Young Artists Participants

 

Berestnev, Mikhail

Berestnev, Mikhail

Chen, Yandi

Chen, Yandi

Chiang, Alison

Chiang, Alison

de Souza, Chelsea

de Souza, Chelsea

Dobina, Alevtyna

Dobina, Alevtyna

Foster, Maxwell

Foster, Maxwell

Hassell, Jeremy

Hassell, Jeremy

Hsu, Fang-Wei

Hsu, Fang-Wei

Jin, Dongxu

Jin, Dongxu

Jittakarn, San

Jittakarn, San

Kiseleva, Daria

Kiseleva, Daria

Li, Dawen

Li, Dawen

Li, Yuhang

Li, Yuhang

 

Lin, Brian Yuebing

Lin, Brian Yuebing

 

Meng, Wuna

Meng, Wuna

Mircea, Sinziana

Mircea, Sinziana

 

Orgasiński, Michał

Orgasiński, Michał

 

Ilya Ramlav

Ramlav, Ilya

 

Szalai, Eva

Szalai, Eva

 

Tan, Azariah

Tan, Azariah

 

Tran, Eric

Tran, Eric

 

Wang, Xinyu

Wang, Xinyu

 

Wang, Yiqiao

Wang, Yiqiao

 

Wu, Christine

Wu, Christine

 

 

 

 

Berestnev, Mikhail

Berestnev, Mikhail


Russia

26
School:
Texas Christian University
Teacher:
Tamás Ungár

 

Mikhail Berestnev's international performances include concerts at the International Music House in Moscow, Sydney Opera House with Sydney Symphony, Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro with Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Flagey Theatre in Brussels with Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia as well as with San Angelo Symphony (San Angelo, USA).
Being participant of concert programs by the International Music Fund under Maestro Vladimir Spivakov he performed in different part of Russia as a soloist and with Orchestra. Also he took part in Master Classes and concerts by Saint Petersburg Music House under Maestro Sergey Roldugin.
Mikhail's teachers were such musicians as Irina Grebenkina, Andrey Khitruk, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Alexey Skavronsky, Vladimir Tropp, Leonid Block, Olga Kondratieva, Elena Strikovskaya, Tamás Ungár.


His Competition awards include Gold Medal on the International Delphic Games in 2008; Second Prize on International Stanislav Neuhaus Piano Competition 2010; Fourth prize on 58th Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and 10th Sydney International Competition of Australia in 2012; Second Prize on 3d BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2012; Overall Winner on 53 Sorantin International Competition in 2013; Semifinalist on Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2013 in Brussels; He is prize winner of Texas, South Central Competitions by American MTNA Organization - both 1st Prizes and 3d prize winner of the National Competition in New York.


Mikhail Berestnev also active in Chamber Music. In 2012 he got his Judith Solomon Piano Award in Chamber Music from Texas Christian University. Appeared with "Seraphim Trio"(Australia), San Paulo City String Quartet. Regularly performs with Japanese violinist Ayako Tanabe, Ukranian Marina Dichenko, Cellist Laura Ospina as well as with different musicians from Bolshoi Theatre, Ensembles "Moscow Virtuosi" and "Musica Viva". Took part in Master Classes with Hugo Wolf Quartet, Midori, Dmitriy Berlinsky, Elisabeth Adkins, Veda Kaplinsky, Nikolai Petrov. 
His performances were broadcast on WQXP Radio, ABC Classic FM, WRR Classic 101.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in C Minor, K.396 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in D Minor, K.397
Robert Schumann: Kinderscenen, Op.15
Claude Debussy: Estampes

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.27 in B-flat major, K.595

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor K.478 (I. Allegro)

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Chen, Yandi

Chen, Yandi

 

China

20
School:New England Conservatory
Teacher: Hung-Kuan Chen

 

Chen Yandi was born in 1994 in Shanghai, China. At the age of four he started to learn playing the piano. In 2003, he ranked among the “Top Ten Juvenile Pianists” in the first Juvenile Piano TV Competition, the highest award in solo performance nationwide. In 2004, he was admitted into the professional group of competition as an amateur and won the first prize in Group B trials in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia and won the second place in Group B in the 69th Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition in succession.

 

In 2006, he was admitted, upon the strength his outstanding skills, to Shanghai Music Middle School affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and embarked on his professional career in piano. He was under the supervision of Prof. Wu Ying, Prof. Shao Dan and Prof. Zhou Ting successively. He distinguishes himself by outstanding achievements in professional studies. He successfully ran piano recital in his own school in 2008, and in Shanghai Concert  Hall in 2010.

 

In 2012, he is admitted to New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and is a student of Mr. Hung-Kuan Chen’s studio. During his freshman year, he won NEC concerto competition and Beetoven sonata competition. As the winner, he has got the chance to play Bartok Piano Concerto No.2 with NEC Philharmonia in Jordan Hall at NEC.

 

When he is not playing piano, he reads all types of books and plays all kinds of sports.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 8 Variations in F major, K.613
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111
Frédéric Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op.28
Samuel Barber: Sonata for Piano, Op.26

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Trio No.5 in C Major, K.548 (I. Allegro)

 

 

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Chiang, Alison

Chiang, Alison


USA

22
School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Nelita True

 

Alison Chiang was born in 1992 and began playing piano at age 5. Two years later, she won first
prize in the 1999 St. Charles Illinois Music Competition. In 2000, Alison moved to Cleveland, Ohio,
where she studied piano with Ms. Olga Radosavljevich at Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2005,
Alison had her concerto debut playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Lakeside Symphony,
conducted by Mr. Robert Cronquist. In 2007, she performed Beethoven's 2nd Piano Concerto with the
Cleveland Women's Orchestra and the Lakeside Symphony, both conducted by Mr. Cronquist.


