2000 Johansen International Competition

Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation


The Second Triennial Johansen International Competition for Young String Players took place on March 10–12, 2000, at the Sumner School Museum and at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Prize Winners


  • First Prize, Tied – $8,500 – Angie Cheng, age 16; student of Dorothy Delay; from Shanghai, China/Holmdel, New Jersey.
  • First Prize, Tied – $8,500 – Eunice Keem, age 16; student of Cyrus Forough; from Northfield, Illinois.
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Christina McGann, age 15; student of Victor Danchenko; from Potomac, Maryland.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Teng Li, age 17; student of Michael Tree; from Nanjing, China/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Tao Ni, age 15; student of Laurence Lesser; from Shanghai, China/Natick, Massachusetts.
  • Second Prize – $7,000 – Nicholas Canellakis, age 15; student of Madeleine Golz; from New York, New York.
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Joon Whan Kim, age 16; student of Myung Wha Chung; from Seoul, Korea.

Best Performance of Commissioned Work, Soliloquy for Violin/Viola/Cello Alone, by John Stephens – $500 – Tao Ni, cello, age 15; student of Laurence Lesser; from Shanghai, China/Natick, Massachusetts.

Performance and Other Opportunities

Individual winners were presented at the Winners’ Recital at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. In addition, some winners made solo appearances with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, National Chamber Orchestra, and Gettsyburg Chamber Orchestra.


Sylvia Rosenberg, William Preucil, and Lorne Munroe

Collaborative Pianists

Rohan De Silva and Akira Eguchi


John Stephens, Soliloquy for Violin/Viola/Cello Alone