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Young Artists Participants (June 2 – June 28)

 

In-Ju Bang

In-Ju Bang

Anna Bulkina

Anna Bulkina

Vladimir Guryanov

Vladimir Guryanov

Anna Han

Anna Han

Sahun Hong

Sahun Hong

Nansong Huang

Nansong Huang

Chaeyoung Lee

Chaeyoung Lee

Tai-Hsuan Lee

Tai-Hsuan Lee

Maria Lyapkova

Maria Lyapkova

Yoon-Wha Roh

Yoon-Wha Roh

Randy Ryan

Randy Ryan

Andrew Sohn

Andrew Sohn

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart

Jiayan Sun

Jiayan Sun

Chelsea Wang

Chelsea Wang

Yun Wei

Yun Wei

Edith Widayani

Edith Widayani

Lizhen Wu

Lizhen Wu

Yuchong Wu

Yuchong Wu

Yon-Joon	Yoon

Yon-Joon Yoon

Cheng Zhang

Cheng Zhang

Wanting Zhao

Wanting Zhao

Hanqing Zhou

Hanqing Zhou

Hanqian Zhu

Hanqian Zhu

 

In-Ju Bang

In-ju BANG


Korea
20
School:
Mannes College The New School for Music
Teacher:
Victor Rosenbaum

 

In-Ju Bang was born in the South Korea. From her early childhood, she had sown considerable interest and talent in music, but had little opportunity for musical study in her hometown. Her early schooling in a relatively rural area allowed her to attend church concerts, listen to records, and play various sports. At the age of eleven she entered the Music Academy in Seoul, where she started intensive training in music with Soo-Hyun Yoo. Subsequently her exceptional musical talent brought triumph in numerous national competitions and she has given many recitals and concerts throughout Korea. In 2004 she won first prize in the Puigcerda International piano competition in Spain at the age of 13, she also was given opportunity to record Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No.1 and No.2 with Naxos at the age of 14, and from 2006 she study at the Juilliard Pre-College with Oxana Yablonskaya. She has given solo recitals in Paul Hall at Juilliard School, she has played Bach Concerto for Three Harpsichords in Yamaha Artist Services in New York, has performed chamber music in Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Lincoln Center, and has performed in DAI in Germany. Now she studies with Victor Rosenbaum in the Mannes School of Music.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2
Beethoven: Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110
Bach: Toccata in G major, BWV 916

Concerto:
Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.19

 

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Anna Bulkina

Anna BULKINA


Russia

24

School: TCU

Teacher: Tamás Ungár

 

24-year-old Anna Bulkina was the Grand National Winner of the 2009 MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition in Atlanta, GA, and as a prize she was awarded a Steinway grand piano. In the same year, she also won first prize in the 59th Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, as well as the 50th Annual Sorantin International Competition in Texas. In the year 2010, Anna Bulkina garnered more prizes by winning the second prize in the 26th International Piano Competition “Valsesia Musica” in Italy, and the second prize in the 5th China International Piano Competition in China. Anna Bulkina has performed extensively in Russia, including appearances with the Rostov State Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagaini; with the Rostov Orchestra performing Mozart Concerto in C minor, K.491 and Concerto in G major, 453; and with the Sochi Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin Concerto No.1 and Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1. Since 2006, Anna Bulkina has been a yearly participant in the “Superior Performing Course” in St. Petersburg, Russia, along with other performances in various concert halls in the same city. In 2007, she appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic performing Chopin Concerto No.1. And in 2009 she performed Prokofiev Second Concerto with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony. She also toured several cities in China giving recitals, including appearance at the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing. In the year 2010 in Texas, she performed Schumann Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as well as Prokofiev Second Concerto with San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Her engagements for the 2010-2011 seasons include concerto appearances with the Northwest Florida Symphony and the South Arkansas Symphony, recital performances in Chicago for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, and in Washington, D.C. for the Phillips Collection Sunday Concert Series. Anna Bulkina graduated from the Sergei Rachmaninoff Conservatory under Professor Rimma Skorokhodova. Her first success was winning the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianist in Szafarnia, Poland, at the age of 12. Thereafter, she presented recitals around the country. In 2008, she came to the United States to continue her study at the Texas Christian University on the Lili Kraus Scholarship, and is currently completing an Artist Diploma under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.18 in E-flat major, Op.31, No.3

Liszt: Après une lecture de Dante (Fantaisie quasi Sonate)

Schumann: Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) Op.82

Busoni: Toccata, K287

 

Concerto:

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

 

Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major Op.97 "Archduke"

 

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Vladimir Guryanov

Vladimir GURYANOV


Russia
23
School: Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland
Teacher: Filippo Gamba

 

Born in Moscow in 1988, Vladimir Guryanov studied piano at the Gnessin Special Music School with Prof. E. Ivanova from 1994 till 2006. He gave his solo debut in Moscow at the age of six. After graduating with honors from the Gnessin School, he continued his studies in the class of Prof. Rudolf Buchbinder at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland. He completed his concert diploma in summer 2010, finishing with honors, and is now pursuing a Master’s in solo performance in the class of Prof. Filippo Gamba (Music Academy Basel).

