2009 Young Artists Participants

Yuri Bakker

Qian Chen

Sean Yow Chen

Longjie Roger

Sara Doan



Nozomi Iwai

Fantee Jones

KIM Sun Min


Jiri Levicek

Steven Lin


Lin Yuebing

Marcin Parys

Yuxi Qin

Beatrice Rana

Yu-Chien Shih


Hui Wu

Ti Xin

Cheng Zhang

Wanting Zhao

Jessica Zhu








The Netherlands

School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Matti Raekallio

Master Class Repertoire:                                                          Concerto:
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op.23                           Mozart: Concerto No.15 in B-flat major, KV 450
Beethoven:Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" 

Born in Rotterdam on October 10, 1991, Yuri Bakker began playing the piano at the age of four. He studied with Sonja Zalm and Ton Hartsuiker and since 2005 he follows regular masterclasses with Jean-Bernard Pommier and Jan Wijn. In 2005 and 2006, Yuri participated in summer courses of Musikè in Durham, England, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Yuri won various prizes in 2004, 2005, and 2007 at the Prinses Christina Concours and the Interprovincial and National SJMN competitions in the Netherlands. At the 2004 Prinses Christina Jazz Concours, Yuri and his jazz trio received an honorary mention. In March 2007, Yuri won the first prize in the age Category A at the Young Pianist Foundation national finals in Amsterdam. From 2007-08, he studied with Julian Martin in the Pre-College Division at the Juilliard School. Yuri is currently in his first year of the Bachelor of Music program at the Juilliard School, studying with Matti Raekallio.


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Rice University
Robert Roux

Master Class Repertoire:                                                             Concerto:
Beethoven: Sonata in A major, Op.2 No.2                                  Macdowell: Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.23
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C-sharp minor


Qian Chen first began his piano study at the age of 5 with his mother, Lili Zhang, who taught at the Conservatory of Tianjin, China . After traveling around Kazasktan, Wabakastan, and Tajikistan, Qian moved to the United States in 1999 and decided to quite piano. After a 2 year haitus, he restarted his keyboard studies but carried his education in a precarious matter. Quiting number times, Qian thought he lost his passion for music all-together. However, after watching Yundi Li perform the Rigoletto Paraphrase in 2007, Qian regained his fervor for music and gained acceptance to Oberlin Conservatory, USC, UCLA , Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, and now studies at the Shepherd school of music in Rice University with Dr. Roux. 
A winner of numerous competitions, Qian exhibited himself as a promising artist that "brings life into his playing."
Besides piano, Qian is double majoring in Mathematical economics and enjoys surfing, snowboarding, eating, sleeping, and paintballing.


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Sean Yow




School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Jerome Lowenthal

Master Class Repertoire:                                                      Concerto:
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit                                                       Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58

Sean Chen, 20, is a junior at The Juilliard School. He is currently studying with Jerome Lowenthal after studying with Edward Francis since age eight. Throughout his career, Sean has had the opportunity to play with several orchestras - most recently the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the New West Symphony and the Ginastera Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Juilliard Orchestra. In February of 2008, Mr. Chen performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with violinist Lindsay Deutsch, cellist Andrew Janss, and the New West Symphony. In the summer of 2006, Mr. Chen played the Brahms Second Piano Concerto in the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic's Brahms Project. The previous two years, Mr. Chen played the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto, the Prokofieff Third Piano Concerto, and the Chopin First Piano Concerto with the TO Phil. Mr. Chen has also soloed with the New West Symphony, once in 2002 playing the first movement of the Ravel Concerto in G, and then again in 2005 playing the third movement of the Chopin First Piano Concerto.

His numerous awards include 1st place in the Juilliard Concerto Competition for the Ginastera Piano Concerto no. 1, 1st Place at the Glenn Miller Scholarship competition in Clarinda, Iowa, laureate at the 2006 California Young Artist International Competition, the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival Kawai Scholarship Prize, the state-wide 2006 California Emerging Young Artist Awards, grand prize of the 2005 LA Music Center's Spotlight Awards in Classical Music Instrumental, second place in the 2004 LA Philharmonic's Bronislaw Kaper Competition, Grand Prize in the 2004 Glendale Solo Piano Competition, and the first prize at the 2003 University of Pacific California High School Piano Competition. In 2003, his Piano Trio won first place in the Senior Ensemble Category of the MTAC VOCE Competition. He received a Level I scholarship in the 2006 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts ARTS Week and was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2006 Presidential Scholar.

Mr. Chen has also participated in many major world-renown competitions, including the 2005 National Chopin Competition in Miami, the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the International Jose Iturbi Competition in Los Angeles, and the Sydney International Piano Competition

Mr. Chen was featured in the From the Top radio show in 2006. His many scholarships include four consecutive years of scholarships from the United Stated Chopin Foundation, Young Musicians Foundation scholarships, and Leni Fe Bland Foundation scholarship. He has also participated in the various music programs such as the Banff Music Festival, Aspen Summer Music Festival, Oberlin Summer Music Festival, and Colburn Honors Piano Seminar.

