2020 Scholarship Recipients
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.
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.