Featured Soloists

Henri Bouchard, violinist

1st Place Winner of the 2015 Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition

Henri Bouchard, age 16, a junior at Littleton High School, has been studying violin for 13 years and currently studies with Angel Hernandez.

Henri was selected as a concertmaster of the Boston Youth Symphony, the premier orchestra of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. He’s been a member of the BYSO since he was 8 years old and has been performing with the Boston Youth Symphony since he was 11 years old. Henri won the Boston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition 2014-2015 and will be performing as a soloist at Symphony Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this spring. Henri has won numerous competitions. He won the Seven Hills Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition 2015 and also was selected as a runner-up at New England Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition 2014.

He won first place three years consecutively at the Massachusetts Music Teacher Association Bay State Contests in 2011, 2012, 2013. He was selected as the alternate of the Massachusetts State Representative at the Music Teachers National Association Junior Performance State Competitions. He was also a winner of the New England String Ensemble Concerto Competition and the Young People’s Performing Arts Festival. At age 9, he won the Indian Hill Ensemble Concerto Competition, and at age 12, he won the Indian Hill Concerto Competition as the youngest winner ever for both competitions and performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of Indian Hill.

In addition to his orchestral experience with the BYS, Henri was also a first violinist of the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also selected for the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra 2014. He served as the second violin principal of the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra 2014 and qualified to be auditioned for the concertmaster of the All-State Orchestra 2015 this spring. Recently, he was selected as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and will be attending Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute this summer.

Henri has performed violin at many venues including Carnegie Hall where he performed as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival 2010 and 2011. He performed on the BYS England Concert Tour of 2010, and during the BYS Austria and Hungary Concert Tour of 2012, he performed at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Stephandom in Vienna, and the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest. Henri is looking forward to performing with the world-renowned pianist YUNDI under the baton of Charles Dutoit at Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium and seven cities in China and Hong Kong, the venues which include the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and Oriental Art Center in Shanghai in the NYO-USA Concert Tour 2015.

Outside of his violin study, Henri enjoys playing alto saxophone at LHS Jazz Band and working with his peers at Model United Nations club and National Honor Society. He is also a Go enthusiast.

Esther Pak, violinist

2nd Place Winner of the 2015 Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competition

Violinist Esther Pak is presently a 10th grade student at Westford Academy in Westford, MA. She is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she had been a member of the New England Conservatory Preperatory School's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. Esther has been studying violin since the age of five and, for the past eleven years, has studied privately with Fudeko Takashashi at the New England Conservatory Preperatory School.

Her awards include honorable mention at MTNA State Junior Strongs Competition (2011), first prize at the NEC Prep Concerto Competition for 14 and under category (2012), second place award at the Ellen Huff Powers Young Artist Competition (2013), Audience Favorite award at the MA-ASTA Solo competition (2014, first prize at the Roman Totenberg Young Strings Competition for 14-15 year old category (2014), second place prize at NEC Prep Concerto Competition for 16 and under category (2014), second place prize at the Lowell Philharmonic Jeanne Selander Memorial Concerto Competiion (2015) and first place prize at the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition (2015).

Esther attended the Killington Music Festival in the summer of 2013 on a full scholarship. In 2013 she participated in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra's tour of Argentina and will be participating in Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's tour of the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland this summer.