Tiffany Poon named Musical America’s May 2021 New Artist of the Month

Pianist Tiffany Poon has been named the May 2021 New Artist of the Month by Musical America. She will be featured on the site all month with an in depth profile discussing her successes on the concert hall stage and in her digital media.

Cosima Soulez Larivière performs at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival

Violinist and fellow of the Young Artists Foundation, Cosima Soulez Larivière performs at the 2021 Digital version of the Heidelberger Frühling Festival. The concert will be livestreamed over social media and YouTube and is the conclusion of the 2021 Kammermusik Akadamie of the Festival.

Tiffany Poon to debut in Zürich on recital series of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Pianist and Fellow of the Young Artists Foundation, Tiffany Poon, will debut on the Sèries Jeunes of theTonhalle-Orchester Zürich with a program of Scarlatti and Schumann on September 28, 2020. The recital marks Tiffany Poon’s debut in Zurich.

For tickets and more information visit the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich’s website

Cosima Soulez Larivière to perform with the Philharmonie Salzburg

Violinist and Fellow of the Young Artists Foundation Cosima Soulez Larivière will debut with the Philharmonie Salzburg and conductor Elisabeth Fuchs in two concerts in November 2020. They will perform together in Salzburg at the orchestra’s home at the Großer Saal of the Mozarteum on November 4, 2020 and then again at the Prinzregententheater in Munich presented by München Musik on November 8, 2020.

Tickets: for Salzburg are available on the Philharmonie Salzburg’s website and for Munich are available from München Musik


Young Artists Fellow Tiffany Poon featured on Teen Vogue

Tiffany Poon, pianist and Fellow of the Young Artists Foundation since 2018, has been featured on the latest Web Episode of Teen Vogue’s The Lead Up. The episode tracks Tiffany Poon’s week leading up to her first live stream concert which she presented to celebrate gaining 200,000 followers on her YouTube Channel. The episode is available from Teen Vogue’s YouTube Channel 

Young Artists Foundation nominated for Opus Klassik

The Young Artists Foundation has been nominated in the category of Preis Für Nachwuchsförderung. The entire team is thrilled at the announcement, and we are excited at the next year of work ahead. The ceremony will be held at the Konzerthaus Berlin in October.

Tiffany Poon awarded Rheingau Music Festival’s Hessen Agency Young Artist Prize

 Young Artists Foundation Fellow, Tiffany Poon has been awarded one of the Hessen Agency’s Young Artist Prizes for her performance at the KlassikMarathon of the 2019 Rheingau Music Festival. She, along with the other participants at Schloss Johannesburg were individually awarded prizes to support their budding careers.

Tiffany Poon to make debut on Gilmore Keyboard Festival’s Rising Star Series

Young Artists Foundation Fellow, Tiffany Poon will make her debut on the prestigious Gilmore Keyboard Festival’s Rising Star Series in Kalamazoo Michigan on September 22, 2019. She will perform a program which includes Scarlatti, Haydn, Libermann, Chopin, and Schumann. The performance will be LiveStreamed on the Festival’s social channels, and available for catch up on YouTube.

Tiffany Poon to participate in the Kissinger KlavierOlymp of the 2020 Kissinger Sommer Festival

Young Artists Foundation Fellow, Tiffany Poon has been invited to participate as a soloist in the upcoming Kissinger KlavierOlymp of the 2020 Kissinger Sommer Festival. She will precent a full program on the evening of October 4, 2019 at the Rossini Saal in Bad Kissingen of works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Chopin, Liebermann, and Beethoven. She joins five other invited young soloists to compete to play with the festival orchestra at the 2020 Kissinger Sommer Festival, and all six will be invited next summer to give recitals and participate in the festival.

Cosima Soulez Larivière to participate in 2019 Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute

Young Artists Foundation Fellow, Cosima Soulez Larivière has been chosen as a fellow of the Ravinia Festival’s 2019 Steans Music Institute. The Institute, housed at the Ravinia Festival and summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a program for young professional musicians which focuses on interpretation and chamber music. She will be in residence at the Ravinia Festival in the summer of 2019 where she will perform chamber works with the other fellows under the guidance of an impressive faculty of musicians including violinists Pamala Frank, Mark Steinberg, and program director Miram Fried.

