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Young Artists Participants

 

Kevin Ahfat

Kevin Ahfat

Kenny Broberg

Kenny Broberg

Alberto Chines

Alberto Chines

Sung-Soo Cho

Sung-Soo Cho

Aaron Chow

Aaron Chow

Yevgeni Galanov

Yevgeni Galanov

Julia Hamos

Júlia Hámos

Xuesha Hu

Xuesha Hu

Atsushi Imada

Atsushi Imada

Sohyang In

Sohyang In

Nozomi Iwai

Nozomi Iwai

Nedvetsky

Natalie Nedvetsky

Ilya Ramlav

Ilya Ramlav

 

Yinuo Wang

Yinuo Wang

 

Chelsea Wang

Chelsea Wang

 

Re Zhang

Re Zhang

 

lu_shen

Jiaming Zhang

 

Qi Kong

 

 

 

 

Kevin Ahfat

Kevin Ahfat


Canada/USA
School:
The Juilliard School
Teacher:
Choong-Mo Kang

 

A native of Toronto, Canada, eighteen year-old pianist Kevin Ahfat has been acclaimed as a pianist of “exceptional breadth” and whose “spirited, flawless performance stemmed from the very depth of his soul” (Estes Park News). Kevin began piano studies at the age of seven and is currently studying under the tutelage of Mr. Choong-Mo Kang at The Juilliard School, with past teachers including Lei Weng and Larry Graham.

 

Kevin has won recognition in many national and international competitions, among those being the Silver Medal at the 5th Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition, First Prize in the 2009 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition with a subsequent Carnegie Hall performance, and top prizes in the Eastman, IIYM, and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competitions. He has also won first prizes in the 2009 Boulder Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, 2009-2010 Steinway & Sons Piano Concerto Competitions, and the 2012 Schmitt Music Competition.

 

Kevin has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic, and the Symphony in the Valley, and has been featured on CPR 88.1 Classical KVOD Colorado Spotlight and KPR 91.5 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. At Juilliard, he is a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, and has performed with them in Alice Tully Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center. He has also performed in Juilliard's performance cycle of all of Debussy's 24 Préludes in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning pianist Richard Goode, and has performed in Juilliard's FOCUS! 2013 Festival and ChamberFest 2013. Kevin has studied at numerous summer festivals including the International Institute for Young Musicians, Southeastern Piano Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival and has studied closely with many teachers including Arie Vardi, Marina Lomazov, and Alessandro Taverna. He has also played in masterclasses with numerous artists including Olga Kern, Richard Goode, Dmitri Levkovich, and Steven Spooner. Kevin is a scholarship recipient and 2013-14 roster member of the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado.

 

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Kenny Broberg

Kenny Broberg


USA

School: University of Houston

Teacher: Nancy Weems

 

Kenny Broberg is nineteen years old, and has studied the piano since age six. A resident of Minneapolis, Kenny studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins. Following high school, he moved to Houston, where he currently studies at the Moores School of Music with Nancy Weems, recognized as one of the top teachers in the U.S. Kenny has won many honors and awards. He has been in masterclasses with Abbey Simon, Alessio Bax, and Arie Vardi. He plays “with an emotional sophistication far beyond his years” (Duluth News Tribune). His awards include the Bronze Medal in the 62nd Wideman International Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Young Artist World Piano Festival Concerto Competition (judged by Christopher O’Riley and Andre Watts), and numerous awards in the MTNA Competition. Most recently, he was a finalist and received Honorable Mention in the 54th Jefferson Symphony International Concerto Competition. Kenny has played concerti with a number of orchestras, including eight appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra. Recently, as winner of the New Orleans International Piano Institute Concerto Competition, he received a concert engagement in October 2012 for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the New Orleans Symphony. Solo appearances include two recitals for the prestigious concert series Salon Se Leve and a guest solo recital at the 2012 Texas Music Festival’s High School Piano Institute. Upcoming performances include a concerto performance with the MSSO in the 2013-2014 season and a solo recital in February for a concert series in Houston. On campus, he is in great demand as a collaborative artist.

