The Festival’s Resident or Young Artist Ensemble Program is an opportunity for a young professional ensemble to be in residence during the summer Festival. This ensemble then returns during the following season for performances, community workshops, and to work with the ONE Strings students at Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy @ H.O. Wheeler School. During the Festival, members of the ensemble rehearse and perform with Festival musicians, and rehearse and record our Young Composers’ works. The ensemble prepares a piece for performance, coached by Festival artists. In addition, they make their first visit to IAA, and meet with arts leaders in the Burlington area. There are also opportunities to shadow Festival artists during the week, and to engage with audience members and donors at a number of different events.

These players are selected because, in our view, they are the next generation of leaders in the music world.

During the 2021 Festival, a string quartet from the New England Conservatory will be in residence. They will have two coaching sessions on the Bartok String Quartet No. 1, the first by cellist Marcy Rosen on Monday, August 23 at Elley-Long, and the second by violist Misha Amory on Thursday, August 24. They will perform this work on Saturday, August 28.

Meet the quartet below!

21 year-old violinist Aileen Chung from Irvine, California, is a former Grand Prize Winner of the Music Center’s Spotlight Award, for which she performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Aileen is an avid chamber musician, having participated in chamber festivals such as the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, and Music@Menlo.  She has studied with members of the Cleveland, Cavani, Guarneri, and Tokyo String Quartets.  She has received master classes from Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, Ruggiero Ricci, and Donald Weilerstein.  As an orchestral player, she was invited to participate in the New York String Orchestra Seminar under the baton of Jaime Laredo, and served as concertmaster of the New England Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra. Other accolades include Artist of the Year by the Orange County Register, and second place in the Alexander & Buono International String Competition. As the winner of the Culver City Symphony’s Parness Concerto Competition, Aileen was featured as a soloist with the Culver City Symphony.  Beginning her studies at the age of four, Aileen made her orchestral solo debut at the age of ten as the winner of the Bellflower Symphony’s Young Artists Competition. Previously, Aileen attended the Colburn Music Academy, studying with Margaret Batjer. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory having studied with Soovin Kim, and will begin her Master of Music studies at the Juilliard School in the fall, studying with Joseph Lin.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hannah Chaewon Kim is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory under the aegis of the Dean’s Scholarship, having also received her bachelor’s degree from NEC on a Presidential Distinction Award Scholarship. She has received first prize in the Manhattan International Music Competition, East Coast International Competition, SAC International Music Competition, and Young Artist Competition, among others. She performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium after winning first prize at the New York Artists International Competition. She was a member of the NEC Chamber orchestra for the 2019-2020 season.  Among many appearances at Jordan Hall at NEC, she performed at the Chamber Music Gala Showcase Concert. Hannah has performed with orchestras such as Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Cametara Orchestra, and the Mostli Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed in masterclasses given by Shlomo Mintz, Zakhar Bron, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Mincho Minchev, Lucy Robert, Robert McDuffie, Frank Huang, and Aaron Berofsky. Hannah has attended many summer festivals including Taos School of Music, Heifetz Institute of Music (A/K Chamber Seminar), Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Avila Music Festival, and Sejong International Music Festival. She is currently studying with Soovin Kim and Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory.

Violist Julian Seney has performed in venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, and Jordan Hall under conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Gustavo Dudamel, and Jeffrey Kahane, among many others.  He has performed in outreach concerts in Los Angeles public schools, mainly through Share-A-Stand and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), two programs dedicated to giving greater music education to underserved neighborhoods. Currently at the New England Conservatory, he studies with Kim Kashkashian and was previously taught by Paul Coletti at the Colburn School, and Cindy Wu.  He has participated in festivals such as Yellow Barn’s Young Artist Program, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Perlman’s Chamber Music Workshop, and Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra. His other past mentors include Borromeo Quartet, the Cavani Quartet, Clive Greensmith, Paul Biss, and Arnold Steinhardt.


Critics have certainly taken notice of cellist Jonah Ellsworth after solo performances with the Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and New Bedford Symphony, among others. Jonah has attended music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute and Music@Menlo and has performed with such artists as Miriam Fried, Soovin Kim, Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss.  In 2015, Jonah toured Switzerland and the Czech Republic with the Boston Philharmonic and Benjamin Zander playing Strauss’s Don Quixote. During the tour, he alternated with Natalia Gutman as soloist with the orchestra. In 2016, he soloed with the Jacksonville Symphony on seventy-two hours’ notice with the Schumann Cello Concerto in place of Nicholas Altstaedt. Jonah is a member of the critically acclaimed Boston Trio. With the trio, he performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Boston Phiharmonic in the 2016-17 season. Jonah received his Bachelor and Master of Music at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser, Kim Kashkashian and Luís Claret.  He is now pursuing his Bachelor of Musical Arts with Paul Watkins at Yale University. This year, he was awarded the Aldo Parisot award at Yale.

