Yireh Choi, 15, started playing the cello at the age of 8 and was accepted into The Juilliard School Pre-College Division at age 12, where she began her studies with Clara Minhye Kim. She is the winner of numerous competitions such as the Bravura Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition, the Enkor International Music Competition, the Lyra Music Competition, the NLPA International Young Artists Competition, the SMSC Young Artist Scholarship Competition, and a semi-finalist of the Stulberg International String Competition.
She has participated in solo and chamber master classes with cellist Fred Sherry, Joel Krosnick, Jeffrey Zeigler, and Zlatomir Fung. In the summer of 2019, Yireh was awarded a scholarship to the HeifetzPEG program of the Heifetz International Music Institute.
In the summer of 2021, she participated in the Morningside Music Bridge summer festival, a full-scholarship program. In 2020, she appeared with the Sorella Piano Trio consisting of her sister and best friend on NPR’s From The Top with host Peter Dugan. She was also selected as a finalist for From The Top for solo performance.
In Yireh’s spare time when she isn’t practicing, she enjoys spending time with her sister, listening to music, watching movies, and eating Korean food.
Serin Park - 2019 Winner
Born in New York City, Serin Isabelle Park began her violin studies at the age of five with Dr. Solim Shin. At the age of ten, Serin was accepted to Juilliard Pre-college under the tutelage of Catherine Cho, where she received on loan a ¾ size violin labeled Antonio Gragnani of Livorno dated 1798; a generous donation by Doublestop Foundation. Since then, she has performed at many well-known concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall in NYC, University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar Germany, , and Centre des Arts at Geneva Switzerland to name a few. She has been 1st prize winner in the New York Music Competition, G. Gershwin International Music Competition, Golden Key Music Festival, and the Camerata Artists International Competition among many others. In 2018, she had been selected to participate in the Menuhin Competition at Geneva, Switzerland. She is also the recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and an award from the US Senate for contribution to the Artistic Value.
In 2019, she also won grand prizes from Ensemble 212, Crescendo, IGMC, and National Artists Competition. Serin has soloed with various orchestras and has participated in Masterclasses with Ilya Gringolts in Geneva, and Dmitry Berlinsky in NYC. Other teachers she has studied with are Lisa Kim from NY Philharmonic, Yu Jeong Lee, Francesca dePasquale, and piano instructions with So Hyun Ahn. Serin currently studies with Catherine Cho in her sixth year at Juilliard Pre-College, and plays a 1740 Venetian violin by Domenico Bussano. Serin is a 10th grader who enjoys reading in her free time.