The Second Triennial Johansen International Competition for Young String Players took place on March 10–12, 2000, at the Sumner School Museum and at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Prize Winners


  • First Prize, Tied – $8,500 – Angie Cheng, age 16; student of Dorothy Delay; from Shanghai, China/Holmdel, New Jersey.
  • First Prize, Tied – $8,500 – Eunice Keem, age 16; student of Cyrus Forough; from Northfield, Illinois.
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Christina McGann, age 15; student of Victor Danchenko; from Potomac, Maryland.
  • Honorable Mention – $750 – Dan Zhu, age 17; from Beijing, China/New York, New York.
  • Honorable Mention – $750 – Sherry Hong, age 17; from Willowbrook, Illinois.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Teng Li, age 17; student of Michael Tree; from Nanjing, China/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Honorable Mention – $750 – Margaret Carey, age 17; student of Nick Pulos; from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Tao Ni, age 15; student of Laurence Lesser; from Shanghai, China/Natick, Massachusetts.
  • Second Prize – $7,000 – Nicholas Canellakis, age 15; student of Madeleine Golz; from New York, New York.
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Joon Whan Kim, age 16; student of Myung Wha Chung; from Seoul, Korea.

Best Performance of Commissioned Work, Soliloquy for Violin/Viola/Cello Alone, by John Stephens – $500 – Tao Ni, cello, age 15; student of Laurence Lesser; from Shanghai, China/Natick, Massachusetts.

Performance and Other Opportunities

Individual winners were presented at the Winners’ Recital at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. In addition, some winners made solo appearances with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, National Chamber Orchestra, and Gettsyburg Chamber Orchestra. The first-prize cello winner, Tao Ni, participated in the London Master Classes.


Sylvia Rosenberg, William Preucil, and Lorne Munroe

Collaborative Pianists


John StephensSoliloquy for Violin/Viola/Cello Alone