Kim scooped first prize of $12,000 plus future concert engagements


Cellist Gaeun Kim

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The finals of the 25th Schadt String Competition was held on 3 March 2024 in Allentown, PA, with this year’s competition dedicated to the cello.

First prize went to Gaeun Kim, with her performance of Aulis Sallinen’s Cello Concerto. She receives $12,000, as well as a solo performance with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (AS) in the 2025 season, outreach opportunities and possible recitals during the ASO 2025 season.

Kim is currently based in New York and counts first prize and the Pablo Casals Special Award at the 2022 Irving M. Klein International Competition, prizewinner at the 2023 Paulo International Cello Competition and first prize at the 2023 New York Young Artist Award among her recent accolades.

ASO Schadt

(l-r) Cellists Aaron Wolff, Megan Yip and Gaeun Kim |

Second prize of $5,000 went to Megan Yip, who performed the Miklós Rózsa Cello Concerto. She also received the audience favourite prize. Yip will return to Allentown in March 2025 for the inaugural Schadt Solo Recital.

Third prize of $2,500 went to Aaron Wolff, who performed the Elgar Cello Concerto.

The judges for the finals were cellists Anthony Elliot and Norman Fischer, and the ASO’s music director and conductor Diane Wittry. Julian Schwarz and David Ying served as preliminary judges. 

The Schadt String Competition was founded in 1997 following a bequest to the Allentown Symphony Association from Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt. It alternates every other year between violin and cello disciplines.

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