As a string player studying at NEC you have chosen to work with one of the world’s most distinguished music faculties. Our strings faculty represent a broad range of professional experience, as soloists, in chamber music, or as orchestra players for the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra.

At the core of your studies is studio instruction. Your studio work is put into practice with performance opportunities in studio class, recitals, chamber music, and orchestra ensembles. Course work in music history and theory gives depth and understanding to your performance repertoire. The liberal arts curriculum is an opportunity to study major academic disciplines as well as cultural, social, intellectual, and political contexts for music.

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NEC at String Competitions

Tessa Lark

2014-10-28 Trio Cleonice, formerly coached by Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, wins John Lad Prize which brings performances at Stanford University and Vancouver, B.C.

2014-10-20 In Mo Yang '17 wins Concert Artists Guild competition. Yang ’17, a student of Miriam Fried, was named the first prize winner in the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition held in New York, which carries with it the Victor and Sono Elmaleh Award of $5,000 as well as two years of concert management and a New York recital.

2014-9-24 Cellist Tony Rymer ’11, ’13 M.M., who studied with Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz, won the €10,000 Second Prize in the George Enescu International Competition, held September 6--27 in Bucharest, Romania.

2014-9-22 NEC Violinists Win Major Prizes in Indianapolis International Violin Competition and Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. Tessa Lark '11, '12 M.M. (in photo) Takes Silver Medal; Dami Kim '10, '12 M.M. '13 G.D. Wins Fourth Place; YooJin Jang '12. M.M. '13. G.D. '15 A.D., Fifth Place in Indianapolis. Robyn Bollinger '13, '15 M.M. Takes Sixth Place at Kreisler. All are students of Miriam Fried

2014-9-15 Cellist Taeguk Mun ’16, student of Laurence Lesser, won the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition.

2014-8-25 Trio Cleonice '14 M.M., which just completed a three-year residency at NEC in the Professional Piano Trio Training Program directed by Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, has won second prize in the second annual Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, held August 18—25 in Harbin, China.

2014-6-11 Prep cellist Zlatomir Fung, student of Nancy Hair, wins two major prizes within a month at Klein and Stulberg Competitions.

2014-4-8 Violinist Tessa Lark '11, '12 M.M. wins Annenberg grant

2014-3-17 In Mo Yang ’17, a violin student of Miriam Fried, wins second prize in the Menuhin Competition.

2014-2-24 Violinist Clayton Penrose-Whitmore ’15, student of Nicholas Kitchen, who was named second place Laureate in the senior division of the Sphinx Competition.

2014-2-14 Violinist Daniel Aizenshtadt ‘16, a student of Miriam Fried, won the Ilona Kornhauser Prize in Violin at the Aviv Competition in Israel.

2012-06-12 Violinist Tessa Lark '11, '12 M.M., a student of Miriam Fried and Lucy Chapman, took first prize at the Naumburg Competition. Find details.

2012-06-04 Wenting Kang, a student of Kim Kashkashian, took first prize at the 2nd Tokyo International Viola Competition, winning a viola made and donated by Robert Blaszauer of Budapest, and an invitation from the Verbier Festival Academy 2013, along with a million-Yen purse.

NEC at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition

In June 2011, NEC sent an unprecedented 10 finalists to the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. Out of this field, Narek Hakhnazaryan '11 A.D. received the Gold Medal in cello, and violinists JeHye Lee '08 M.M., '10 G.D. and Nigel Armstrong '07 Prep took third and fourth prizes in their instrument. Find details.

photo by Andrew Hurlbut

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