For Immediate Release: March 12th, 2012
Contact: Kris Konyak or Chris Silva (845) 473-5288


(Poughkeepsie, NY) The 40th Annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition concluded its multi-day contest on Sunday March 11th at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall and chose three exceptional winners from over twenty-five string players vying for recognition.

First Place: The winner is Jiyoung Lee, a cellist from the Juilliard School. She played the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85, which earns her a $3,000 first prize plus an invitation to perform as a soloist with HVP as part of the 2012-13 season.

Second Place: Violinist Shenghua (Simon) Hu from the Manhattan Conservatory.

Third Place: Cellist Sangiun Yhee from the Juilliard School.

The HVP String Competition, begun in 1966 under the direction of then-HVP Artistic Director/Conductor Maestro Claude Monteux, was conceived as a vehicle to identify talented string players for the orchestra. Decades later, the annual competition continues to attract some of the finest conservatory string players in the world. Many former winners have gone on to illustrious classical music careers. Previous notables include Marcus Thompson ‘67, violist (Boston Chamber Players); Fred Sherry ‘68, cellist; Ani Kavafian ‘73, violinist (Lincoln Center Chamber Players - soloist); Adela Pena ‘85, violinist (Eroica Trio); Judith Ingolfsson ‘96, violinist (1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition winner- soloist).

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