 

 

 

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Alberto Chines

Alberto Chines


Italy
School: Bolzano Conservatory
Teacher: Davide Cabassi

 

Alberto Chines is a young Italian pianist born in 1988. As a child he won more than 20 prizes in national piano competitions and started to perform around Italy. In 2005 he was admitted to Imola Piano Academy, where he studied with Franco Scala and Piero Rattalino, attending masterclasses of many well known teachers and concert pianists like Andrea Lucchesini, Bruno Canino, Cedric Pescia, Dario De Rosa, Joaquim Soriano, Jin Ju, Vovka Ashkenazy, Oleg Marshev, Riccardo Risaliti, Gianluca Cascioli.

 

He also studied harpsichord, hammerklavier (with Stefano Fiuzzi) and orchestra conducting. Actually he is studying with Davide Cabassi in Bolzano. He played recitals in many prestigious venues like Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and SpazioTeatro89 in Milan and with orchestras like Human Rights Orchestra (conducted by Alessio Allegrini) and Haydn Orchestra (conducted by Stephen Lloyd). In 2011 he won the first prize at "Palma d'Oro" International Piano Competition in Finale Ligure.

 

 

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Sung-Soo Cho

Sung-Soo Cho


Korea
School:
Cleveland Institute of Music
Teacher:
Antonio Pompa-Baldi

 

A Korean pianist, Sung-Soo Cho began learning the piano at the age of five. He graduated Yewon School in 2003, Seoul Arts High School in 2006, Seoul National University in 2010, and Manhattan School of Music in 2012. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Cleveland Institute of Music under Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

 

Mr. Cho had numerous successes in several piano competitions such as International Piano Competition "Delia Steinberg" in Madrid, Spain, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, 5 Towns Music and Art Foundation Young Musician Competition in New York, Glasgow International Competition for Young Pianists, and International Piano Academy in Scotland Competition. In Korea, he received many prizes such as the grand prize at Suri National Music Competition and the second prize at JoongAng Music Competition. Mr. Cho has performed recitals at Yamaha Artist Service Seoul as a soloist of their rising artist series and at Kumho Art Hall as a soloist of Kumho Young Artist Concert Recital. He appeared with Prime Philharmonic Orchestra playing Prokofiev's third piano concerto.

 

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Aaron Chow

Aaron Chow


Canada
School:
University of Toronto
Teacher:
James Parker

 

Canadian pianist Aaron Chow, 19, was born, raised and educated in Toronto. He has performed in major concert venues in Toronto, York Region, Markham, and New York. He has performed with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Jacques Israelievitch, the former Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

 

Aaron has been a winner in many competitions, nationally and internationally. In the 2011/2012 season, he has been first prize winner at the Bradshaw and Buono 2012 International Piano Competition, and as a result has performed in Carnegie Hall. He has also won trophies from Markham Music Festival (Petrof trophy, Bach Shield, and Adjudicator’s Choice), York Region Music Celebration Festival (Best of Festival, piano) and North York Music Festival (Best Senior Pianist). Previously, he has also been a national finalist and scholarship winner at the Canadian Music Competitions, and has received numerous first prizes and scholarships from the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto.

 

Aaron is currently a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Professor James Parker. Previously, Aaron had been a Composition Major in Earl Haig Secondary School’s Claude Watson arts program, and had studied composition there with Mr. Alan Torok. He had studied piano with Mr. Derek Bampton for eight years, and prior to that, had studied with Mr. David Louie. Aaron had also been an accomplished flautist, and had studied the flute with Mr. Stephen Tam.

 

As recipient of the 2012 David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award at University of Toronto, Aaron has participated at the Orford Summer Music Academy, working with Mr. Anton Kuerti. Aaron has also participated in CCM Prague International Piano Institute (2011) and Edward Auer’s Summer Beethoven Piano Workshop (2011) at Indiana University where he had studied with Mr. Auer and Mrs. Jungwha Moon Auer. Aaron has played in many masterclasses, with many distinguished pianists including John O’Conor, Peter Bithel and André Watts.

 

Aaron enjoys cooking and gardening in his spare time.