 

Vladimir Guryanov is supported by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation. He has taken part in numerous concerts presented by the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, as well as in concerts promoted by the Vladimir Krainev Foundation for Young Pianists.

 

Vladimir Guryanov won the bronze medal at the "Sixth International Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz" and was awarded the Russian Independent National Award "Triumph". In 2009 he won the first prize and public award at the "10th Concours d’Interpretation Musicale Lausanne" in Switzerland. He has performed as soloist with the Academic Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and the Pavel Slobodkin Centre's Chamber Orchestra in the most prestigious halls of Moscow and Kiev. Under the auspices of the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation he has toured the United States, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia.

 

Vladimir Guryanov has been a participant in several international festivals including "Piano Texas International Academy & Festival", "Moscow Meets Friends", and "Kiev Nights". He gave a special recital in remembrance of Emile Giles at the International Colmar Festival in France, where he also performed again two years later. For the 2011 season he will perform at the "International Menuhin Festival Gstaad".

 

Vladimir Guryanov has given concerts throughout Europe, Russia, Israel and America. He collaborates with the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110
Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in f minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Chopin: Scherzo No.3 in c-sharp minor, Op.39             
Rachmaninov: "Six Moments musicaux", Op.16

 

Concerto:

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

 

Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A major, Op.47 "Kreutzer"

 

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Anna Han

Anna HAN


USA
15
School:
Arizona Virtual Academy
Teacher:
Fei XU

 

Fifteen year-old Anna Han of Chandler, Arizona started taking piano lessons with her current teacher, Fei Xu, at age five. When she was eleven, she became the national first place winner of the 2007 MTNA Baldwin Junior Piano Competition. In 2008, she won several international piano competitions, including the first prize of the IIYM International Piano Competition, the second place of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and the third place bronze medal of the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition. In the same year, she was featured in National Public Radio's From the Top show. She also won the fifth place at the 2010 Cooper International Piano Competition. Anna made her orchestra debut with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra at age eleven, performing Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. In 2009, she performed Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in the "I want to be a Bach Star" concert. As the 2010 grand prize winner of the Phoenix Young Musicians Scholarship Auditions, she performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, again with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, she was the featured soloist in two concerts with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, playing Schumann Piano Concerto. Anna was also the winner of a number of local competitions, including Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition, Arizona Youth Piano Competition, and Fountain Hills Piano Competition. She has performed in such venues as the Mesa Center for the Arts, Chandler Center for the Arts, and the Lied Center of Kansas. At age nine, she performed Mozart Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 576 for a master class at the 9th World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the MTNA Junior Piano Competition National Winner, she performed at the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, Illinois. In 2009, she gave a solo recital for the Piano Works series of New London, Connecticut. Anna just finished her sophomore year in high school at Arizona Virtual Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sports, talking to friends, and listening to all genres of music. She also enjoys playing chamber music.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.35, Book I
Prokofiev: Sonata No.3 in a minor, Op.28             

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

 

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Sahun Hong

Sahun HONG


USA
17
School:
TCU
Teacher:
John Owings

 

Born in 1994 in Seoul, Korea, Sahun Hong has studied piano since the age of four. In 2005, he entered Texas Christian University (TCU) as a major in Piano Performance studying with Professor John Owings. He has also had lessons with Juilliard Professors Martin Canin and Veda Kaplinsky. Prior to entering TCU at the age of 11, Sahun performed in 28 schools in the Fort Worth ISD through the Van Cliburn Foundation’s “Musical Awakenings” program. Among the many gifts he received, his most treasured is a personally autographed photo of Van Cliburn. He was also invited to perform for the Educational Program of Performing Arts Fort Worth at the Van Cliburn Recital Hall in 2005.

 

Sahun has won numerous prizes and awards. Most recently, he won First Prize in the Hubbard Solo and Chamber Music Competition. In 2010 he was named a Young Steinway Artist, joining a select roster of talented young pianists from around the world. In July, he won Fourth Prize in the Cooper International Piano Competition in Oberlin, Ohio, competing against 43 pianists from eight countries.  In May, he received the Bayard H. Friedman Award for Outstanding Student in Performing Arts presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. In January, he won First Prize in the Piano Division of the 2010 Lennox International Young Artist Competition and performed with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in March.

