Student concerto competition winners to perform at Hopkins Symphony Orchestra's season finale

Student soloists Stephanie Cai, Winston Wu, Jordan Elum stand in front of piano

Image caption: Hopkins Symphony Orchestra concerto competition winners (from left to right) Stephanie Cai, Winston Wu, and Jordan Elum.

Credit: David Friedlander / Hopkins Symphony Orchestra

A violinist studying neuroscience. A Juilliard-trained biomedical engineer. And a computer scientist who has played the piano since he was 6.

These are the winners of the biannual Hopkins Symphony Orchestra concerto competition: three students not majoring in music who have earned the distinction of performing featured concertos during the HSO's season finale concert, scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

Jordan Elum, a junior majoring in neuroscience, will perform Ravel's Tzigane for violin and orchestra; Stephanie Cai, a sophomore biomedical engineering student, will perform the first movement of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2; and Winston Wu, a first-year PhD student studying computer science, will perform movements three and four of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1.

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition was created by JHU alum Hernan del Aguila in 2008 to give any undergraduate or graduate student not majoring in music the opportunity to continue studying and performing music.

This year, 18 students entered to the competition. They auditioned before HSO music director Jed Gaylin, Towson University lecturer in timpani and percussion Michelle Humphreys, and HSO general manager Nicoleen Willson. In addition to the three winners, Reina Arakawa (oboe) and Victoria Roberts (flute) were awarded honorable mentions, and have been invited to perform with the Hopkins Concert Orchestra during the 2016-17 season.

The HSO's season finale concert will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 8-10 p.m. at Shriver Hall on the university's Homewood campus. A pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. More information