Alison was an honored recipient of the Olga Radosavljevich Scholarship throughout her studies at
CIM. After moving to Plano, Texas in 2007, she studied piano with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul at
University of North Texas, and a year later, she won Grand Prize in Vernell Gregg Young Artists’
Competition and played Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Lewisville Lake Symphony,
conducted by Mr. Adron Ming. In 2009, Alison won Grand Prize in the Collin County Young Artists
Competition and performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor with the Plano Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Hector Guzman. She also won the Seattle International Piano
Competition, as well as the Piano Prize in the Mondavi Young Artist Competition in 2010, and
recently won top prize in the Thousand Islands Young Artist Competition.

 

Now 21, Alison is studying piano with Ms. Nelita True at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her hobbies include reading, composition, and playing with her siblings.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K.284

Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58
Maurice Ravel: Miroirs 

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467

 

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de Souza, Chelsea Anne

de Souza, Chelsea Anne


India

20
School:
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Teacher:
Peter Takacs

 

20 year old Chelsea de Souza grew up in Mumbai, India, and is currently pursuing a Double Degree at the Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences and Conservatory of Music, majoring in Politics, Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying under Professor Peter Takács. She started playing the piano at the age of 5 and gave her first public performances soon after. Her first major success was at the 1st All-India Piano Competition organized by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, where at the age of 10 she won the first prize in an age group up to 13 years. Four years later, she was the runner-up at the 2nd All-India Piano Competition – at 14, the youngest contestant in an age group up to 30 years. She was subsequently invited to Germany by jury member Sheila Arnold, Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln, Germany, for three consecutive summer scholarships.

 

In 2009 she won the Musiquest All-India Piano Competition organized by the Academy of Music, Pune and a scholarship to the summer music program at the International Institute for Young Musicians, USA. There she competed against some of the finest young pianists from all over the world, and went on to win the top prize in the 2010 IIYM International Piano Competition in Kansas, USA. She was interviewed on NBC TV and performed live on Kansas Public Radio. In June 2010, she was the winner of the 1st Con Brio All-India Piano Competition, a part of Furtados’ Schumania Music Festival. At the age of 16, she stood first in India in her LTCL (Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music, London) examination, achieving a high distinction of 93%. In 2013 she won the statewide piano competition of the Tuesday Musical Scholarship Organization of Ohio.

 

Chelsea has played for many renowned musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Maestro Zubin Mehta, Tamas Vasary, Nelita True and Pascal Rogé. She has been declared a Steinway Young Artist, and was the winner of the Global Scholar–Education World Young Achievers Award. She has given concerts in India, Belgium, Germany and USA and has performed as a soloist with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. Recent performances include concerts in the Hamptons as part of Pianofest in the Hamptons, at the University of Michigan and in Oakton, Virginia.

 

Chelsea enjoys accompanying and collaborating in different styles of music, including pop and jazz. She is currently planning a winter tour of India with her Oberlin Conservatory clarinet trio, teaching young children and performing in different cities.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 10 Variations in G major, K.455
Claude Debussy: Images (Book 1)

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30

 

 

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Dobina, Alevtyna

Dobina, Alevtyna


Ukraine

23

 

Alevtyna Dobina is one of the best and brightest top pianists of young generation in Ukraine. She was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in a family of musicians.


Alevtyna studied at Kiev Comprehensive Specialized Music School named by Lysenko at Kiev State Conservatory named by P.I.Tchaikovsky,  St.-Petersburg Comprehensive Specialized School–lyceum at St.-Petersburg State Conservatory named by N.A.Rimskiy-Korsakov and National Musical Academy of Ukraine named by P.I.Tchaikovsky.


For special achievements in music and contribution to culture she was awarded by President of Ukraine with an exclusive title Scholar of President. Miss Dobina is also an owner of a special Grant for merits n culture from Charitable Foundation "Open Ukraine", which is guided by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk .


For developing art and culture she got an honorable title" Pride of Kiev". Alevtyna was invited by Maestro Vladimir Spivakov to be an honorable guest and take part in the Fourth International Festival «Moscow meets friends» where she performed W.A.Mozart's Concert for piano with orchestra №20 in D minor, KV 466 with Moscow Chamber Orchestra.


Alevtyna is a winner of many international musical competitions and festivals, such as:

  • International Competition of pianists «Flame» in Paris which was held under the aegis of UNESCO;
  • International competition «Baltic stars" in Estonia;
  • Granted student of "C.Bechstein";
  • International competition of musicians «Silver bell";
  • «International Music Competition named by E.Stankovich";
  • First International festival «Vivere Memento" in Moscow;
  • Weinberg Summer Piano Academy in Austria;
  • Carlovac International Piano Festival in Croatia.

During her studying she has collaborated with such great musicians as Nikolai Lugansky , Oleg Marshev, Filippo Faes, Vladimir Suslov, Evgenia Basalaeva, Artem Lyakhovich  and others.
Alevtyna Dobina actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician in European countries and her native country- Ukraine.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in C major, K.330
Frédéric Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467

 

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Foster, Maxwell

Foster, Maxwell


Australia

22
School:
The Juilliard School
Teacher:
Choong-Mo Kang

 

A former student of Rita Reichman, Max Foster is emerging as a sought-after performer. He made concerto appearances in 2010 with the Adelaide, Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, and performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre and City Recital Hall Angel Place. Other past highlights include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Queensland and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras; Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with Orchestra Victoria; a recital in Parliament House for the Prime Minister and Senior Cabinet; and recitals in Shanghai and Oxford. This year he appeared as soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra, performing in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.


