2020-21 SEASON



2020-21 SEASON

New Year's Concert

On January 19, 2021 the Salon de Virtuosi presented a special virtual New Year’s Concert, featuring performances and interviews with violinist Kevin Zhu, winner of the 2018 International Paganini Competition and cellist Jonah Ellsworth. Kevin was joined by renowned pianist Rohan De Silva, and Jonah performed with his colleague, pianist Chungho Lee.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

Special Update: Congratulations to Kevin Zhu on being awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant on March 11, 2021!

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in New York, the Salon de Virtuosi is delighted to present a special virtual concert of chamber music, Spring Song From Japan, featuring inspiring performances by The Horszowski Trio , who will perform from the Residence of Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi in New York, and Quartet Amabile, who will be joining us from Oji Hall in Tokyo. The program will feature two great chamber works, Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66, and Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3.

The Horszowski Trio has been described by the New York Times as "one of the most compelling American groups to come on the scene," and is comprised of two renowned Japanese artists - cellist and Salon alumnus Ole Akahoshi (a 1996 Career Grant winner) and pianist Rieko Aizawa, and the American violinist Jesse Mills. Read more about the Trio HERE.  Quartet Amabile is a vibrant young quartet from Japan, winners of the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and numerous other international competitions. Read more about the Quartet HERE.

Join us as we celebrate the coming of spring and pay tribute to the strength of the human spirit as we mark the 10th Anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan and one year since the Covid-19 pandemic struck New York. We pray that with the flowering of the cherry-blossoms we will turn the page on the year behind us and look forward to a new and hopeful future when we can gather together again in person.

Our deepest thanks to His Excellency Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, Consul General of Japan in New York, for his generous support of this event.

The concert will be streamed on the Facebook pages of The Violin Channel and the Japanese Consulate at the links below, and may also be viewed on the Salon’s YouTube Channel.

Valentine Piano Extravaganza

On February 16, 2021 the Salon presented a special virtual Valentine Piano Extravaganza, featuring performances by pianists Elliot Wuu, a Young Steinway Artist who was also named a 2018 Gilmore Young Artist, and Chelsea Guo, top prize winner of the 2020 National Chopin Competition who also performed vocal selections together with pianist Eden Chen.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

2020 Holiday Concert

On December 17, 2020 the Salon de Virtuosi presented a special virtual Holiday Concert in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, featuring performances and interviews with violinist Randall Goosby, recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s Isaac Stern Award and pianist Hilda Huang, who just began her studies at the Doctoral Program at the Juilliard School.

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East Meets West

On June 19, 2020 the Salon presented its East Meets West concert, featuring the outstanding young cellist Alexander Hersh and rising talents Deepsankar Bhattacharjee, sitar, and Unmesh Banjerjee, tabla

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Tribute to Heroes

Please enjoy this virtual concert featuring five wonderful Salon alumni: Danbi Um, Madeline Olson, Paul Huang, Helen Huang and Drew Petersen. We are very grateful to them for sending us their beautiful performances to share with the Salon family!

Summer Song from Japan

On August 12, 2020 we were thrilled to present our virtual concert in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in New York, featuring performances and interviews with Japanese violinist Moné Hattori and Zac Zinger, an award-winning composer, arranger, and orchestrator.

Click on Photo tosee and hear their performances.

During these challenging times the Salon is committed to continuing to provide support, encouragement and performance opportunities to emerging young classical musicians. For the time being, until we can be together to enjoy live music in person again, we have developed an outstanding array of virtual concerts by talented young musicians to be enjoyed by classical music lovers throughout the world. These artists need our support now more than ever, and we hope you will continue to join with us and cheer them on!

With deepest thanks to the support of our members, benefactors and friends we are thrilled to announce our plans for our 2020-2021 Season below!

We have continued our partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital and have begun to bring our artists back to the lovely Guggenheim Atrium to provide musical uplift to the doctors, staff and patients and celebrate the reduction in COVID-19 cases. Artistic Director Lora Tchekoratova and alumna Rieko Tsuchida have already performed there in early May, and we are putting together a roster of alumni and other musicians eager to perform.

We have also been working with Northwell Health to provide videos of performances by our alumni and other artists that can be streamed to patients in their hospital room.

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Support the Salon

Now more than ever we need your support in order to continue to provide opportunities for talented young musicians to perform virtually or participate in live outreach events for the community, including concerts in tribute to our medical heroes and those most affected by the pandemic.

Please consider making a donation of any amount via the link below.




Look Back: A Piano Extravaganza

Please enjoy this 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.

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A Salute to France

Please enjoy this celebration of French artists and music featuring the talented violin duo Hina and Fiona Khuong-Huu and the celebrated young French pianist Rémi Geniet.

