2019 Olympic Chamber Music Fellows
Each year, following a highly competitive audition process, a handful of exceptional young artists are selected to participate in the Olympic Chamber Music Fellowship, a full scholarship program.
To learn more about this year’s fellowship program, click here.
Praised by the New York Times as an “excellent young pianist,” Chelsea Wang has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues across North America, Asia, and Europe, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Merkin Hall in New York City. She is a prizewinner and finalist of many national and international piano competitions and has performed alongside eminent musicians including Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, Roberto Díaz, Anne-Marie McDermott, Anton Nel, Hsin-Yun Huang, Jose Franch-Ballester, and other inspirational mentors. Wang has been a soloist with orchestras across the country, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra, and musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Her festival appearances include the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, PianoTexas International Academy and Festival, Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival, Banff Centre Piano Master Class, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, as well as Music from Angel Fire. Chelsea Wang has been featured on radio shows including NPR’s From the Top and What Makes It Great?, along with programs on public radio stations in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, and Philadelphia. A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Wang started learning piano at the age of four and violin at age seven. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Ignat Solzhenitsyn and Meng-Chieh Liu. She is currently pursuing her master of music degree at the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Leon Fleisher.
Praised as “outstanding enough to grace the stages of the world’s great orchestras” by Straits Times, violinist Adelya Nartadjieva has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, and the United States. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nartadjieva started the violin at the age of six and performed as a soloist with orchestra only nine months after starting violin lessons. She graduated from the Yale School of Music with a master’s degree and received a First Class Honors bachelor’s degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where she received the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal as the best graduate throughout the course of study. A dedicated chamber musician, Nartadjieva has been invited to renowned festivals such as Yellow Barn, Bravo! Vail Valley, the Olympic Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Institute, Four Seasons, the Summer University in Lausanne, and Moscow Meets Friends. Artists she has collaborated with include Leon Fleisher, Gil Shaham, Timothy Eddy, Hsin-Yun Huang, and members of the Emerson and Juilliard String Quartets. She was a Concertmaster of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra under the batons of Robert Spano and Eiji Oue and the Yale Philharmonia under Peter Oundjian. She is currently a Co-Concermaster of Symphony in C and a member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Sejong Soloists and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Her recent awards include First Prize at the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition at Yale and the Gershwin International Competition, an Education Grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation, and the Broadus Erle Prize from the Yale School of Music. Adelya Nartadjieva is a fellow with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect for the 2016–2018 seasons. This is Adelya’s second summer as an Olympic Chamber Music Fellow.
Born in South Korea, violist SoHui Yun is currently pursuing her master’s degree at New England Conservatory with Dimitri Murrath. Prior to coming to the United States, she attended the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and earned her bachelor’s degree from the Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) with a full scholarship, where she studied with SoonWha Oh and Hanna Lee and graduated with highest honors. She has participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program, Olympic Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Great Mountains International Music Festival and School (GMMFS), and Tongyeong International Music Festival. She has also won several awards, including the Special Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and First Prize at the GMMFS Concerto Competition. In addition to participating in various festivals, SoHui Yun has also established a career as a soloist. She has performed in the Rising Stars Series and played with the orchestra at GMMFS as the winner of the Concerto Competition. She also played a solo recital at the KNUA Series and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Moldova Tele-Radio and the Guri Philharmonic Orchestra at one of Korea’s main concert halls. SoHui Yun is not only a soloist but also a passionate chamber musician. At the age of twelve, she made her debut as a chamber musician, playing with her peers in Korea as the winner of a youth chamber competition. Throughout her bachelor’s degree studies, she was an active member of the KNUA string ensembles. Her most recent performances include appearances at the Seoul Arts Center with Sarah Chang and 17 Young Virtuosi. This is Sohui’s second summer as an Olympic Chamber Music Fellow.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, cellist Sein Lee was a Kumho Prodigy and gave her debut recital at Kumho Arts Hall. She has appeared at Festival Owon, where she toured throughout France with Trio Owon, the Seoul Spring Festival, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Winter Workshop, and frequently performs with the Asian Philharmonic. She has performed chamber music with distinguished artists such as Ida Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, and Roger Tapping. Sein received her bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Seoul where she was a two-time winner of the concerto competition. She is currently a student at the Yale School of Music where she studies with Paul Watkins and Ole Akahoshi.