American Music Talent Competition

Michaela Frey

Honorable Award

International Music Competition London "Grand Prize Virtuoso"

Cynthia Ma, Pedro Goutay

First Prize, Performance Invitation at Royal Albert Hall, London, England

IAFAF online international competition

Joshua Gwon

First Prize

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto competition

Joshua Gwon

First alternate winner

Great Composers Competition

Joshua Gwon

Third Prize


Great Composers Competition "Masters of Violin Concerto"

Hannah Jeong

Third Prize Winner

ENKOR International Competition, VIolin 7th Edition

Pedro Goutay

Third Prize Winner

International Music Competition "GRAND PRIZE VIRTUOSO"

Audrey Weeks

1st place


Michaela Frey

1st place

Great Composers Competition "Masters of Violin Concerto”

Joshua Gwon

1st place

Bellagrande International Music Competition

Michaela Frey

Honorable Mention


NVTMA Honors Recital:

Michaela Frey


MSMTA/ASTA Spring Festival:

Michaela Frey

2nd Place


47th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition

Ace Avery

Misbin Family Memorial Award, Audience Award, 1st Place Beginner Violin Category

Spring Festival- Solo Strings

Michaela Frey

1st Place

47th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition

Nahuel Weber-Jacobsen

2nd Place Intermediate Violin Category, Summer Scholarship

Northern VA Music Teachers Concerto (NVTMA) Competition

Michaela Frey

2nd Place


46th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition

Melody Qian

1st Place Intermediate Violin Category

Spring Festival: Solo Strings

Angela Yang

1st Place

Michael Kruppa

1st Place

Nicole Leonidov

3rd Place

Concert Artists International (CAI) Maestro Competition

Michaela Frey

2nd Place

American Fine Arts Festival Competition

Michaela Frey



Young Musicians Inspiring Change, Solo String Elementary I DIvision of the YMIC Competition

Katherine Song

2nd Place

YMIC Metropolitan Solo Music Festival

Michaela Frey

1st Place

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44th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition

Serenna Semonsen

1st Place Intermediate Violin Category, Goldie B. Feder Award

Young Musicians Inspiring Change, String Elementary II DIvision of the YMIC Competition

Adrian Cheung

1st Place

Rockville Competition for Piano and Strings:

David Lam

Recital Certificate

American Fine Arts Festival Competition:

Michaela Frey



43th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition

Serenna Semonsen

Misbin Family Memorial Award

Mid-Atlantic Regional, Solo Competition

Kenneth Ryu Natio

1st Place Winner Maryland, Concerto Competition Winner

The Asian American Music Society, String Competition Peewee Division

Sean Wilson

1st Place


London - Cadogan Hall, Oxford Cowley

Noelle Midori Naito

Young Stars of the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation


MTNA, Junior String in the Virginia State Competition

Young-Eun Mabelle Park



IV Concours International Viooin-Violoncelle, Alexandre Glazounov, Paris

Arielle Moore

1st Place

Brendan Shea

1st Place

Our students

Brendon Shea

Between the third and sixth grade, he won first place in several competitions, including the junior, intermediate, and senior divisions of the Northern Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association Caurine Easterlin Achievement Award, and the Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association Festival in 1996 and 1998. In March, 1999, made his solo debut with the Landon Symphonette, playing Paganini’s Violin Concerto #1. 

He entered competitions, winning first place in several in the area, including the Landon Symphonette Competition for Yong String Players, the Feuer Memorial Strings Competition, the Jack Weaver Competition, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and the Washington Performing Arts Society Feder Award.

He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory. He has completed in many major international competitions including Queen Elisabeth, Carl Nielsen, Sendai, Sibellous, Isang-Yun, and Seul. His attained awards include Bronze Medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Gold Medal and Audience Award at the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Music Competition and 1st Place with Honors in the Glazunov International Competition in Paris. Similarly, his solo career has taken him across the globe as well, with performances in major venues in Europe and Asia, and across North America, where he was made a quest faculty member. Also, the executive and artistic director of Indiana University Chamber Orchestra.

Serenna Semonsen

1st Prize, International Grande Music Competition; performed at Merkin Concert Hall, NY

Performed as soloist at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, Chicago, IL

1st Place, American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Golden Strings of America International String Competition; performed at Carnegie Hall, NY

Performed as soloist with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia as the Grand Prize Winner of AFAF International Concerto Competition

Performed at National Gallery of Art (73rd and 74th seasons) as a winner of the Washington Performing Arts (WPA) Feder String Competition, Washington, D.C.

Performed live on WUSA 9 TV show “Great Day Washington”

Performed at WPA Annual Gala dinner show, Marriott Marquis Hotel, Washington, D.C.

1st place, WPA 43rd and 44th Feder String Competition

Performed as soloist with the McLean Symphony as the 1st place winner of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition

Julia Angelov

Julia Angelov began studying with Olga Khroulevitch when she was 10 years old.

