2008


Alexander Seredenko

TONG Xin




ALAMO
Ana Karina



25
VENEZUELA



Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Variations and fugue in E-flat major, "Eroica" Op.35
Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1

Concerto Competition:
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.23

Chamber Music:


School: "Accademia Pianistica Incontri Col Maestro" in Imola, Italy
Teacher: Anna Kravtchenko and Leonid Margarius.

An artist of exceptional sensitivity, the Venezuelan-born pianist Ana Karina Alamo has been acknowledged by critics and audiences for her ability to project a rare vulnerability and honesty on stage, while drawing upon her virtuosic abilities. Performing her first recital at the age of six for an audience of five hundred, Ms. Alamo gave her concerto debut at nine years old with the Jovenes Arcos Orchestra performing “Pequena Fantasía” (Little Fantasy), a work written for her by Alejandro Slobodianik. Shortly after, at the age of eleven, Ms. Alamo was invited to record the same work with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eduardo Marturet, and in 1997, in recognition of her contribution to the enhancement of her country, was awarded the "Jose Felix Ribas Prize” - highest honor given by the Family Minister of Venezuela to a young artist.

She has since appeared at some of the world's most prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall 's Weill Recital Hall ( New York ), Beethoven-Haus ( Bonn ) and Rios Reina at the Teresa Carreno Music Hall ( Venezuela ), with performances throughout Europe , South America and the United States.

A highly regarded soloist, Ms. Alamo has being invited to perform several times with "El Sistema" The Simon Bolivar Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, with the Maracaibo and New Amsterdam Symphony orchestras, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas . She has also appeared as soloist with an all-women orchestra from across Venezuela , celebrating International Women's Day. In 2006, in celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday, Ms. Alamo was an invited soloist with the Sinfonietta Baden, performing under the baton of Florian Krumpock in Vienna , Austria.

In the fall of 2007, Ms. Alamo appeared as the featured soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas under the direction of Alondra de la Parra. The tour included performances at world's leading halls such as Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX , The Bellas Artes in Mexico, among others, and culminated with a concert at the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ; a performance that was attended by the First Lady and was followed by a private reception at the White House where Ms. Alamo performed to the President in an informal setting.

Equally active as a recitalist, Ana Karina Alamo has being invited to the International Music Festival "El Hatillo," Beethoven Festival in Venezuela, International Music Festival in Germany that included a concert tour, Young Soloists Festival "Fundación Beracasa," Stowe Music Festival in Vermont and "Cycle of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas" at the Yamaha Hall in New York .

A sensitive chamber musician, Ms. Alamo has worked extensively in a two-piano duo setting and collaborated with the Caracas Contemporary Ballet.

Ms. Alamo is a prize winner of multiple national and international competitions, receiving top honors at the Harriet Serr National Competition; Moises Moleiro National Competition, winning the best interpretation of the Latin-American piece among all categories; Art Livre International Piano Competition in Brazil; The American Music Scholarship Association in Cincinnati; XIV International Piano Competition in Ibiza; Five Towns Music and Art Foundation in New York; Giovanni Pianisti International Piano Competition in Bologna; The Wideman Piano Competition in Denver; The Giulio Rospigliosi Piano Competition in Pistoia and the Amadeus Competition in Bari, winning also the "Shumann prize" for the best interpretation among all categories. In 2008 ana Karina won first prize at the 'Concorso di Esecuzione Musicale, Citta Piove di Sacco'. and third prize at the 'Concorso Rami Musicali'

An artist with strong humanitarian beliefs, Ana Karina has participated in benefit concerts for the Friends of Children with Cancer Foundation in Venezuela, the Senosalud Foundation, and for the Olympus Foundation of the Americas, an organization dedicated to providing help through music to youth with neurological problems and other physical conditions.

Ms. Alamo received her Piano Performance degree in 2000 from the "Escuela de Música Manuel López" in Venezuela under the guidance of Olga Lopez, with whom she continues to study when in Venezuela , and her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2005 from the Manhattan School of Music where she was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Ms. Alamo has also studied with Brigitte Engerer, and is currently studying at the "Accademia Pianistica Incontri Col Maestro" in Imola, Italy as a pupil of Anna Kravtchenko and Leonid Margarius.


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AL-HASSANI

Diana



24
GERMANY
Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op.111
Schubert: Moment musicals, D.780
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35 - Book 1

Concerto Competition:
Mozart: Concerto No.8 in C major (Lützow-Konzert), KV 246

Chamber Music:
Shostakovich:
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor , Op. 67

School: University of Dresden
Teacher: Winfried Apel and Matti Raekallio

Diana Al-Hassani was born in 1983 in Bagdad, Iraq. She immigrated with her parents to Germany in 1991. At the age of 9, Diana took her first piano lesson in the class of W. Treuheit in Fürth.

Passing the entrance examination at the age of 15, she began to study in the class of A. Gicquel at the Conservatoire of Nuremberg. In 2002, Diana transferred to the University of Dresden , where she is still taking lessons in the class of Prof. Apel. After she passed her Diploma with distinction in May 2005, Diana completed her graduate studies in 2007 in the class of Prof. Apel. Since 2007 she has been a student in the master classes of Prof. Apel in Dresden and Prof. Matti Raekallio in Hannover . Diana also took part in various international master courses, including courses with Prof. V. Margulis and Prof. K.-H. Kämmerling. She has given concerts in many European countries and in the USA , both in recital and as a soloist with different orchestras, such as the Orchestra of Youth in Nuremberg , the University Orchestra of Dresden, and the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Diana received diverse awards in different competitions, including the 200 Talent Award of the city of Fürth . Today, Diana is a scholarship recipient master student at the University of Dresden .



CHEN
Jiyang



21
CHINA

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.31 in A-flat major,Op.110
Schubert: Impromptu No.1 in C minor, D.899
Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

Concerto Competition:
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Chamber Music:


School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Barry Snyder

Jiyang Chen began his piano studies at the age of four.  He made his orchestral debut with the Ruby Mountain Symphony Orchestra at 17 and has performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Reno Chamber Orchestra. 

