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Klein Competition Semifinals

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Klein Competition Finals

June 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm


33rd Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition      

June 2 – 3, 2018, San Francisco

Celebrating 33 years of helping the world’s top young string musicians gain prominence in the competitive world of classical music, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition returns to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music June 2 -3, 2018.  This year’s nine semifinalists showcase the burgeoning talent from the top teachers and conservatories in America. Selected from 85 entrants from 14 countries, the semifinalists are:

  • Paolo Dara, violin, 20; attends Cleveland Institute of Music; student of Jaime Laredo.
  • Isabelle Ai Durrenberger, violin, 19; attends Cleveland Institute of Music; student of Jaime Laredo and Jinjoo Cho.
  • Jean Kim, cello, 22, attends Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia; student of Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.
  • Julian Rhee, violin, 17; attends Brookfield East High School, WI; student of Almita Vamos.
  • Angela Ryu, violin, 18; attends Mount Royal Conservatory, Calgary Alberta; student of William van der Sloot.
  • Sophia Su, violin, 16; attends The Juilliard School, New York; student of Masao Kawasaki.
  • Davis You, cello, 16; attends Palo Alto High School; student of Jonathan Koh.
  • Hua Zhang, violin, 21; attends Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington IN; student of Kevork Mardirossian.
  • Alex Zhou, violin, 16; attends The King’s Academy, Sunnyvale CA; student of Zhao Wei.

In the semifinal round, each performer will play an unaccompanied work of Bach, movements from notable concertos and a new commissioned composition by David Froom.  In the final round, the artists must perform additional portions of their selected concerto and one major sonata movement.

The distinguished jury includes violinist Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic and on faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music; violist Karen Dreyfus, who also teaches at the Thornton School; this year’s commissioned composer, David Froom; Janet Horvath, violist and authority on injury prevention for performing artists; Mel Margolis, Music Director and Conductor at Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra; violinist Ian Swensen, Chair of Violin at SF Conservatory’s String Department; and Barbara Day Turner, Music Director of San José Chamber Orchestra.

The Irving M. Klein International String Competition, presented by California Music Center and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, is open to musicians between ages 15 and 23, who compete for cash prizes totaling over $30,000 and performance contracts with our presenting partners. The Klein has achieved international recognition as one of the most prestigious classical music competitions, recognized for the high caliber of the contestants; its unique, nurturing environment; and its commitment to the commissioning of new works. Read the complete release HERE.

Jeremy Tai, a freshman cello student of Northwestern’s Bienen School professor Hans Jensen, won the 2017 first prize.

 Congratulations to the 2017 Winners

Mitch and FinalistsKyumin Park; Zhanbo Zheng; Mitchell Klein, Artistic Director; and Jeremy Tai

Kathleen E. Freeman Memorial 1st Prize: Jeremy Tai, cello
Elaine H. Klein 2nd Prize: Zhanbo Zheng, viola
Milton Preves Memorial 3rd Prize: Kyumin Park, violin
Harry Adams Memorial 4th Prize: Peter Eom, cello
Jerry Lee Klein Memorial 4th Prize: Karisa Chiu, violin
Allen R. and Susan E. Weiss Memorial Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work: Jeremy Tai, cello
Pablo Casals Prize for Best Performance of Solo Bach: Zhanbo Zheng, viola

Photo by Carlin Ma

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