Winners of the VSA International Young Soloists Competition
2015 VSA International Young Soloists
Sophie Graf, harpist
Sophie Graf is a 20 year-old harpist from San Diego, California, who is studying harp performance at Duquesne University. Graf, who has epilepsy, has performed with a variety of regional and youth orchestras and currently performs as the principal harpist of Duquesne University’s Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. She has won multiple solo competitions, including Duquesne University’s Concerto Competition and Women’s Advisory Board Scholarship, and the American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Award. In June 2015, Graf will attend the Texas Music Festival on a full tuition scholarship.
Alex Lee, violist
Alex Lee, age 20, is an award-winning violist from Walnut Creek, California. His accolades include awards from the Berkeley Junior Bach Festival and the Contra Costa String Association, along with invitations to study at Tanglewood Music Center and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. Lee, who has Asperger syndrome, attends California State University Fullerton, where he majors in computer science and instrumental performance, and is co-principal violist in its orchestra.
Jordan Lulloff, saxophonist
Saxophonist Jordan Lulloff, age 21, began playing in third grade and has had a passion for performing ever since. He has been a featured soloist with the United States Air Force Band, the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, and the Lansing and Ann Arbor Community Concert Bands. This summer, the Okemos, Michigan native will perform a solo recital at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Lulloff, who has celiac disease and dyslexia, attends Michigan State University.
Amar Moturu, percussionist
Percussionist Amar Moturu, age 15, hails from Cypress, Texas. He is a member of the Houston Youth Symphony and has performed at Rice University and Jones Hall. Moturu, who has facial lymphatic malformation, has studied piano since age five and recently won an award for his solo marimba performance. In addition to excelling in music, he is also a multi-year state champion and national finalist in the You Be the Chemist competition.