Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Friday, June 7, 2013, 5:00 pm to Saturday, June 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
Observe the superb playing of young string artists from all over the world who have traveled to San Francisco for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They’ll win your heart as they compete for one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for virtuosos ages 15 to 23. June 8, 10am-4pm. June 9, 4pm. Free to $25.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
College of Liberal & Creative Arts and California Music Center
SF State Box Office
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The Irving M. Klein International String Competition is a thrilling, exciting event that showcases the bravura of classical music. Since its inception in 1985, the Klein has earned recognition as one of the leading string competitions in the world. The award carries the prestige that has helped many top soloists gain prominence in the competitive world of classical music, including David Requiro, Tessa Lark, Jennifer Koh, Mark Kosower, Vadim Gluzman, Alban Gerhardt, Frank Huang and Francois Salque. The competition is named for the late cellist and master teacher who devoted himself untiringly to the development of young artists.


  • Brannon Cho, 18, cellist born in East Brunswick, N.J. He studies with Hans Jorgen Jensen and attends Milburn High School in Millburn, N.J.
  • Dana Kelley, 22, violist born in Syracuse, N.Y. She studies with Kim Kashkashian and attends to the New England Conservatory of Music.
  • Youjin Lee, 17, violinist born in South Korea. She studies with Robert Lipsett and Danielle Belen at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
  • Kevin Lin, 20, violinist born in New York. He studies with Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
  • Wyatt Underhill, 22, violinist born in Elm Grove, Wis. He studies with Gregory Fulkerson at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
  • Tavi Ungerleider, 23, cellist born in Concord, Mass. He studies with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School.
  • Yanghe Yu, 23, violinist born in China. He studies with Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
  • Sarina Zhang, 17, cellist born in Canada. She studies with Richard Aaron and David Finckel at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division.