Mr. Chen has been playing concerts throughout California and in New York. This past October he recorded a Stravinsky transcription with an orchestra under the baton of Robert Craft. April of 2008, he played in the Gotham City Orchestra presenting Stravinsky's Sacred Works. In January, Mr. Chen played two recitals under the auspices of the National Chopin Foundation in Miami. Last summer, Mr. Chen was featured as a guest artist for the Rising Stars Recital at the Ventura Music Festival. Mr. Chen has also been performing regular for Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California at various locations such as Chapman University, Thousand Oaks, Pasadena City College and the Fresno City College. Mr. Chen regularly plays in the Piano Forum Seminars and Piano Performance Classes at Juilliard. He has also been working with composers to perform new music, including Michael Gilbertson's Three Preludes, and Niccolo Athens's Piano Sonata in One Movement.

Though solo repertoire is a big part of Mr. Chen's musical repertoire, he is also involved in chamber music in school. He has explored the repertoire of chamber music with violin, cello, and other ensembles. He has also collaborated with other pianists in two-piano repertoire. He also enjoys accompanying instrumentalists throughout the school year.


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Longjie Roger




School: Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Teacher: Natasha Vlassenko

Master Class Repertoire:                                                     Concerto:
Mozart: Sonata in D Major, KV. 311                                      Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23

Debussy: Images, Book 1


Roger was born in China and has been taking piano lessons since the age of 4; he was tutored by various professors at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music until 2001 when he was offered a scholarship to study music in Australia.
Since 2003, Roger has been a student under the Senior Lecturer in piano performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University- Ms. Natasha Vlassenko. He commenced the Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatorium in 2005. Roger has performed in various concerts and master classes. He received tuitions from famous pianists such as Gary Graffman, Boris Berman, Cyprien Katsaris, Dimitri Alexeev and many others. Roger won three Queensland Piano Competition 1st places and received 3 rd place in Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane in 2005. In 2006, Roger received second prize in the South-East Queensland Aria & Concerto Competition. He also participated in the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2007, Roger was the youngest contestant chosen to compete in the Cleveland International Piano Competition before receiving 2 nd prize in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. In 2008, Roger was one of the four finalists in the City of Sydney John Allison National Piano Scholarship, he also gained 4th prize in the Inaugural Kerikeri International Piano Competition in New Zealand.
Roger has performed recital concerts in festivals and concert series in Australia as well as overseas. Upon invitation, Roger has performed for the Tyalgum Classic Music Festival and the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. He has performed for the AusTrade Association in Shanghai.
Roger has also collaborated in various forms of Chamber music ensembles. Most notably, he won the 2005 Queensland Conservatorium Basil Jones Sonata prize (Piano & Cello), as well as a successful Cello Sonata concert with Professor Markus Stocker in Brisbane, Australia.


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Sara Kim




School: University of North Texas
Teacher: Joseph Banowetz

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                                 Concerto:
Skryabin: Prelude and Nocturne for Left Hand, Op.9                                    Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand

Brahms: Intermezzo in A minor, Op.118 No.1
                 Intermezzo in A major, Op.118 No.2

                 Intermezzo in E-flat minor, Op.118 No.6


Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of three with Donna Edwards.  Under her tutelage, Miss Doan won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a Bachelors degree, cum laude , and a Masters degree, magna cum laude, in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Joseph Banowetz. There, she was voted by faculty Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student in 2005, and Most Outstanding Graduate Student in 2009.  Miss Doan is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Miss Doan has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and presented recitals across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Washington, D. C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  In addition to her solo performances, she has toured as solo pianist with the Seraphim Choir across the US and Ireland. Miss Doan won first prize in the piano division of the 2009 National Young Artist Competition in Midland-Odessa, Texas, and the 2009 UNT Concerto Competition. She was a finalist in the 2008 Wideman Piano Competition and received the Raymond S Morris Award.  She has played in masterclasses with Giovanni Umberto Battel, Madeleine Forte, Radoslav Kvapil, Miyoko Lotto, and Harold Martina.
Miss Doan has served as Collaborative Pianist-in-Residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2005, and is currently Adjunct Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas, teaching piano classes to undergraduates. Since she was diagnosed with focal dystonia in her right hand, Miss Doan continues to specialize in music for the left hand, both in performance, and original compositions and transcriptions.


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School: Buchmann- Mehta School of Music in Tel - Aviv
Teacher: Arie Vardi

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                 Concerto:
Chopin - The Four Scherzi                                                                 Medtner: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.50

Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9


Currently studying with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchman-Mehta Academy of music in Tel-Aviv, Tomer Gewirtzman is considered one of the most promising young pianists in Israel. Tomer started his musical education at the age of 8 with Ms. Raaya Shpol at the Rubin conservatoy in Haifa, and continued his piano studies with Prof. Vadim Monastirski from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem.

