Second Prize: Xue Ding, “Charles Loeffler’s Two Songs With Viola and Piano Accompaniment and Their French Influence”
Ms. Xue Ding is currently pursuing her DMA at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Lawrence Dutton and Matthew Lipman as a teaching assistant in the music department. From 2018 to 2020 Ms. Ding studied with Karen Dreyfus and Craig Mumm in the Orchestra Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music. Before that, she studied with Patinka Kopec at Manhattan School of Music for the Performance Diploma; Dimitri Marruth at New England Conservatory for her master’s degree and from 2012-1015 she studied at Mannes College with Daniel Panner for her bachelor’s degree.
Ms. Ding has performed at many famous festivals and concert venues, such as at National Young Artist Program in Ottawa, Sarasato Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Heifetz Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Mozartuem Academy, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space. She made her Carnegie solo debut in 2013 performing Walton viola concerto in the Weill Recital Hall.
Ms. Ding loves teaching and performing. As a Teaching Assistant at Stonybrook University’s music department, Ms. Ding coaches chamber music, helps with orchestra sectionals and conducts the ensemble occasionally. She also teaches violin, viola, music theory, and musicianship lessons privately, and perform for private events.