 

In 2009, he won the Texas Music Teachers Association statewide Solo Contest and the Fort Worth Symphony Young Artists Competition. He performed the Beethoven Concerto No. 3 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in September 2009. He was also featured last fall on the nationally broadcast radio show “From the Top.” In April 2009, Sahun won First Prize in the Leschetizky Competition for Gifted Young Pianists in New York, which included a performance with Camerata New York in Merkin Hall.  Howard Aibel wrote in New York Concert Review that Sahun “was at home at the keyboard, performing this great Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with lots of clarity, confidence and wisdom.” In January, he won First Prize in the Piano Division and overall Grand Prize in the 2009 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras (TASO) and will perform this season with the Brazos Valley Symphony. He has also been invited to perform with the Waco Symphony and the Galveston Symphony. The April 2008 issue of Fort Worth Magazine featured Sahun in an article titled “14 Brilliant Minds.” Sahun enjoys math, reading, speedcubing, magic tricks, chess, and table tennis.


Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.17 in d minor, Op. 31 No.2
Beethoven: Sonata No.27 in e minor, Op.90
Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.12 (I-V)

 

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


Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat major Op.70 No.2

 

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Nansong Huang

Nansong HUANG


China
17
School:
The Juilliard School
Teacher:
Yoheved Kaplinsky

 

Born in China, Nansong Huang started to play the piano at the age of four. When he was ten, he was accepted to The Music School Attached to The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Professor Jin Zhang. In recent years, he had won top prizes in many piano competitions include 1st prize for the 12 and under category for the 5th International Competition for Young Pianists “A Step Towards Mastery”, St. Petersburg, Russia 2005; 2nd prize and the Excellent Artist prize for the Junior Group, VII International Competition For Young Pianists In Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (no 1st prize awarded), Kiev, Ukraine in 2006; 1st prize for The Chamber Music Competition at the XI “Morningside Music Bridge” Summer Camp, Canada Mount Royal College Conservatory, Canada in 2007; 1st prize in Minnesota International E-Competition Juniors (2008), 1st prize of the 5th International Piano Competition “Dedication to Franz Liszt" in Moscow(2008), 1st prize in James Mottram International Piano Competition, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK in2008; 1st prize and the best performance of Tchaikovsky piece award in the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians, South Korea(2009). He collaborated successfully with more than 20 orchestras around the world and his performances were highly appreciated by both the orchestras and conductors. He had given recitals in many places which were well received. In life, he likes to play ping pang, video games, watch movies and enjoy the time with books (especially about history and philosophy), friends and family. Presently he is studying with a full scholarship to the pre-college division of Juilliard School of Music studying piano with Mrs. Veda Kaplinsky, a world renowned pianist and educator.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.32 in c minor, Op.111
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, Op.15 “Wandarer”
Liszt: Sonata in b minor
Mozart / Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan

 

Concerto:

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

 

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Chaeyoung Lee

Chaeyoung LEE


Korea

25

School: Cleveland Institute of Music

Teacher: Antonio Pompa-Baldi

 

Chaeyoung Lee was born in June, 1986. She began her music studies at age seven in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. six years later he started studying at the Yewon arts school with Suehui Aue. After two years of studies, she attended "brahms competition' in Seoul and won first prize. In 2010, she majored in piano with Hyeongjun Chang and earned her bachelor's degree at Seoul National University. She is in the first year of master's program at CIM, studying with Mr. Antonio Pompa-Baldi. 
She won second prize at the Tuesday Musical Scholarship competition in Ohio, United States in 2011. She was also the winner of The Osaka International competition in Japan. She recently performed at Sejong Arts Center in Seoul, Korea. 

 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.16 in G major, Op.31 No.1
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9
Scriabin: Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30

 

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B-flat Major, Op.19

 

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Tai-Hsuan Lee

Tai-Hsuan LEE


Taiwan

Age: 23

School: University of Michigan

Teacher: Logan Skelton

 

Born in Taichung, Taiwan, Tai-Hsaun Lee received her Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance last year from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). In 2009, Ms. Lee was selected by the School of Music, NTNU as an exchange student to the College of Music, University of North Texas. She is currently a first year Masters student in piano performance at the University of Michigan. Her teachers have included Logan Skelton, Arthur Greene, Gustavo Romero and Lina Yeh. She has attended the Tunghai Music Festival in Taiwan since 2002 and the Music Festival at Walnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2008 prior to coming to study in the U.S. During the festivals, Ms. Lee took mater classes / private lessons with Yehudi Wyner, Robert Shannon, Thomas Schumacker, Michael Lewin, Hung-Kuan Chen, Meng- Chieh Liu, Pi-Hsien Chen and among others. In her leisure time, Ms. Lee loves traveling, cooking and reading.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.13 in E-flat Major, Opus 27, No.1
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Op.9
Liszt: Sonetto 123 del Petrarca

