Michael Djupstrom
Michael Djupstrom, Composer
Grand Prize

The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom (b. 1980) has been honored with first prizes in the international composition competitions of the UK’s Delius Society, the American Viola Society, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and has been further recognized through awards and grants from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship), New Music USA, Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among many others. The Music Teachers National Association named him its 2005 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year.

Recent commissions have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, Music From Angel Fire, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, International Opera Theater, the Lyra Society, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and the Cavatina Duo, among others.

Djupstrom’s music continues to receive local Philadelphia performances by Dolce Suono, Lyric Fest, and Network for New Music, by ensembles across the country including Music from Copland House, the Definiens Project, Dinosaur Annex, Juventas, Sounds New, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and has been heard abroad at concerts and broadcasts in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, China, and Japan. In recent seasons, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Symphony in C, Shasta Symphony, and International Opera Theater have presented his works for larger forces.

As a pianist, Djupstrom has taken a special interest in performing chamber music. He presented national concert tours as a founding member of the Phoenix Trio and has been a recurrent collaborator with the Philadelphia-based new music ensemble Relâche. His festival appearances include Hong Kong’s “Intimacy of Creativity,” Music From Angel Fire, Tanglewood, Brevard, and the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and he has performed in major metropolitan cities throughout the world, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shenzhen, and Aix-en-Provence. He has recorded for the Equilibrium, American Modern, and Meyer Media labels.

An active and committed teacher, Djupstrom is currently a member of the Musical Studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. He previously taught piano at Settlement Music School, theory and orchestration for Boston University, and ear training at the University of Michigan and has been a guest teacher and presenter at Rice University, Westminster Choir College, Rowan University, Shasta Community College, the International School of Brussels, the Paris Conservatory, and Yichao Music Training Center in Shenzhen, China.

Djupstrom received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with composers Bright Sheng, Susan Botti, William Bolcom and Karen Tanaka. Djupstrom pursued further studies in Paris with Betsy Jolas, whom he later worked for as assistant. He also holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a student of Jennifer Higdon and Richard Danielpour.

Tim Park
Tim Park, Cello
Grand Prize

Cellist Tim Park has been praised for his energetic and exhilarating performances as well as for his expressive and beautiful sound. Concerts as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician has brought Tim to many of the worlds most prestigious concert halls. Tim has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional de Venezuela, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, New York Chamber, Detroit Symphony, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonie- Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, Tel-Aviv Camerata, Berliner Camerata, Ensemble Oriol, Pharos Soloists Cyprus and the Juilliard Orchestra.

Cellist Tim Park has been praised for his energetic and exhilarating performances as well as for his expressive and beautiful sound. Concerts as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician has brought Tim to many of the worlds most prestigious concert halls.

Tim has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional de Venezuela, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, New York Chamber, Detroit Symphony, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonie- Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, Tel-Aviv Camerata, Berliner Camerata, Ensemble Oriol, Pharos Soloists Cyprus and the Juilliard Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Tim performs frequently at music festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Bach Festwochen Ansbach, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Pharos Chamber Music Festival Cyprus and the International Chamber Music Festival Musique a LÉmperi in Salon, France and regularly collaborates with such distinguished artists as Daniel Barenboim, Elena Bashkirova, Andras Schiff, Alessio Bax, Lang Lang, Michael Barenboim, Tamaki Kawakubo, Daishin Kashimoto, Nikolaj Znaider, Paul Meyer and Emmanuel Pahud.

Since its founding in 2005, Tim has been the cellist of the Erlenbusch String Quartet. The Berlin based quartet has performed at the Philharmonie Berlin, Musikverein Vienna, Schoenberg Center Vienna, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Geneva, at the Klavierfestival Ruhr and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival. Tim Park has served as an Assistant Principal Cellist of the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim from 2005 until 2008.

Born to Korean parents, Tim grew up in New York and began cello lessons at the age of eight. He entered the Juilliard School at eleven and continued studies at Yale University with Aldo Parisot. He finished his degrees in Germany studying with David Geringas at the Musikhochschule Lubeck and the Hochschule fur Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin. Tim has also studied with Steven Isserlis, Boris Pergamenschikov, M. Rostropovitch and Janos Starker in masterclasses.

Tim performs on a cello made by Gennaro Gagliano in 1740.

