CME Young Artists

Proudly announcing our roster of Young Artists! These gifted musicians will be showcased at our concerts around the world.

Moving Musicians Forward
Brannon Cho (New York, USA)

Born in 1994, Brannon Cho began playing the cello at age 7 with Marnie Kaller. He began attending the Meadowmount School of Music in 2006, where he met Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen, with whom he still studies today. Cho’s notable prizes include the Second Prize at the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition, Third Prize at the 2013 Cassadó International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2012 Johansen International Cello Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Mondavi Center Founders Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Skokie Valley Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Silver Medal at the 2012 Stulberg International Competition, the Silver Medal from the National YoungArts Foundation in 2013, and the Grand Prize at the 2010 ASTA National Solo Competition. In 2015, Cho received the Birte Moller Young Artist Award from the Center for Musical Excellence, and subsequently performed in Carnegie Hall.

Cho has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, most notably the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pyeongchang Music Festival Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Cho has performed with Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, Philip Setzer, Stephen Williamson, Barbara Westphal, and went on a chamber music tour with Joshua Bell to New York City, London, Washington D.C., and Miami. Cho has participated in several prestigious summer festivals, such as the Verbier Festival Academy, the Heifetz Institute, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Encounters. Cho’s upcoming solo performance highlights include the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Bargemusic Masterworks Series, the Schubert Club of St. Paul, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Cho is receiving his Bachelor degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen. Cho plays on a rare cello made by Antonio Casini from 1668 in Modena, Italy.

Soo Yeon Cho (Washington DC, USA)

Soo Yeon is an honors graduate of the Peabody Preparatory School, and received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees at The Juilliard School, under the instruction of Robert McDonald. During her years at Peabody, she was given many opportunities to perform at various venues both at the institution and in the Washington D.C region. In 2003, she won the school Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, to celebrate the grand opening of the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Upon her graduation, she was the fourth prize winner in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and first prize winner in the two-piano ensemble category in the New York Piano Competition. In 2009, she was named the 3rd prize winner of the Kingsville Young Performers Competition.

Ms. Cho was honored to receive various scholarships to The Juilliard School, including the Irene Diamond Scholarship and Vladmir Horowitz Scholarship. She appeared in recitals at the school’s Paul Hall as both a solo pianist and chamber musician. During summers of 2007 and 2008, she was invited to participate in the Piano Masterclass Program in Banff, Canada, and studied with Marc Durand, Julian Martin, and Robert McDonald.

In November 2013, Ms. Cho was featured with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra after winning the concerto competition at Rutgers University. In 2014 and 2015, she was invited to be part of CME’s ConcertoFest in Vienna, playing two Mozart Concertos, No. 15 and No. 27, ‘Coronation’. In 2015, Ms. Cho was chosen to participate in The Christine Bane Kefferstan Classical Competition, West Virginia, where she won the first prize. She will be returning this year to West Virginia to give a recital as a part of Ivory Evening Series in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Recently Ms. Cho participated in an international piano competition in Italy, Don Vincenzo Vitti Competition, where she placed second. She is currently pursuing a doctorate of music at Rutgers University under the direction of Min Kwon.

Angus Fong (Hong Kong)

A rising Junior at Yale University, and hailing from Hong Kong, cellist Angus Fong is a versatile soloist and chamber musician. Following his 2014 concerto debut with the Vienna International Orchestra in Stift Geras, presented by the CME, he was invited to the Carribean city of Curaçao, to perform a series of outreach concerts. In February 2016 he was awarded the First Prize Winner of the New York International Competition for Young Artists (Strings), culminating in his acclaimed Carnegie Debut in Weill Recital Hall.

As a soloist, Angus has frequently performed public recitals in Hong Kong and now the East Coast. This December he delivered a warmly received House Recital at Timothy Dwight College, presented by the Head of his Residential College, comprising a romantic program by Brahms, Schumann and Piazzolla.

A passionate chamber musician, Angus’ recordings of many chamber works, including Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Dvorak’s American Quartet, and Pierné’s Sonata da Camara, etc., are catalogued in the RTHK4 and IMSLP archives. Throughout his Freshman year at Yale he has collaborated with a diverse range of chamber musicians, extensively working on the Mendelssohn’s String Quartet and Schubert’s Cello Quintet, which culminated in a successful chamber music showcase.

