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Yesong Sophie Lee

Winner of the 2016 Menuhin Competition - Junior Division

The 2020 Atlanta Festival Academy

The Atlanta Festival Academy maintains its position as the first international two-week classical music festival hosted in the Southeast, and will again attract young musicians, renowned instructors, and world-class performers from around the globe. The festival will continue to be packed with master classes, lectures, workshops, as well as private lessons, chamber music, and orchestra coachings by celebrated teachers from Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The 2019 edition of the festival culminated with two concerts featuring Menuhin Competition winner Chloe Chua. These concerts thrilled nearly two thousand audience members and highlighted works by Mendelssohn, Bartok, Dvorak, and other great composers. We feel sure that the 2020 festival concerts will again delight and engage concert-goers and festival participants alike.

The 2020 Atlanta Festival Academy will have THREE different programs.

  • Atlanta Festival Academy (AFA) welcomes violin, viola, cello and double bass students (ages 9 to 23) and woodwind, brass, and percussion students (ages 14 to 23). Dates: July 20 – 28, 2020. Daily hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Atlanta Festival Junior Academy (AFJA) AFJA will accept 20 violin students ages 5 to 8. Student’s level should be Beginner to Two-Years playing. Dates: July 20 – 26, 2020. Daily hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Atlanta Festival Competition (AFC) – details for the competition will be announced in early 2020.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!
Students receive a 20% discount if registered with tuition paid in full by February 15, 2020. Register here!

AFA is excited to invite Yesong Sophie Lee, winner of the 2016 Menuhin Junior Division Competition.
Since Yesong Sophie Lee won the 2016 Menuhin Junior Division Competition, Ms. Lee, a Seattle native, has performed all across Europe and the United States. Click here to find out more about Ms. Lee.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Conductor Stephen Mulligan to Join AFA Faculty In July 2020!
The Atlanta Festival Academy excitedly welcomes conductor Stephen Mulligan to our faculty for the upcoming 2020 edition of the festival. Maestro Mulligan currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. We can’t wait to experience the energy and musicality he will share with our Festival Orchestra participants. You can find his bio here.

2019 International Shining Stars Concert
On July 27, 2019, at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, the Atlanta Festival Academy kicked off its performance series with the “International Shining Stars” concert. The concert featured Chloe Chua performing her famous interpretation of “Winter,” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which had already reached more than two million views on YouTube. Other young musicians from the Atlanta Festival Academy joined Chloe on stage, including winners of various international competitions from China, Singapore, and United States.

2019 Atlanta Festival Academy Finale Concert The Finale concert again featured 12-year-old violin sensation Chloe Chua as soloist with performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, and showcased the two orchestras of the Atlanta Festival Academy on stage at the brand new Byers Theater at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on July 30, 2019.

AFA Co-Founder William Pu Honored by Georgia Secretary of State Congratulations to Atlanta Festival Academy co-founder William Pu, who was honored during the 2019 AFA opening ceremony as an Outstanding Citizen of Georgia. Mr. Pu received this Award from the Secretary of State, Mr. Brad Raffensperger, and it was presented by the secretary’s special ambassador, Mr. Roger Wise, Jr. This award is a recognition of the effort and commitment put in by everyone associated with the Atlanta Festival Academy in order to create a classical music festival unrivaled by any other in the Southeast.2

We would like to thank the following partnerships for making the Atlanta Festival Academy so successful.