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Doublestop Foundation holds second annual Instrument Loan Competition and names four new Ambassadors
[New York, New York] – On Saturday, September 7, 2014, at New York University Steinhardt’s School of Music, Doublestop Foundation held its second annual Instrument Loan Competition, which resulted in the naming of four new Ambassadors.
Eleven deserving musicians from New York, NY to Berkeley, CA traveled to Manhattan over the weekend in pursuit of a three-year fine stringed instrument loan from Doublestop Foundation and the coveted title of Ambassador. Each musician prepared a recital program that included Bach, a concerto movement, and a virtuosic piece for a live captive audience. The committee of Michelle Kim, President and Artistic Director of Doublestop Foundation; Stephanie Baer, Director of Strings Studies at NYU; Joshua Roman, concert cellist; Timothy Cobb, Principal Double Bass, New York Philharmonic; and James Bruno, Doublestop Foundation Trustee, named four new Doublestop Ambassadors, Qing Yu Chen, violin; Jiali Li, viola; Mosa Tsay, cello; and Christian Gray, double bass.
The 2014 Ambassadors
Violinist Qing Yu Chen studies with Masao Kawasaki in the Juilliard Pre-College. She began playing the piano at age four and at five, decided to focus on the violin. She won the 2009 American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented Passion of Music Gold Medal and grand prize at the 2011 Youth Talent and Arts Competition, and first prize at the 2011 New York International Music Competition. She was a 2012 New Horizon Fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She is fluent in Mandarin and English, loves reading and swimming, and is a big sister to eight-year-old Liyu.
Qing Yu is the recipient of a Raffaele Gagliano violin lent by Doublestop Instrument Sponsor Mr. Henry Choi.
Violist Jiali LI began her music studies on the violin at age six and at 12, switched to viola. Now, a full-scholarship recipient and student of Paul Neubauer at The Juilliard School, Jiali performs with the Juilliard Orchestra and New Juilliard Ensemble. She was the third-prize winner at Spain’s X Concurso Internacional de Viola-Cello “Villa de Llanes” and the third-prize winner at The Chinese National Viola Competition. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, and The Great Hall of the People and in master-class settings for Robert Vernon, Pinchas Zukerman, and Maestro Alan Gilbert.
Jiali is the recipient of a Terry Borman viola lent by Doublestop Instrument Sponsor Mr. Cho-Liang Lin.
Cellist Mosa Tsay is a graduate of UC Berkeley with simultaneous degrees in Music and Society & Environment. She began playing cello at age seven, and quickly discovered an affinity for chamber music. Mosa is not the Business Manager of the ensemble Celli@Berkeley and curates programs with composers to commission new works for cello ensemble. She also coaches chamber ensembles at the California Music Preparatory Academy. Away from the cello, Mosa serves on the Steering Committee for the University Catholic Conference of California.
Mosa is recipient of a rare unstamped 19th century cello lent by Doublestop Instrument Sponsors, Mrs. Taeja Kim Lee and Dr. Howard Lee.
Bassist Christian Gray is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and graduate of Boston University where he studied with Ed Barker. He has performed with several ensembles around Boston, including the Discovery Ensemble and the Atlantic Symphony. He is twice a participant in the WaBass: Institute for the 21st Century Bass Player where he worked with pedagogues Hal Robinson, Eric Larsen, and Ranaan Meyer. He has spent summers at the Garth Newel Chamber Festival, Music Academy of the West, Brevard Music Center, and Le Domaine Forget. He is also a Finalist with New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.
Christian is the recipient of a Kolstein Carcassi Model Double Bass lent by Doublestop Instrument Sponsor Mr. Matthew Way.
Doublestop Foundation provides stringed instruments to deserving musicians who cannot afford to make such a donation on their own accord. The Foundation hosts the annual Instrument Loan Competition and provides winners with a fine stringed instrument loan for the duration of three years. Reaching out to the broader community, The Regrant Project pinpoints underserved public schools and community organizations that cannot afford to rebuild or establish a new string program for their institution. With assistance from strategic partnerships, The Regrant Project donates high-quality student stringed instruments, bows, cases, and accessories to these deserving organizations.
Michelle Kim, President & Artistic Director | Matthew Way, Executive Director
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