Max Foster enjoys collaborating with other like-minded musicians and delving into the realm of 21st Century music, performing many of his composer friends’ pieces.  An involved music educator, he is a chamber music coach at Melbourne’s Scotch College, and has given educational concerts including a demonstration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Lutz Köhler, Vladimir Verbitsky and Richard Gill, and is currently a student at The Julliard School, where he studies with Seymour Lipkin and Choong-Mo Kang.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K.576 
Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op.61
Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No.5, Op.53

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Hassell, Jeremy

Hassell, Jeremy


USA

17

School: Interlochen Arts Academy

Teacher: Michael Coonrod

 

Pianist J.T. Hassell began his studies at the age of 9, studying principally with Dr. Jim Rauscher, and made his debut with the Amarillo Symphony under the baton of maestro Kimbo Ishii-Eto at the age of 14 after being named the youngest-ever grand prize winner of the Amarillo Symphony Young Performers’ Competition. He made his solo recital debut later that same year, which was recorded as part of a feature about Hassell for the KACV documentary program “ARTzone.” His performances have also been featured on NPR’s “From the Top,” Interlochen Public Radio’s “Live from Studio A,” and the 2014 TEDxTexasTechUniversity conference.


Other competition successes include being named a winner of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Center, which resulted in a performance with the Center’s top orchestra under the direction of Ken Lam; first prize in the piano division of the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, second prize at the Texas State Young Artist Competition, and runner-up at the 2013 Interlochen Concerto Competition.


He has participated in the Texas State International Piano Festival, was a Fellow of the 2014 Gilmore Festival, and attended the Brevard Music Center for two summers, studying with Douglas Weeks and Norman Krieger. He has also had lessons with Jason Kwak, Marina Lomazov, and Enrico Elisi, and participated in masterclasses by Emmanuel Ax, Boris Slutsky, Jonathan Biss, Santiago Rodriguez, and Davide Cabassi. As a chamber musician, he has had been coached by Mark O'Connor, Emmanuel and Eleonora Lopez, Deloise Lima, and Nancy Stagnitta.


He currently studies at Interlochen Arts Academy in the studio of Michael Coonrod.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K.511
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastorale" (1st mov.)
Franz Liszt: Mephisto-Waltz No.1

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.17 in G major, K.453

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Trio No.1 in G major K.496 (III. Theme and Variations: Allegretto)

 

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Hsu, Fang-Wei

Hsu, Fang-Wei


Taiwan

23

School: Eastman School of Music

Teacher: Natalya Antonova

 

Fang-Wei Hsu, born in Taipei, Taiwan, began her piano studies at the age of six. Following years of study, she entered into the Interlochen Arts Academy for her high school education and continued her piano studies with Yoshikazu Nagai and Michael Coonrod. Ms. Hsu was a recipient of various awards at the Intelochen Arts Academy, including the Senior Honor Award, Fine Arts Award for piano, and Dean’s Honors List with Distinction. Ms. Hsu won first prize at the 2008 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano and performed on the winner’s recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, she got the Honorable Mention Award at the youngARTS program by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Fang-Wei was also featured on the National Public Radio show From the Top in March 2006, which showcases young musicians from across the country. In addition, she also performed with the Interlochen Chamber Orchestra in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2007. She made her concerto debut in 2006 with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra conducted by world renowned conductor, maestro Gerard Schwarz.

 

As a frequent performer and recitalist, Ms. Hsu has made her appearances at the Weill and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Kyoto Arts Center in Japan. In 2009, Ms. Hsu performed Liszt’s Totentanz with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, and was critically acclaimed. She received a review from the Classical Voice North Carolina, it raved that Ms. Hsu’s playing “tossed the fiendish passages off, like water off a duck’s back”, and that “she finessed her way through the piece with strong stamina ...her energy never wavered through the course of the 15- minute workout”.

 

Now twenty-three, Ms. Hsu recently received her Bachelor of Music with high distinction from the Eastman School of music, where she is returning in Fall 2014 to continue a degree in Master of Music under the tutelage of Natalya Antonova.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.24 in F-sharp major, Op.78
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op.54

 

Chamber Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor K.478 (II. Andante)

 

 

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Jin, Dongxu

Jin, Dongxu


China

15

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

Teacher: Jingzhuang Yao

 

Jin Dongxu was born in Harbin a city in the north east of China in the Heilongjiang province. He began to learn and play piano at the age of seven. He started his academic career in the central Conservatory of Music primary school in September 2009 at the age of ten. Moved to grade one of The Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music due to excellent performance in both Piano and other subjects. In August 2008 he won the first prize in World Peace Awards-Arts Series Piano competition in Asia- Pacific region contest. In 2009 he won the second prize in the third Candeza Youth Piano competition as a member of junior team(B).In 2009 he won the first prize in Pearl River Kayserburg National Youth Piano Competition as a member of junior team from Beijing. In Oct. of 2011 he took part in a piano performance in Liszt Marathon in the Zhongshan Music Hall in Beijing .In 2013 he took part in International Keyboard Institute and Festival. 

