Thursday Jul 6th, 2017
2017 Winners in Classical Music Qing Yu Chen, William McGregor and Karisa Chiu
This year, three YoungArts alumni were named winners at the Stulberg International String Competition: William McGregor (double bass), Qing Yu Chen (violin) and Karisa Chiu (violin), who received Gold, Silver and Bronze, respectively. Karisa was also awarded the Bach Prize.
The Stulberg International String Competition was founded in 1975 to honor the highly-respected violin teacher Julius Stulberg’s life, which had been dedicated to sharing music and working with young musicians as a Professor of Violin at Western Michigan University, conductor of the University Symphony, and conductor of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra.
YoungArts is so proud of the three String Competition winners, who are also 2017 YoungArts winners in Classical Music. To celebrate their accomplishments, we are sharing their memorable performances from National YoungArts Week, where Qing performed in “Café Music” and Karisa performed in “Horn Trio in Eb Major, Op.40” at New World Symphony, and from YoungArts New York, where William performed “Moses Variations” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
We chatted briefly with William, who shared his experience of winning the prize with us: “My name was announced as one of the six finalists, along with two other friends of mine from Juilliard Pre-College. Because the finals were that night, I went right back to practicing. I felt quite tense though, so I went out and found a basketball court and shot some hoops before the performance. The finals finally arrived, and we all played our hardest. As the winners were being announced, I thought for sure that I was not going to be a medalist, so when my name was called for the gold medal, I was absolutely shocked and gave each person on stage a hug. It was one of the happiest moments of my life, and I can’t wait to go back to Kalamazoo and see them all again when I perform with the Kalamazoo Symphony!”
Congratulations Karisa, Qing and William!