Congratulations to the Winners!
2017 Lyra Music Youth Competition

3.11.17 | DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC | NYC

JUNIOR DIVISION
1ST PRIZE: Kaelem Michel, piano
2ND PRIZE: Lesley Sung, piano
3RD PRIZE: Alexandra Woroniecka, Violin

SENIOR DIVISION
1ST PRIZE: Aoi Yazawa, piano
2ND PRIZE: Hannah Sohn, cello
3RD PRIZE: ChaeLim Yoon

Meet the 2017 Winners

JUNIOR DIVISION

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1ST PRIZE: Kaelem Michel, piano


Kaelem Michel, 11, of Fayetteville, NY, is a sixth grader at the Montessori School of Syracuse. He began studying piano in April 2014, often working several times a week with his teacher, Patricia DeAngelis. In 2016, he was first place winner in the 2016 Central New York Association of Music Teachers Piano Competition, and received honors at both the Nazareth College Piano Competition and the Music Teachers National Association Competition, NY State Division. He was identified as an Extraordinary Talent by the Carrie Lazarus Fund in 2015 and performed at Extraordinary Live in November 2016. In 2015, he participated in the Society for New Music Composer’s Corner, where his Sonatina was performed by professional musicians. Kaelem has been actively serving the community with numerous performances in retirement homes and arts venues across Central New York. He enjoys drawing, bicycling, composing, and making music with his 9-year-old brother Aiden, a clarinetist.

 

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2ND PRIZE: Lesley Sung, piano

Lesley Sung, 14, from Palisades Park, NJ has been playing the piano for 7 years. She is currently attending at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division entering in with a Scholarship. She had studied with Zenon Fishbein and is currently studying with Peter Vinograde. Lesley has won numerous competitions in her life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3RD PRIZE: Alexandra Woroniecka, Violin

Alexandra, 14, from Stony Brook, New York began studying the violin at 4 years of age, and by the age of 10 had her solo debut with Island Symphony Orchestra. She has served as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Long Island String Festival Orchestra, and was a recipient of the Educational Grant from Concert Festival, Inc, The Paul Rudoff Award, and received scholarship from Washington Heights Orchestra. She was featured as the Next Generation Artist in 2013, 2014, and 2016 Omega Ensemble, Long Island performance series. In 2014 she was a Finalists of the Forte International Music Competition, and the Grand Prix Winner of Concert Festival at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2015 she was one of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Concerto and Vocal Competition Finalists, and 1st place winner of Festival Concerto Competition, The 34th Annual LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, at the Tilles Center For The Performing Arts, Brookville, NY. She was selected to perform at 2015 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Concert. She is currently studying under Julie Becker.

 

SENIOR DIVISION

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1ST PRIZE: Aoi Yazawa, piano

Aoi Yazawa, 18, is a Senior at Keio Academy of New York. Aoi started her piano studies in Japan when she was three years old. She was an Honor Class student at Toho Music School in Japan, and she has participated in and has been awarded prizes in various competitions. She started taking piano lessons with Ms. Katsura Tanikawa at Hoff-Barthelson Music School where she is part of the Honors program. In 2015, Aoi was selected to participate in the Young Artist Summer Program of The Curtis Institute of Music. In 2016, she was selected as one of the winners of Hudson Valley Music Club  Student Awards Competition. She is a member of National  Honor  Society

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2ND PRIZE: Hannah Sohn, cello

Hannah Jieun Sohn, 15, from Clifton Park, NY is a sophomore in high school, currently studies under the tutelage of cellist, Yehuda Hanani. This past January, Hannah received first prize in the James and Katherine Young Artist Instrumental Competition, which granted her the opportunity make her first solo appearance with the Orchestra of Northern New York in March. She has also received 2nd prize in the 2016 MTNA Eastern Division Junior String Competition and the 2016 Anthony R. Stefan Competition. Hannah has received coaching by Yumi Kendall, Gloria dePasquale, Johannes Moser, Paul Dwyer. As the principal cellist position of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Hannah has performed in concert halls all over the world. With a great passion and enthusiasm  in music, Hannah hopes to pursue a career as a professional musician.

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3RD PRIZE: ChaeLim Yoon

ChaeLim Yoon, 17,  was born in South Korea, and now lives in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is attending at Fairfield Warde High School and is concertmaster of her high school orchestra and has been a member of Greatest Bridgeport Youth Orchestra. In South Korea, ChaeLim studied in Pre Kaywon School of Arts with NanAh Kim. In 2015 and 2016, she attended Meadowmount School of Music. Last year, she won the American Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is active as a soloist and chamber musician through out Connecticut and performs in several recitals. ChaeLim currently studies with Dr. Ann Setzer and Dr. Stephan Tieszen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIZES

Senior Division:
1st place
: $150 cash prize, OR $1,500 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2016. And automatic acceptance into the Lyra Young Artists Program for 2016.
2nd place: $100 cash prize, OR $1,000 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2016.
3rd place: $75 cash prize, OR $750 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2016.

Junior Division:
1st place: 
$100 cash prize, OR $1,000 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2016.
2nd place: $75 cash prize, OR $750 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2016.
3rd place: $50 cash prize, OR $500 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2016.

2017 Judges
Michael Brown, piano
Miho Webber, cello
Melissa White, violin