The annual David Hochstein Recital Competition recognizes outstanding musicianship and performance skills of advanced student musicians in grades 10-12 who reside in the nine-county region surrounding Greater Rochester. The students who win this competition perform at a recital at Hochstein each spring.
This year's winners are clarinetist David Kim, violinist Chie Xu, and pianist Raymond Feng.
They were recorded in concert on April 13, 2017 by Carl Pultz of Alembic Productions. You can hear this concert on the radio on Wednesday November 22nd, at noon (and again at 10pm) as Live from Hochstein takes a break for the Thanksgiving week holiday.
A pupil of Elier Suárez, pianist Raymond Feng has been a top prizewinner of international and national competitions since age 9, claiming first prizes in the Thousand Islands Chopin International, Ithaca College, MTNA Eastern Division, and Empire State Piano competitions, among others. As a piano soloist, he has been featured with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. He appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s “From the Top” and was selected as a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in 2016. In addition to piano, Raymond is also a violinist, the former concertmaster of HYSO, a chamber musician, and an accomplished mathlete who regularly competes at national math competitions.He is from Pittsford and a student at Pittsford-Sutherland High School.
Violinist Chie Xu of Pittsford is a senior at Pittsford-Mendon High School and the concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Currently, she studies violin under Renée Jolles from the Eastman School of Music. Chie won first prize in the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concerto Competitions in 2016 and the 2015 Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In December 2015, Chie was concertmaster of the NYSSMA Conference All-State Symphony Orchestra and was selected to solo with the All-State Women’s Chorus in Kodak Hall. She is an Honors Diploma recipient at the Eastman Community Music School and will graduate with the Pre-Collegiate Diploma in Violin with Honors this spring.
David Kim of Pittsford is a senior at Pittsford-Mendon High School. He has studied clarinet with Andrew Brown, Instructor of Clarinet at the Eastman Community Music School, for seven years. David plays with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, which just recently performed in Carnegie Hall, and also participates in musical ensembles at his high school, including a woodwind quintet and a jazz band as a tenor saxophonist. He plans to major in biology in college and pursue a career in medicine.