 

 

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Yevgeni Galanov

Yevgeni Galanov


Belarus
School:
Belarus State Music Academy
Teacher:
Ludmila Shelomentseva

 

Yevgeni Galanov was born in Minsk in 1990 and began studying music at the age of six. His first public appearance took place when he was nine years old; at the age of twelve he made his debut with orchestra (Mozart Concerto K.488). He has since toured in Belarus, France, Switzerland, and has performed with such orchestras as the Belarus State Symphony the Belarusian Radio and Television Symphony, the Belgorod Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Rostov (Russia). He has also taken part in master-classes «Young talents of XXI century» (Moscow, 2009) and Youth Musical Academy at IV Yuri Bashmet International Festival (Minsk, 2009). For several years he had been a scholarship recipient of the Belarusian State Foundation for the support of talented youth.

 

 

 

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Julia Hamos

Júlia Hámos


USA

School: Royal Academy of Music

Teacher: Christopher Elton

 

Júlia Hámos, 21, currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, studying with Julian Martin and privately with Krisztina Kiss. Júlia has performed solo and chamber music recitals in New York at Lincoln Center, Yamaha Studios, Steinway Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, in Washington D.C. at the Hungarian Embassy and the Kennedy Center, and in London, Hungary, Spain, Germany, and Italy. Ms. Hamos has participated in festivals such as the Banff Centre, the International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove, where she studied with the composer Thomas Ades, the Aspen Music Festival and International Keyboard Institute and Festival. She was one of ten finalists across the UK in the 2011 Yamaha Scholarship Foundation Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the first Jacob Barnes Scholarship Award from the Academy, an award given to a student with innovation to create new ways of performance and communication. July 2012 she performed with the New English Ballet Theatre in its five-day debut at the Peacock Theatre of Sadler’s Wells in London. Throughout 2013 Julia will perform various chamber works and give solo recitals in the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Covent Garden, in the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and in New York City. She is the recent first prize winner of the Sterndale Bennett Prize at the Royal Academy of Music for playing Romantic music composed between 1830-1860. She played at the Wigmore Hall in January as a finalist in the Patron’s Award of the Royal Academy of Music.

 

 

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Xuesha Hu

Xuesha Hu


China

School: Texas Christian University

Teacher: Tamás Ungár

 

With a spontaneous vibrant personality and communicative artistry, 20-year-old pianist Xuesha Hu has recently won first prize both in the 2013 Jefferson International Concerto Competition, Colorado, as well as the 2013 Lennox Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3.

 

Xuesha Hu was born in Ganzhou City, China, to a musical family. Starting piano lesson at the age of four, her talent soon blossomed when she won the Gold Medal at the 2003 China Pearl River Youth Piano Competition. Then at age 12, she embarked on a serious piano study with Xiaoxue Hu at the pre-college music school affiliated with the China Conservatory. Soon she achieved further success including the first prize of the 2007 MSCC “Dance with Black and White” Piano Competition; second prize of the 2009 Beijing International Piano Festival Concerto Competition; second prize in the 2010 Steinway & Sons China Regional Piano Competition; and first prize at the 2011 Oberlin Cooper International Piano Competition, China. Abroad, she was a finalist both at the 2008 Eastman Young Artists Competition, NY and the 2009 Liszt International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Weimar, Germany.

 

Xuesha Hu has had abundance of performing experience, and has given many concerts in various cities of China including the Yamaha Concert Hall in Beijing. In 2010, she was invited to perform at the Beijing Music Hall with prominent pianist Liu Shikun, himself a silver medalist of the First Tchaikovsky Competition. She also performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. During the year 2011, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Chinese-Austrian diplomatic relationship, she was invited to perform at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and at the "Mozarteum" in Salzburg. In 2012, Xuesha was selected to appear with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Leon Fleisher.

 

Xuesha Hu is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the School of Music at Texas Christian University on a full scholarship, under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.

 

 

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Atsushi Imada

Atsushi Imada

 

Japan

School: Tokyo University of Arts

Teacher: Nobiko Miyoshi

 

Atsushi Imada was born in Kakegawa Japan and he began to play the piano at age of three. He made his orchestra debut in 2006 with Kakegawa City Orchestra, and played Beethoven 4th concerto with Ribeirao Preto Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, Tchaikovsky 1st concerto with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev 1st concerto with Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine, Prokofiev 2nd concerto with GEIDAI Philharmonic Orchestra. Also he performed at Yokohama Minatomirai Hall, The Symphony Hall Osaka, Act City Hamamatsu.