In the last few years Tomer has won first prizes in several Israeli national competitions. In February 2005 he won the first prize in the Chopin competition for young pianists in Tel-Aviv. In December 2005 he received the first prize in the "Rig'ey See" piano competition in Ashdod. Tomer won first prize at the "Pnina Zaltzman Piano Competition for Young Pianists" in June 2006 in Kfar-Sava when the late pianist Ms. Zaltzman was head of the jury. This achievement led to great media reviews and concert engagements with orchestras in Israel. In March 2008 Tomer won second prize in the Catsz competition of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music of the Tel-Aviv University. During summer 2008 Tomer has won second prize in the International Russian Music Competition in San-Jose being the youngest competitor in his category. Shortly after, he has won first prize in the Aspen Music festival and School piano concerto competition, which led to his debut performance in the grand Aspen Music Tent.

Tomer is getting a biennial excellence scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 2006 and special scholarships by the Haifa Arts Foundation. Tomer participated and performed in prestigious international festivals, such as the chamber music festival - Musica - Mundi in Belgium, Summit Music Festival in New York, International Academy of Music in Toscana, and the Aspen Music Festival and School there he studied with Prof. Yocheved Kaplinsky from the Juilliard School of Music. In addition he was invited to play at a gala concert in Boston. Tomer played in live radio shows in Israel and in the USA. He played in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Dina Joffe, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Pier Narciso Masi, Pavel Gililov and Paul Badora Skoda.

Tomer performed in many recitals all over Israel and recently has made his London debut recital in London's "Steinway Hall". He was also invited to play recitals in the USA. His concerts as a soloist with orchestras in Israel include performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony orchestra, with the Israeli Chamber orchestra and with the New Haifa Symphony orchestra. Performances abroad include the Symphony Silicon Valley conducted by Maestro George Cleeve, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra conducted by Maestro Larry Rachleff.

Tomer is now serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, in the "Excellent Musician" program, where he combines regular military service, with extensive music studies in the university.


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School: Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo
Teacher: Hisako Ueno


Master Class Repertoire:                                                             Concerto:
Berg: Sonata, Op.1                                                                        Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.5


Nozomi IWAI started to take piano lessons at age of four. She entered the Toho Gakuen Music  School for Children (division for preparatory musical studies) at age of six. She graduated from the Toho Music High School in 2005, and she has also graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, where she has received Bachelor's Degree, in March of 2009.
Nozomi IWAI received several International awards including,  first prize of PIARA Piano Competition in 1997, Rose Piano Contest in 2005, and second prize winner of the Osaka International Music Competition in 2006.


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School: Visions in Education
Teacher: Tien Hsieh

Master Class Repertoire:                                                      Concerto:
Verdi / Liszt: Rigoletto - Concert Paraphrase                      Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Beethoven: Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 "Waldstein"


Fifteen year old Fantee Jones of Roseville, CA accomplished her first public performance at the age seven as a solo pianist at the Yamaha Music Exchange in Sacramento, CA, and again as a piano soloist with the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra at age ten. She has continued her noteworthy accomplishments winning many awards in various competitions such as the Auburn Symphony Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Henry & Carol Zeiter Piano Competition, Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, Music Teachers' Association of California, Russian International Piano Competition, California and Southwest Division MTNA Baldwin Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Stockton Symphony Concerto Competition, Sacramento Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Viardo International Piano Competition. As a first prize winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Fantee made an appearance in Carnegie Hall in May 2005. She has also performed on Princess Cruise Lines, Mondavi Center, and the Temppeliaukion Kirkko in Finland.

Besides playing piano, she also plays violin and flute. In her spare time, she enjoys playing chamber music. Fantee has been a member of the Sacramento Youth Symphony since 2002, and is currently playing in the Premier Orchestra first violin section. She has a passion for school and sets very high expectations for herself. While English is her best subject, Chemistry is her favorite. Fantee enjoys reading inspirational stories and writing, as she uses art to express her creativity.

She has also done community service and performed recitals at various venues, such as Crosswood Oaks Retirement Community, Eskaton Village Roseville, Park Folsom Retirement Community, Park Roseville Commons, and the Shriners' Children's Hospital.

Recently, Fantee participated in the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition in the Senior Youth Division (ages 14-18), in which she was awarded first prize. She was also the first prize winner in the Viardo International Piano Competition and the Los Angeles Liszt International Competition, where she won the "Best Opera Transcription" award. Also, she was a winner in the Young Artists' Beethoven Competition, where she got to perform in a master class with Angela Hewitt. Fantee began piano training with her mother at the age of three. She is currently under the tutelage of Tien Hsieh.


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Sun Min




School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Nelita True

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                                     Concerto:
Schubert: Piano Sonata in G Major D. 894                                                         Ravel: Concerto in G Major
Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36


Sun Min Kim, 23, was born in Seoul, South Korea where he graduated from the Yewon Arts School, and the Seoul Arts High School. He made his début with the Ulsan Symphony Orchestra at age 13, performing Grieg's Piano Concerto. Since then, he has won numerous prizes in various competitions in Korea, such as the Korean Music Association Competition, Kook-Min Ilbo Competition, Nanpa Competition, etc.
Since he moved to the United States, he has been a prizewinner of numerous national and international competitions such as the Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Barcelona, Spain), the Buono & Bradshaw International Piano Competition (New York City), the Music Teachers' National Association Young Artist Competition, the Crescedo Music Awards Competition (Tulsa, Oklahoma), the Brevard Music Center Solo Piano Competition (Brevard, North Carolina), the Empire State Competition, the ODU Classical Period Piano Competition (Norfolk, Virginia), the Competition of the Society for American Musicians (Chicago), and the Lee Biennial Piano Competition (Sioux Falls, South Dakota).

