2021 Chamber Music Fellows
Meet the Fellows
The ABEO QUARTET (Njioma Grevious violin, Rebecca Benamin violin, James Jang viola, Clara Abel cello) is a silver medal winner of the 2019 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, has performed at The Kennedy Center, in Oslo, and has been featured in New York with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Alice Tuilly Hall, and on WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces. Formed at Juilliard in 2018, the quartet also won the Judges Special Recognition Award at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. This summer with new members Clara Abel and Rebecca Benjamin, Abeo is thrilled to perform works by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Vaughn Williams, Shostakovich, Haydn and more at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Previously, Abeo won a 2019 Montreal International String Quartet Academy fellowship, studying with members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Quatuor Ebene, Takács String Quartet and the Artemis Quartet. Abeo also has had coachings with pianist Joseph Kalichstein and studied regularly under the tutelage of The Juilliard String Quartet | Louise Willson Scholarship | abeoquartet.com
Violinist REBECCA BENJAMIN, a native of Warsaw Indiana, is an engaging and versatile musician who has made appearances across the United States and abroad. A passionate chamber musician, Benjamin has participated in the Perlman Music Program, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Wu Han/David Finkel Chamber Studio, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to nursing homes and schools, and enjoys connecting with audiences of all ages. Internationally, Benjamin has performed in the Dominican Republic and has participated in the Prussia Cove Masterclasses in Cornwall, England. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music, she has studied with Joel Smirnoff, Jaime Laredo and Hyo Kang, among others. As a member of the Abeo Quartet, she will be pursuing a string quartet fellowship in the fall, while also studying viola. Benjamin loves coffee, hiking and being outside with friends.
HANNAH GOLDSTICK is an enthusiastic chamber, orchestral, and solo violinist committed to exploring and sharing a diverse array of music. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she has performed in venues such as the Musical Instrument Museum, the Mesa Arts Center, and the Phoenix Art Museum both as a soloist and as a part of a string quartet. In years past, Goldstick has participated in music festivals across the country, including BUTI Young Artist Orchestra Program, Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin Festival, and Red Rocks Music Festival. Hannah has also participated in a number of recital series as part of her studio at New England Conservatory that has been broadcast and shared through the Harvard Musical Association and The Violin Channel. Goldstick is currently at the New England Conservatory in Boston studying under Miriam Fried. Prominent teachers and mentors include Jing Zeng, James Buswell, and Paul Biss. At NEC, Goldstick is also pursuing a Liberal Arts minor with a focus in poetry. When not playing violin, she enjoys reading, taking long walks, and listening to all kinds of music. | Sponsored by Sukey Wagner
A versatile chamber and orchestral musician, NJIOMA GREVIOUS, of Washington, DC, is completing her undergraduate studies at The Juilliard School as a Jerome L. Greene scholarship recipient and student of Ronald Copes. In 2018, she won First Prizes for Performance and Interpretation in the Prix Ravel chamber music competition in France. She is also a winner of a Music Academy of the West Keston-Max Fellowship to study and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2022. Along with her colleagues in the Abeo Quartet, Grevious won the 2019 Silver Medal in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Grevious has been invited to participate in numerous summer festivals including the Montreal International String Quartet Academy, Meadowmount, Fontainebleau Schools and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Hailed by The Washington Post as “sweetly lyrical,” violinist ARIEL HOROWITZ has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world and has premiered her original compositions for violin and voice at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. An avid teacher, she serves on the faculty of Mount Holyoke College and is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Heartbeat Music Project, a tuition-free program providing instruments, music, and Navajo (Diné) cultural knowledge to young people in grades K-12 living in the Navajo Nation. Horowitz is a recipient of numerous prizes and in 2020 was honored with the Concert Artists Guild Ambassador Prize, and joined the Concert Artists Guild roster. | Sponsored by John Garrels and Anne Garrels | artist website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
Known for her genuine performances, Korean violinist JEEIN KIM has appeared on numerous stages worldwide. Recent honors include fourthprize at the Menuhin International Competition, third prize at the Seoul International Competition, and first prize at the Northwest Sinfonietta Youth Competition. KIM is also a winner of the Shinhan Music Award, received first prize at the Ewha & Kyunghyang Competition and the Eumak Chunchu Competition. She received second prize at both the Donga, and Busan Competitions as well as third prize at the Joongang Competition. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Filharmonie Hradec Králové (Czechoslovakia), Northwest Sinfonietta (Washington), JK Chamber Orchestra (Korea), Prime Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine) and Yonsei University Orchestra (Korea). She also gave recitals in the Kumho Art Hall, Shinhan Art Hall, Yonsei Kumho Art Hall and Elim Art Center. Other performances include Chosunilbo Debut Concert, Young Mozart Concert and Mast Summer Academy Rising Star Concert. Kim is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory studying with Soovin Kim. | Sponsored by Katherine C. Moore | Instgram
