Astral Artists Names New Winners

Astral Artists has announced new arrivals to its roster. The five musicians, plus one string quartet, will be showing up on Astral's programs, and will receive other career assistance from the Philadelphia-based group.

The newbies are:

Flutist Julietta Curenton, 28, trained at the Juilliard School and the Royal Northern College of Music of Manchester, England.

Pianist Sara Daneshpour, 22, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Second Prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition.

Flutist Angel Hsiao, 25, a graduate of the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels and now a doctoral candidate at SUNY Stony Brook.

The Jasper String Quartet, winner of the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music.

Pianist Andrea Lam, 28, graduate of the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music and a semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition.

Violinist Kristen Lee, 23, a master's student at Juilliard.