“I love performing for kids because when I was young I was really inspired by watching the older girls and now I would like to inspire and be a role model for the younger aspiring dancers.
To take care of myself, I try to eat healthy… but I do like my treats especially ice cream from Milk Craft. I stretch everyday before class and I also take pilates when I can to help with my core.”
Kerry is 13 years old and has been dancing for 6 years. She is a YAGP winner placing 3rd in the Pre-competitive Division for Classical Ballet in 2017 and 2nd place at the Junior Division for Classical Ballet in 2018. She also won 2nd place and 3rd place in the Connecticut Classics 2017 and 2018.
She had the good fortune to perform her variation Odalisque from Les Corsaire at The University Of Hartford's Gala in February 2017 with a full Orchestra. This was a fundraiser for the University and it was a great honor to be asked to perform for the distinguished guests.
Kerry was Clara in the 2015 Nutcracker at the University of Hartford & in the 2016 Nutcracker at the Greenwich Ballet Academy. She is cast as Dew Drop, Mirliton lead, and Snow, in the University Of Hartford’s 2018 Nutcracker.
She spent the last two summers at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center and prior summers at Studio to Stage at the University of Hartford, Walnut Hill School of the Arts and Bossov Ballet Theater.
Kerry is currently a homeschooled student. In her free time, Kerry likes to sing. She and her two sisters love spending time together having lots of fun making each other laugh.
“I love to perform for kids so I can share the beautiful art of ballet with everyone! Ballet and dance are wonderful and unique opportunities for people to express ourselves!”
Isabel Tenney is a 15 year old high school student who has been dancing since 3, but started training more seriously at the age of 11. She was Princess Florine in Sleeping Beauty and danced as a soloist for Paquita and La Bayadere’s jug dance.
Isabel is currently studying at The Forrest Academy of Ballet pre-professional. She was a 2017 Suffolk Dance Ambassador and she is now a Discount Dance Ambassador and a model for Matryoshka Tutus #exclusivelyyours and Discount Dance model. She has spent her summers at various intensives, including BBASI, ABT, Ellison Ballet, FABSI, and Open World Dance Foundation.
Isabel is a student of Dwight Global online. In addition to her classes, she participates in Model UN, the writing club, Debate, Global Issues Network, leadership club, and the school newspaper. Writing is one of her favorite things to do when she’s not dancing! Isabel posts her pieces onto a site called Teen Ink that publishes them online. For her poetry pieces, short stories, and essays, Isabel received five editor’s choice awards. She is also greatly interested in physiology and debate. She has participated in community service for her local food pantry and plays violin for charity events at her local high school.
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve been dancing and loving exercise - running, biking, swimming, soccer, I loved it all! I love routines and because I need to be strong for ballet on a daily basis, I learned that taking care of my body is super important for staying happy and well. I absolutely adore little kids and I want to share the excitement I have for dance and nutritious foods kids can make for themselves!”
Liv is a 14 year old freshman in high school. She also takes classes at the Stanford Online High School and the Berklee College of Music. She has been dancing since the age of 2. She started at Ballet des Enfants in Larchmont, then Dance Cavise, JCC, Gelsey Kirkland Academy and GBA. Her summers have been spent at ballet intensives at GKA, Bolshoi, GBA, FBA, GCC, and the American Ballet Theater.
Liv is the Southern Connecticut Regional Director for the Back to Bach Project where she is debuting a collaboration for dance and classical music.
She has danced in Nutcracker performances since 2014. She loves outdoor sports and has won Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at the MSF Junior Triathlons and a Gold medal in the Sprint to Flint Junior 5K.
Liv is also passionate about history and research. In 2018, her team won First Place in Junior Group Performance at the State Contest and Special prize for Native American History at National History Day Finals in Washington D.C.
In her free time, Liv enjoys eating her cooking inventions, writing songs, and singing. On school breaks, she takes piano and guitar lessons. She loves to code and is working on an app for school. She has training in emotional intelligence and meditation.
JAMES CURTO: MUSIC COORDINATOR
Jimmy is a high school junior who studies Tuba with Andrew Bove at the Juilliard Pre-College School. He is passionate about music and is signed up for anything that involves music.
He’s in the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony Wilton High School Marching & Symphonic Band, High School Symphonic Orchestra, High School Jazz I, II, III Ensembles, Norwalk Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra (Tuba & Viola) & Brass Ensemble, Middlebrook School Band, CT including Sixth Dimension, Stage Band, Westport Community Band, CT Western Region Music Festival (Tuba & Viola), CMEA Western Region Music Festival,
His second instrument is the Viola and he is a member in a Quartet at Talent Education Suzuki School, CT. He was in the Performance Tour of Prague, Vienna, & Salzburg with NYS, Fairfield County Strings Festival in Honors Orchestra,
Jimmy’s third instrument is the bass guitar.
