Young Artists Participants

Adam Balogh Adam Balogh

Xuehong Chen Xuehong Chen

Yung Hoon Chun Yung Hoon Chun

Samuel Deason Samuel Deason

Anna Han Anna Han

Yun Chih Hsu Yun Chih Hsu

Xuesha Hu Xuesha Hu

Youlan Ji Youlan Ji

Fantee Jones Fantee Jones

Kyunghoon Kim Kyunghoon Kim

Qi Kong Qi Kong

Chelsea Wang Krzysztof Ksiazek

Kate Liu Kate Liu

Lin, Brian Yuebing Eric Lu

Yun Lu Yun Lu

Yumi Palleschi Yumi Palleschi

Jiana Peng

Ilya Ramlav Chelsea Wang

Haozhou Wang Haozhou Wang

Yinu Wang Yinuo Wang

Edith Widayani Edith Widayani

Huan Yang Huan Yang

Cheng Zhang Cheng Zhang

Ruixue Zhang Ruixue Zhang


Berestnev, Mikhail

Ádám Balogh

Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Preparatory Class for Exceptionally Gifted Children
Attila Némethy, Gábor Eckhardt

I was born in 1997 and i started playing the piano at the age of 6. I won my first competition after a couple months of studying. Until 2010 I have won all major national piano competitions, ending with Budapest Festival Orchestra’s competition, which led to my orchestral debut in 2010 playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor, KV 466. Since then I played concertos with “Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra”, “Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra”, “Budapest Danubia Orchestra”, and a few smaller chamber orchestras. Iván Fischer invited me to play on one of Budapest Festival Orchestra’s chamber recitals in Dortmund. Recently I gave recitals in Amsterdam, Berlin, Dortmund, Basel, Philadelphia, Dubrovnik and almost every major venue in Budapest. I also play annual solo recitals in my home city of Pécs, and in Budapest.

Since 2010 I study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music’s “Preparatory Class for Exceptionally Gifted Children” at Budapest, with Attila Némethy and Gábor Eckhardt. I have been a prizewinner of the following international competitions: "Young Virtuoso"(in 2008)-Zagreb, "Takáts Jenő International Piano Competition"(in 2010)-Graz, "International Chopin Piano Competition"(in 2010 and 2014)-Budapest, "Piano Talents International Piano Competition"(in 2013)-Milan, where I have also won the Grand Prize off all categories, and finally the "1st Holland International Piano Competition"(in 2015) in The Hague, where I have won the second prize in the "senior" category as the youngest contestant (the competition is now renamed to “The Hague International Piano Competition”). This year I was selected to compete on Van Cliburn Junior competition. I have taken master classes with Dimitri Bashkirov, Roger Muraro, Zoltán Kocsis, Gergely Bogányi and Lívia Rév, who invited me to her home in Paris, to take lessons. In 2014 summer I was offered scholarship to “PYPA Philadelphia Young Pianist Academy” which took place at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. It was a wonderful opportunity to study there, with Ching-Yun Hu, Xiang Zou, Jerome Lowenthal and Alexander Moutoutzkine. This is a very important learning phase in my road for a music career, that is going to masterclasses, applying for festivals, learning from great musicians. It is important for me not to lose the enjoyment of music. For me music is something very special as I can express my emotions and through it search into the mysterious unique world of the composers. It is my hope that I can show this wonderful world to the public.

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Chen, Yandi

Xuehong Chen

School: The Music School Attached to The Central Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Zhang Xinning

Xuehong Chen was born in December, 1999 in Gansu China. He is a young Chinese pianist. Currently he is studying with Professor Xinning Zhang in the Music School attached to the China Central Conservatory of Music.

Since 2010, he gave performances in National Center of Performing Arts, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Xinjiang People’s Hall, Vienna Golden Hall, Russian Shostakovich Concert Hall, Switzerland Stravinsky Concerto Hall. He worked with Moscow Philharmonic, Ukraine Philharmonic, St.Petersburg Youth Orchestra, Xinjiang Philharmonic, Shenzhen Philharmonic, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Sichuan Conservatory Philharmonic, played Tchaikovsky piano concerto No.1, “Yellow River” piano concerto, Mozart piano concerto K414, Grieg piano concerto in a minor, etc. He played over 30 solo concerts in Beijing, Yunnan, Fujian, Shandong, Gansu, Anhui, Hubei etc., and all well admired. He was also invited to "Golden Dream 2012 China Central Television Spring Festival Concerts”, "Symphony Night "concerts in the Vienna Golden Hall, Festival De Musique Classioue solo piano concert in Montreux-Vevey Switzerland. He recorded & published “Collection of Xuehong Chen’s piano solo pieces” in 2012.

