Yujin 'Stacy' Joo '16 wins Cornell Concerto Competition


Patrick Shanahan

Pianist Yujin "Stacy" Joo '16 won the 12th annual Cornell Concerto Competition Dec. 13 for her performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, Mvt. 1, accompanied by Blaise Bryski. A chemistry and biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Joo has played piano for ensembles including the orchestra, wind symphony and a cover band.

She was one of four finalists chosen by judges Phiroze Mehta and Shea Scruggs of Ithaca College and James Tapia of Syracuse University.

Other finalists were:

  • Jae Baek '17, a biological engineering major, performing Aram Kachaturian's Concerto for Flute Mvt. 1 (Allegro con Fermezza), accompanied by Mary Ann Miller;
  • Ellie Bayles '17, a biometry and statistics major, performing Jacques Ibert FluteConcerto, Mvt. 3, accompanied by Liz Shuan;
  • Jeremy Gershonowitz '18, a materials science and engineering major in the College of Engineering, performing Edward Elgar's Cell Concerto No. 1, Mvt. 4, accompanied by Miri Yampolsky;
  • Matthew Peraza '18, a biology major, performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."