He currently studies with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music and is a recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship and the George Eastman Grant.  Prior to that, he studied with James Winn at the University of Nevada , Reno .   He has received master classes from André Watts, Jon Nakamatsu, and Malcolm Bilson, as well as chamber and collaborative coaching from Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Mikhail Kopelman, Oleh Krysa, Jean Barr, and members of the Ying Quartet.  



CHERNYCHKO
Regina



21
UKRAINE


Master Class Repertoire:
Mozart: Sonata in F major, KV 332
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 B-flat minor, Op.36

Concerto Competition:

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Chamber Music:
Dvorák: Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90 "Dumky"

School: University of Musik, Karlsruhe,Germany
Teacher:
O. Rissin-Morenova

Regina Chernychko was born on 18th May 1986 in Charkiw,( Ukraine ) and received her piano training in the Charkiw Special Intermediate Music School in Ukraine (1991–2003) and the University of Musik Karlsruhe in Germany (2003-2008).

She made her orchestral debut in 1993 with the Charkiw Philharmonic Orchestra at the Opera Theater in Charkiw,also played with the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Charkiw, Opera Symphony Orchestra in Charkiw, Charkiw Philharmonic Orchestra; Orckestra Sinfonika di Roma e del Lazio, Chamber orchestra in Karlsruhe, Holland Symphony Orchester,in 2008 November Tournee with Dirigent, Howard Griffiths and Animato Philarmonie. Mozarteum, Salzburg (Austria), Municipal Hall, Prague (Czech Republik), Philarmoie Hall, Bratislava, (Slovakia), Kozerthaus, Karlsuhe(Germany).

Regina took part in master classes with Sontraud Speidel, Michel Beroff, Eteri Andjaparidze, Jerome Rose, Elena Kuznezova, Mykola Suk, Alexander Braginsky and Mikhail Voskresensky.

She made several recordings on the Radio SWR and on the Charkiw Radio, signed contract 2008-2011 with Serate Musikali and Spazio Teatro 89 in Milano,(Italy).

Regina Chernychko is a prize winner of international competitions of F. Chopin in Göttingen, Germany, ''Virtuosi di Pianoforte'' in
Ustinad Labem, (Czech Republic); ''Chopin Prize'' in Rome,(Italy), '' Igumnov Competition'' in Lipezk, (Russia), '' Rome Competition'', in Rome,(Italy), a special prize by the Jury at the ''Stupen k Masterstvu'' in St. Petersburg, (Russia), winner and a special award at the ''Pinerolo Competition'' (Italy), winner of ''Dichler Competition'', Vienna,( Austria ), Finalista of ''A.M.A. Calabrien'', Lameziya, (Italy) and ''Citta di Sulmona'', (Italy), Third place and the Orchestra Prize at the ''Young Musicians'' in Enschede, ( Netherlands), in 2007 participated in Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium,(Bruessel), Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Awards, New York, (USA), in 2008 winner of Internationaler Wettbewerb für Klavier Animato Stiftung, Zuerich, (Switzerland) and at the 1.Concorso ''Pianistico Internazionale Spazio Teatro 89'', Milano, (Italy).



FANG
Siyi



20
CHINA

Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante
in E-flat major, Op.22

Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody
Scriabin: Sonata No.2 in G-sharp minor, Op.19 "Sonata Fantasy"

Concerto Competition:
Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A major

Chamber Music:



School: University of Michigan
Teacher: Logan Skelton

Born in 1987 in GuangZhou , China , SiYi Fang started the piano at the age of five. She entered the Attached High School of XingHai Music Conservatory in 2000, where she studied under the supervision of Si-ying Lee for five years, during which time she won second prize in the Kawaii Piano Competition of Southeast China. During high school, she began her study abroad in the US . She spent two years at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where her major teachers included Yoshikazu Nagai and T. J. Lymenstull. She received first prize in the 2006 MMTA Piano Concerto Competition and was selected as a winner of the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition. Upon graduation, she was awarded Interlochen's Young Artist Award. SiYi recently finished her first year of undergraduate study at the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Logan Skelton.

SiYi most recently performed at the University of Michigan in the Beethoven Sonata Obsession series, featuring the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. She has attended the Canton International Summer Music Academy in China and the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, where she performed Stravinky's Petrouchka with the EMF orchestra. In the summers of 2006 & 2007, Siyi also performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. In addition, she was broadcasted on National Public Radio in 2007. She has taken master classes and private lessons from Gary Graffman, Mack McCray, Ann Schein, Lori Sims, Harold Martina, Robert McDonald, Jerome Lowenthal, James Giles, Lang Lang, Eleanor Wong, Tamás Ungár, and Angela Cheng, among others. In her spare time, SiYi enjoys talking to friends, discussing philosophy, traveling, and cooking.  



FARKAS
Gábor



26
HUNGARY
Master Class Repertoire:
Chopin: Four Impromptus
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op.13 

Concerto Competition:
Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A major

Chamber Music:
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81


School: Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
Teacher: Kocsis Zoltán

If we only listed the names of the conductors Gábor Farkas, PhD student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest has worked with, that would be more than enough: Ádám Fischer, Zoltán Kocsis and Tamás Vásáry. Gábor started his music studies at the age of five, and already holds an MA degree in Piano Performance and Teaching. His special talent is appreciated internationally: in 1998, he was awarded with the first prize of the "National Piano Competition", Békés-Tarhos, Hungary; in 2000 he was the winner of the "Bartók Béla Piano Competition", Baden bei Wien; he was 3. prize on the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition in 2001, and in 2003 he received the first prize of the "Hungarian National Radio's Piano Competition". He is four hands and two pianos chamberpartner of Mr.Tamás Vásáry.

