Ban Gi Moon. This year, Ms. Choi has been the recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Scholarship and has been featured on From the Top Show on NPR, The Bonnie Hunt Show on NBC TV, and the Today Show on NBC TV. Since age seven, Ms. Choi has been a student in the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School, where she studies with Hyo Kang and I Hao Lee. In addition she has studied with
Susanna Han at the Suzuki Heritage Center, Kimberly Fisher of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Matthias Fisher of Staatskapelle Berlin, Igor Ozim of Mozarteum Salzburg, and Zahkar Bron of Koln, Germany. Ms. Choi is the youngest recipient of an instrument from the Stradivari Society in Chicago; she is playing a three-quarter-sized violin by made Joseph Rocca of Turin in 1852.

Gloria Ferry-Brennan

Gloria Ferry-Brennan, 16, began playing the violin at age four and is currently a student of Simon James and piano accompanist Hiro David of the Coleman Violin Studio in Seattle, Washington. Her recent summer studies have included the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Kansas, as well as the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with Paul Kantor. She has served as concertmaster for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and is a member of Whidbey Island's Saratoga Orchestra. Ms. Ferry-Brennan is in several small ensembles including 3 Cent Stamp, which will perform at Djangofest Northwest next fall. She appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Saratoga Orchestra, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra as well as the Seattle and the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras. In 2011, she was the national winner of the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Competition and won first place in the elementary and junior division of the Simon Fiset String Competition. In 2012, Ms. Ferry-Brennan received 3rd place at the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington D.C., where she returned this April to solo with the Avanti Orchestra. In May 2013, she will solo with the Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra as a concerto competition winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. Recently she was featured on From the Top on NPR. Ms. Ferry-Brennan is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar.

Ji Min Lee

Violinist, Ji Min Lee, 24, recently completed her master of music degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Hyo Kang and Naoko Tanaka. Born in Seoul, Korea, she entered the Korean National University of Arts at the age of 11, studying under Nam-Yun Kim. She moved to the United States at age 13, where she attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, studying with Lynn Chang. Ms. Lee studied with Sylvia Rosenberg at the Manhattan School of Music, and completed her bachelor of music degree at Juilliard in 2011 with Naoko Tanaka. She has attended the Encore School for Strings, Great Mountains Music Festival and School, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, studying under Linda Cerone, Miriam Fried, Cho-Liang Lin, and Joel Smirnoff. As a chamber musician, Ms. Lee has worked with Joseph Kalichstein, Ida Kavafian, Sylvia Rosenberg, Samuel Rhodes, Nick Eanet, James Dunham, and the Jupiter String Quartet. She has performed in concert venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.

Marié Rossano

Since earning a Seattle Young Artists Festival Medal in 2005, Marié Rossano has appeared as guest soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Utah Symphony, and over a dozen of the Pacific Northwest's leading orchestras including the Northwest Sinfonietta and Seattle Philharmonic. She has gained further recognition as national winner of the 2008 MTNA Junior Strings Competition, and as first laureate of the 2010 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. Ms. Rossano had the unique opportunity of performing on the 1715 "Baron Knoop" Stradivarius violin from the Fulton Collection in the 2010 documentary, Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona. In past summers, she has performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, at the invitation of Toby Saks (2007) and James Ehnes (2012); Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival (2009, 2010); Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the invitation of Andrés Cárdenes (2011); and Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, Utah (2011). Ms. Rossano studies with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music. Previously, she studied in Seattle with Simon James, Kent Coleman, Yuko Honda, and piano collaborator Hiro David. She has also studied with Brian Lewis, and attended the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program for four years since its inception in 2008. At the 2009 and 2011 Starling-DeLay Symposia, Ms. Rossano performed in master classes given by Glenn Dicterow, Paul Kantor, David Kim, Joseph Lin, and Joel Smirnoff. She has also performed in master classes given by James Ehnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Vadim Repin, Kyoko Takezawa, among others. This summer, Ms. Rossano will perform as soloist with the Salt Lake Symphony, and will attend the Keshet Eilon Summer Mastercourse in Israel where she will study with Shmuel Ashkenasi.

William Shaub

William Shaub, violinist, is a native of Ohio and currently attends The Juilliard School. As a winner of numerous competitions throughout Ohio and scholarships at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he began soloing with orchestras such as the Canton Symphony and the Suburban Symphony at the age of 12. Hailed by conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann as “a wonderful ambassador for music,” he has been invited to perform at festivals such as CIM's Encore School for Strings and as one of ten "Exceptional Young Artists" at the Starling-DeLay Symposium at Juilliard. Mr. Shaub’s chamber performances include debuts at venues such as Severance Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Juilliard’s Paul Hall, while participating in master classes with members of the Juilliard, Cavani, and Cleveland Quartets. His primary chamber teachers include Earl Carlyss and Vivian Weilerstein. As a concertmaster and a soloist, Mr. Shaub has organized numerous concerts benefitting disadvantaged children in his community and for the Adopt-a-Minefield foundation. He was a student of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Emilio Llinas and the youngest member to ever join the Canton Symphony Orchestra. He studies with Stephen Clapp at Juilliard, where he holds the H. and E. Kivekas Scholarship.