Tanya Gabrielian
Tanya Gabrielian, Piano

Hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle”, Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audience worldwide with her gripping performances. She has performed on four continents in acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle”, Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audience worldwide with her gripping performances. She has performed on four continents in acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Tanya shot onto the international stage at the age of twenty with back-to-back victories in the Scottish International Piano Competition and Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition. Since then, performance engagements have included Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Edinburgh International Festival, Seoul National Arts Center in Korea, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and a return recital engagement at Wigmore Hall in London. Tanya’s Southbank debut recital in the Purcell Room in London, presented by the Philharmonia Orchestra, was chosen as “Performance of the Year” by Seen and Heard International. Her Wigmore Hall debut, as winner of the coveted Wigmore Prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Music, was reviewed as “revelatory, a feast of romantic pianism which held us enthralled” and “an astounding achievement by any standards, and one I cannot imagine being bettered… Remember the name—Tanya Gabrielian—you will be hearing a lot more from her I feel sure.” She has also been featured on the cover of the magazine Clavier.

In addition to the traditional concert stage, Tanya is passionate about inspiring new generations of musicians and music lovers in diverse settings, dedicated to community engagement, education, and activism through art. Projects have included collaborations with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in programs featuring composers with mental illnesses, highlighting the stigma around mental health issues; founding an interactive performance series for patients at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; an installation with the artist Fran Bull for the exhibit In Flanders Field: A Meditation on War; and a multidisciplinary collaboration combining Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross with final statements from executed death row inmates. Tanya was awarded the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach for her work.​

Tanya’s interests have been diverse from an early age. At the age of sixteen, she was admitted to Harvard University as a National Merit Scholar to study biomedical engineering. Tanya instead chose to pursue a career in music and completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London, originally studying both piano and viola. She received the prize for the best final recital for all six years of study and received a DipRAM, the highest performance award given by the Royal Academy of Music. Tanya then completed her studies at The Juilliard School as the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program. She currently resides in New York City.

Please visit www.tanyagabrielian.com for more information.

Ryu Goto
Ryu Goto, Violin

Ryu Goto has established himself as a significant voice in classical music, with a large and growing public in Asia, North America and Europe. Ryu's career began at age seven when he made his debut at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, playing Paganini's Violin Concerto No.1. Since then, Ryu has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, ensembles including National Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and China Philharmonic.

Ryu Goto has established himself as a significant voice in classical music, with a large and growing public in Asia, North America and Europe. Ryu's career began at age seven when he made his debut at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, playing Paganini's Violin Concerto No.1. Since then, Ryu has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, ensembles including National Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and China Philharmonic.

Ryu Goto has established himself as a significant voice in classical music, with a large and growing public in Asia, North America and Europe. Ryu's career began at age seven when he made his debut at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, playing Paganini's Violin Concerto No.1. Since then, Ryu has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, ensembles including National Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and China Philharmonic. He has worked with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Tan Dun, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi and Myung-Whun Chung. Ryu has already performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Shanghai Grand Theater, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Musikverein, Munich's Herkulessaal and the Philharmonic Hall Gasteig.

Ryu's philanthropic work includes working with student musicians throughout the world, mentoring their development, conducting master classes in conjunction with the world's top institutions. Efforts include the "Ryu Goto Excellence In Music Initiative Scholarship" with the NYC Department of Education, as well as collaborations with institutions like the Juilliard School and the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra.

Ryu's features in media are numerous including his own Fuji TV Show "Ryu Goto's Odyssey," a chronicle of his career and personal life from 1996-2006. He also serves as spokesperson for the East Japan Railway Company with regular coverage on TV, radio and in print.

Ryu records for Deutsche Grammophon in collaboration with Universal Classics Japan. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Physics and is currently studying with Ms.Ana Chumachenco. Ryu performs on the Stradivarius 1722 violin "Jupiter" on loan to him from Nippon Music Foundation.

Soichi Muraji
Soichi Muraji, Guitar

Classical guitarist, Soichi Muraji, made his debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in May 2006. He released “Danza Brasilera,” in 2007 and it was used on in-flight audio programs on airlines such as All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL).

Classical guitarist, Soichi Muraji, made his debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in May 2006. He released “Danza Brasilera,” in 2007 and it was used on in-flight audio programs on airlines such as All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL). In addition, he has released several albums including “Chaconne,” “Fuoco,” “New Sketch.” “America” and “Dreams.” In March 2002, Soichi won second place in the “Concerto Competition” in the state of Massachusetts. The next month, Soichi displayed his extraordinary guitar skills in a New York City Chapel that honored the victims and those affected by the events of September 11, 2001. Mr. Muraji graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and received the prestigious “Andreas Segovia Prize,” which is only awarded to only top graduates.