Merz Trio, 2019 Festival Resident Ensemble

Composed of players hailed as “impressive” (NYTimes), “impeccable” (Fanfare Magazine), and praised for “a sense of joyful virtuosity” (South Florida Classical Review), Merz Trio has been described as “riveting” with “fresh and surprising interpretations” (Reading Eagle). Formed in 2017 by pianist Lee Dionne, violinist Brigid Coleridge, and cellist Julia Yang, the Merz Trio has quickly emerged as a unique and award-winning ensemble, garnering the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2018 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. Highlights of their 2018-2019 season include performances in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, a feature on London’s BBC Radio 3, and two residencies at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, UK. The Trio is currently based out of New York City and is the Graduate Piano Trio in Residence at the New England Conservatory (2018-2020).

Violinist Brigid Coleridge has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major international concert venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw and the Purcell Room. A current doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC, Brigid holds graduate degrees from the Royal College of Music in London and a BA from the University of Melbourne in her native Australia (majoring in violin performance, French language, and English literature). Brigid is a founding member of Merz Trio, an award winning piano trio currently in the Graduate Piano Trio in Residence at the New England Conservatory. Brigid is also a frequent recitalist with duo partner Lee Dionne, and in 2018 was an Artist in Residence at Yellow Barn Chamber Music, Vermont. Much of Brigid’s current work is focused on exploring the theatrical possibilities of performance, combining her experience as a violinist with her experience as an actor and theatrical director during her earlier studies. Brigid’s most recent work is Permanent Red, a theatrical recital piece developed in collaboration with Lee Dionne, and premiered at Yellow Barn Chamber Music, Vermont.

Pianist Lee Dionne holds imagination, expressivity, and play at the core of his art. His playing has been described as “impressive” (NY Times) and “impeccable” (Fanfare Magazine), and he has appeared as a soloist around the world, in venues such as the Concertgebouw (Kleine Zaal) and Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall). In 2012 he was awarded Third Prize at the James Mottram International Piano Competition.

Lee is a determined innovator in areas of programming and performance conventions and considers his multidisciplinary projects with the Merz Trio to be his most significant work to date. Lee is currently preparing to embark on a YouTube Beethoven Cycle in 2020, where he will livestream and record the complete Beethoven Sonatas for YouTube, with commentary.

As a chamber musician, Lee is the founding pianist of the Merz Trio and a longtime core member of New York-based vocal and instrumental ensemble Cantata Profana. From 2016-2018 he was a pianist fellow with Ensemble Connect, a joint program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Institute, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education.

Lee holds a B.A. in literature from Yale College and a Doctorate in piano performance from the Yale School of Music, where he received top prizes in both degrees. Lee currently teaches chamber music at Yale College. Lee’s work is greatly indebted to his former mentors, Boris Berman, Matti Raekallio, Wei-Yi Yang, Michael Friedmann, Arthur Haas, Patricia Zander, and Wilma Machover — and to his current teacher, Vivian Weilerstein.

Praised for “her sense of joyful virtuosity” (South Florida Classical Review) as concerto soloist, Julia Yang is a dynamic and versatile cellist, founding member of the Merz Trio and former member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and the New World Symphony.

As soloist, Ms. Yang was featured in spring 2019 on Performance Today as a Young Artist in Residence and has garnered top prizes at numerous competitions such as the Lennox International Competition and the Union League of Chicago’s Young Artist Competition  and performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the New World Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.

Avid chamber musician, Julia has been noted for her “ecstatic solos” (Reading Eagle), “deep tone,” and “precision,” (South Florida Classical Review) and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Europe, Australia and Canada.  Festival appearances include Marlboro, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Perlman Chamber Music Program, Britten-Pears’ Young Artist residencies, and Poland’s Krzyzowa-Music. Her solo and chamber performances have been broadcasted throughout the United States as well as in Germany, and she can be heard on cd with the Aldeburgh Strings (Linn Records).

As orchestral leader, Ms. Yang has toured as principal cellist of the New World Symphony, and has performed as principal cellist under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Susanna Malkki, James Gaffigan, John Adams, and Leonard Slatkin in halls such as Carnegie Hall,  Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and Miami’s New World Center and Arsht Center.

Previous Resident Ensemble Members

2018 Kafka String Quartet

Danny Koo, violin
Rebecca Anderson, violin
Steve Laria, viola
Julia Yang , cello

2017 Kafka String Quartet

Danny Koo, violin
Rebecca Anderson, violin
Cong Wu, viola
Jiyoung Lee Lee, cello
Emily Taubl, cello


Robyn Bollinger, violin
Wenhong Luo, viola
Andrea Casarrubios, cello


Robyn Bollinger, violin
Wenhong Luo, viola
SuJin Lee, cello


Caroline Goulding, violin
Hyujin Jang, violin
Alexi Kenney, violin
Daniel Koo, violin
Steve Laraia, viola
SuJin Lee, cello
Emily Taubl, cello