His fourth instrument is the euphonium!
He has spent his last few summers at Kinhaven Music School in Weston, VT, and the New England Music Camp (NEMC) - Sydney, Maine.
Awards and recognitions include: Wilton Warrior Marching Band Squad of the Year, All-Star Brass Award, Wilton Warrior Marching Band, Rookie of the Year, Wilton Warrior Marching Band, Excellence in Band Award 3 years in a row in Middlebrook School, and Music Adjudication Trip - Middlebrook Concert Band 1st Prize.
LI YU CHEN
“Being the younger sibling, I've always had a soft spot for kids, since I was barely given any chance to spend time with them. The curiosity of young children and their eagerness to learn more about the world fascinates me, and satisfying their curiosity is a very rewarding experience.”
Li Yu is currently a high school freshman, and has been studying violin in Mr. Masao Kawasaki’s studio, at the Juilliard Pre-College School since she was 12 y.o. She has frequently performed in chamber music concerts at the Juilliard School, as well as in school concerts and events. She started piano at the age of 4, and developed an interest in the violin when she was 6. When she was 11 years old, she was awarded Gold Medal at the AADGT International Competition "Passion of Music 2015", as well as First Place in the American Protège International Concerto Competition. In 2018, she was awarded the Grand and First Prize at the Sound of Manhattan Festival and Competition at Adelphi University.
She likes to swim, read, and write poetry/creative writing. “I'd love to pursue photography but my phone camera is horrible and I'm not allowed to use the camera, so it's something I'm working towards.”
Wujin Kim, 17, currently studies cello under Clara Minhye Kim and is coached in chamber music by Asya Meshberg. He is currently a member of the New York Youth Symphony and served as the principal cellist of Principal Orchestra in the Norwalk Youth Symphony last year. In 2014 and 2015, Wujin was the winner of the Junior Competition and Senior Competition of the Young Artist Festival sponsored by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the American Chamber Orchestra after winning the Concerto Competition. In 2017, Wujin was selected as a winner of the Norwalk Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and to be principal cellist of the CMEA All-State Orchestra. He has also won honorable mention in the New York Music Competition and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
In the summer of 2018, Wujin studied with Steven Doane at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He also has attended the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians and attended Elm City Chamberfest as the recipient of the Cello Scholarship in 2016. Wujin enjoys playing chamber music with his friends to support organizations such as Music for Youth, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Grace Farm’s Community Dinner, and the YMCA of Greenwich.
Emilia is a 19 y. o. who attended Juilliard Pre-College for Piano and Opera and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.
She is an accomplished Pianist, Vocalist, and Actress. She has performed in concert at Juilliard's Paul Hall, the Royal Opera House, and at Ulriksdals Palace Theater. Emilia was in the Stockholm City Theater’s Tribadernas Natt by P.O. Enqvist- the story of August Strindberg and Sofie Von Essen. In 2017/18 Emilia gained her first International acting credits as Zoe Tyler in the Swedish television crime thriller series Modus with Ms. Kim Cattrall and Mr. Greg Wise. Emilia plans to pursue further studies in Music - Opera, and the Dramatic Arts.
17 year old Giorgio was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 2001, and began playing the cello at the Jr. Conservatory Lilla Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden at the age of six. He currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College with Marion Feldman and Emirhan Tunca.
Giorgio has given numerous performances including Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus Concert Hall in Sweden, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, where he premiered his own composition “Generations” in honor of those we lost in the Holocaust.
Giorgio has been a prize winner in several competitions including the 2018 Rondo Competition, The 2018 Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School Concerto Competition, 2017 Regina Rubinoff award for strings, The East Coast International Competition and Rovere d’Oro in San Bartolomeo, Italy. Giorgio has also performed for the royal family of Sweden and for the Nobel Foundation. Giorgio has participated in several festivals including O/Modernt Festival in Stockholm, Sweden and the Gotland Festival in Gotland, Sweden. Giorgio was grateful to receive the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Alumni &Friends Stephen Kates Memorial Cello Scholarship (June 2018). Giorgio attended on scholarship the Boston University Tanglewood Institute- Young Artist Orchestra program this past summer 2018. In October 2018 Giorgio received the Manhattan School of Music Marion Feldman Scholarship.
Gerald Kim is a sophomore at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. He started playing violin 7 years old and is currently studying with Wendy Sharp. He is a member of Greater Bridgeport Youth Principal Orchestra and plays in a string quartet coached by Asya Meshberg. He has participated in the Chamber Music Central as well as Chamber Music Institute for Young musicians in summer. He was a winner of American Chamber Orchestra concerto competition 2018 and a finalist of GBYO concerto competition last year. He has played violin at the church worship as a volunteer. Besides music, he has a 3rd degree black belt in TaeKwondDo and plays tennis. He loves teaching younger kids as a junior instructor in Taekwonddo and as a mentor at McKinley Elementary School in Fairfield.
