Young Artisits Concerts 2004 TCU/Cliburn Chinese Version 2004 TCU/Cliburn Japanese Version



Roger Luo

Roger Luo
is a native of Chengdu, China, where he began to play the piano at the age of three-and-a-half at the Sichuan Conservatory. Since the age of five, Roger has performed frequently in public and on television. He has recorded professionally and was honored to appear on an elite New Year's television program. In China, he was the winner of several prestigious competitions including first place in the Third Young Artist Piano Competition in Chengdu, held every five years. In 1994, he had the distinction of being named one of the “Top Ten Children” in the city of Chengdu.

Roger came to the United States with his family in 1996 and has continued to win competitions and awards. He won The Kawai Piano Auditions and was chosen Convention Recitalist in 1997 by the Georgia Music Teachers Association for their state convention. That year Roger was one of the winners in the Georgia Reflections Music Composition Competition sponsored by the Georgia PTSA with his piece “Spring Waltz”. Twice he was the first place winner of the AJCC Young Musicians Competition and twice he was the winner in Georgia of the Baldwin Junior High Piano Competition. In 1999, the Atlanta Steinway Society presented Roger with its Prodigy Award.

As the winner in both 1999 and 2000 of the Young Artist Competition, Roger appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2000, Roger won a scholarship and attended Boston University's Tanglewood Institute Music Festival. In 2001, Roger was a winner of Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition. In the summer of 2001 and 2002, Roger was invited by internationally acclaimed pianist Anthony di Bonaventura, chairman and professor of piano at Boston University, to attend summer camp at the Piano Institute at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. In March of 2002, Roger won first place at the Blount Young Artist Concerto Competition in Montgomery, Alabama, which earned him the appearance with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2002, Roger was invited to play on “From the Top”, a national radio showcase for young artists, in January of 2003. In November of 2002 and 2003, Roger also won first place at the 6 th Annual Margaret Guthman Piano Competition in the Georgia Tech.

Recently, Roger was honored to accept an invitation to perform for former President Jimmy Carter.

Aside from his life in music, Roger is an artist whose artwork won a National Scholastic Art Exhibition Award in 1999. His sculpture has been exhibited in Atlanta, New York, and Washington D.C.

Roger is currently a scholarship student of Ms. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School in New York.


Olivia Sham

Olivia is nineteen years of age and is in her second year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying for a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in performance, with a scholarship from Sydney University. She started playing the piano at the age of five, and commenced the Suzuki Piano Program aged eight, studying first with Christine Collins, then with Sheila Warby.
Olivia finished her secondary school studies in 2002 at Pymble Ladies' College and topped the state in two subjects, including HSC Music 2. She was also awarded the Premier's Award and the Australian Students' Prize that year. Olivia was also selected to perform in the Encore Concert, a selection of performances and compositions by outstanding HSC music students, held in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall in 2003.

In 1997, Olivia was awarded the UMT Roger Woodward Scholarship, and in 2001, won the Werner Baer Memorial Award from the Federated Music Clubs of Australia. She also attained her L.Mus.A in 2001. In 2002, Olivia won the Outstanding Performer Award and the Orchestra's Choice Award in the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto competition. She was also awarded a Special Prize in the finals of the 2MBS-FM Young Performer Awards.

In 2003 , Olivia was a National Finalist in the 6th Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition, and also won the Kawai Open Piano Award in the McDonald's Performing Arts Challenge. She was the winner of the Keyboard Finals for Symphony Australia's Young Performer of the Year in which she played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rumon Gamba, and performed in the Grand Finals with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Markus Stenz. Olivia was also awarded a scholarship from the Big Brother Movement last year which allowed her to study in Britain for two months earlier this year.

Olivia is currently studying with Elizabeth Powell.


Lei Weng

Lei Weng was born in Tianjin, China. He earned his bachelor's degree of music from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, under the direction of Professor Zhou GuangRen and Guo ZhiHong. Weng received his Master's degree of music from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, studied with Dr. William Black. Weng is currently pursuing a doctorate under the tutelage of Mr. Frank Weinstock at the Cincinnati Conservatory.
Weng began piano studies when he was seven and was already performing just a year later. Between the age of 12 and 16, he received several major prizes in China: the Tianjin Youth Piano Competition (1st prize), the Chinese Major Cities Youth Piano Competition (1st prize), the First China National Piano Competition (4th prize), and the Honor Reward issued by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. By age 18, he had performed and given recitals throughout China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Tianjin, Shenyang, SiChuan and etc. He has performed with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, and the Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra.

Since Weng's arrival in the United States in 1999, he has won several major national and international competitions, including top prize of the Isabel Scionti International Piano Solo Competition, 3rd prize in the Piano Concerto Competition of the Kingsville International Competition (2001, Texas), 1st prize in the Camerata Piano Competition (2002, Indiana); the Silver Medal of the Wideman Piano Competition (2002, Louisiana), 1st prize of the Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Competition (2002, Ohio); and prize winner of the Grace Welsh International Piano Competition (Chicago, Illinois).

His concert appearances have taken place all over the US, including the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, American Classical Music Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Indiana University in Bloomington, Aronoff center in Cincinnati, , Shreveport Civic Theatre in Louisiana. Concerto performance with orchestra includes the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Dennis Simons, the Camerata Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Steven Smith. His personal interview was featured in the NPR News in February 2003. Radio and television broadcasts included live concerto concert at KDAQ/89.9 FM in Louisiana, WFIU/103.7 FM in Indiana, and Television Channel 3 in Bloomington. Vital Sound company released his CD recording of Brahms violin and piano sonatas on February.

Mr. Weng has had the privilege of working with some of the most distinguished international renowned teachers, performing pianists, and instrumentalists including and Jerome Lowenthal, Claude Frank, James Tocco, Cho-Liang Lin, Solomon Mikovsky, and Diane Andersen.

This season, his engagement concerts include solo recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC; the all three Brahms piano and violin sonatas concert at Wyoming Fine Art Center; recitals in Cincinnati, Oxford, and Xavier University.


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