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Music Academy Exchange Fellows

career launching opportunities with world-class orchestras

This was a truly outstanding, once-in-a-lifetime experience that cannot be replicated with any other orchestra. The variety of experiences touched on all facets of being a professional musician (education, performance, recording, psychology, etc). I am beyond grateful that I've gotten to experience the best of MA's visionary goals over the past few years!

MAX fellow

Not only did we play two concerts and a patch session, we also experienced professional development for peak performance, outreach training, cultural exchange, and free time to explore London. No US-based orchestra could ever deliver such an experience, simply because the cultural exchange and immersion was such a highlight.

MAX Fellow

Music Academy Exchange with London Symphony Orchestra

Music Academy and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) launched a transatlantic partnership in 2018, in which 10-12 fellows are selected annually to participate in intensive training with the Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. As part of the partnership, the winners of the 2018 Solo Piano and Marilyn Horne Song competitions made a London recital appearance at LSO St Luke’s as part of the Music Academy Exchange (MAX) program. Throughout the partnership, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Daniel Harding, Elim Chan, Sir Simon Rattle, and other key LSO conductors and musicians have performed and taught at the Academy. LSO principals have led virtual lessons and coaching sessions and the MAX auditions.

In June and November 2022, 48 MAX fellows from 2019-2022 were invited to train, rehearse, and perform with the LSO in London, led by Sir Simon Rattle and Gianandrea Noseda. 

During the 2023 Summer Festival, 12 MAX fellows were selected for an intensive, immersive residency to be held in London in November/December. They will perform under the baton of Susanna Mälkki on Nov. 30 and Dec. 3. Read about them below!

Support for the London Symphony Orchestra partnership has been provided in part by Linda and Michael Keston.

The LSO has created extraordinary opportunities for our fellows to step into experiencing the life of a professional musician at the highest level. Our partnership continues to break ground on an international stage

Scott Reed, Music Academy Emeritus President & CEO

We always look forward to the residency of the fellows from the Music Academy. They are extremely well prepared to perform with the LSO. Our musicians really enjoy working with these emerging artists.

Sir Simon Rattle
2023 LSO MAX Winners
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Patrick Baek
cello
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Mary La Blanc
percussion / timpani
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Sarah Bobrow
bassoon
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Chandler Currier
tuba
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Oliver Leitner
violin
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Aaron You-Xin Li
violin
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Alejandro Lombo
flute
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Molly Prow
viola
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Tim Rinehart
double bass
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Jiho Seo
cello
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Luke Sieve
bass trombone
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Michail Thompson
trumpet
2022 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Kenneth Chauby
trumpet
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Jordan Farber
bassoon
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Nicholas Gallitano
viola
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Gene Hotta
viola
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Orion Miller
double bass
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Katelyn Poetker
clarinet
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Gracie Potter
trombone
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Matthew A. West
percussion / timpani
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Melody Yuan
violin
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Hanna Zhdan
violin
2021 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Rodion Belousov
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Aaron Blick
double bass
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Keoni Bolding
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Elissa Brown
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Cristina Cutts Dougherty
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Carlos Jiménez Fernández
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Sean Juhl
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Emma Lee
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Ka Long Lee
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Kipras Mazeika
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Javier Morales-Martinez
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Jonathan Wisner
2021 Keston MAX Winner
2020 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Chas Barnard
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Ben Brogadir
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Ava Conway
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Hannah Duncan
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Andrew Gantzer
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Vincent Igusa
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Devan Jaquez
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Wenqi Ke
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Gustavo Leite
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Gerbrich Meijer
clarinet
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Noah Roper
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Jeremy Sreejayan
2020 Keston MAX Winner
2019 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Shenae Anderson
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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James Dion Blanchard
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Bianca Marian Chambul
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Victoria Chung
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Christine Comer
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Njioma Chinyere Grevious
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Sara Han
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Chien-Lin Lu
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Alex Mayon
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Gabrielle Pho
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Sun-Ly Pierce
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Maddi Shake
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Ha eun Song
cello
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Jonathan Yeoh
2019 Keston MAX Winner
2018 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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David Bender
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Nina Bernat
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Stephanie Anne Block
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Quinn Delaney
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Joe Desotelle
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Taylor Isberg
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Francis Lawrence LaPorte
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Kelsey Lauritano
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William Loveless
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Sophiko Simsive
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Alan Snow
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Lisa Stoneham
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Andrew Sun
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William Cedeño Torres
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Agnes Tse
2018 Keston MAX Winner

New York Philharmonic Global Academy

From 2014-2018, as part of a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, 40 Music Academy fellows participated in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy’s Zarin Mehta fellowship program. Ten fellows were selected each summer to travel to New York for a ten-day intensive program, which included training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians.

During each Summer Festival, the partnership also offered Academy fellows training by Philharmonic musicians, biennial performances by the Philharmonic at the Music Academy Summer Festival, and Academy Festival Orchestra performances at Music Academy Summer Festivals.

The Music Academy’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic was made possible through the generosity of lead sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.

2017 Global Academy Winners
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Michael Cox
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Hannah Hammel
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Jenny Kwak
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Michael Marks
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Yuan Qi
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Nathaniel Silberschlag
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Ryan Toher
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William Welter
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Choi Tung Yeung
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Gi Yeon Yoon
2016 Global Academy Winners
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Kevin Chen
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Minji Choi
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Michael Daley
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Kaelan Decman
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Ao Peng
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Emily Switzer
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Alexander Volkov
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Jack Ryan Walters
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Justin Woo
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Hyeree Yu
2015 Global Academy Winners
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Carl Anderson
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Benjamin Hoffman
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Maki Kubota
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Nikolette LaBonte
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Jose Martínez
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Rebecca Reale
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Samuel Sparrow
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Mark Teplitsky
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Naisui Zhu
2014 Global Academy Winners
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Douglas Aliano
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Anthony Bellino
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Matthew Cohen
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Sean Krissman
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Simon Michal
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Charlie Rosmarin
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Michael Severance
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William Shaub
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Genevieve Tabby
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Jennifer Zhou
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