Total 28 prizes in both international & domestic competitions. 1st prize 16 times; Among them, International 1st prizes 5 times;Domestic competition “Xinghaicup”, “Zhujiangcup”, “Changjiangcup”, “Yingchangcup”, “Kadanzacup”, etc. 1st prizes 11 times. And creative youth prizes of the 4th Wenhuacup.

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Chiang, Alison

Yung Hoon Chun

South Korea
School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Emerging concert pianist, Yung Hoon Chun is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at The Juilliard School, studying under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung-Kuan Chen. While at Juilliard, Yung Hoon has given a solo recital in Paul Hall and participated in many Chamber recitals, collaborating with Narek Arutyunian, Xander Knecht, Yeon Hyung Lim, David A. Nagy, and Yeri Roh. He also performed in Richard Goode’s master class in Juilliard‘s Piano Scope 2013.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Yung Hoon began studying piano at the age of 6. He attended the Pre-College Division of Korea National University of Arts from 2003 to 2006 and in 2005, entered Yewon School, one of the most prestigious arts middle schools in the country. In the summer of that same year, he participated in SMF & A in Seoul and took lessons from Soo-Jung Shin and Robert McDonald. In 2007, he performed in Seoul’s Kumho Art hall both as soloist and collaborating with the Lucas Piano Trio. During that same year he performed with the Yewon School Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center. In the following year, he participated Gina Bachauer Young Artist International Competition and went to the United States. 

 Yung Hoon garnered a third prize in the 4th Schimmel USASU Young Artists International Junior Piano Competition, and participated in the 2009 Piano Summer Institute and Festival in State University of New York at New Paltz School of Performing Arts. Later that year he enrolled in The Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School and won second prize in VI international Piano Competition in Almaty, November 2013. In final stage of the competition, he performed Brahms 1st piano concerto with State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan.  In March 2014, he participated The 18th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy. In summer of that year, he participated The International Holland Music Sessions.
A scholarship recipient, of high standing, he has received another very prestigious one allowing him to attend scholarship to enter into a Master’s program at Yale School of Music in the fall of 2015. 
Yung Hoon would attend Aspen Music Festival and School in the summer of 2015. He had finished Quarter-final of 2015 Honens International Piano Competition in Merkin Concert Hall, New York.

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de Souza, Chelsea Anne

Samuel Deason

Indiana University
Menahem Pressler

Canadian pianist, Samuel Deason has distinguished himself as a fearless  musician having made his concerto debut performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 under Peter Oundjian as the first concerto performance of Koerner Hall’s inaugural season in Toronto.  Deason was awarded a Professional Musicians grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and was a finalist of the Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. 

Samuel Deason's recent orchestral engagements include performance in the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s Spirits of the House with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Liszt-Busoni’s Rhapsodie Espagnole and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra,  Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto with the Saskatoon and Regina Symphony Orchestras, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra in Como, Italy, and Lindsay Stetner’s Fragments of Time with the University of Regina’s Wind Ensemble.

Recital performance highlights include Beethoven’s epic Diabelli Variations for the Master Piano Recital Series in Ottawa, a recital including his own composition Rosebud Variations for the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with the Amati Quartet in Saskatoon, and a recital for the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago broadcast live on WFMT 98.7fm.

Samuel Deason has studied with Bonnie Nicholson in Saskatoon, Marc Durand and Leon Fleisher at the Glenn Gould School, Robert McDonald at the Banff Centre, and with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he held the position of Associate Instructor of Piano.  Samuel was born in 1988 in Saskatoon, where he continues to mentor a small but devoted group of young artists.

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Dobina, Alevtyna

Anna Han

The Juilliard School
Robert McDonald

Described by the Washington Post as “prodigiously gifted… a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower far beyond her years,” nineteen-year-old pianist Anna Han has won a number of prestigious international competitions, including the first prize of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, the first prize of the 2011 New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists, and the first prizes of both the 2011 and 2008 IIYM (International Institute for Young Musicians) International Piano Competitions. When she was eleven, she became the national first place winner of the 2007 Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition. She is a 2013 National YoungArts Foundation Silver Award Winner and a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Her performances of Chopin have earned her recognition as a scholarship recipient from the Chopin Foundation of the United States, and this past February, as a semi-finalist at the Ninth National Chopin Piano Competition.