Tiffany Poon to participate in Facebook Live Stream from the Dresden Music Festival (5 June 2019)

Young Artists Foundation Fellow, Tiffany Poon, will participate in a Facebook Live stream from the Dresden Music Festival on Friday, June 8. The stream will be available worldwide beginning at 14.30CEST, and follows an online poll which will be used to determine the works on her program. The poll will be available on Tiffany Poon’s social channels beginning at 13.30CEST and will last an hour. The goal of the project, part of her participation in the Boheme 2020 Project of the 2019 Dresden Music Festival, is to bring together online and offline audiences to facilitate a way to connect artist and audience. The concert, free for both online and offline audiences, will stream directly from the Frauenkirche in Dresden.

Tiffany Poon – German and Austrian Concert Dates (19 March 2019) 

Klavier Festival Ruhr
Sunday, 12. May 2019 · Essen-Werden, Haus Fuhr

Joseph Haydn · Sonata in Eb Major Hob. XVI:52
Frédéric Chopin · Nocturne in c-minor op. 48/1
Nocturne in e minor op. 72/1
Ballade Nr. 4 in f minor op. 52
Johann Sebastian Bach · French Suite Nr. 5 in GMajor BWV 816
Robert Schumann · Fantasie in C-Dur op. 17

Rheingau Musikfestival
17. August 2019, 19 Uhr
Schloss Johannisberg

Next Generation Classic-Marathon · For outstanding young masters 
The Rheingau Music Festival gives outstanding young artists a stage! The popular series “Classic Marathon” gives these dynamically different young artists their first introduction to the audiences at the Rheingau Music Festival.

27. Moritzburg Festival
4. to 18. August 2019
Program and dates to be determined

Philharmonie Salzburg · Abokonzert
Wednesday · 29. April 2020, 19:30
Großer Saal Mozarteum, Salzburg
with conductor Elisabeth Fuchs

Johannes Brahms · Piano Concerto No. 1 in d-minor  op. 15

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Mira Marie Foron (15), violin

„A huge fortune for me is that I don’t have stage fright. Concerts and competitions are goals I work towards. They motivate me.”

Mira Foron plays the violin since the age of five. In the same year, she became junior student with professor Ina Kertscher at the Institut zur Früh-Förderung musikalisch Hochbegabter an der Musikhochschule Hannover.

In the year 2012 she changed to the Folkwang Universität Essen and continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Detmold with professor Gabriel Kameda in winter 2015.

Since 2008, Mira participated in competitions of the Jugend musiziert regularly and won several, including the Bundeswettbewerb, of them with the highest possible score and other international competitions like la Flame in Paris in the category solo violin as well as the Förderpreis (foster award) at the international competition for adult violinists of the Anton Rubinstein Akademie Düsseldorf at the age of 13. Furthermore, Mira won the first prize at the Ferdinand Trimborn Förderpreis NRW 2016. In the year 2017, Anne Sophie Mutter invited her to play at Mutter’s Virtuosi in Salzburg.

Mira Foron performed as a soloist at the Festival Stars at the Rhine in Basel. With the Sibelius violin concert she appeared in Gelsenkirchen and Nordhorn conducted by Christian van den Berg. More concert activities are planned with the Beethoven violin concert in Basel as well as the Tschaikowski violin concert with the philharmonic orchestra Rostock under the baton of Marcus Bosch.

Since March 2015 Mira plays a violin of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Since 2017 she also plays an instrument of the Landessammlung Baden-Württemberg after she got first place at the audition.

Amine Helou (23), piano

„I believe that if hard work is mixed with talent, it can arrive the person to anyplace he wants.  One of my main goals is to be one of the few Middle-Eastern musicians who can make a special career in classical music field“ 

Amine Helou is currently studying piano at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin with professor Nelson Goerner. Furthermore he attended two masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim in 2016 and a masterclass at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in 2010.

He gave a concert sponsored by the ministry of expatriates with a cooperation of the American Middest Leadership Network in Damascus. Amine Helou also performed at the Al-Hamra Theatre in Damascus in 2013 and at the Sächsische Mozart Festival in Chemnitz. He was special prize laureate at the second Solhi Al-Wadi international piano competition in 2009.

