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 Paganini competition who is hailed by the press for his "awesome technical command and maturity" and "absolute virtuosity, almost blinding in its incredible purity" and Jonah Ellsworth, cello, a fast-rising star whose performances have been compared to Yo-Yo Ma and Misha Maisky. 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.

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, a fast-rising star and recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s Isaac Stern Award and a First Prize Winner of the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 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

Our annual East Meets West concert at the Indian Consulate has been a long and beloved tradition dating from the very earliest days of the Salon, dedicated to uniting the classical traditional musical cultures of India and the West.

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!

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 to see 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.

Our Commitment to Keeping the Music Alive



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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.

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

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

Valentine Piano Extravaganza

Join Us Online on February 16, 2021 at 7 PM EST for a


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.


We are planning a number of wonderful concerts in 2021. The first is our New Year’s Concert on January 19, 2021, featuring the rising young violinist Kevin Zhu and the exquisite cellist Jonah Ellsworth, followed by a Valentine’s Day Concert on February 16, 2021 featuring the exciting pianist and vocalist Chelsea Guo and pianist Elliot Wuu, as well as collaborations with various Consulates featuring an array of gifted young artists.

Please stay tuned for the announcement of dates and times!

The concerts will either be presented remotely via live-stream or pre-recorded video premieres, or in person with limited audience. Please stay tuned as we navigate the new realities of presenting events.


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 Sterling Elliott, winner of the 2019 Sphinx Competition and a bright rising star.

Click on Photo to see and hear their performances.

Watch on February 16, 2021 at 7 PM EST on

The Violin Channel

The Salon de Virtuosi is delighted to present a special virtual Valentine Piano Extravaganza on February 16 at 7 PM, featuring performances and interviews with two exceptional young pianists - Chelsea Guo, top prize winner of the 2020 National Chopin Competition, who is also a vocalist. She will delight us with several art songs, performed together with pianist Eden Chen, in addition to her exciting solo piano program.

The concert will also feature Elliot Wuu, a Young Steinway Artist who was also named a 2018 Gilmore Young Artist, one of the most prestigious awards bestowed every two years to only two young pianists under the age of 21, who will share his own selection of piano repertoire gems. 

The artists will be performing from an elegant private loft in Chelsea in a program recorded especially for the Salon de Virtuosi audience, members, friends and benefactors.

The artists' selections will feature works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, and Debussy. Learn more about Chelsea Guo HERE and Elliot Wuu HERE

We are immensely grateful to these artists for sharing with us their music and inspiration, especially during these still-challenging times, and to all of our sponsors and benefactors for making it possible.