His uplifting performance enchanted the audience throughout Europe and the world: along the past years he performed in the concert halls of Budapest, Vienna, Baden bei Wien, Berlin, Stuttgart, Strassbourg, Florence, Paris, Calgary, Sakata, Yuza and Tokyo. He was invited to prestigious international festivals, such as the "Budapest Spring Festival", the "International Piano Forum", Berlin and the "Franz Liszt Festival" organized in the Castle of Gödöllo, Hungary. He extended his knowledge at the master courses of many of the most respected piano professors: György Nádor, Ferenc Rados, Péter Frankl, Rolf Dieter Arens, Jan Wijn, Brigitte Engerer and William Grant Nabore. In the past years, he received the scholarships "Pro Europe" and "Franz Liszt", in Budapest, and in 2001 he won the scholarship of the "European Cultural Foundation", Strassbourg




FARKOV
Vladimir



21
RUSSIA


Master Class Repertoire:
Schubert: Three Klavierstücke, D. 946
Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op.13 
Brahms: Sonata No.1 in C major, Op.1

Concerto Competition:
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1 B-flat minor, Op. 23

Chamber Music:
Dvorák: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op 87

School: Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Teacher:

Born on 26th May 1986 in Moscow , Vladimir Farkov received his piano training at the Academic Music College by Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1999–2003) and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2003-2008).

One of most promising Russian pianists of the young generation regularly appears on stages of most famous concert halls in Moscow : Great, Small, Rachmaninov Halls by Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Halls of Russian Culture Foundation. Took part in numerous concerts, festivals and tours of «New Names» international foundation and Vladimir Spivakov"s international foundation. In 2004 and in 2005 he demonstrated excellent musical sense in piano master classes of Alexis Weissenberg in Switzerland. On the strength of it Alexis Weissenberg invited him to play Eastern recital 2007 in Engelberg.

Vladimir was a Prize winner of the 7th «Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam» international piano competition in Poland (2007). He has performed in Russian Federation, Belgium, Ukraine, China Italy, Poland, France, Switzerland and records for the "Melody" Label.

"His feeling of musical phrase, technique and sound always impress, and show him as a very natural and interesting musician. Thanks to his faithfulness and love to his profession" - Nikolay Lugansky.




GLIXMAN
Berenika



24
ISRAEL

Master Class Repertoire:
Bach: Partita No.4 in D major, BWV 828
Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 330
Schumann: Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22


Concerto Competition:
Prokofiev: Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16

Chamber Music:
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major, Op.81

School: “Buchman-Mehta” School of Music at Tel-Aviv University
Teacher: Arie Vardi

One of Israel 's most promising young pianists, Berenika Glixman is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe

An award-winning pianist, Ms Glixman has received many national and international prizes in competitions across Europe including audience prize, best performance for Mozart's sonata and best performance for 21 st century piece. She has also won numerous prestigious awards and prizes in Israel.

Berenika has participated in International Festivals in Spain , Austria and Germany after which she was invited for debut concerts with the Michelstadt Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe such as the Bulgarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bucharest National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Turin Orchestra and the La Carunia Orchestra ( Spain ) where the performances were broadcasted on the Italian and the Spanish radio and television. She also has had several performances broadcasted on the Israeli radio, "Kol ha Musika".

Ms. Glixman has recently completed a project in which she performed a recital comprised entirely of the works of J.S Bach. She is also a recording artist for the Israeli label, Hed Artzi where she recorded the works of Israeli composer, Ami Maayani.

She has participated in many master classes under the guidance of great musicians and pianists such as Nikolai Petrof, John O'Connor, Jose Ribera, Nikolai Demidenko, Yefim Bronfman, Pnina Zalzman, Martino Tirimo, Daniel Barenboim and Alexander Korsantia, among many others. Ms. Glixman was born in Tiraspol , Moldova in 1984, immigrated to Israel with her family in 1991 and began her musical studies at the age of 10. Among her mentors are Ms. Lily Dorfman, Ms. Yanina Kudlik , Mr. Daniel Gortler and Prof. Tomer Lev, head of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Since 1997 Berenika has been a recipient of the America - Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. She is currently in her final year of her master's degree at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at the Tel-Aviv University , where she also holds her bachelor's degree with honors.

“The young Israeli pianist, Berenika Glixman, is attracting the attention of the Israeli audiences by winning great critical acclaim for her versatility, power and the unique sincerity of her playing”.("Ha Aretz")



HAN
Mudi

25
CHINA


Master Class Repertoire:
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D.760 - Op.15, "Der Wanderer"
Liszt: Après une lecture de Dante (Fantaisie quasi Sonate)
Brahms: Klavierstücke Op.119


Concerto Competition:
Brahms: Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15

Chamber Music:


School: Indiana University
Teacher: Andre De Groote

Considered a thoughtful pianist with a formidable technique by audiences and music professionals alike, Mudi Han always manages to bring new insights to often-played repertoire, with a virtuosity that never outshines musicality.

A native of China , he started playing piano at the age of 5. The local community soon discovered his talent, as he went on to win numerous local competitions. He made his orchestral debut at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at age 14. Two years later, he was sponsored by Dr. Solomon Mikowsky of MSM to study in the US . Soon after his arrival, as the First Prize winner of the L. B. Balakian Award presented by the Music Teacher's League of NYC, he made his solo New York debut at Steinway Hall, on his 17th birthday. In the subsequent years, he became a featured artist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in its Mozart's Birthday Bash concert, the highlight of the season. The newspaper praised his performance for its "clarity, beautifully delineated phrases and delicacy of touch' as 'the hallmarks of his Mozart playing." He also participated in the Aspen Music Festival with a full scholarship (2004), where his solo performance at the Wheeler Opera House of Aspen was broadcasted by KAJX (91.5, The Aspen Public Radio). In 2005, as by far the youngest participant, he won First Prize at the 11th Biennial International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition held in Memphis , Tennessee . In the summer of 2007, He participated in PianoTexas as one of the young artists.