Tillmann Höfs (21), French Horn

„Standing on stage, interpreting music, elaborate on pieces with other musicians, receiving applause, as well as daring musical experiments and testing new limits belong to the most fulfilling emotions in my life.”

Tillmann Höfs was born in Hamburg and started to learn trumpet at a very early age. 2011 he switched to French horn and was awarded with a first Bundespreis and several special Prizes at Jugend musiziert with this instrument.

From 2012 to 2014 he studied as a junior student with Prof. Ab Koster at the Andreas-Franke-Akademie of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Since 2015 he is a regular student at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Prof. Christian-Friedrich Dallmann, sponsored by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Tilman Höfs gained experience in orchestras playing with the Bundesjugendorchester, with the NDR-Jugendorchester as well as the junge norddeutsche philharmonie under conductors like Christoph Altstaedt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Krzysztof Urbanski, Christoph Eschenbach.

He appeared as a soloist playing with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the orchestra of the Staatstheater Halle, the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, the Camerata Hamburg and the Camerata Instrumentale Berlin performing works of Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Britten und Richard Strauss.

David Nebel (21), violin

„Violonist David Nebel steals the show in a breathtaking rendition of Ernest’s Othello Fantasy.” (Strad Magazine Feb.2016)

David Nebel, born in 1996 in Zurich, started playing the violin at the age of five. In 2006 he won the first prize of the Swiss Youth Music Competition and had his first appearance in the Zurich Tonhalle.

First, David attended the Zurich Conservatory. In the following years he studied with Prof. Valery Gradow at the Conservatorio di Ticino in Lugano and later with Prof. Boris Kuschnir at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität in Vienna as well as with Prof. Yair Kless at the University of Music Graz. Since 2013 he studies at the Kalaidos Music Academy in Switzerland with Prof. Alexander Gilman. David is also a founding member of the string ensemble LGT Young Soloists.

David has performed as a soloist on major concert stages, including the Tonhalle Zurich, Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall Yerevan, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Kulturcasino Bern, Gasteig Munich, Shenzhen Concert Hall, China Pavilion Shanghai and Cape Town City Hall in South Africa.

In 2014 David achieved a notable success as the youngest winner of the prestigious Valsesia Musica Violin Competition in Italy. This was followed in 2015 by a first prize and a scholarship at the István Kertész Competition in Switzerland. Most recently, in January 2017, he won toghether with Dusan Kostic the competition of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Belgrade for young soloists with Bottesini’s Grand Duo for violin and double bass.

David Nebel plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin (Piacenza, 1746).

Cosima Soulez Larivière (21), violin

“I believe at this point in time, [] that I am at a crucial point in my career and that I am ready to take on the challenges ahead of me.”

Franco-Dutch violinist Cosima Soulez Larivière was born in 1996 in Paris.

She started playing the violin when she was three years old. When she was eight, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, UK, where she became a pupil of Nathasha Boyarsky. Currently, she is studying at the Musikhochschule in Hanover, Germany, with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

In 2017, she was awarded the 1st prize, as well as numerous concert engagements, at the inaugural Bartok World Competition in Budapest, Hungary. In 2015, she won the 1st prize at the Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.

Cosima Soulez Larivière has participated in masterclasses with for example Zakhar Bron, Dora Schwarzberg, Lewis Kaplan, Zvi Zeitlin, Ana Chumachenko and Donald Weilerstein. In 2018, she was invited to take part in Chamber Music Connects the World, Kronberg Academy. Furthermore, she is invited to the Verbier Festival Academy, Summer 2018.

She plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume from 1850, kindly lent to her by generous, anonymous benefactors.

Tiffany Poon (21), piano

[]I want to revive classical music by building a deeper and more meaningful connection with my audience on an accessible, personal and fundamentally human level.”

Tiffany Poon was born in Hong Kong. She was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at age 8 and made her concert debut at age 10. Since then, she has given solo recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and China and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Europe.

Tiffany was named a 2014 National YoungArts Winner in the United States. She has won several major prizes such as the First Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition, Third Prize at the 17th International Robert Schumann Competition in Germany in 2016 and Second Prize at the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation 2017 Piano Competition.

Tiffany currently majors in Philosophy at Columbia University and studies piano through the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program with Emanuel Ax and Joseph Kalichstein at Juilliard.