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Barry Shiffman speaks about the new Rockport Fellows

TONY YANG, piano
Tony Yike Yang is enrolled at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Wha Kyung Byun. He previously studied in the Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School and at the Taylor Academy of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Mr. Yang won fifth prize at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition as well as the Ewa & Włodzimierz Kamirski Award for the Youngest Finalist, and earned a Jury Discretionary Award at the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in 2015. He also has won top prizes at Thomas & Evon Cooper, Hilton Head, Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Junior, and Gina Bachauer International Junior piano competitions. He has appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Montreal’s Orchestre Metropolitain, and Toronto Sinfonietta. When he’s not playing piano, Mr. Yang loves badminton, ping-pong, video games, swimming, movies, and spicy food.   Artist’s Website  

ROCKPORT FELLOWSHIP QUARTET

BOSON MO, violin
Winner of Third Prize at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Boson was named as one of Canada’s “30 under 30 Top Classical Musicians of 2015” by CBC Radio-Canada. As the only Canadian candidate at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, he was awarded the “Prix Joseph-Rouleau” at the 2010 Montreal International Violin Competition and is a recipient of Canada’s prestigious Sylva Gelber Foundation Award. Additionally, he is a two-time winner of Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank loan.  Boson has been featured as Young Artist in Residence of American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” as well as internationally on Radio New Zealand and CBC Radio-Canada. He has performed as soloist with several Canadian and New Zealand orchestras and has been featured at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, as well as Music@Menlo’s Winter Residency, to name a few  A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Boson is completing a Doctoral degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under Paul Kantor. Boson currently performs on a violin by Carlo Antonio Tononi (1757), graciously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts. Artist’s Website

JENNIFER MURPHY, violin
Irish violinist Jennifer Murphy is quickly gaining recognition as a creative and charismatic performer. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout Europe and North America and has had performances aired on BBC radio (UK) and CBC (Canada). Jennifer has performed at The Banff Centre Masterclasses, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Domaine Forget and the Music By The Sea Festival. She has worked with many of the worlds most sought after performers and teachers, including Maxim Vengerov, David Geringas, Joel Sachs and Ernst Kovacic. Jennifer is currently a Rebanks Family Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she has been generously granted the use of a beautiful Chanot violin. In June 2014, Ms. Murphy graduated with a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music in London, along with the prestigious Dip. RAM accolade. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and recently received her Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. Her teachers have included Erika Raum, Maurice Hasson and Detlef Hahn.  Artist’s Website

LAILA ZAKZOOK, viola
A spirited interpreter of chamber music, Egyptian-American violist Laila Zakzook won the 2014 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and the Honors Quartet Scholarship at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Also committed to the performance of new music, Laila has given the Canadian premier of “In Manus Tuas,” by Caroline Shaw. In 2013, Laila performed with Mika and Richard Stoltzman in “Duet,” by Steve Reich in Carnegie Hall. Laila has held principal and assistant principal positions under the batons of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Philippe Entremont, within the Banff Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Orchestras, Oberlin Wind Ensemble, and the Colburn School of Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra. Recently, Laila appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Mimesis Ensemble in the premiere performance and subsequent recording of Sumeida’s Song by Mohammed Fairouz. This year Laila completed her studies at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, having previously studied at The Manhattan School of Music and The Oberlin Conservatory. Laila has worked closely with teachers such as Steven Dann, Karen Ritscher and John Hayhurst. Artist’s Website

JULIE HEREISH, cello
Julie studied the cello with Denis Brott at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, with Johanne Perron and Carole Sirois at the University of Montreal, and with Stefan Kropfitsch at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Winner of the 2014 Zara Nelsova Memorial Award and the 2011 Peter Mendell Award, Julie received First Prize at the concerto competition of the University of Montreal Symphony Orchestra, at the Concours Sinfonia de Lanaudière and at the Canada Music Competition. Along with pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, she founded the Duo Arietis, which went on tour with les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and is also a member of the Trio Lajoie. Since 2012, Julie has been playing regularly as a supernumerary cellist with Les Violons du Roy, and is the new assistant principal cello of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.  Artist’s Website

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