Yireh Choi, 16, 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 Chappaqua Orchestra 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.
Yireh was the principal cellist at the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. She has participated in solo and chamber master classes with cellist Andres Diaz, Paul Katz, Joel Krosnick, and Laurence Lesser. 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. For the summer of 2022, Yireh will be participating in the Perlman Music 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 is a seventeen year old violinist. She has performed in prestigious halls throughout New York, Virginia, Philadelphia, Germany, and Switzerland. Solo appearances include performances with Allentown Symphony Orchestra with conductor Diane Wittry, Orchestra of Camerata, Concert Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Pre College String Ensemble with conductor Radu Paponiu, Ensemble 212, New York International Chamber Orchestra, and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony with maestros David Bernard and Alex Wen. Serin was featured in NPR’s From the Top Radio Show 378, a semi-finalist of the Menuhin Competition 2021, and a top prize winner at the Klein Competition. She was recently awarded the Grand Prize of the 2021 Vancouver International Music Competition. She served as concertmaster of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, under maestros James Ross and Carlos Miguel Prieto. Serin currently serves as a concertmaster of Juilliard’s Pre-College Orchestra.
In the light of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, Serin performed as concertmaster at the premiere of the “Voter’s Broadcast” conducted and composed by Lisa Bielawa to encourage voter participation and political awareness. Additionally, Serin was part of the collaborative album “Transformation” with Grammy-nominated Nathalie Joachim, in which Serin’s sample was broadcasted on BBC News, July 2020. She is the Founder/Director of Project A.R.T.S., a student-artist led initiative to redefine children's rights and continues to serve as the Director of Global Operations of Back to Bach, in addition to being the Regional Director of Bronx, NY.
A recipient of the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and an award from the US Senate for contribution to the Artistic Value, Serin is the Co-President of Special Music School High School’s student government and Scholastic Art and Writing Award Gold Key winner. Serin currently studies with Catherine Cho in her seventh year at the Juilliard Pre-College.
Serin enjoys reading in her free time.