2022-23 SEASON



2022-23 SEASON

The Salon de Virtuosi is thrilled to present an Alumni Piano Extravaganza at an elegant private residence in Chelsea.

This year we are featuring two of our exceptional alumni - pianists Wei Luo and Janice Carissa. We are so proud to see how their careers have blossomed!  


Wei Luo (recipient of a Salon Career Grant in 2016 when she was only 16) is recognized as one of the most significant pianists of her generation. Already in her young career, she has performed on many of the world’s leading stages. Her self-titled debut album was released on Universal Music Group’s Decca Gold label. Gramophone Magazine featured the album as one of the most exciting new releases. San Diego Union Tribune said: “This recording reveals a dazzling artist with an astonishing range of colors at her disposal, put to the service of a confident young soul whose musicality suggests the experience of someone two decades older." Recently Wei gave a 30-concert recital tour throughout China’s major cities and venues, including Shanghai Concert Hall, Beijing National Center of Performing Art, Guangzhou Opera House, Harbin, and Shenzhen, among others. Wei has also performed solo recitals in major cities and music festivals, including Lucerne Switzerland, New York City (Mostly Mozart Festival and the NY International Keyboard Festival), San Francisco Herbst Theater, Napa Valley Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Learn more about Wei HERE and enjoy a preview of her virtuosity HERE.



Janice Carissa received a Salon Career Grant in 2018 and is a Gilmore Young Artist. She has “the multicolored highlights of a mature pianist“ (Philly Inquirer) and “strong, sure hands” (Voice of America) that “conveys a vivid story rather than a mere showpiece.” (Chicago Classical Review) She has garnered great acclaim at renowned concert halls, including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Kennedy Center, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Following her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age sixteen, Janice has substituted for Andre Watts as soloist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and gone on to perform with the Kansas City, Amarillo, Des Moines, John Hopkins, St. Peters by the Sea, Symphony in C, Eastern Wind, Bay Atlantic, and Midwest Young Artist symphonies. In 2023, she will be a featured soloist with Sacramento Philharmonic, Promusica Chamber Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and the Tacoma and Battlecreek symphonies. You can learn more about Janice HERE and enjoy a preview of what's in store HERE.

The artists will perform an exciting program on a sublime Steinway Model D Grand Piano.


Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, December 15, 2022 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 remarkable 20-year old violinist Yvette Kraft and the up-and-coming young pianist Yun Janice Lu.


Monday, November 7, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street

Savor an evening of Czech culture, featuring the talented Czech clarinetist Anna Paulova and the exciting Merz Trio from the United States.



Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Merkin Concert Hall

129 West 67th Street

Our acclaimed Gala Awards Concert will feature the Salon’s 2022 Career Grant Winners

Daniel Rafimayeri, violin

Nikka Gershman-Pepper, flute

Derek Louie, cello

Miray Ito, violin

Evren Ozel, piano

Ismael Guerrero, cello

Mariam and Amira Abouzahra, viola


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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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 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. 


Presenting our

View our 2020-2021 Season Streamed Concerts HERE

Piano Extravaganza March 13

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Salon de Virtuosi 2022 Career Grants:

Ismael Guerrero, cello

Nikka Gershman-Pepper, flute

Derek Louie, cello

Daniel Rafimayeri, violin

Miray Ito, violin

Mariam and Amira Abouzahra, violin

Evren Ozel, piano

Congratulations to all our amazing winning artists!

Announcing Our 2022 Career Grant Winners!


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



Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 7 p.m.

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 Andrew Li and the gifted young tenor Michael St. Peter.


Three additional concerts are currently in the works for the Spring of 2023. In March we plan to present our Spring Song from Japan. In May, we look forward to returning once again to the Consulate General of Hungary for our Musical Soul of Hungary concert, where we will present an exciting program of Hungarian works, and the world premiere of a new composition commissioned especially by the Salon. We will end the season with our traditional Grand Finale East Meets West at the Consulate General of India in early June. 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. All concert dates are subject to change. 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.  

Watch Our 2022 Gala Awards Concert

A video of this concert will be available to view online on a date to be announced following the concert. Please stay tuned for more information! 


This concert is limited to Salon season subscribers.

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View our 2021-2022 Season Streamed Concerts HERE

2022 Gala Awards Concert

Featuring our 2022 Career Grant Winners.

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2022 Czech Serenade

Featuring Anna Paulova, clarinet, and David Kalhous, piano

The Merz Trio

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