The Third Triennial Johansen International Competition for Young String Players took place on March 13–15, 2003, at the Sumner School Museum in Washington, DC.

Prize Winners


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Hyun-Su Shin, age 15; student of Namyun Kim; from Chon-Ju, Korea.
  • Second Prize, Tied – $7,000 – Jialei Li, age 16; student of Masao Kawasaki; from China/Houston, Texas.
  • Second Prize, Tied – $7,000 – Joel Link, age 14; student of Almita Vamos; from Skokie, Illinois.
  • Third Prize, Tied – $5,000 – Wonhyee Bae, 16; student of Aaron Rosand in Philadelphia, PA; from Seoul, Korea.
  • Third Prize, Tied – $5,000 – Sharon Park, age 16; student of Robert Lipsett; from Castaic, California.
  • Honorable Mention – $750 – Eugene Ugorski, age 13; student of Vesna Gruppman; from Russia/La Jolla, California.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Alexander Link, age 16; student of Roland Vamos; from Skokie, Illinois.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Seung-Min Kang, age 15; student of Myung-Wha Chung; from Seoul, Korea.
  • Honorable Mention – $750 – Elizabeth Chung, age 16; student of Hans Jorgen Jensen; from Pusan, Korea/Schaumberg, Illinois.

Best Performance of Commissioned Work, Night Music, by Robert Gibson – $500 – Stephanie Jeong, violin, age 14; student of Aaron Rosand; from Passaic, New Jersey/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Performance and Other Opportunities

Individual winners performed in a Winners’ Recital at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and also appeared as soloists with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, the Prince Georges Philharmonic, and the National Chamber Orchestra. A violin finalist, Charlotte Bonneton from Belmont, France, participated in the London Master Classes.

Collaborative Pianists