In tandem, Angus is highly sought after as an orchestral cellist, having performed with the Vienna Residence Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Munich Chamber Orchestra, through which he has worked with conductors Robert Lehrbaumer, Alexander Liebreich and Perry So. He currently studies with Professor Ole Akahoshi of Yale, and has appeared in masterclasses for Aldo Parisot, Julian Lloyd Webber, Mario Brunello, Colin Carr, Trey Lee and Robert Nagy. He is hugely indebted to the CME, in particular Dr. Min Kwon and Ms. Yoon Kwon, for their kind and meticulous mentorship.

Lachlan Glen (Sydney, Australia)

Australian artist LACHLAN GLEN (b.1989) has gained international recognition as an entertainer, pianist, conductor and vocal coach. His recent engagements have included performances in Sydney, London, New York, Vienna, Berlin, Dresden and Basel and other cities throughout Australia, Europe and the United States, at venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC) and Alice Tully Hall (NYC).

Along with tenor Kyle Bielfield, Mr. Glen is a co-founder and performer in Bielfield & Glen, an entertainment duo who recently have given strongly supported and well-received performances in Sydney, London, Montreal, New York, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. They have also performed live on national television in Australia (The Morning Show) and national radio in Australia, Europe and the US.

Bielfield & Glen’s recently-released album “Stopping By” debuted at #5 on the iTunes New & Noteworthy Classical Charts and #24 on the Billboard Classical Music Chart. The album release and initial performances for the release tour have garnered gleaming reviews and endorsements from venerable music purveyors including Arkivmusic and multiple National Public Radio affiliates. One national reviewer writes, “Their partnership produces one of the most rewarding explorations of this under-served repertory….This disc is but the beginning of an exquisite journey, and the plentiful enticements of this recording inspire the hope that many sequels stand beyond.”

As an assistant conductor, vocal coach, accompanist and rehearsal pianist, Mr. Glen has worked with James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Richard Bonynge, Emmanuel Villaume, Stephen Lord, Renata Scotto, Carol Vaness, Piotr Beczała, Gerald Finley, Rufus Wainwright and Roger Bart, (The Producers, Hercules), and has served on the music staff of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (Neumarkt, Germany), International Vocal Arts Institute (Tel Aviv), Castleton Festival (VA), Chautauqua Institution (NY) and the Fire Island Opera Festival (NY). This summer he joins the music staff at the Opera Theater of St. Louis (MO).

In his career as a solo pianist, he has performed with various ensembles throughout Australia, Europe and the U.S. including the Wiener Residenzorchester, the Rutgers Sinfonia and the GRAMMY award-winning Rutgers University Wind Ensemble in works ranging from Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in E-flat to David Gillingham’s Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Wind Orchestra.
With an avid interest in contemporary music, Mr. Glen has worked with several composers in the creation of new works, most recently including Ben Moore’s “Enemies” (Palm Beach Opera) and Alberto Caruso’s “The Master”, with libretto by Colm Tóibín. He also works regularly with Canadian pop singer Rufus Wainwright and co-edited the sheet music for Wainwright’s album All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu for publication (Schott, 2012).

Mr. Glen was the Founder and co-Artistic Director of Schubert & Co., a 2012-’13 NYC festival that presented the complete solo lieder of Franz Schubert in a series of 35 recitals. Schubert & Co. was the first presentation of these works in New York in a single season.

Born in Sydney, Australia, an early interest in composition resulted in several national awards and performance of his orchestral work Daintree Overture at the inaugural Aurora Contemporary Music Festival 2006 (Matthew Hindson, Artistic Director). Always an entrepreneur at heart, he founded a successul baking business at age 13 while simultaneously pursuing studies on the viola and performing as orchestral keyboardist and percussionist with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra and the Fisher’s Ghost Youth Orchestra.

A graduate of The Juilliard School (M.M. ’13) and Rutgers University (B.M., Mason Gross School of the Arts, ’11), Mr. Glen is currently a pianist/coach in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera for the 2014-’15 season.

Miao Hou (Shenyang, China)

Pianist, Miao Hou has been hailed by New York Times as “a magical pianist who plays with impressive clarity and character…..a commanding, imaginative and impish performance….”

After winning the Gold Medal of both Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and Brigitte Gardey International Piano Competition, Miss Hou is fast establishing a rising reputation for her fresh and versatile artistry as a soloist and chamber musician.

Born into a musical family, Miss Hou won the Grand prize of XingHai Chinese Prodigy Piano Competition, the Pearl River Young Artist Piano Competition and Hong Kong International Piano Solo Competition age of twelve and had concertized throughout China. Miss Hou was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music and was awarded the
Festorazzi Prize as the “Best Pianist of the Year.” She completed her Master degree at The Juilliard School where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal and obtained Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, under the guidance of Dr. Min Kwon.

