Kovner Fellowship Program

The Kovner Fellowship Program provides comprehensive scholarship support covering the full estimated cost of attendance to outstanding undergraduate and graduate classical music students during their degree programs at The Juilliard School. Kovner Fellows benefit not only from financial support but also from significantly enhanced programmatic content with the goal of developing future leaders in the arts.

About the Program

Established in 2014, the Kovner Fellowship is a merit-based scholarship award that covers the full estimated cost of attendance to The Juilliard School. Kovner Fellows benefit from comprehensive scholarship support covering tuition, room and board, and additional expenses, and by enhanced programmatic opportunities. Juilliard is extremely grateful to Bruce and Suzie Kovner for their pioneering generosity and visionary leadership in establishing this program.

Kovner Fellows are chosen by the Kovner Selection Committee based on faculty recommendations and the following criteria:

  1. Artistic merit of the highest caliber
  2. A successful academic history
  3. Personal capacity for intellectual curiosity, commitment to the value of art in society, and potential for leadership in the field

There are approximately 54 Fellows at any given time, comprising both undergraduate and graduate students. Fellowships are open to:

  • Classical music applicants who are offered admission in the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Graduate Diploma programs.
  • Current undergraduate classical music students who are entering their third or fourth year of study.
  • Master of Music and Graduate Diploma candidates entering their second year of study.
  • Dance, Drama, Jazz, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts programs are not eligible for consideration.

There is no application or interview process for the Kovner Fellowship. Rather, every eligible student who applies to Juilliard has also applied for the Fellowship by default. The selection process is as follows: After hearing entrance auditions, the faculty recommends applicants for consideration to the Kovner Fellows Selection Committee which convenes in mid-March to review letters of recommendation, admissions essays, faculty recommendations, high school and college transcripts, and all aspects of the application itself. A similar, second round of selection for continuing students takes place in late May or early June, when the committee also reviews comments on annual jury forms. Notification is given in late March for new students, and in early June for continuing students.

Among the many reasons the Selection Committee will choose to recommended an applicant for the Fellowship are a combination of the following: a high school transcript (for undergraduate programs) that reveals the potential to do college-level work; a well-written and creative essay; an academic history that indicates community engagement or leadership potential; a college transcript (for graduate program applicants) that demonstrates a commitment to learning and academic curiosity; strong letters of recommendation; remarks on the faculty’s audition or jury comment sheets that indicate the highest artistic standard; and English language proficiency in accordance with prevailing admissions standards.

The Kovner Fellowship will be renewed every year during a student’s enrollment in his or her current program of study. Continued designation as a Kovner Fellow is contingent upon fulfilling all of the academic and performance requirements for the current degree program.

Kovner Fellows should demonstrate the highest level of excellence in every endeavor at The Juilliard School. Fellows should also contribute to the Juilliard community in ways that uphold and promote the values and mission of the School. Both as musicians and as citizens, Fellows are expected to act in a way that will reflect positively on themselves, the School, the Fellowship program, their peers, mentors, and teachers.

Contact

Benjamin Sosland, Assistant Dean for the Kovner Fellowships
Yassmeen Angarola, Manager, Kovner Fellowship Program
Katie Scheurle, Administrative Assistant
kovnerfellowships@juilliard.edu

About Bruce and Suzie Kovner

Bruce and Suzie Kovner (photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

Longtime friends of Juilliard Bruce Kovner, who has been the chairman of Juilliard’s Board of Trustees since 2001, and his wife, Suzie Kovner, a founding member of the Drama Council, received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees at the 2014 Juilliard Commencement. The Kovners’ involvement with the School has ranged from the donation of an extraordinary manuscript collection to gifts that helped establish the Historical Performance program, and a challenge grant for the endowment of the Drama Division Master of Fine Arts program; and, most recently, the Kovner Fellows program, which was announced in fall 2013. 

Bruce Kovner received his BA from Harvard College and later studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He founded Caxton Associates, a diversified trading company, in 1983 and served as its chairman until his retirement, in 2011. A year later, he established Caxton Alternative Management LP to manage his investment, trading, and business activities. He is the vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, and American Enterprise Institute.

Suzie Kovner, who received her bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, is a trustee of Carnegie Hall and co-chairs the advocacy group for Ensemble Connect. She is also on the board of the American Associates of the National Theatre of Great Britain and a member-at-large of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Administrative Board.

The couple’s Kovner Foundation makes grants in the principal areas of education reform and innovation, personal liberty, and to institutions that are exemplars of the highest levels of creativity in the performing arts in the United States and around the world.

