Michelle Stern, violin
Michelle Stern, a 14 year-old native of Douglaston, New York, began her violin studies at the age of 3 with her mother, Anna Heifetz, a distinguished violinist and teacher, and currently studies violin with Professor Ann Setzer at the Juilliard School Pre College Division.
Michelle was awarded first prize in the Young Artists Category of the Gershwin International Music Competition 2017, both first prize and the Grand Prize at the Concert Festival International Competition, first prize at the New York Music Competition, “Judges Distinction Award” at the American Protégé Concerto Competition, and “Best Performance Award” at the American Protégé Talent Competition.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, North Shore Symphony, Island Chamber Symphony,Manhattan Symphonie at the Lincoln Center and American Protégé Gala at the Stern’s Auditorium, Carnegie Hall.
Michelle performed at the renowned Meadowmount Festival, the "Here and Now" Series at BargeMusic, the Lincoln Center Library, The Juilliard School, Jordan Hall (NEC), the Oyster Bay Music Festival 2017and 2018, and was a guest artist on PBS’ Artscene, as well as “Seldom Said”.
Michelle is currently a sophomore in Townsend Harris High School at Queens College, and was the valedictorian of her graduating class at her middle school, MS 67Q. She is also a two-time recipient of the prestigious Irwin Altman Award for “Excellence in Education,” and enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and plays.