Kovner Fellows and Juilliard staff at a Spring 2016 reception

Kovner Fellowship Program

The Kovner Fellowship Program provides comprehensive scholarship support covering the full estimated cost of attendance to outstanding undergraduate and graduate classical music students during their degree programs at The Juilliard School. Kovner Fellows benefit not only from financial support but also from significantly enhanced programmatic content with the goal of developing future leaders in the arts.

About the Program

Kovner Fellows are chosen by the Kovner Selection Committee based on faculty and departmental recommendations and the following criteria:

  1. Artistic merit of the highest caliber
  2. A successful academic history
  3. Personal capacity for intellectual curiosity, commitment to the value of art in society, and potential for leadership in the field

The program at capacity has approximately 50 Fellows, comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students. Fellowships are open to classical music applicants who are offered admission and current students in the following programs: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Graduate Diploma and Artist Diploma. Current undergraduate classical music students who are entering their third or fourth year of study and current Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, or Artist Diploma candidates entering their second year of study are also eligible. (Dance, Drama, Jazz, and Doctor of Musical Arts programs are not eligible for consideration in this program.) 

The Kovner Fellowship will be renewed every year during a student’s enrollment in his or her current program of study and based on certain criteria. Continued designation as a Kovner Fellow is contingent upon fulfilling all of Juilliard’s academic and performance requirements, including the grade of at least a B+ in studio lessons and performance classes, a satisfactory jury examination, and maintaining good academic standing.

Contact

Benjamin Sosland, Assistant Dean for the Kovner Fellowships
Yassmeen Abdulhamid, Manager, Kovner Fellowship Program
kovnerfellowships@juilliard.edu

About Bruce and Suzie Kovner

Bruce and Suzie Kovner (photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

Longtime friends of Juilliard Bruce Kovner, who has been the chairman of Juilliard’s Board of Trustees since 2001, and his wife, Suzie Kovner, a founding member of the Drama Council, received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees at the 2014 Juilliard Commencement. The Kovners’ involvement with the School has ranged from the donation of an extraordinary manuscript collection to gifts that helped establish the Historical Performance program, and a challenge grant for the endowment of the Drama Division Master of Fine Arts program; and, most recently, the Kovner Fellows program, which was announced in fall 2013. 

Bruce Kovner received his BA from Harvard College and later studied at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He founded Caxton Associates, a diversified trading company, in 1983 and served as its chairman until his retirement, in 2011. A year later, he established Caxton Alternative Management LP to manage his investment, trading, and business activities. He is the vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, American Enterprise Institute, and Synta Pharmaceuticals.

Suzie Kovner, who received her bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, is a trustee of Carnegie Hall and co-chairs the advocacy group for Ensemble ACJW. She is also on the board of the American Associates of the National Theatre of Great Britain and a member-at-large of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Administrative Board.

The couple’s Kovner Foundation makes grants in the principal areas of education reform and innovation, personal liberty, and to institutions that are exemplars of the highest levels of creativity in the performing arts in the United States and around the world.

