The Foundation launched its first Scholarship last fall. It was open to violinists of all nationalities, the ages of 17-23, pursuing an undergraduate degree in music at an accredited university, college, or conservatory in the United States at the time of application. Double majors with music and another subject were also encouraged to apply.
Undergraduate students representing Depaul University, Rice University, UW Milwaukee, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music, Wheaton College, and Mannes School of Music participated.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Shao-Che (Sean) started playing the violin from the young age of five in a local music classroom. Growing up, Sean participated in many national music competitions, and often as prize winners. Sean moved to New York City at the age of thirteen to pursue a career as a violinist, he studied under both Mr. I-Hao Lee and Mr. Hyo Kang in The Juilliard Precollege. Sean currently studies at The Juilliard School as a senior under the guidance of Mr. Masao Kawasaki. Sean participated and advanced as semi-finalists in The Wieniawski international violin competition for young violinists and The Tchaikovsky Violin Competition for Young Musicians.
Praised for her “rich sound [and] excellent rhythmic drive” (violinist.com), young violin virtuoso Audrey Park, currently studies at the Juilliard School under Mr. Hyo Kang, with additional instruction from Linda Rose, Almita Vamos, and Cho-Liang Lin. Park was chosen as a student artist for the prestigious 2019 Starling-DeLay Symposium at The Juilliard School and was selected to participate in NPR's nationally syndicated program From the Top. She was also recognized as a 2019 and 2020 National YoungArts Winner. Recently, she was the grand prize winner of the Bellagrande International Music Competition. Audrey has made appearances as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the LA Virtuosi Orchestra, Curtis Y.A.S.P. Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, among many others. She has performed in prestigious venues throughout the United States and Europe. Audrey was selected to play in masterclasses for Ray Chen, Glenn Dicterow, and Cho-Liang Lin.
Minji Lee, a versatile musician from South Korea, began learning a piano at 5 before picking up a violin, which spurred her lifelong love of music. She began playing the violin at 6 and made her debut with Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist when she was 10. She has won numerous competitions including Second Prize at Bales Violin Competition and Third Prize at Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition in Budapest, Hungary. She has played in masterclasses for Shlomo Mintz, Mimi Zweig, and Aaron Rosand, and she also has participated in music festivals including Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Minji recently spent her summer at Heifetz institute of music as a member of Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar. Lee is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Soovin Kim at New England Conservatory.
Julia Su, 19, began her violin studies at age four. She has since made solo appearances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Wheeler High School Orchestra. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the first prize winner of the 2019 John H. Head Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition, MTNA 2016 Senior Strings Winner and 2018 Honorable Mention, and Audience Choice Award in the 2017 Rising Stars Competition, as well as the winner of several other concerto competitions. She also served as the concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for the 2017-2019 seasons.