Satori 2020 Grand Prize Winners List

Strings Group

The grand prize winner in each category was independently selected by three judges. If there was disagreement among all three judges, a separate review panel casted their votes on the judges’ selections. Whoever received the most votes became the final winner.

Because judges were not required to provide remarks, they only left remarks for selected few. Therefore, only Judge’s remarks of the grand prize winner will be posted.

Audience Award is awarded by using Youtube calculation. The data collection time is September 27th 11:59 pm.

Special Award:  Because of the high competition level in string groups,  other than the  Judges’ Distinction Award, several additional awards have been handed  out  to highlight different aspects of our contestant’s performances.

For all Grand and Special Award, please contact Edmund Wu at to arrange the trophy pickup or shipment.

Strings age group 9 and under:

Grand (Schoenfeld Award – sponsored by Schoenfeld International Music Society)

No.12 Yugo Maeda — Preludio from Partita III in E major by J.S.Bach

Judge’s Remark:

You performed very well, the intonation however was not quite accurate. Please be more careful and keep up with your wonderful work !

Judges’ Distinction Award:

No.11, Damon Ko — Concerto No. 3 in G minor, Op. 12, 1st mvt by Seitz

No.14, Anna Shung — Obertass Mazurka Op. 19 by Henryk Wieniawski

No.28 Isaac Priwer — Suite III for Unaccompanied Cello, Sarabande;  Elegie, op. 24 by Bach; Faure

Enthusiastic Performance Award:

No 129 Yuna Chung — Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major 1st movement by W.A.Mozart

Audience Award:
No. 12 Yugo Maeda


Strings age group 10-12:

Grand (Schoenfeld Award – sponsored by Schoenfeld International Music Society)

No.40 Aaron Liu — Scherzo-Tarantella Opus 16 by Henri Wieniawski

Judge’s Remark:

Like the natural flow of your playing. More so with understanding of the phrase and with the supportive techniques altogether. Well done !

Judges’ Distinction Award:

No.27, Zachary Kim — Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 33 by Saint-Saens

No.33, Kayla Kim — Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, MOV.1 by Max Bruch

No.38  Jiyu Lee — Symphony Espagnole No.1 Allegro non troppo by Edouard Lalo

Audience Award:

No. 34 Sofia Alexandrakis


Strings age group 13-15:

Grand (Schoenfeld Award – sponsored by Schoenfeld International Music Society)

No.91 Jaden Kim — Violin Concerto in E minor, MOV. 3 by Julius Conus

Judge’s Remark:

Congratulations on your performance ! It was well thought and well prepared, Bravo!

It seems that the first note of the movement didn’t come out the way as you would wanted, try to start FROM the string instead. Please keep up with the wonderful work you have been doing then.

Dazzling Performance Award

No.87 Kailey Yun — Lalo Symphonie Espagnole mvt. 5 in d major by  Édouard Lalo

Multi talent Award

No.81 Lillian Feng — Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani) by Fritz Kreisler

Judges’ Distinction Award:

No. 63, Leon Cho — Concerto in A minor Op 85 IV Allegro by Edward Elgar

No.66, Christopher Jang — Saint Saens Cello Concert No. 1 in a minor 3rd Movement by Saint Saens

No.73, Ellie Kennedy — Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint Saens

No.74  Rubi Lee — Conus Violin Concerto in E miner by Julius Conus

Audience Award:

No. 67 Tane Kim


Strings age group 16-19:

Grand (JingYu’s Young Virtuoso Scholarship — sponsored by Ms. Jing Yu)

No.118 Lauren Cho — Cello Concerto in B minor – First Movement by Antonin Dvorak

Judge’s Remark:

Bravo and wonderful performance ! Mature playing with the combination of fine techniques and the understanding of the music. Please keep up with the imagination and the desires of creating colors in the sound, well done and congratulations !

Achievement in Excellence Award

No.128 DAVID HUNG — Violin Concerto  by Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No.1 1st & 2nd Mvt

Judge’s Remark:

The first movement is tough with all kinds of demanding techniques on the violin. However, I think you handled very well and with confidence in your playing. Perhaps to think more of the direction of the phrases with running and passing notes.

In comparison, the second movement seems to be less interesting musically and can use more imagination and more poetic approach to it.

Judges’ Distinction Award:

No.113, Isaac Liu — Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68 by David Popper

No.114. Amy Palm — Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, Mvt. 1 by Antonin Dvorak

Audience Award:

No. 121 Hwa Lang Cho




No.60 Aiden Kim, Zachary Kim — Duos for 2 Cellos, Op 52, No 2 by Jacques Offenbach

Judge’s Remark:

Nice work on this piece. An excellent choice of repertoire! Good work on the variety of strokes. Congratulations!

Audience Award:
No. 60 Aiden Kim, Zachary Kim