2016-17 Kovner Fellows

  • David Alexander (BM, horn, class of 2020) is from Houston, TX. He is in the studio of Julie Landsman.
  • Mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau (Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, class of 2017) is from Jupiter, FL. She is in the studio of Edith Wiens.
  • Alexander Bickard (BM, double bass, class of 2017) is from Smithtown, Long Island. He is in the studio of Eugene Levinson.
  • Mezzo-soprano Amanda Bottoms (MM, voice, class of 2017) is from Cheektowaga, NY. She is in the studio of Marlena Malas.
  • Soprano María Brea (MM, voice, class of 2017) is from Caracas, Venezuela. She is in the studio of Edith Bers.
  • Michael Chiarello (MM, double bass, class of 2017) is from Long Island, NY. He is in the studio of Hal Robinson.
  • Harry Chiu (BM, horn, class of 2019) is from Hong Kong. He is in the studio of Erik Ralske.
  • Matthew Cohen (MM, viola, class of 2017) is from Portland, OR. He is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Cynthia Phelps.
  • Joshua Elmore (BM, bassoon, class of 2020) is from Shaker Heights, OH. He is in the studio of Judith LeClair.
  • Soprano Rebecca Farley (MM, voice, class of 2017) is from Kentucky. She is in the studio of Marlena Malas.
  • Hannah Geisinger (BM, viola, class of 2019) is from Stuart, FL. She is in the studio of Paul Neubauer.
  • Randall Goosby (BM, violin, class of 2018) is from Memphis, TN. He is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho.
  • Mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey (MM, voice, class of 2017) is from Marshfield, MA. She is in the studio of Edith Wiens.
  • Bethany Hargreaves (MM, viola, class of 2018) is from Cleveland, OH. She is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory.
  • Sae Hashimoto (MM, percussion, class of 2018) is a native of Japan. She is in the studio of Daniel Druckman.
  • Daniel Hass (BM, cello, class of 2019) is a native of Tel Aviv, Israel. He is in the studio of Joel Krosnick.
  • Mariella Haubs (MM, violin, class of 2017) is a native of Germany. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho.
  • Brian Hong (MM, violin, class of 2018) is from Fairfax Station, VA. He is in the studios of Laurie Smukler and Li Lin.
  • Andrew Hsu (MM, composition, class of 2017) is from Fremont, CA. He is in the studio of Matthias Pintscher.
  • Tengku Irfan (BM, piano and composition, class of 2020) is a native of Malaysia. He is in the studios of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert Beaser.
  • Alice Ivy-Pemberton (BM, violin, class of 2019) is from New York, NY. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho.
  • Valerie Kim (BM, violin, class of 2020) is from Edgewater, NJ. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.
  • Abigel Kralik (BM, violin, class of 2019) was born in Berkeley, CA. She is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.
  • Asa Maynard (MM, double bass, class of 2017) was born in New Haven, CT. He is in the studio of Hal Robinson.
  • K.J. McDonald (BM, violin, class of 2019) is a native of Santa Clarita, CA. He is in the studios of Itzhak Perlman and Catherin Cho.
  • Augusta McKay Lodge (GD, baroque violin, class of 2017) is from Oberlin, OH. She is in the studios of Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts.
  • Soprano Olivia McMillan (BM, voice, class of 2019) is from Centerville, GA. She is in the studio of Edith Bers.
  • Harrison Miller (BM, bassoon, class of 2017) is from New Canaan, CT. He is in the studio of Judith LeClair.
  • Nicholas Myers (MM, double bass, class of 2018) is from Cadillac, MI. He is in the studio of Hal Robinson.
  • Countertenor Jakub Orlinski (GD, voice, class of 2017) is a native of Poland. He is in the studio of Edith Wiens.
  • Drew Petersen (MM, piano, class of 2017) is from Oradell, NJ. He is in the studio of Robert McDonald.
  • Adam Phan (BM, harp, class of 2020) is from Dallas, TX. He is in the studio of Nancy Allen.
  • Erin Pitts (BM, viola, class of 2020) is from Atlanta, GA. She is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang.
  • Gabriel Polinsky (BM, double bass, class of 2020) is from Hewlett, NY. He is in the studio of Timothy Cobb.
  • Eddie Pogossian (BM, cello, class of 2018) is from Los Angeles, CA. He is in the studio of Natasha Brofsky.
  • Mark Prihodko (BM, cello, class of 2020) is a native of Belarus. He is in the studio of Richard Aaron.
  • Kenneth Renshaw (BM, violin, class of 2016) is from San Francisco, CA. He is in the studios of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman.
  • Ryan Roberts (BM, oboe, class of 2018) is from Santa Monica, CA. He is in the studio of Elaine Douvas.
  • Adam Rothenberg (MM, collaborative piano, class of 2017) is from Syracuse, NY. He is in the studio of Jonathan Feldman.
  • Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (MM, piano, class of 2017) was born in California. He is in the studio of Yoheved Kaplinsky.
  • Blair Shepperd (BM, bassoon, class of 2018) is from Portland, OR. She is in the studio of Frank Morelli.
  • Lauren Siess (BM, viola, class of 2019) is from Vancouver, WA. She is in the studio of Paul Neubauer.
  • Nathaniel Silberschlag (BM, horn, class of 2019) is from Leonardtown, MD. He is in the studio of Julie Landsman.
  • Katherine Siochi (MM, harp, class of 2017) is from Iowa City, IA. She is in the studio of Nancy Allen.
  • Jasper Snow (BM, viola, class of 2018) is a native of Houston, TX. He is in the studio of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory.
  • Lisa Sung (BM, viola, class of 2018) is from Sydney, Australia. She is in the studio of Paul Neubauer.
  • Max Tan (MM, violin, class of 2017) is from East Lyme, CT. He is in the studios of Donald Weilerstein and Catherine Cho.
  • Chloe Thominet (MM, viola, class of 2018) is a native of France. She is in the studios of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory.
  • Tristan Teo (BM, piano, class of 2017) is from Vancouver, Canada. He is in the studio of Jerome Lowenthal.
  • Athena Tsianos (BM, piano, class of 2019) is from Glendora, California. She is in the studio of Robert McDonald.
  • Soprano Onadek Winan (MM, voice, class of 2018) is a native of Paris, France. She is in the studio of Edith Bers.
  • YiQun Xu (BM, cello, class of 2018) is a native of China. She is in the studio of Timothy Eddy.
  • David Yoon (BM, percussion, class of 2018) is from Irvine, CA. He is in the studio of Daniel Druckman.
  • Angie Zhang (BM, piano, class of 2017) is from Princeton Junction, NJ. She is in the studio of Yoheved Kaplinsky.
  • Sarina Zhang (BM, piano, class of 2017) is from San Diego, CA. She is in the studios of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung-Kuan Chen.

Kovner Fellowship Alumni

  • Leah Ferguson, GD, viola, class of 2016
  • Tomer Gewirtzman, MM, piano, class of 2016
  • Paul Huang, MM, violin, class of 2015
  • Sirena Huang, BM, violin, class of 2016
  • Thesele Kemane, ADOS (bass-baritone), class of 2016
  • Matthew Lipman, MM, viola, class of 2016
  • Jennifer Liu, MM, violin, class of 2016
  • Trevor Nuckols, MM, horn, class of 2016
  • Kevin Quill, MM, trumpet, class of 2016
  • Liv Redpath, MM, voice (soprano), class of 2016
  • Edson Scheid, GD, Baroque violin, class of 2015
  • Virginie Verrez, MM, voice (mezzo-soprano), class of 2015
  • Joshua Vonderheide, MM, percussion, class of 2016
  • Gregory Zelek, MM, organ, class of 2016