In 2008, Sun Min Kim also received the Sterling Achievement Award from the the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, the highest honor that the fraternity can bestow to its collegiate members.

Sun Min Kim has also appeard as a soloist, and chamber musician in various venues such as the Ulsan Cultural Center of Arts (Ulsan, South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Hall (Ulsan, South Korea), Kilbourn Hall (Rochester, NY), Katzen Arts Center (Washington DC), Canton Arts Center (Canton, Ohio), Kumho Recital Hall (Seoul, South Korea), Ciminelli Lounge (Rochester, NY), Howard Hanson Hall (Rochester, NY), Kumchung Cultural Center (Pusan, South Korea), Baroque Hall (Prague, Czech Republic), Rolston Recital Hall (Banff, Canada), Ecole Redaelli (Waterloo, Beligum), Kumho Arts Center (Seoul), and the Iwon Cultural Arts Center (Seoul, South Korea).

Sun Min Kim has participated in music festivals such as Prague International Piano Masterclass, Mastercourse à Braine-Alleud in Belgium, International Keyboard Festival at Banff Center, Beijing International Music Festival & Academy, and the Brevard Music Center. His summer study teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Thomas Schumacher, Norman Krieger, Pavlina Dokovska, Eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Diane Andersen, Robert Roux, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, and Marc Durand.

Sun Min Kim holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a French minor from the Eastman School of music, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in piano performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Nelita True.

His upcoming engagements include a recital in Norfolk, Virginia, and a concerto performance with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra during the 2009-2010 season.


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School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Douglass Humpherys

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                               Concerto:
Beethoven: sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2 No.3                                          Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A major
Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 in B-flat major, Op.83


Born in music family and started to play piano at the age of five. One year later he entered the children Music school of Moscow state conservatory.  At the age of fourteen he entered Academic Music College of Moscow state conservatory. Since then he took part in more than forty concerts per year in Moscow and cities throughout Russia and abroad.  He played in Festivals, charitable concerts, solo, chamber music and with orchestras. He played in Great hall of Moscow conservatory, Is Sanat in Istanbul, Salle cortot in Paris and Oxford University. At the age of sixteen he became a prizewinner of Eastman Young Artist International Piano competition, which brought him to perform in Eastman Theater.  After this award he entered Eastman School of Music on scholarship. After he moved to USA he became a prizewinner of Viardo International piano competition and Morocco International Piano competition.

He has articles about him in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, BussinessWeek and Morrocan News. He has recordings on Radio and TV, on “Culture” channel (Moscow, Russia), “Melodia” and Casblanka TV channel.


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School: University of North Texas
Teacher: Adam Wodnicki

Master Class Repertoire:                                                       Concerto:
Chopin: Sonata B minor, Op.58                                             Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
Chopin: Sonata B flat minor, Op.35


Jiří Levíček was born in 1984 in Brno, Czech Republic. He began studies at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in 1999 at the secondary school, and continued at the college level receiving his Bachelor´s degree in 2006.
During the course of his academic career at the Janacek Academy, he attended summer piano courses in Prague, Český Krumlov and Kaunas (Lithuania), and participaded in jazz workshops in Prague and Brno. Jiří went to the University of North Texas College of Music in 2006 as an exchange student and has remained there to pursue the prestigious Artist Certificate. He has studied with Adam Wodnicki and Stefan Karlsson, and has served as pianist for the famous One O´Clock Lab Band. His activities continue to enhance both the classical and jazz realms. Since he has come to the USA he also had the chance to play with a great jazz musicians such as John Abercrombie, Chris Potter, Rufis Reid, Lynn Seaton, Rich Perry, Ed Soph, JD Walter, Mario Cruz, Kevin Mahogany, Dave Pietro, Clay Jenkins.
Jiří has participated in a number of international piano competitions, and has performed widely both in Europe and the United States. He played his first concerto with orchestra at the age of 11. Among his other concerts, he performed with Lithuanian Philharmonics conducted by Paul Bermann.
Among his many awards, he was recognized in 1997 in Košice, Slovak Republic for the best performance of music of the Slovak composer, Eugen Suchon; in 2000, he took 2nd place in the international piano competition Pro Bohemia in Ostrava, Czech Republic; in 2001, he took 1st place in the international piano competition for the Leoš Janáček Award and was recognized for the best performance of Leoš Janáček´s music. From 2006 to the present, he took a 1st place in Phillips International Jazz Piano Competition and received the Outstanding Musicianship Award in the classical piano performance field at University of North Texas.


