2010 Young Artists Participants

 

Kristhyan Benitez

Anna
Bulkina

Stephanie Chan


Chiao-Wen Cheng


Vanessa Haynes

Fantee Jones

 

Ryo Kaneko

 

Rebecca
Kenney

Seung yeon Lee


Jiri Levicek

Jiaqi Li


Zi Liang

 

Samantha
London

Soyeon Park


Éva Polgár

Joseph Shippee

 


Elena Smirnova

Abdiel Vázquez

Chelsea Wang


Yun Wei

Allen Yueh

 


Cheng Zhang

 

 

 

 

BENITEZ
Kristhyan

26
Venezuela


School: The Boston Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Michael Lewin

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2 No.3

Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

Granados: Quejas,  ó La  maja y el ruiseñor (from Goyescas)

Granados: Allegro de Concierto, Op.46 

Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso from Miroirs


Concerto: Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 "Emperor"

 

Chamber Music: Dvořák: Piano Quintet op.81 in A major 

 

“...Excellent Technique and Spirit …”

(The Miami Herald)

 

“...his commitment, talent, imagination, drive, passion and intelligence, make Kristhyan an outstanding Musician and Performer...” (Phillippe Entremont)

 

This young pianist belongs to the new generation of Venezuelan musicians who stand out internationally. Born in Caracas, 26-year-old Kristhyan Benitez started his steps toward his music career at the age of four with Olga Lopez, pupil of the acclaim artist Magda Tagliaferro. Three months later, he played for an audience of 2000 people at one of the most important musical venues in Venezuela, The Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex. Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder Director of “El Sistema” describes Kristhyan as “one of the most important and brilliants leaders of the Musical Movement in Venezuela and the whole Continent”.

 

He has won top prizes in several national and international piano competitions, including countries such as Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, France, Venezuela, USA, Germany, and Austria among others. At the 1996 National Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist Competition in Caracas, Venezuela, plastic artist Jesús Soto crafted and awarded him a unique medal for the First prize. Kristhyan Received the “Jose Felix Ribas Award”, the highest honor given by the President of Venezuela in 1998, for his cultural contribution and enhancement of his country overseas.

 

Kristhyan has received many Master Classes with acclaimed pianists including Judit Jaimes, Frank Fernández, Abraham Abreu, Marco Antonio D'Almeida, Walter Blankenheim, Elgin Roth, Sthephan Möller, Joaquin Achucarro, Zoltán Lengyel, Kyoko Ogawa, Jacques Rouvier, Ricardo Castro, Jerome Rose, Robert Roux, Jean Phillipe Collard, François-René Duchable and Jerome Lowenthal.

 

He has since appeared at some of the world's most prestigious stages such as Philarmonie Hall (Berlin), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Town Hall (New York), Ehrbar Saal (Vienna), Salle Cortot (Paris), Amadeo Roldan Theater (Havana) and Rios Reyna at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex (Caracas), with performances throughout Europe, South America and the United States.

 

He has been under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Alondra de la Parra, Carlos Riazuelo, Felipe Izcaray, Giancarlo Guerrero, Piero Gamba, Gustavo Dudamel, Patrick Lange, James Orent, Benjamin Zander, Eduardo Marturet, among others. Engagements with orchestras including Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, San Francisco Symphony, La Havana Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Miami Symphony, along with others.

 

Some of the festivals attended include the 1999 VIP Academy in Vienna, 2001 New World Academy, 2001, “The Piano From Bach to Chick Corea” festival, 2003 Beethoven festival where he played for the director of Beethoven's House in Bohn, Germany, 2006 Steinway Festival and 2008 Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival in USA.

 

He has recorded a CD with the Berliner Symphoniker under the baton of maestro Eduardo Marturet playing Beethoven's 2 nd Piano Concerto in 2001.

 

Benitez was assistant conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) in 2005 where he worked along with young Conductor Alondra de la Parra. Also, he is Part of the new Sony Classics Debut CD of POA, to be released Internationally in August 2010, including two promotional performances in Alice Tully Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall in May 2010.

 

Kristhyan had his US debut with the Miami Symphony Orchestra on 2006, playing at the Lincoln Theater in Miami Beach, where in a sold out house he was acclaimed by the audience.

 

He attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio where he studied with Professor Monique Duphil. The Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky, now continuing studies with his former teacher Olga López in Caracas, Venezuela.

 

The École Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris, France and the Fondation Bell'Arte in Brussels, Belgium awarded Kristhyan with The “International Master for Piano Artist”, where he studied with acclaimed teachers such as Phillipe Entremont and Nelson delle Vigne in 2006. He is now completing his Graduate Studies where he is under the guidance of Pianist Michael Lewin at The Boston Conservatory of Music.

 

Kristhyan is the Winner of the 2009 Churchill Scholarship Competition at The Boston Conservatory, where also from September 2010 he will continue under Maestro Lewin completing the Artist Diploma Program

 

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BULKINA
Anna

23
Russia


School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár


Master Class Repertoire:                                                    

Mozart: Sonata in D major K. 311
Beethoven: Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31 No.3

Brahms: Intermezzi, Op.117

Schubert: Sonata in C minor, D.958


Concerto: Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op.54                        

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

 

Anna Bulkina was born in Krasnovodsk, Turkmenistan and displayed musical talent from an early age. She received her first piano lessons from her mother at age 5. Two years later, their family moved to Rostov-on-Don where she began to study with Nataliya Zaitseva, and later continued with Professor Rimma Skorokhodova at the Sergej Rachmaninoff Conservatoire.

Ms. Bulkina is the winner of many important piano competitions, the most recent being the 59th Wideman Piano Competition (2009- Shreveport, LA) and the 2009 MTNA National Young Artist Piano Competition, where she was awarded with a Steinway Grand Piano. She was also named the overall winner of the 50th Annual Sorantin International Competition (2009- San Angelo, TX).

