2019 Youth Concerto Competition Winners

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Eugenie Lim

     Eugenie Lim, from Kennesaw, GA., is a 13 year old violin virtuoso who has studied with Sonja Foster since she was seven years old. A veteran performer, Eugenie made her solo debut with an orchestra at age 10 as the First Place Winner of the Ruth Kern Concerto Competition of the Atlanta Community Orchestra/ Atlanta Music Club in 2017. Most recently, Eugenie won first place in the Samuel Fordis Youth Artists Concerto Competition in the Apprentice Division and soloed with the Georgia Philharmonic in Feb. 2020.

     In Sept. 2019, Eugenie won the Gulf Coast Steinway Society Concerto Competition and soloed with the GCSS orchestra under Maestro Claire Fox Hillard. She attended the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Program last summer. In 2017 & 2018, she won the MTNA/ Georgia Junior Strings Division, and performed in the regional MTNA Competition in Virginia. In addition, she has been Outstanding Performer/ Conference Recitalist of the GMTA numerous times. In 2017, Eugenie won the American Protege Competition and soloed at the Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, in NY. Eugenie is a seventh grader at McClure Middle School and is an active swimmer. She enjoys math, writing, and reading.


Joshua Sampson

     Joshua started playing the violin at age 4 when he was living in Bangkok, Thailand, with his mother. He progressed quickly and was chosen to perform as a soloist for the Bangkok Youth Symphony Orchestra’s annual concerts. He was also invited to perform with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra at their annual “Concert In the Park” when he was 7 years old.  Joshua and his mother moved to Atlanta when he was 9 years old, and he began his violin studies with Oliver Steiner, a retired associate professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music. Joshua was invited to join the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra when he was in 8th grade. He is still a member of EYSO’s first violin section.

     Joshua has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing for families of children who must travel to Atlanta for medical treatment. Joshua played his violin during dinner hour to help brighten the atmosphere.

     Joshua is currently a 10th grader at the Weber School in Sandy Springs, where his favorite subject is math. He is a member of “Peace by Piece,” a group of high school students dedicated to interfaith understanding.

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Tobias Liu

     Tobias Liu is a fifteen-year-old violinist from Johns Creek, Georgia who currently studies with Sonja Foster. Tobias made his solo debut at age eleven with the Georgia Philharmonic as First

Prize winner of the Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition. He has performed solo at an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra pre-concert performance at Centennial Olympic Park and at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Protégé Piano and Strings International Competition.  As a winner of the Georgia Music Teachers Association’s Strings Competition, he has performed frequently as a Conference Recitalist at the GMTA annual conferences since he was six.

     Tobias was featured along with his sister, Phoebe, in the Tower of Talent fundraiser for the Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta, which showcased talented young musicians in Atlanta, including a live performance on 11Alive/NBC TV through which they have helped raise over a million dollars.  Tobias currently serves as co-concertmaster of the  Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and has been a member since he was in eighth grade. An avid chamber musician, Tobias’ piano trio, the Aoide Trio, won the Grand Prize in the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition for two consecutive years, after which they performed in Spivey Hall and on WABE radio, and his string quartet has been featured in the Sautee Nacoochee Concert Series performing a full concert.


     Tobias has attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Credo Summer Music Festival (as a recipient of the Westminster Fine Arts Scholarships), and Franklin Pond Chamber Music Program. He has worked with renowned artists such as Robin Scott, Nelson Lee, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Raman Ramakrishnan, Marilyn McDonald, Peter Slowick, James Howsmon, David Coucheron, and Daniel Laufer. 


     Tobias is a sophomore at the Westminster Schools, where he writes for the school’s newspaper, has participated in global education exchange programs to Spain and Argentina, and swims on the state-championship-winning Varsity team. He has also been a year-round competitive swimmer at Dynamo Swim Club since he was seven. In addition, Tobias’s award-winning artwork has been displayed in the High Museum of Art, at the Georgia Board of Education, and at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Maximilian Lou

Maximilian Lou’s first contact with the cello was when he was 9 years old. His first musical successes are credited to the state competitions he won in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, which entailed his debuts in numerous cities in Florida. He is the winner of the 45th Annual Ruth Kern Young Artists Competition and represents Georgia in the 2020 MTNA Divisional Competition.


Maximilian is currently a senior at Johns Creek High School, and is the current principal of the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has recently studied with Martha Gerschefski and currently studies with Wendy Warner.