Rising to the challenges of our time of pandemic, student ensembles performed and submitted entries to our Youth Chamber Music Competition 2020. Here are the winning entries.

First place: Valley Christian Schools Piano Quintet

César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor (1879), 1st Movement

Pablo Molano – Piano, 12th

Melody Choi – Violin I, 11th

Christy  Kim – Violin II, 11th

Cindy Xu – Viola, 9th

Wilson Chen – Cello, 11th



Second Prize: Dvorak Piano Trio

Antonin Dvorak: Dumky Trio Mvts I-II

Ethan Cotta, violin, 10th grade, Saratoga HS

Samuel Cotta, cello 7th grade, Redwood MM

Hannah Gehrt, piano, 11th grade, Abraham Lincoln HS


Third Prize was shared between two equally scored ensembles, presented in no particular order here.

Fourtes Violin Quartet

Lachner: Quartet for 4 violins op. 107

Bryony Crawford – 9th grade / GB Kirby HS / Teacher Anthony Crawford

Alexander Lee – 9th grade / Scotts Valley HS / Teacher Cynthia Baeh 

Olivia Kang – 10th grade / Scotts Valley HS / Teacher Cynthia Baehr 

Hannah Kuo – 10th grade / Navarra Christian HS / Teacher Susan Stein



Also Third Prize: Saxophone Quintet, led by Anthony Qin

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in G minor,  J.B. Singelée: Allegro de Concert 

Soprano Saxophone: Anthony Qin, 11th, Saratoga HS

Alto Saxophone 1: Justin Chang, 10th, Lynbrook HS

Alto Saxophone 2: Ayaka Fujita, 9th Homestead HS 

Tenor Saxophone: Julie Tran, 11th, Notre Dame HS

Baritone Saxophone: Alex Mah, 12th, Saratoga HS


 An Honorable Mention went to:


Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Quintet, Op. 143 (1950) 1st Movement: Allegro vivo e schietto.

Eric Wang –  Guitar, 11th

Christy Kim –   Violin I, 11th

Melody Choi – Violin II,11th

Cindy Xu –    Viola, 9th

Megan Chi –   Cello, 12th  


  Another Honorable Mention went to:


B. Martinu: Sonatina — Mvts 2 & 3

Carem Ho, violin, 6th grade, Linscott Charter School  

Nathan Kwok, piano, 7th grade, Mission Hill MS

Coaches: Vlada Moran (piano), Nancy Kvam (violin)