After winning the Chopin Competition in Szafarnia, Poland, Ms. Bulkina presented recitals around the country. From 2001 to 2004, she performed in numerous recitals and appeared in orchestral performances throughout Russia. Some of those performances include Rachmaninoff's “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” with the Rostov State Orchestra, Mozart's Concerto in C minor K. 491 and Concerto in G major K. 453 with the Rostov Symphony Orchestra of Music Theatre under the baton of M. Dones, and Chopin's Concerto in E minor Op.11 and Tchaikovsky's Concerto in B-flat minor Op.23 with the Sochi Symphony Orchestra.

Starting in 2006, Anna Bulkina became a yearly participant in a Russian performers' program named “Superior Performing Course” in St. Petersburg. This created other performance opportunities in various concert halls in St. Petersburg. In April 2007, she performed Chopin's Concerto in E minor Op.11 at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Prokofiev Concerto No.2 in G-minor Op.16 with St. Petersburg state Academic Symphony Orchestra in October 2009.

Anna Bulkina is currently on the Lilly Kraus Scholarship at TCU and working toward an Artist Diploma under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár. Her engagements for the 2010-2011 season include performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She will participate in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, IL, the Phillips Collection Sunday Concert Series in Washington, D.C.
, the Bossier Jam'n Bread Chamber Series in Bossier City, LA
, and the Bell Series at Millsaps College held in Jackson, MS.

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CHAN
Stephanie

21
U.S.A.


School: University of Houston's Moores School of Music
Teacher: Nancy Weems


Master Class Repertoire:
                                                          
J.S. Bach: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911         
Haydn: Sonata in E major, Hob. XVI:31

Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17


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

Stephanie Chan, age 21, began studying piano at the age of 6. This fall she will begin her fourth year on full scholarship at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in piano performance under Mrs. Nancy Weems. Previously, she was under the tutelage of the renowned pre-collegiate pedagogue John Weems. Stephanie has already had extensive experience as a performer, winning many awards in piano competitions, including several recent first prizes awarded in Young Artist level competitions sponsored by the Texas Music Teachers Association. She has been a guest recitalist for Wichita Falls Symphony League's First Night in the Falls Arts Festival and the Rockport Performing Arts Series. In May 2007 she appeared on the national radio show From The Top , which showcases talented young musicians from across the country. On a more local level, she has appeared twice on KUHF 88.7 , Houston's Public Radio station, in live performances and interviews. Stephanie has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the HSPVA Symphony, Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony, and Symphony North of Houston as winner of their young artist competitions. She has been invited to participate in master classes of many great pianists, such as Abbey Simon, Steven Kovacevich, Ingrid Fliter, Olga Kern, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Nelita True, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and Peter Frankl. Stephanie continues her music education year-round, as participant in both the Aspen and the Eastern summer music festivals. In addition to performing, she enjoys teaching.

 

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CHENG
Chiao-Wen

24
Taiwan


School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Barry Snyder

 


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat major, Op.61

Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet Op.75

         No.6 The Montagues and Capulets
         No.4 The Young Juliet

         No.7 Friar Laurence
         No.8 Mercutio

Bartók: Scherzo

 

Concerto:  Beethoven: Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 "Emperor"                


Chamber Music:
Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B major, Op.8

 

Pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng was born in Taiwan . She has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Taiwan . She has won numerous piano competitions, including First prize in the Cliburn/McElroy/Dayas/Gorno Scholarship Competition (2006); First Prize Winner in the Wyoming Music Club Scholarship Competition (2006); Winner in the Three Arts Scholarship Competition (2006); Winner in the ETTV Talented Artists Scholarship Competition in Taiwan (2005); First Prize in the McElroy, Dayas, Baur Scholarship Competition (2004); Winner in the ETTV Talented Artists Scholarship Competition in Taiwan (2004); First prize in the National Senior High School Students Piano Competition in Taiwan (2002); First prize in the National Junior High School Students Piano Competition in Taiwan (2000); First prize in the National Talented Music Students Competition in Taiwan (2000); Nominating Award in the Eighth Taipei International Youth Chopin Piano Competition (1999).

As a chamber musician, Ms. Cheng has performed in numerous festivals including Internation Piano Festival in Taiwan, International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes, and Aspen Summer Music Festival. She has also collaborated with many musicians, such as Ronald Barron, Ixi Chen , Victoria Chiang, David Halen, Michael Kannen, Jane Marvine, Katherine Needleman, James Olin, and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto.

Ms. Cheng began piano lessons with her aunt at the age of four. She completed her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Frank Weinstock where she received Van Cliburn Scholarship, and her Master's Degree at Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University as a student of Benjamin Pasternack where she received full scholarship and the Clara Ascherfeld Award. Additional teachers include William Black, Che Chang, Ya-Jung, Hung and Dave Skvorak. Chiao-Wen has performed in master classes by Hung-Kuan Chen, Gwhyneth Chen, Claude Frank, Nina Lelchuk, Steven Mayer, Victor Rosenbaum, Ann Schein, Rita Sloan, Vladimir Shakin. She has also studied chamber music with Lee Fiser, Kenneth Griffiths, Michael Kannen, Seth Knopp, Donna Loewy and Sandra Rivers.

Ms. Cheng is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree at the Eastman School of Music where she studies with Barry Snyder. She has recently joined the Argos Trio in 2009.

 

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HAYNES
Vanessa Meiling

 

12
China/U.S.A.


 

School: Cliveland Institue of Music Pre-college Program
Teacher: Antonio Pompa-Baldi


Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata in A major, Op.2 No.2
Chopin: Variations Brillantes in B-flat major, Op.12
Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79 No.2

 

From her earliest years, Vanessa Meiling, exhibited a love of music, dance, and singing. At age 6 she began her piano career at the Kindergarten of Music Conservatory of China . Soon after she became a private piano student of the distinguished Professor Ya Fen Zhu. At age nine she was the first and youngest American piano student specially accepted into the pre-college division of The Central Music Conservatory of China where she studied under the piano department head Professor Jin Zhang. Currently Vanessa Meiling, at age 12, is specially accepted into the Junior young artist program of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she is studying under the world famous pianist and distinguished professor Antonio Pompa-Baldi and E manuela Friscioni

Through the past years, Vanessa Meiling has won several competitions in both China and the USA, including first prize winner of the 11-12 years old from The Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in 2009 , and a Gold Prize from AADGT's 2009 Passion for Music International Piano Competition , the 2 nd place in the 2006 China International Hope Cup and won the "Outstanding Performance Award" at the 2007 Second Kawai China National Piano Competition.