 

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

 

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Maria Lyapkova

Maria LYAPKOVA


Russia

26

School: Lynn University Conservatory of Music

Teacher: Dr. Roberta Rust

 

Maria Lyapkova, piano Maria Lyapkova, is currently pursuing a Professional Performance Degree in Piano Performance with Dr. Roberta Rust at Lynn University Conservatory of Music. She began studying piano at the age of 5 with her mother. Since then, Maria has studied with artists including Honored Ambassador of the Arts Olga Yakovlevna Stupakova (Schnittke Moscow State College of Music, Piano Class), Associate Professor Ekaterina Derzhavina, Associate Professor Vyacheslav Poprugin and Associate Professor Olga Philippova (P.I.Tchaikovsy Moscow Conservatory, Piano and Period Keyboard Instruments Classes). Maria took an active part in the workshops by Kris Verhelst, Davitt Moroney, Ronald Brautigam, Christopher Stembridge, Natalia Gutman, Alexei Lubimov, Paul Schenly, Gary Graffman, Gunther Schuller and others. In 2007 Maria become a prizewinner of the Maria Yudina Chamber Music Competition in St.Petersburg, Russia. As a soloist and a member of chamber music groups Maria has participated as an artist in a number of International Music Festivals in Russia and Europe among them “Spotlight on Young Musicians” (France) , Concert Series of E.Grieg's Music (Norway), “Primavera Classica” (Moscow), “Music of Norway” (Moscow), "Pentatonika" (Elista), Pianofest in the Hamptons (USA), 2011 New Music Festival (USA). Her recent engagements include performances and recitals in the USA and Russia.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2 No.3
Mozart: Piano Sonata in F major, KV 332
Debussy: Images Book 1
Schumann: Piano Sonata No.2 in g minor op.22

 

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

 

Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1 "Ghost"

 

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Yoon-Wha Roh

Yoon-Wha ROH

 

Korea

17

School: Indiana University

Teacher: Arnaldo Cohen

 

Yoon-Wha Roh, a native of Korea, started playing piano at the age of four. She has won numerous competitions including Young Artist Concerto Competition in Piano Texas 2010, 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 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia, New Jersey State Orchestra in New York, Korean Symphony Orchestra in Seoul Arts Center and Seoul National Symphony Orchestra in KBS Hall, Korea. She has appeared in Television program "Fantastico", broadcast in Brazil while she was participating Villa-Lobos Competition. In July 2009, her Rachmaninoff Concerto Performance was featured in <Music Journal> in Korea as a cover story.

 

Her concert highlights 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 Piano Texas 2010, Banff Center, New Paltz International Summer Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and International Keyboard Institute & Festival in Mannes College, New York.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven Sonata No.27 in e minor, Op.90
Beethoven: Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14 No.2
Schumann: Sonata in g minor No.2, Op.22
Dutilleux: Piano Sonata

 

Concerto:
Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

 

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Randy Ryan

Randy RYAN

 

Indonesia
16
School:
Jakarta Conservatory of Music
Teacher:
Iswargia R. Sudarno

 

Randy Ryan, born in Indonesia on 9th June 1995, started piano lesson when he was 5 years old with Ilda Ratna. In 2005 Randy became the student of Jakarta Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Iswargia R. Sudarno.


In 2008 Randy won 3rd prize at the International Piano For Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands. He also won 1st prize at the 2nd and 3rd Asean International  Chopin Piano Competition.


Randy was invited by Jakarta Chamber Ochestra under conductor Avip Priatna performing Mozart concerto K. 467. He was also invited by Cultural Central France as a prelude of Quator Diotima concert. Last August Randy received a full scholarship when winning the Chopin Piano Competition in Jakarta which was organized by the Poland Embassy and French Cultural Central. The scholarship was for visiting Cite De La Musique in France and learning at the 12th Summer Academy of Music Krakow 2010.