Anna has performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., SubCulture New York, The Kosciuszko Foundation, New World Center in Miami, the Lied Center of Kansas, Theatre Lawrence, and Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Since her orchestral debut with the Chandler Symphony at age 11, where she performed Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, she has soloed with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the West Valley Symphony, the MusicaNova Symphony Orchestra, and the Verde Valley Sinfonietta.

Anna began her musical journey at the East Valley Yamaha Music School at age four. She started taking private piano lessons at age five with Mr. Fei Xu at New Century Conservatory, and continued to study with him for over thirteen years. She has given solo performances for various concert series and festivals, including the Shandelee Music Festival, PianoWorks in New London, and the National Conference of Piano Pedagogy. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert McDonald.

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Foster, Maxwell

Yun Chih Hsu

The Juilliard School
Hung Kuan Chen

Yun-Chih Hsu, a young pianist of eighteenth, was born in 1997. She began piano
instruction at an early age in her native Taiwan. In 2005, she enrolled in the Taipei Gu-Tin Primary School of Music under Professor Ching-Han Shu. In 2008, she was accepted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in the United States under Professor Matti Raekallio. Currently, she continues her piano study with Professor Hung Kuan Chen. Major influences in her musical development were not only studies with eminent musician Gwhyneth Chen, Professor Daming Zhu, Professor Grace Chung, Professor Cheng -Zong Yin and Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, but also received the instruction on piano from eminent pianist Professor Boris Berman, Professor Piotr Paleczny, Professor Fumiko Egusi , Professor Choong Mo Kang and Professor Arie Vardi in the master classes.

During her studies, she shows her special musical talent and keeps her devotion to the music. In addition to winning numerous youth-competitions including the first prize winner at Yamaha Music Foundation of Taiwan Piano Competition in 2005, the first prize winner at KAWAI Piano Competition in 2005, and the first prize winner at Mandarin Daily News Youth Piano Competition in 2005 and 2007, Yun-Chih was the first prize winner of youth section at the 12th Taipei International Chopin Piano Competition in 2008 and she was the youngest prize winner ever at the piano competitions. In 2010, Yun-Chih won the first prize at the Juilliard School Pre-College’s Mozart Piano Concerto Competition. The good control of the instrument, both in the sense of virtuosity and feeling, places Yun-Chih to the peak of contestants. During these years, she received many invitations from Yamaha, Kulturkontakt Eppan, Grotrian-Steinweg, and prestigious Braunschweig festival to give the recitals and perform in the concerts throughout Taiwan, China, Japan, Italy, Germany and the United States. In August 2010, Yun-chih was invited to give a solo recital with honor at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She was the youngest solo performer ever at the famous venue. In August 2011, Yun-chih won the IMA music award in JAPAN and she was invited to perform in the IMA Rising Star Concert. In August 2012, Yun-chih was invited to give a solo recital with honor at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan again, yet, the same year she was also the youngest participant selected by the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2013, she won the first prize of the Nordmann Piano Scholarship Competition at the Juilliard School. She was also selected to be the semi-finalist of the 9th International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland in the same year.

In 2014, she was the winner of the Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition at the Juilliard School and she was invided to perform in the “From the Top Radio Station” in Jordan Hall, at New England Conservatory, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her outstanding performance prompted strong words praise from audiences and critics as “One of the most potential young pianists” as well as “The mature performance and stage charm are beyond her age”. “Her control over pianissimo is astonishing. She has an absolutely precocious sense of duration and keyboard geography...for a 16 year old she is clearly highly precocious”, said Mr. Michel Moran, the reviewer in Poland.

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Hassell, Jeremy

Xuesha Hu

School: Texas Christian University
Teacher: Tamas Ungar

With a spontaneous vibrant personality and communicative artistry, 22-year-old pianist Xuesha Hu has recently won first prize both in the 2013 53rd 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 Center 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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Hsu, Fang-Wei

Youlan Ji

School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

Youlan Ji was born on June 21 1999 in Beijing China. At age of four, she began studying piano with her mother. Between the ages of nine and twelve, she continued her piano study with Prof. Yuan Ling at the Affiliated Middle School of Central Conservatory of Music at Beijing. Since 2012, she has continued her piano studies with Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard School Pre-College in New York City and in Aspen.

In 2008, at the age on nine, she won the first prize Xinghai Cup Piano Competition in Beijing. In 2011, at the age of twelve, she won first prize of her age group in the United States Open Music Competition. And in the same year she won first prize in her age group in the Third International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna. This year she won first place in the Beethoven Piano Concerto Competition hosted by the Juilliard Pre-College Division.