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in C minor, K.457
Frédéric Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op.49
Sergei Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux, Op.33

 

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Jittakarn, San

Jittakarn, San

 

Thailand

22

School: Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Teacher: Monique Duphil

 

San Jittakarn is currently a junior at Oberlin College & Conservatory studying with Yury Shadrin and Monique Duphil. Jittakarn started his piano studies at the age of 5. He later entered Mahidol University in Thailand when he was 15 and studied with French pianist Sebastien Koch. Jittakarn won first prize in 8th National Piano Competition in Bangkok, Thailand and is a recipient of HRH Galyani Vhadhana award. He has participated in numerous masterclasses and has worked with Leon Fleisher, Barry Snyder, Tong-Il Han, Rolf-Dieter Arens and Jerzy Sterczynski among others. In 2013, Jittakarn was chosen to represent Oberlin Conservatory at University of Michigan’s student exchange program. In the upcoming season, Jittakarn will be performing in Oberlin’s Concert series. Jittakarn also has a keen interest in contemporary music and has been actively performing in the annual Thailand International Contemporary Music Festival held every year in Bangkok, Thailand. When not at the piano, Jittakarn enjoys reading books, light novels and composing music.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K.311
Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op.61

Sergei Rachmaninov: Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36

 

 

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Kiseleva, Daria

Kiseleva, Daria

 

Russia

25
School:
Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Teacher:
Andrei Diev

 

Education
2006 - 2010 Moscow State Gnesin College
2010 - till present time Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory

 

Principal teachers
Maxim Jeleznov
Andrei Diev

 

Competitions
2009 National Competition «Young talents», Moscow, Laureate
2011 M.Yudina International Piano and Chamber Competition,
Sankt-Peterburg, Third prise
2012 Rotary Club International Piano Competition, Palma de
Mallorca, First prise
2012 Shabyt International Competition, Astana, Grand Prix
2013 International Rubinstein Chamber Competition, Moscow,
Second prise

 

Awards
2005-2012 Rosropovich Foundation, Sv.Richter's Premia and
H.Neuhauz's Premia
Krainev Foundation award

 

Concerto performances
Prokofiev no.3 concerto with Yaroslavl Philarmonic Orchestra
Liszt no.2 concerto with Symphonic Orchestra of Balearic Islands
Mozart no.23 concerto with Bryansk Philarmonic Orchestra
Mozart no.8 concerto with Kursk Philarmonic Orchestra
Chopin no.1 concerto with Kursk Philarmonic Orchestra
Grieg concerto with Kursk Philarmonic Orchestra

 

Solo performances
Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca, Spain
La Caixa Foundation's hall, Palma de Mallorca, Inca, Spain
St. Hilda's College, Oxford, Great Britain
Liszt School of Music, Weimar, Germany
Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory
Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory
Vishnevskaya Opera Centre's Great Hall, Moscow

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K.311 
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No.6 in A major, Op.82
Robert Schumann: Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

 

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Li, Dawen

Li, Dawen

 

China

24

School: Texas Christian University
Teacher:
Tamás Ungár

 

Dawen Li was born in Yulin city, China. He has given performances around main cities in China such as Beijing, Harbin, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Xuzhou, Yuncheng, Fuxin. He presented a continuous eight series recitals in China Conservatory during the period of 4 years as an undergraduate student. Within past five years, He gave three piano solo recitals in YAMAHA Music Communication Center in Beijing, as well as four piano solo recitals in Concerto Hall of Middle School Attached To China Conservatory. He gave several performances in Forbidden City Hall as an outstanding student of China Conservatory. In 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, He performed in Beijing International Piano Festival five times as a young artist performer via audition, and had master classes with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Tamas Ungar, Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Vladimir Tropp、Malcolm Bilson, Lilya Zilberstein、Antti Siirala、Paul Badura-Skoda, Peter Frankl. He was Chosen to take part in the 5th China International Piano Competition held in Xiamen.

 

He was studying with Prof. Changxin Guan at China conservatory and now he is proceeding to Artist Diploma with Dr. Tamas Ungar at Texas Christian University.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in C minor, K.457
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op.101
Maurice Ravel: Sonatine

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.17 in G major, K.453

 

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Li, Yuhang

Li, Yuhang


China

13
School:
Shenyang Conservatory
Teacher:
Chu-Fang Huang

 

 

I am Yuhang Li, a boy born on June the 29th, 2000. I come from the city Dalian, China. I started playing the piano at the age of 6 and have been performing it for 8 years. During the 8 years, I've found the true heart of music to me varies as I am growing. From merely curiosity to feeling music with heart, I now see music as the expression of life instead of notes.


Music needs seeing, listening, and practicing due to its rich connotation. Fortunately, my parents champion my step to pursuit my dream of music very much. They try their best provide me with chances to improve myself. Consequently, I learnt a lot in activities such as competitions, lessons with piano masters, and camp learning.


I won the first prize of the 58th German Grotrian-Steinweg Schumann International Youth Piano Competition in the 11-12 age group in January, 2012; I obtain the first prize of the European Music Competition in Turin, Italy in the 14-16 age group and was honored the special award of the Competition in October,2012. In July to August,2013, I participated the 22nd Annual Summer Music Festival at Walnut Hill. In March 2014, I am admitted to the Juilliard pre-college.


I always dream to spread my music to the whole world, and I hope to soar high in the altar of music, performing more splendid pieces of music to everyone.

