Friday, July 16, 2021

Ellen Hayashi | 2nd Prize | Violin | 8th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition


Ellen Hayashi (18) is a senior, honor-roll student at Cottonwood High School. She is a Dorothy and Richard Starling Foundation Scholar studying with Eugene Watanabe and a student in the Gifted Music School full-scholarship Conservatory. Ellen made her orchestral debut at age 10 with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with a number of orchestras in Utah, including twice with the Utah Symphony. Ellen is a two-time finalist at the Coeur D’Alene National Young Artists Competition, a finalist at the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, and a top prize winner in the ENKOR International Music Violin Competition. Ellen also is the 2021 Utah Best of State Youth Individual Instrumentalist and a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Winner. As a member of The BEAR Quartet, Ellen was a gold medalist in the Pasadena Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Competition, the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians’ Competition, the ENKOR International Music Competition, and the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, and was featured on NPR’s From The Top (Show 367). In the fall, Ellen will be attending the University of Michigan to study violin performance under the direction of Professor Danielle Belen. Besides violin, Ellen likes hiking, being with friends, and hanging out with her dog Treble.

Concerto in D Major, Op 35, I. Allegro moderato—Moderato assai, P. Tchaikovsky, 17:22

Sonata No  3 in C major, BWV 1005, IV. Allegro assai, J.S. Bach, 2:34