In 2012 she has given a solo recital at Recital Hall of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and in the same year she has also given a solo recital at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. In November 2013 she has given a solo recital at Paul Hall in Juilliard School. In May 2014 she performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra at Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Juilliard School. In July 2014 she was invited to perform at Salida High School and Harris Concert Hall in Aspen.

Ms. Ji is a recipient of the Terry Adams Murray Scholarship.

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Jin, Dongxu

Fantee Jones

School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Hung-Kuan Chen

Taiwanese-American pianist and violinist, Fantee Jones of Roseville, CA gave her first solo recital at the age of seven and made her concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488 at age ten. She has continued her noteworthy accomplishments winning many awards in various international competitions. Miss Jones made her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2005 and has also performed on Princess Cruise Lines, Cunard Cruise Lines, Mondavi Center, and the Temppeliaukion Kirkko in Finland.

She was the gold medalist at the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition, prizewinner at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition, winner of the 2013 Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship, and Third Prize winner at the 2014 Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition in France. Recently, she was a top prizewinner at the 2014 Kosciuszko Chopin Piano Competition and a semifinalist at the 2015 National Chopin Piano Competition in Miami. 

Miss Jones has attended prestigious music festivals such as the Banff Piano Master Class and PianoTexas International Academy and Festival. In 2015, she was selected to be a fellow in the Bowdoin International Music Festival, as part of the Kaplan Fellowship program.

As an avid chamber musician, Miss Jones has worked with many renowned musicians including Lewis Kaplan, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Anton Nel, and Andre-Michel Schub. Besides playing piano, she also plays violin and flute. Miss Jones was a member of the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra first violin section for five seasons.

Miss Jones began piano training with her mother at the age of three. She received her Bachelor of Music as the Roy M. Rubinstein recipient at the Manhattan School of Music in 2014 and a student of Dr. Marc Silverman. Miss Jones currently holds the Lilly Z. Foldes Scholarship, and is pursuing her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Mr. Hung-Kuan Chen.

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Jittakarn, San

Kyunghoon Kim

South Korea
School: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Teacher: Arnaldo Cohen

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kyunghoon Kim began studying piano at the age of nine. He took professional piano lessons beginning at age 14, subsequently playing a Mozart piano concerto with the Solideo Pilharmonic Orchestra in Korea. He studied at Seoul Arts High School and graduated summa cum laude from Seoul National University, where he studied with professor HyoungJoon Chang and majored in piano performance. Kim is currently pursuing his M.M. in Piano Performance at the Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of professor Arnaldo Cohen. Kim won first prize at the inaugural Hanoi International Piano Competition in Vietnam and also won at several national competitions, including the Korea Piano Society Competition and the Haneol Music Competition in Korea. He has performed with the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra and the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in many recitals in Korea, including in the Schumann Festival at Seoul National University and in Youngsan Grace Hall. He is a young artist with the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation and performed in a Young Artist Series recital last summer. He also performed Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto with Indiana University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of concerto competition at IU. He has participated in the master classes of Barbara Nissman, Boris Berman, Jacques Rouvier, Eduard Halim, Lydia Artymiw, and Barry Snyder.

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Kiseleva, Daria

Qi Kong

School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Veda Kaplinsky

Praised by The New York Times for his “elegant and sensitive” playing, pianist Qi Kong was the winner of the 2013 Aspen Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition and the 2009 4th Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition. Mr. Kong was born in Liaoning Province in Northern China, where he started piano lessons at the age of four. At the age of ten, he moved to Shenzhen to continue his studies at the Shenzhen Arts School with Eleanor Wong. In 2008, Mr. Kong received a full scholarship to attend the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts, where he furthered his piano studies with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Mr. Kong made his orchestral debut at the age of 16, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in Harvard University's Sanders Theater. Mr. Kong has appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and has also participated in numerous international music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, PianoTexas, Shanghai International Piano Festival, and Juilliard ChamberFest. He is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree with Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School.

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Li, Dawen

Krzysztof Ksiazek

School: F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music In Bydgoszcz
Teacher: Stefan Wojtas

Krzysztof Ksiazek was born in Krakow (Poland) in 1992. He began his music education at the age of 9 in the piano class of Grazyna Hesko- Kolodzinska, M.A, at  S. Wiechowicz 1st Degree State Music School in Krakow. Since 2005, he has been under the tutelage of Prof. Stefan Wojtas, first as a student at  F.Chopin  State Secondary Music School in Krakow, and now at F. Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

