Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Friday, June 6, 2014, 5:00 pm to Saturday, June 7, 2014, 5:00 pm
Observe the superb playing of young string artists 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 7, 10am-4pm. June 8, 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 1986, 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.

Semifinalists will perform a new commissioned composition by San Francisco Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Mark Volkert, unaccompanied works of Bach and a concerto. In the final round, the artists must perform additional portions of their selected concerto and one major sonata movement. Awards ceremony and reception will follow the final round.


  • Zlatomir Fung, 15, cellist. He studies with Richard Aaron and attends Oak Meadow School in Brattleboro, Vermont.
  • Luke Hsu, 23, violinist. He studies with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
  • Kyumin Park, 17, violinist. He studies with Kowoon Yang and attends Kyunghee University in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Charles Seo, 18, cellist. He studies with Brinton Avril Smith and attends High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.
  • Lauren Siess, 17, violist. She studies with Helen Callus and attends Colburn School Young Artists Academy in Los Angeles.
  • Jeremy Tai, 15, cellist. He studies with Jonathan Koh and attends St. Francis High School in Mountain View.
  • Lucie Ticho, 16, cellist. She studies with Tanya Carey and attends Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois.
  • Angela Wee, 17, violinist. She studies with Masao Kawasaki and attends The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division in New York.

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