Vanessa Meiling has also performed in venues across the world. In Italy, Vanessa Meiling performed in music halls in Abano, Naples, and Val-Tidone. In the United States, Vanessa Meiling has performed at the prestigious Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and the Merkin Hall in New York. She has also performed in numerous venues around Beijing including a "Special Guest Performer" for Professor Bao Hui Qiao's Music School Annual Public Concert at the Forbidden City Music Hall and as a guest performer” for a concert at Beijing Music Hall .

Vanessa Meiling has attended several music festivals, workshops and music camps such as Alexander & Buono Music Festival in Albano Italy, Professor Pompa-Baldi's Summer Piano Master Workshop and the Val-Tdone International Summer Music Camp . She has had master classes from notable teachers such as Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling ( Hanover , Germany ), Antonio Pompa-Baldi ( CIM , USA ), Ratko Delorko ( Austria ), Ayami Ikeba ( GRAZ , Austria ), Dr. Kevin Robert Orr (Univ,of Florida , USA ) Dr. Elena Rossman (AADGT,USA)and Cosmo Buono (Bradshaw & Buono, USA), Dr. Er Yao Lin (Conservatory of Shanghai, China), Prof. Dan Wen Wei (Conservatory of Shen Yang, China)

Vanessa Meiling is multitalented and has successfully blended her piano with an active childhood. She receives straight A's in her academic studies and has modeled for children's clothing companies of China, France and Germany, participated in ballet, fencing events, and appeared as a guest on several television shows for children on China National TV. She was pleased to have been accepted into the famed China National Girl's Chorus which led to a solo in the televised 2008 Special Olympic Concert on the Great Wall .

Born in the United States but most recently living in Beijing, China, Vanessa Meiling Haynes is the daughter of a Chinese musician mother and American attorney father. Her mother Yanling Zhang was the first young female performer to win the first prize in the Chinese Traditional Instrument Music Competition for the Souna.

 

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JONES
Fantee

 

16
U.S.A.


School: Visions in Education
Teacher: John McCarthy



Master Class Repertoire:                                                          
Schubert: Impromptu in B-flat major, D.935 No.3
Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op. 58 

Chopin: Etudes, Op.25 Nos. 8 - 12 
Gounod/Liszt: Faust Waltz


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

Schumann - Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (Movements I & 2)



Sixteen 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 the first prize winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Fantee made her Carnegie Hall debut 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.

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 masterclass with Angela Hewitt.

Recently, Fantee won the Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Competition held at CSU, Stanislaus. As well as being awarded as the first prize winner, she also got a full scholarship to attend the chamber music session this past summer. In July 2009, she went to the International Institute for Young Musicians' International Piano Competition, where she won first prize. Fantee is a prizewinner of the Louisiana International Piano Competition, and also won the Sacramento Youth Symphony (SYS) Concerto Competition, where she will be performing Rachmaninoff's 2 nd Piano Concerto with the SYS in May 2010. In January 2010, Fantee won the Henry & Carol Zeiter Piano Competition, held at the University of Pacific.

Fantee began piano training with her mother at the age of three. Since then, she has studied with Sylvia Hsieh and Tien Hsieh. Fantee is currently studying under the tutelage of John McCarthy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the fall of 2010 she will be attending Manhattan School of Music, studying with Marc Silverman.

 

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KANEKO
Ryo

16
Japan


School: McLean High School in McLean, Virginia
Teacher: Marjorie Lee


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Scriabin: Sonata No.6, Op.62
Debussy: L'isle joyeuse

 

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

Chamber Music: Shostakovitch: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57 (1st movement)

Born in Japan in 1994, Ryo Kaneko' s first exposure to music lessons was at the age of two in a Yamaha Music Program.  He enjoyed dancing, singing and listening to music, and from their unique training he developed his perfect pitch.  At the age of four, his family moved to the United States where he began his serious study of piano at the age of 9. His fascination for music has grown exponentially in the past few years, leading him to a rapacious study of composers and their entire works, compositional styles, study of orchestration and harmony and various forms of analysis.

   Ryo is completing his Freshman year at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia.  He is a noted young pianist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where he is actively involved in all aspects of performing.  He has presented solo performances at The Field School, George Mason University's Performing Arts Center Young Artists Series, the Rising Star Concerts at The Alden, JoAnn Rose Gallery, and Harris Theater.  He has been a winner in the 21 st International Young Artist Piano Competition, Winner of The Viola Hartman Performance Award, MTNA Virginia Baldwin Winner, Winner of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition, sings bass in his school choir, and is currently a member of a violin-piano duo with Fedor Ouspensky. He has studied with Marjorie Lee for the past 6 years.

 

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KENNEY
Rebecca

 


School: Tulane University
Teacher: Faina Lushtak

 


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Schubert: Impromptu No.1 in C minor, D.899 - Op.90
Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Chopin: Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.21 (First Movement: Allegro)
 

 

 

 

LEE
Seung yeon

18
U.S.A.


School: Juilliard School (Fall, 2010)
Teacher: Ernest Barretta

 

Master Class Repertoire:                                                          
Beethoven: Sonata No.11 in B-flat major, Op.22

Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

Liszt: Spanish Rhapsodie
Gubaidulina: Chaconne

Concerto: Saint-Saëns: Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22

 

Chamber Music: Haydn: Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major , Hob.XV: 27

 

Born in Seoul on April 11, 1991, Seung yeon Lee began playing the piano at the age of nine. She studied with Daejin Kim and Yoonju Oh at the Korean National University of Arts Pre-College Division, Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School. She gave her first recital at age 13 for the Kumho Prodigy Series in Seoul. Since then she performed twice with Prime Philharmonic orchestra as a soloist and at the Ewon Culture center in Seoul as a recitalist. Over the past years she has awarded numerous competitions in Korea such as the Samick piano competition, National Nanpa competition, Young Korean times competition, Korean-American society competitions, and Suri Piano competition Joins music competition. She also performed in master classes with Arie Vardi, Peter Frankl, Alberto Nose, Heeyeon Choi, Yonghi Moon, Yuan Sheng, and Haesun Baik. Since she moved to the United States, she graduated the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in 2010 and will continue to study at the Juilliard School College division under Dr. Matti Raekallio.