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School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Master Class Repertoire:                                       Concerto:
Mozart: Sonata in C minor, KV 457                       Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9

Steven moved to United States in 1999 to study with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School Pre-college Division in New York. In addition to his performances within the Juilliard Pre-college division, Steven has performed in The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The New Brunswick State Theatre, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. His Juilliard chamber music ensemble has performed in Jordan Hall at The New England Conservatory in March 2007 for National Public Radio' s “ From the Top ” Steven won the 2002 Juilliard Pre-College Piano Competition. This award resulted in his performance of the Shostakovich 2nd piano Concerto with the Pre-College Chamber Orchestra, Ki- Sun Sung conducting. He also won the 2004 Nordmann Piano Scholarship Competition and received full scholarship in Juilliard Pre-College division. In 2006, He won first prize in Juilliard Mozart Piano Concerto Competition after which he performed with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony Orchestra. He was also the winner of the Munz Scholarship competition in 2008 at Juilliard. That same year, he won the First international Chinese Piano competition in New York.
In 2002, at the age of thirteen, Steven was a soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Mozart concerto with conductor George Manahan. In 2003, he performed in a family concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Lincoln Center. At the age of fifteen he was again soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, this time performing Beethoven Concerto no. 1 with conductor Hal France. In 2005, he performed the Liszt piano concerto no. 1 with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
In 2007 Steven auditioned and received full scholarship to the College division of The Juilliard School where he continue s studies with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky.


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School: Trinity Valley High School
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

Master Class Repertoire:                                                      Concerto:
Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2 No.3                Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.12


Yuebing Lin was born in Wuhan , China in 1992 and began playing the piano at the age of four. He went to Shenzhen Arts School at the age of ten and has studied with renowned teachers Dan Zhaoyi and Eleanor Wong. He also performed in master classes with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Barry Douglas, among others. In 2007, he received a full scholarship to come to the United States and currently studies with Dr. Tamás Ungár.

Yuebing has received numerous awards from some of the top competitions in China , including 2nd Place at the First National Art Academy of China, 2nd place and "best performance of Chinese works award" at the Tenth XingHai Cup National Piano Competition of China. In March 2007, Yuebing won First Place in the Intermediate Concerto Competition at the 2007 Virginia Waring International Competition. Most recently, Yuebing won Frist Place in the high school division of the Crescendo Music Award in March, 2009.

Yuebing performed in the Korea-China Exchange Concert of Piano Prodigies in Seoul , Korea in 2004, and has concertized throughout China and the United States.


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School: Oklahoma City University
Teacher: Amy I-Lin Cheng

Master Class Repertoire:                                                            Concerto:
Liszt: Sonata B minor                                                                    Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 F minor, Op.21
Chopin: Polonaise A-flat major, Op.53


Marcin Parys was born in Kraków (Poland) in 1984. He acquired an interest in playing the piano at an early age. He studied under Jerzy Stepien in Primary Music School, then finished Music High School in Tarnów under Jaroslaw Iwaneczko, and later Academy School of Music “Ignacy Jan Paderewski” in Poznan under prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski. Currently he is enrolled in the Masters of Music program at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music in Oklahoma City University where he is a student of Amy I-Lin Cheng.  By the age of 9 he had won 6th prize at “J.S. Bach” International Piano Competition in Gorzów Wielkopolski 1993. When he first performed, his appearance was that of a serious, aspiring musician. Since that moment he took part in about 25 competitions national and international. The most significant achievements include:
-       2nd prize in the Polish National Piano Competition “Janina Garscia” in Stalowa Wola (Poland) 1994,
-       2nd prize in the International Piano Competition in Koszyce (Slowakia) 1996,
-       Prizewinner of the National Piano Competition in Warsaw (Poland) 1997,
-       Prizewinner of the International Piano Competition in Glubczyce (Poland) 1997,
-       Honorable mention in the National Piano Competition in Warsaw (Poland) 2000,
-       Honorable mention in the National Piano Competition “Wladyslaw Kedra” in Lódz (Poland) 2000,
-       Honorable mention in the National Piano Competition “Wladyslaw Kedra” in Lódz (Poland) 2002.
In recent years he attends into Master classes with Great Pianists like:
-       Prof. Wiera Nosina from Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory
-       Prof. Martin Hughes from Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Vienna
-       Prof. Maurizio Barboro from Conservatory in Alessandria (Italy)
-       Prof. Sergey Saragyjan - Rector of Conservatory in Erevan (Armenia)
-       Dr. Sylvia Wang - Northwestern University in Chicago (USA)


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School: McGill University, Canada
Teacher: Richard Raymond

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                               Concerto:
Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109                                             Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A major
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op.49

Born in 1989, Yuxi Qin started playing piano at the age of 5. After she studied with Mr. Jean-François Latour at École de musique de Verdun, she was admitted to McGill University - Schulich School of Music at the age of 16, where she is named Schulich Scholar and receives an annual full scholarship. She is currently studying with Prof. Richard Raymond.

