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Emerging Artist Opportunities

The excitement of discovering a promising new musician is like hearing your favorite piece of music for the very first time. At Noontime Concerts we believe that gifted emerging artists will shape the future of classical music. And that’s why it is our privilege and our commitment to offering young talented musical artists in the early stages of their careers a chance to play on our concert series.

The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists provides scholarship-based live performance opportunities for gifted and talented young musicians who are on the threshold of amazing careers. A Noontime Concerts opportunity for these special artists becomes a memorable experience for all of us who are so lucky to see and hear them play.


Julian Rhee, Violin

Featured Emerging Artist for June 1-8, 2021


This concert which took place on May 14, 2019, is supported by the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists

Please see a video of a recent performance listed below.

Johannes Brahms: Sonatensatz  (Scherzo in C Minor from FAE Sonata)

Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No.1 in A Minor, Op. 105

  • Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
  • Allegretto
  • Lebhaft

W. A. Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-flat Major, K. 378

  • Allegro moderato
  • Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
  • Rondo. Allegro

Eugène Ysaÿe: Caprice d’après l’Étude en form de valse Op. 52, No. 6 de Saint Saëns

Julian Rhee is quickly gaining recognition as an emerging artist and performer, praised for his “sophisticated, assured tone, superb intonation, and the kind of poise and showmanship that thrills audiences.” (The Strad)

Violinist Julian Rhee has been establishing himself as a prominent musician and performer across the United States. The first prize winner of the Johansen International Competition in Washington DC, Julian was also awarded the Pablo Casals Prize for Best Performance of Solo Bach, the Allen R. and Susan E. Weiss Memorial Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work, and the Elaine H. Klein 2nd Prize Award at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. In January of 2018, Julian was named a Finalist Winner of the 2018 National Young Arts Foundation, and performed at the New World Center in Miami.

Subsequently, Julian appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center as a 2018 Presidential Scholars in the Arts and received his medal at the White House. This past summer, Julian was the recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship and was named the winner of the 2018 Aspen Music Festival Violin Concerto Competition, where he performed with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent. In addition, Julian was awarded the prestigious Dorothy Delay Fellowship.

An avid soloist, Julian made his Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra debut at age 8, and has gone on to perform with orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Avanti Symphony Orchestra, West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Lacrosse Symphony Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In June 2017, Julian toured across Argentina and Uruguay performing Brahms Concerto as the guest soloist. He has performed in an array of venues including Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, Heinz Hall, the Overture Center for the Arts, Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina, The Musikverein in Vienna, Bartok Hall in Hungary, New World Center, and the John F Kennedy Center. This coming July, Julian will perform Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the San Diego Symphony.

A passionate chamber musician, Julian’s performance on violin and viola earned him and his String Quartet first prize in the 2018 A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition and Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, and Gold Medals at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition.

Julian has appeared alongside internationally renowned ensemble Time for Three on National Public Radio’s From The Top; on WFMT’s Introductions, Milwaukee Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Television, and Wisconsin Public Radio and Television.

Julian shares his passion for music by serving in the local community as an assisting artist and mentor of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra (WIO), which brings together musicians of all ages and skill levels in a challenging, non-competitive environment. In addition, he regularly speaks and performs at schools and retirement homes in Wisconsin and Illinois, most recently at West Bend High School and North Shore Country Day School as its Susan Marshall Artist.

Julian studied with Almita and Roland Vamos as a scholarship recipient at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He is a graduate of Brookfield East High School as Class President and Valedictorian. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.

The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists

Helen von Ammon
August 2, 1922 – January 31, 2014

As an artist, Helen von Ammon was particularly sensitive to obstacles encountered by artists of all persuasions on the path to recognition and success. Whether in the applied or the musical arts, artistic expression can be fettered by commercialism, perceived marketability, and myriad other constraints. The Helen von Ammon Fund was established to provide talented musical artists the chance to express the depth and breadth of their capabilities. So it is with gratitude for Helen’s vision and generosity that Noontime Concerts provides professional musicians beginning their careers with an important performance opportunity, exposure, and recognition.



Irving M. Klein International String Competition

Since its inception in 1985, the Klein competition of its kind, and has helped launch the careers of many performers. Mr. Klein, who died in 1984, devoted himself untiringly to the development of young artists. He was extraordinarily sensitive to their human as well as musical needs. His friends, colleagues, and students who established the Competition in his memory sought to imbue it with his unusual qualities of empathy with and generosity to young musicians. Parallel to the guiding principles of the Helen von Ammon Fund, the Klein Competition seeks to provide recital opportunities, recognition, and assistance to accomplished musicians in the early stages of their careers. Noontime Concerts has been honored to present Klein Competition winners under the auspices of the von Ammon Fund. We look forward to featuring other Klein artists in the 2016 season.

The Klein Competition takes place each year in June at San Francisco State University and at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. For more information, please visit We encourage anyone interested in fostering young musical careers to make a tax-deductible gift to Noontime Concerts designated to The Helen von Ammon Fund. Recitalists are also encouraged to submit a demonstration tape or CD along with a resume for consideration to:

Helen von Ammon Fund
Noontime Concerts
660 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108