 

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LEVICEK

Jiri

 

 

 

School: University of North Texas
Teacher: Adam Wodnicki

 

Master Class Repertoire: 

J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Mozart: Sonata in C major, K. 330

 

Concerto: Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30

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 and Master´s Degree. He has studied with Adam Wodnicki (classical piano), Stefan Karlsson (jazz piano) and Cindy McTee (composition), and has served as pianist for the famous One O´Clock Lab Band. His activities continue to enhance both the classical and jazz realms as a performer and composer.

 

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 ; three years later, he was invited to play Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 with Lithuanian Philharmonics under the baton of Paul Bermann . Jiri´s first performance in USA took place at Czech Embassy in Washington D.C.; in 2009, he gave a concert for The American Ambassador at The United States Embassy in Lima, Peru. In 2008, he was extensively playing with flutist James Scott both in US and Europe.

 

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 palce in Phillips International Jazz Piano Competition, won the 3rd prize in Corpus Christi International Piano Competition and received the Outstanding Musicianship Award in the classical piano performance field at University of North Texas. In 2010, he received The Graduate scholarship of 10.000 dolars.

 

 

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LI
Jiaqi

20
Australia


School: Royal Northern College of Music, England
Teacher: Helen Krizos


Master Class Repertoire:                                                    

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3, Op.28


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


Chamber Music:  Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.2 in C minor, Op.66 (1. Allegro energico e con fuoco)

 

Currently in her BMus third year studying piano with Helen Krizos, Jiaqi Li is a third year undergraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music transferring from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her arrival in England , she gave many performances in major cities in Australia , China and South Korea . She held a full scholarship at the University of Melbourne and also received awards for distinguished results.

Jiaqi graduated from the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School in 2007, where she was awarded the inaugural John Hopkins Music Award. Prior to her arrival in Australia in 2006, she had been studying in the Shenzhen Arts School between 2002 and 2005 where she was also awarded scholarships every year for excellent overall results. In 2007, she was selected for an exchange programme to Chetham's School of Music , sponsored by the Robert Salzer Foundation.

Jiaqi's competitions successes include third prize at in the Steinway International Piano Competition South China Region (2005) and first prize in the prestigious Hephzibah Menuhin Award in 2008.

In January 2009 Jiaqi took part in a music tour supervised by Professor Max Cooke, during which she received lessons and master classes from professors in various institutions, including the RNCM (UK); Freiburg Musikhoschule (Germany) and Mozarteum Universität (Austria). In August 2009 she was one of the four finalists competing for the Hephzibah Menuhin National Scholarship ( Australia ). In the same year, she was also selected to compete in the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane .

Jiaqi's performances have been broadcast by various radio stations in Australia such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and 3MBS Classic FM. She has performed as a soloist with the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Nouveau in Melbourne .

Jiaqi had the fortune to have master classes with a number of internationally-renowned musicians, including Paul Lewis, Boris Berman, Malcolm Bilson, Roy Howat, Jean Paul-Sevilla, Natasha Vlassenko and Gabriel Kwok.

Apart from her musical studies, Jiaqi also has a wide range of hobbies which include swimming, reading, travelling and language learning.

 

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LIANG
Zi

 

21
China


School: Aaron Copland School of Music
                    of Queens College of CUNY
Teacher: Morey Ritt


Master Class Repertoire:

Haydn: Sonata in E major, Hob. XVI:46

Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse

 

Concerto:  Saint-Saëns: Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22                                                   


Chamber Music: Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493

 

Zi Liang, age 21, began studying piano at the age of five. She studied with Professor Shuzhen Ren as her first teacher who has been teaching in Xi'An Conservatory in China until she was 15 years old. At the age of 15, she enrolled in Affiliated Middle School of China Conservatory which is in Beijing and studied with Professor Mingli Wang who was the director of piano department for one year. As Prof. Wang's retirement, she was chosen to study with Professor Fang Luo who is teaching for high school and undergraduate and graduate of China Conservatory. She continued studying with Prof. Fang after she studied at China Conservatory for two years. In 2008, she transferred to Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College of CUNY and studied with Professor Morey Ritt who is the directors of piano department and undergraduate until now. During studying in Aaron Copland School of Music, she has been representing the school many times to perform not only with her solo piano but also her chamber music groups and received applause. While she is studying there as a student, she is recommended by Professor Ritt to teach piano for Bachelor of Art program. At the end of 2009, she gave her first concert in Aaron Copland School of Music and got a high commendation from school.

 

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LONDON
Samantha

23
U.S.A.


School: University of Michigan/Western Michigan University
Teacher: Logan Skelton/Lori Sims


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1
Brahms: Fantaisies, Op.116        
Copland: Piano Variations (1930)

 

Concerto: Brahms: Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83

Samantha London, 23, began taking piano lessons at age four. Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, she studied with Corey McVicar at the Peabody Institute. While at Peabody, Samantha was the recipient numerous prizes in the preparatory division, including the Dean’s Award. She won both the Part- and Full-Concerto Competitions at the school and was selected regularly to participate in its Honors Recitals. Samantha has also been featured as soloist with the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Her other honors include prizes at the Bartók-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition and the Virginia Music Teachers’ Association Competition and a performance in Washington, D.C.’s, Kennedy Center. During the summers Samantha has participated in programs such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, Aria International Music Academy, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. It was at the latter in 2000 that she met her teacher, Lori Sims, with whom she will continue to study as she begins a Master of Music program this fall at Western Michigan University. Samantha is currently completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan as a student of Logan Skelton.