He is a winner of highest prizes at national and international competitions: X Ludwik Stefański and Halina Czerny- Stefańska Piano Competition- 1st Prize, Grand Prix and a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin  (Płock 2008), XV Concurs International de Piano Ricard Vines- 2nd Prize (Lleida, Spain 2009), The International Chopin Piano Competition- 1st Prize, Grand Prix, (Lvov, Ukraine 2010), The II American Paderewski Piano Competition- 2nd Prize and Special Prize for Best Performance of Paderewski (Los Angeles, USA 2013), IX International Paderewski Piano Competition- Special Prize for Best Polish Participant ( Bydgoszcz, 2013), The Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition- 1st Prize, Special Prize ( Warsaw, 2013), The Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition- 2nd Prize and acceptance to XVII International Chopin Competition in Warsaw without having to participate in Preliminary Round. (Warsaw, 2015)

The artist performed at the 67th and 69th International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdroj and the 2nd Artur Rubinstein Festival of Łódź Philharmonics. He gave concerts in Japan, USA, France, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Republic of South Africa and Poland. In March 2014 he received Krystian Zimerman Scholarship. His interests includes also chamber music, on which he receives instructions from Prof. K. Danczowska, J. Danczowska and S. Cierpik

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Li, Yuhang

Kate Liu

School: Curtis Institute of Music
Teacher: Robert McDonald

Pianist Kate Liu has been hailed by the Washington Post as a pianist with “a burgeoning talent and a musical poise well beyond her years.” She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music with Professor Robert Mcdonald. Her previous private studies were at the Music Institute of Chicago, including Alan Chow, Micah Yui and Emilio del Rosario.

Born in Singapore, Kate began playing the piano when she was four years old, and moved to the United States when she was eight. Since then she has won top prizes in several competitions including the Montreal International Music Competition, Eastman International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Thomas and Evon Cooper Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, the senior division of the Music Teachers’ National Association Competition, and the junior division of the Louisiana International Piano Competition. In both 2011 and 2012 she was chosen to receive a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States.

Kate has given recitals in many halls and venues, such as the Subculture Arts Underground, Phillip’s Collection, Salmagundi Club, Ossining Library, Bohemian Club, and Temple E-manuel, and she had the chance to perform the four-hand Schubert Fantasy with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang at Symphony Center in Chicago. In 2009 she went on a tour with the Music Institute of Chicago to the East coast, where she performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Other than solo recitals, Kate has collaborated with several orchestras including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. She has been on NPR’s From the Top, one of the most widely known radio shows for talented young musicians. Previously she was also featured numerous times on the WFMT classical music radio, as well as the WTTW Chicago tonight television broadcast.

Besides playing the piano, Kate also enjoys drawing and spending time with friends

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Lin, Brian Yuebing

Eric Lu

School: Curtis Institute of Music
Teacher: Jonathan Biss/Robert McDonald

Eric Lu, born in 1997, has already established himself as one of the finest pianists of the younger generation. In February 2015, he was awarded the first prize and concerto prize at the 9th National Chopin Competition in Miami, FL. The prize package includes $75,000 and concert tours in the USA and abroad. In 2013, at the age of 15, he was admitted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he currently studies. Furthermore, Mr. Lu has received top prizes at a number of other major international competitions. In August of 2014, he received the 1st prize at the 9th Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. In 2013, Eric triumphed at the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition, receiving the 1st Prize, along with the special Schubert Prize. The competition concluded with a final round performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. Moreover, in 2010 at the age of 12, Eric won the 1st Prize of the prestigious 12th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany. Other awards include the special prize chosen by the public at the 2011 Junior Academy Eppan in Italy.

Eric’s upcoming concert schedule includes recital and concerto performances across the US, including a recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has also been invited to give a recital at the famed Salle Cortot in Paris. Furthermore, Eric will make appearances in Spain, Canada, Armenia, and Poland. Past performances include at the Asamsaal castle, Stadthalle Ettlingen, Raiffeisen Forum Lanserhaus in Germany, and Italy. In the summer of 2014, he performed in several locations in China. Other venues include performances at Boston's Jordan Hall, Philadelphia’s Field Concert Hall, Minneapolis’s Ted Mann Concert Hall, Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, among others.  Eric has collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chopin Foundation Orchestra, The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Wellesley Symphony, the Longwood Symphony, and the Boston Civic Symphony.

Eric Lu started studying the piano at the age of 6 with Mrs. Dorothy Shi. While at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, he studied piano with Alexander Korsantia, and Mr. A. Ramon Rivera. Currently, Eric studies at Curtis with Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald, and he is also a pupil of the renowned pianist Dang Thai Son. Additionally, Eric is a great admirer of the Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, whom he considers to be among the greatest pianists of all time.