 


Solo Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826 
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23 
Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor


Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.9 in E-flat major, K.271 "Jeunhomme"

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Lin, Brian Yuebing

Lin, Brian Yuebing

 

China

22

School: The Juilliard School
Teacher:
Matti Raekallio

 

22-year-old pianist Brian Yuebing Lin is currently a senior at The Juilliard School studying with Matti Raekallio. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 2007, Brian Yuebing Lin garnered numerous awards from top youth competitions in China, including second prize at the First National Art Academy of China as well as both the silver medal and “Best Performance of Chinese Works Award” at the Tenth XingHai Cup National Piano Competition of China. Since coming to the U.S., Lin has been a top-prize winner at numerous competitions including the Lennox International Young Artists Competition, the Crescendo International Music Competition, the Wysong Joplin Young Artists Competition, the Crescendo Music Award Competition and the Virginia Waring International Competition. This year, Lin received the Sascha Gorodnitzki Memorial Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Lin has performed solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Foulds Theatre in Florida and The Tom Lee Music Steinway Hall in China. He has also played solo orchestral concerts with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the California State University Northridge Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has played concerts in Australia, France, Russia and Korea. In 2012, he made radio appearances on WQXR’s Young Concert Artist Showcase. Lin has participated in music festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Piano Texas Young Artists Festival and Beijing International Piano Festival.

 

Lin’s previous piano teachers include Tamás Ungár, Elearnor Wong and Zhaoyi Dan. His previous chamber teachers include Joseph Kalichstein, David Finckel, Tobby Appel and Yoheved Kaplinsky. He has also performed in master classes with Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Arie Vardi, Douglas Humpherys and Barry Douglas.

 

Beginning in fall 2014, Lin will return to The Juilliard School to pursue his master’s degree, where he will study with Veda Kaplinsky and Joseph Kalichstein.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata K333 in B-flat Major
Mozart Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Claude Debussy: Estampes

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Quartet in G Minor K.478  (III. Rondo: Allegro)

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Meng, Wuna

Meng, Wuna

 

China

27
School:
University of Illinois
Teacher:
Timothy Ehlen

 

Wuna Meng has performed solo and chamber recitals in both China and North America. She has been featured in music festivals such as Beijing Modern Music Festival, Gilmore International Piano Festival, Atlantic music festival, Allerton Barn Music Festival and Banff International Piano Master Classes.


Ms. Meng’s awards and honors include the winner for Krannert Debut Artist Competition, winner for Jupiter Quartet Artist Award (for which she collaborated with the Jupiter Quartet in Allerton Barn Music Festival), winner for Artist Presentation Society Competition, alternate winner of concerto competition in University of Illinois (2012), and the Charles Ross Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is pursuing the Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she earned her Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Meng holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China where she graduated second in her class. She gave her debut recital in Wuhan’s China-Bell Music Hall.


Ms. Meng is currently studying with Professor Timothy Ehlen. Her previous principal teachers include Professor Douglas Humpherys from Eastman School of Music and Professor Ying Wu from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. She has also attended a series of master classes, and studied with outstanding pianists. This list includes Professor Ronan O’Hora from the Guildhall School of Music, Professor Jerome Lowenthal from Julliard School of Music, Professor Hamish Milne from Royal Academy of Music in London, Professor Mi Kyung Kim from Hannover University, and Professor Tamas Unger from TCU School of Music.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D845
César Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, M21

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466

 

Chamber Music:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.27 in G major, K.379 (I. Adagio – Allegro)

 

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Mircea, Sinziana

Mircea, Sinziana

 

Romania

21

School: Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz Koln

Teacher: Sheila Arnold

 

Romanian pianist Sînziana Mircea, 21, is studying at the “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz” in Cologne, Germany, with Prof. Sheila Arnold. Recently, she attended the courses of Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London  in the class of Prof. Philip Jenkins, as an Erasmus student (2013/2014). Along the years she studied with Christiane Karajev, Stela Dragulin, Olga Szel and Elena Dumitrescu.

She performed throughout Europe, as well as in Japan and USA. At the age of 11, she had her first recital in the USA, followed by an American tour at the age of 14 and a tour in Japan at the age of 20.

In the 2013/2014 season, she played on stages such as Tokyo Metropolitan Theater (Beethoven Piano Concerto no 5, conductor Mitsuyoshi Oikawa), St Martin-in-the-Fields London, Bucharest Philharmonic, Bechstein Young Professionals Series - Cologne, Francophone Festival - Prague. 

Sînziana’s performances have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Radio Romania Musical and main radio channels for classical music throughout Europe (Sweden, Norway, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Turkey a/o).

Since she was 8, she has garnered numerous awards in international piano competitions, out of which twelve were first places. Sînziana was awarded the “Liszt” and “Münchener Klavierpodium” Prizes by Vienna Young Pianists (2011) and the “Plathner’s Eleven Prize” at the Rotary International Competition in Palma de Mallorca (2012).

Sînziana has played in master classes for renowned personalities such as Staffan Scheja, Aldo Ciccolini, Boris Petrushansky, Peter Donohoe.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K.333
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Maurice Ravel: La Valse

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467

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Orgasiński, Michał

Orgasiński, Michał

 

Poland

21

School: Music Academy of Feliks Nowowiejski in Bydgoszcz

Teacher: Ewa Poblocka/ Bartlomiej Wezner

 

My name is Michael Orgasiński . I was born on June 18 , 1992 . in Lublin. I graduated from School of Music I and II grade of Karol Lipinski in Lublin in the class of prof . Małgorzata Krzemińska - Sribniak . I am currently a third year student of the Music Academy Felix Nowoiejski in Bydgoszcz in the class of prof . Ewa Pobłocka and Dr. Bartłomiej Wezner .