 

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MARTIN
Gregory Howard


12
U.S.A.


School: New Mexico School of Music
Teacher: Tatiana Vetrinskaya


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Beethoven: Sonata No.8 in C minor, Op.13 "Pathétique"
Liszt: Nocturne No.3 in A-flat major "Liebestraum"

Tchaikovsky: Dumka, Op.59        

Concerto: Mendelssohn: Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25

Gregory Howard Martin was born November, 1997 in Houston, Texas. He first displayed an interest in music at the age of two and began studying the piano at the age of four under Svetlana Martin in Bakersfield, California. In 2002, Gregory's lessons were augmented with additional instruction under Flora Sarynyan, in Los Angeles, California. In this period of time, Gregory participated successfully in a Guild audition and regular monthly recitals in Bakersfield, CA(2002-2004). He also played in an impromptu appearance for the general public at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles to the crowd's delightful surprise. In summer of 2004, Gregory participated in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and received an Honor Award for same. Gregory also briefly studied the violin with a recital appearance during this period. In fall of 2004 Gregory and family moved to the greater Denver, Colorado. He continued piano instruction under the direction of his mother, with periodic input from Gabriel Sanchez, a gifted pianist well versed in the international competitive arena. He continued participation in the local musical community with another Guild audition and regular monthly recitals in Parker, Colorado. Gregory successfully auditioned for a place in the Colorado Children's Chorale, and sang in the annually televised Children's Christmas program in Denver in December, 2004. In April, 2005, as featured piano soloist, Gregory played Joseph Haydn's Piano Concerto in C major with chamber group of the Colorado Symphony conducted by Tom Jensen. The audience was a public school in the greater Denver area and was part of a youth challenge program. In the summer of 2005, Gregory received an Honorable Mention placement in the 6th International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, California. In June, 2005, Gregory placed first in the "Second Children Festival of Russian Classical Music (Competitive Division)" in Denver, Colorado. At the end of summer of 2005,Gregory and family moved to Farmington, NM. He is actively refining his piano techniques and performing classical pieces under the instruction of Dr. Tatiana Vatrinskaya in Albuquerque, NM (at the New Mexico School of Music) and studying piano theory under Natalia Kruse in Farmington. He has also participated in 2007 and 2008 Summer Music Programs with various Piano Masters in Urbino, Italy playing in the Corsi Internazionali di Musica and Vienna, Austria playing in the Bosendorfer Hall. Gregory was the featured piano soloist, in concert with the San Juan College Symphony conducted by Dr. Keith Cochran, playing Mendelssohn's Concerto No.2 in D minor in 2007 at the Henderson Fine Arts Hall. He was a participant in the Golden Key Music Festival (2007) at Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY where he received a Gold Winner's Medal and Diploma. Additional public appearances continued with a solo concert (2008) and the featured Guest Artist to open the International Piano Competition at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM. Gregory performed a solo recital as Guest Artist at Sandia Prep School Fundraiser in Albuquerque in 2008.He was selected to play in the Farmington, NM Young Artist Recitals in 2008, 2009, and in 2010 was featured as the "Guest Pianist" Gregory continues to actively participate in area competitions having placed first in the Central District Honors Audition (Albuquerque, NM) in 2007, NM State Honors Audition(2008), and the Annual Jackie McGehee Concerto Competition (Albuquerque, NM). By placing first in the Jackie McGehee competition, Gregory earned the privilege to play with the New Mexico Symphony (under the direction of the Roger Melone) playing the first movement of Mozart's Concerto No. 20 in D Minor KV466 in front of an audience of approximately 10,000 in a "Mother's Day" special concert. In the same year, Gregory played the entire Mozart Concerto with the Albuquerque Symphony under Lisa Nickols. Locally, he also played the 3rd. Movement of Beethoven's Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 with the San Juan (Four Corners) Symphony in three public appearances under the direction of Arthur Post. Recently, Gregory was selected for and placed third in the 10th. Annual Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia. As one of the finalists, Gregory appeared with the Russian State Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra where he played the 3rd. Movement of the Beethoven's Concerto No.1 directed by Mark Gorenshtein. When Gregory is not involved in piano studies, he relaxes with pursuits of club soccer on a local Farmington team, or snow skiing and fly fishing in adjacent mountain areas. He has also competed in local chess tournaments and is an avid student of military history. Gregory has future goals of becoming a concert pianist and a conductor.

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PARK
Soyeon

 

27
U.S.A.


School: Manhattan School of Music
Teacher: Zenon Fishbein


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Beethoven: Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a "Les Adieux"
Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58

Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60 
Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante, in E-flat major, Op.22      

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

 

Chamber Music: Brams: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op.120 No.1
              

Korean-born American pianist Soyeon Park started her musical education at the age of four. Soon after arriving in the United States, Soyeon attended its Preparatory Division as a scholarship student, where she gave three showcase recitals and won two concerto competitions. As a young artist, she won many awards from various competitions and auditions including ARTS (Arts Recognition and Talent Search) by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the Corpus Christi International Competition.

Soyeon was accepted to participate in the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts and Tivoliclassica Festival Internazionale di Musica Classica in Italy. Her highly acclaimed debut recital in Romania brought her back to Europe to perform in Sicily, Italy with an orchestra. She continues to perform as a soloist at concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. Soyeon is a highly sought-after collaborative artist in New York City's demanding classical music scene, frequently appearing at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. Her energetic and insightful interpretations of classical works have charmed and inspired audiences young and old.

In addition to performing onstage, Soyeon is a respected piano teacher, and the music director at the Leonia United Methodist Church. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in three years from Manhattan School of Music and continued her studies there to earn her Master of Music degree.

