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YSM violinists advance in Seoul and Queen Elisabeth Competitions

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD and Wonyoung Jung ’12 MM are among the twelve semifinalists in the Seoul International Competition. The competition is taking place in Seoul through March 29.

The Seoul International Music Competition was established by The Dong-A Ilbo, one of the most prestigious national newspapers in Korea, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The Competition’s aim is to promote international cultural exchanges through music, and to support talented young musicians from around the world. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in a rotating sequence. The category for 2015 competition is violin, and the competition is being held from March 18 to 29 in Seoul. MORE

Published March 27, 2015
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YSM students advance in competitions

Violinists Wonyoung Jung and Suliman Tekalli, pianist Sean Chen compete this week


Sean Chen ’14AD advances to semifinals of Cliburn Competition

chen-sean-cliburnPianist Sean Chen advanced to the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition. His recital in this round includes Ligeti: Étude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable:; Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme, op. 21, no. 1; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Theofanidis: Birichino (the required piece commissioned for the competition); and Stravinsky: Trois movements du Pétrouchka. Chen will also perform the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Brentano String Quartet.

Second-prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Sean Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Chamber, Juilliard, New West Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic. He has presented solo recitals in Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Taipei, among other cities. Additional awards include top prize at the 2010 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Julliard, the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Best Performance of an American Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and an NFAA ARTSweek award. Born in Florida, Mr. Chen grew up in Oak Park, California and now resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing his artist diploma at the Yale School of Music. When not at the piano, he enjoys tinkering with computers and composing.

Wonyoung Jung ’13MM advances to semifinal Round III in Michael Hill Violin Competition

In the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, held in New Zealand, Wongyoung Jung ’13MM was one of six competitors selected to advance to Round III of the semifinals. MORE

Published June 4, 2013
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