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Meng, Wuna

Yun Lu

School: Lee univeristy
Teacher: Ning An

YUN LU began piano lessons at age five in Taiwan, her birthplace. Currently age 18, she is studying piano with Ning An at Lee University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ms. Lu has appeared as a soloist with the Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform Grieg piano concerto in a minor. She also gave the recitals frequently in her hometown since twelve years old. Yun has also participated in numerous music festivals, such as Walnut Hill Music Festival in Boston in 2011, Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice (France) in 2012, and Formosa Chamber Music Festival in 2013. She has won numerous top awards at competitions, including the first prize in National piano competition by YAMAHA in Taiwan in 2012, the first place of piano trio at National student of music competition, National piano competition in Taiwan in 2014, SAU piano concerto competition in U.S in 2014, MTNA( Music Teachers National Association) Tennessee state piano competition in 2014. She is the finalist in MTNA piano competition in southern division and will compete in March, 2015 in Las Vegas. Recently, She performed Rachmaninoff piano concerto no.2 in c minor with Southern Adventist University Orchestra in Chattanooga.

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Mircea, Sinziana

Yumi Palleschi

School: Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University
Teacher: Joaquin Achucarro

Born in Italy in 1991, pianist Yumi Palleschi began her musical studies at the age of 4. She studied privately with Angelo pepicelli, Maria Teresa Carunchio and Massimiliano Ferrati until she graduated from the Istituto Musicale Pareggiato “G.Briccialdi” of Terni with the highest honours in 2009. In 2013 she pursued her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the “F. Chopin” University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, under the guide of Piotr Paleczny. currently she’s a student of Joaquin Achucarro, completing her Master’s of Music degree at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, Dallas, USA.

Palleschi gave her first recital at the age of 8 and debuted with orchestra at the age of 13 with the orchestra of the I.C.O. “T. Schipa” Foundation of Lecce, and since then she has performed numerously in Italy, Poland and USA as a soloist and in chamber music formations for associations and festivals such as the “Amici della Musica di Perugia” Association, the Festival Pianistico of Spoleto, the “W. A. Mozart” Association of Rome, the Festival “Strefa Ciszy” of Warsaw, the “Karol Szymanowski” Festiwal of Zakopany, the “Lyceum” Association of Catania etc.
Palleschi has won top prizes in many national and international competitions, most recently the 2014/2015 Meadows Piano Concerto Competition, and has received many awards and scholarships, among which the Honors Diploma from the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, the “Leandro Roscini” prize by the “Amici della Musica di Perugia” Association, scholarships to participate to the Summer Academy at the “Mozarteum” University of Salzburg, to the “International Keyboard Institute and Festival” at the Mannes School of Music of New York, and the 66th International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdròj. She’s has participated to masterclasses with maestros such as Jerome Rose, Andrea Bonatta, Jan Jiracek von Armin, Oxana Jablonskaya, Paul Gulda, Xenia Nosikova, Alessio Bax, Alexander Kobrin.

As an active contemporary ensemble music performer, Palleschi has performed in numerous different formations, collaborating with conductors such as Marco Angius, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Krzysztof Kozakiewicz, covering a vast repertoire that includes Steve Reich (Double Sextet), Giorgy Ligeti (Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures), Thomas Ades (Living Toys), Martin Bresnick (My Twentieth Century), Dan Welcher (Vox Femina), Lucio Gregoretti (Andante Italiano con moto).

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Orgasiński, Michał

Jiana Peng

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

Jiana Peng, from Sichuan, China, is enrolled as a bachelor’s student at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studies piano with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Ms. Peng made her orchestral debut with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in Severance Hall playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. She has also performed with CIM Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante under the batons of Carl Topilow, Kimbo Ishii-Eto, and Uri Segal. She has won the Nice International Piano Competition, American Open Music Competition, Western China Steinway Piano Competition, the 14th Cleveland Pops Orchestra Music Scholarship Competition, and the CIM Concerto Competition. Ms. Peng has performed in master classes with Jerome Lowenthan, Tamas Ungar, Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Ilana Vered, and Lee Kum Sing. In 2013 she was presented with CIM’s Dr. Joseph and Bess Scharff Leven Prize in Piano. Ms. Peng also enjoys reading, dancing, watching movies, learning foreign languages, and eating spicy food besides playing the piano.

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Ramlav, Ilya

Chelsea Wang

School: Curtis Institute of Music
Teacher: Meng-Chieh Liu, Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Chelsea Wang is prizewinner of 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).