Mudi Han was a full-scholarship student at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and pursued his MM at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he also served as an Associated Instructor of Piano. He will continue his study at TCU as an Artist Diploma candidate. His teachers include Wan Chen (Wuhan), Bigang Chen (Bejing), Yiqi Sheng (Shanghai), Solomon Mikowsky (MSM), Peter Takacs (Oberlin), Evelyne Brancart (Indiana), and Andre De Groote (Indiana). He also had private lessons and/or master classes with Zhaoyi Dan, Richard Goode, Yoheved Kaplinsky, John O'Conor, Russell Sherman, Paul Badura-Skoda, Melvyn Tan, Nelita True, Tamas Ungar, and Arie Vardi. Throughout his years in the US , he has been a recipient of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation Award (2001) from MSM, the Three Arts Scholarship (2003, 2004) from the Three Arts Club of Lakewood (OH), the A. J. Yockey Prize (The Premier Prize, 2004) from the Akron Tuesday Musical Club, and the Rislov Foundation Award (2005) from the Rislov Foundation.

Mudi Han also excels in academics. Besides having a bachelor degree in music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he also received an Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Oberlin College . His paper titled China 's Population Growth, Economic Growth, and Family-Planning Policies has been permanently archived in Oberlin College 's Mudd (main) library. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics. In his spare time, Mudi Han enjoys reading, collecting recordings, playing sports, and designing and hand-building audio components.



JIA
Oliver



19
SWEDEN

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Variations and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op.35
Liszt: Reminiscences de Don Juan
Rachmaninoff: Six Moments Musicaux, Op.16

Concerto Competition:
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op.16


Chamber Music:



School: Juilliard School
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Oliver Jia started his piano studies at the age of 6 and at the age of ten he was awarded first prize at the Hacienda Heights Winterfest Competition in California, USA. In the same year, he was accepted as the youngest student of the Professor and Chairman of Keyboard Instruments at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In 2001 Oliver Jia entered the Pre-college at The Juilliard School in Yew York. In the same year, he was admitted to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. On March 18, 2003, Oliver represented LaGuardia High School as piano soloist, and, accompanied by the New York Chamber Orchestra, gave his orchestral debut at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, New York . As a result, he became the youngest pianist to perform with an orchestra up to that time at Alice Tully Hall.

He was awarded first prizes in the following international piano competitions: The International Young Pianists Competition “Citta di Minerbio” in Bologna, Italy, June 2003, The Third International Young Pianists Competition “Citta di Ostra” in Senigallia, Italy, July 2003, and The LISMA International Music Competition at Long Island, New York, August 2005. On April 22, 2004, he returned to Alice Tully Hall to perform the Brahms F Minor Piano Quintet. The event was sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and was part of the society's concert for the winners of the Young Musicians' Chamber Music Competition. His recent performances also include numerous appearances playing at the Gracie Mansion Receptions hosted by the Mayor of New York City, Mr. Michael Bloomberg.

In May 2006, Oliver Jia graduated with top honors, from the Juilliard Pre-College Division. In the same year, he was accepted to the college division of The Juilliard School, under the studio of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky.



KANG
Hyo Jee



25
SOUTH KOREA

Master Class Repertoire:
Haydn: Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6
Brahms: Klavierstücke Op.119
Ravel: "Scarbo" from Gaspard de la nuit

Concerto Competition:
Chopin: Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op. 21

Chamber Music:


School: Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover
Teacher: Matti Raekallio

Kang Hyo Jee was born in Jeju Island, Korea, in 1982. She began her musical activity with piano, singing, and improvisation when she was 4 years old. To deepen her musicality, she went to Seoul, where she studied with her long-time principal teacher, Soo Jung Shin. She was an outstanding student in famous Arts schools and graduated with the 1st prize of all music students from Seoul Arts High School. She has won numerous prizes in national and international competitions and has given many solo recitals and concerts with orchestra as well.

Since 2003, she was a student at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany, where she studied piano, and composition as a double-major. For wider experience, she also attended festivals, such as Hamamatsu , Salzburg academies, Goslar Konzertarbeitswochen, and Tel-Hai master class, where she got prizes and scholarships. She has won prizes in many competitions, among them the Young Concert Artists Audition in New York, International Bellini Competition, and the Sato-dichler Competition in Vienna. Her permanent professor Matti Raekallio praises her as an “ unusual talented virtuoso and born performer, whose playing is borne out of a true contact with the music, having no limits of technical possibilities. ” She is now a student in Soloklasse (Konzertexamen) in Hannover . Her concert repertoire ranges from The Art of Fugue by Bach, to very contemporary music (included own premi è res) of Steve Reich and John Corigliano.



KASO
Syuzanna



20
UKRAINE
Master Class Repertoire:
Mozart Sonata in B-flat major, KV 333
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat major, D.960
de Falla: Fantasia Bética

Concerto Competition:
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1 B-flat minor, Op.23

Chamber Music:

Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op.47

School:
National Music Academy of Ukraine
Teacher: Valery Kozlov

Syuzanna Kaso was born in Ukraine and began her music education at the age of 6. Her first teachers were M.Volkovskaya and G.Dobrushkin at the Uzhgorod State Music School. She continued her studies at Kiev's Special Secondary Music Boarding School, studying under Professor Valery Kozlov, with whom, she continued her studies at the National Music Academy of Ukraine.She has had master classes with J. Ermin, V. Rudenko, V. Viardo, V. Krainev, A. Zatin B.Geotzke, and S.PerticaroliA.Schiff.Ms.

Kaso has taken part in numerous competitions, notably 1st prize at the “A. Zatin” International Piano Competition at Uzhgorod (Ukraine), and the Grand Prix at the “XXIst century hopes” International ChamberMusic Competition, in Vorzel, Ukraine.She has subsequently played recitals, concertos and chamber music throughout Europe, including appearances in Purcell Room in London, Petit Palau in Barcelona and Sala Sao Paolo in Brasil. She has some CD recordings, and was the subject of a documentary for the Hungarian TV Zemplen.



