Colburn Music Academy Kohl Scholars

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
5:30 pm
California Club


DEBUSSY String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10, L.91
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
GRANADOS Goyescas, H. 64
FAURE Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13, No. 1 
MOZART Piano Quartet No. 2 In E-Flat Major, K. 493

About the Artists

Yun-Shuo (Angie) Wang

Angie was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and started studying violin at age six. She went to Kaohsiung St. Paul’s High School and studied violin with C. Nanette Chen. She currently studies with Margaret Batjer at the Colburn Music Academy. In 2018 she won 2nd place in the violin solo, Taiwan National Student Music Competition. She participated in filming the promotion video for Kaohsiung Children’s Summer Mad Art Festival and performed at its press conference. In 2019, she performed with the Salut Taiwan Chamber Ensemble at the New Taipei City Hakka Culture Museum. In 2021, she won a Gold Award in the 7th Singapore Raffles International Music Festival violin solo competition.  

Angie was accepted into the Juilliard School, the Colburn Conservatory, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and the New England Conservatory. She plans to attend the Juilliard School on a full-tuition scholarship studying with Catherine Cho.


Muyang Wu 

Muyang Wu was born in 2006 and studied at the Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music until 2021. Currently, Muyang studies with Margaret Batjer in the Colburn Music Academy as a Kohl Scholar. Muyang has been a prize winner in several awards, including 3rd Prize in the 2019 Zhuhai Mozart Competition and the Special Prize in the Young Artists Award in Singapore Violin Festival Competition. Muyang has performed as a soloist with Salzburg Chamber Orchestra and Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra. 

Muyang plans to attend the Juilliard School studying with Catherine Cho on a full tuition scholarship.


Samuel Tatsuki 

Samuel Tatsuki is a freshman at California School of the Arts in Los Angeles. He started playing the violin at age 4 and switched to viola at age 7 while studying with his mother, Hanna Tatsuki, up until age 12. He currently studies with Michael Larco and studies the Alexander Technique with Eddy Malave.  

In the summer of 2022, he attended Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute’s Viola Workshop and the Young Artists Orchestra where he served as principal viola. This summer he will be attending the Perlman Music Program.  

He has won numerous prizes for his viola performance, including the Southern California Viola Society Youth Competition, Bach Festival, and the Pasadena Showcase.  

In 2021, Sam and his friends co-founded a non-profit organization “ARCK Chamber” that connects musicians to communities that aren’t exposed to live music. In his free time, Sam enjoys listening to music and playing piano.  


Mira Kardan 

Mira has studied at the Colburn School for 15 years and has been in the Music Academy for the past 4. Mira’s experience at Colburn has been incomparable, and she is so grateful for the lifelong friends she has made, Ms. Batjer’s Virtuosi rehearsals, Mr. Greensmith’s push and pull, and the opportunity to perform with her olives. Mira would especially like to thank her beautiful parents. 

Mira will attend The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory as a recipient of the Temerty Foundation Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship, to study with Hans Jorgen Jensen and Andres Diaz.  


Kailey Yun 

Kailey Yun is 17 years old and currently studying with Ms. Margaret Batjer at the Colburn School of Music. Some of her achievements include having the honor of playing as a soloist with the Bellflower Orchestra in 2019, the Southern California Philharmonic in 2020, and the Orchestra Collective of Orange County Orchestra in 2021.  

She was a state finalist for the ASTA (American String Teachers’ Association) competition as well as a grand prize winner in the Satori International Summer Music Festival and the Los Angeles International Music competition, among numerous other music awards.  

She is the first violinist of the Evie Quartet, the recipient of the first prize and grand prize of the 10th Annual Coltman National Chamber Music Competition in 2023 as well as the bronze medal in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She is actively participating in the Honors Chamber Music program at Colburn under the guidance of Moni Simeonov. The Evie Quartet received master classes from names such as Midori, Teng Li, Andrew Shulman, and Philip Setzer.  

The Evie Quartet will be broadcast on KMFA 89.5 and perform in the Lincoln Center in New York in 2024.  

Kailey will attend the University of Southern California in the Fall 2024.


Lindsey Yang 

18-year-old Lindsey Yang began her study at the age of five and is currently studying with Professor Fabio Bidini and Hyejin Kim. She has won prizes and made appearances in various competitions, including the Cooper International Competition, Hilton Head International Competition, and Gina Bachauer Junior International Competition, among others. 

Lindsey took part in the concerti-focused masterclasses with LA Opera Music Director Maestro James Conlon at the 2022 Colburn Piano Seminar and has participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists, including Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ilana Vered, and Douglas Humphreys.  

Lindsey plans to attend a Conservatory in the Fall 2024.


