2016 Competition

20th Annual Schadt String Competition

March 4-6, 2016



1st Place Winner

Alexander Hersh

Schumann Cello Concerto, Op. 129

Having just made his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Pops and his Kennedy Center debut in the Spring of 2015, Alexander Hersh is quickly establishing himself as a rising young talent. A 4 th generation string player, he has performed in the US, Canada, and Europe. Hersh has received numerous awards as both a soloist and as a chamber musician, including the Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, New England Conservatory Honors Competition, Society of American Musicians, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the Jules M. Laser National Chamber Music Competition, the Chicago National Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. 

Alexander Hersh has participated in music festivals worldwide including: Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses, Olympic Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Domaine Forget, New York String Orchestra Seminar, National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme, Madeleine Island Summer Music Camp, and the Meadowmount School of Music. In the Summer of 2014, he served as principal cellist for the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He studied with Steve Balderston and Hans Jensen, and attended the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. As a high school student Hersh twice appeared on NPR's "From the Top," and performed as soloist with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, and the Oak Park Symphony. In May, Hersh received his B.M. from New England Conservatory with academic honors where he was a student of Laurence Lesser and recipient of the  Clara M. Friedlaender Scholarship. He is currently pursuing his M.M. at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Katz. 


2nd Place Winner

Sujin Lee

Dvorak Cello Concerto, Op. 104

Cellist Sujin Lee is quickly establishing herself as a mature, young artist, concertizing at prestigious venues such as the Louvre Museum, Kennedy Center, Gardner Museum, and Zankel Hall. Prizewinner of the Hudson Valley String Competition (2014), Johansen International Competition (2006), and Klein International Competition (2009), she has participated in and performed at the prestigious Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Verbier Academy, Ravinia Festivals and the Perlman Music Program. She has collaborated with world-renowned artists including Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Itzhak Perlman, and Donald Weilerstein. Sujin has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Columbia University and received her music degrees in cello performance from the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. In the past year, her engagements have included concerto performances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Waltham Symphony Orchestra, the “Rising Stars” residency at Caramoor, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute “Rising Stars” tour. She currently studies with Laurence Lesser and her former teachers include Laura Blustein, Paul Katz, and Timothy Eddy. Ms. Lee is currently on chamber music faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. 


3rd Place Winner

Noemie Raymond-Friset

Bloch's Schelomo

From solo to chamber music, the young cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset puts a special stamp on all she plays. Currently continuing her musical education (Graduate Diploma) under the tutelage of Yeesun Kim at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Noémie also earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Montreal.

This summer, she played in concert with Joshua Bell at the Aspen Music Festival and School as well as at the St-Regis Deer Valley (Utah). She has recently acted as Ambassador of the New England Conservatory to the Cello Amsterdam Biennale Festival and has participated in the International Lutowslavski Competition.

In addition, her playing was greatly acclaimed in a masterclass given by Yo-Yo Ma, for an audience of more than 1000 people. She was also personally invited to play the solo cello part in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Cello with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the maestro himself playing first violin solo. A fierce competitor, she was a finalist for the 2014 Prix d’Europe, where she was awarded the Guy-Soucie Award for the best interpretation of a Canadian piece. She was recently selected for the upcoming 2015 Beijing International Competition. As a laureate of the 2015 Musical Instrument Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts competition, Noémie currently plays on a 1769 Joannes Guillami cello.


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