Hear the classical music stars of tomorrow.  Winners of solo competitions and performing as soloists with orchestras, these rising stars are students at the top conservatories and music schools in America.  They come together at the Shalin Lu Performance Center for a tremendous afternoon of music!  

Chris Rogers-Beadle was born in Portland, Oregon and began studying the violin at age 5, then switched to viola at age 16 under the tutelage of Edward Gazouleas. The winner of multiple competitions, Chris has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, and the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra. Chris has performed alongside artists such as Augustin Hadelich, Joseph Silverstein, Clive Greensmith, and Denis Bouriakov, and has worked with many others including Pinchas Zukerman, Arnold Steinhardt, Martin Beaver, Atar Arad, and Tatjana Masurenko. Chris is currently a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music where he studies with Paul Coletti.

19 year-old violist Emma Wernig is from Los Angeles, California and a first generation American in her Austrian-German family. Emma is the first place winner of the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and as a result will perform a series of high profile recitals and release a debut CD through Champs Hill. She recently won the Colburn Concerto Competition and will perform with the Colburn Orchestra in Fall 2018. She is a prizewinner of the Rising Stars Grand Prix 2016 International Music Competition Berlin and was the 2016 Leiber & Stoller Scholarship Recipient, receiving $10,000 towards her musical education. As an alumna of the Heifetz Institute, she performed with their renowned Heifetz-On-Tour-Program in Washington, DC and Virginia. She recently participated in the 2017 Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy, IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses in Cornwall, England, and the Taos School of Music Festival.

Emma’s greatest passion lies in chamber music. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Lynn Harrell, Clive Greensmith, Ettore Causa, and Robert Chen, among others. As a part of the “Chimera Quartet” she won first place at the 2016 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the WDAV’s Young Chamber Musicians Competition, and the inaugural 2016 M-Prize Chamber Music Competition at the University of Michigan in the Junior Strings Category. As a member of the Incendium Quartet, she won the Gold Medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, subsequently featured on NPR’s From the Top.

Emma plays on a Viseltear viola generously loaned to her by the Colburn Foundation. Emma Wernig is a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory where she studies with Paul Coletti.

Watch a performance of Emma 




BACH: Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012

LIGETI: Sonata for Viola (1991-1994)

REGER: Viola Suite No. 1 in G minor, Op. 131

BRAHMS: Sonata in E-flat for Viola and Piano, Op. 120                               


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