 

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POLGÁR

Éva


26
Hungary


School:
Teacher: Tamás Vásáry

 

Master Class Repertoire:
Mendelssohn: Variations Sérieuses in D minor, Op.54.
Liszt: St François de Paule marchant sur les flots - Légende No. 2
Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse
Kodály: Dances of Marosszék

 

Concerto: Liszt: Concerto No.2 in A major

Chamber Music Repertoire: Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor K. 478

Born in 1983, Éva Polgár started her piano studies in 1990 with Ildikó Gellai. Between 1996 - 2000 she studied under Balázs Kecskés, at the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory in Budapest . In 2001, she was admitted to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki , where her teacher was Hamsa Al-Wadi Juis. From 2002, Éva also studied at Budapest 's Franz Liszt University of Music under the expert guidance of Jenő Jandó. Éva graduated with honour from Franz Liszt University with a Masters degree in 2007. Éva finished her studies in Helsinki in 2008, and at her diploma concert was honoured to play Beethoven's 3rd concerto with an orchestra conducted by the famous Finnish conductor, Okko Kamu. Éva has performed concerts in Hungary , Austria , Finland , France , Italy and the United States . In 2004, she played together with the well-known Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi in the first "Ipolyfeszt" Festival at Letkés , Hungary . As of 2006, she was elected as a permanent guest artist at the "Zebegényiek Napja" Festival in Zebegény , Hungary . Following this, at her début in the 2006 Fort Worth Piano Texas Festival, she worked together with top artists such as Piotr Paleczny and Yakov Kashman. Éva's wide repertoire of solo pieces and concertos includes chamber music, and as a chamber musician from 1997, performed with the famous Somogyi String Quartet (2007), and with the World famous Hungarian violin virtuoso Vilmos Szabadi (2010). Her numerous awards includes the Béla Bartók prize ("ISA" Summer Academy, Reichenau, Austria, 2006), Special Award for Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Variations by Franz Liszt (Béla Bartók Piano Competition, Szeged, Hungary, 2006) and Special Award / Commendation (National Chamber Music Competition, Debrecen, Hungary, 2006). She received the following scholarships: Grant for Young Talent: Ari S. Kupsus Salon Concert Society Award, Budapest (2003, 2005) and Sine Morbo Fellowship: Jakobi Koncert Kft., Budapest (2006).

www.evapolgar.com

 

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ROH
Yoon-Wha


27
Korea


School: Indiana University
Teacher: Arnaldo Cohen

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:
Haydn: Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20
Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op.61
Liszt: Après une Lecture de Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)

 

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

Chamber Music Repertoire: Brahms: Piano Quartet No.2 in A major, Op. 26 (I. Allegro non troppo)

 

Yoon-Wha Roh, a native of Korea, started playing piano at the age of four. She won numerous competitions including Hakata Fukuoka Piano Competition in Japan, Korea Piano Society Competition, National Youth Music Competition and Korea Music Association Competition in Seoul. She has actively appeared as concerto soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia, New Jersey State Orchestra in Merkin Hall, New York and Seoul National Symphony Orchestra in KBS Hall, Korea. Her recent Rachmaninoff concerto performance with Korean Symphony Orchestra was a highly praised in Music Journal concert review. Miss Roh is also active as a chamber musician. Her recent works include Mozart Woodwind Quintet K.452, Brahms Trio Op.101 and Glinka Trio Pathetique. While attending Peabody Institute, she performed Loeffler Rhapsody with Oboe and Viola, Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor and Brahms Horn Trio. She was selected as school chamber team in her undergraduate to perform at Yonsei Public Concert Series. She also, collaborated with the principal Trombonist in Korean Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in Television program "Fantastico", broadcast in Brazil while she was participating Villa-Lobos Competition. Her recent concerts include Steinway Hall Student Concert in New York, Crescendo Club presents at Boston Center for Education and Beethoven / Schoenberg Piano Festival in Jordan Hall, Boston. Miss Roh is currently pursuing her Doctor of Music Degree at Indiana University where she studies with Arnaldo Cohen. She obtained her Performance Diploma at Peabody Institute where she studied with Alexander Shtarkman. She holds her Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory where studied with Victor Rosenbaum. Her summers have included New Paltz International Summer Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and International Keyboard Institute & Festival in Mannes College, New York.

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SHIPPEE

Joseph Paul

 

 

School: New York University
Teacher: Jose Ramon Mendez

 

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert: Impromptu in A-flat major, D.899 (Op.90) No.4
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
Ravel: Jeux d'eau

 

Pianist Joseph Shippee is a Master's student in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez. A native of Des Moines , Iowa , he first gained recognition in competitions such as Music Teachers National Association. Past concerto performances include Liszt's Totentanz and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Ronald Feldman and the Berkshire Symphony. This past year, he has been featured in various concerts around New York , ranging from chamber music programs and master classes to solo concerts at venues such as the Bechstein Centre.

Mr. Shippee is active as a speaker and music educator as well. He is an adjunct instructor of piano and keyboard harmony courses at NYU. As a speaker, he recently completed a series of presentations to high school students, showcasing classical piano music through performance and discussion. Such presentations aim to engage audiences through accessible musical examples, realizing that familiarity and understanding lead to greater music appreciation.

 

His former teachers include J.Y. Song, Doris Stevenson, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Jan Johnson. He has participated in masterclasses led by distinguished pianists such as Garrick Ohlsson, Alexander Slobodyanik, Jeremy Denk, and Ursula Oppens. In his spare time, he enjoys baseball, reading, and finance. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Williams College.

 

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SMIRNOVA
Elena

 

 

School: Manhattan School of Music
Teacher: James Tocco

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 664
Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Schumann: Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22

 

Born in Russia and brought up in Colorado, Elena Smirnova began playing the piano at age nine with her great-aunt Sveltana Velitchko, a disciple of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus and former piano professor at the Moscow Conservatory. She was so inspired by her great-aunt's teaching that she learned quickly and played her first duet recital that year. In her early teens, Elena became a First Prize winner for two consecutive years in the Bach Festival, held in her hometown in Colorado. Soon after deciding to pursue a serious career in piano, she won First Prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. The following year she had her second Carnegie Hall performance where she was selected to be a guest artist on the Second Annual ABC Gala Concert.

