YCA / Korean Concert Society Prize

2018 | Aristo Sham, Piano

As the winner of the 2018 Korean Concert Society Kennedy Center Debut Prize, Aristo Sham will perform a recital at the Kennedy Center on a date to be announced here soon.

Pianist Aristo Sham has already dazzled audiences on five continents, in countries ranging from Singapore and Argentina, to Slovenia and Morocco, to China and Iceland. Mr. Sham won First Prize at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of twenty-two, and was also awarded special prizes: the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Prize, Vancouver Recital Society Prize, John Browning Memorial Prize, Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, Rhoda Walker Teagle New York Debut Prize, and Korean Concert Society Kennedy Center Debut Prize.

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2018 | SooBeen Lee, Violin

Performance Date: Mar. 4, 2019

Violinist SooBeen Lee has been called “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy” (Hancinema). She has already appeared as soloist with every major Korean orchestra, including the Seoul Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, and KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony Orchestra. She won First Prize at the 2013 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition and First Prize at the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

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2017 | Do-Hyun Kim, Piano

NOTE as of 12/14: Young Concert Artists has announced that pianist Do-Hyun Kim, previously scheduled to appear on March 4, 2019 in the Terrace Theater, has withdrawn due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled for 2019-20 season.

At the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York in November 2017, pianist Do-Hyun Kim was selected as the winner of the Korean Concert Society Prize.

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2017 | Nathan Lee, Piano

Performance Date: Apr. 29, 2018

At the age of 15, Nathan Lee’s budding career has already earned critical praise as well as standing ovations for performances of stunning musical maturity. Nathan won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, also picking up fourteen performance prizes.

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2016 | Dasol Kim, Piano

Performance Date: Apr. 9, 2018

Korean pianist Dasol Kim brings “a refined artistry of incredible maturity” to his performances (North Germany Review). A sought-after soloist, he has appeared with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic in Seoul, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, and the Belgium National Orchestra.

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2015 | Sang-Eun Lee, Cello

Performance Date: Nov. 18, 2015

Cellist Sang-Eun Lee won the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and First Prize at the 2014 YCA Auditions in Seoul, Korea, and at 15, she won First Prize at the 2009 Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., Second Prize at the 2009 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and the Young Musician Prize of the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin.

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2014 | Raphaël Sévère, Clarinet

Performance Date: Mar. 30, 2014

Discovered by the general public at the age of 12 on the radio (France Musique), Raphaël Sévère currently ranks as one of the most brilliant representatives of the French school of clarinet. Raphaël Sévère received a very early musical education: the piano, the violin and the cello. Aged 8, he took up the clarinet at the Conservatoire of Nantes while continuing studying the piano. A 14, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris with unanimous acclaim from the jury. He obtained in June 2013 the master’s degree with high honors.

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2013 | Ji, Piano

Performance Date: Dec. 3, 2013
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Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” 22-year-old Ji has a compelling musical presence and a career that began at the age of ten, when he was the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition, resulting in a performance at Avery Fisher Hall under Maestro Kurt Masur. He studied at the Music Preparatory Division of the Mannes College with Yuri Kim, and later at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College with Yoheved Kaplinsky. He is currently working with Choong-Mo Kang at The Juilliard School.

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