2013 - 2014 Featured Artists
Katherine Woo, age 15, resides in Greer, SC, and attends Riverside High School as a 10th grader. She was born in San Jose, CA and started studying the piano with her mother at age 6. She currently studies with Mrs. Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin of North Greenville University.
She has received numerous prizes including 1st place at the 2013 South Carolina Music Teachers Association State Audition, 2nd Place at the 24th Annual CYS/Carolina First 2010 Young Artists Concerto Competition, 2nd place at the 26th Annual CYS/Carolina, 1st place at the 2012 Young Artist Orchestra Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention at the 2010 MTNA Junior State Competition, 1st Prize at the 2012 GMTA Lawrence Hamilton Morton Piano Scholarships, 1st Prizes in 2012 and 2011, respectively, at Crescent Music Club Competitions, and Gold Prize at the INPSS Festival in 2009. Katherine was chosen as the 2012 MTNA South Carolina State winner and competed at the Southeast Regional MTNA Competition. She also performed at the 2012, 2011, and 2010 SCFMC Honors Recitals.
As an additional passion for music, Katherine plays the violin. She started studying the violin at age 7. She moved to Greenville, SC at age 8 and resumed her private lessons with Mrs. Kathryn McLean. She currently attends the Juilliard Pre-College and studies with Masao Kawasaki. She has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Carolina Youth Symphony (CYS) for 6 years, and has been the concertmaster of the GCYO Young Artist Orchestra since the fall of 2011. She also participates in the Fine Arts Center’s chamber music program.
YAO principal cellist Stephen Hawkey began playing cello at age eight under the tutelage of Mrs. Marilyn George, respected teacher in the San Jose, CA area. Since his move to South Carolina at age 12, Stephen has studied with Dr. Suzanne Veiga, graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and currently studies with Dr. Christopher Hutton, also a graduate of the Eastman School and a faculty member of Furman University.
Stephen has been a member of the Young Artist Orchestra for four years and received Outstanding String Player awards in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. He was the cello finalist in the 2012 GAMAC Concerto Competition, and also won second place in the strings division in the 2012 BJU Fine Arts Festival. Stephen has also had the opportunity to participate in master classes with Jean-Michel Fonteneau, professor of cello at the San Francisco Conservatory, and Lawrence Stomberg, professor of cello at the University of Delaware.
In addition to the cello, Stephen Hawkey is also a proficient pianist. In April of 2011, Stephen performed the final movement of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra of GCYO. In the fall of the same year, he won second place in the classical piano division in the Fine Arts Festival held at Bob Jones University, and received the first place prize in the following year. His latest performance was Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Young Artist Orchestra. Besides competing and performing, Stephen often accompanies instrumental music and plays piano for church services.
Stephen is thankful for his God-given gift of music and for his parents’ support in each endeavor. He is also thankful for his many excellent teachers who have invested their musical gifts and abilities in him.
Paul is a homeschooled senior. Taught by his sister, he began playing the
violin at age five. He currently studies
with Deirdre Hutton, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern
University and Professor of Violin at Furman University, with whom he has been
for the past 5 years.
In 8th grade, Paul was admitted to the Fine Arts
Center, directed by Dr. Roy Fluhrer. He
is in his fifth year there, where he studies chamber music with John Ravnan,
and has studied music theory with Dr. Jon Grier and Eleonore Shults. Having been accepted to the Young Artist
Orchestra in 6th grade, he has performed with them for 4 of the past
seasons. Paul won 1st place
in the 2011 Clemson Concerto Competition and soloed with the Clemson University
Symphony. He was a member of the Pine
Knoll Quintet which won 1st place in the 2010 Carolinas Chamber
Music Competition. Paul has been a
finalist and prizewinner in both the CYS and GAMAC Concerto Competitions. More recently, Paul won 1st place
in the 2013 Crescent Music Club Competition.
He has been concertmaster of both SC Upstate Region and SC Honors
All-State Orchestras. In December 2013, he
was one of the twenty-four violinists from ages sixteen to twenty-three, chosen
nationally to participate in the 2013 New York Strings Orchestra Seminar. Directed by Jamie Laredo, Paul performed
twice at Carnegie Hall alongside pianist Leon Fleisher.
Paul attended the Indiana Strings Academy where he studied
with Erin Aldridge and Evan Rothstein. His
quartet won 2nd place in the Academy’s quartet competition. Paul has also attended the Meadowmount School
of Music where he studied with Sally Thomas and Steven Rochen. He has had the opportunity to perform for the
following artists: William Van der
Sloot, Jan Mark Sloman, Karen Gomyo, Rachel Lee, Kevork Mardirossian, Alberto
Parrini, Daniel Morganstern, Alan Weinstein of the Kandinsky Trio, and members
of the Ceruti and Parker String Quartets.
Paul is grateful to God, to his fine teachers, and to his family for
helping him in his musical pursuits.