I am the winner of the following competitions :


- Auditions piano classes Schools of Music degree in Music IV Lublin tournament and Knowledge of F. Chopin 2005 . (I prize)


- XIV National Piano Competition Konin 2006 . (distinction I st )


-VIII International Music Competition . Julius Zarębski in Izabelin 2008. ( Third Prize )


- National Auditions piano pupils of Schools of Music II st 2010. (II prize)


- XVIII International Piano Chopin Competition in Szafarnia 2010. (distinction)


- III International Competition . Anthony Salieri in Legnago - Italy 2012. (I prize)


- X Business Piano Festival in Konin 2013. – (distinction)


In 2010 . also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for artistic achievement in the school year 2009/2010 .

 

I lead an active concert career . I performed as a soloist both in Poland ( Warsaw, Toruń , Lublin , Krakow, Kazimierz, Nałęczów , Lubostroń , Izabelin, Konin ) and abroad ( Delmenhorst - Germany, Legnago - Italy).


In my achievements concert includes performances of both chamber and solo with the accompaniment of the following orchestras ( SSO Orchestra of Lublin and chamber orchestra , Del Arco '') .


I actively participated in lessons conducted by Professor like : Andrzej Tatarski , prof. Bogdan Czapiewski , prof. Wojciech Świtała , prof. Grzegorz Kurzyński , prof. Alicja Paleta - Bugaj , prof. Katarzyna Popova - Zydroń , prof. Alberto Nose , prof. Nelson Goerner , prof. Michail Voskresensky.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K.333
Frédéric Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op.49
Maurice Ravel: Jeux d'eau

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466

 

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Ramlav, Ilya

Ramlav, Ilya

 

Russia

22

School: Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Teacher: Andrei Diev

 

Education:
2006 – 2010 studied at Gnessin State Musical College, Moscow
2010 – till present time is a student of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

 

Principal teacher:
Andrei Diev

 

Competitions:
2012 International Piano Competition, Saratov, First Prize
2013 Flame International Music Competition, Paris, Third Prize
2013 Jean Francaix International Piano Competition Paris, First Prize
2013 Rubinstein International Chamber Music Competition, Moscow, Second
Prize

 

Awards:
2011, 2012 Richter’s award by Rostropovich Foundation, Moscow
Performing with orchestras:
Ravel #1 with St-Petersburg State Orchestra (Russia)
Prokofiev #2 with Saratov Philharmonic (Russia)
Prokofiev #2 and Rachmaninov #2 with Volgograd Philharmonic (Russia)
Prokofiev #2 with Yaroslavl' Philharmonic (Russia)
Tchaikovsky #1 with Virtuosi Orchestra (Brazil)

 

Solo performances:
Theatre Panopee (Paris, France)
Auditorium Marcel Landowski (Paris, France)
Theatre Santa Isabel (Recife, Brazil)
PepsiCo Recital hall (Fort Worth, TX, USA)
F. Liszt Academy hall (Weimar, Germany)
Great hall of Moscow Conservatory (Russia)
Great hall of Saratov Conservatory (Russia)
Volgograd Philarmonic hall (Russia)
Yaroslavl' Philarmonic hall (Russia)
Beloselsky Palace (St. Petersburg, Russia)
English hall (St. Petersburg, Russia)

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K.284
Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op.13
Maurice Ravel: Scarbo from Gaspar de la nuit

 

 

 

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Szalai, Eva

Szalai, Eva

 

Hungary

27

School: Royal Conservatoire of The Hague
Teacher:
Naum Grubert

 

Éva Szalai, pianist from Hungary, started her piano studies at the age of 7. Her technical
qualities and sensible musicality permitted her to win 2nd prize at the National Piano
Competition at the age of 14. The same year she entered the Kodály School, a music school
in Kecskemét with a worldwide reputation, Hungary. At the age of 17 she obtained the
Grand Price at the National Chamber Music Competition, and the next year, in 2005 she
won the Grand Price at the National Piano Competition in Hungary.


The same year she entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where her piano
professors were György Nádor, Balázs Szokolay, Márta Gulyás and Rita Wagner.


At the age of 20 she was distinguished with 2 special prizes at the important Bremen
International Piano Competition in Germany, and a year later she received the 1st prize
and a special prize for the most poetic interpretation at the 6th Adilia Alieva Competition
in France. In 2010 she won the Grand Prize at the 3rd International „Alain Marinaro”
Piano Competition in France, and in 2013 she got the 2nd Prize of the 6th International
Piano Competition in Mayenne, France.


During two years, between 2008 and 2010 she has been student of the worldwide
acclaimed Russian pianist and professor Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid, at the Escuela
Superior de Música Reina Sofia.


She received her Master degree at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2011 with highest
honors. Between 2011 and 2013 she continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The
Hague, in the class of the reknowned piano professor Naum Grubert.


She performed several times in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Spain
and in the United States. She played piano concertos by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin
and Liszt with different orchestras, such as the „Young Artists of Moscow” in Spain with
the conductor Vladimir Ryzhaev, the Collegium Mediterranée in France, or the Szeged
Symphony Orchestra in Hungary lead by the Italian conductor Stefano Trasimeni.


