Doublestop Foundation

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[New York, New York] – On Sunday, May 20, 2018, at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, Room 303, Doublestop Foundation presented ‘The Finalists’ program, part of the fifth annual Instrument Loan Competition. Eight deserving musicians from across the country traveled to New York City in pursuit of a fine stringed instrument loan from the Foundation. The Finalists, ages ranging from 16 to 27, train at top music institutions across the United States, including Colburn Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, Palo Alto High School, SUNY Purchase, University of Iowa, and Yale School of Music. The judging committee included the Foundation’s leadership Michelle Kim, artistic director (assistant concertmaster, New York Philharmonic) and Matthew Way, executive director; as well as guest judges Stephanie Baer, Director of Strings Studies at NYU; cellist Wendy Sutter, Faculty at Columbia University; and Andrew Trombley, principal bass, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

The 2018 Ambassadors


Hannah White began her solo career with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine, and has since toured throughout the United States earning raving reviews. She has soloed with Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and Madison Symphony Orchestra, among others. Hanna earned first place at dozens of – regional, national and international – solo and chamber competitions. She has appeared in Strad Magazine, Strings Magazine, Al Jazeera, Bein and Fushi Magazine, The Violin Channel, ABC, Chicago’s WFMT, NPR’s “From the Top”, WCLV, WVIZ, Ideastream, MPTV, and numerous newspapers throughout the United States.

Named an Ambassador of Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Hannah performs on a Vincenzo Postiglione violin from Naples, Italy (c.1910), a loan made possible with the generosity of Jina Choi.


Violinist Dae Hee Ahn is a versatile musician who has appeared on stages across United States and South Korea as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Since the age of seven, Dae Hee has soloed with multiple orchestras, including the New Jersey Philharmonic, Livingston Symphony, and the High Mountain Symphony. She is the winner of the Oneppo Chamber Music Competition, Livingston Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Mae and Fletcher Fish Young Artist Competition. A current DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music under Ani Kavafian, Dae Hee has served as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Maestros Peter Oundjian, Carolyn Kuan, and Shinik Hahm. With her sister, pianist Dae Hyung Ahn, she released an album of transcribed hymns through Sony Music, Korea.

Named an Ambassador of Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Dae Hee performs on a Terry Borman violin (c.1990), a loan made possible with the generosity of Cho Liang Lin.


Cellist Zoe Lin, 17, most influential teachers include Michael Gelfandbein, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, and her current teacher Jonathan Koh. Zoe attended the Meadowmount School of Music in New York for two summers and the Aspen Music Festival. She was a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) for six seasons and is now part of an award-winning cello quartet at California Music Preparatory Academy. Some of the most meaningful musical experiences have included coaching chamber music at PACO, co-directing the San Francisco “Back To Bach” region, and performing on NPR’s “From The Top.” Zoe is an avid bubble tea drinker, coffee-shop visitor, and food photographer.

Named an Ambassador of Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Zoe performs on a rare unattributed English cello from the early 19th century, a loan made possible with the generous support of Taeja Kim Lee and Dr. Howard Lee.


Young South Korean cellist Yoonsoo Yeo is has found much success in the early stages of his career. In 2016, he attended Kromberg Academy cello masterclass, where he received the Frans Helmerson Award. The same year he became the youngest musician to join Richard yongjae O’neil’s ‘Revolutionary’ national tour. In 2017, at age 16, he was invited to study music at the Korea Art University. He now attends the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies with Carter Brey.

Named an Ambassador of Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Yoonsoo will perform on a fine instrument yet tbd.


A musician of varied interests, Alexander Ferkey has performed around the Midwest in a variety of musical genres ranging from jazz, orchestral, and chamber music to musical theater, rock, and metal. As a native of central Wisconsin, Alex pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with Professor David Story. As a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra and UWSP Wind Ensemble, Alex has performed with acclaimed musicians such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, David Taylor, and the late David Maslanka. In 2017, he became the first bassist to win the Alice Peet Faust Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the UWSP Symphony Orchestra. Alex was a semifinalist in the 2017 Classics Alive Young Artist Competition, and in 2016, received an honorable mention in the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.

Named an Ambassador of Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Alex performs on a Lorenzo Carcassi model bass built by Barrie Kolstein in 2000, a loan made possible with the generous support of Matthew Way.


Matthew Peralta began studying the piano at the age of seven. At age 14, he switched to double bass upon acceptance into the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. He twice attended the Kinhaven Music School and once to Eastern Music Festival. He previously studied music in the InterSchool Orchestras of New York. In his senior year of high school, Matthew won the concerto competition and performed the Dragonetti Bass Concerto. Presently, he attends SUNY Purchase where he is a student of Timothy Cobb and performs with the New York Youth Symphony.  is performing in his fourth and final year of New York Youth Symphony and is attending SUNY Purchase where he studies with Timothy Cobb. This summer Matthew will attend the Roundtop Music Festival. His past teachers include Rebekah Griffin Greene, Rick Ostrovsky and Leonid Finkelshteyn.

Named an Ambassador of Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Matthew performs on a Jacob Schmidbauer bass and Joseph Kun French bow, a loan made possible with the generous support of Greg and Dana Kwan.

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