Lena-Marie Stoger, violin
Lena-Marie Stoger, 17, (violin) is a senior at the Professional Children’s School in New York, NY, and is entering her fourth year at the Pre-College division of Manhattan School of Music, where she studies violin with Nicholas Mann. Previous violin teachers include Li Lin, close collaborator with Itzhak Perlman, and Victor Basis. Lena-Marie will perform on From the Top as part of the Kalico String Quartet, with whom she has been making music for eight years.
In the summer of 2019, she attended the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, where she worked with members of the Dover, American, and Arianna string quartets, as well as violinist Ayano Ninomiya. Prior summer festivals include Bowdoin International Music Festival, Manhattan in the Mountains, and Thurnauer Chamber Music Workshop. Lena-Marie has received accolades from several competitions including first prize at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Chamber Music competition, first prize at the New York Solo Competition in the Chamber Music category, and first prize in the Interschool Orchestras Concerto Competition. Lena-Marie has also participated in a number of masterclasses, including classes led by the Arianna String Quartet, Peter Winograd, and members of A Far Cry chamber orchestra.
Outside of her classical violin world, Lena-Marie is a dedicated tap dancer, wowing audiences with her tap and violin combination at such festivals as the Big Apple Tap Festival and Dance Against Cancer in New York City, with choreography by Shelby Kaufman.
Receiving the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award will allow Lena-Marie to continue her private lessons, attend summer music camp, and take college auditions.