Miss Hou made her Carnegie debut under the baton of the acclaimed pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher playing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19 with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

Kunal Lahiry (Georgia, USA)

Kunal LahiryKunal Lahiry began playing the piano at the age of 10. Originally from Gainesville, GA, Mr. Lahiry made his orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has won several competitions and has been a recipient of many scholarships, such as the Georgia Music Teacher’s Association (GMTA) Piano Competition, Atlanta Music Club Scholarship, Kiwanis Scholarship, and most recently the Brevard Music Center Piano competition. Mr. Lahiry has been chosen to perform in masterclasses by renowned musicians Claude Frank, Gilbert Kalish, Walter Hautzig, André LaPlante, Christopher Elton, and Murray Perahia, among others. Recently,

Mr. Lahiry graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Kyoko Hashimoto, where he was a recipient of the ‘Schulich Scholar’ scholarship. In the fall, he will continue his studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” with Fabio Bidini.


Alessandro Mazzamuto (Italy)

Alessandro-MazzamutoPianist Alessandro Mazzamuto is “one of the most inspiring, extraordinary pianists that I have had the joy to hear” writes Martha Argerich. He is “no virtuoso of show, no ruthless technician, but a pianist absorbed in the music who plays with as much spontaneity as poetry,” claims Pizzicato Magazine. winner of International Classical Music Awards’ 2013 Young Instrumental Artist of the Year, the 26-year-old Sicilian pianist has won more than 60 national and international competitions.

Alessandro wants to expand his horizon as a concert pianist and CME is happy to present him in his New York debut as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 29, 2015.

Erikson Rojas (Havana, Cuba)

“Prodigy…Rojas, the piano and the music become one” – Los Angeles Times

“…an impressive performer in his own right…impassioned, hypnotic, insightful… superb tonal control” – New York Concert Review

From humble beginnings in Santa Clara, Cuba, God blessed pianist Erikson Rojas with musical talents that, for the beauty of His glory, flourished into a celebrated career with numerous performances throughout the world, including six appearances at Carnegie Hall, New York.  Concert tours and festivals have presented him in solo and chamber-music recitals in European nations such as France, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Austria, as well as in the Latin-American countries of Mexico and Cuba.  He has also been featured as soloist with various orchestras, most recently with the Vienna International Orchestra under Maestro Robert Lehrbaumer.  Mr. Rojas is honored to have been one of five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected world-wide to participate at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  Through the aegis of Princess Cecilia de Medici, Mr. Rojas was a Fellow at numerous La Gesse Foundation Festivals.  He won his first competition at the age of nine, and went on to receive various awards and honors, including First Prize in Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan and UNEAC competitions.  As a child prodigy, Mr. Rojas was featured on CNN, as well as on several international radio and television broadcasts.  In Pennsylvania, he won the Ambler Symphony Competition and the Outstanding Young Christian Artists Competition (three consecutive years), among others.

Studying under the acclaimed pianist Min Kwon and Juilliard’s Martin Canin, Mr. Rojas is a scholarship candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Saldarini Award, a Graduate Internship and a Departmental Assistantship.  As a pupil of the legendary Leon Fleisher, Mr. Rojas completed the Master of Music degree and the Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory.  There he holds a candidacy for the Artist Diploma, the school’s highest distinction in performance offering a full-tuition scholarship.  Along with his studies in piano, he also took private conducting lessons from Gustav Meier.  Prior to Peabody, he studied piano and music history with Distinguished Professor Dr. Samuel Hsu at Cairn University, where he received his Bachelor degrees in Music/Piano Performance and in Biblical Science.  At Cairn Mr. Rojas also learned organ from Robert Carwithen.  Earlier musical studies took place at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music under Madame Eleanor Sokoloff, and at Cuba’s A.G. Caturla Conservatory under Virginia de la Osa.  Additional private instruction was received from renowned pianists Susan Starr, Charles Abramovic, and Paul Hoffmann.  Other lessons and masterclasses were with Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, and Jorge Luis Prats, among others.

Mr. Rojas performs regularly on the east coast of the United States.  He teaches piano privately, and is on the faculty of Eastern University, Esperanza College, Cairn University, Settlement Music School, and Csehy Summer School of Music.  He is also Organist and Music Minister at First Baptist Church of Lansdale and at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Philadelphia, PA, where he resides with his wife Diandra.

