Our 2020 Winners
Madison Chueka, 15, is a freshman honors student at the Pierrepont School in Westport, CT and has studied flute with Adrianne Greenbaum (Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College) for the past five years.
Madison started playing the flute in kindergarten at the Suzuki Music School of Westport. She is currently in her first year (2019-2020) of The Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestra (GCTYO) where she is a member of both the Principal and Chamber Orchestras. In the last three years (2016-2019) Madison was the principal flutist of Norwalk Youth Symphony’s (NYS) Philharmonia Winds and Concert Orchestras. This year Madison also performed with the CMEA Western Regionals Orchestra.
In 2020, Madison won the Suzuki Music School of Westport’s Concerto & Aria competition, and was a finalist in the GCTYO concerto competition. In addition to playing the flute, Madison is also an accomplished choral singer and sings with the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir of Fairfield, Connecticut, and has sung with the opera program at the Yale School of Music. Madison has recently started to pursue rowing at the Connecticut Boat Club in Norwalk, CT. She also enjoys debating and studying Chinese in her free time.
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Alexandra (Sasha) Maskoff, 16 years old, began her studies of the piano at the age of five, under the guidance of Tatyana Pikayzen. She is a young pianist who has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Baruch Performing Arts Center since 2014.
Alexandra is the winner of numerous competitions and recipient of many awards, including the Rondo Young Artist Vanguard Competition (First Prize winner) in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019, and the American Protege Competition, in 2014 and 2017, with performances at Carnegie Hall and other venues. She was an alternate winner of the Connecticut state MTNA competition of 2017, and the Grand Prix winner of the Concert Festival Concerto Competition, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto #2 with the Concert Festival Orchestra in 2016.
Alexandra has participated in several trios and small ensembles, playing with Chamber Music Central for three years (2014-2017). For the past two summers, she has attended J-ArtEck Arts and Music Camp (Berlin, Germany), and attended New England Music Camp as a pianist and saxophonist (2015 and 2016). This summer , Alexandra will be attending the prestigious Tanglewood Institute Young Artist summer program. She is currently a sophomore at Staples High School in Westport, CT, and is a member of Orphenians, an elite a capella group where she enjoys her other passion - singing.
Sean Yu is a 15 year-old cellist, who was accepted to Juilliard School Pre-College division at age 9. He has been studying with Minhye Clara Kim.
Sean won the 4th prize at the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan and performed as a soloist with the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra of KazNUA at Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall in June 2017.
After being selected to appear on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” with Host Christopher O’Riley, he performed at NEC’s Jordan Hall in 2016. “From the Top” featured a video of Sean and posted it on their Facebook page and their YouTube channel.
At the age of 12, Sean was accepted into the Perlman Music Program, where he spent 7 weeks of his summer intensively studying chamber music, solo performance, and orchestral music under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman, Merry Peckham, Areta Zhulla, Astrid Schween, and Zvi Plesser.
Sean performed as a soloist with New York International Chamber Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall and also he has been featured as a soloist with the Sinfonietta Nova Orchestra, Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Chamber Players Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, and St. Thomas Orchestra as a result of winning numerous competitions. Sean performed at the Merkin Concert Hall after winning the grand prize at the International Grande Music Competition and Manhattan International Music Competition. In addition, he was also awarded 1st prize at the Adelphia Orchestra Concerto competition and the 17th New York Music Competition.