Yuxi participated in Masterclasses and worked with famous pianists and pedagogues such as Julian Martin, Anton Kuerti, Sara Laimon, Frederic Chui, Vladimir Mischouk, Michel Fournier, Yolande Gaudreau, and Sergei Mikourik. She also participated in several summer festivals at Orford Arts Centre where she studied with John Perry, and at Banff Centre where she studied with Stephen Prutsman and Kevin Flitz-Gerald.

Yuxi has also participated in many competitions. Starting from the age of 7, she has won numerous prizes in both national and international competitions. In 2004, she won the 1 st prize of Festival de Musique à Montréal in the Piano-Concerto Category. She also won the 2 nd and 3 rd prize in the national final of Canadian Music Competition in 2005 and 2007; 1 st prize in Concours de musique de Sillery , and 2 nd and 3 rd prize in Festival de Musique Classique Bas-Richelieu . She was also the 1 st prize winner of the Clarence Fink Memorial Music Scholarship. In 2008, she won the Gold Medal in the Category 24 years old and younger of the Mozart & cie concerto competition.

In addition to her participation in competitions, Yuxi Qin also held several piano solo recitals in the Unitarian Church and in the “Sonnez les matinées” concert series. In 2006, she was chosen by “The Young Artists” to record in Radio-Canada, and was broadcasted nationally in 2007 on the radio channel “Espace Musique ” of Radio-Canada . Also, she was on tour in France in 2006 and performed the Grieg Concerto.


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School: Nino Rota Conservatory
Teacher: Benedetto Lupo

Master Class Repertoire:                                                     Concerto:
Chopin: 24 Préludes Op. 28                                                 Tchaikovsky: Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Op.23
Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in C minor, Op.39 No.1
  Etude-Tableau in F-sharp minor, Op.39 No.3
                            Etude-Tableau in A minor, Op.39 No.6


Beatrice Rana was born in Copertino ( Lecce ) in 1993 and she has been a student of M° Benedetto Lupo since 2003, studying at the Conservatory of Music “Nino Rota” in Monopoli, near Bari. Simultaneously she studies Composition at the same Conservatory in the class of M° Marco della Sciucca and she attends the Liceo specialising in scientific studies in Lecce. In the last year she attended masterclasses of Piano with Joachim Soriano and Francois-Joel Thioillier; of Chamber Music with the cellist Michael Flaksman and Konstantin Bogino.
She has participated in numerous piano competitions, having won the First Prize at “Muzio Clementi” in Lastra a Signa (Firenze), “Città di Cesenatico” with the special Prize “ Yamaha-Del Rio Giovani Talenti ” , the “ 1 st International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino ”, the “ Marco Bramanti ” in Forte dei Marmi (Lucca) and 6th prize at "Gina Bachauer Young Artists" in Salt Lake City (USA).
She was also winner of many scolarships: Yamaha Foundation of Europe (2005) , Miur ( Ministry for Educ ation, University and Research ) with “ Premio delle Arti” in the same year, Club Soroptimist International of Italy (2007) as the best student of Italian Conservatories and Kärtner Sparkasse in 2009 in Velden am Wörthersee (Austria).
Beatrice, after her debut with Cantus Firmus Orchestra in Santeramo (Bari) at the age of nine (J.S. Bach, Concerto in F minor BWV 1056), had numerous orchestral appearances with conductor Carlo Palleschi and the Lecce Symphony Orchestra (F. J. Haydn, Concerto in D major), Peter Braschkat and the Heilbronner Sinfonie Orchester in Germany and the Orchestra della Pasqua Musicale Arcense of Arco in Trento, Gregorio Goffredo with Bari Symphony Orchestra (W. A. Mozart, Concerto “Jeunehomme” KV 271) , Jorge Perez-Gomez and the Kronstadt Philharmoniker of Transilvania (L. van Beethoven, Concerto n. 1 Op. 15), Ovidiu Balan and the Mihail Jora Orchestra of Bacau (F. Chopin Concerto in E minor Op. 11), Dario Lucantoni with Orchestra Sinfonica di Pescara (P. I. Cajkovskij, Concerto n. 1 Op. 23).
Beatrice has performed in many recitals throughout Italy and Europe including appearances at Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venezia (with a recital entirely devoted to J. S. Bach), Amici della Musica in Taranto, Venerdì Musica in Pistoia, Associazione Mauro Giuliani in Barletta, Società Umanitaria in Milano, Brindisi classica , Associazione Allegro Vivo in San Marino, Musikum in Salzburg, Kommandantenhaus in Dilsberg, Ascoli Piceno Festival (both as soloist and as a chamber musician, playing with the cellist Michael Flaksman and violinist Crtomir Siskovic) , the 31 th Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, Mantova Musica Festival ( Teatro Bibiena), Symphonia Sansepolcro Festival in Sansepolcro, Amici della Musica in Padova (Auditorium Pollini), Gioventù Musicale Italiana in Fabriano. In November 2005 she performed live broadcast from Radio Vaticana in Rome Robert Schumann's piano works.


