(updated October 2016)
- Ziyu Shen (Viola, First Prize, 2012 JIC) won the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded YCA’s Sander Buchman Prize. In 2013, she won First Prize Viola and £7,000 at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in Port Erin, Isle of Man, UK. Only 15 when she won, Shen was the youngest competitor in an event that goes up to age 30.
- Taeguk Mun (Cello, Best Performance of Commissioned Work, 2012 JIC) won first prize and €8,000 at the 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest, Hungary. He performed the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the winners’ concert during the 48th Budapest International Music Competition at the Hungarian Academy of Music.
- Santiago Canon Valencia (Cello, Second Prize, 2012 JIC) won first prize at the VIII Carlos Prieto International Violoncello Competition in 2016 in Morelia, Mexico. In 2014, he won third prize at the 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest, Hungary.
- Sang-Eun Lee (Cello, First Prize, 2009 JIC) won the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and First Prize at the 2014 YCA Auditions in Seoul, Korea.
- Nancy Zhou (Violin, First Prize, 2009 JIC) won a prize for best performance of a Paganini caprice at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
- Matthew Lipman (Viola, First Prize, 2009 JIC) won First Prize Viola at the 2012 Washington International Competition for Strings and First Prize and the Gold Medal at the 2012 Stulberg International String Competition.
- Tessa Lark (Violin, First Prize, 2006 JIC) won second prize and $15,000 at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis as well as prizes for the best performance of an Ysaye sonata and best performance of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Fantasy for Solo Violin. Lark has been awarded a 2014 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, providing financial assistance of $50,000 a year for up to two years. She won the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, which includes awards of $10,000 and two fully-subsidized New York performances.
- Dami Kim (Violin, Second Prize, 2006 JIC) won fourth prize and $7,000 at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In addition, she won the prize for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata. Kim tied for first place at the 2012 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. She won €50,000, a three-year loan of a violin, several recitals, and a recording opportunity with Naxos.
- Narek Hakhnazaryan (Cello, First Prize, 2006 JIC) won First Prize, the Gold Medal, and the Best Chamber Concerto Performance Award at the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition.
- Benjamin Beilman (Violin, Third Prize, 2006 JIC) is a recipient of a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant. The award is worth $25,000, and is designed to help young musicians build their careers.
- Hyun Su Shin (Violin, First Prize, 2003 JIC) won Third Prize (the Count de Launoit Prize) in the 2012 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. The award includes a cash prize of €17,000 and concert proposals.