Hannah Lam Wins Orchestra Honor

Violinist Hannah Lam, 12, a student at Henry C. Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ, will appear as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the 2010-11 season after winning the Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition (Children’s Division).

Hannah has appeared as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony and the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. At age 8 she was selected to be first violinist in the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She studies violin at Temple University Music Preparatory and is a member of the Youth Chamber Orchestra at Temple’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski launched the Orchestra’s Student Competition in 1933. Since then, many of its 400 winners have established international careers, including sopranos Judith Blegen and Benita Valente, pianists Richard Goode, Eugene Istomin and André Watts and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Seven current Philadelphia Orchestra musicians are former winners of the competition.

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