Chicago violinist MASHA LAKISOVA currently studies with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, and has taken lessons and masterclasses with Ana Chumachenko, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman, and Augustin Hadelich. She has had the privilege of performing in esteemed concert venues as a soloist and as a chamber musician in collaboration with artists such as Vadim Gluzman, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlin Roussev, and Ilya Kaler. She has taken top prizes at prestigious competitions such as the Stulberg and Klein International String Competitions, the Tibor Junior and Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competitions, and National YoungArts. As a member of string quartets at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Lakisova won two consecutive Gold Medals at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and was featured on NPR’s From the Top. Masha has been a student at the Perlman Music Program since 2016. She enjoys reading, singing, and hiking in her spare time. | Sponsored by David Low and Dominique Lahaussois
Violinist GREGORY LEWIS has established a reputation as an emerging artist possessing “brilliant technique and control” (Chronicle Journal) and “wonderful musical personality” (Winnipeg Free Press). He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Consortium Aurora Borealis, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and the Colburn Academy Virtuosi, and has received top prizes in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Canadian National Music Festival, WMC McLellan Competition, Yale Chamber Music Competition, Virtuoso e Belcanto Violin Competition, and the Concours de musique du Canada. Named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30," Lewis has attended festivals including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, The Juilliard School Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Yale University, and the Colburn School, where he studied with Oleg Pokhanovski, Ani Kavafian, and Martin Beaver. This fall, Lewis will begin his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Yale School of Music with Ani Kavafian. | Paul and Susan Hawkshaw Scholarship | artist website | Instagram | YouTube
Hailed as “...a spectacular young violinist” by The Seattle Times Music Critic Bernard Jacobson, American-born violinist SOPHIA STOYANOVICH has captivated audiences since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. She has soloed with numerous orchestras and has performed across North America, Europe, Russia, China, and Vietnam. Upcoming engagements for the 2021-2022 season include debuts with the Santa Monica College Symphony performing Beethoven Violin Concerto, appearances on the Crocker Art Museum (CA) and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (IL), and the release of her debut album, American Elegy, with Orpheus Classical in January of 2022, featuring the Serbian-American compositions of Patrick Stoyanovich. Stoyanovich received both her Bachelor and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School and has studied under the tutelage of Li Lin, Mark Steinberg, and Sylvia Rosenberg. Stoyanovich is an active educator in the New York area and performs on a 1930 Berger violin made in New York City. | Clement Clark Moore Scholarship | artist website | Instagram
Violinist-violist hybrid CHRISTINE WU has been hailed for her “strikingly bold sound” and “technical facility” (Theater Jones), and performs internationally with recent appearances in Dallas, Cleveland, and New York City, as well as Magdeburg and Köthen in Germany. In October 2021, she will be presenting a program of works by women and black composers for solo violin and solo viola as one of six finalists for the Berlin Prize for Young Artists competition. As a chamber musician, Wu has performed and collaborated with Joseph Silverstein, Mark Steinberg, Nicholas Mann, and David Geber. Leadership roles as concertmaster culminated most recently with the New York String Orchestra in their 50th Anniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall. Christine studied at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and Cleveland Institute of Music with Sylvia Rosenberg, Nicholas Mann, Masao Kawasaki, and Jaime Laredo. She also holds a minor in business management from Case Western Reserve University. | artist website | Intsagram
Violist ERICA GAILING is a native of New York City. She has performed with various renowned musicians including Robert Demaine, Karen Dreyfus, Glenn Dicterow, as well as jazz and pop artists Victor Gould, Cory Henry, Andrea Bocelli, and Kygo. Gailing frequently performs with the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic as well as the Highline String Quartet, of which she is a core member. She has also appeared at the Spoleto Festival USA, Sarasota Music Festival, Domaine Forget de Charlevoix Chamber Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Festival. When performance venues closed this past year, Gailing began teaching elementary students full time at a school in Woodside, Queens. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Queens College and her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Besides teaching and performing, Gailing loves the ocean, running, and reading more than one book at a time. | 2006 Centenary Committee Scholarship
American violist BETHANY HARGREAVES has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout North America, Europe, China, and Israel. Notable performances include her solo debut on Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and two concerto appearances with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, Hargreaves has performed with distinguished musicians including Miriam Fried, Ara Gregorian, Ani Kavafian, Itzhak Perlman, and Donald Weilerstein. She is currently a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and often collaborates with the Center for Musical Excellence, New York Classical Players, Noree Chamber Soloists, and the Versoi Ensemble. She holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, and the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, and Ettore Causa. She plays on a viola made by Gabrielle Kundert.