LIN
Lo-An



19
TAIWAN





Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Scriabin: Sonata No.2 in G-sharp minor, Op.19 "Sonata-Fantasy"

Concerto Competition:
Chopin: Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op. 11

Chamber Music:

Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op.26


School: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Yoshikazu Nagai

Lo-An Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan and started taking piano lessons at the age of five with En Wang. Since then, she has performed across the United States and abroad including recent recitals in Seoul National Arts Center of Korea, Taiwan's National Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., New York, Austin, San Francisco, Toronto, Canada, Australia, Vienna, in broadcast performances on WQXR FM (New York) and ABC Classics (Australian National Radio). Ms. Lin has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, the Glenn Gould School Orchestra in Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra under Maestro Gerard Schwarz. Upcoming engagements for the 2008-2009 season include solo recitals at Kawai Keyboard Series at Queensland Conservatorium, Australia, debut recitals in London, England as well as performances with the Queensland Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony.

Ms. Lin has been a top prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions including first prize at the 2007 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Australia in which she also won the Audience Prize, Concerto Prize, and Best Performance of an Australian Work, first prizes in the 2006 Music Teacher's National Association Senior Piano Competition, 2005 Vladimir Viardo International Piano Competition (Junior Division), 2001 YAMAHA National Piano Competition, and Hsing Tien Kong Award Prize in Taiwan. Other accolades include second prize at the 2008 Lennox International Young Artist Competition, second prize and Special Chopin Prize at the 58 th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in 2007 and silver medalist at the 2006 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition (Junior Division).

Ms. Lin is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree on a full scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she is a student of Yoshikazu Nagai. She has participated at the 2007 Bowdoin International Music Festival as a student of Arie Vardi, and has also spent three summers at the Eastern Music Festival and School. Ms. Lin has taken masterclasses with Peter Frankl, John Perry, Steven Hough, Robert Levin, Hung-Kuan Chen, Nelita True, Ruth Slenczynska, Susan Starr, Robert McDonald, Bruce Brubaker, Natalya Antonova, and Logan Skelton. In 2007 Lo-An was featured in the American Music Teacher Magazine in which she wrote an article for the Music Teacher's National Association's collaborative conference with the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations and Royal College of Music. She is an alumna of the Interlochen Arts Academy where she graduated with the Young Artist Award in Piano.


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LIU
Chen-Yun



24
TAIWAN
Master Class Repertoire:
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major Hob 16/52
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 B-flat minor, Op.36

Concerto Competition:
Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58

Chamber Music:



School:
Teacher:

Chen-Yun Liu was born and raised in Jang-Hua, Taiwan. She began her music studies with piano and flute at the age of five. In 2001, Chen-Yun was accepted as a student in National Taiwan Normal University, where the top music department of Taiwan is located. After receiving Bachelor's Degree from NTNU, she studied on scholarship at Cleveland Institute with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Many masters, including renowned pianists Dan Zhaoyi J. Y. Song, Ruth Slenczynsky, Francois Killian, and Pi-Hseng Chen, have coached Chen-Yun.

As a pianist, Chen-Yun has been awarded several prizes, including Ling-Der Wang Elite Pianist Prize, Ching Yi Broadcast Arts Prize, and Elite Student Prize in TCSSH. She has also placed a prizewinner at several national and international competitions, including the 2007 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto Competition, the 2004 Hsin-Tien Kong Piano Competition in Taipei, the 2003 Taipei Piano Competition, the 1999 Yamaha Piano Competition and the 1998 Jang-Hua Piano Competition.

In the summer of 2007, Chen-Yun was invited to Tongyeong International Music Festival where she was selected to perform in Tongyeong Arts Hall. Toward the end of 2007, she played Beethoven's Third Concerto with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. In addition to a solo pianist, she also appears as an accomplished chamber musician.



NAHKUR
Hando



25
ESTONIA

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.31in A-Flat Major Op.110
Liszt: Mephisto-Walzer No.1
Liszt: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major

Concerto Competition:

Liszt: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major

Chamber Music:


School: New England Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Gabriel Chodos

Hando Nahkur, born in Estonia, has distinguished himself as one of his country's most promising young artists. Mr. Nahkur has garnered top prizes in both national and international piano competitions, including first prize in the Estonian National Piano Competition, second prize in the Konzerteum International Piano Competition ( Greece ), third prize in the Citta di Treviso International Piano Competition ( Italy ), and a Golden Medal of Merit from Toronto. At age sixteen, he made his debut with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the youngest Estonian pianist ever to perform with the orchestra. He has also appeared with the Orchestra of the Estonian National Opera, the Bergslagen Symphoniker, the Yale Philharmonia and the St. Andrew's Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Nahkur has participated in numerous festivals and master class programs, including the International Holland Music Sessions in The Netherlands, "Piano 2006" in Estonia, the Festival Internacional de Piano Reynosa in Mexico, the Aspen Music Festival and School, TCU-Cliburn Piano Institute and PianoTexas Festival in the United States. In 2006 he was invited to give a lecture and performance at the University of Hartford where he presented a workshop on "Romanticism and the Arts .” Mr. Nahkur is also known as a pop music arranger. He has arranged many classical pop tunes for solo keyboard, including songs by Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Irving Berlin and many others.

Since 2003 Mr. Nahkur has lived in the United States of America . Mr. Nahkur holds a Bachelor's of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Gabriel Chodos and Master's of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Boris Berman. In the fall 2008 Hando will continue his studies at the Texas Christian University School of Music with Tamás Ungár. In Estonia Hando studied with Y. Sisa, E. Saar, T. Nahkur, A. Juozapenaite-Eesmaa, K. Mäeots, O. Ehala and A. Sööt .  

