For information on available Zildjian Percussion Scholarships, please check with your School or University Music Department.
For a list of Zildjian Scholarship Schools click here.


Shiqi Zhong - Curtis Institute of Music

Shiqi Zhong, from Nanjing, China, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013 and studies with Don Liuzzi and Robert Van Sice. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full tuition scholarships, and Mr. Zhong is the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia Annual Fellow. Mr. Zhong has performed at the Hong Kong Music Festival and the Shanghai International Art Festival. He performed his original composition, The Drum Moves the Heart, at the International Chinese Arts Festival. Mr. Zhong has been a prize winner in several competitions, including the 2013 PAS KoSA NYU Marimba Competition (first prize), the 2011 International Chinese Marimba competition (first prize), the 2009 China Central Television Music Competition(Chinese Folk Drum Award), the 2008 Jiangsu Province “Music Cup” Competition (second prize), and the 2007 Third Beijing Folk Music Competition (Sunshine Award). Mr. Zhong has participated in the Juilliard Percussion Seminar and performed with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony and Orchestra, the China Youth National Orchestra, and the China Youth String Orchestra. Mr. Zhong began percussion lessons at age three and previously studied with Jonathan Haas, Pablo Rieppi, Greg Giannascoli, Mark Sherman and David Rozenblatt.

Randall Chaves-Camancho - Oberlin College & Conservatory

A native of San Jose, Costa Rica, Randall Chaves-­‐Camacho is actively pursuing his dream of being a professional percussionist.  
As an orchestral performer, he has performed in Carnegie Hall, New York, as part of the Oberlin College Illuminate Tour. He has also performed in the most recognized theatres in Costa Rica, such as the National Theatre of Costa Rica, the National Auditorium of Costa Rica, and the Melico Salazar Popular Theatre. In the United States, he has performed in venues including Interlochen Center for the Arts’s Corson Auditorium, and Lorain Palace Theatre. He frequently performs with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin  Orchestra,  Oberlin  Sinfonietta,  Oberlin  Contemporary  Music  Ensemble,  and Oberlin Percussion Group.  
Passionate about new music, Randall has performed many contemporary pieces as a soloist. He has recently performed Two Movements for Marimba by Toshimitsu Tanaka in Oberlin College’s Orientation Recital, Rebonds by Iannis Xenakis in the Oberlin Conservatory’s Dannenberg Honor’s Recital, and I Ching by Per Nørgård in his own recital. He frequently works and performs with student composers as well.  
Randall started studying percussion at the community music school at the age of 9 where he then performed in popular landmarks in communities all over Costa Rica. He then studied with Alejandro Molina, Dr. Scott Stevens and John Alfieri at the National Institute of Music in Costa Rica, the Interlochen Summer Camp, and the Interlochen Arts Academy, respectively. In 2011 Randall received a Fine Arts Award in Percussion from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. 
Randall values his experiences with various kinds of music other than Western music, including Latin music and popular music. He is currently taking classes for Japanese Taiko and hand percussion. Besides music, Randall also enjoys learning Italian and Japanese,  in  addition  to  his  native  language  Spanish.  He  is  about  to  finish  his undergraduate studies with Michael Rosen at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.


Colin Taylor - The Collective

The Collective School of Music is proud to announce Drummers Collective student, Colin Taylor, as a recipient of the Armand Zildjian Merit Scholarship for his hard work and to help continue his studies at The Collective. “Thank you Zildjian for this opportunity and for supporting young musicians like myself,” states Colin. “I have been working hard all year at The Collective and I am glad that it is paying off! I am a big fan of Zildjian cymbals and have been playing them for a long time!” Residing in Stonington, Connecticut, Colin attended Brooklyn College as a Psychology major prior to studying at The Collective. Currently in his second year of a two-year program, Colin will be taking the Advanced Performance Program in the Winter 2015 quarter.

