Geneva Junior Prizewinners’ Concert

Friday 14 May
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Chloe Chua (violin) 
Christian Li (violin) 
Gordon Back (piano) 
Hina Khuong-Huu (violin) 
Thomas Dale Chamber Orchestra
Christopher Johnston (conductor)

Full repertoire to be announced

Enjoy an evening of musical mastery featuring performances by three former prizewinners, 13-year-old Chloe Chua, 16-year-old Hina Khuong-Huu and 12-year-old Christian Li. The prizewinners will perform a variety of repertoire accompanied by the Menuhin Competition’s Artistic Director, Gordon Back, and the Thomas Dale Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Johnston. The Chamber Orchestra will also present its own showcase feature.

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Artists' Biographies 

Chloe Chua 

13-year-old Singaporean violinist Chloe Chua has been enrolled in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts School of Young Talents (NAFA) since she was four, and is currently under the tutelage of Yin Ke. Chloe won the joint Junior 1st Prize at the Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018 and has also garnered prizes at the Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition, Zhuhai International Mozart Competition, Thailand International Strings and the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition.

Chloe’s stunning maturity and musicality has captured the hearts of audiences around the world, and her performances have taken her to concert halls and festivals across the UK, Thailand, Italy, Germany, China, USA and Singapore.

More recently, Chloe has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, China Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Russian National Youth Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel and the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

She performs on a Vincenzo Postiglione, Napoli, 1884 violin on generous loan from Dr. Peter Chew.

Christian Li

Christian Li is 12 years old and was born in Melbourne, Australia. At the age of 10 Christian won the joint Junior 1st Prize at the Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018, becoming the youngest ever prizewinner of the Competition. He also received the Audience Prize and the Composer Award. Since then he has gone on to make acclaimed debuts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the China Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2019 he gave UK debut recitals at the Cheltenham, Harrogate and Gower Music Festivals and performed at the Tel Aviv Opera House and in Norway. Future performances include appearances with orchestras and solo recitals in Australia, U.S.A. and Europe, as well as the 2020 Australian Festival of Chamber Music. In 2020 Christian was signed exclusively to Decca Classics. He studies with Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

Gordon Back 

Gordon Back’s distinguished career as a pianist has taken him all over the world. He has performed and recorded with many great artists including Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Maxim Vengerov, Josef Suk, Sarah Chang, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and the Cleveland Quartet. He has been an official accompanist at major international violin competitions and gives regular masterclasses as guest professor in music colleges and conservatoires.

He is Artistic Director of the Menuhin Competition and the Gower Festival, and is Artistic Advisor of the Hattori Foundation. He is Chair of the jury of the prestigious Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival. 

His recordings include the Bach-Schumann Sonatas and Partitas for violin and piano with Jean-Jacques Kantorow (which received a French Grand Prix du Disque), the Schubert Arpeggione and Rachmaninov Cello Sonatas with cellist Daniel Lee (for Decca) and a series of CDs with clarinetist Emma Johnson (for ASV). In 2011 he recorded the complete works of Ernst with Josef Špaček.

Hina Khuong-Huu

A prizewinner of the Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018, Hina Khuong-Huu has been playing the violin since the age of three. A native New Yorker, she studies under Professor Li Lin and Kenneth Renshaw at the Juilliard Pre-College Division and attends the Spence School in New York. Hina has performed with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Mitteleuropa Orchestra and the Musica Mundi Orchestra. She performed Sarasate’s Navarra at the Juilliard Pre-College Division’s Centennial Gala with her sister Fiona. She has performed on the NPR radio show From the Top and was invited to perform with Maxim Vengerov at the Buckingham Palace. In the summer, she has studied with artists such as Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program, Shlomo Mintz at Crans Montana Classics in Switzerland, and Ivry Gitlis and Menahem Pressler in Belgium.

Thomas Dale Chamber Orchestra 

The Thomas Dale High School Orchestras are under the direction of Christopher A. Johnston. The Orchestras are part of the Chesterfield County Specialty Center for the Arts, a Virginia Blue Ribbon Music Program.

Since 2004, this outstanding group of young musicians has continuously received superior ratings at district competitions performing professional level compositions. They have traveled throughout Virginia and other states and consistently receive top honors for their performances. Most recently, the Chamber Orchestra has received national attention by being selected to perform in Nashville, TN for the National Association for Music Education In-Service Conference, an honor typically reserved for college and professional ensembles.

Many of the students will study music in college. Others pursue professional career paths including teaching, medicine and many other diverse fields. Graduates have attended Peabody Conservatory, Belmont University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Shenandoah University, William and Mary, UVA, VT, VCU and Temple among others.

Christopher Johnston 

Christopher Johnston has been Director of Orchestras at the Thomas Dale High School Specialty Center for the Arts in Chesterfield since 1997. He received a Masters degree in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. He was concertmaster of the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra for more than six years and performed as a regular sub with the Richmond Symphony under Mark Russell Smith. He freelances in the Richmond area and performs with the Somerset String Quartet. Christopher Johnston is a guest conductor and adjudicator in schools throughout Virginia. He also served as an on-screen music performer, coordinator, arranger and historical consultant for several TV and film productions including HBO’s John Adams, Spielberg’s Lincoln and most recently with AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies, among others. He would like to express his gratitude for the opportunity to perform in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021.