Jiayan Sun (Beijing, China)

Jiayan Sun profile photo_0Praised for his “technically flawless, poetically inspired and immenseley assured playing” (Toronto Star), pianist Jiyan Sun performs extensively in North American and China. Born in Yantai, Shadong Province, China, Jiyan studied at the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, then at the Julliard School earning the achievement award in the school’s Pre-College division, Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees. Equally interested in the art of composition, his works have been performed in concerts at Julliard where he was recently accepted as a doctoral candidate.

Jiyan is a recipient of CME’s International Performing Arts Grant, the Birte Moller Young Artists Award. Jiayan will use his grant to present a series of lecture concerts with an all C.P.E. Bach program commemorating the 300th Anniversary of C.P.E. Bach’s birth in 2014. His detailed proposal, unquestionable talent and achievements, vision and effort to rejuvenate the interests of musicians and general public for C.P.E. Bach as a man and one of the greatest composers earned strong support from the selection committee.

Reed Tetzloff (Minnesota, USA)

reed-tetzloff-headshotA winner of many awards from prestigious competitions, Reed Tetzloff has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Beijing, China and Tbilisi, Georgia. He made his Lincoln Center debut during the 2011-2012 season, with the Mannes Orchestra conducted by David Hayes at Alice Tully Hall as a result of winning the Mannes Concerto Competition. Under the tutelage of Pavlina Dokovska, Reed earned his Bachelor’s degree at Mannes College where he will also receive his Master’s degree on a full scholarship as a recipient of the Nahum Guzik Piano Award. Reed has worked privately and in masterclass settings with artists including Paul Wirth, Eteri Andjaparidze, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yefim Bronfman, Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode, Lowell Liebermann, Jerome Lowenthal, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, and Andrew Watts.

CME’s Birte Moller Young Artsits Award will provide financial assistance to help Reed launch his debut CD. His recording will include compositions of the early twentieth century: Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Alexander Scriabin, K.S. Sorabji, Messiaen. An independent classical label, Romeo Records will distribute the CDs in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. The recording will also be available worldwide for streaming and downloading.

Vijay Venkatesh (California, USA)

A native of Orange County, California, pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been hailed in concert review for his “sublime phrasing, tremendous and powerful virtuosity, beautiful lyricism, and mature and sensitive interpretation” in performances “equaling that of Radu Lupu, Itzhak Perlman, and Andres Segovia.” At age 14, he made his orchestral debut with the South Coast Symphony. In addition, he has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Seattle, Vienna, Roanoke, Eastern Connecticut, YMF Debut, Pasadena, Rio Hondo, UCI, Transylvania, and the Brevard Music Center.
He has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Ludovic Morlot, David Stewart Wiley, Toshiyuki Shimada, Ken Lam, Robert Lehrbaumer, Kimo Furumoto, and more. His 2016-17 season is highlighted with performances with the USC Symphony and at the McCallum Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and a tour of Washington with Trio Brillante.
Vijay has won Grand Prizes in the 2016 Classics Alive Artists competition, 2016 Frances Walton Chamber Music Competition, 2015 Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition and 2008 Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards. In 2008 he was named a Davidson Fellow, honored with an award ceremony and reception at the Library of Congress. A 2009 alumnus of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ with host Christopher O’ Riley, and a 2009 Winner of NFAA YoungARTS, he took 1st Prizes in the 2011 Zimmerli International Solo Piano Competition, 2004 San Jose International Piano Competition, 2007 World Piano Pedagogue Competition, and 2nd prize in the 2007 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. He has also received fellowships from the festivals of Aspen, Banff, Brevard, CME Vienna, and more.

Vijay is also an avid community fund-raiser and outreach performer. He has performed in 30 schools in California and Washington to spread awareness of classical music to all ages, and has raised over $20,000 in concert to benefit various schools and charities such as Music for Food, the South Orange County School of the Arts, and the charity, “Water”, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Vijay’s principal teachers have included Leonid Levitsky, Dr. Sarkis Baltaian, and Norman Krieger. He is a recipient of the 2015 Parnassus Society Prize, 2014 Birte Moller Young Artist Award, and the 2013 Thornton Music Faculty Award from the University of Southern California where he studies with Jeffrey Kahane. He is currently on the management roster of Classics Alive Artists.

Ming Xie (Chengdu, China)

Ming XieThe New York Concert Review’s Jeffery Williams hailed his performance at Steinway Hall that “at only eighteen years of age, he played with involvement and mastery far beyond his years. This is a young man who bears watching” (2012). At the same time, Martha Argerich also claimed him as “phenomenal” (2013).