A frequent solo performer, Mr. Nahkur has performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in the Netherlands , the Theater of Markopoulo Mesogeas ( Attica, Greece ), Hannes Reimann Hall ( St. Moritz, Switzerland ), the Teatro Eden ( Treviso, Italy ). And outside of Europe, he has performed at the Casa de la Cultura de Reynosa ( Mexico ), George Weston Hall ( Toronto ), Harris Concert Hall ( Aspen ), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum , Jordan Hall ( Boston ) and Steinway Hall ( New York City ).



ORTH
Kyle Brandon



17
U.S.A.
Master Class Repertoire:
Haydn: Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI/32
Liszt: Etudes d'execution transcendante, No.4 'Mazeppa'
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petroushka

Concerto Competition:
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor, Op.16

Chamber Music:


School: High School
Teacher: Marcy McDonald

Born in 1990 in Fountain Valley , California , Kyle Orth began studying the piano at the age of 8. A junior in high school, his current piano teacher is Marcy McDonald of Dallas , Texas . He has also received coaching from Alex McDonald.

Since Mr. Orth's orchestral debut at the age of fifteen, he has soloed with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra. He has upcoming performance engagements with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the HSPVA Orchestra, the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Irving Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Orth has acquired over fifteen first-place wins in local, national, and international music competitions, including First Prize in 2006 & 2007 at Student Affiliate of the Texas Music Teacher's Association State Performance Contests, First Prize at the 2007 Lennox International Young Artist's Competition, Grand Prize at the 2008 TASO Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, and First Prize in the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra 2007 Young Artist Competition. He also received top prizes in the 2007 Kingsville International Young Performers Competitions and 2007 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition. Mr. Orth was recently named National First-Place Winner in the 2008 Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Competition.

Mr. Orth has performed for music groups such as the Pro Music of Dallas and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. His performance with the Plano Symphony Orchestra was broadcasted on WRR, Classical 101.1 in Dallas


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SEREDENKO
Alexander



20
CANADA
Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90 
Chopin: Four Scherzi
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit

Concerto Competition:
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1in B-flat minor, Op.23

Chamber Music:
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op.24

School: The Glenn Gould School in Toronto
Teacher: James Anagnoson.
Alexander Seredenko received his first piano lessons at the age of six from his parents. Shortly thereafter, he became a scholarship student at the Young Performers Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he completed his ARCT diploma at the age of fourteen.

He is currently pursuing his studies at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where he is a full scholarship student of James Anagnoson. His principal teachers included Valerie Trayon, Mark Widner, and Marietta Orlov. He has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Oksana Yablonskaya, Sergey Dorensky, Alan Walker, Mark Durant, Janine Fialkovska , John Perry, Sergey Babayan, Jon Kimura Parker, and John O'Connor. He has also studied in Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg , Yamaha Master Classes in New York City, and Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan.

Alexander has won top prizes in national and international piano competitions, including First Prize at the Thirteen Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in 2008, two Grand Prizes for Solo and Concerto Performance at the 2003 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Second Prize and Special Award for Solo Performance at the 2004 Corpus Christi International Piano and Strings Competition, and Second Prize and Special Award at the 2002 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition.

His has also received First Prize at the annual Canadian National Music Competition in 1998, 1999 and 2000, Third Prize at the Toronto Symphony Concerto Competition in 2000, and First Prize at the Cathedral Bluff Orchestra Concerto Competition, where he was subsequently invited to perform Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the Cathedral Bluff Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Rains. Alexander has also received First Prize at the 2005 Tom Thomas Solo Scholarship competition and in the 2007 Tom Thomas Concerto Competition. Alexander will perform the Third Piano Concerto by Rachmaninov with the RCM Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

Alexander performs regularly in Canada and abroad. Some of his solo recitals included a performance at the Great Romantic Festival, organized by the American Liszt Society, and a solo recital at the Canadian Chopin Festival in Toronto. Alexander made his CBC radio debut in 2001, after winning the network's Canadian-wide Up and Coming audition. In December 17, 2007, he recorded live for Toronto 's Classical 96.3 with Maestro Kerry Stratton, prior to his Virtuoso Masterworks solo recital at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.



STANLEY
Sebastian



23
ENGLAND

Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a 'Les Adieux'
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat major, D.960 
Liszt: Sonata in B minor

Concerto Competition:
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Chamber Music:

School: Royal College of Music, London
Teacher: Ruth Nye

Sebastian Stanley was born in Spain in 1984 but moved to England at the age of 4. Although acclaimed now for his sensitive and emotional performances, he did not start playing the piano until he was 13 and a half when he became fascinated with classical music. He has now completed 2 degrees at the Royal College of Music after being offered a full fee's scholarship to attend. These were his Bmus(Hons) in which he studied under Niel Immelman's guidance and his PGDip with Ruth Nye (pupil and close friend of Claudio Arrau) as his teacher.

As a recent finalist in the 2008 Royal Overseas League Competition Sebastian is establishing himself as a pianist of great promise. Other competition successes include winning the London Emanuel Trophy, the prize for the ‘Best performance of a work by a British composer' in the International Haverhill competition, and winning the Chappell Gold Medal (The highest award for piano) at the RCM in July 2006. In 2004 he was gold medal winner of the ‘International Louise Henriette Competition' in Oranienburg , Germany and has won numerous awards in many U.K festivals.

Sebastian has performed extensively around the U.K and Germany in venues including, ‘The Assembly Hall' in Worthing, Steinway Hall, St Martin in the Fields, and the JDP in Oxford. Recent engagements in the past year include over 20 recitals in the U.K alone. Past concerto engagements have included performances of the Liszt E flat concerto when he was 17 through to Mozart's Concerto's 20, 23 and 24 with various orchestras.

Sebastian has been lucky enough to be helped by many wonderful pianists around the U.K and on various courses, namely the Oxford Philomusica festival in which he has been invited back to in 2008 with a full scholarship. These artists include John Lill, Marios Papadopoulos, Ian Fountain, Stephen Kovacevich, Hans Palsson and Arthur Schnabel's pupil Claude Frank. He is also very grateful to the Concordia foundation for their help in his career.