Chelsea made her first orchestra debut at the age of 6, playing Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. 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 performed across the country and in Canada and Europe. She has also appeared on the NPR’s radio show, “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley, “What Makes It Great” with host Rob Kapilow, along with other programs on Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, and Philadelphia Public Radios. She has performed in masterclasses for Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, 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 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. Some upcoming performances include solo and chamber music recitals in Orford, Quebec and in venues across the nation including Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall.

Chelsea started learning piano at the age of 4 and violin at age 7. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, studying with Meng-Chieh Liu and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Previously, she studied with Ksenia Nosikova, Chiu-Ling Lin, and Damarez Alvarez.

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Szalai, Eva

Haozhou Wang

School: Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School
Teacher: Susan Starr and Eleanor Sokoloff

Wang Haozhou, born in Hanzhong City in Shaanxi Province China in 2001. He started to study piano when he was three and half years old. He has pretty extensive hobbies, such as singing, dancing and football. He has already brought great honor for the school at young age.

Wang Haozhou chose piano as his career finally when time passes by and he grows up. He has a dream since childhood, which is to be a famous pianist after he grows up.

In 2010, Wang Haozhou was admitted by Affiliated Middle School to Central Conservatory of Music and studied from Mr. Zhang Jin, discipline director of Affiliated Middle School to Central Conservatory of Music 

In 2008, he won first prize for southwest region of national children piano contest of “Golden Sunflower Cup” of China Merchants Bank.

In 2009, he won second prize for Children Group B of “Yunnan 4th Xinghai Cup Piano Contest”.

In 2009, he won special award for Small Group A of Beijing Region of “the 6th Star Torch”.

In 2011, he was awarded “Best Artistic Star” in the 14th Beijing Student’s Art Festival and invited to perform in National Theatre by Beijing Municipal Education Bureau.

In 2012, he won first prize for “the 15th Beijing Student’s Art Festival” Choral Performance.

In 2012, he won second prize for professional group 3 of “the 14th Xinghai Cup”.

In 2013, he won first prize for “Professional Youth Group A of Beijing Section of China Imola International Piano Competition of the 2nd Italy Imola Summer International Piano Music Festival” and third prize for Youth Group A of final in Beijing Section.

In 2013, he won second prize of “Los Angeles International Youth Piano Contest”

In 2013, he won first prize for professional children group of “the 5th Kadansa Cup National Youth Chinese Piano Works Competition” and won “special award” with outstanding performance.

In 2013, he won second prize for professional group 1 of “Pearl River Caesar Fort” National Piano Contest.

In 2013, “Los Angeles International Youth Piano competition’’ direction invited perform to Los Angeles.

In 2014, he won second prize for San Jose International Piano Competition

In 2015, he won first prize for The 7th Yamaha USasu International Piano Competition

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Tan, Azariah

Yinuo Wang

School: The Music Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in China
Teacher: Zhou Guangren, Pang Bo

Wang Yinuo, female, born in Beijing, China on October 9, 1996, is a piano student of the Music Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing.

She started to play the piano at the age of 4 and in 2007, she was admitted as a piano student to the Music Elementary School attached to CCOM, and in 2010 free of examination, she entered the Music Middle School attached to CCOM, because of her excellent record of studies in the elementary school period. She has been awarded the “Outstanding Students” scholarship every year since she entered the school.

Competition Prizes:

In October 2008, she won the third prize at the 12th All-China National “Xinghai Cup” Young Pianists Competition in Beijing.

In May 2011, she won the third prize at the IX International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine.

In December 2011, she won the first prize at the 1st Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition in Jakarta.

In December 2012, she won the third prize at the 3rd Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award in Beijing.

In March 2014, she won the second prize at the 18th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Japan.

In June 2014, she won the third prize at the 1st Midwest International Piano Competition in the United States.

Music Programs:

In May 2013, she was selected to be a Young Artist, attending the 2013 piano Texas International Academy & Festival in the United States.

In March 2014, she was selected to attend the 18th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan.

In July 2014, she was selected to attend the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival in Calgary, Canada.

Performing Experiences:

In April 2012, she played her solo piano recital in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In August 2013, she played her solo piano recital in Ocean University concert hall in Qingdao, China.

In May 2014, she played her solo piano recital in Capital Normal University concert hall in Beijing, China.

In August 2014, she played her solo piano recital in Zhejiang International Studies University in Hangzhou, China.

In recent years, she also performed in many piano concerts as in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, Zhigongtang Concert Hall in Kunming, and Ningbo Concert Hall in Ningbo.

