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Rising Artists

Yasmine Bougacha

2022 Violin

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Yasmine Bougacha has been pursuing violin in a variety of genres since the age of seven. She was a recipient of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings scholarship program since 2011 and attended one...

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Eric Chen

2022 Violin

Eric Chen, age 14, is a rising freshman at Marquette High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Eric started violin lesson at age 6 with Joseph Kaminsky and is currently a student of Pavel Ilyashov.

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Jamie Clark

2022 Cello

Jamie Clark is from Madison, Alabama, and has been playing the cello for twelve years. He was principal cellist of the Alabama All-State Orchestra this past year, and has been a member of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra for twelve years as well.

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Ge Ding

2022 Piano

Born and raised in China, Ge Ding earned her undergraduate degree in piano performance from the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music.

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Daniel Dorsey

2022 Cello

Daniel Dorsey, age 19, began his music studies in Tampa, Florida where he first studied the piano at age 5, then the cello at age 9. In 2015, Daniel began studying with his former teachers, Dr. Sarah Kim and Professor Alan Rafferty, directors of Cincinnati Young Artists.

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Stephanie Fang

2022 Violin

Stephanie Fang is an undergraduate violinist at Peabody Institute where she is pursuing both a degree in music and minor in math.

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Emma Foreman

2022 Cello

Emma picked up the cello at the age of 12 after playing the piano for nearly seven years and never looked back. She is a rising Junior at Miami University where she studies under Dr. Sarah Kim.

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Elias Fredericks

2022 Violin

Elias Fredericks is currently an undergraduate studying violin performance at The Peabody Institute. He began playing the cello at age 8, and shortly after asked for a violin for a present on his 9th birthday.

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Evan Guttormson

2022 Viola

Evan Guttormson is a recent graduate of the University of North Florida, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's in Music Performance and a minor in art history.

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Megan Herrman

2022 Cello

Megan Herrman is going into her Junior year at the University of North Florida. She’s currently working to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Cello Performance, and is an active member of UNF’s CNAfME chapter, recently taking on the role of Secretary.

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Tianrui Hu

2022 Viola

Tianrui Hu was born in Hubei, China, in 1995. In 2014, with the highest audition score nationally, he was admitted into the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, where he studied with professor Xiong Cheng, and was principal violinist of the Wuhan Conservatory Orchestra.

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Josephine Kim

2022 Violin

Josephine Kim, age 20, started her musical journey at the age of 6 by playing both the piano and violin. Josephine enjoys performing, competing in competitions, and participating in chamber groups and orchestras.

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Charmaine Lee

2022 Violin

Charmaine Lee is a rising junior at the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying with Judith Ingolfsson. Her previous teachers include Sam Fischer at the Colburn School and Lucy Qing Huo.

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Runen Li

2022 Cello

Runen Li born in Shenzhen, China in 2001, began studying the cello at age 9. She attended Shenzhen Arts School, under Yihao Zhang, and currently studies with Dr. Melissa Kraut at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Haotong Liu

2022 Violin

Haotong Liu, a 23-year-old violinist, is studying with Dr. Won-Bin Yim at College-Conservatory of Music in University of Cincinnati. Liu finished BM and MM degree in CCM and he will be the DMA student at CCM under Dr. Won-Bin Yim.

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Marina Alba López

2022 Violin

Marina Alba was born in Madrid in 2001 in a family of musicians and started to play the violin at the age of 7. Her musical training began with singing, when she joined Madrid’s Community’s choir at the age of 5

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Anna Macintosh

2022 Cello

Anna Macintosh, from Columbus, Ohio, began her cello studies in 2004 with Alice Ann O’Neil and then joined the studio of Jill Wright Crist in 2005. In 2016, she began her studies with Dr. Melissa Kraut at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she acquired a degree in cello performance and a minor in Suzuki Pedagogy.

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Jared Maucotel

2022 Violin

Jared Maucotel began violin at the age of 4 with the help of his mother. He always had a love of performing, especially the romantic repertoire, and by age 15, he determined to make violin his career, learning from great teachers like Simon James, Jan Coleman, and Hiro David.

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Marianna Narita

2022 Violin

Marianna Narita, praised for her "outstanding musicality" and "spirited performances" (by the Ohio Senate), is an American violinist from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Natalie Nef

2022 Violin

Natalie Nef is a violinist from Pleasant View, Utah. Nef took second in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition in 2018, 2019, and 2020. This allowed her to play at Carnegie Hall in the Weill Recital Hall.

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Peter O’Malley

2022 Cello

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Peter O’Malley began studying cello at the age of seven. He currently studies with Damian Kremer of the Charleston Symphony and attends the Charleston County School of the Arts as a rising Senior, where he will sit Principal in both the Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta for the 2022-2023 school year.

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Christopher Pacleb

2022 Viola

Christopher is majoring in Music Performance at Miami University, currently studying with Christopher Fischer.

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Katherine Park

2022 Viola

Katherine Park is a Korean American violist. She began her musical journey at the age of 5, teaching herself violin with the help of a DVD tutorial.

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Molly Sanford

2022 Piano

Molly Sanford is an active performer, teacher, scholar, and music editor. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Michael Chertock.

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Katya Schane

2022 Violin

Katya Schane began studying violin at age 8 in the California Bay Area. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she had the privilege of studying with Emanuel Borok and Alexander Sitkovetsky.

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Caitlin Slusarski

2022 Cello

Cellist Caitlin Slusarski has recently completed her second year of her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University where she is studying cello performance with Dr. Brian Snow.

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Hannah Stone

2022 Cello

Hannah Stone is a 19 year old cellist from San Francisco, CA. She grew up in a musical household, eventually attending the Crowden School.

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Yinyin Sun

2022 Violin

Born in 2001, Yinyin Sun began to play the violin at the age of five under the guidance of Professor Zhao Yiyong from Xi’an Conservatory of Music.

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Kaede Suzuki

2022 Piano

Kaede Suzuki is a freshman at William Mason High school in Mason, Ohio. She has been learning the piano performance seriously since 11 years old.

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Oliver Szabo

2022 Piano

Oliver Szabo is a rising junior at the Seven Hills School. He enjoys playing the piano, and solving problems in math and physics as well. Many of his friends know him as “Liver.”

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Adam Vest

2022 Cello

Adam Vest is a student of Dr. Angelique Montes and began his private study with Cincinnati Symphony cellist Hiro Matsuo.

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Luise Wendroth

2022 Violin

Luise Wendroth, 17, is a junior at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. She has been playing the violin since age five and is currently studying under Yeh-Hsin Lin. She has participated in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) for seven years.

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Louie Yeh

2022 Violin

Louie is 13 years old and is from Texas. Having started violin at 7, he has won numerous regional competitions and was the concertmaster of his region in the middle school division for 2 consecutive years.

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Jiaqi Yu

2022 Violin

Violinist Jiaqi Yu started playing violin when she was four years old in Changchun, China. When she was 12, her teacher recommended her audition to the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School, where she spent six years of middle and high school.

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