Leo Simon
2014 Avedis Zildjian Company Camp Percussion Scholar - Interlochen Arts Camp

Zubin Hathi
2014 Avedis Zildjian Company Endowed Scholar - Interlochen Arts Camp

Corey Robinson - University of North Texas

Corey Robinson is currently a pursuing his DMA in the percussion department at the University of North Texas. He received his Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington and his Bachelors of Music Education from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. At Slippery Rock, Corey studied percussion with Dr. David Glover, composition with Dr. Stephen Barr, and performed with a multitude of large and small ensembles including soloing with the percussion ensemble at various percussion ensemble concerts and two Percussive Arts Society Pennsylvania Days of Percussion. At Indiana University, he studied percussion and composition with Kevin Bobo, orchestral percussion with John Tafoya, and Afro-­‐Cuban and Brazilian percussion with Michael Spiro. Corey was a member of the IU Percussion Ensemble and performed at PASIC in 2013 at a Percussion Ensemble Showcase Concert. He has also performed with the IU Afro-­‐Cuban Ensemble, the IU Brazilian Ensemble, and the IU Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 he was a member of the Percussive Arts Society 50th Anniversary Marimba Orchestra. Corey has been composing throughout his schooling and has premiered some of his own works for percussion.

Won Suk Lee - Curtis Institute of Music

Won Suk Lee, from Seoul, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies timpani and percussion with Don Liuzzi, Robert van Sice, and Alan Abel. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full tuition scholarships, and Won is The Philadelphia Orchestra Fellow.

In 2013, Won made his American debut as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra as a winner of the Senior Division in the Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. He also recently performed with the National Repertory Orchestra as a soloist. In Korea, he has performed as a soloist with the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra as those orchestras’ concerto competition winner. Also, he is an active recitalist performing at various concert venues.

As a chamber musician, Won has performed as a member of Curtis’s Percussion Group under the direction of Robert van Sice. In the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, founded by David Ludwig, he has worked with renowned composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher and Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird. 

Won was the principal percussionist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in 2013–14 and will become principal timpanist of the orchestra in 2014–15. He has performed under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michael Stern, Jahja Ling, and Carlos Miguel Prieto. In addition, he was invited to perform with Myung-whun Chung as the youngest guest percussionist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012.

Won is a percussion fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra in the summer of 2014, working with conductors Carl Topliow and Jeffrey Kahane. He was the principal timpanist at the New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2013, performing with Jamie Laredo and Leon Fleisher. He also participated in the International Percussion Festival in Seoul in 2010 and 2012.

Won has received awards and honors including the Colin Currie Scholarship at the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, and Colin Currie, international percussion soloist, stated about Won, “a wonderful talent and a huge asset to the percussion community.” Won also received first prizes at the Eumak Journal, Seoul National University, and Yonsei University competitions and was named music prodigy and young artist by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.

Won began learning piano, violin, and voice at age seven and percussion at age nine. He first began percussion lessons with Changtae Park, percussion educator, and then primarily studied with Edward Choi, principal percussionist of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Won was also mentored by Miyoune Kim, international marimba player, and Adrien Perruchon, principal timpanist in Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from 2010–12.

Won’s other interests outside of classical music include watching Broadway shows, reading Korean and English literature, and visiting art museums to appreciate the works by Renoir, Léger, and Raffaello. Won proudly represents Spolverino, finest bespoke menswear in Seoul and exclusively wears their products on stage.

Corey Foster - Berklee College of Music


Corey Foster was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. He began playing drums at the age of 8, playing along with the recordings of classic rock ‘n’ roll bands Cream and Black Sabbath. At age ten, his father introduced him to Buddy Rich, which turned him in a much different direction. He began studying rudiments from his father’s 1960s drum method books, and playing along to recordings from his grandmother’s Big Band collection.

The start of junior high school marked his beginning of formal music study. He played in the advanced orchestral and jazz bands, directed by Larry Coates. He studied rudimental snare drum for three years with Warren Murray, associate professor of percussion at Willamette University. Corey studied drum set on his own, picking apart mid 1950’s Miles Davis albums and applying rudimental snare drum concepts to the drum set. He attended the Centrum Jazz Workshop at age 13, during which he played in Jeff Clayton’s jazz combo and was privileged enough to play a few choruses of “Woody’n You,” with bassist John Clayton. In Corey’s words, “I knew I wanted to play jazz for the rest of my life after those few choruses.”

In 8th grade he was awarded both The Most Outstanding Festival Musician Award by the University of Portland, during their annual jazz competition, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. In high school he began to study the great jazz drumming of Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones, as well as the music of James Brown. He was a member of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra. He played in their top band, under the direction of Portland State University’s Faculty members, Ben and Michelle Medler. Corey played many concerts with the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra and performed several times with the Medlers, promoting their programs.

