NJIO Announces Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners

Sophia Bacelar

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Cellist Sophia Bacelar of Martinsville won first place and violinist Alex Wang of Scotch Plains took second place in the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s 2010 Young Artists Concerto Competition.

The two winners will perform their concertos with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra in separate performances at the Madison Junior School in Madison. Sophia Bacelar will perform at the NJIO Spring Concert on Feb. 13 and Alex Wang will perform at the NJIO Young People’s Concert on Nov. 21.


Alex Wang

Open to all New Jersey students in grades 7 through 12, musicians are required to play by memory one movement of a Baroque or Classical concerto. A panel of judges evaluated all the participants on Sept. 13.

First place winner, Sophia Bacelar is a 9th grade, homeschool student and is 14 years old. She began studying cello at the age of three with Marnie Kaller and her father, Alex Bacelar. In 2006, she was accepted to the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School where she began her studies with her current teacher, Clara Kim.

Bacelar has won several prizes in competitions, including first prize at the New York Young Musicians Competition in 2007, winner of the Showcase of Exceptional Young Musicians Artists of New Jersey in 2007, 2008 and 2010, first prize at the Dvorak Silent Woods and Rondo Competition at The Juilliard School in 2008, first prize at the 27th Annual Goldblatt Music Scholarship Competition of New Jersey in 2009, and gold prize winner of the 2010 Young Artists Concerto Competition of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey.

Bacelar attended the MusicAlp summer music program in France in 2009 where she studied with her teacher, Clara Kim, and Sung Won Yang of Seoul, Korea, and again in 2010 where she studied with the renowned teacher Philippe Muller of Paris Conservatory. Sophia has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Paul Recital Hall, Morse Hall, and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York City.

Second-place winner, Alex Wang is an 8th grade student at the Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains and is 13 years of age. He began his studies on violin at age 4 with Dr. Ted Schlosberg in Westfield and currently studies with Yousun Kim in Warren. This season marks his sixth year as a member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony where Wang served as concertmaster for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.

Last year, he joined the New Jersey Intermediate Regional II orchestra and the All State String Orchestra, serving as assistant concert master in both ensembles. Alex was the winner of the Young People’s Music Program String Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival. He has performed at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. Wang also plays the xylophone in his school’s band. In addition to music, Alex is a competitive swimmer and has scored at the New Jersey Junior Olympics Championships. He plays on the Scotch Plains travel soccer team. In his spare time, he likes to read, bike, spend time with friends, play with his pet rabbit, and travel.

The Young Artists Concerto Competition has been made possible in part through a grant from K&S Music of Berkeley Heights.

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