We are the youth quartet group from San Diego Youth Symphony & Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra! We want to use music to promote childhood cancer awareness and inspire the change for children with cancer!
David (cellist), Maya (violinist), Nathan (violinist & pianist), Max (violinist) & Lucas (violinist)
David Xu is 12 years old and plays cello at the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. Inspired by his brother
Joey’s love of music, David started cello lessons at the age of 7. He won first place (strings category 1) in the
San Diego Young Protégé Music Competition in 2019.
Lucas Kang is 12 years old and has been learning to play the violin for five years and is excited to be part
of the string ensemble with his MMYO friends, performing for good causes at various venues. In his
pastime, Lucas loves to cook and play with his furry friend GingGing.
Max Ioana is 11 years old and has been learning violin for 5 years. In addition to the violin, he likes
basketball, math and games!
Maya Brisard is an 11 year old violinist from Solana Beach. She started playing the violin at age 5 after
attending a few family concerts with the San Diego Symphony and falling in love with the instrument. She
joined the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra at age of 6 in their Suzuki Strings program. She has since played
and served as Concertmaster also in Beginning Strings ensemble and this year she serves as Concertmaster
in the Intermediate Strings Ensemble. She has won First Prize in the MMYO Solo Competition three times –
in 2019, 2020 and 2022. In April 2023 she won Third Prize in the state VOCE Competition. She has
attended masterclasses with Midori and David Chan, CM of New York Opera. Other that violin, she loves to
read, swim, hike, travel and spend time at the beach with family and friends. She’s also a Girl Scout.
Nathan Teng is 10 years old and started learning the violin in 2020 during the lockdown. He enjoys
playing with friends at Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and Solana Beach School District Advanced Band,
where he plays the oboe and clarinet. He also loves playing the piano as it allows him to sit. Besides music,
Nathan loves origami, magic and yo-yo tricks, and playing video games. His dream is to become a musician.
Fundraising concert at La Jolla Library on April 8th, 2023
Florida String Quartet
Since April 2015, Joey’s four friends in the Alachua County Youth Orchestra has been playing music in downtown artwalk, farmers market, grocery store, etc. to fundraise for childhood cancer research.
Aidan is 17 years old. He received a scholarship to attend the Gator Chamber Music Institute at UF this summer 2018. He won 2nd place at State Competition 2017 for Cello Solo Intermediate II. Kieran is 15 years old. He also received a scholarship to attend the Gator Chamber Music Institute at UF this summer 2018. Lucas is 14 years old. He plays the first violin at ACYO. He won the first place at State Competition 2017 for Violin & Viola Duet Difficult I. He received a scholarship to attend the Gator Chamber Music Institute at UF in 2017. Quinn is 13 years old, Quinn received a scholarship to attend the Gator Chamber Music Institute at UF this summer 2018.
The Quartet won 1st place at state competition TWO years in a row 2017 and 2018, medium I and medium II.
They are Joey’s Wings String Quartet.