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Stamford Symphony Awards Instrumental Student Scholarships

Alexander Yokokawa, violinist
Alexander Yokokawa, violinist Photo Credit: Contributed
Christine Xu, pianist
Christine Xu, pianist Photo Credit: Contributed
Ryo Usami, violinist
Ryo Usami, violinist Photo Credit: Contributed
Tristan Speed, classical guitarist
Tristan Speed, classical guitarist Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. - On Sunday, January 27, a group of extraordinarily talented high school senior musicians gathered for the final two rounds of the annual Stamford Symphony Instrumental Scholarship Competition.

Sponsored by the Jeniam Foundation, this yearly competition is open to high school seniors in the state of Connecticut, and is judged by a panel of distinguished professional musicians from the New York metropolitan area.

Four students were chosen to move on to the Finals Competition, which took place later in the evening. Violinist Alexander Yokokawa of Fairfield took the First Place honors with an award of $10,000. Pianist Christine Xu of Weston and violinist Ryo Usami of Darien shared the Second Place honors and each was awarded $3,500. Classical guitarist Tristan Speed of Newtown was awarded the Honorable Mention.

Since 1965, the Stamford Symphony has delivered Serious Fun, helping audiences build a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of classical music. Under the direction of the innovative Maestro Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony reaches over 18,000 people annually through multiple concerts and educational programs. The Symphony reaches over 8,000 students annually through its Advance the Arts program, the Composer Project program, and The American Experience – Concert for Students. Additionally, the Symphony distributes complimentary concert tickets to non-profit organizations, community groups and schools in support of its goal of bringing classical music to all of Fairfield County.