2017-18 Kovner Fellows

  • David Alexander (BM, horn, class of 2020) is from Houston, TX. He is in the studio of Julie Landsman.
  • Jordan Bak (MM, viola, class of 2018) is from Long Island, NY. He is in the studio of Hsin-Yun Huang.
  • Nina Bernat (BM, double bass, class of 2021) is from Iowa City, IA. She is in the studio of Timothy Cobb.
  • Alexander Bickard (MM, double bass, class of 2019) is from Smithtown, Long Island. He is in the studio of Timothy Cobb.
  • En-Chi Cheng (MM, viola, class of 2019) is a native of Taiwan. He is in the studio of Samuel Rhodes. 
  • Annabel Chiu (MM, double bass, class of 2019) is a native of Taiwan. She is in the studio of Albert Laszlo.
  • Harry Chiu (BM, horn, class of 2019) is from Hong Kong. He is in the studio of Erik Ralske.
  • Giorgio Consolati (BM, flute, class of 2019) is a native of Italy. He is in the studio of Carol Wincenc. 
  • Omar El-Abidin (BM, percussion, class of 2021) is from Wall, NJ. He is in the studio of Markus Rhoten.
  • Sterling Elliott (BM, cello, class of 2021) is from Newport News, VA. He is in the studio of Joel Krosnick.
  • Joshua Elmore (BM, bassoon, class of 2020) is from Shaker Heights, OH. He is in the studio of Judith LeClair.
  • Zlatomir Fung (BM, cello, class of 2021) is from Westborough, MA. He is in the studios of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy.
  • Hannah Geisinger (BM, viola, class of 2019) is from Stuart, FL. She is in the studio of Paul Neubauer.
  • Randall Goosby (BM, violin, class of 2018) is from Memphis, TN. He is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho.
  • Anna Han (BM, piano, class of 2018) is from Mesa, AZ. She is in the studio of Robert McDonald.
  • Bethany Hargreaves (MM, viola, class of 2018) is from Cleveland, OH. She is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory.
  • Sae Hashimoto (MM, percussion, class of 2018) is a native of Japan. She is in the studio of Daniel Druckman.
  • Brian Hong (MM, violin, class of 2018) is from Fairfax Station, VA. He is in the studios of Laurie Smukler and Li Lin.
  • Tengku Irfan (BM, piano and composition, class of 2020) is a native of Malaysia. He is in the studios of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert Beaser.
  • James Kang (BM, viola, class of 2021) is from Suwanee, GA. He is in the studio of Carol Rodland.
  • Alice Ivy-Pemberton (BM, violin, class of 2019) is from New York, NY. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho.
  • Valerie Kim (BM, violin, class of 2020) is from Edgewater, NJ. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.
  • Abigel Kralik (BM, violin, class of 2019) was born in Berkeley, CA. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.
  • K.J. McDonald (BM, violin, class of 2019) is a native of Santa Clarita, CA. He is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Catherin Cho.
  • Soprano Olivia McMillan (BM, voice, class of 2019) is from Centerville, GA. She is in the studio of Edith Bers.
  • Harrison Miller (MM, bassoon, class of 2019) is from New Canaan, CT. He is in the studio of Judith LeClair.
  • Nicholas Myers (MM, double bass, class of 2018) is from Cadillac, MI. He is in the studio of Hal Robinson.
  • Adam Phan (BM, harp, class of 2020) is from Dallas, TX. He is in the studio of Nancy Allen.
  • Erin Pitts (BM, viola, class of 2020) is from Atlanta, GA. She is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang.
  • Eddie Pogossian (BM, cello, class of 2018) is from Los Angeles, CA. He is in the studio of Natasha Brofsky.
  • Mark Prihodko (BM, cello, class of 2020) is a native of Belarus. He is in the studio of Richard Aaron.
  • Kenneth Renshaw (MM, violin, class of 2019) is from San Francisco, CA. He is in the studios of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman.
  • Kaitlyn Resler (MM, horn, class of 2019) is from Clearwater Beach, FL. She is in the studios of Eric Reed and Jennifer Montone.
  • Tabitha Rhee (BM, viola, class of 2021) is from Brookfield, WI. She is in the studios of Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman.
  • Ryan Roberts (BM, oboe, class of 2018) is from Santa Monica, CA. He is in the studio of Elaine Douvas.
  • Adam Rothenberg (MM, collaborative piano, class of 2018) is from Syracuse, NY. He is in the studio of Jonathan Feldman.
  • Blair Shepperd (BM, bassoon, class of 2018) is from Portland, OR. She is in the studio of Frank Morelli.
  • Ethan Shrier (BM, trombone, class of 2021) is from Potomac, MD. He is in the studio of Joseph Alessi.
  • Lauren Siess (BM, viola, class of 2019) is from Vancouver, WA. She is in the studio of Paul Neubauer.
  • Nathaniel Silberschlag (BM, horn, class of 2019) is from Leonardtown, MD. He is in the studio of Julie Landsman.
  • Jasper Snow (BM, viola, class of 2018) is a native of Houston, TX. He is in the studio of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory.
  • Lisa Sung (BM, viola, class of 2018) is from Sydney, Australia. She is in the studio of Paul Neubauer.
  • Chloe Thominet (MM, viola, class of 2018) is a native of France. She is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory.
  • Tristan Teo (MM, piano, class of 2018) is from Vancouver, Canada. He is in the studio of Jerome Lowenthal.
  • Yin-Ying Tseng (MM, viola, class of 2019) is a native of Taiwan. She is in the studio of Cynthia Phelps.
  • Athena Tsianos (BM, piano, class of 2019) is from Glendora, California. She is in the studio of Robert McDonald.
  • Reed Tucker (MM, double bass, class of 2019) is from Sarasota, FL. He is in the studio of Hal Robinson and Rex Suraney
  • Siyumeng Wang (BM, piano, class of 2021) is a native of China. She is in the studio of Yoheved Kaplinsky.
  • Soprano Onadek Winan (MM, voice, class of 2018) is a native of Paris, France. She is in the studio of Edith Bers.
  • Aaron Wolff (MM, cello, class of 2019) is from Newton, MA. He is in the studio of Joel Krosnick.
  • Rachell Wong (GD, baroque violin, class of 2019) is originally from Washington state. She is in the studios of Cynthia Roberts and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
  • YiQun Xu (BM, cello, class of 2018) is a native of China. She is in the studio of Timothy Eddy.
  • David Yoon (BM, percussion, class of 2018) is from Irvine, CA. He is in the studio of Daniel Druckman.
  • Angie Zhang (MM, piano, class of 2019) is from Princeton Junction, NJ. She is in the studio of Yoheved Kaplinsky.