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 "Heroic"
Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, KV 281
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no. 1

Concerto:
Beethoven: Concerto No.3 in c minor, op. 37

 

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Andrew Sohn

Andrew SOHN

 

Australia

19

School: University of South Carolina
Teacher:
Marina Lomazov

 

Andrew Sohn, was born in Perth, Australia. He did not begin his serious piano studies until he moved to Gainesville, Florida when he was thirteen. There, he met his first professional teacher, Dr. Soomee Yoon. Under the guidance of Dr. Yoon, Andrew won many awards in the local and state level such as the Betsy Schnell Youth Award, and first prize in the Florida State Music Teachers Association Competition in the solo division. In his high school years, he attended several prestigious international music academies and festivals such as the Southeastern Piano Festival, Indiana University Piano Academy, and Chautauqua International Music Festival. At Indiana University Piano Academy, Andrew was acknowledged several times including being a part of the Honors Recital and receiving a small amount of scholarship to IU with a Faculty Favourite Award. Andrew has also played in numerous masterclasses with internationally-renowned artists such as Olga Kern, Karen Shaw, Rebecca Penneys, Alexander Gavrylyuk, and Jeremy Denk. Andrew initially started his undergraduate degree at Manhattan School of Music studying Piano Performance under Nina Svetlanova but transferred to his current institution, University of South Carolina where he continued his piano studies with Dr. Marina Lomazov. Under Dr. Marina Lomazov, Andrew attended his first young artist MTNA competition in South Carolina and received an honorable mention award. He was also invited last year to play as a guest performer at the “Rice Music House at Sandhills” Spring Concert Series in South Carolina.

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.27 in e minor, Op.90
Liszt: Rhapsody Espagnole
Bach: Toccata in f-sharp minor, BWV 910
Chopin: BalladeNo.1 in g minor, Op.23

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

 

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Michael Stewart

Michael STEWART

 

USA

22

School: University of Utah
Teacher:
Dr. Susan Duehlmeier

 

Michael Stewart (b. 1989) has played the piano for fourteen years and currently studies with Dr. Susan Duehlmeier at the University of Utah. He has won many prizes in competitions: First Prize in the Aloha International Piano Competition; Second Prize in the PianoArts North American Competition (Wisconsin), Bradshaw and Buono International Competition (New York), Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition (Maryland), and the Snowy Range Piano Competition (Wyoming); and Fourth Prize in the New York International Piano Competition. He has also garnered top prizes in dozens of other local and national competitions. He has performed over a dozen times with various orchestras including the Utah Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Salt Lake Symphony, and in master classes with renowned pianists such as Murray Perahia, Martin Canin, and Leslie Howard, just to name a few. As a soloist, Mr. Stewart has appeared at Greenwald Hall (New York), Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (Washington DC), Abravanel Hall, and the Libby Gardner Concert Hall. As a dedicated student, Mr. Stewart has been on the Dean’s List every semester he has attended so far, and is the recipient of the Theodore Presser Scholar Award, University of Utah Fine Arts Board Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of Promise Award, University of Utah Alumni Association Achievement Scholarship, among others. Michael maintains a piano studio, collaborates with numerous soloists and choirs, volunteers at local hospitals and retirement centers, and is the pianist for the Utah Chamber Artists and Intermountain Children Strings.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat major Op. 31 No. 3
Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody
Ravel: Miroirs (Nos. 2, 3, and 4)
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in a minor, Op. 28


Concerto:

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

 

Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Piano Trio in c minor, Op.1 No.3

 

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Jiayan Sun

Jiayan SUN

 

China

21

School: The Juilliard School
Teacher:
Yoheved Kaplinsky

 

Jiayan Sun was born in Yantai, Shandong, China in 1990. He began to study piano at the age of six.


In September 2002, he auditioned into The Music Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He studied with Prof. Jin Zhang.


In May 2004, he won the first prize in the First International Seiler Piano Competition for young pianists in Greece. In September 2004, he won the fifth prize in the Fourth Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists. In November 2004, he was awarded the thirteenth Chengxian Fu memorial scholarship of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.


In August 2005, he won the first prize in the Second National Concerto Competition for young instrumentalists in Beijing, China. He performed Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing Concert Hall subsequently. In April 2006, he performed Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2 with Chinese National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing University Concert Hall.


In September 2006, he auditioned into The Juilliard School Pre-college Division in New York with full scholarships. He studied with Ms. Victoria Mushkatkol.


In March 2007, he won the second prize in the Friday Woodmere Music Club Young Artists Competition in New York. In June 2007, he won the Nordmann Scholarship Piano Competition in The Juilliard School. In May 2008, he graduated from The Juilliard School Pre-college Division with the achievement award. He currently studies in the bachelor’s degree program of The Juilliard School with full scholarships under the tutelage of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. In November 2009, he organized and performed a concert in tribute to the great German conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler, in the Juilliard School. In November 2010, he won the first prize in the First CCC Toronto International Piano Competition.


