2017-2018 Young Artist Profiles

Nathan Jiang, 12, lives in Pennsylvania and is going to be a 8th grader at Episcopal Academy. Nathan began studying piano at the age of 4 and currently is a student of Joy M. Kiszely at Main Line Conservatory of Music in Ardmore, PA. He has won the 1st place in New Jersey Young Pianist competition at the age of 9. In the same year, he was also the 1st place winner in American Protégé international concerto competition (division of 12 years old and under) and performed the 3rd movement in Mozart piano concerto K450 with Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey at the age of 10. He was also the finalist in Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield student competition among all instruments players in Children’s division at the age of 11. In 2016, he was the 2nd place in Warminster Orchestra competition among all instruments players. In 2017, he was the 1st place in American Fine Arts Festival Concerto competition in 7-13 age group and performed the 1st movement in Chopin No. 1 Concerto with Kostroma Orchestra, Russia in July. In February 2017, he was the Platinum winner in NBS Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow competition and performed in winners concert in Kimmel center. In addition, he was the category winner in eMuse music competition (Greece) in 7-11 age group among all instruments players and was awarded with Rising star diploma.

Dallas Noble, 17, began playing the violin at the age of three. A frequent performer in the Princeton and Philadelphia areas, Dallas served as concertmaster of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra for four years. She is a member of the Myer Schwartz Piano Trio at Settlement Music School, where she holds an Advanced Study Scholarship.
Dallas has been a prize winner or finalist at numerous competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association, Summit Symphony, Bravura Philharmonic, Monmouth Symphony, and Old York Road Symphony competitions. She has appeared as soloist with the Ottawa Chamber Symphony, Sinfonietta Nova, and the Newtown Chamber Orchestra. Last May Dallas served as concertmaster for a live radio broadcast of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony on What Makes it Great with Rob Kapilow, and in August she was honored to perform as a soloist at a benefit in honor of Lin-Manuel Miranda.
In 2017 Dallas was awarded an Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship. In 2014, 2016 and 2017 she was one of twelve violinists nationwide selected to attend the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program. Her other summer studies include the Aspen Music Festival, Encore Chamber Music Festival and the Pinchas Zukerman Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre in Canada.
Dallas has studied with Hirono Oka, Lee Snyder, Guillaume Combet, and Ryan Meehan. She has performed in masterclasses taught by Paul Kantor, Ida Levin, Jan Mark Sloman, Catherine Cho, Karen Gomyo, and Philippe Graffin, among others.  In addition to music, Dallas enjoys creative writing, diving, and archery.

Robin Park, a resident of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, started playing piano at the age of 5, but quickly changed his interest to cello at the age 6. He studied cello with Yumi Kendall, Thomas Kraines, Clara Kim, and currently studies with Priscilla Lee, the Associate Principal Cello of Philadelphia Orchestra. Robin has also played in masterclasses for Steven Doane, Timothy Eddy and Muir String Quartet.
He has won several competitions, such as the Bravura Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, the Sinfonietta Nova Concerto Competition, Summit Symphony Young Artists Competition, and Kennett Symphony Competition. He performed as a soloist with Sinfonietta Nova and the Summit Symphony in 2016. Recently, he was named as an Honorable Mention Winner of the 2017 National YoungArts.
His ensemble experiences include the Symphonic Orchestra in the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, the Trowbridge Ensemble in Settlement Music School, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. He has served as a principal cello of the New Jersey All-State High School Orchestra in 2016 and 2017 and also was the principal cello of the 2017 CJMEA Region II High School Orchestra.
Robin is also a part of the Myer Schwartz Piano Trio as an Advanced Study Scholarship student of Settlement Music School since 2016. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, he participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Workshop Program under the guidance of Peter Zazofsky. In 2017, he was invited to participate in Quartet Fellowship Program of Dali Quartet International Music Festival.
Other than cello, he loves history and astronomy, and is a black belt in Kendo (Japanese swordsmanship). He also plays saxophone.

 

Daniel Cho, 16, is currently a junior at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, PA and a Pre-College division student at the Juilliard School He has been studying violin and piano for ten years.
With his violin performance, Daniel has been a prizewinner at many performance competitions and scholarships across the states, including the Summit Music Festival’s concerto competition; the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) State and Division (inter-state) string competitions; the Pottstown Rotary Club instrumental performance scholarship; the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) national instrumental performance competition; and the Orfeo Music Festival’s string performance competition.
Furthermore, Daniel has taken the opportunity to perform countless times at local churches, retirement communities, and concert halls–including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Saarburg’s Stadthalle, Christ Church Cranbrook, and the Kimmel Center. Besides his violin solo work, though, Daniel is also an avid orchestra player and chamber musician: he currently plays as a first violinist of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the violinist of the Settlement Music School Auger Trio (a scholarship-funded ensemble). Moreover, in the past he has served as the first violinist of the Trowbridge quartet, the concertmaster of Germantown Friends’ Upper School Orchestra, and the concertmaster of the Trowbridge chamber (strings) ensemble.
Outside the violin, Daniel is simultaneously an avid pianist and composer, having composed for approximately twelve years and played piano for ten. Daniel’s interests outside music involve reading, jogging, biking, organic farming, and (gasp) school.