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
Ashley De Peri, Administrative Apprentice
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.

2018-19 Kovner Fellows

  • David Alexander (BM, horn, class of 2020) is from Houston, TX. He is in the studio of Julie Landsman.
  • Phoenix Avalon (BM, violin, class of 2022) is from Cleveland Heights, OH. He is in the studio of Li Lin.
  • 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. 
  • Chin Pong Chiu (MM, horn, class of 2019) is a native of Hong Kong. He is in the studio of Erik Ralske.
  • Yi Hsuan Chiu (MM, double bass, class of 2019) is a native of Taiwan. She is in the studio of Albert Laszlo.
  • Brittany Conrad (MM, double bass, class of 2019) is from Willow Street, PA. She is in the studio of Harold Robinson.
  • Giorgio Consolati (MM, 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.
  • Carlos Jimenez Fernandez (BM, trombone, class of 2022) is a native of Spain. He is in the studio of Joseph Alessi.
  • Emma Frucht (MM, violin, class of 2019) is from New York, NY. She is in the studios of Daniel Phillips and Naoko Tanaka.
  • 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 (MM, violin, class of 2020) is from Memphis, TN. He is in the studio of Laurie Smukler.
  • Bethlehem Hadgu (BM, viola, class of 2022) is from Alexandria, VA. She is in the studio of Carol Rodland.
  • Anna Han (MM, piano, class of 2020) is from Mesa, AZ. She is in the studio of Robert McDonald.
  • Tengku Irfan (BM, piano and composition, class of 2020) is a native of Malaysia. He is in the studios of Robert Beaser and Yoheved Kaplinsky.
  • Alice Ivy-Pemberton (BM, violin, class of 2019) is from New York, NY. She is in the studios of Catherine Cho and Itzhak Perlman.
  • James Kang (BM, viola, class of 2021) is from Suwanee, GA. He is in the studio of Carol Rodland.
  • Alberta Khoury (MM, guitar, class of 2019) is from Sydney, Australia. She is in the studio of Sharon Isbin.
  • Valerie Kim (BM, violin, class of 2020) is from Edgewater, NJ. She is in the studios of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman.
  • Abigel Kralik (BM, violin, class of 2019) was born in Berkeley, CA. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Laurie Smukler.
  • K.J. McDonald (BM, violin, class of 2019) is a native of Santa Clarita, CA. He is in the studios of Catherine Cho and Itzhak Perlman.
  • 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 2020) is from New Canaan, CT. He is in the studio of Judith LeClair.
  • Paris Myers (MM, double bass, class of 2020) is from Gilbert, AZ. He is in the studio of Timothy Cobb.
  • Oliver Neubauer (DIP, violin, class of 2021) is from New York, NY. He is in the studios of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman.
  • Soprano Jessica Niles (BM, voice, class of 2019) is from Alexandria, VA. She is in the studio of Marlena Malas.
  • Hector Noriega Othon (BM, clarinet, class of 2022) is a native of Mexico. He is in the studio of Jon Manasse.
  • Adam Phan (BM, harp, class of 2020) is from Dallas, TX. He is in the studio of Nancy Allen.
  • Gabrielle Pho (BM, horn, class of 2022) is from Annandale, VA. She is in the studio of Julie Landsman.
  • Soprano Shereen Pimentel (BM, voice, class of 2020) is from Teaneck, NJ. She is in the studio of Edith Wiens.
  • Erin Pitts (BM, viola, class of 2020) is from Atlanta, GA. She is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang.
  • 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 Jennifer Montone and Eric Reed.
  • Emma Resmini (MM, flute, class of 2020) is from Philadelphia, PA. She is in the studio of Jeffrey Khaner.
  • Tabitha Rhee (BM, viola, class of 2021) is from Brookfield, WI. She is in the studios of Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman.
  • Samuel Rosenthal (BM, viola, class of 2022) is from Shaker Heights, OH. He is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang.
  • Rannveig Sarc (MM, violin, class of 2020) is a native of Iceland. She is in the studios of Catherine Cho and Donald Weilerstein. 
  • 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 Carol Rodland.
  • 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 2019) is a native of Houston, TX. He is in the studios of Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman.
  • Lisa Sung (MM, viola, class of 2020) is from Sydney, Australia. She is in the studios of Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps.
  • 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 Matti Raekallio.
  • Reed Tucker (MM, double bass, class of 2019) is from Sarasota, FL. He is in the studio of Harold Robinson.
  • Derek Wang (BM, piano, class of 2020) is from New York, NY. He is in the studio of Yoheved Kaplinsky.
  • Siyumeng Wang (BM, piano, class of 2021) is a native of China. She is in the studio of Yoheved Kaplinsky.
  • Yibing Wang (MM, percussion, class of 2020) is a native of China. She is in the studio of Daniel Druckman. 
  • Joshua Williams (BM, tuba, class of 2022) is from Atlanta, GA. He is in the studio of Alan Baer.
  • 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 from Lynnwood, Washington. She is in the studios of Elizabeth Blumenstock and Robert Mealy.
  • YiQun Xu (MM, cello, class of 2020) is a native of China. She is in the studio of Joel Krosnick.
  • Gabriel Young (MM, oboe, class of 2020) is from Bloomington, IN. He is in the studio of Elaine Douvas.
  • Angie Zhang (MM, piano, class of 2019) is from Princeton Junction, NJ. She is in the studios of Joseph Kalichstein and Yoheved Kaplinsky.
  • Kevin Zhu (BM, violin, class of 2022) is from Cupertino, CA. He is in the studios of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman.

Kovner Fellowship Alumni

  • Avery Amereau, ADOS (mezzo-soprano), class of 2017
  • Jordan Bak, MM, viola, class of 2018
  • 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
  • Bethany Hargreaves, MM, viola, class of 2018
  • Sae Hashimoto, MM, percussion, class of 2018
  • Daniel Hass, BM, cello, class of 2017
  • Mariella Haubs, MM, violin, class of 2017
  • Brian Hong, MM, violin, class of 2018
  • 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
  • Harrison Miller, BM, bassoon, class of 2017
  • Nicholas Myers, MM, double bass, class of 2018
  • Trevor Nuckols, MM, horn, class of 2016
  • Jakub Orlinski, GD, voice (countertenor), class of 2017
  • Drew Petersen, MM, piano, class of 2017
  • Eddie Pogossian, BM, cello, class of 2018
  • Gabriel Polinsky, BM, double bass, 2016-17
  • Kevin Quill, MM, trumpet, class of 2016
  • Liv Redpath, MM, voice (soprano), class of 2016
  • Ryan Roberts, BM, oboe, class of 2018
  • Adam Rothenberg, MM, collaborative piano, class of 2018
  • Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, MM, piano, class of 2017
  • Edson Scheid, GD, Baroque violin, class of 2015
  • Blair Shepperd, BM, bassoon, class of 2018
  • Katherine Siochi, MM, harp, class of 2017
  • Max Tan, MM, violin, class of 2017
  • Tristan Teo, MM, piano, class of 2018
  • Chloe Thominet, MM, viola, class of 2018
  • Virginie Verrez, MM, voice (mezzo-soprano), class of 2015
  • Joshua Vonderheide, MM, percussion, class of 2016
  • Onadek Winan, MM, voice (soprano), class of 2018
  • David Yoon, BM, percussion, class of 2018
  • Gregory Zelek, MM, organ, class of 2016
  • Sirena Zhang, BM, piano, class of 2017