Emily Shehi

Emily Shehi, 14, currently studies violin with Noah Geller and Tiberius Klausner. She has studied privately with Alice Joy Lewis, Brian Lewis and Paul Kantor. Ms. Shehi recently made her Helzberg Hall debut performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major (I. Andantino) at the finals for the Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition. She was named the first prize winner and will perform with the Kansas City Symphony, conducted by Maestro Michael Stern, in May. Since receiving an invitation to perform as a guest soloist at the age of eight with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Shehi has appeared with various other orchestras performing works by Barber, Beethoven, Dvořák, McLean, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky. At the age of ten, she was selected to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in a master class led by Midori. That summer, she recorded on a CD titled Ribbons and Bows as a featured soloist performing Vivaldi’s “Winter.” In addition to winning multiple local competitions, Ms. Shehi was named a national finalist for the 2013 MTNA Junior Performance Competition earlier this year. She is currently the concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, and the violinist of Trio Aër coached by Dr. Scott McBride Smith. Ms. Shehi led a conductorless group, the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Heartland Music Academy, for two concerts in February. Summer studies include Brian Lewis Young Artist Program, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Music@Menlo. Ms. Shehi attends school in Olathe, Kansas.

Ji-Won Song

Seoul native Ji-Won Song, 20, has performed on stages world-wide and has achieved much international acclaim. As a selected musician at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Song performed at the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts at age 12. She was featured as a soloist with many orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Kangnam Philharmonic Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Euro-Asian Orchestra, and Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Song has received many awards, including the first prize with the audience prize in the Schadt Competition in 2012. In addition, she won fourth prize in the senior division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, held in Oslo, Norway in 2010. Other awards include the silver medal at the 2008 Stulberg International String Competition and second place in the junior bowed instrument concerto category of the 24th annual Kingsville International Competition where she was the youngest competitor. Ms. Song was a student in the pre-college division of the Korean National University of the Arts, where she studied violin with Nam-Yun Kim and Bon-Jiu Koo. After moving to the United States, she studied violin with David Cerone. Ms. Song served as concertmaster in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in 2006-07. Currently, she studies with violinists Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute of Music. She is playing on a Montagnana provided by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.

Eric Tsai

Sixteen-year old Eric Tsai began his violin studies at age four and has received instruction from Jeffrey Flaniken and Sergiu Schwartz. He has appeared as soloist with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Tsai also frequently performs in retirement communities in the Birmingham, Alabama area with his father and siblings. Upcoming orchestral engagements include the Saint Mary’s University chamber orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. In February 2009, Mr. Tsai won first prize in the Eunice Hoffmeister Competition. He has also been a winner in American String Teacher’s Association, Alabama Music Teachers Association solo and concerto competitions, and the Lois Pickard Scholarship competition. In February 2011, Mr. Tsai appeared on From the Top on NPR, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast featuring America’s talented young musicians. He was also a semifinalist in the 2011 Cooper International Violin Competition. In February 2013, Mr. Tsai received the first prize in the Hilton Head Youth Concerto Competition, and in March 2013, Eric was awarded the 2nd prize in the Music Teacher’s National Association Senior String Competition National Finals. In April 2013, as part of the inaugural Cooper Festival, Mr. Tsai was featured on Oberlin College’s Artist Recital Series and his performance was broadcasted live on WCLV. He has participated in master classes with Ray Chen, Milan Vitek, David Bowlin, and Thomas Bowes, and has performed throughout the United States and Taiwan.

Angela Wee

Angela Wee, 16, was born in New York and began her violin studies at the age of four with Jo and Tal Schifter. At 10, she entered the Juilliard Pre-College to study with Shirley Givens. Ms. Wee is currently studying in Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. She won the 2011 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition and performed in Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Wee participated in the 2012 Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing and was selected as one of the eight finalists. At the age of six, she entered her first competition and won numerous first and grand prizes of the New York Music Competition, resulting in performances at Carnegie Hall. At nine, she was invited as a guest performer for the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Other concerto appearances include the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Sound Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Village Orchestra, New York Chamber Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Island Symphony Orchestra, and LISMA International Competitions. Ms. Wee was also invited as a guest performer at the Bohemians New York Music Club, giving a recital with pianist Akira Eguchi. She has been a recipient of the New Horizons Fellowship for three years at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with Masao Kawasaki and performed as a soloist at the Inter-Harmony Music Festival held in San Francisco and Germany. Ms. Wee will return to Aspen this summer on a scholarship to attend the David Finckel and Wu Han chamber music program. Ms. Wee has performed in the master classes of Chee-Yun Kim, Paul Kantor, David Kim, Cho-Liang Lin and Robert McDuffie.

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