Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI/50 (Movement I) Joseph Haydn
L'Isle joyeuse Claude Debussy
Olivia Sham – (Australia) Age 19
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia
Fairy-Tales (Two Skazki), Op.20 Nikolai Medtner
Ita Wang – (Taiwan ) Age 26
University of Minnesota, U.S.A.
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 871 Johann Sebastian Bach
Ricercare and Toccata from “The Old Maid and the Thief” Gian Carlo Menotti
Charlie Albright – ( U.S.A.) Age 15
Centralia High School, Washington
Etude in A minor, Op.25 No.11 “Winter Wind” Frédéric Chopin
Etude d'exécution Transcendante No.9 “Ricordanza” Franz Liszt
Hye-Jin Kim – (Korea ) Age 16
Seoul Art High School, Korea
“El Puerto” & “El Corpus Christi en Sevilla” from Iberia Book I Isaac Albéniz
Tommaso Cogato – (Italy ) Age 23
Southern Methodist University, Texas, U.S.A.
Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op.83 (Movement I) Sergei Prokofiev
Yoonjung Han – (Korea ) 19
The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Olivia Sham won the Werner Baer Memorial Award from the Federated Music Clubs of Australia in 2001. In 2002, she won the Outstanding Performer Award and the Orchestra's Choice Award in the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto competition. In 2003, she was a National Finalist in the 6th Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition, and 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. Earlier this year, she was awarded a scholarship from the Big Brother Movement to study in Britain for two months.
Born in Taiwan, Ita Wang had his first piano lesson at the age of ten. He earned his bachelor's degree from National Taiwan Normal University,where he studied with Lina Yeh, and Master's Degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Boris Slutsky. His awards include second prize at 2004 Elinor Bell Piano Competition, Rosenberg and Hutchinson Scholarships. He is currently a first -year DMA student at the School of Music, University of Minnesota, where he studies with Professor Alexander Braginsky.
Since 1996 Charlie Albright has been selected four times as an Olympia Chapter representative to the Washington State Music Teachers Convention. The fall of 2000 he won trophies in the Central Washington University Sonatina/Sonata Festival and the Olympia Chapter Concerto Festival. Charlie has been awarded a scholarship from the Beaux Arts Society in Portland. He was a guest soloist with the Capitol Area Youth Symphony in May, 2001. He was a prizewinner in the Northwest Chopin Festival in 2003. In November 2003, Washington State Music Teacher Association selected him top pianist in the states 2003 Senior Piano Division.
Started studying the piano since the age of 6, Hye-Jin Kim has won many awards for a variety of competitions such as Em-yeon, Munhwa llbo Teenager contests in Korea. In 2000, she entered the most prestigeous art and music middle school in Korea. She performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In summer, 2003, and took lessons from highly renowned pianists like Xu zung and José Feghali at Shanghai Music Festival. Currently, she is charting the future direction of her life and considering studying abroad. She is making her utmost efforts to become a professional and renowned pianist based on her talent and hard work.
With his great musicality and expressive skills, Tommaso Cogato stands out during national and international competitions. He was awarded first prize at Igor Stravinskij National Music Competition in Bari (2001) and at “Pietro Argento” National Music Contest in Gioia del Colle (2002); and special prize for the best Beethoven performance at “Camillo Togni” International Piano Contest (2002). He has given concerts in Italy and in France. Recently, he appeared in Santa Fiora International Festival, Vicenza Friends of Music, “Giovanni Paisiello” Association in Lucera and Chamber players Academy in Bari, Siena and Arezzo University.
Yoonjung Han has won first prize in numerous competitions including the Korea National competition. Since her arrival to the USA, her successful achievements in international competitions including MTNA Competition, Missouri Southern piano competition, and Ishikawa award in Japan. Also she was selected as winner of the Young Artist audition of Seoul Philharmonic, Kumho cultural Foundation and Pottstown Symphony Orchestra and performed with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Yewon Chamber Orchestra. Recently, she was honored with an award from Korean Minister of Culture for the Most Promising Young Artist.