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School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Robert Shannon

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                          Concerto:
Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58                                                  Liszt: Concerto No.1 in E-flat major
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60

Pianist Yu-Chien Shih, a native of Tainan, Taiwan, gave her first recital at the age of six. Since that time, she has accumulated more than 250 solo, ensemble, and orchestral public performances. At age nine, Yu-Chien obtained a full scholarship to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival. In the summers from 1998 to 2003, she received a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she studied with Rita Sloan and Herbert Stessin; she continued her studies with Herbert Stessin at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School from 2000 to 2004. Yu-Chien has won many national Taiwanese competitions, as well as the Juilliard Concerto Competition and, in 2007, Oberlin's Arthur Dann Competition. Most recently, she had won the Lee International Piano Competition in April, 2008. She is a senior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Director of the Division of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Piano Robert Shannon.


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School: Indiana University
Teacher: Emile Naoumoff

Master Class Repertoire:                                                            Concerto:
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16                                                  Beethoven: Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37
Ravel: Sonatine


Born in Hong Kong in 1990, KaJeng Wong started playing the piano at the age of seven and was winner of many local competitions and prizes since. At the age of 11 he won a music award  which took him on a concert tour of South of England and the Czech Republic performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No1. Since last fall, he has been studying with Emile Naoumoff in the Jacob's School of Music at Indianna University. His prior teachers were Nancy Loo and Gabriel Kwok.
He attended PianoTexas and the Academy at Verbier Music Festival, Switzerland, in 2007, and had played for Menahem Pressler, Yohaved Kaplinsky, Claude Frank, John O'Conor and Gabor Takacs-Nagy in Masterclasses.
Wong also plays the violin and was offered a full International schorlarship from the Associated Board in 2005 to further his violin studies at the Royal Colleges in the UK. He declined however, deciding instead to focus his studies on the piano. Nontheless, chamber music and orchestral playing have been a major part of his musical development.
Recently, he won the piano concerto competition at Indiana University, and performed Mozart's Piano Concerto K467 with Uriel Segal conducting the IU Chamber Orchestra. When he was in Hong Kong, he had also conducted his school orchestra in public performances apart from appearances as soloist performing Rachmaninof's Piano Concerto No.2 and Gerhswin's Rhapsody in Blue on seperate occasions.
His youthful passions, pursuits and ideals have been made into the documentary, "KJ".


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School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Jerome Lowenthal

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                                    Concerto:
Debussy: Estampes                                                                                              Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A major
Mozart Variations on Gluck's 'Unser dummer Pöbel meint' in G major, K.455


Born in China , 21 year old pianist Hui Wu has won first prize at numerous competitions and has performed frequently in the United States , Germany , and China . Hailed as a new "national rising star" by the China Musical Weekly, Ms. Wu's honors include first prize in the Kosciusko Chopin Competition in New York and third prize in the Young Artists Concerto Competition in Texas most recently. She has appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and New Juilliard Ensemble, and was the only solo pianist invited to perform as part of the 50th Anniversary of the XingHai Conservatory in China.
In additional to her other awards, Hui has won 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. Her award in China include 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 GuangZhou. Ms. Wu premiered Witold Lutoslawski's Paganini Variations in China with the Xia'men Symphony Orchestra in October 2003 with Conductor Zheng, XiaoYing.
As an avid chamber musician, Hui Wu has collaborated with incredible musicians at the Juilliard School under such coaches as Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Charles Neidich, Gary Wedow, Oxana Yablonskaya, Joseph Kalichstein and Audrey Axinn. Her festival experiences include the celebrating International Music Summer Festival in Goslar, Germany, GuLangYu International Music Festival in Xia'men, China, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, PianoTexas and Yellow Barn in the United States.
Ms. Wu's extraordinary musical talent was discovered when she began playing the piano at age four. At 13, she gave her debut recital of Chopin's 12 Etudes and Liszt's Rhapsodies in the Guangdong Concert Hall. In 2006, Hui was accepted by the Central Conservatory in Beijing, but elected to attend the Juilliard School with full scholarship instead. Ms.Wu is a former student of Ukrainian pianist Gelina Popova at the XingHai Conservatory in GuangZhou . She is currently studies under Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard.She has written pieces for voice, piano and chamber ensemble. Simogatas for voice, two pianos has been performed in collaboration with the Juilliard Dance Division in Double Vision Concert at the Juilliard School.


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School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

Master Class Repertoire:                                                      Concerto:
Schubert: Sonata in A major, D.664, Op.120                      Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Vol. I, Op.35


Ti Xin was born in 1986 in Changchun, china. She displayed superb musical talent at an early age and was admitted to the specialist Elementary Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing where her principal teachers were Professors Du Taihang and Zhang jin. She received numerous awards including the Xinghai Cup Competition in 1998 and the Asian TOYAMA Piano Competition in 2001. Subsequently she was invited to give a series of solo recitals throughout China starting in the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2001 she received high praise for her participation in the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musician and received invitation to participate in the "Morningside Music Bridge" program in the Mount Royal Conservatory of music, Calgary, Canada. In 2003 she made her debut in South Korea, performing Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin and Piano with the China Youth Orchestra. Ti Xin continued her studied in 2004 in the Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles under John Perry. In 2006 she received the first Prize in the Gail Newby Concerto Competition in California and performed with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra. She received Honorable Mention in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and Second Prize in the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In July 2007 she won the Youngest Semi-Finalist Prize in the William Kapell International piano Competition. Recently she moved to TCU School of music receiving the Lili Kraus Scholarship and studying with

Dr. Tamás Ungár.


