Congratulations to the Winners!
2018 Lyra Music Youth Competition

3.3.17 | DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC | NYC

JUNIOR DIVISION
1ST PRIZE: Dexter Doris, violin
2ND PRIZE: Eugene Hong, piano
3RD PRIZE: Shaw Edwards, cello

SENIOR DIVISION
1ST PRIZE: Anthony Choi, cello
2ND PRIZE: Pauline Qin, piano
3RD PRIZE: Abigail Nishiwaki, violin

 

Meet the 2018 Winners

Junior Division

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1st Prize
Dexter Doris, Violin
Hartsdale, NY

Dexter Doris, 13, has been playing the violin since he was 4. He started in the Suzuki program at his pre-kindergarten and has been playing ever since. At 5, he had played through most of the Suzuki books and was admitted to the Bard Conservatory Pre-College Program. After 3 years in the program, his family moved to the metro NYC area where he has continued his studies with renowned teachers Sally Thomas and Ann Setzer. His awards include: Little Mozart (1st place), Prima Volta (2nd place), Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition (1st place) and he is the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) NY state champion 2017/2018 and won “Honorable Mention” at MTNA Regionals.

In addition to solo violin, Dexter plays chamber music with 2 groups in the New York Youth Symphony and his trio has won awards in local chamber competitions. He also enjoys playing piano and took lessons for 3 years at Bard. In Summer, he attends Meadowmount School for Strings in Westport, NY. 

Giving back is one of Dexter’s goals with his music and he volunteers at Song Catchers; a music program for underserved children in New Rochelle, NY.

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2nd Prize
Eugene Hong, Piano
Great Neck, NY

Eugene Hong began studying piano at age three and performed the opening movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 8, K. 246, with the New York Symphony Orchestra in Merkin Hall at age five. He studied with Zenon Fishbein at age 6 and shortly after entered the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division where he studies with Dr. Peter Vinograde. Eugene also plays violin with school and regional orchestras and is the 2017 concert master in the Great Neck South Middle School Orchestra.

Eugene has been a prize winner in many competitions, including: the Hartford Chopin competition, 2nd prize winner of the YWCA Competition with a performance at Merkin Hall, 2nd prize winner of the New York Debut Young Musicians Competition/piano solo, and 1st prize winner of the ATML Scholarship Award Competition. As a top prize winner of the New York International Music Competition, he performed with the New York International Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  He has also performed in the Dorothy Hales Gary Scholarship Solo Recital at the Manhattan School of Music and was chosen for the All State Piano Showcase. As a concerto competition winner, he performed the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K466 with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division Repertory Orchestra. As a top prize winner of the New York International Competition, he has performed with the New York International Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed a piece for two pianos with Benjamin Rossen as winner of the Young Ensembles Lincoln Center Chamber Music Competition. In 2016 Eugene was selected for the Elva Van Gelder Memorial Piano Scholarship by the Manhattan School of Music.

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3rd Prize
Shaw Edwards, Cello
Brooklyn, NY

Shaw Edwards is a student of Yari Bond in the Lucy Moses School Young Artists Program. He was a featured performer on the Henry Schneider Scholarship Concert at Merkin Concert Hall in 2017 and received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Lucy Moses School Concerto Competition. At the age of seven Shaw made his Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Olympic Music Competition and two months later performed again as winner of the Crescendo Music Competition. In 2016 he won a first prize in the Long Island Conservatory of Music Soloists' Competition. He has been a member of the Mikka String Quartet since 2015 and the Face the Music Symphony since 2014. An aficionado of JS Bach, he gave a recital of Bach's first four solo cellos suites in the fall of 2016 and performed the entire Goldberg Variations on piano in the fall of 2017. Also a composer, his works have been performed around New York, including at the Queens Museum.


Senior Division

1st Prize
Anthony Choi, Cello
New York, NY

Born into a family of musicians, Anthony Choi began his musical studies at the age of 3 on the violin. Switching to the cello at age 4, Anthony was accepted to the Special Music School at Kaufman Center where he studied with Yari Bond until his graduation in 5th grade. He joined Face the Music, a leading contemporary youth ensemble, allowing him to perform at venues such as the WQXR Radio Station. He gave regular solo performances at the Ann Goodman Recital Hall. Anthony was then accepted to the Pre-College division at the Juilliard School where he studies with Clara Kim. He was appointed a principal cellist of the Pre-College Symphony and String Ensemble and gives regular solo and chamber recitals. Anthony is a 2018 YoungArts Finalist and a winner of top prizes at the International Grande Music Competition, YWCA NY Music Competition and Rondo Young Artist Music Competition. He is a cellist in the Heartstrings Cello Ensemble.

 

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2nd Prize
Pauline Qin, Piano
Bridgewater, NJ

Pauline Qin, 17, from Bridgewater, New Jersey is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division under the instruction of Carmel Lowenthal. This past year, she was a winner of 2018 National YoungArts and a participant in a masterclass with internationally acclaimed pianist Enrique Graf, hosted by the 6@6 Masterclass Series at Yamaha Salon in New York City. Pauline gave a recital at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church as a winner of the 16th Showcase for Exceptionally Talented Young Artists as well as at the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey Fundraising Concert. Later, she traveled to Italy where she won 1st place of the Solo Division in Festival “Musica in Laguna” and performed as a soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Festival di Chioggia.

In 2016, she received Grand Prize for the National League Young Musicians Showcase. She is also a multiple-time winner of the Greater Princeton Steinway Society, Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey, New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Musicians Competition, and Piano Teacher Congress of New York.

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3rd Prize
Abigail Nishiwaki, Violin
Scarsdale, NY

Abigail Nishiwaki is from Westchester, NY and studies at Manhattan School of Music Precollege with Elizabeth Faidley. Abigail is the current concertmaster of the MSM Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra and previously served as the principal second violinist of the New York Youth Symphony. Additionally, she played in an ensemble at the NY Public Theater’s Production of The Odyssey. As a part of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, Abigail has performed in masterclasses with artists including Roger Tapping and members of the Shanghai Quartet, among others. Through her teacher’s studio, she has participated in masterclasses with artists including Katie Lansdale and Lisa Batiashvili. Most recently, Abigail placed first at the Elite Music Competition and was a finalist at the West Shore Symphony Orchestra Competition and Washington Heights Concerto Competition.

 


PRIZES

Junior Division:
1st place: 
$100 cash prize, OR $1,200 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2018.
2nd place: $75 cash prize, OR $850 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2018.
3rd place: $50 cash prize, OR $700 scholarship to the Lyra Music Workshop 2018.

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 2018.
2nd place: $100 cash prize, OR $1,200 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2018.
3rd place: $75 cash prize, OR $850 scholarship to Lyra Music Workshop 2018.

2018 Judges
Alex Fortes, violin
Adam Golka, piano
Julia Yang, cello