Kovner Fellowship Alumni

  • Avery Amereau, ADOS (mezzo-soprano), class of 2017
  • Amanda Bottoms, MM, voice (mezzo-soprano), class of 2017
  • Maria Brea, MM, voice (soprano), class of 2017
  • Michael Chiarello, MM, double bass, class of 2017
  • Matthew Cohen, MM, viola, class of 2017
  • Rebecca Farley, MM, voice (soprano), 2017
  • Leah Ferguson, GD, viola, class of 2016
  • Tomer Gewirtzman, MM, piano, class of 2016
  • Samantha Hankey, MM, voice (mezzo-soprano), class of 2017
  • Daniel Hass, BM, cello, class of 2017
  • Mariella Haubs, MM, violin, class of 2017
  • Andrew Hsu, MM, compostion, class of 2017
  • Paul Huang, MM, violin, class of 2015
  • Sirena Huang, BM, violin, class of 2016
  • Thesele Kemane, ADOS (bass-baritone), class of 2016
  • Matthew Lipman, MM, viola, class of 2016
  • Jennifer Liu, MM, violin, class of 2016
  • Asa Maynard, MM, double bass, class of 2017
  • Augusta McKay-Lodge, GD, baroque violin, class of 2017
  • Trevor Nuckols, MM, horn, class of 2016
  • Jakub Orlinski, GD, voice (countertenor), class of 2017
  • Drew Petersen, MM, piano, class of 2017
  • Gabriel Polinsky, BM, double bass, 2016-17
  • Kevin Quill, MM, trumpet, class of 2016
  • Liv Redpath, MM, voice (soprano), class of 2016
  • Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, MM, piano, class of 2017
  • Edson Scheid, GD, Baroque violin, class of 2015
  • Katherine Siochi, MM, harp, class of 2017
  • Max Tan, MM, violin, class of 2017
  • Virginie Verrez, MM, voice (mezzo-soprano), class of 2015
  • Joshua Vonderheide, MM, percussion, class of 2016
  • Gregory Zelek, MM, organ, class of 2016
  • Sirena Zhang, BM, piano, class of 2017