Bethany Bobbs, a sophomore in high school, is a scholarship student in the Juilliard School Pre College Program and the Perlman Music Program. Bethany currently studies cello with Astrid Schween and Sieun Lin, and piano with her mother, Catherine Bobbs.
Bethany made her cello solo debut at the age of 9 performing with the Cleveland Institute Chamber Orchestra, and has subsequently gone on to solo with many symphonies including the Georgia Philharmonic Symphony, The Fort Bend Symphony, Brazosport Symphony, The Houston Symphony of the North, The Houston Youth Symphony, Summit Symphony, New Jersey Intergenerational Symphony, Old York Road, and The Sewanee Music Festival Orchestra twice as their concerto winner for two years in a row. Bethany has won many awards including the grand prize in the Houston Symphony of the North Young Artist competition, the Brazosport Symphony Concerto Competition, the HMTA Teachers Concerto Competition, the Georgia Philharmonic Samuel Fordis Competition, the Houston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and 3rd place, being one of the youngest competitors, in the prestigious Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition. In 2017, Bethany won the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Scholarship, in 2016, 3rd place in the National Federation of Music Teachers Association Stillman Kelly Award, a national piano and instrumental competition, and, in 2015, the Mary Alice Cox Cello Award, their youngest winner on record. Bethany loves performing for charity organizations, retirement facilities, and hospitals, and won the Houston Music Doing Good Scholarship in 2015 and 2016 for her charitable performances. The youngest of 8 musical children, Bethany is grateful for her family’s support and love as well as the instruction and inspiration of Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s Perlman Music Program and the Juilliard Pre-College program.
“I like performing for kids because they are always very enthusiastic about hearing new music. I love to spread my love of music to kids, and it is important that the music community continues to grow. Plus they’re so adorable!
I try to stay healthy by eating nutritious foods, sleeping well, and exercising regularly. Making sure I stay healthy gives me more energy and I am ready for each day!”
Alison is 16 years old and began violin studies at the age of 4. She studies with Professor Kyung Yu at the Yale School of Music. Her previous teachers were Salley Koo and Sarah Smale. She plays in the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras. She won their annual concerto competition and performed the Sibelius concerto with the Principal Orchestra in May, 2017. In the summer of 2019, she will be Concertmaster on GBYO’s tour to Scotland and Iceland. She won the 2018 Danbury Symphony Concerto Competition and performed as the soloist. She won the Norwalk Symphony Young Musician’s Festival senior award and was a finalist at the Norwalk Symphony concerto competition. Alison is an avid chamber musician and plays in a string quartet, as well as Vivace, a choreographed string group in Westport that concentrates on non-classical repertoire. Alison participated in master classes and workshops with renowned musicians such as Ben Beilman, David Lisker, Luosha Fang, Eunice Kim, Ann Setzer, Sybarite 5, The Horszowski Piano Trio, Time for Three, and the Harlem, Amphion, Enso, Borromeo, Ying and Miro string quartets. She has spent several summers at the idyllic Kinhaven Music School in Vermont where chamber music is the focus. This past year, Alison began volunteering at the Yale New Haven Hospital. She hopes to study medicine and become a surgeon. She is a rising Junior at Trumbull High School.
Eighteen year-old Max Bobby is a freshman at Harvard University. He studied cello at the Juilliard Pre-College Division with Richard Aaron and Sieun Lin. He began lessons with Maxine Neuman at Hoff Barthelson School of Music at the age of five and has been described as “unusually gifted with an extraordinary degree of musical maturity”.
Max was a YoungArts 2018 finalist and was invited to Miami for YoungArts week. He was also winner of the 2015 Juilliard Pre College Concerto Competition, a semi-finalist at the Stulberg International String Competition and winner of the concerto competition at Indiana Summer Strings Academy. He has received full scholarships to International Morningside Music Bridge festival.
Max has won top prizes at other national and international competitions, including the International Virtuoso Competition (grand prize), New York Music Competition (gold prize), Stamford Young Artists Concerto Competition (first prize), American Fine Arts Festival Competition (gold prize), American Protege Concerto Competition (gold prize), the Morningside Music Bridge Chamber Competition (second prize), Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition (second prize) and the Pasadena Chamber Music Competition (Beethoven prize).
Max loves anything tech, enjoys political satire, practices juggling, works on perfecting his pratfall, and is a connoisseur of cringe comedies and merguez sausages.