 

Atsushi Imada was a top prizewinner of numerous competitions including 1st prize at the 2007 Student Music Concours of Japan, 2nd prize at the 2008 V.Krainev International Piano Competition for Young Pianist in Ukraine, 2nd prize at the 2010 PTNA Piano Competition, 2nd Prize at the Music Competition of Japan. Also he took many masterclasses with Hiroko Nakamura, Kim Daejin, Pavel Gilirov, Mikhail Voskresensky, Oxana Yablonskaya, Dominique Merlet, Tatiana Zelikman. Between 2006 and 2013, Atsushi Imada studied at Tokyo University of Arts. He currently studies with Nobiko Miyoshi, Claudio Soares, Kei Itoh.

 

 

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Sohyang In

Sohyang In

 

Korea
School:
Seoul National University
Teacher:
Aviram Reichert

 

So Hyang In, 21(South Korea), is currently in her last year of studies at Seoul National University where she is pursuing a degree in piano performance under the direction of Prof. Aviram Reichert. She has won top prizes at national competitions, including Dong-a competition in 2011 and Joong-ang national music competition in 2012. Following these important prizes, she has been invited to many recitals and concerts in Korea. Her recent performances include recitals at Cosmos hall, Yamaha hall, Mozart hall, Kumho Art hall, Daejeon Arts center amongst others. She has also performed with Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, DJAC Youth Orchestra.

 

 

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Nozomi Iwai

Nozomi Iwai

 

Japan

School: Texas Christian University
Teacher:
Tamás Ungár

 

Nozomi Iwai started to take piano lessons at the age of four in Japan. She entered the Toho Gakuen Music School for Children (division for preparatory musical studies) at the age of six. She graduated from the Toho Music High School in 2005, and continued to study and graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, where she received Bachelor's Degree in Music (Piano Performance) in 2009. She studied under SHIGERU MARUYAMA,KATSUMI UEDA and HISAKO UENO in Japan. Nozomi Iwai received several International awards, including the first prize of Piara Piano Competition (1997), Rose Piano Contest (2005), and the second prize of the Osaka International Music Competition (2006).

 

Nozomi Iwai completed her Artist Diploma program and currently pursuing the master of music degree at Texas Christian University under the tutelage of Dr. Tamas Ungar. In 2010, she received an honorable mention in MTNA Texas Piano Competition and was also chosen as one of the Concerto Competition winners at TCU. She performed Schumann Piano Concerto in A-minor with TCU Orchestra. She received the special prize in the WIDEMAN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION in Louisiana and also she received honorable mention in the International competition at Schlern International Music Festival in Italy in 2011. She has been a participant in PIANO TEXAS Academy & Festival in Texas,SCHLERN Music Festival in Italy and Banff Centre Piano Master class in Canada. In 2012, her First Album was released in May and also she gave her debut recital at KIOI HALL in Tokyo in Japan.

 

 

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Natalie Nedvetsky


USA
School:
Chicagoland Jewish High School
Teacher:
James Giles

 

 

15 year old pianist Natalie Nedvetsky began her piano studies at the age of 7 with Elaine Felder at the Music Institute of Chicago. At age 14 she entered the Academy program of the Music Institute of Chicago, an advanced training program for gifted pre-collegiate musicians and pursued further studies with Professor James Giles at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.

 

Natalie made her concerto debut at age 11, performing the Mozart Concerto #20 in D minor with the American Festivals Orchestra conducted by maestro Philip Simmons.

 

At the age of 13 Natalie became the youngest recipient of the Citizen Musician award by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was invited to take part in community outreach programs with Mr. Yo Yo Ma.

 

Natalie is a laureate of numerous piano competitions. Most recently she was a finalist in the 2012 Chicago Symphony Youth Auditions, the 2012 Illinois first place senior division winner of the Music Teachers National Association. Also in 2012 in December Natalie was featured in an interview and a series of live performances on “Introductions” radio program on WFMT Chicago classical radio station.

