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Quartet rehearsing in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

SummerFest 2022 Fellowship Artist Biographies

We’re proud to welcome seven talented emerging musicians as our SummerFest 2022 Fellowship Artists. The Aestas Trio and Pelia Quartet will participate in daily Coaching Workshops, perform in Encounters and Musical Preludes, and share the stage with other SummerFest artists during their four-week residencies in La Jolla.

Aestas Trio

Wynona Yinuo Wang, piano; Sophia Stoyanovich, violin; Andrew Ilhoon Byun, cello

Wynona Yinuo Wang, piano; Chinese pianist Wynona Yinuo Wang began playing piano at age 4, and studied at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She earned her Performer’s Degree at Southern Methodist University and is now pursuing a degree at The Juilliard School. She made her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall in the 2019–20 season, and has also performed at Lincoln Center, Krannert Center, and Merkin Hall, and major festivals such as Music@Menlo and the Chautauqua Institution.


Sophia Stoyanovich, violin: American violinist Sophia Stoyanovich, 26, has soloed with numerous orchestras including the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, and has performed across North America, Europe, Russia, China, and Vietnam. Based in New York City, Stoyanovich currently performs with the New York Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, and APEX Ensemble. In 2022 her season includes debuts with the Santa Monica Symphony, appearances at the Crocker Art Museum, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and Rome Chamber Music Festival, and the release of her debut album, American Elegy.

Andrew Ilhoon Byun, cello: Canadian cellist Andrew Ilhoon Byun, 23, is pursuing his Master of Music at The Juilliard School. Byun has appeared in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Ida Kavafian, Jian Wang, Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Thomas Riebl, Jennifer Higdon, Wen Sinn Yang, and Li-Wei Qin, among others, and has had solo performances in venues including the Mozarteum Foundation’s Wiener Saal, Jordan Hall, Galvin Recital Hall, and Weill Recital Hall.


Heejeon Ahn, Delphine Skene, violins; Sung Jin Lee, viola; Nathan Cottrell, cello

Pelia Quartet formed in 2019 at the Emerson String Quartet Institute of Stony Brook University. In 2020–21, they were quartet-in-residence for the State University of New York Artist. They were recently awarded the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. In addition to SummerFest, this summer the quartet will perform at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where they will collaborate with Philip Setzer, Paul Watkins, and David Shifrin, among others.


The Fellowship Artist Program is one of our longest-running SummerFest traditions. For more than thirty years, young artists and ensembles from the program have gone on to lead major orchestras and win international competitions and awards, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Fischoff Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition.


Our 2021 Fellowship Artist Ensemble, the Balourdet Quartet, is competing in the Banff International String Quartet Competition this year. Cheer them on and follow their journey:


Support for SummerFest Education Activities provided by:


Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego




Judith Bachner and Eric Lasley

Brenda Baker and Steve Baum

Raffaella and John Belanich

Gordon Brodfuehrer

Sue and Chris Fan

Catherine Rivier

Clara Wu Tsai