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Jeremy Tai, First Prize 2017

Ariel Horowitz, prize winner 2015

Jeremy Tai, Zhanbo Zhang, Kumin Park

Dec 15 in San Francisco David McCarroll & Roy Bogas



for the 33nd Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition      

June 2 – 3, 2018, San Francisco California

The Irving M. Klein International String Competition, presented by California Music Center and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For the past 32 years, “the Klein” has attracted some of the world’s finest young string players to San Francisco each June to compete for cash and performance prizes. Violinists, violists, cellists and bassists age 15 to 23 of any nationality are eligible to compete.  The Klein Competition 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.

Its award carries the distinction that has helped many top soloists gain prominence in the competitive world of classical music, including Jennifer Koh, Mark Kosower, Vadim Gluzman, Jennifer Frautschi, Alban Gerhardt, Frank Huang and Robert deMaine; up and coming players David Requiro (2006), Tessa Lark (2008) and Nikki Chooi (2009); and principal chairs in many of the finest U.S. orchestras, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony.

Jeremy Tai, a freshman cello student of Northwestern’s Bienen School professor Hans Jensen, won the 2017 first prize. He was also awarded the competition’s Allen R. and Susan E. Weiss Memorial Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work, receiving more than $13,000 in prizes, including performances with our producing partners, the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Symphonies, the Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series, the Music in the Vineyards festival, and other performance opportunities. In the final round of competition, Tai performed Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in E minor and Grieg’s Cello Sonata in A minor, as well as the commissioned work by Lisa Bielawa, Insomnia Etude #3 – 5:15am.

The competition is named for the late cellist and master teacher who devoted himself untiringly to the development of young artists.

Application Deadline Saturday, February 3, 2018

 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

House Concert

January 18, 2018  7:30PM  San Jose


Oliver Herbert, cello; William Langlie-Miletich, bass; and Miles Graber, piano

For our first house concert of 2018, we welcome two first prize winners of the Klein International String Competition, both studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, with an exciting program featuring works by Edgar Meyer, Boccherini, Rossini and an original work by Langlie-Miletich.

Join us as early as 6:30PM for a dinner buffet, fine wines, and desserts; concert at 7:30PM sharp.  Your host will welcome you to her luxurious home in San Jose’s Silver Creek Valley Country Club.  Seating is extremely limited for this intimate event! Secure your place today.

Oliver Herbert   Will Langlie-Miletech