2018 Young Artists Concerto Competition

Dear Students, Parents and Teachers,

We welcome your participation in our 10th annual Young Artists Concerto Competition. We have 36 contestants coming from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania in today’s competition. They include 17 pianists, 11 violinists, 1 violist, 2 flutists, 4 cellists, and 1 trio. The age of the competitors ranges from 8 – 18.  

This is an open competition, in that the audience is invited to sit inside the recital hall during the competition. Recording devices (video and audio) are allowed, as they do have great educational value.    

There will be up to a maximum of three Gold Medal winners and a West Windsor/Plainsboro Award winner chosen to perform with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra.  The winners will be performing in the evening of Sunday, June 3, 2018, with the orchestra.   In addition, we will declare Silver and Bronze Medal winners in recognition of their fabulous performances today. 

I encourage all of you to attend the upcoming Bravura Philharmonic concert on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 PM in the Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. This exciting concert will feature Mr. Dan Zhu, a renowned violinist who is widely recognized as one of the top violinists from China.    The winners from today’s competition are expected to attend that concert, as they will be introduced to the audience at that time.

I congratulate you all in advance for a job well done for performing in today’s competition.  

Ellen Fisher-Deerberg,
Director of Competition

prize winners


William Chen, age 14, Piano, Prokofiev, Concerto No. 3, 1st movement
Chelsie Lim, age 13, cello, Kabalevsky, Concerto No. 1., 1st movement
Chelsea Xia, age 15, violin, Sibelius, Concerto Op. 47, 1st movement


Sophie Kim, age 12, piano
Abigail Nishiwaki, age 16, violin
Leda Wang, age 16, piano
Grace Xiong, age 18, piano


Trio Trilogy: Renee Choi (16), violin, Christina Jung, cello, Ashley Kim, piano:
Katherine Fang, age 11, flute
William Ge, age 10, piano
Soomin Kim, age 15, cello
Sherwin Pan, age 17, piano
Daniel Son, age 15, Viola


Raymond Jin, age 14


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Dr. Scott Beard is Professor in the Department of Music at Shepherd University, where he was Coordinator of Keyboard Studies from 1998-2011.  He is currently Provost at the University, which is located 65 miles outside of Washington, DC. Recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities, Dr. Beard was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year, and was runner-up for West Virginia Professor of the Year in 2009. His students have won prizes in state, regional, national and international competitions, and have gone on to study music at conservatories and major university music schools. Concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist have taken him throughout the United States and Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Italy, and Spain. Recital appearances include Weill Recital Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute (NYC), the Polish, Danish, Belgian, and Russian Embassies, and numerous universities throughout the East Coast. His concerts have been praised for their poetry, passion, and innovative programming. Beard has published articles in several national publications, and his anthologies of piano ensemble music (with Dr. Lucy Mauro) are published by Alfred. Dr. Beard is very active in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), having served on its national board and as Director of the MTNA Eastern Division.


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Chiu-Tze Lin, music director and conductor of the award-winning Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, is a versatile and multifaceted musician - conductor, pianist, and teacher.  She previously served as the conductor of the Manalapan Battleground Symphony, and received the 2004 Victor Grossinger Award for Innovative Programming.  Ms. Lin was recognized by the Music Teachers National Association in 2016 as a Foundation Fellow, an honor bestowed only to individuals who have made significant contributions to music education in the country. Ms. Lin was selected as a “Hottest Artist in New Jersey” in 2001 by the Asbury Park Press.  As a concert pianist, Ms. Lin has been acclaimed by the New York Times for her “strong technique, a hearty tone that sounded big and unforced [which] provides the greatest musical pleasure.” She is a Steinway Artist who has performed in Asia, Europe, and across the United States. Ms. Lin has appeared as a touring soloist with the Chicago Symphony, and was a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her second CD featuring works of J. S. Bach for solo piano has been described by New York Concert Review magazine as a "... most satisfying performance ... with eloquence and sensitivity." Her recordings have been broadcast from stations across the country. Ms. Lin was a director and faculty member of the 2004 Beijing Music Festival, the first international summer music festival sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.  Ms. Lin also conducted the Shanghai Musicians Chamber Orchestra at the Sino-American Cultural Exchange Concert. The performance was broadcast on the Chinese Central Television English Channel, that transmits across China and around the world. 


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Wan-Yi Pan, cellist, is a native of Taiwan and a member of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. She excels in both orchestral and chamber performances. She has appeared with the Erie Youth Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony, Cleveland Institute Orchestra, and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. She has also participated in the Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music Program and the Quartet Summer Program. In June 2002, she toured the US, Armenia, and Russia with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra (ARYO). During this Fifteenth Anniversary Tour, Ms. Pan was its principal cellist under the baton of Maestro Paavo Järvi at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.  She has subsequently been invited to join the Amirus Chamber Players, which draws from the ARYO’s most talented alumni. She has performed with Amirus at the Joslyn Art Museum, the Hillwood Museum in Washington DC, and the Harriman Institute of Columbia University.  In September 2004, she was part of ARYO’s Musika 2004 chamber tour through the Volga and Ural regions of Russia. During 2004 and 2005, Ms. Pan performed frequently with the New England Music Ensemble in prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall. Ms. Pan’s teachers have included Peter Wiley Richard Weiss, Jonathan Spitz, Merry Peckham, and Allan Harris.