Auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks wurden „Mitspieler“ unter den besonders begabten Studenten von den jeweiligen Fakultäten vorgeschlagen. Es kamen sechs New Yorker im Mai 2011 an den Rhein, deren Biographien und Fotos man in den Konzertprogrammen wiederfindet.
Das Gleiche gilt für die 14 Kölner Teilnehmer. Dabei entsteht ein ganz international geprägtes Bild und entsprechend inspiriertes Musizieren...

Biografien der Teilnehmer des transatlantic music Projekts in NYC (Oktober 2012)
The Juilliard School Performers

Hailed by the NY Times as a pianist with "a graceful touch... rhythmic precision.... (and) hypnotic charm,” pianist Han Chen is a distinctive artist whose credentials at a young age already include important prizes in competitions of traditional music as well as increasing respect in the avant-garde. Currently a junior at The Juilliard School with Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky, he also studies composition with Professor Philip Lasser. For more information, please visit:

As First Prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein String Competition, violinist Francesca dePasquale has been celebrated for her purity and intensity of artistry, described by critics as “clearly a talent to watch” (Pasadena Star-News). Ms. dePasquale made her solo orchestral debut at age 9 touring Spain with The Main Line Chamber Orchestra and has since appeared with numerous orchestras, including recent performances with The Colburn Orchestra and The American Youth Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Ms. dePasquale has been a featured artist for Music in the Vineyards, The Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series, The Colburn Chamber Music Society, and The Perlman Music Program. Ms. dePasquale studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where she is a first year Master of Music student and recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. As a student of Robert Lipsett, Ms. dePasquale earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music. Previous teachers include Hirono Oka and William dePasquale, with additional mentorship from Norman Carol and Arnold Steinhardt.

Justyna Jara started to play the violin at the age of 7 in her hometown in Poland. Her achievements are numerous and date back to her high school years. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many European countries such as: Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine and Switzerland. She participated in many worldwide known music festivals, including; Zenon Brzewski International Music Courses in Lancut (Poland), Summer Academy in Salzburg (Austria), Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine (USA) and Fontainebleau Summer Music Program (France). She is an avid chamber musician and regularly performs with different chamber groups. She also regularly premiers and performs new music written by contemporary composers. In 2007 she received a scholarship to record a CD with Caprices of Henryk Wieniawski for solo and two violins which came out in 2008 under label Acte Prealable. Currently Justyna Jara is a graduate student of The Juilliard School in Lewis Kaplan’s violin class and will complete her Masters next year.

Cellist Jia Kim began her studies at the age of eleven in Korea, where she has won first place in the Korean Music Association Competition, the National Symphony Orchestra Competition of Korea and the Young Musician Foundation's National Debut Concerto Competition. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Jia has worked with renowned artists such as Frans Helmerson, Robert Mann, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Don Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman and many more, performing in venues throughout North and South America such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Avery Fisher Hall, Chicago's Symphony Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Arsht Center in Miami, Valle de Bravo in Mexico and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Jia was a recipient of a full scholarship to the Crossroads School in Santa Monica and the Colburn School of Performing Arts, where she studied with Ronald Leonard for six years. For five years, she spent her summers at The Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, NY, which gave her life-changing experiences. She has also participated at Kneisel Hall and The Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop. Jia performs on a 2005 Mario Miralles Cello, on loan from the Maestro Foundation, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree studying with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, from which she also holds a Bachelor of Music degree.

Clarinetist Saerom Kim is completing her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. Ms. Kim has participated in a variety of ensembles at Juilliard, playing all positions in the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Opera, New Juilliard Ensemble, New York Woodwind Quintet Seminar, and AXIOM. She was honored to receive the Grand Prize at the Korean Clarinet Association Competition in 2002. Her numerous awards also include Honorable Mention from the Juilliard Pre-College open concerto competition in 2004, and third prize at the International Clarinet Association Competition in 2006. In October 2011, she was a finalist in Copland Clarinet Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School. Ms. Kim has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Clarinet Association Festivals in Japan and Atlanta, Georgia in 2005 and 2006, and Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima’s Clarinet Seminar in Kitakaruizawa, Japan in 2005, 2009 and 2010. In May 2012, Ms. Kim received Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School.

Violist Caterina Longhi is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom. She has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Schlesvig Holstein Festival Orchestra, and New York Youth Symphony. She has played under prestigious conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonord Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, Micheal Tilson Thomas and Nicholas McGegan. In 2012, she attended the Heifetz International Music Institute where she worked with members of the Emerson Quartet and collaborated with Lynn Harrell. She has attended the Schlesvig Holstein Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and The Perlman Music Program. In the winter of 2009 she participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. She was the 2010 recipient of the Rosemary Glyde Scholarship in association with the New York Viola Society as well as the recipient of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard in 2011. A founding member of her outreach group, Rayos de Cancion, Caterina travels to Guatemala annually to introduce the arts to disabled children and grade schools.

Pianist Jie Yuan, recently appointed "National Arts Youth Ambassador of China" by the states council of China, has won top prizes at the Ferruccio Busoni, Bechstein, Shanghai, Hamamatsu, Gina Bachauer international competitions. In addition, he has performed recitals and concertos with orchestra in five continents and more than 150 cities throughout the world, and has been invited to perform for many world leaders including Jacques Chirac, Vladimir Putin, and Zemin Jiang. He has released three recordings under the China Record Company label and is currently in his second year as an Artist Diploma student at The Juilliard School.

