Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Saturday, June 6, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, June 7, 2015 (All day)
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Observe the superb performances of eight young string artists who have traveled to San Francisco to compete for one of the world's most prestigious prizes for virtuosos ages 15 to 23. Semifinals: June 6, 10am - 4 pm. Finals: June 7, 4pm. Free to $25.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
California Music Center
SF State Box Office
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Semifinalists will perform a new commissioned composition by Paola Prestini, 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 follow the final round.

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.


  • Ari Evan, 22,cellist. He studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen and attends Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
  • Erika Gray, 19, violist. She studies with Roberto Diaz and attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
  • Oliver Herbert, 17, cellist. He studies with Clive Greensmith and attends the Colburn School Music Academy in Los Angeles.
  • Ariel Horowitz, 18, violinist. She studies with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School in New York.
  • Kyung Ah Oh, 22, violinist. She studies with Joan Kwuon and attends the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Isabella Perron, 15, violinist. She studies with William VanderSloot and attends Mount-Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Emily Shehi, 16, violinist. She studies with Noah Geller and attends Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kansas.
  • Kelly Talim, 19, violinist. She studies with Li Lin and attends Columbia University – The Juilliard School in New York.


Paola Prestini