Jeffrey Thomas Award 2021 Recipients

The American Bach Soloists are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Jeffrey Thomas Award which is granted annually at the Artistic Director’s discretion to honor, recognize, and encourage exceptionally gifted emerging professionals in the field of Early Music who show extraordinary promise and accomplishment. 

Tomà Iliev

Tomà Iliev

"I feel truly honored and humbled by this recognition. In the past year (and before that as well!) playing with ABS has been a real blessing in my life, one of the things that kept me going! The recordings we did brought me so much joy and warmth and I am so grateful to Jeffrey Thomas and everybody at ABS for all that you do."

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YuEun Gemma Kim

YuEun Gemma Kim

"2020 was a difficult time for everyone but also it gave us a chance to break our boundaries. I believe we all learned something in a different way. I’m very honored to receive this award and looking forward to being on stage with ABS!"

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Rachell Ellen Wong

Rachell Ellen Wong

"I am extremely honored to be a recipient of the Jeffrey Thomas award! I am grateful to Jeffrey and the rest of ABS for the support that they have given me and other younger artists throughout the years, especially over the pandemic. Being able to come back to the Bay Area and make music with ABS last spring was such a good experience and I look forward to making more music with ABS in August!"

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