Concerto Competition Finalists
Raoul Cho is currently Principal Flute and Artist in Residence at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory, in Toronto. Raoul holds an Artist Diploma Degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. In the U.S., Cho studied under Marina Piccinini at John Hopkins. In Europe, he studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst under the late Wolfgang Schultz (solo flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic) and Raffael Leone (solo piccolo of the Vienna Symphony). Earlier in his career, Cho was Principal Flute for the Bel Cantati Opera and a Traverso Player with the Baltimore Baroque Band. He was also a soloist with Symphony Number One, performing Mozart Concerto for flute and harp at the Baltimore War Memorial. Raoul has participated in the Lucerne Festival as a core member and the Aspen Music Festival, as a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. His upcoming project “Four Elements” for the residency program in Toronto will take place in May, premiering four new pieces written on four different elements.
Harpist Jane Soh did her undergraduate work at the National University of Singapore, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies and English Literature, while studying harp with Yu-Hsin Huang. She then earned her Master of Music degree in Harp Performance from Boston Conservatory, where she is currently a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate. She has been under the tutelage of Ina Zdorovetchi since 2013. Soh has performed in Japan, the UK, Singapore, and the United States. She played for Princess Takamado of Japan at the 6th US-Japan Youth Forum, where she also represented Singapore as a panelist. Past ensemble collaborations include the North End Music and Perfoming Arts Center (NEMPAC) Opera Project, Singapore Flute Ensemble and the MUS’ART Orchestra. She has spent recent summers as a fellow at the Brevard Music Center, the Saratoga Harp Colony and the Catrin Finch Summer Academy in Wales. Prior to coming to Boston, Cho was a regular soloist at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Second Prize (tie).
Violinist Alan Tilley is Co-Artistic Director & Programming Coordinator for Palaver Strings chamber orchestra, and a 2015 recipient of the Roman Totenberg Merit Scholarship. He is currently attending Boston University to study with Bayla Keyes. Tilley attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Michigan, under the tutelege of professors Stephen Shipps and Yehonatan Berick (violin) and Professor Yizhak Schotten (viola). He received his Master of Music at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, where he studied with professors Mimi Zweig and Alex Kerr. In 2013 Alan co-founded the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, and was a summer Artist-Faculty until 2015. His earlier years were spent playing in numerous regional orchestras in the mid-west, and performing in music festivals in Maine, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the Czech Republic. You may have heard him play as a featured performer recently on NPR’s ‘Says You!’.
Shuxiang Yang started playing violin at the age of five and made his concerto debut at the age of thirteen. At the age of sixteen, Yang was awarded a full undergraduate scholarship to study at Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University under Victor Danchenko, Almita Vamos, and Roland Vamos. He later pursued graduate studies at YongSiew Toh Conservatory under Qian Zhou, and is currently reading for a Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory under Donald Weilerstein. Yang’s past engagements include concerto performances with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, National University of Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and The Chamber Players. He has made numerous solo and chamber music appearances in USA, Germany, Austria, Italy, Australia, China, Malaysia, and Singapore. He has performed for Singapore’s presidents and prime minister, and their foreign guests, on several occasions. Second Prize (tie).
Viioinist Philip Zuckerman began his violin studies at the age of five, in his hometown of Örebro, Sweden, and his debut performances took place shortly after, at the age of six. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, where he currently pursues graduate studies with Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein. Zuckerman plays on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, on generous loan from the private collection of Dr. Peter Hauber, Berlin. In recent seasons, Zuckerman has performed with orchestras such as Camerata Nova, Capella Sine Nomine, Malmö Sinfonietta, and Baden-Baden Philharmonic, and has played at the Usedom Music Festival, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, and Gotland Chamber Music Festival. He has appeared in concert with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, double-bassist Duncan McTier, and with members of the Cleveland, Cavani, Yggdrasil, and Vertavo string quartets. Zuckerman was a featured performer on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Morning Classical Music with Suzanne Nanze, and has been interviewed on Swedish public radio (SR). Third Prize.