After a performance at the RCM, Bryce Morrison the famous critic for the Times and Guardian papers said of Sebastian's Rachmaninov “The entire performance....was a touching and exhilarating success”.  John Lill, the world renowned concert pianist said of Sebastian's Beethoven “....exquisitely sensitive playing, deeply expressive”.



STEPANOVA
Liza



27
BELARUS

Master Class Repertoire:
Bach: Toccata in F-sharp Minor, BWV 910
Beethoven: Sonata No.16 in G Major,  Op.31 No.1
Hummel: Sonata in F-sharp Minor,  Op.81

Concerto Competition:

Chopin: Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11


Chamber Music:


School: Juilliard School
Teacher: Jerome Lowenthal

Praised by the distinguished German Süddeutsche Zeitung for her "Tastenzauberei" ("magic on the keys"), pianist Liza Stepanova debuted at the age of 11 on stage of the main Philharmonic Hall of her native Belarus . After moving to Germany in 1994, she has performed as a soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker at Philharmonic Hall in Berlin , at the Davos International Music Festival in Switzerland , and at the Berliner Begegnungen Festival under patronage of Claudio Abbado, as well as in various other venues in Germany , Austria , France , and Sweden . In 2004 she made her first U.S. appearance with a solo recital on the AmerKlavier series at the DePaul University in Chicago . Since settling in New York City in the fall of 2005, she has appeared in Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, and The National Arts Club. Ms. Stepanova has performed at the German Consulate General Auditorium and Goethe-Institute, participated in the ChamberFest and FOCUS! festivals and appeared live on WQXR, New York 's classical radio station. In December 2007, she made her debut as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under James DePreist in Lincoln Center 's Frederic P. Rose Hall.

Recently, Ms. Stepanova participated in a performance of the complete piano works by Mozart with two different recital programs and four piano concerti accompanied by the Mozart-Ensemble Berlin-Brandenburg on a tour in several German cities. In 2005 she premiered a new chamber arrangement of Chopin's complete works for piano and orchestra with the orchestra part performed by the Mozart Quartet Berlin . These projects culminated in a 15-concert tour in the summer of 2007, including performances at the Schlosskonzerte Festival in Salzburg , Austria and other concerts in Berlin , Hamburg , Bamberg and Muenchen, and earned her critical acclaim in the German and Austrian media. Two of the concerts were fully broadcast together with an interview on Hamburg 's Via Classica radio station.

Liza Stepanova earned her master of music degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School in New York city under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal and a bachelor of music degree from the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin , where she was a student of Georg Sava. In fall of 2007, Ms. Stepanova began the prestigious DMA program at Juilliard as a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow, studying with Seymour Lipkin and Jerome Lowenthal. In addition, she has been awarded a Teaching Fellowship in Juilliard's Piano Minor Department. Other landmarks of Ms. Stepanova musical training have been performances in master classes for Daniel Barenboim and Andras Schiff, and participations in the Sarasota Music Festival and the International Piano Academy in Murrhardt , Germany . An avid chamber musician, she recorded a CD with cellist Bong-Ihn Koh in Seoul , Korea in 2003. As a Lied accompanist, Ms. Stepanova studied with Wolfram Rieger in Berlin and was invited by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to perform in several of his masterclasses, such as the Hugo-Wolf-Tage Festival in Austria in 2004. For the summer of 2008, she has been chosen to participate in the International Program of the Music@Menlo Festival in California.

Ms. Stepanova is a top-prizewinner of the Steinway Piano Competition in Berlin and the All-German Jugend Musiziert competition series, where she won several first prizes for solo and chamber music including the Berlin “Klassikpreis”. She received the Haydn Prize at the 6th International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen , Germany , a special award at the Renate Schorler Piano Competition, and second place in Juilliard's 2007 Mozart Concerto Competition.



TONG
Xin

 

25
CHINA



Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3
Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op.13
Chopin: Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31

Concerto Competition:
Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26

Chamber Music:
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Matti Raekallio and Jerome Lowenthal

Pianist Xin Tong was honored by NY State in “Salute to the Arts” in 2001 and performed Bach's Goldberg Variations in the young artist program on New York's classical music radio station, WQXR. Mr. Tong took the first prize in Woodmere Music Competition in New York and the Nordman Piano Competition at the Juilliard School. He also won prizes in the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and Grace Welsh International Piano Competition in Chicago. He has worked with many prominent pianists such as Peter Serkin, Richard Goode, Arie Vardi, Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Frankl, Paul Schenly, and Yoheved Kaplinsky privately and in master classes. In chamber music, Mr. Tong has worked with members of the Guarneri Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Clarinetist David Krakauer. He attended Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Pianofest in East Hampton, and Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, all on full scholarship. He performed with the EMF orchestra after winning its concerto competition.

Born in Xiangtan of Hunan province, China, Xin Tong started playing the piano at age six. In 1994, he went to Shanghai to study with the renowned composer and pianist, Xiaosheng Zhao. At age sixteen, he came to the U.S. and attended the Pre-College of the Juilliard School of Music. There, he studied with Ms. Victoria Mushkatkol. He went on to attend Yale College on full scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science degree and an engineering prize upon graduation. Currently Mr. Tong is a scholarship Master of Music student at the Juilliard School in New York studying with Matti Raekallio and Jerome Lowenthal.



UENO
Azusa



24
U.S.A.
Master Class Repertoire:
Schubert: Sonata in C minor, D. 958
Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Concerto Competition:
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Chamber Music:


School: Manhattan School of Music
Teacher: Zenon Fishbein

Azusa Ueno, born in Tokyo, Japan, started her piano studies at the age of 6 with Evanira Birdman. At age 12, she was accepted into New York City 's Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she studied with the late Richard Fabre and Herbert Stessin as a scholarship student. Upon graduating from Pre-College, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Yale University , majoring in Social Psychology while still continuing her piano studies under Mr. Stessin and Dr. Melvin Chen. In 2007, she was accepted into the Masters Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where she currently studies with Zenon Fishbein.