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School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

Master Class Repertoire:                                                                   Concerto:
Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op.126                                                          Chopin: Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39

Born in 1989, Zhang Cheng developed a love for music at an early age in China. From the age of 12, he studied in the Shenzhen Arts School with Professor Lu Mei and Li Jian, and then subsequently became the student of professor, Dan Zhaoyi.

Zhang Cheng's committed and expressive music making in his playing has earned him much success and recognition. He was a prizewinner in the 11 th Hong Kong-Asia Open Piano Competition, the Hong Kong Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, the Schmidbauer International Young Artist Piano Competition Junior Division, the Zhou Guangren Piano Summer Institute concerto competition, twice in the Piano Texas International Academy & Festival concerto competition, as well as a winner of the Texas Christian University School of Music's Concerto Competition.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Christian University School of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in numerous master classes given by artists such as Paul Baduar-Skoda, John O'Conor, Menahem Pressler, Andrea Bonatta, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Nelita Ture, Arie Vardi, Eleanor Wong, Gabriel Kwok and Piotr Paleczny. His major music festival participation includes Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, Texas; Qingdao Music Festival Zhou Guangren Piano Summer Institute, China.

Zhang Cheng is currently pursuing his Bachelor of music degree at the School of Music at Texas Christian University (recipient of the Nordan Young Artists full-scholarship Award) under the tutelage of Tamás Ungár.


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School: The Music School Attached To The Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Teacher: Zhang Jin

Master Class Repertoire:                                                             Concerto:
Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58                                     Beethoven: Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Prokofiev: Sonata No.6 in A major, Op.82


Zhao Wanting 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 2008, she won the 3rd place at the Oberlin International Piano Competition, and the finalist of the Eastman International Piano Competition for Young Artists.


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School: Moores School of Music, University of Houston
Teacher: Nancy Weems


Master Class Repertoire:                                                               Concerto:
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49                                               Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26
Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894

Pianist Jessica Zhu, 22 years old, will graduate in May 2009 with an undergraduate degree in piano performance under the tutelage of the renowned pianist Nancy Weems.  She was also a student of the much sought after pre-college teacher John Weems for six years.  She has soloed with numerous orchestras such as the Clear Lake Symphony, the Irving Symphony in Dallas, the Fort Bend Symphony, the North Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Civic Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony in College Station, and the Houston Civic Symphony.  In February of 2006, Jessica made her debut with the Houston Symphony in Jones Hall. As the winner of the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition, she soloed with the Moores Symphony Orchestra in December 2008. Most recently, Jessica has been offered a Marshall scholarship by the British Marshall Aid Commemoration-Commission and will be pursuing her graduate studies in London with pianist Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

As the grand-prize winner of the Texas Entergy Young Artist Competition in 2006, Jessica gave her debut recital in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center in downtown Houston in September 2006. She was also invited to perform a solo recital at Missouri State University October 2005. She has been a guest recitalist for McKinney Musical Arts Society in Dallas, Wichita Falls Symphony League's First Night in the Falls Arts Festival, and the Rockport Performing Arts Series.

She was recently named the National Winner of the Young Artist Piano Competition of the 2008 Music Teachers National Association piano competitions in Denver, receiving a Steinway & Sons grand piano. In March 2008, she was named first-prize winner of the San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club Young Artists Competition in Piano. She was the silver medalist in the 2004 Junior Isabel Scionti Piano Solo Competition and the winner of the Kingsville International 23rd Junior Concerto Competition. She has received numerous honors at the Texas Music Teachers Association Piano Competitions, including winning both Solo and Concerto Young Artist Competitions in summer of 2006 and 2007.  She was the Grand Prize winner of the Juanita Miller Concerto competition in 2002. 

Jessica has been a guest on the Houston Public Radio KUHF 88.7 fm arts-magazine "the Front Row" and for ABC television network KTRK community spotlight "Visions."

Jessica has been invited to participate in master classes of many great pianists, such as Angela Hewitt, Abbey Simon, Anton Kuerti, Stanislav Ioudenich, Antonio Pompabaldi, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Nelita True. As an avid chamber musician, she is a member of the Muse Piano Quartet, participating in a chamber master-class with the Pacifica String Quartet. As part of Houston Friend's of Music chamber concert series, she performed for the Leipzig String Quartet. Jessica is also a member of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble at the Moores School of Music.

As an avid music student, Jessica has also participated and performed at the Texas Music Festival and Aspen Summer Music Festival and School where she has worked with Anton Nel, Antoinette Perry, and John O'Conor.        


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