 

Natalie has played in master classes for many internationally renowned artists such as Menahem Pressler, Joyce Yang, HJ Lim and Gerardo Teissonniere.

 

Natalie’s most recent solo recitals include performances the International Beethoven Festival, in the Keys to the City Chicago Symphony Orchestra piano festival, in Young Steinway concert series and in Bennett Hall of Ravinia Music Festival.

 

An avid chamber musician, Natalie performed in Musica Mundi chamber music festival in Waterloo, Belgium since 2011, and will be returning in July of 2013. Natalie is a member of piano trio Bravura frequently performing in concert venues throughout Chicago area and in May of 2013 advancing to a live final chapter of the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition junior division.

 

Ms. Nedvetsky is currently a sophomore at the Chicagoland Jewish High School, a dual curriculum college preparatory program in general and Jewish studies. She has a wide range of interests including philosophy, history, poetry and visual arts.

 

 

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Ilya Ramlav

Ilya Ramlav

 

Russia

School: Moscow Conservatory
Teacher:
Andrei Diev

 

Ilya Ramlav (Moscow city) started his musical education in Kurchatov’s Musical School. In 2006 he entered in State Musical College named after the Gnessin in Moscow in class of Honored Artist of Russia, Professor Andrei Diev. And at 2010 Ilya studied in the Moscow Conservatory, where he continued to study with Professor Andrei Diev.

 

He was awarded in several competitions, both national and international. Amongst others he was winner and laureate: “New Names-2005”; 1st prize in Open Competition for Young Pianists, Kursk (2006); Grand-Prix at the 13th Competition for Young Pianists, Sudja (2006); 3rd prize in 12th International Maria Yudina Competition, Saint Petersburg (2011); 3rd prize at Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition, Serbia (2012). In May, 2012 Ilya won the 1st prize at the International Piano Competition in Saratov.

 

Ilya Ramlav has appeared with the Saratov Philharmonic Orchestra, Volgograd Philarmonic Orchestra, Yaroslavl Philarmonic Orchestra. He has worked with such outstanding conductors as Murad Annamamedov and Eduard Serov.

 

Also Ilya participated in master classes with Bertrand Giraud (France), Mikhail Voskresensky, Pavel Nersessian, Dmitry Bashkirov. In 2012 he had debuted in Weimar High school of F. Liszt through the participation of master classes with professor Konstantin Scherbakov.

 

 

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Yinuo Wang

Yinuo Wang

 

China

School: The Music Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music
Teacher:
Pang Bo

 

Wang Yinuo, female and born in Beijing in October 1996, is now a piano student of the Music Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

 

She started to play the piano at the age of 4 in a music preschool in Beijing, with the aim of having fun with music and developing a better brain by dexterous movements of fingers on keys of the piano.

 

In 2002 when she was 5 years old, she won the first prize in the Beijing "Xiwang Cup" Young Pianists Competition, which encouraged her to play the piano more seriously.

 

In 2006, she began to study the piano with Ms.Pang Bo, and passed the entrance examination given by the Music Elementary School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2007 and became a piano student of the School.

 

In 2010, she advanced, free of examination, to the Music Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, because of her excellent record of studies in the elementary school period.

 

She won the following national and international piano competitions: In 2008, she won the third prize in the All-China National "Xinghai Cup" Young Pianists Competition in Beijing. In May 2011, she won the third prize in the IX International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine. In December 2011, she won the first prize in the 1st Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition in Jakarta, and afterwards in April 2012, she was invited to play her recital in Jakarta, Indonesia. In December 2012, she won the third prize in the Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award in Beijing.

 

 

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Chelsea Wang

Chelsea Wang

 

USA
School:
The Curtis Institute of Music
Teacher:
Meng-Chieh Liu and Ignat Solzhenitsyn

 

Native of West Des Moines, Iowa, 19-year-old Chelsea Wang is prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions, including 2nd prize at the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, and 3rd prize at the 2012 MTNA National Senior Piano Competition. She was also prizewinner at the 2010 NYIPC, (2nd prize for best Ensemble performance), 2010 Eastman International Piano Competition (Best Interpretation of a work by Bach), and the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition (Best Interpretation of a work by Franz Liszt).