Azusa has been a recipient of numerous awards, including first prize in the Hartford Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Juilliard Pre-College Gina Bachauer Scholarship Competition, and Honorable Mention in the NFAA/ARTS program. This March, she was invited to participate in a workshop with famed Bach specialist Anthony Newman.

As a performer, Azusa attended Aspen Music Festival and School in 2000 and 2002 as a recipient of the Surdna Scholarship, studying with Mr. Stessin and performing in his master class there in 2000. She has given solo performances at Steinway Hall in New York City , Yale University 's Louis Sudler Hall, the Juilliard School 's Paul Hall, and Greenfield Hall at the Manhattan School of Music. She was soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2001 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford , Connecticut . She made her international debut in Nagasaki , Japan as guest soloist with the Nagasaki University Orchestra, where she performed in Brick Hall, the city's largest concert hall, in 2005.



WANG
Yingying



17
CHINA
Master Class Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a "Les Adieux"
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
Debussy: I'isle Joyeuse

Concerto Competition:
Chopin: Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op. 21

Chamber Music:

School: The Middle School Attached to the
               Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

Teacher: Zhang Jin

Wang Yingying was born in 1990 in Shandong Province . She began her piano studies at the age of seven. Her musical talent was noticed by her preliminary teacher Tangyi. After two years of studies, she attend the 5th "Taipingyang Cup" competition in Shandong and won the first prize.

In 2000, she went to Beijing and learned from Professor Zhang Jin, who is the chief of the piano department in the Central Conservatory of Music's middle school. Under the tutelage of Professor Zhang, she entered the Central Conservatory of Music's middle school and placed third in the entrance audition.

In 2001, she won two golden prizes at the 4th Mido International Piano Competition in France and was highly praised by the chairman of the committee, Zhou Qin Ling. In 2002, she won 3th prize at the 9th Xinghai Cup International Competition in Beijing . Now she is in Senior Grade Two and has received numerous scholarships in school.



WU
Hui



20
CHINA

Master Class Repertoire:
Mozart: Sonata in E-flat major, KV 282
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op.49
Skriabin: Sonata No.5, Op.53

Concerto Competition:
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op. 26

Chamber Music:
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47

School: The Juilliard School        
Teacher: Jerome Lowenthal

Hailed as a new "national rising star" by the China Musical Weekly, twenty-year- old pianist Hui Wu has captured first prize at competitions and has performed throughout the United States, Germany and her homeland China. Most recently honor the first prize in the Kosciusko Chopin Competition and she was the only solo pianist invited to perform as part of the 50th Anniversary of the XingHai Conservatory. She was also selected to participate in the elite 2008'ChamberFest at the Juilliard School.

Born in 1987, Hui Wu's extraordinary musical talent was discovered when she began to play the piano at age four. By the time she was 13, she had given recitals with Chopin's 12 Etudes and Liszt's Rhapsodies in the Guangdong Concert Hall. Hui was accepted by the world-famous Central Conservatory in Beijing, but elected to attend the Juilliard school with full scholarship instead in 2006. Among her many awards, Hui captured the first-prizes of the 2nd Murray Dranoff International Artists Two Pianos Competition in Miami, the 65th Steinway International Piano Competition and The 8th Ettlingen International Competition For Young Pianists in Germany. She also won major prizes in China: First Prize of the 2004 10th National Piano Competition (professional Group) in Beijing Second Prize of the 2004 2nd National Youth Piano Competition of GulangYu International Piano Art Festival; Second Prize of the 2004 Golden Clock Piano Competition in China. Hui Wu was a sololist with the Xia'men Symphony Orchestra in October, 2003 by Conductor Zheng, XiaoYing.

A former student of Ukrainian pianist Gelina Popova at the XingHai Conservatory in Guang Zhou, Wu is currently continuing her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School as a student of Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard, she is the recipient of five extraordinary scholarships: the Joseph Fideman Scholarship, the Stanley Lasdon Scholarship, the Peter J. Sharp Scholarship, the L&G Goldberg Scholarship, and the Susan W. Rose Scholarship.



ZHAO
Wanting



17
CHINA

Master Class Repertoire:
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI /52
Ravel:  "Scarbo" from Gaspard de la nuit
Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme by Corelli,  Op.42


Concerto Competition:
Beethoven: Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

Chamber Music:


School: The Middle School Attached to the
               Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

Teacher: Zhang Jin

Wanting Zhao born in Shenyang and began her piano learning since four years old ,studying with professor Zhang Dongsheng, Li Qing and Petrov from Russia. At the beginning of 2005,she experienced strict training course that was given by professor Zhang Jin , In 2006,she went into the middle school attach to China Central Conservatory of Music directly because of her excellent performance at the entrance exam as the first place.
In 2004,She got the second place at the tenth “Xing Hai” cup China National Piano Competition (Amateur Group) and in 2005, she was awarded the second place at the First “Cadenza ”cup China National piano Competition (Amateur Group). In 2006, she got the sixth place at the “Oberlin” International piano Competition, the second place at the Mozart piano Works Competition for Chinese Musician (professional group), the first place at the eleventh “Xing Hai” cup China National piano Competition (Professional Group), and the first place at the 14th Hong Kong-Asia Piano open Competition ( Beijing site). In 2007, she received the first place (Beethoven Sonata class) and third place (Open Class) at the 14th Hong Kong -Asia Piano Open Competition (Final Round), the first place at the Second “KAWAI” China Nation Piano Competition ( Beijing side), the fifth place at the Second “KAWAI” China National Piano Competition (Find Round) and the second prize in the 2nd “Cadenza” Cup China National Piano Competition (Professional Senior Group).

In July 2007, she had performanced “The Yellow River” Piano Concerto with Chinese Junior Symphony Orchestra.

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