Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Clarence Middle school student and violinist, Elisa Yi placed first in the International String Competition, the American Fine Arts Festival Golden Strings of America 2011.
The competition was open to string players of all nationalities, as well as string duos, trios and quartets, in various age categories.
Yi has been invited to play with other first-place winners in a prestigious recital on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Since its inception in 2003, the AFAF has been organizing annual music festivals and performance competition events, providing hundreds of music students each year an opportunity to perform in a formal concert setting at some of the best concert halls in New York City.
Yi, who is a sixth grade student, has been playing the violin since the age of five. She attends the Eastman School of Music in Rochester weekly for violin lessons and practices in the community music program and studies music theory. She was the concert master of Erie County Elementary Orchestra in 4th grade. Elisa is the daughter of Dr. Sam Yi and Mrs. Sung Yi of Clarence.
“We are very proud of Elisa for being recognized for the hard work and dedication that she put towards her passion of playing the violin,” Dr. Sam Yi said.