Violist JAMES KANG has recently finished his undergraduate studies under Carol Rodland at The Juilliard School as a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He is currently part of the Abeo Quartet which received the Silver Medal in the 2019 Fischoff Competition Senior Division and has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall and Sentralen in Oslo, Norway. Knag is a prize winner of ASTA National Solo Competition, Atlanta Federation of Musicians Scholarship, and Bach Competition in Georgia. In July of 2019, he served as a guest faculty artist with Guri Santa Marcelina to coach young violists in Brazil. Kang has attended the summer programs of the Perlman Chamber Workshop, National Youth Orchestra, Yellow Barn YAP, and Aspen Music Festival, and has performed with Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein. Kang loves to cat sit, teach K-12 students, play Pokémon, and draw doodles and cartoon characters in his spare time. | artist website | Instagram
From Shenzhen, China, violist WEILAN LI is a graduate of Bard College where she studied with Steven Tenenbom and Melissa Reardon and received degrees in viola performance and cultural anthropology. A second prize winner in the viola category of the Hong Kong International String Competition in 2014, Li has participated in many summer music festivals including the Young Artists Program of the National Arts Center in Ottawa, where she was selected for the Pinchas Zukerman studio. Li was principal violist of the National Youth Orchestra of China during their 2017 tour of the US, including a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Seattle Symphony’s Ludovic Morlotand pianistYuja Wang. In 2018, Li attended Taconic Music in Vermont and Keshet Eilon in Israel.As a 2019 fellow at National Orchestral Institute (NOI), Li was principal violist with the NOI Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto with pianist Kevin Cole. The performance was recorded by Naxos Records and released is 2020. Li is a beginner wood crafting enthusiast and has just began learning basic woodworking and furniture restorations. She will start her master’s degree at Rice University in 2021.
Born into a family of musicians, cellist CLARA ABEL found a delight for music at a young age. She has performed at festivals including Kneisel Hall, Clasclas International Music Festival, and the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. As a member of the Kahlo Quartet, she was chosen for Juilliard’s Honors Chamber Music Program. Abel made her New York concerto debut in 2015, and is a substitute cellist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and New York Classical Players. Abel enjoys performing for all types of audiences, and plays in a variety of musical languages including improvisation and historical performance. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, where she is now pursuing a degree in baroque cello. Abel cares deeply about the environment and loves nature. She enjoys a vegan lifestyle, and likes to run, hike, and bike in her spare time (when she isn’t tending to her small forest of houseplants). | artist website | Instagram
Armed with a versatility of creative interests, cellist PETER EOM has been recognized for his “lyrical, vibrant sound” and an eclectic musical approach that aims to present a vivid, authentic, and personal rendering of works ranging the gamut of Classical music. Eom is a top prizewinner of the Klein International String Competition, Dover Chamber Competition, Alexander & Buono International String Competition, National YoungArts Foundation, and in 2013 was chosen as one of three Classical musicians representing the United States as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Solo engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, MusicaNova Orchestra, Universal Music Group, YoungArts, and Americans for the Arts. Chamber music engagements include Ravinia Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and Colburn Chamber Music Society. Eom currently pursues a Rebanks Fellowship at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music with Barry Shiffman and Hans Jensen. Outside his musical responsibilities, Eom enjoys tea, grilling a good steak, and reading about odd topics like armadillo reproduction and communicating via lucid dreams. | Aldo and Elizabeth Parisot Scholarship | artist website | Instagram | Youtube