Corey was introduced by the Medlers to Bryant Allard, founder of M.U.S.E. Band, an organization that provides music education to private and public schools in California and Oregon. Corey was a guest instructor at 5 M.U.S.E. jazz band camps in Oregon over the course of two summers. He continues to teach with M.U.S.E.

Trumpeter Farnell Newton saw Corey at a jam session at Portland State University, and was asked by Newton to join his jazz organization, the PDX Jazz Project, an organization of what Newton thought to be the most elite high school jazz musicians in the city. He studied in an ensemble setting with Newton and played many concerts, including the PDX Jazz Festival two years in a row.

He was greatly influenced by the Medlers and was inspired by Ben to pursue an education and career in music. “Ben was my first real music teacher. He taught me to be a musician, not just a drummer. He had me study scores and thoroughly learn every arrangement I played. The Medlers told me that the best virtues a musician could have are great ears and an open mind. The Medlers started my jazz education, and I knew that was only the beginning of it.”

Corey decided to graduate high school one year early in order to move to the east coast and study at Berklee College of Music. He graduated with a high school diploma in three years and was accepted to Berklee College of Music, where he currently studies. He started studying at Berklee in the fall of 2011. He currently studies with Bob Gullotti, and has been recording and playing live shows with several reggae artists around the Boston area.

Corey teaches private drum set lessons and ensembles in Portland, Oregon, whenever he is in between semesters. He occasionally helps teach drum set and instruct jazz combos at Mountain View Middle School. Over the breaks he also plays regularly with The Alex Koehler Quintet and several other groups in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Corey spent much time with the late drummer Dick Berk, who said one night to Corey’s father, “That young man plays so old. I can die at peace now that I know music is in good hands.”

Louis Pino - Oberlin College & Conservatory

Louis Pino is from Dix Hills, NY and is currently a freshman at Oberlin Conservatory studying with Michael Rosen. He began playing percussion at eight years old and later studied with Jonathan Haas, Pablo Rieppi and Greg Giannascoli at the Juilliard Pre-College. 

Pino performs in several ensembles, including the Oberlin Percussion Group, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra. As a composer, Pino enjoys writing experimental percussion music as well as other chamber and large ensemble works. 

He is a member of the rock duo Honest Politicians. Pino's hobbies include film, literature, and hammocking in the Oberlin woods.

 Andrew Funcheon - The Julliard School

Percussionist Andrew Funcheon (center) is pursuing his master's degree at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Greg Zuber. Last May he completed his Bachelor's degree at Juilliard while studying with Daniel Druckman.

Andrew has  performed  featured  parts  with  the  Axiom Ensemble and been a soloist with The New Juilliard Ensemble. In 2012, he performed John Cage's "Child of Tree" in Juilliard's FOCUS! Festival. Andrew is a member of The Juilliard Orchestra where he  has performed under  many conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Bernard Haitink.

In the summers of 2011 and 2012, he was appointed Principal Percussionist of The Castleton Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured the U.S, Canada and the Middle East.

A New Jersey native, Andrew is also active outside of classical music. He writes and performs rock music with Atlas Bloom, and has performed with The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Christian McBride.


Pictured Above: L TO R:
Neil Percy ( Head of Timpany & Percussion / Principal Percussionist London Symphony Orchestra )
Tina Clarke ( Zildjian International Artist Relations Manager )
Professor Jonathan Freeman-Altwood ( Principal of the Royal Academy of Music )
Tom Lee ( Prize Winner )
Elena Martinez Canto Martin ( Prize Winner )
Bob Wiczling ( Zildjian International Marketing Manager )
Francesca Johnson ( Administrator Royal Academy Of London) 

Catching up with Adam Wolfe, the very first Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition Winner

In 2005, Adam Wolfe, a junior at Cleveland State University, heard about a new scholarship competition offered by the Zildjian Company. The scholarship competition had just been created by Craigie Zildjian and was named after Kerope Zildjian, who presided over the company during one of the most-storied periods in Zildjian history.  From 1865 until his death in 1909 in Constantinople, Kerope continued to develop the classic K. Zildjian sound, coveted by some of the world’s greatest percussionists.  

Open to all undergraduate percussion students, Adam took the initiative and effort to fill out the paperwork and make an audition tape. To his surprise, about two months later, he got a call from Zildjian’s Director of Education Keith Aleo congratulating him on winning the scholarship!   

