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Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Following the death of cellist Irving Klein in 1984, the board of the California Music Center, the summer music program founded by Klein, decided to disband the summer program but start a competition in partnership with San Francisco State University, awarding substantial prize money to support talented young string players ages 15–23 who are completing their studies and getting ready to launch their careers. The competition has been held annually since 1986. More about this competition

Klein Competition Winners with NEC Affiliations

2017
Zhanbo Zheng '20, viola, second prize
Kyumin Park '19, violin, third prize

2014
Zlatomir Fung '16 Prep, cello, first prize
Luke Hsu '14 M.M., '16 G.D., violin, fourth prize

2013
Dana Kelley '14 M.M., viola, third prize
Brannon Cho '19 A.D., cello, fourth prize

2011
Ji-Won Song '17 M.M., violin, third prize
Daniel Cho '16, '18 M.M., violin, fourth prize

2010
Angelo Xiang Yu '12, '14 A.D., '16 M.M., violin, second prize
Taeguk Mun '16, cello, third prize
Philip Kramp '11 G.D., viola, fourth prize (tie)

2009
Jacqueline Choi '05 Prep, '09, cello, fourth prize
Sujin Lee '09 Prep, '15 M.M., cello, fifth prize

2008
Tessa Lark '10, '12 G.D., violin, first prize
Robin Scott '09, violin, second prize
Ying Xue '10 M.M., '11 G.D., violin, third prize
Emily Deans '09 M.M., viola, fourth prize (tie)

2007
David McCarroll '08, '10 M.M., violin, second prize
Alice Yoo '07, cello, fourth prize (tie)

2006
David Requiro '03 Prep, cello, first prize
Song-Ie Do '07, '09 M.M., cello, fourth prize

2005
Tee-Khoon Tang '05, violin, second prize

2004
Yves Dharamraj '09 G.D., cello, fourth prize

2003
Tao Ni '06, cello, second prize

2002
Min-Ji Kim '02 G.D., '03 M.M., '05 A.D., cello, first prize

1999
Madeline Adkins '00 M.M., violin, second prize

1998
Denise Djokic '02 DP, cello, first prize

1996
Alberto Parrini '91 Prep, cello, third prize

1995
Cathy Basrak, viola, first prize

1993
Lara St. John '96 A.D., violin, fourth prize
Joanna Kurkowicz '98 A.D., violin, fifth prize

1991
Jennifer Frautschi '96 A.D., violin, first prize
Carol Ou, cello, fourth prize