The Fourth Triennial Johansen International Competition for Young String Players was held March 9–11, 2006, at the Sumner School Museum in Washington, DC. To learn more about the 2006 competition, and to see what repertoire was performed during Semi-Final and Final rounds, take a look at the 2006 JIC Program.

First Place Winners

2006 JIC Winners (left to right): Sebastian Baverstem, Ben Beilman, Dami Kim, SuJin Lee, Jeonghyoun Lee, Megan Griffith, Vicki Powell, Junping Qian, Tessa Lark and Narek Hakhnazaryan.

Prize Winners


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Tessa Lark, age 16; student of Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory; from Richmond, Kentucky.
  • Second Prize – $7,000 – Dami Kim, age 17; student of Aaron Rosand at Curtis; citizen of South Korea.
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Benjamin Beilman, age 16; student of Almita Vamos at Northwestern University; from Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Vicki Powell, age 17; student of Sally Chisolm at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; from Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Second Prize, Tied – $6,000 – Megan Griffin, age 17; student of Basil Vendryes; from Englewood, Colorado.
  • Second Prize, Tied – $6,000 – Junping Qian, age 15; student of Li Sheng at the Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory; from Shanghai, China.


  • First Prize – $10,000 – Narek Hakhnazaryan, age 17; student of Alexey Seleznev at the Moscow Conservatory; citizen of Armeniae.
  • Second Prize – $7,000 – Jeonghyoun Lee, age 14; student of Peter Wiley at Curtis; citizen of Korea.
  • Third Prize – $5,000 – Su Jin Lee, age 14; student of Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory; from Newton, Massachusetts.

Best Performance of Commissioned Work, One Becomes Two, by Steve Antosca – $500 – Sebastian Baverstam, cello, age 17; student of Ronald Feldman at the New England Conservatory; from Newton, Massachusetts.

Performance and Other Opportunities

Individual winners performed in a Winners’ Recital at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and also appeared as soloists with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, the Prince Georges Philharmonic, and the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra.

Collaborative Pianists