Adam is now touring with the Broadway Production of Evita. He’s played on several shows and, when not on tour, is living in New York. He’s happy about his life as a freelance musician and says it gives him diversity in his music making.  

Since its inception in 2005, there have been nine Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition winners. The latest one just a few months ago. Stay tuned for more as we move into 2014.  

1st year:  2005 Adam Wolfe, Cleveland State University, student of Tom Freer
2nd year:  2006 David Andrew Fuhrman, Eastman School of Music, student of John Beck
3rd year:  2007 Tihda Vongkoth, Southern Methodist University (Meadows School of the Arts), student of Douglas Howard
4th year:  2008 Tyler Stell, Arizona State University, student of JB Smith
5th year:  2009 Xavier Verna, University of Michigan, student of Joe Gramley
6th year:  2010 Matthew Decker, Roosevelt University, student of Vadim Karpinos
7th year:  2011 Chad Crummel, University of Texas Austin, student of Tom Burritt and Tony Edwards
8th year:  2012 Joseph Kelly, Manhattan School of Music, student of Chris Lamb and Eric Charlston
9th year:  2013 Ethan Ahmed, University of Southern California, student of Jim Babor and Joe Periera

2013 Percussion Scholarship Recipients:

William Tran - University of Toronto

William Tran is an aspiring percussionist at the University of Toronto in his third year of performance studies in percussion. He began studying percussion in his freshman year of High School at Agincourt Collegiate Institute and has since harbored a passion for the performing arts. In his High School career, he has performed at various music festivals such as Kiwanis, OBA, and the Musicfest Nationals, and has also played at various community events such as the Sheridan Nurseries.

He is currently playing as the drummer of Spire, a seven piece band that focuses on the fusion of varying musical styles between Eastern and Western music. In his performance experience with this group, he has worked with a wide variety of musical styles ranging from western classical music and traditional Chinese music to more conventional western pop music. This group has performed at various weddings and events such as the Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the CUAUT (Chinese Undergraduate Association at the University of Toronto), Night it Up, the T&T Night Market, and the Canadian National Exhibition. He is also playing with this group as a finalist in Kollaboration Toronto,  and is hoping to win the competition.

William is also a percussion instructor at the Chinese Music and Culture Summer Camp hosted by Yips Canada and the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, teaching children between the ages of 6 – 14 the basics of percussion performance. In recent years, he has performed with various groups such as the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra in 2011 – 2012, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony 2012 – 2013, and the Toronto Chinese Orchestra at their year-end concerts in 2012 – 2013.

In the future, William is eager to apply his studies in percussion through enlisting as a musician in the Canadian Armed Forces, but is willing to add to his knowledge of performing arts with further education through a Master’s degree or an Artist Diploma in Performance.
William would like to thank Zildjian for the support of his studies through the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship. He is grateful to be the recipient of this award, and says it’s an honor to be assisted financially in his final year of undergraduate study. He is truly appreciative, and hopes to learn much more in the coming year.

Kevin Ritenauer - Manhattan School of Music

Kevin Ritenauer is a sophomore percussionist at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Duncan Patton, timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera. Kevin is the recipient of the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship (2012 – 2013 and 2013 – 2014). Kevin has spent two summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp and was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra from 2009 – 2012. He also placed third at the Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition. He and his brothers, Sean and Kyle Ritenauer, have commissioned five works for percussion trio by composers in the New York Area.

A sophomore at MSM, Kevin grew up in Cleveland Ohio and studied with Marc Damoulakis, then percussionist for the Cleveland Orchestra. Marc, as well as his two older brothers, studied percussion at MSM - so you can say the school has been a common thread through many aspects of his life. When Kevin was 14 his passion and love for music grew immensely and he realized what he wanted to do with the rest of his life – two summers at Interlochen Arts Camp and three youth Orchestras in Cleveland helped him to realize how important music was in his life.

Kevin says his first year at MSM validated why he majored in Percussion. He felt pushed and worked hard, but in all the best ways possible. He is surrounded by great talent in the faculty as well as in the students who attend. His primary teachers are Duncan Patton, Chris Lamb, She-e Wu and Erik Charleston; teaches who he feels are doing an amazing job of setting him up for a great career as a percussionist.