Japanese-American cellist MARI NAGAHARA has distinguished herself as a promising young talent. Performing extensively around the United States and Europe, some of her notable performances include her New York recital debut with Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi, and recitals with the Holland Music Sessions. An avid chamber musician, she has spent summers at the Taos School of Music, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Music@Menlo, and Kneisel Hall. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top on two separate occasions – as a soloist and on the 306th episode, Backstage at Fischoff, as a member of Trio Adonais, which was awarded the 2015 Silver Medal at the Fischoff Competition. An accomplished orchestral musician, she has served as a principal cellist of the NEC Symphony and as assistant principal of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Nagahara is currently finishing her undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory with Paul Katz. | Clement Clark Moore Scholarship
Born in NYC, MACINTYRE TABACK began cello studies at age 11 as a part of his school’s strings program. When he was 14, he began at The Juilliard Pre-College with Caroline Stinson. He has also studied the piano since he was five with Donna Friedman. Taback has recently performed at the Aspen, Bowdoin, Heifetz, Skaneateles, and Caroga Lake festivals, where he's worked with cellists such as Desmond Hoebig, Timothy Eddy, Darrett Adkins, Hans Jensen, Colin Carr, and Paul Katz. He is excited to attend the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this summer (2021). Taback has just ﬁnished his undergraduate studies with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott at the Eastman School of Music, where he received the Performance Certiﬁcate as well as the Glenn and Frances Harris Cello Prize. He will begin his master’s degree in the fall at the New England Conservatory under Laurence Lesser. He has previously studied at Yale University. | Sponsored by Anne-Marie Soullière and Lindsey Kiang
MEGAN YIP, from Portland, Oregon, started playing the cello at age six. She was a member of the Grammy-nominated ensemble, Yale Cellos, and is guest artist with Versoi Ensemble, a collective of American and Finnish artists as agents of cultural diplomacy. Her passion for community outreach extends towards Ashley’s Learning Center in Turks and Caicos and as a Gluck Community Fellow in New York City. Yip has attended summer festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals, Musique de Chambre à Giverny, and Aspen Music Festival, and her masterclass teachers include Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Frans Helmerson, and Ralph Kirshbaum. She studied with Richard Aaron and Paul Watkins, and received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and her Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music. Yip recently won a Fulbright Scholar Award and will study at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with Jean-Guihen Queyras, after which she will pursue her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan. She enjoys solo hikes and eating cake for breakfast.
Equally at home in the solo, concerto, chamber, and art song repertoires, 24-year-old pianist CARTER JOHNSON has established himself as one of the most exciting young pianists in Canada and beyond, winning dozens of prizes in national and international competitions. In addition to his musical career, Johnson is an accomplished actor and speaker, and has won many awards particularly for his performances of Shakespeare—combining this experience with his passion for educating audiences, his discussions on music have become a regular highlight of his recitals for many concertgoers. Johnson recently completed a Master of Music at The Juilliard School and will begin a Master of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music this fall. Perhaps most importantly, Johnson and his wife Hannah have two beautiful young boys, Preston and Ambrose—they currently live in Hamden, where their favorite hobbies consist of cooking together, watching films, and eating fruit snacks and goldfish crackers. | artist website
A native of Satu Mare, Romania, Hungarian pianist ALEXA STIER was the recipient of the Silvestri Musical and Academic Scholarship offered by The Mary Erskine School (Edinburgh, UK, 2013-2015). In 2019, she completed her Bachelor of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying with Prof. Fali Pavri. In 2019, Stier appeared as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and won First Prize at the Sheepdrove Piano Competition (UK). Currently, Stier is a master’s student at the Yale School of Music studying with Prof. Boris Berman. In the fall, she will pursue her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Yale School of Music. Stier is particularly interested in Eastern European history and culture. She enjoys performing music which connects to her heritage, including the works of Ligeti and Bartók. In her free time Alexa likes travelling, visiting art museums, and playing with her puppy Zuzu. | Sponsored by Nancy and James Remis | artist website