James Baik, Gabe Polinsky, Julia Mirzoev and Dakota Cotugno


Cellist JAMES BAIK wins the 34th annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition

The first prize of the 34th Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition, carrying a purse of $13,000, has been awarded to CELLIST JAMES BAIK, 17.  The Competition Finals were held Sunday, June 2nd at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and featured four competitors advancing from an original group of nine Semifinal programs the previous day. Baik’s winning program for the final round included movements from Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 5, op. 102, no. 2; from the Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129 by Schumann; and from the Bach Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor; as well as the commissioned work Between Worlds by Carlos Simon.

Second prize went to cellist DAKOTA COTUGNO, cello, 23.  He attends the University of Colorado where he studies with David Requiro (Klein prizewinner ‘06). Cotugno also won the Pablo Casals Prize for the best performance of the solo Bach work.

Third prize was awarded to violinist JULIA MIRZOEV, 22. She attends Yale University, and is a student of Ani Kavafian. She also won the prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work.

Fourth Prize went to bassist GABRIEL POLINSKY, 20. He attends Curtis School of Music, Philadelphia; and is a student of Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer.

A Fifth Prize was awarded to cellist JAMES HETTINGA, 19.  He attends Cleveland Institute of Music; where he is student of Dr. Melissa Kraut.

Read the full press release HERE.

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