Kevin would like to thank Zildjian for helping to make his dream a reality by allowing him the resources he needs to grow as a musician, and most importantly, as a person. He says it’s a great honor to receive the Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, and only motivates him to want to work harder to become the best musician he can be.

Arlo Shultis - University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Arlo grew up in Alton IL, surrounded by music. His parents both play French horn and his father plays piano in church. Arlo’s grandfather was a drummer in a Big Band, and started him out on drumset when he was only three years old, In elementary school, he joined the Fifth grade band and continued to play in school music programs throughout High School He began playing drumset at the Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church in fourth grade under the instruction of Kevin Kelley, with whom he took drumset lessons from for two years. Playing in Church, Arlo says, really influenced his passion for music, and helped him to develop skills that he uses in percussion. During High School, he also studied with Thomas Stubbs of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Stubbs inspired him to pursue a career as a professional Orchestral Percussionist. 

After auditioning for many schools, he chose to attend the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance for the diverse performing ensemble opportunities and excellent track record of professional performing musicians. He also chose Michigan for the incredible faculty of Percussion Professors. There, he has had the opportunity to work with Professor Joseph Gramley, Professor Jonathan Ovalle, Professor Kwasi Ampene and Ian Ding. Currently in his junior year, he is involved in many performing ensembles including the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Percussion Ensemble, Vencedores Samba Band, Men’s Glee Club and the Choral Arts Society. The level of musicianship his peers possess inspires and challenges Arlo to reach for greater goals. Over the past semester, he has had the opportunity to perform professionally with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony, giving him valuable playing experience and improving his ensemble awareness.

Arlo would like to express his sincere gratitude in receiving Zildjian’s generous scholarship, and will continue to put forward his best efforts in all of his studies at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Jason Lee Piers
University of North Texas

Dear Ms. Craigie Zildjian,

Thank you for your contribution to University of North Texas music scholarships. I am a recipient of the Avedis Zildjian Co. Percussion Scholarship, It is an honor to be selected for this scholarship. I would like to thank you for your generosity.

My name is Jason Piers, and I am from Rock Hill, South Carolina. I am pursuing the degree of Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas. The coordinator of percussion studies is Mark Ford. University of North Texas offers one of the finest music programs, and I am fortunate to attend such a prestigious College of Music. As a recipient of the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship last year, I performed in the orchestra as well as the African Percussion Ensemble and Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble. I was able to learn from many instructors including Christopher Deane and She-e Wu and maintained excellent grades in music courses and academic classes. This semester I will be studying with Mark Ford in preparation for my senior recital and taking drum set lessons with Michael Drake.

This scholarship has made attending the University of North Texas financially possible. When applying to college out of state, I often doubted that paying for college would be possible since my family had limited monetary resources. This scholarship has lessened the financial burden and has greatly impacted my future and academic experiences. My aspirations are to become a performing musician and instructor.

Your generous support of higher education and music students is both commendable and appreciated. I offer my sincerest thanks for your generosity through the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship. Thank you for your contribution to my education and future.


Jason Lee Piers

Ethan Ahmad - University of Southern California
2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship

Zildjian is pleased to announce that Ethan Ahmad from the University of Southern California is the winner of the 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship. Ethan is a student of Jim Babor. Ethan received a $5,000 tuition award, an expense free trip to the Zildjian factory and complimentary cymbals. Ethan visited the Zildjian Factory in early September, where he worked in the Orchestral Vault to select his prize with Keith Aleo, Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at Zildjian.

Congratulations also to our two runner up applicants - Wai Chi Tang from the Manhattan School of Music, a student of Duncan Patton, and Michael Jopling from Carnegie Mellon University, a student of Jeremy Branson. They both received a special complementary cymbal package picked out by our Cymbal Experts at the Zildjian factory.

The first round of competition was judged by James Campbell from the University of Kentucky. Ten finalists were chosen and their unmarked CD’s were sent to Cynthia Yeh, Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The other seven finalists were:
Sean Van Winkle, New England Conservatory, a student of Frank Epstein
Colin McCall, Eastman School of Music, a student of Michael Burritt
Alison Chorn, Cleveland State University, a student of Tom Freer
John Thomas III, Florida State University, a student of John Parks
Bryn Lutek, McGill University, a student of Aiyun Huang
Steven White, Northwestern University, a student of She-e Wu
Robert Oldroyd, Boston Conservatory, a student of Nancy Zeltsman