Currently living in New York City, Ms. Smirnova recently received her Master's Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with renowned pedagogue and concert pianist James Tocco, former pupil of Magda Tagliaferro and Claudio Arrau. Her previous teachers include Elena Mathys and for five years David Korevaar, a disciple of the late Earl Wild. She has appeared in master classes with David Dubal, Elizabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, Susan Keith Gray, Alexandra Nguyen, and John Perry.

Having received her Bachelor's of Music Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008, Elena graduated with Highest Honors and was recipient of numerous merit scholarships and awards. Among these are the Frank and Gina Day Fellowship, Adopt-A-Student Scholarship, special honors at her graduation, and she was chosen to perform on the Honors Commencement Recital. At age seventeen, she made her orchestral debut with the New Conservatory of Dallas Orchestra at the Music in the Mountains summer program. Critics wrote she was “spinning easily through Mozart's Concerto for Piano No. 13.” From 2005-2007, she attended the prestigious Aspen Music Festival as a scholarship student, where she worked with Antoinette Perry, heir to John Perry's renowned pedagogical school.

Her recent performances include a solo recital at New York's World Financial District during the week-long grand celebration of Chopin's 200 th Birthday, solo and chamber recitals at the White Nights Festival of Russian Culture in Juneau, performances at the Steinway Halls of New York and Alaska, a recital at the Rocky Mountain Center for the Arts in Colorado, plus a number of solo and chamber recitals at Manhattan School of Music.

 

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VAZQUEZ

Abdiel

 

 

School: Manhattan School of Music
Teacher: James Tocco

 

Master Class Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op.58
Granados: Quejas o la mania y el ruisenor from Goyescas
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36 (revised version)

 

Concerto: Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30


Abdiel Vázquez is regarded today as one of the leading musicians of his generation in Mexico, having appeared in over two dozen performances as a soloist with most of his country's major orchestras, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City's Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra, Queretaro's Philharmonic Orchestra, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Sinaloa of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the University of Tamaulipas, and many more. His debut in South America took place within the 2008 International Season of the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, where he performed Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto.

 

In 2005 TELEVISA broadcasted nationally his performance of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the University of Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra in its New Year's Concert. Since then he has been featured in numerous press articles and magazines, besides being broadcasted both in television and radio, including live performances on many occasions for New York's classical music station WQXR.

 

He has appeared in the most important venues of the continent, including Palacio de Bellas Artes and the National Museum of Art (Mexico City), Museum of the Nation (Perú), Municipal Theater of Vi ña del Mar (Chile), San Juan National University Auditorium (Argentina), the Conservatory of San Juan (Puerto Rico), Steinway Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

 

In 2009 he founded the Juventud Sinfónica de Monterrey (JSM, Monterrey Symphonic Youth), a sixty-member-plus orchestra that ensembles the most talented musicians in his home city. Its debut concert, in which he performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Beethoven's ‘Emperor' Concerto playing and conducting from the piano for a fully packed Monterrey City Theater, received rave reviews.

This year JSM is touring San Antonio, Austin, and Laredo with a program that celebrates Mexico's bicentennial anniversary of Independence, which will include Manuel M. Ponce's Piano Concerto, again to be played and conducted from the piano.

 

Abdiel started his musical education when he was 6, but it was not until he was 19 that he decided to pursue a full-time career as a pianist, leaving aside a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Since then, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes not only in national and international piano competitions – in 2006 a celebrated performance of Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto within the IV National Youth Orchestral Encounter of Monterrey and his ‘outstanding career, interpretative level, and refined technique' earned him the National Youth Award from hands of the President of Mexico; a year later the City Major awarded him the Civic Merit Medal, in virtue of his contribution to his community's cultural growth. Besides, he has been granted the scholarship from the National Endowment for Culture and Arts (FONCA), Mexico's most important cultural fund.

 

Vázquez's career has also been distinguished by his love for opera, which has taken him to collaborate with Mexico's top singers in recitals and as correpetiteur for the opera companies of Sinaloa (2005), Nuevo Leon (2007 and 2009), and Chihuahua (2009) in their productions of Bohéme, Carmen, and Tosca, in the latter being also assistant to the musical director.

He has been a full scholarship accompanist for the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy (2005) – where he performed Suor Angelica – and Artescenica in Saltillo, Mexico (2007). He was choir director and head of the musical preparation for the Stuttgart Opera School production of Carmen in Germany (2008), and one of the musical directors in the Winter Opera Workshop of Puerto Rico's Conservatory (2010).

Furthermore, Abdiel has in the past years collaborated closely with singers in New York for their performances, coachings, and auditions for the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and many more. Since January 2009 he belongs to the coaching faculty of Manhattan School of Music.

 

Abdiel earned a Bachelor's Degree from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, where he was a student of acclaimed Mexican concert pianist Gerardo González, a disciple of György Sandor. He also holds a Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a scholarship student of world renowned pianist and pedagogue James Tocco. His musicianship has also been enriched by other artistic figures such as former Metropolitan Opera leading mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn, and conductor David Gilbert, a disciple of Leonard Bernstein.

 

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WANG
Chelsea

 

 

 

School: Valley High School, West Des Moines, Iowa
Teacher: Ksenia Nosikova

 

Master Class Repertoire: 

Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K. 570

Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47

Ginastera: Sonata No.1, Op.22 (3. Adagio molto appassionato and 4. Ruvido ed ostinato)

 

Concerto: Saint-Saëns: Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22


Chelsea Wang, 16, lives in West Des Moines, Iowa. Currently a 10 th grader at Valley High School, Chelsea is a piano student of Ksenia Nosikova of the University of Iowa. Before studying with Dr. Nosikova, Chelsea was a student of Chiu-Ling Lin, former piano professor and chair of Drake University.