The work at international master classes with performers such as Joaquín Achúcarro,
Aquiles Delle Vigne, Pavel Gililov, Bernd Götzke, Jenő Jandó, Florian Krumpöck, Pietro de
Maria, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Luís Fernando Pérez, Menahem Pressler, Anne
Queffélec, Ferenc Rados, Imre Rohmann, Jeffrey Swann, Tamás Ungár, Mikhail
Voskresensky form a steady part of her professional development.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Johannes Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op.76

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

 

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Tan, Azariah

Tan, Azariah


Singapore

22

School: University of Michigan

Teacher: Logan Skelton

 

Azariah Tan, 22, is currently a 1st year DMA student with Logan Skelton at the University of Michigan.

He scored distinctions throughout the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music graded-exams was bestowed with the DipABRSM(Distinction) at the age of 15.

 

The National Arts Council-Conservatory scholar graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music with a first-class honors Bachelor in Music in 2011 and from the University of Michigan with double Master of Music degrees (Piano Performance and Chamber Music) in 2013.

 

Azariah received the National University of Singapore Students Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement (Arts & Culture) 2009, the NUSS Medal for Outstanding (all-round) Achievement 2011, the Artistes & Performers’ Association Excellence Award 2013, the AGBell College Scholarship 2013, the Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship 2007 as well as full scholarships from the University of Michigan and the National Arts Council of Singapore. Additionally, he was also nominated by the Piano Faculty at the University of Michigan for The Earl V. Moore Award in Music.

 

Fellowship awards enabled his participation at the Kirishima Music Festival (Japan), the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (Michigan) and the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and in master classes with eminent pianists Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, Joseph Banowetz, Piotr Paleczny, Peter Donohoe, and Dang Thai Son.

 

Azariah has received accolades at numerous competitions including 1st Prizes at the 2010 Bradshaw and Bruno International Piano Competition in USA, the 2009 National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore and the 2005 Trinity College of London Music Competition; 2nd Prizes at the 3rd ASEAN Chopin Competition in Kuala Lumpur (2008), the 2007 Asian Youth Music Competition in Singapore, and the IX International Competition of Young Pianists in Nis, Yugoslavia (2006). He also received a Bronze and Special Jury Mention awards at the 11th International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA held in Tokyo (2010). More recently, at the College Level, he won three awards at the American Prize 2012 (1st Prize – Piano Solo Category; 1st and 2nd Prizes in the Piano Concerto Category) and was named the “Laureate” at the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition 2013 (Concerto Category).

 

He has been featured over the Voice of America, Washington DC’s WETA 90.9FM and Singapore’s major TV and FM Stations as well as in other local and foreign media.

 

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra-President’s Young Performer has performed twice at the Kennedy Center – the first time, as one of the 4 recipients of the VSArts International Young Soloists Award, as well as at the Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre, the Singapore Embassy in Washington DC and at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester). He has also been invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall in New York City and his recitals have taken him to Europe, Japan and South-East Asia. Azariah has also appeared with several orchestras including the Polish Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op.109
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op.52
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op.58

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271 "Juenehomme"

 

 

 

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Tran, Eric

Tran, Eric


USA

23

School: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Teacher: Sharon Mann

 

A native of Piedmont, California, Eric Tran started playing piano at the age of seven, and later attended Stanford University where he majored in piano and composition. His studies were with Thomas Schultz and Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, with chamber collaboration with the Saint Lawrence String Quartet. Eric has spent many summers performing, composing, and exploring throughout Europe and Asia, This past summer, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor with his own cadenzas, along with conductor Michael Rossi and the Siena Festival Orchestra of Italy.


Eric comprises one half of the notorious “Happy Dog” piano duo, with his piano partner, Nathan Cheung. They have been performing piano 4-hands and 2-piano repertoire together for over a decade, since they were in middle school. In the summer of 2011, Happy Dog Duo toured with the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Pawn: The Musical, in Korea, China, Canada, and New York.  They enjoy performing memorized concerts, premiering original works, and amusing audiences with their improvisatory, infamously ridiculous concert interruptus talks.
Eric is currently an MM candidate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Sharon Mann.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K.396
Frédéric Chopin: Préludes, Op.28
Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op.17 (1st movement)

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466

 

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Wang, Xinyu

Wang, Xinyu


China

21

School: Manhattan School of Music

Teacher: Marc Silverman

 

Pianist Xinyu Wang, native of Tianjin, China, began her professional music study at age 4. Ms. Wang entered Middle School of China Conservatory in 2005, and she studied piano with Dan Feng from 2002 to 2011. In 2004, Ms.Wang has been awarded the first prize in the Municipality Musical Performance hosted by Tianjin municipality Educational Committee. In the same year, She won the First prize (Tian jin) and Excellent prize in the tenth “Xinghai” Cup National Piano Competition (Beijing). In 2008, Wang awarded First Prize in the “Fourth TOYAMA Asian Young Music Competition Theme in Chopin(Beijing)”.

