Charlotte White's

Dear Friends,

Just a few weeks ago the Salon hosted an event at the Bulgarian Consulate in New York and plans were underway for our annual Spring Song from Japan concert in March as well as for our Educational and Community Outreach events this Spring.

Today we find ourselves in a very different world where cultural life has been halted to a standstill and all cultural organizations are taking things one day at a time. The health and safety of our members is our top priority. The Salon, like so many other organizations, will be postponing all of our upcoming live events in March and April. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of the health authorities with respect to our concerts planned for May and June.

We are aware that many of our alumni are currently not able to travel and perform and we are determined to support them in any way we can, following in the footsteps of our beloved Charlotte White, a visionary who continues to inspire us to preserve the highest values of artistic excellence in classical music.

In the meantime, we continue to work on plans for future events and are hopeful that before long we can all get together again and enjoy live music performances in the company of friends. Until then we pray that you all remain safe and well!

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A Musical Inspiration

To lift all our spirits, we would like to share a musical bouquet from our 2019 Valentine Piano Extravaganza featuring a performance by Salon alumnus and dear friend Alessio Bax performing with his wife Lucille Chung. You can watch their performance below.

Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung


Gala Awards Concert

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Kosciuszko Foundation / 15 East 65th Street

Our acclaimed Gala Awards Concert will feature five of our 2019 Career Grant Winners Yesong Sophie Lee, violin, Yi-Nuo Wang, piano, Madeline Olson, harp, Minami Yoshida, violin and Anna Han, piano, with the renowned musicologist Robert Sherman, host of WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase, as Master of Ceremonies. Our sixth Career Grant Winner, Zlatomir Fung, will perform at our Musical Soul of Hungary concert later in the season.

Autumn in New York

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Liederkranz Foundation / 6 East 87th Street

We will feature the talented pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega and the rising violinist Nathan Meltzer, with a special return appearance of 2017 Salon Career Grant Winner Asi Matathias, violin, as guest artist

Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Des Artistes Apartments/ 1 West 67th Street

Join us as we celebrate the season at the beautiful home of Lewis and Elizabeth Bryden.

We will feature the gifted young violinist Marley Erickson and the exciting clarinetist Bixby Kennedy


Musical Gems from Eastern Europe

Thursday February 27, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Consulate General of Bulgaria/ 121 East 62nd Street

We celebrate the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe with the talented young cellist Aleksander Simic, student of Salon Career Grant Winner Istvan Vardai, and the thrilling pianist Do-Hyun Kim. This concert, presented with the kind support of  Consul General Maya Hristova of the Consulate General of Bulgaria  in New York, will also feature a performance by 2019 Salon Career Grant Winner Zlatomir Fung, cello, who recently won First Prize at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Salute to France

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Consulate General of France/ 934 Fifth Avenue

We are thrilled to present an evening at the elegant French Consulate, under the patronage of Anne Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, featuring the phenomenal French pianist Remi Geniet and the gifted young violinist Hina Khuong-Huu

East Meets West

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Consulate General of India/ 3 East 64th Street

We will close the season with our spectacular Season Finale at the Consulate General of India, with the kind support of Mr. Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India in New York, featuring the outstanding young American cellist Alexander Hersh, 2019 Career Grant winner Madeline Olson, harp, and acclaimed traditional Indian musicians.


As a special thank you to our members who join for the entire season, we are planning two wonderful bonus concerts. The first is our New Year’s Concert on January 23, 2020, featuring the gifted Spanish pianist Albert Cano Smit and introducing the 12-year old child prodigy flutist Sooah Jeon, winner of the 2019 92nd Street Y Concerto Competition. Our popular Spring Song from Japan is also planned for March 19, 2020.

Stay tuned and follow our website for up to date information.

We also have a number of exciting Educational and Community Outreach concerts planned this season,

featuring past Salon Career Grant Winners.

Thank you for Advancing Classical Music!

Your generosity enables us to nurture the concert artists of tomorrow through performance opportunities and financial assistance. To help the Salon fulfill its mission, please consider a tax-deductible donation to

Salon de Virtuosi, which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.


My mother's message at her 100th birthday celebration was that the secret to a long life is not a special vitamin or exercise, but to have a reason to wake up in the morning and to have a passion. The Salon was her passion, and her mind never ceased thinking up new ideas for concerts she wanted to present, exciting young musicians she wanted to introduce, and ways to impart her vivid personal experience of how music truly unites us. She shared her abundant energy and passion with her family, friends and members of the Salon, and I know her light will continue to shine on

– Erika White

Salon de Virtuosi Grant Winners 2018 on WQXR

“Announcing Our 2019-2020 Season!”

Listen to some excerpts from our 2018 Gala Awards Concert, featuring Ririko Takagi, violin, Reed Tetzloff, piano, Janice Carissa, piano and William Wei, violin.

In Loving Memory

Charlotte White

1914 - 2017


Our 2019 concerts are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Congratulations again to the following 2019 Career Grant Winners for their magnificent performance at our

Gala Awards Concert on September 25!

Yesong Sophie Lee, violin

Yi-Nuo Wang, piano 

Minami Yoshida, violin

Anna Han, piano

We look forward to hearing Career Grant Winners Zlatomir Fung and Madeline Olson perform for us later in the season.

2019 Gala Awards Concert

Pictured left to right: Yi-Nuo Wang, Anna Han, Minami Yoshida, Yesong Sophie Lee


The Salon’s programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



Read More About Our Community Outreach Initiatives

"I sincerely hope that this unique organization will continue to grow and thrive for many years to come"

Gary Graffman,former Dean of Curtis Institute

"I congratulate you on the success of your Salon De Virtuosi and the good use to which you put your success"

Yehudi Menuhin

"The Salon is a significant influence in the development of young artists' careers... Indeed the musical life of our nation is richer because of your efforts"

Dean Robert L. Blocker, Yale University

Duk Kyu Kim, Carol Wincenc, Sooah Jeon, Albert Cano Smit and Lora Tchekoratova at our New Year’s Concert in January
Duk Kyu Kim, Carol Wincenc, Sooah Jeon, Albert Cano Smit and Lora Tchekoratova at our New Year’s Concert in January
Zlatomir Fung, Do-Hyun Kim and Aleksander Simic at our Musical Gems From Eastern Europe Concert in February
Zlatomir Fung, Do-Hyun Kim and Aleksander Simic at our Musical Gems From Eastern Europe Concert in February
Board member Hiroko Onoyama, Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein at a special screening of “Seymour: An Introduction.”
Board member Hiroko Onoyama, Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein at a special screening of “Seymour: An Introduction.”

Update on Our Activities

Madeline Olson leads a concert for children at P.S. 51
Madeline Olson leads a concert for children at P.S. 51


We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful and inspiring artists who have graced us with their music, which we need now more than ever. We hope this little trip down memory lane will provide you with much joy!

Please read more about our concerts and community outreach activities over the past few months in our