He has performed in the world renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. He has performed many times in The Juilliard School, included participation in the ChamberFest and the performances of Chopin’s 24 Etudes. He has performed frequently in New York, Beijng, Taipei, among others. He has performed with Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shandong Symphony Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, etc. His performances had been broadcasted on the CCTV.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven Sonata in A-flat Major, Op.110
Schubert: Sonata in c Minor, D. 958
Chopin: Sonata No.3 in b minor, Op.58
Debussy: Preludes Book 1, Nos. 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 - Book 2, Nos. 7, 12

 

Concerto:
Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

 

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Chelsea Wang

Chelsea WANG

 

USA

17
School:
Valley High School, Iowa
Teacher:
Ksenia Nosikova

 

Chelsea Wang, 17 years old, lives in West Des Moines, Iowa. Currently an 11th grader at Valley High School, Chelsea is a piano student of Ksenia Nosikova of the University of Iowa.

 

Chelsea is a prizewinner of 2010 New York International Piano Competition, 2010 Eastman International Piano Competition, the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, where she received the 2nd place for Ensemble, Best Performance of Baroque Work Award, Best Interpretation of Franz Liszt Award. In the spring of 2009 and 2010, Chelsea was a finalist in the MTNA National Senior Piano Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia and Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2007 she received 2nd prize at the National MTNA Junior Baldwin Competition in Toronto, Canada.

 

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 Andre Watts, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Arnaldo Cohen, Christopher Elton, Douglas Humpherys, Andreas Haefliger, Frederic Chiu, and others. As a guest pianist, she was invited to perform for the annual event of the National Piano Technicians Guild in Kansas City in 2007. She was interviewed by and performed on Kansas Public Radio. Chelsea also appeared twice on "Know the Score," a statewide Iowa radio program. She also appears frequently on "Piano Sunday," a TV program by the University of Iowa.

 

As an all-rounded student, Chelsea received the Presidential Academic Achievement and Excellence Award presented by President Bush in 2008. She volunteers at various community activities and senior homes, and was recently honored as an Iowa Youth of the Year in 2011. Her other hobbies include reading, poetry, sports, participating in school clubs, and hanging out with friends.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870

            Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 860

Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in f minor, Op.57 "Appassionata"

Chopin: Rondo in E-flat major, Op.16 


Concerto:
Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.19

 

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Yun Wei

Yun WEI

 

China

17

School: Juilliard School

Teacher: Robert McDonald

 

Born in 1994, Yun Wei started her music career at the age of 6 in Hunan, China. She was admitted to The Affiliated Primary School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 2001 under the tutorship of Teacher Wu Man. Then In 2004 she was recruited to The Affiliated Middle School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music under the tutorship of Teacher Zheng Xiaofeng. Through years in Wuhan conservatory of music,Yun Wei gained her recognition. 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. She was studying with teacher Chu-Fang Huang since May 2009. Now she is in The Juilliard School under Robert Mcdonald.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2 No.3
Chopin: Sonata No.2 in b-flat minor, Op.35
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9
Bach: Partita No.2 in c minor, BWV826

 

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

 

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Edith Widayani

Edith WIDAYANI

 

Indonesia

21

School: TCU

Teacher: Tamás Ungár

 

Edith is a recipient of full-tuition scholarship from Texas Christian University School of Music, including the Langdon Music Scholarship and Happy-Bell Keyboard Scholarship. Edith started her piano education when she was three years old, back in her hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia. She was admitted to Yayasan Pendidikan Musik School of Music when she was 7, and graduated, from the oldest music school in Indonesia, when she was 15, awarded the Yayasan Pendidikan Musik Gold Medal and also the Yayasan Pendidikan Musik Artist Award. After her graduation, she then continues her study with Dr. Johannes S. Nugroho, former Dean of the Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music, for a year before decided to pursue music. Edith then transferred to Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and studied under the guidance of Prof. Ling Yuan and graduated in 2008. Claiming the 1st prize winner of Ananda Sukarlan Award for Best Indonesian Pianist 2010, Edith is also one of the finalists for Seattle International Piano Competition in 2009 and Crescendo Awards 2010. She has also received an Award of Achievement in International Forum from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. During the summer of 2009, she has also been offered scholarships to go to International Piano Academy Freiburg, Germany, and Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy, Budapest, Hungary. She has also performed in numerous cities in Indonesia as well as abroad, including Italy, China, Germany, Hungary, and U.S.A. Besides her passion in piano, Edith also enjoys playing Chinese zither and Indonesian gamelan, and had performed numerous times with both instruments. She is currently a junior working on her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University School of Music and studying under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.


Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op.31 No.1
Chopin: Ballade No.1 in g minor, Op.23
Chopin: Ballade No.4 in f minor, Op.52
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op.118             

Concerto:
Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

 

Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A major, Op.69

 

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Lizhen Wu

Lizhen WU

 

China

22

School: University of North Texas

Teacher: Dr. Pamela Mia Paul

 

Pianist Lizhen Wu was born in 1988 in the town of Yue Yang in the People's Republic of China. He began studying the piano at the age of 5. Because of his promising musical gifts, he was accepted into the Wuhan Conservatory, which necessitated moving away from home. He studied at the Conservatory with Wang Xian, who remained his teacher until he came to the United States in 2006. Mr. Wu - known to his American friends as Rick - won First Prize in the Hazimen Piano Competition in China and was invited to the United States to perform at four universities, including the University of North Texas. He auditioned for the Bachelor of Performing Arts degree at the UNT College of Music, and was accepted as a freshman performance major in the fall of 2006 on a scholarship. He is presently studying with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major, Op.2 No.3
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1
Dutilleux: Piano Sonata (IV. Choral et Variations)

 

Concerto Repertoire:
Beethoven: Concerto No.2 in B-flat Major, Op.19

 

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Yuchong Wu

Yuchong WU

 

China
15
School:
The Juilliard School – Pre-college Division
Teacher:
Matti Raekallio

 

Yuchong Wu, was born in Xianyang City, Shaanxi, China on Dec. 28, 1995. From the age of 4 and half-year-old, he has been learning piano performance from Associate Prof. Zhuangzhang Li, deputy director of Piano Department of Xi’an Conservatory of Music, China, up to now.In September, 2006, having never gone to Grade Six, Yuchong Wu of primary school jumped class to the High School Affiliated to Xi’an Conservatory of Music, China, with major of piano performance. In September, 2010, he got in to the Juilliard School pre-college and currently study with Prof. Matti Raekallio. He expressed to music strongest realization ability and the performance ability since the childhood and was a very rare music genius! His sense of hearing is sharp, ear sound preeminent, music score memory ability astonishing, and new song mastering quickest. His personality is cheery and the interest is extensive. He has a broad learning knowledge. His visual field is spacious. He enjoys sports and is good at studying knowledge outside the lesson, and especially likes to read musical score, listen each kind of classical music, particularly listen to piano music! He likes to pursue his music personality when giving piano performance. He has a passion for a piano art and likes the feeling for performing. Therefore, he does a piano assiduous, study diligent, progressing very quickly, and the result is outstanding. During studying in the High School Affiliated to Xi’an Conservatory of Music, China, he takes part in piano competitions for many times and has obtained good result: In May 2007, he won the first place in the children group in the "Kawai Cup" National Youth Piano Competition Designed for Four Hands; In October, 2007, won the third place in the children group in the “CadenzaCup” National Youth and Children Piano Competition. In April, 2008, won the first place in the professional children group in the Music Award Piano Competition in Shaanxi; In July, 2008, won the third place in the professional children group in the National Youth and Children Piano Competition of Gulongyu Piano Festival; In December, 2008, won the gold prize in the youth and children group of piano in the CCTV Piano and Violin Competition in China; In June, 2009, won the second place in the piano group in the “Sixth Tchaikovsky International Youth Music Competition”; In November, 2009, won the first place in the first professional group of “Pearl River. Caesar” at the National Youth and Children Piano Competition. He has perform with many orchestras, such as: Russian national symphony orchestra, China national orchestra, Xi’an conservatory of music orchestra, GyeongGi-Do suwon Phiharmonic orchestra. Etc. He has given many recitals in China.



Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.7 in D major, Op.10 No.3
Beethoven: Sonata No.23 in f minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Schubert: Impromptus, Op.90 (complete)
Chopin: Polonaise in f-sharp minor, Op.44

Concerto:
Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

 

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Yon-Joon Yoon

Yon-Joon YOON

 

Korea

18

School: Juilliard School

Teacher: Robert McDonald

 