James Birch 

James Birch is a 17-year-old Australian/British violinist. He was born in Sydney, Australia, to an English father and Chinese mother. He began playing the violin at the age of four and a half and piano at five. He relocated to England with his family in 2019 to further his musical studies.  

James is currently a full-time student at the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles, California, studying with Robert Lipsett. While in England, he was granted an exceptional scholarship to the Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Here, by special arrangement, he studied under the renowned Professor David Takeno, becoming his youngest student. He also studied with So-Ock Kim from the Royal Academy of Music and was mentored by Nicola Benedetti, Rachel Podger, Shlomo Mintz. In Australia, he was a scholar in the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied under Dr. Evgeny Sorkin and was mentored by Simon James.

Competition accolades include the 2019 Zhuhai International Mozart competition, the First Prize at the 2020 London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, New Talent Award at the 2021 British International Youth Music Competition & Festival, First Prize Winner at the 2022 ISA Young Musician of the Year, and the Hattori Foundation 2022 and 2023 Junior Award Winner. 


Henry Woodruff 

16-year-old violist Henry Woodruff was born and raised in Solvang, California, and just finished his freshman year of high school at the Colburn Music Academy. When he was three years old, he began studies on the piano and on the violin under his mother, Mary Beth Rhodes-Woodruff. He attended Suzuki festivals in Utah, Colorado, and California and was a prize winner, on piano, at the Southern California Bach Festival. As he continued his studies, he began to show a particular interest in and love for the viola. At the age of 14, he switched to the viola and began studies at the Colburn Music Academy, in the studio of Teng Li.  

Beyond music, Henry has a number of hobbies and interests. He loves to play tennis, has a fascination with treehouses, and enjoys nothing more than a good piece of filet mignon. He attended summer festivals of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Tanglewood Institute, and the Westmont Academy for Young Artists. He has performed in masterclass for Ray Chen, Leila Josefowicz, Steven Ansell, Fabio Bidini, Julia Fischer, and members of ‘A Far Cry’. He has served as principal violist of Santa Barbara Strings, a string orchestra and chamber music training program in Central California. He has been a scholarship recipient from the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Tanglewood Institute, the Colburn School, and the Santa Barbara Music Club. As Henry looks towards the future, he has ambitious goals for his career as a violist and hopes to continue his studies at a top conservatory to pursue a career as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. 


Shinah (Sheena) Youn 

Shinah is an 11th grader at the Colburn School Music Academy and studies with Clive Greensmith. Shinah made her solo concert debut at age 13 at a Prodigy Series Concert sponsored by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. At age nine, Shinah made her orchestral debut with the Seoul Orchestra, the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Jersey Camerata Orchestra. Shinah also won 1st Prize at numerous prestigious International Competitions in Korea and the U.S.   



David Choi 

A 10th grader at the Stanford Online High School, David started piano lessons at age five. He made his solo debut at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York. A student at the Colburn Music Academy, David currently studies with HyeJin Kim. Prior to that, he studied with Dr. Alex McDonald from 2017 to 2021.  

Recently, he has received many accolades, such as being selected as one of five finalists in the 2023 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, First Place in the 2022 Piano Star International Competition, Second Place and Best Baroque Prize in the 2022 Spotlight International Piano Competition, First Place in the 2022 Colburn Piano Seminar Competition, and Second Place in the 2022 Edith Knox Performance Competition. He was also the Gold Medalist in the 2021 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, where he made his orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Salvador Brotons in January 2022.  

In addition, David was the Junior National winner of the 2021 MTNA Competition and placed first in the 2021 Texas Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, the 2021 Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition, the 2020 Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition, the 2019 Collin County Young Artists Competition, the 2019 University of Texas Arlington Keyboard Competition, and the 2019 Texas A&M Commerce Youth Piano Competition.  

Over the summers, David has attended music camps such as the Texas State International Piano Festival, the Southeastern Piano Festival, and the Colburn Piano Seminar. Besides playing piano, David enjoys playing basketball, video games, and the violin.  



The Colburn School is grateful to Terri and Jerry Kohl for their remarkable support of students, faculty, and programming.

Your Support in Action 

At the Colburn School, we are proud to offer over $9 million of scholarship support annually for more than 900 students from the Community School of Performing Arts, the Conservatory of Music, the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, and the Music Academy. This is made possible in partnership with our generous donor community, whose philanthropy pays for over 75% of the Colburn experience. 

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The Music Academy is proud to award approximately $400,000 in scholarships each year to more than half of our enrolled students, with awards ranging from $2,000 to $37,000. In lieu of a ticket cost for this evening, which was generously underwritten by Terri and Jerry Kohl, together, we ask you to make a contribution to increase our scholarship fund for the incoming class of Music Academy students.

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