2021-22 SEASON



2021-22 SEASON

We are thrilled to announce our Gala Awards Concert which will be presented live at Merkin Concert Hall on October 14 at 7:30 PM  featuring five of the amazing young artists and ensembles who have been selected as recipients of our Salon de Virtuosi 2021 Career Grants*:

Sterling Elliott, Cello

Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Piano

Kevin Zhu, Violin

Elliott Wuu, Piano

Ulysses Quartet

Please visit the Merkin Hall website at the link below to purchase tickets from the Box Office and for more information about the program.

Robert Sherman, host of WQXR's Young Artists Showcase, will act as Master of Ceremonies

Doors open at 7:00 PM. The concert will also be live-streamed on October 14  at 7:30 PM EST on The Violin Channel's Facebook page and the Salon de Virtuosi's YouTube page.

Please join us for this celebration of young talent and the promise they hold for our future!

All audience members are required to comply with Merkin Hall's Covid-19 requirements, which require proof of vaccination (subject to limited exceptions) and masks. Please read their health and safety policies HERE.

*Our additional winners will perform and receive their grants later in the 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.

Click on Photo tosee and hear their performances.

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!

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.

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.

Click on Photos to see and hear their performances.

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!

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.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

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

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

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!

We are thrilled to announce the return to live concerts with our 2021-2022 Season. We can’t wait to welcome you back to a series of unforgettable concerts in intimate settings featuring a new array of the most talented young musicians from around the world.

The protocols for our concerts and post-concert receptions will be guided by applicable governmental guidelines and the requirements of our host venues. We also recognize that circumstances may change as the situation evolves, and we will be prepared to adapt and adjust as needed. More detailed information will be shared prior to our performances.  

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.

Announcing our 2021 - 2022 Season!



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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.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.




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.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

Read More About Our Recent Concerts and other activities


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.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

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.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

2021 - 2022 SEASON


Gala Awards Concert

Thursday, October 14, 2021 / 7:30 PM

Merkin Concert Hall

129 West 67th Street

Our acclaimed Gala Awards Concert will feature our 2021 grant winners Sterling Elliott, cello, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, piano, Elliot Wuu, piano, Kevin Zhu, violin, and the Ulysses Quartet, with the renowned musicologist Robert Sherman of WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase as Master of Ceremonies.

Czech Serenade

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 / 7 PM

Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street

Savor an evening of Czech culture featuring the talented Czech clarinetist Anna Paulova and the rising young American cellist Derek Louie in an exciting program focusing on works by Czech composers.

Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 12, 2021 / 4 PM

and Monday, December 13, 2021 / 7 PM

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 remarkable 13-year old flutist Nikka Gershman-Pepper and the exciting violinist KayCee Galano with a special appearance of 2021 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant Winner Randall Goosby, violin.

New Year’s Concert

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 / 7 PM

and Wednesday, January 26, 2022 / 7 PM

Kosciuszko Foundation

15 East 65th Street

We ring in the New Year with a delightful concert at the elegant Kosciuszko Foundation, featuring the talented pianist Zhu Wang the up and coming young Cuban cellist Ismael Guerrero.

Valentine Piano Extravaganza

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 / 7 PM

And Thursday, February 17, 2022 / 7 PM

Chelsea Loft

31 West 21st Street

We will celebrate the February holidays with an exciting all-piano program at the home of one of our board members, where we will feature two exciting young pianists - Evren Ozel and Zheyi (Crystal) Jiang, who will be joined by a special guest appearance by the Salon’s alumnus Alon Goldstein, who is Crystal’s teacher.


Four additional concerts are currently in the works for the Spring of 2022.  In March, we plan to present our Spring Song from Japan, featuring talented young Japanese artists. In April, we plan to present our Musical Soul of Hungary concert, featuring an exciting program of Hungarian works. In May, we are working on plans to present a Salute to France, featuring an evening of French composers. We will end the season with our traditional Grand Finale East Meets West concert in early June, combining the musical traditions of India and the West. The dates of our spring concerts will be announced as soon as the schedules of our diplomatic hosts are finalized.

* For concerts listed on two consecutive dates, the same program will be performed on each date. We plan to offer a post-concert reception following our concerts, but the precise format of our events will depend on applicable health and safety guidelines and the requirements of our host venues. In some cases this may require proof of vaccination status.

Please read our Covid acknowledgment.

More information will be provided prior to each concert.

Individual tickets to select concerts for non-members may be available if space allows.

We invite you to join us on this exciting musical journey by subscribing for a Salon season membership! As members, you will be invited to attend an entire season of concerts presented in 19th Century "salon" settings, where you will have the chance to hear and get to know exceptional young artists who are destined to become our future “greats.”

We rely on your generous support to fulfill the Salon’s vital mission of providing encouragement, performance opportunities, and financial assistance to our deserving young artists, which makes such a meaningful impact on the lives and careers of young artists. 



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