Ming Xie is a distinctive and promising pianist who won numerous top prizes in competitions, including Valsesia Musica International Piano Competition in Italy, Yamaha International Piano Competition, Lee International Piano Competition, TOYAMA International Youth Piano Competition in Hong Kong and Gulangyu National Piano Competition in China, among others.

Ming has made concert debut all of the world that include Auditori Enric Granados in Spain, New York Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall & Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center as well as Reinberger Hall at Severance Hall in Cleveland. Ming made his first recital series “M/XII 04 Ming Xie in L!ve” in six cities of four countries since last september.

Ming is currently a student at The Juilliard School under Professor Sergei Babayan. His previous music training was under Professor Choong Mo Kang and Professor Matti Raekallio. Ming studied with Professor Hanguo Yang in the Afflicted Middle School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China.

Nicholas Young (Sydney, Australia)

With a passion for both classical and modern piano performance, Nicholas Young is emerging as one of Australia’s most captivating and versatile young musicians.  Currently based in Salzburg, Nicholas was born in Sydney and began studies there at the age of six with Alison Salkeld, gaining his Associate and Licentiate Diplomas (Australian Music Examinations Board) both with Distinction in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He subsequently studied with Daniel Herscovitch and was awarded his Fellowship Diploma in 2009 at the age of eighteen.

Nicholas pursued further artistic training through the Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a recipient of the University of Sydney Outstanding Achievement Scholarship. He graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours and University Medal for his research and performances of Busoni’s original compositions for solo piano. Nicholas subsequently undertook Masters studies at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Claudius Tanski, graduating with Distinction (mit Auszeichnung) and the highest possible grades in all performance and academic components. In support of this period of study, he was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship (Instrumental Music Category) in 2014. The esteemed teachers from whom Nicholas has taken masterclasses include Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet, Jacques Rouvier, Lars Vogt, Lang Lang and many others.

Since winning his first medal at the age of six, Nicholas has gained a steadily growing reputation through his appearances in various festivals and competitions. His first major prize as the winner of the 8th Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition in 2007 was followed by further important accolades including Winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (Keyboard Category), Runner-Up Prize of the 2012 Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, Second Prize of the 2012 Australian National Piano Award and Winner of the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship.

In 2015, Nicholas extended his successes to the international level, receiving that year First Prize and Best Beethoven Performance of the ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London), Third Prize of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition (Soloists ‘B’), and Honourable Mentions at the 7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna) and 1st International Cochran Piano Competition.

Nicholas has given solo and chamber performances in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the UK in such iconic venues as the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, London Wigmore Hall, Munich Gasteigand Vienna Ehrbar Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras, working with international conductors including Nicholas Braithwaite, Vladimir Verbitsky and Edvard Tchivzhel, and his performances have been broadcast by Fine Music FM and ABC Classic FM. In 2014, he was invited to perform with the Vienna International Orchestra as part of the Vienna ConcertoFest concert series. Since 2009, Nicholas has been officially recognised as a Young Steinway Artist.

While maintaining an intense study of the classical repertory, Nicholas has an equally strong interest in promoting the music of today. He has performed in national and/or world premieres of several new solo and ensemble works including Calogero Panvino’s Sonata 101 (2010), Huck Hodge’s Omen, unscroll a canon war! (Hommage à Nancarrow) (2010), David Fulmer’s Vor den Morgengrauen (2011), and Kevin Lang’s Amidst marbled silhouettes (2013), as well as performing the music of Roger Smalley, Elliott Carter, Alan Rawsthorne, Olivier Messiaen and the Second Viennese School. In support of his ongoing work in this field, Nicholas was announced as the winner of the Perpetual Trust’s 2016 Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, enabling the commissioning, recording and performing of further new works for the piano to be released in 2017/2018.

What Our Young Artists Are Saying

Moving Musicians Forward, touching the lives of musicians one person at a time.

“CME bridged the gap for me between studying in America and studying in Europe. Without CME I would not have been introduced to the community of people that have helped me transition here so smoothly.”

Kyle Jee

Florida, USA to Vienna, Austria

“I’ve attended so many festivals before, but I will never forget the amazing experience at CME. I met the top teachers of the world, and my entire thought about music (and even life!) changed.”

Jahye Kim

Seoul, Korea

“It was a great pleasure to be a part of the ConcertoFest. The exhilaration of performing Viennese masterpieces with an orchestra, in the very home of Classical music itself, cannot be described with justice.”

Nicholas Young