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.

2019- 20 Kovner Fellows

  • Clara Abel (MM, cello, class of 2020) is from Indiana. She is in the studio of Joel Krosnick.
  • 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 studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.
  • Nina Bernat (BM, double bass, class of 2021) is from Iowa City, IA. She is in the studio of Timothy Cobb.
  • Keoni Bolding (MM, viola, class of 2021) is from Philadelphia, PA. He is in the studios of Cynthia Phelps and Hsin-Yun Huang.
  • 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.
  • Grace Francis (MM, collaborative piano, vocal, class of 2021) is from Cambridge, New Zealand. She is in the studio of Lydia Brown.
  • Giuseppe Fu (BM, trombone, class of 2023) is from Hong Kong. He is in the studio of Joseph Alessi.
  • Zlatomir Fung (BM, cello, class of 2021) is from Westborough, MA. He is in the studios of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy.
  • Hannah Geisinger (MM, viola, class of 2020) 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 studios of Laurie Smukler and Donald Weilerstein.
  • 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.
  • Peter Hatch (MM, double bass, class of 2021) is from Chicago, IL. He is in the studio of Hal Robinson.
  • 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.
  • Carlos Jimenez Fernandez (BM, trombone, class of 2022) is from Algeciras, Spain. He is in the studio of Joseph Alessi.
  • James Kang (BM, viola, class of 2021) is from Suwanee, GA. He is in the studio of Carol Rodland.
  • Valerie Kim (BM, violin, class of 2020) is from Edgewater, NJ. She is in the studios of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman.
  • Abigel Kralik (MM, violin, class of 2021) was born in Berkeley, CA. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Laurie Smukler.
  • Laura Liu (BM, viola, class of 2023) is from Miami, Florida. She is in the studio of Cynthia Phelps.
  • K.J. McDonald (MM, violin, class of 2021) 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 Amy Burton.
  • Paris Myers (MM, double bass, class of 2020) is from Gilbert, AZ. He is in the studio of Timothy Cobb.
  • Rosemary Nelis (MM, viola, class of 2020) is from Brooklyn, NY. She is in the studios of Misha Amory and Roger Tapping.
  • Clara Neubauer (DIP, violin, class of 2022) is from New York, NY. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.
  • Oliver Neubauer (BM, violin, class of 2022) is from New York, NY. He is in the studios of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman.
  • Soprano Jessica Niles (MM, voice, class of 2021) is from Alexandria, VA. She is in the studio of Edith Wiens.
  • Hector Noriega Othon (BM, clarinet, class of 2022) is a native of Mexico. He is in the studio of Jon Manasse.
  • Chaeyoung Park (MM, piano, class of 2021) is from Seoul, Korea and from Kansas. She is in the studio of Robert McDonald.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Soprano Eirin Rognertud (BM, voice, class of 2023) is a native of Norway. She is in the studio of Edith Wiens.
  • 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.
  • Rachel Siu (MM, cello, class of 2021) is a native of Sydney, Australia. She is in the studio of Joel Krosnick.
  • Lisa Sung (MM, viola, class of 2020) is from Sydney, Australia. She is in the studios of Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps.
  • 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.
  • Yibiao Wang (MM, flute, class of 2021) is from New York, NY. He is in the studio of Carol Wincenc.
  • 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.
  • Chun Sum Chris Wong (MM, flute, class of 2020). He is in the studio of Robert Langevin.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Alexander Bickard, MM, double bass, class of 2019
  • Maria Brea, MM, voice (soprano), class of 2017
  • Michael Chiarello, MM, double bass, class of 2017
  • En-Chi Cheng, MM, viola, class of 2019
  • Chin Pong Chiu, MM, horn, class of 2019
  • Yi Hsuan Chiu, MM, double bass, class of 2019
  • Matthew Cohen, MM, viola, class of 2017
  • Brittany Conrad, MM, double bass, class of 2019
  • Giorgio Consolati, MM, flute, class of 2019
  • Rebecca Farley, MM, voice (soprano), 2017
  • Leah Ferguson, GD, viola, class of 2016
  • Emma Frucht, MM, violin, class of 2019
  • 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, composition, class of 2017
  • Paul Huang, MM, violin, class of 2015
  • Sirena Huang, BM, violin, class of 2016
  • Alice Ivy-Pemberton, BM, violin, class of 2019
  • Alberta Khoury, MM, guitar, class of 2019
  • 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
  • Kenneth Renshaw, MM, violin, class of 2019
  • Kaitlyn Resler, MM, horn, class of 2019
  • 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
  • Lauren Siess, BM, viola, class of 2019
  • Nathaniel Silberschlag, BM, horn, class of 2019
  • Katherine Siochi, MM, harp, class of 2017
  • Jasper Snow, BM, viola, class of 2019
  • Max Tan, MM, violin, class of 2017
  • Tristan Teo, MM, piano, class of 2018
  • Chloe Thominet, MM, viola, class of 2018
  • Yin-Ying Tseng, MM, viola, class of 2019
  • Athena Tsianos, BM, piano, class of 2019
  • Reed Tucker, MM, double bass, class of 2019
  • Virginie Verrez, MM, voice (mezzo-soprano), class of 2015
  • Joshua Vonderheide, MM, percussion, class of 2016
  • Aaron Wolff, MM, cello, class of 2019
  • Onadek Winan, MM, voice (soprano), class of 2018
  • David Yoon, BM, percussion, class of 2018
  • Gregory Zelek, MM, organ, class of 2016
  • Angie Zhang, MM, piano, class of 2019
  • Sirena Zhang, BM, piano, class of 2017