Sunday, February 19, 2017

Isabel Won | 2nd Prize | Strings 2nd Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

USA, cello
Score: 93.63

Isabel was born in 1999, and began her musical studies at the age of 3 with the piano, then developed her passions for the cello when she was 5 years old.

She has been an orchestra member since she was seven, and is now a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and string quartet. Isabel is a winner of the 2016 and 2017 National YoungArts Foundation, and a semi-finalist in the 2015's 25th Johansen International Music Competition for Young String Players in Washington D.C. As a Grand Prize winner in both the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition and the 2015 Crescendo International Music Competition, she played in Carnegie Hall several times. She has also performed in various venues including Weill Recital Hall, Morse Recital Hall, Paul Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Wilson Theater, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the Alumni Theater at Caldwell College in New Jersey, the National Canadian Music Center, the Leacock Theater in Calgary, Canada, and in Alkmaar and Heiloo in the Netherlands. She is a two times winner of the Sophia and Norman Goldblatt Scholarship Competition, and the 14th and 15th New York Music competition as well as was the winner of the Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto competition, the Sinfoniette Nova Concerto competition, the National Virtuosi Recital competition, the Ensemble 212 Young Artist competition, and the LISMA International Music competition. She was also been invited to play in the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Vevey, Switzerland.

During the past summers, Isabel has studied and participated in master-classes with Paul Katz, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Reinhard Latzko, Thomas Wiebe, Philippe Muller, Bonian Tian, Wei Yu, Tomasz Strahl, Brian Manker, John Kadz, and Joanne Perron. She was accepted to participate in the 26th International Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands in the summer of 2015 as well as the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival in Calgary, Canada as a full scholarship recipient in 2014. Last summer, she participated in the Meadowmount summer music school in New York.

In addition to her musical studies, Isabel is the founder of The Harmony, a group that performs at local senior centers, nursing homes, and libraries. Through her volunteer organization, Isabel has also coordinated benefit concerts and fundraising events with her local community. She has used her talents in music to volunteer in her Back to Bach Project as a regional director, where she has been dedicated to educating and inspiring young children about classical music around the nation.

Cello Concerto in D Major (I. Allegro Moderato), Joseph Haydn, 12'07'

Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice, Christoph Willibald Gluck, 3'19'