Yesong Sophie Lee

Winner of the 2016 Menuhin Competition - Junior Division

This 3-minute video provides a thorough overview about the mission and accomplishments of the Atlanta Festival Academy. To watch the amazing individual performances from our 2019 concerts please click here.

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AFA’s 2021 Master Classes Go Online, Starting February 25! 
The Atlanta Festival Academy’s 2021 master classes will be held online, and they begin Thursday, February 25 with Prof. He Wei, Artistic Director and Dean of The Tianjin Juilliard School. Those interested in attending this virtual master class should register here. Past attendees of the Atlanta Festival Academy, as well as students of the William Pu Music Academy, may register at no charge; all other registrants will need to pay a $15 registration fee.

Congratulations to Our 2020 Grand Prize Winner, Quang Vo Minh!
Quang Vo Minh, a 14 year old pianist from Hanoi, Vietnam, was selected by a vote of all 9 Competition judges as the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s Atlanta Festival Academy Competition. We look forward to watching your musical careen continue to grow!

AFA Competition Featured in Johns Creek Herald
The Johns Creek Herald recently published an article highlighting the success of our inaugural AFA Competition. We are so proud of the incredible participation we had by young musicians from around the world, and sharing this article is one small way we can say “Thank You!” You can read the article here.

Atlanta Festival Academy Competition Update!
Thank you so much to the nearly 90 applicants who entered our inaugural Competition! You all submitted so many wonderful performances, and now we will excitedly share your videos with our judges. Click here to see the list of this year’s winners!

About 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). 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 – 25, 2020. Daily hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Atlanta Festival Competition (AFC) Up-and-coming musicians ages 23 and younger now have the opportunity to compete for nearly $10,000 in prizes and performances. Please click here to find more information.

Students receive a 10% 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.

Berlin-based Conductor Henry Hao-An Cheng to Join AFA Faculty In July 2020!
The Atlanta Festival Academy excitedly welcomes conductor Henry Hao-An Cheng to our faculty for the upcoming 2020 edition of the festival. Maestro Cheng currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Klangkraft Orchester. 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.

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