 

During the summer of 2011, Chelsea was chosen as one of 6 pianists to perform in an All-Beethoven concerti concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 2 under the baton of maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. In addition she has performed with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Civic Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, among others.

 

Chelsea has appeared on the NPR’s radio show, “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley. She has also made appearances on Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota Public Radios. She has performed in masterclasses for Richard Goode, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andre Watts, Aldo Cicollini, among 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. Chelsea was selected as a Young Artist performer at the 2010 and 2011 PianoTexas International Academy and Festival as one of the youngest pianists selected both years. She has also participated in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, Banff Piano Masterclass in Banff, Canada, and the International Institute for Young Musicians in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

Chelsea currently studies with Meng-Chieh Liu and Ignat Solzhenitsyn at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA.

 


 

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Re Zhang

Re Zhang

 

China

School: Oberlin Conservatory

Teacher: Robert Shannon

 

Re Zhang is a pianist from Beijing, China. She currently studies with Robert Shannon at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She began to study piano when she was five years old and performed on the stage for the first time when she was six. In 2000, she took part in the Sixth Piano Open Competition of YMCA-YWCA and was awarded first prize. In 2004, she was enrolled in The Music Middle School Attached to The Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing with the top score on the entrance exam in her year. In January 2006, she was awarded the Silver Prize in the 7th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. In October, she took part in the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Holland and was awarded the 3rd Prize. In 2010, she won the statewide scholarship in Tuesday Musical Scholarship Auditions. In 2012, she won The John Elvin Prize and The Arthur Dann competition.

 

 

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Jiaming Zhang

Jiaming Zhang

 

China

School: The Music Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music

Teacher: Ling Yuan

 

Zhang Jiaming was born in May 1999 in Beijing China. He started to study piano at the age of 4. Now,he is an excellent student,studying with Prof. Lingyuan in the middle school affiliated to the China Central Conservatory of Music. He loves music. He enjoyed the recital performances in Beijing,Tianjin,Taiyuan China,Warsaw Poland,Italy. USA. In 2010,he successfully played Mendelssohn No.1 piano concerto with orchestra in Warsaw Poland. He played Beethoven Concerto No.3 with orchestra in Italy in 2012,He likes going to Home of Aged to play piano for the elderly people on holidays. 1st prize he won when he was 6 years old in Beijing‘Hope Cup’Competition. 2nd prize in ‘Mozart Piano and Violin Works Competition’for Young Chinese Musician in 2006 2nd prize in ‘kadansa Cup’Piano National Professional Competition. In 2011 Special Duo Petrof Prize in piano in the 2011 Schlern International Competition.2011 3nd prize in Concerto Competition of 2012 Beijing International Piano Festival.

 

 

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Qi Kong

Qi Kong

 

China

School: The Juilliard School

Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

 

19-year-old pianist Qi Kong, was born in Liao-Ning Province in Northern China. He started piano lessons at the age of four. In 2004, Mr. Kong won the second prize in the China National Xing-Hai Piano Competition. At the age of eleven, Mr. Kong moved to ShenZhen and began to study at the ShenZhen Arts School with Professor Eleanor Wong and Keng Zhou. In 2008, Mr. Kong received full scholarship from the Walnut Hill High School. Then, he came to the United States to further his piano studies with Mr. Russell Sherman and Mrs. Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In the following year, Mr. Kong won the first prize in the 4th Schimmel USASU International Piano Competitions (Junior Division). Also, he performed Grieg Piano Concerto with the Landmarks Symphony Orchestra at the Sanders Theater in Harvard University.

 

Qi Kong has appeared on the NPR's radio show, "From the Top" hosted by Christopher O' Riley. He has also performed in masterclasses for Anton Kuerti, Perter Frankl, Leif Ove Andsnes, Mikhail Voskressensky and many others. In 2012, Qi Kong was accepted as an Undergraduate student to The Juilliard School, where he is currently studying with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky.

 

 

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