July 26: Juilliard Schools Presents Drew forde and friends

Known as “ThatViolaKid,” Forde is a fiery and passionate performer. He mentors musicians to pursue their passion and creates a community of positivity and self-improvement.

The evening will feature

  • Drew Forde, viola
  • Jocelyn Zhu, violin
  • Maria Im, violin
  • Mitchell Lyon, cello

Performance times: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt

Thursday Evenings, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
June 21-August 9, 2018

The popular summer performance series in Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.  All ages welcome. Cocktails and light fare for purchase.

$13 per performance online/$15 at door.
Children under five are free.
For ages 5–17, $7 tickets may be purchased at the garden entrance or museum admissions desk.
Held rain or shine. No refunds.

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt ticket holders may enter the museum starting at 5 p.m


About drew forde and friends

Drew Forde

Drew Alexander Forde gives his all to audiences. Hailing from The Juilliard School, Drew regularly performs throughout the United States. Described by NPR as “outgoing, nerdy, and unabashedly enthusiastic about classical music,” Drew connects with audiences in a way that leaves them wanting more. Forde performed his solo debut of the Forsyth Viola Concerto with the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic to critical acclaim.

Although Drew has a career as a soloist with a Spivey Hall debut under his belt, he is also an accomplished chamber musician. Having studied under Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Drew has performed with some of the industry’s leading performers including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Robert McDuffie, and Amy Schwartz-Moretti to name a few. Drew has even begun to delve into other genres as well. He has collaborated with the eccentric rapper Mac Miller alongside Ariana Grande, Cee Lo, and Kendrick Lamar on the album The Divine Feminine. Additionally, Forde is credited for performing the viola on the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XII remake.

Jocelyn Zhu

Jocelyn Zhu has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia, first appearing as a soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at age 8. At 16, she performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall after winning first prize at the International Piano and Strings Competition. She has performed for dignitaries and celebrities worldwide, including Beyoncé, Joe Biden, Clive Davis, John Legend, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Sting, Timberland, and Jay-Z, among others. She has worked closely with leading musicians of this generation, including Itzhak Perlman, David Finckel, Alan Gilbert, and Joseph Kalichstein.

Maria Im

Native New Yorker and violinist Maria Im is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she obtained her Master of Music (M.M., ’13) and Bachelor of Music (B.M., ’11) as a student of Masao Kawasaki. She has had the opportunity to perform under conducting greats including Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, and Alan Gilbert. Currently based in NYC, she has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. Maria’s passion for cross-genre and non-classical music has her frequently recording and performing in venues including Radio City Music Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Blue Note Jazz Club.

Mitchell Lyon

Cellist Mitchell Lyon approaches music making with a zest for harnessing the unique power of musical experience.  At home with audiences of all types, he has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to intimate house concerts.   In addition to work within the classical repertoire, Mr. Lyon enjoys exploring improvisation, folk music styles, and the potential of electronic amplification and looping.  A firm believer in the importance of arts outreach, Mr. Lyon works as a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Bonnie Hampton, and completed his Master of Music Degree at Juilliard under the tutelage of Timothy Eddy.

Mitch Lyon, Cello



Juilliard School performances are made possible by the generous support of Dinny and Lester Morse.