Third Prize winner of the Ninth National Violin Competition in China, Yuqing Zhang was praised by one of the judges: “The youngest, but the most promising contestant.” Yuqing Zhang started to play the violin at the age of 4 and studied in Shanghai Music Middle School for ten years. In 2008, she was invited to perform at Sydney Conservatory of Music and Scotch College. Hailed by professionals and local audience, Zhang was awarded an opportunity to record Carmen Fantasy by Sarasate at the local radio station. In 2010, Yuqing attended Bowdoin International Music Festival where she deeply committed to chamber music and orchestra in addition to her solo performance. In the same year, Yuqing was accepted at The Juilliard School with full scholarship. Yuqing later made her Carnegie Hall orchestral debut with Maestro Jaime Laredo conducting and the New York String Orchestral Seminar, which was later reviewed by the New York Times as “the most gripping performance ever heard”. Moreover, Yuqing just attended Sarasota Music Festival in 2011 and was picked as concertmaster of the festival orchestra. This summer Yuqing participated in the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium and the Kneisel Hall Music Festival.




Cologne Academy of Music Performers

Named as “Young Musician of the Year” at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards in 2011, Dorukhan Doruk was born in 1991 in Istanbul and began his cello studies with Dilbag Tokay in 2000 in his hometown. In 2008 he was admitted into Claus Kanngiesser’s class at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. He is currently studying with Truls Mork at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Doruk is first prize winner of many international competitions such as Antonio Janigro Cello Competition, Liezen Cello Competition, Lions European Music Competition, International Young Musicians Competition “Citta di Barletta”, among others. He made his solo debut at the age of 13. Since then, he has performed with various orchestras in Europe such as Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Slovak Sinfonietta, Les Symphonistes Européens, Budapest Strings, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey. He performed in prestigious festivals such as Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Eskisehir Festival, Rutesheim Cello Academy and Kronberg Academy, as well as attending masterclasses by renown cellists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mork, David Geringas, Steven Isserlis, and Gary Hoffman. Doruk plays a Nicolas Lupot cello made in Paris in the 19th century.

Susanna Kadzhoyan, combining artistic skills and charismatic personality with a strong will, unfailing technique and awareness of intentions, captivates and always touches audience worldwide. She has performed recitals, concerti with orchestras, attended numerous musical festivals, as well as a chamber music projects across Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. First Prizes in the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera (Spain), Steinway Foerderpreis (Germany), Karlrobert-Kreiten Piano Competition (Germany) and Georg Cziffra Preis (Austria) has brought Susanna Kadzhoyan international acclaim. Since 2007 she has published several articles concerned interpretation in music performance, and produced concerts and the festival “Klassika in Petersburg”. She has been a Member of the Union of Concert Artists of Russia since 2007. Born in Tashkent S., Kadzhoyan began studying piano at the age of four. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Music and Dance in Cologne with
the highest honors as a Master of Music Piano Solo in the class of Prof. N. Tichman. Currently Ms. Kadzhoyan studies in the Chamber Music Class of the same University with Prof. A. Spiri.

Min Wook Kim was born on July 9th, 1986 in Seoul, Korea.
He started playing piano at age 6 and began his clarinet studies at age 12.
He first wanted to be a composer, but he changed his mind after he started to play the clarinet.
The following year, he won his first competition and became a student of Yewon School.
He was also a student of Seoul Arts High School, Korea National University of Arts and Koeln Musik Hochschule, where he has studied with Dong-jin Kim and Ralph Manno.
Mr. Kim is an active chamber musician and has performed and toured with the Bejing Clarinet Festival.
He also participated in 2008 Asian Philharmonic Academy and many other Orchestras.
Currently, he is studying Konzertexamen with Ralph Manno at Cologne Academy of Music and Dance (

Mariya Krasnyuk, Ukrainian violinist (1989), began her studies at the Special Music School for gifted children in Lviv, Ukraine at the age of 6 years old. From 2007 to 2012, Mariya studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Professor Ariadne Daskalakis. In October 2012, she began her Master’s degree with Professor Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin. During her school years, the Ukrainian violinist has been presented with scholarships, endowed by President of Ukraine, and has won many international competitions; 2nd Prize at the International Music Competition Cologne in 2011, 2nd Prize at the competition “Art of XXI Century” in Ukraine, and 3rd Prize at the competition named after Andrea Postacchini in Italy, among many others. As a soloist, she perform with the National Orchestra in Lviv, Tschernovzy, Zaporoze, the Chamber Orchestra ”Virtuoso of Lviv” in the Ukraine, the Stare Chamber Orchestra named after B. Varchal in Slovakia, the WDR Orchestra, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the joung Symphonie Sigburg Orchester and Philarmonie Orchestra NRW in Germany, as well in the United States with the Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Mariya is a welcomed guest at the IMAI Festival in Fryeburg, ME, USA, in Kronberg, Germany and in Verbier Festival. Since April 2010, Mariya has receives scholarships from Dortmung Mozart Union Foundation and plays an 18th Century French violin by Jean Baptist Vuillaume from a private Collection.

Amélie Legrand began to play the viola when she was seven years old. In 2006, she obtained her End of Studies Diploma from the “Conservatoire National de Paris” as a student of Louis Fima and in 2007 her “Prix de Perfectionnement” in the class of Pierre-Henri Xuereb from the “Conservatoire de Gennevilliers” in France. The same year, she was admitted into the class of Nobuko Imai at the Geneva Conservatory where she obtained her Soloist Diploma in 2010 and her Postgrade String Quartet Diploma in 2009 in the class of Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Amélie is currently a student of Antoine Tamestit in a master’s program at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Cologne and member of the Alinde Quartet. In 2012 she performed many concerts with her quartet in Deutschland for the season of “Best of NRW” and plays regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Stuttgart as Co-Principal.