Chelsea is a prizewinner of the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, where she received the Best Interpretation of Franz Liszt Award. In 2009 and 2010, Chelsea was a finalist in the MTNA National Senior Piano Competition. In 2007, she received 2nd prize at the National MTNA Junior Baldwin Competition in Toronto, Canada. She was named finalist and semifinalists for the Louisiana International Junior Piano Competition in Alexandria, LA, and the International Institute for Young Musicians Competition (IIYM). She has won 1 st place in numerous IMTA Piano State Competitions.

Chelsea has won the New Orleans International Piano Institute Concerto Competition, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Des Moines Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, and Fort Dodge Area Symphony Young Artist Competition, and as prizewinner, she was invited to perform with these symphonies.

Chelsea has appeared on the NPR radio show, “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O'Riley in Des Moines. She has worked with artists including Frederic Chiu, Arnaldo Cohen, Christopher Elton, Douglas Humpherys, Andreas Haefliger, and others. As a guest pianist, she was invited to perform for an annual event of the National Piano Technicians Guild in Kansas City. She has been interviewed by and performed on Kansas Public Radio. Chelsea also appeared twice on “Know the Score,” a statewide radio program. She appears frequently on “Piano Sunday,” a University of Iowa TV program.

Along with piano, Chelsea also studies violin with Dr. Sarah Plum of Drake University. She has been a part of the Iowa All-State Orchestra for two years. Chelsea has won the MTNA Junior String State Competition and 3 rd place in the West Central Division.

As an all-rounded student, Chelsea received the Presidential Academic Achievement and Excellence Award presented by President Bush in 2008. She is an avid debater, having placed in many tournaments across the state and region. She volunteers at various community activities and senior homes. Her other hobbies include reading, poetry, sports, participating in school clubs, and hanging out with friends.

 

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WEI
Yun

15
China


School: Middle School affiliated with the Wuhan

               Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Zheng Xiaofeng and Chu-Fang Huang


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Beethoven: Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36 (revised version)

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

 

Chamber Music: Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, Op.94

Yun Wei was born in Yueyang, Hunan in May 1994.She was admitted to The Affiliated Primary School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 2001 under the tutorship of Teacher Wu Man. In 2004 she was recruited to The Affiliated Middle School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music under the tutorship of Teacher Zheng Xiaofeng. In March, 2007, participated in The Second National KAWAI Piano Competition and won the first place in the Group of Adolescent Professionals of the Wuhan competition zone. August 12-26, 2007, participated in the "Pan-Pacific Piano Competition & Sino-U.S. Youth Summer Camp" sponsored by Sino-American Culture Association, won the third place in the Group of Adolescent Professionals. In October, 2007, participated in 2007 Helen Cup Fourth Chinese Pieces Piano Competition and won the first place in the Adolescence Group A of the Wuhan zone. In May, 2009, participated in Ameri-china International Music Foundation 2009 First Annual Elite Audition and won the first place in Junior Division of the Wuhan zone. And now she is studying with teacher Chu-Fang Huang since May 2009. In 2010, she has gained the admission to the Juilliard School on undergraduate degree.

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YUEH
Allen

18
U.S.A.


School: Harvard University
Teacher: Yelena Ivanov

 

Master Class Repertoire:                                                          
Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"

Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy in C major, D.760
Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat major, D.899 No.3

Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, Op.23 No.5

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


Born in 1991, Allen Yueh has established himself as a prolific pianist in the last several years, winning numerous competitions and performing concerts around the world.
In June of 2008, Mr. Yueh won the Grand Prize of The Fourth New York Piano Competition under the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. As a result of winning this prestigious national competition, Mr. Yueh performed several solo engagements in New York City, New York State, and Washington D.C. In January 2009, Allen Yueh participated in youngARTS Week 2009, created by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). Mr. Yueh won the Gold Award in this national event and was subsequently distinguished as one of 20 Presidential Scholar of the Arts in the entire nation. As a result, in June 2009 he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Mr. Yueh has performed various concerti with several orchestras around the world: the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra (2000, 2004, 2007, and 2009), the Summit Symphony Orchestra (2008), and the Orchestra Sinfonica del Festival di Chioggia (2005 and 2007). These concerti include Mozart Concerto No. 19 K. 459, Beethoven Concerto No. 3, Chopin Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1.
In August 2004, Mr. Yueh, at the age of twelve, gave his formal solo recital debut by opening the summer concert season at the Shandelee Music Festival (New York). Mr. Yueh returned in 2006 to once again appear as soloist, of which The Times Herald Record praised: "Every once in a while, there emerges a young performer who shows the promise of uniqueness. Such a one is Allen Yueh, who, on his 15th birthday, turned in a performance marked by outstanding technique and maturity of interpretation [.] Remember his name." Mr. Yueh has performed at numerous concert halls, including: The Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (DC), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York City), CAMI Hall (NYC), Steinway Hall (NYC), The Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), Trinity Church (NYC), Temple Emanu-El (NYC), the Shandelee Music Festival Sunset Concert Pavilion (New York), Canisius College (New York), St. Nicolò Auditorium (Chioggia, Italy), Kulas Recital Hall (Oberlin, Ohio), Warner Concert Hall (Oberlin), Greenfield Auditorium (Manhattan School of Music), and Borden Hall (MSM).
Mr. Yueh has also performed in master classes of renowned pianists Joseph Kalichstein, Earl Wild, Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Takacs, Nina Lelchuk, Mikola Suk, Norman Krieger, and Spencer Myer. Since 1996, Allen Yueh has been under the guidance of Ms. Yelena Ivanov, former professor at the Gnesinsky Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. Allen Yueh is currently attending Harvard University.

 

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ZHANG
Cheng

20
China


School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

 


Master Class Repertoire:                                                          

Beethoven: Sonata No.17 in D minor, Op.31 No.2 "The Tempest"
Schubert: Sonata in G major, D.894
Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op.35


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


Chamber Music:  Franck: Quintet in F minor, (First Movement)

 

Born in 1989, Cheng Zhang 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.

Cheng Zhang '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 and Piotr Paleczny. His major music festival participation includes Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, Texas; Qingdao Music Festival Zhou Guangren Piano Summer Institute, China.

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

 

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