Soonyoung James Kwon, 13, is an 8th grader in the gifted and talented program at Wasatch Jr. High School in Salt Lake City. He is a full scholarship student at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City. Soonyoung started his violin training at the age of six with Wan Liu and currently studies under Dr. Elizabeth Wallace. He was selected to perform on the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Honors Recital and he played in the 2015 Youth Guild Recital. Soonyoung also won the 56th Salute to Youth competition and was able to play with the Utah symphony in 2015. Soonyoung was awarded top prize at the 2012 State Science Fair and got Academic Awards in his whole elementary career. He enjoys math and science at school and he is an avid reader. In his spare time, he likes to swim, ski, and play video games.