St. John’s School freshman, Justine Xu, attained musical success at the 2019 Golden Classical Music Awards — New York International Competition last August 2019. She garnered first prize in the strings category – intermediate division (13-15 age group). In November, she made her solo debut performance at the Winners’ Concert held at the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) in New York City.
She graced the floor playing Zigeunerweisen by Pablo de Sarasate, a piece in her repertoire that won her the Junior Division of 2018 Guam Young Artists Competition.
Prior to the New York International Competition, she performed with the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House last summer which prepared her for the renowned Carnegie stage. “I was nervous before the performance but was very excited and focused once I stepped onto the stage,” Justine mentioned. She had a big group of family and friends from Guam, Texas, New York, and even Turkey in the audience that supported her at the competition.
“I was very honored to represent my island as a soloist in such a prestigious venue, and I made sure to make the most of my chance there,” said Justine. On December 5, 2019, Senator Amanda Shelton visited St. John’s School to present Justine with a legislative certificate to commend and congratulate her for her notable achievement.
Justine would like to thank her mom who was her piano accompanist at Carnegie. From the time she started playing the violin, Justine elaborated that her mom has always practiced with her and accompanied her in competitions. “I also would like to thank my violin teacher, Mr. Ao Zhang, my dad and sister, Jamie, who are always there for me.” She further thanked her teachers and friends at St. John’s School for the love and support, explaining that she would not have been successful without them.
Justine assured that this will not be her last performance at Carnegie and is looking forward to more great feats to come in the future.