2020-21 SEASON



2020-21 SEASON

2020 Summer Alimni Spotlight Series

Last summer, at the outset of the pandemic, 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. 

Sterling Elliott
Sterling Elliott
Randall Goosby
Randall Goosby
Quartet Amabile
Quartet Amabile
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

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.

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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.

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

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.

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Spring Song from Japan

On March 29, 2021, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in New York, the Salon de Virtuosi was delighted to present a special virtual concert of chamber music, Spring Song From Japan, featuring inspiring performances by The Horszowski Trio, described by the New York Times as "one of the most compelling American groups to come on the scene," who performed from the Residence of Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi in New York, and the dynamic young Quartet Amabile, winners of the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and numerous other international competitions who joined us from Oji Hall in Tokyo.

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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.

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

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!

The Salon is committed to providing support, encouragement and performance opportunities to emerging young classical musicians. During our 2020-2021 Season, we developed an outstanding array of virtual concerts by talented young musicians to be enjoyed by classical music lovers throughout the world during a very challenging period.

We are eagerly looking forward to resuming our live concerts this fall, beginning with our Gala Awards Concert on October 14, 2021 at Merkin Hall. Please stay tuned for more information coming soon about our full 2021-2022 Season Calendar!

With deepest thanks to the support of our members, benefactors and friends and a generous grant from the Alphadyne Foundation  for enabling us to continue our mission!

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.

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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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Watch Last Year’s Gala Awards Concert Here



Calling all teachers, children, and parents! The Salon de Virtuosi is excited to announce its new partnership with the Aizuri Quartet! Together, we are creating a series of educational videos for young audiences which will be accessible to music teachers and public schools across the country. The Salon is co-sponsoring three episodes, set to stream between January and May of 2021. The Aizuri Quartet has already released three episodes, available on their website, which you can access HERE. Be sure to share these jewels with young audiences, teachers, and music lovers everywhere!



We are thrilled to announce the establishment of a fund for commissioning new works by emerging composers of any nationality. This fund will provide talented young composers with an opportunity to collaborate with the Salon's exceptionally gifted alumni and make a meaningful impact in their careers.

Through this initiative, The Salon de Virtuosi will commission several new works per season. Composers will be nominated by our distinguished alumni artists and selected by the Salon Board of Directors. Each commissioned work will be specially composed for the Salon de Virtuosi to be performed by Salon alumni in performances that will be scheduled in the following season.  

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting new initiative!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Salon de Virtuosi 2021 Career Grants:

Sterling Elliott, Cello

Randall Goosby, Violin

Quartet Amabile

Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Piano

Ulysses Quartet

Elliot Wuu, Piano

Kevin Zhu, Violin

Congratulations to all our amazing winning artists!

Save the Date for our 2021 Gala Awards Concert on October 14 which will be presented live at Merkin Concert Hall

Ulysses Quartet
Ulysses Quartet
Elliot Wuu
Elliot Wuu
Kevin Zhu
Kevin Zhu



East Meets West

On June 10, 2021 the Salon, in collaboration with the Consulate General of India New York, presented our East Meets West concert, featuring the exciting Ulysses Quartet, representing the West, and the talendted young Indian artists Jay Gandhi, bansuri (Indian flute) and Dibyarka Chatterjee, tabla, for the East, culminating in a sublime collaboration between East and West.

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Musical Soul of Hungary

On May 3, 2021 the Salon, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Hungary in New York, presented the Musical Soul of Hungary, featuring inspiring performances by American pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner and Salon de Virtuosi 2014 Career Grant Winner Béla Horvath, violin, and the rising young Korossy Quartet, who will be joined us from Budapest.

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