A native of Seoul, Korea, 17-year old Yon-Joon Yoon began studying the piano at the age of six and made his solo debut at the age of 12 at Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. He has studied at the Seoul Arts Center Music Academy, the Preparatory Division of the Korean National University of Arts, and Yewon Arts School. From 2006, Yon-Joon entered the studio of Yong Hi Moon at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Yon-Joon has won first place and best interpretation of American Composer in Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competiton YA-II Category held in Baltimore (2009), first place in Fite Family Young Artist Piano Competition held in Missouri (2009). Also, he has been one of the 6 semi finalists of RNCM international piano competition held in Manchester, England (2008). He has won second prize in the junior division of the 2nd Louisiana International Piano Competition (2007) and was the recipient of the 23rd Annual Awards from the Peabody Preparatory (2007), placing first at the Peabody Preparatory Concerto Competition (2007). Before coming to America, Yon-Joon won numerous competitions and awards including: the silver medal in the junior division of the 7th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia at Tokyo (2006), and many others to name. Yon-Joon's notable performances include: the 23rd Young Musician's Festival at Youngsan Art Hall (2006), the Seoul Arts Center Music Academy Prodigy concert at the Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall (2005). Since coming to the U.S. Yon-Joon has performed in various solo and chamber concerts hosted by the Peabody Preparatory. He has performed piano concerto with the Peabody Sinfonietta conducted by Gene Young in May (2007). He has performed in Georgetown, Washington D.C., Springfield, Missouri, and Columbia and Baltimore, Maryland. He has attended Aria International Summer Music Academy in June (2007), Bowdoin international music festival in July (2007, 2008), Aspen Music Festival in August (2009), and John O'coner music camp & master class in January (2006). Aside from his love of music Yon-Joon is a normal teenager who graduated an early as a junior from Long Reach High School in Howard County, Maryland, where he was a member of the MESA, National German Honors Society, and National Honors Society. He is currently a freshman at the Juilliard School with a full-tuition scholarship under the tutorage of Robert McDonald.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op.109
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9
Ravel: La valse, un poème chorégraphique

 

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

 

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Zhang Cheng

Cheng ZHANG


China
22
School:
TCU
Teacher:
Tamás Ungár

 

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 11th 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 Badura-Skoda, John O’Conor, Menahem Pressler, Andrea Bonatta, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Nelita True, 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.


Zhang Cheng 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.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.15 in D major, Op.28 "Pastorale"
Schumann: Humoreske in B-flat major, Op.20
Bach: French Overture in b minor, BWV 831


Concerto:
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Op.56

 

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Wanting Zhao

Wanting ZHAO

 

China

20

School: TCU

Teacher: José Feghali

 

Zhao Wanting born in Shenyang and began her piano learning since four years old. 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. Zhao Wanting is currently a student at Texas Christian University, studying with Mr. José Feghali.

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.29 in B-flat major, Op.106 "Hammerklavier"
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24
Schumann: Carnaval, Op.9
Berg: Piano Sonata Op.1

 

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

 

Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Cello Sonata in C major, Op.102 No.1

 

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Hanqing Zhou

Hanqing ZHOU


China
21
School:
Rice University
Teacher:
Robert Roux

 

HanQing Zhou is a rising figure of the 80s generation pianist who is committed to connect to today’s audiences by offering strong interpretations of the historical and contemporary repertoire. As a soloist he has performed in orchestral and recital settings. His debut was with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, performing the Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto under James Feddeck. He has given solo and chamber performance at Warner Concert Hall, Kulas Recital Hall in Ohio, Neier Recital Hall in Chengdu, and Duncan Recital Hall in Houston.
Born in Chengdu, a southern city of China, HanQing attended the precollege program of Sichuan Conservatory of Music where he studied with pianists Huang Jing and Zheng DaXin. He came to United States for his Bachelor’s Degree of Piano performance at Oberlin conservatory of music with Professor Peter Takacs. Now he pursues his Master’s   Music Degree at Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, studying with Dr. Robert Roux.
HanQing received a full scholarship from Oberlin Conservatory and is a recipient of the Dr. Margaret Ann Goldstein Prize from Rice University He is also a prize winner of many competitions including the Hong Kong Mozart Piano Competition, Firelands Symphony Orchestra Concerto Completion, Gu Lang Yu National Competition (in the Sichuan region).

 

 

Solo Repertoire:
Beethoven: Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, Op.15 “Wandarer”
Brahms: Concerto No.1 in d minor, Op.15

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

 

Chamber Music::

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in c minor, Op.30 No.2

 

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Hanqian Zhu

Hanqian ZHU


China
21
School:
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Teacher:
Yoshikazu Nagai

 

Hanqian Zhu's early piano studies began at the Primary School of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. After graduating from the Conservatory's Middle School, she entered the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008 on scholarship. She is currently a junior at the Conservatory, studying with Yoshikazu Nagai.

 

She has won many prizes including the First Prize in the San Francisco Conservatory's 2009 Concerto Competition, the Fifth Prize in the Julia Crane International Piano Competition in 2006, and the Second Prize in the Chamber Music Competition of Shanghai Conservatory in 2006. She has presented many recitals in China and the United States and has appeared in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert Series since the age of 15. Most recently in March 2010, she performed Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. Besides solo performances, she also has many experiences in chamber music and accompanying.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in f-sharp major, Op. 78
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in b-flat minor, Op.35
Szymanowski: Variations, Op.3
Handel: Chaconne in G Major

Concerto:

Beethoven: Concerto No.1 in C Major, Op.15

 

Chamber Music:

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat major, Op.1 No.1


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