 

In 2011, Ms. Wang received full scholarship at Lee University where she studied with Ning An. During her freshman year, Ms. Wang is the winner of the 2012 LSO Young artist competition and recipient of the Dorothy Allen Tuner award, praised by teacher of her “the very nice way she rounded off phrases in the best Mozartean tradition”. She also played Mozart concerto No.21 with LaGrange Symphony orchestra in 2012-2013 concert series with “Eine Kleine Mozart Musik “ in 2013. In the same year, Ms. Wang gave “Honor Recital” at Lee University. Ms. Wang is currently pursuing her bachelor of music at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Marc Silverman.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K.576
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.12
Maurice Ravel: Sonatine

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467

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Wang, Yiqiao

Wang, Yiqiao


Canada

13

School: Zhou Guangren Piano Art Center/Pang Bo Musical Studio

Teacher: Pang Bo

 

Yiqiao Wang (Canadian) was born on May 8, 2001. At the age of 4 , she began to follow the Russian figure skating world champion, Dennis Petrov to learn figure skating. In 2006, she was winning the champion title of women’s fancy level at China Top Asian Invitational Figure Skating Game in Shenzhen. She also was awarded with gold medal of women’s fancy category five in 2007 Thailand Invitational Figure Skating Game. Also she won the champion of women’s fancy 7 level in 2008 Hong Kong Asian Youth Figure Skating Challenging Competition. She was the image spokesperson representing of World Ice Arena invested by China Resources (Holdings) Co., Ltd. for 2007 and 2008 for two consecutive years. In 2009 she was smoothly through five level determination by the International Skating Union (ISU) and at the same year she was evaluated as the national secondary athletes. Especially in the 2010, she was chosen and designated as video image spokesperson for China's Nanjing’s bid to host the 2014 the second youth Olympic Games. Eventually China’s Nanjing won the hosting to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.


She was beginning to follow the famous piano professor, Yin Song from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, learning the piano. She was début to show her piano solo performance at the Opening Ceremony of China Shenzhen Musical Festival to commemorate the 250 anniversary of Mozart in 2006. The following year, she won the bronze medal in teenager Group B at the 2007 National Teenager Piano Competition run by China Merchants Bank. She also awarded with champion at teenager Group B in 2008 Liszt Piano Shenzhen Cup Tournament. Yiqiao Wang has been the image spokesperson of Nanjing Benq Hospital own by Taiwan Benq Group. Successfully showing her piano solo performance at the opening ceremony, this is being authorized by grandmaster Zhou Guangren Piano Summer School for 2009,2010,2011,2012, four consecutive years.

 

With over long time hard work, she was winning the second grand prize on the 5th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in August, 2013, organized by the Vienna International Pianists. Stephan  Moller ,president of Vienna International Pianist, and other judges gave Wang Yiqiao very high compliments on her music potentiality, affectionately calling her “musical girl”.
In November 2013, Wang Yiqiao was presenting Chopin’s masterpieces in her piano solo performance with all respects to Professor Zhou  Guangren’s Home Town’s Love during the “The Classical Piano Concert By Internationally Awarded Students” ,organized by The Zhouguangren Piano Artistic Center and Pang Bo Musical Studio, in Ningbo Concert Hall in order to salute Professor Zhou Guangren’s musical achievements and accomplishments, very famous grand music virtuoso in China and globe.


So far, she is student in Pang Bo Musical Studio under the guidance of Chinese American contemporary pianist, Pang Bo.

 

Figure Skating Awarded Career

In 2006, First place in female figure skating 3rd level, China ( Shenzhen) Asian Ice International Invitation Tournament

In 2007, First place in female figure skating 5th level, Thailand Asian Youth Challenge

In 2008, First place in female skating 7th level, Hong Kong Asian Youth Challenge

In 2009, First place in female figure skating 8th level, America (San Francisco) International Figure Skating Invitation Tournament

In 2010, First place in female figure skating 9th level, America (Boston) International Figure Skating Invitation Tournament

 

Piano Performing Awarded Career
In 2007, Third Grand Prize in children’s B group (under 9 year-old), Golden Sunflower Cup National Children Piano Grand Prix held and organized by China Merchant Bank

In 2008, First Grand Prize in children’s B group (under 10 year-old), China (Shenzhen) Liszt Cup Piano Invitation Tournament

In 2013, Second grand prize on the 5th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition, Vienna Austria.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K.333
Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Frédéric Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op.22

 

Concerto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467

 

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Wu, Christine

Wu, Christine


USA

21

School: The Juilliard School

Teacher: Choong-Mo Kang

 

Christine Wu, 21-year-old pianist from Troy, Michigan, began her piano studies at the age of five. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate at the Juilliard School, studying with Choong-Mo Kang. She is a recipient of the Howard & Ethel B. Ross Piano Scholarship, the James Friskin Scholarship, and the L. & M. Burke Scholarship. Her other major teachers have included Julian Martin and Logan Skelton.


Recently, Christine was a finalist in the 2013 American Paderewski Piano Competition held at the Colburn School, where she was awarded Best American Pianist in the Final Round. She was a finalist in the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, and was a winner in the 2012 NFAA YoungArts in Classical Piano. In 2009, she was an award winner in the International Institute of Young Musicians Piano Competition, and was featured on a live public radio broadcast. She won second prize in the 2009 Fite Family Piano Competition held in Missouri, and has been a semifinalist in the 2010 Cooper International Piano Competition and the 2008 Eastman Young Artist's International Piano Competition.


Christine has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Symphony Orchestra of Michigan. In January of 2011, she was invited to perform in the Liszt Festival at Juilliard, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth. Christine performs frequently in solo and chamber recitals in Lincoln Center and various other concert series in and around New York.


Christine has participated in several international music festivals, including the Music Academy of the West (2013) where she received a full tuition fellowship, the Aspen Music Festival (2012), the Bowdoin International Music Festival (2011), and the International Institute of Young Musicians (2009). She has worked with numerous noteworthy artists including Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yong-Hi Moon, Matti Raekallio, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jeremy Denk.

 

Solo Repertoire:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major, K.284
Franz Schubert: Sonata in A major, D 959
Sergei Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op.42

 

Concerto:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No.22 in E-flat major, K.482

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