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Read More About Our Recent Concerts and other activities

This summer the Salon de Virtuosi was thrilled to present our Salon Alumni Spotlight Series celebrating the talent and creativity of our distinguished Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant Winners, premiered on The Violin Channel, featuring performances by our distinguished alumni Sean Lee, violin, Terrence Wilson, piano, Maron Khoury, flute, Amit Peled, cello, Reed Tetzloff, piano, Bella Hristova, violin, and Vassily Primakov, piano.  

The Spotlight Series, together with the Salon’s other initiatives to keep classical music flourishing, is supported by a generous grant from the Alphadyne Foundation.


We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Salon de Virtuosi 2020 Career Grants:

Albert Cano Smit, Piano

Rémi Geniet, Piano

Moné Hattori, Violin

Alexander Hersh, Cello

Sooah Jeon, Flute

Hina and Fiona Khuong-Huu, Violin

Nathan Meltzer, Violin

Zac Zinger, Composer and multi-instrumentalist

Congratulations to all our amazing winning artists!

Save the Date for our 2020 Gala Awards Concert on October 14,

which will be live-streamed from Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

Please click HERE for more information

Salon Alumni Spotlight Series


Join Us Online on March 29, 2021 at 7 PM EDT for our


We will begin by presenting our fall concerts online either via livestreams or by premiering videos, especially recorded for our organization. We are aiming to preserve the intimate “salon” feel of our series and to take you on a virtual journey throughout New York City. As always, you will have the opportunity to hear and get to know exceptional young artists who are destined to become our future “greats.”


Gala Awards Concert

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Live-Streamed on the Violin Channel and YouTube

from Merkin Concert Hall in New York

Our acclaimed Gala Awards Concert will feature our 2020 grant winners Nathan Meltzer, violin, Sooah Jeon, flute, Hina and Fiona Khuong-Huu, violin, and Zac Zinger, multi-instrumentalist, with the renowned musicologist Robert Sherman, host of WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase as Master of Ceremonies. Appearing remotely, you will see and hear the cellist Alexander Hersh, as well as violinist Mone Hattori and pianists Albert Cano Smit and Remi Geniet.

Czech Serenade

Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Video premiere of especially recorded performances in Prague and Bohemian National Hall, New York in collaboration with the Consulate of the Czech Republic in NY

We will feature the talented Czech violinst Julie Svecena in Prague, and the rising star cellist Sterling Elliot, who will perform a delightful program of Czech Composers. As a bonus the audience will also have access to a lecture by the Dvorak Society of New York.

Holiday Concert in Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday!

Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Pre-recorded at Kosciuszko Foundation, New York

Join us as we celebrate the season and the special occasion on Beethoven’s birthday!

We will feature the extraordinarily gifted young violinist Randall Goosby with pianist Zhu Wang

and the exciting pianist Hilda Huang. They will perform an all-Beethoven program, including the famous Kreutzer Violin Sonata.


New Year’s Concert

Join us on January 19, 2021 for our New Year’s Concert, featuring the rising young violinist Kevin Zhu and the exquisite cellist Jonah Ellsworth, performing from Rare Violins of New York.

Valentine Piano Extravaganza

On February 16, 2021 we present an exciting piano extravaganza in celebration of Valentine’s Day, featuring the exciting pianist and vocalist Chelsea Guo and pianist Elliot Wuu, performing from an elegant private loft in New York City.

Spring Song From Japan

Join us on March 29, 2021 for  a special virtual concert of chamber music, Spring Song From Japan, presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan, featuring inspiring performances by The Horszowski Trio, who will perform from New York, and Quartet Amabile, who will be joining us from Tokyo.

Musical Soul of Hungary

On May 3, 2021 we present an exciting evening in collaboration with the Consulate General of Hungary in New York, the Musical Soul of Hungary, featuring a special guest appearance by Salon Career Grant winner violinist Béla Horvath and a performance by the terrific young pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, performing from New York, and the vibrant young Korossy Quartet performing from Hungary.

East Meets West

In early June we bring our season to an exciting finale with our East Meets West concert, featuring the award-winning Ulysses Quartet, representing the West, and Jay Gandhi on bansuri (Indian flute) and Salon Career Grant Winner Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla, representing the East, performing from the Consulate General of India in New York.


A Czech Serenade

In collaboration with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, on November 9, 2020 the Salon de Virtuosi presented a special virtual concert, Czech Serenade, featuring performances and interviews with Czech violinist Julie Svěcená, winner of numerous international competitions and cellist Sterling Elliott, winner of the 2019 Sphinx Competition and a bright rising star.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

Special Update: Congratulations to Sterling Elliot on being awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant on March 11, 2021!

The Horszowski Trio

Quartet Amabile