Colburn Students Win YoungArts Awards

Violinist Albert Gang was one of 25 Colburn students and alumni to receive awards from the YoungArts Foundation.

The National YoungArts Foundation included 25 Colburn School students and alumni among those honored for their outstanding work in the performing arts. The 2019 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 710 as finalists, honorable mentions, and merit winners. Finalists are eligible to become US Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and get to participate in the National YoungArts Week in Miami.

Congratulations to these students and alumni on this outstanding achievement.


Classical Music
Javier Morales-Martinez, Clarinet§

Honorable Mention

Classical Music
Khoi Dinh, Flute*
Alexander Fried, Violin*
Albert Gang, Violin^
Katie Kim, Flute*
Andy Park, Viola*
Scott Quirk, Flute^
Victor Shlyakhtenko, Piano*
Michael Song, Cello†

Benjamin Conn, Trombone*
Dalton Hayse, Piano*


Classical Music
Mei Hotta, Cello*
Kristi Kim, Cello†
Leo Major, Composition*
Maya Paredes, Piano§
Richard Qiu, Piano*
Melinda Zhu, Flute*

Dario Bizio, Double Bass*
Kai Burns, Guitar*
James Day, Saxophone§
David Lee, Percussion*
Alex Lui, Flute*
Gianna Pedregon, Violin*
Makoto Yorihiro, Tenor Saxophone*

Hannah Franklin, Voice and Musical Theater*

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

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