Major Competitions, Awards, Performances:

– First competition she entered and won was the AFAF competition and played at Carnegie Hall when she was 11 years old.

– Scholarship from the Spivakov Foundation to perform at the Moscow Meets Friends Festival at the Beethoven Hall of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Shilov Gallery across the Kremlin.

Since then she has returned to Russia to perform with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in the summer festival, the Kaluga Symphony Orchestra in the winter, and performed at the Prokofiev Hall of the Mariinsky theatre last summer.

– Her orchestra debut was at age 13, 1st movt of Mendelssohn Concerto with Montgomery Orchestra.

– Since then, she has won the National Phiharmonic Concerto Competition and performed with the National Philharmonic in Strathmore Music Center Hall

-Won the US Army Band Orchestra Young Artist Competition last year and performed with the U.S. Army Band Orchestra at Schlesinger Hall.

She has won many competitions including

– Washington Performing Arts’ Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition when she was 14

– Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) Gustave N. Johansen Jr. Strings Competition when she was 15

– Music Teachers National Association’s (MTNA) National Strings Competition when she was 15 years old

– was awarded the Amadeus Concerts Emerging Artist Scholarship when she was 16

Most memorable performances include:

-being the featured performer at the Russian Cultural Centre for Maxim Vengerov at a private salon concert hosted by the Russian Ambassador and Washington Performing Arts last year

– gala concert honoring the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union at the Ronald Reagan Building last year

– a solo recital at the Bulgarian Embassy presented by Embassy Series this winter

She is graduating National Cathedral School in DC next week and will attend the Colburn Conservatory in LA under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett.

Yanglan Xu

Yanglan Xu is a senior violinist who is studying under the tutorship of Ms. Olga Khroulevitch for the past 11 years. Over the years, she has competed in many competitions like Bland, WPAS, YMIC, AFAF, and NVMTA’s Concerto Competition. She has also had the honor of performing overseas after winning AFAF’s Concerto Competition with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra.

Jehshua Karunakaran

Jehshua has performed at several embassies, the United Nations and Wiell Rectial Hall in New York. He also performed at the opening ceremony of the Spivakov Fundation in Washington, D. C., broadcast over Russian radio and TV, and,on “From the Top.” He was interviewed by news anchor Barbara Harrison on NBC Channel 4 and on WETA-FM by Bev Lamberton. He plays a Paolo Guadagnini violin lent to him by the WPAS after winning the Feuer Competition. Jehshua graduated from Juliard School.

Brendan Conway

He is the winner of the 1999 Virginia String Teacher’s Assotition Solo Competition and has won numerous Concerto Competition since he began studying the violin at the age of five at the Levine School of Music with Olga Khroulevitch.

Brendan performs extensively in the Washington area, as well as Boston and New York. He was selected by Russian American Music Association to perform at the “Young Virtuosos 2000” gala in Moscow in May, and returned to Russia in June for a series of performances at the Richmaninoff International Festival. Brendan has performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center wit Itzhak Perlman at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, Embassy of Canada, Lincoln Theater  and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on a national radio program “From the Top”.

Brendan Conway completed a master’s degree in 2011 in Colon, Germany under Victor Tretiakov.

Michaela Frey

Michaela Frey has studied with Olga Khroulevitch since she was 6. She was a winner in the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Competition in 2015 (1st grade) and performed in the winners’ recital at Lincoln Center in New York City. She also performed with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in 2016. She won 1st place at the YMIC Metropolitan Solo Music Festival in 2016, won 2nd place in the Concert Artists International Maestro Competition in 2017, and performed solo later that year at the Mansion at Strathmore Hall. She was again a winner in the AFAF Competition in 2017 and performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. She won 2nd place in the Northern VA Music Teachers Concerto Competition in 2018 and was selected to perform in the NVTMA Honors Recital in May 2019. In 2020, after winning 1st prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition Bonn, Michaela was invited to perform at the Winners’ Concerts at the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany. She also won honorable mention in the Bellagrande International Music Competition, and in 2021, won the honorable award in the American Music Talent Competition. She is currently concertmaster of Longfellow Middle School’s (advanced) orchestra.

Melody Qian

Melody Qian is a 10th grader at Richard Montgomery High School IB Magnet Program, in Rockville, MD. Melody started to play violin at age six. She has won many awards in violin competitions, including the Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso in the 2020 International Music Competition, 1st Place in the Intermediate Violin Category and the 1st place Misbin Family Memorial Award in the 46th Annual Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition, 1st Prize Winner in Young Artists II Category in the 2017 Concert Artists International Maestro Competition, and the 2017 American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Award. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City. Melody has won 1st place multiple times in the Maryland State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA) Spring Solo Festival. She is the concertmistress of the Symphony Orchestra at Richard Montgomery High School and the first violin of the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra (MCYO)’s Moonlight String Quartet. In addition to playing violin, Melody is a Junior-level skater in the Washington Figure Skating Club (WFSC) and an associate editor of a school magazine. In her spare time, Melody enjoys reading, writing and making animation videos.