Colburn Students Receive 2021 YoungArts Awards

Gianna Pedregon

Jazz violinist Gianna Pedregon was one of 13 Colburn students to receive awards from the YoungArts Foundation.

The National YoungArts Foundation included 13 Colburn School students and alumni among those honored for their outstanding work in the performing arts. The 2021 YoungArts winners receive support for their blossoming careers, including cash awards of up to $10,000, validation and guidance by renowned mentors, opportunities to participate in YoungArts programs, and a strong professional network.

Each year, the foundation recognizes young artists from across the country in the areas of literary, visual, design, and performing arts. Thousands of young artists aged 15–18 applied, and the foundation selected 659 as finalists, honorable mentions, and merit winners. Finalists are eligible to become US Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and get to participate in this year’s virtual National YoungArts Week + streaming January 25–30. From January 3–9, the finalists participate in online classes and workshops, concluding with the development and recording of their work for the virtual event, which is open to the public for free.

Congratulations to these students and alumni on this outstanding achievement.


Classical Music

Allison Park, Viola*†
Joseph Karz, Composition*


Oliviana Marie Halus-Griep, Singer-songwriter*


Kai Burns, Guitar*
Gianna Pedregon, Violin*


Classical Music

Noah Jung, Clarinet^
Kevin Miura, Violin^§


Elijah Alexander, Composition*
Kai Burns, Composition*
Cody Nakatsukasa, Double Bass*
William Schwartzman, Piano*
Joshua Wong, Composition*
Adam Zilberman, Saxophone*

Honorable Mention

Classical Music

Apsara Kasiraman, Composition*


Brenda Greggio, Composition*

* Community School of Performing Arts student
§ Community School of Performing Arts alumni
^ Music Academy student
† Music Academy alumni