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Tran, Eric

Edith Widayani

School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Barry Snyder

Hailed as one of the most promising young pianists in her home country of Indonesia, Edith Widayani has performed around the world, with recent performances in Colombia, China, USA, Costa Rica, as well as in various cities in Indonesia. Her education started when she was three, back in Jakarta, Indonesia, until she graduated the youngest from Yayasan Pendidikan Musik School of Music as a pre-conservatory level at age 15. She continues her study with Dr. Johannes S. Nugroho, former Dean of the Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music, before decided to seriously pursue music. 

She continued her study in Beijing, China, where she studied with Prof. Ling Yuan in the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, until she graduated in 2008. A recipient of full-tuition scholarship from Texas Christian University School of Music, including the Langdon Music Scholarship and Happy-Bell Keyboard Scholarship, she did her undergraduate degree under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2012. During her residency in Texas Christian University School of Music, she is also awarded the Judith Solomon Award in Chamber Music as well as the TCU Faculty and Friends Chamber Music Award.

Edith has recently named 1st prize winner in the 2014 Koscziusko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in New York City, October 2014. Claiming the 1st prize winner of Ananda Sukarlan Award for Best Indonesian Pianist 2010, as well as the 1st prize winner of 2013 Jakarta International Open Piano Competition, she has also received an Award of Achievement in International Forum from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia. 

On top of her recent performances, she has also performed in Europe, such as Italy, Germany, as well as Hungary in the past years. As a young pedagogue, she was invited as one of the guest artists in Bogota International Piano Festival in Colombia, where she performed and taught in August 2013. She also served as one of the judges for Ananda Sukarlan Award-Bandung International Music Academy International Piano Competition in Bandung, Indonesia in 2012.

Besides her passion in piano, Edith also enjoys playing Chinese gu-zheng and Indonesian gamelan. During her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, and doing some chamber music sight-reading with her friends. She has graduated in May 2014 with a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Prof. Barry Snyder, and currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Eastman School of Music as well.

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Wang, Xinyu

Huan Yang

School: Texas Christian University
Teacher: John Owings

A native of China, Huan Yang was born in TianJin and began her piano studies at the age of seven. She holds degrees in piano performance from the Central Conservatory of Music (B.M.) and Northwestern University (M.M.) where her primary instructors were Ms. HuaZhen Xie and Mr. Alan Chow.  Ms. Yang is currently a second-year artist diploma at the Texas Christian University with Professors José Feghali and John Owings. Additionally, she has played in master classes for renowned artists such as Kum-Sing Lee, Berry Snyder, Yong-Hi Moon, Tomer Lev, Alexander Mndoyants, Tamás Ungár,  Aviram Reichert  and Zhe Tang.
Huan Yang has performed solo and chamber recitals in both China and North America. As a passionate chamber musician, she has extensive experiences performing with instruments, voices, and various chamber. She made appearances in National Centre for the Performing Arts in BeiJing, Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes in Israel, and many universities in China. Ms. Yang also received extensive large ensemble training as a major keyboard player in the Baroque Music Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra in Northwestern University for two years.

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Wang, Yiqiao

Cheng Zhang

School: Berlin University of the Arts
Teacher: Klaus Hellwig

Known for his achievement as the first Chinese pianist who won both the “Haskil Prize” and public prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in 2011, pianist Zhang Cheng’s committed and expressive music making has earned him much success and recognition. He has performed recitals in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Costa Rica and China; concerto appearances with the Orchestra de la Suisse, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra; festival debuts include performances at Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Verbier Festival Academy, Festival Septembre Musical de Montreux-Vevey, Berlin International Music Festival, Piano Texas International Piano Festival and Costa Rica Temporada Internacional de Piano. His recording was broadcasted by Südwestrundfunk, WDR 3, Germany and Radio Télévision Suisse –Espace 2, Switzerland.

Zhang Cheng is currently working with Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste Berlin in Germany. He holds his bachelor degree from Texas Christian University School of Music, under the guidance of Tamás Ungár. Before moving to the United States, he has also attended the Shenzhen Arts School in China, where he studied with Professor Dan Zhaoyi.

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Wu, Christine

Ruixue Zhang

School: Texas Christian University
Teacher: Tamas Ungar

Ruixue Zhang is a sophomore piano performance major student at Texas Christian University, and is studying with Dr. Tamás Ungár. She began her piano studies with a private teacher at the age of four, however, she was admitted into the Primary School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music studying under the guidance of Ms. Manchun Chen. Recognizing her talent, she was admitted into the prestigious Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music without an audition. In 2010 she gave her first public recital at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music representing her school.

In 2010, Ruixue received a scholarship from Yamaha Music Asia, and was awarded the third place at the 3rd Kawai Asia Piano Competition in Hong Kong. In March 2011, she received the fourth place at the Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition in the U.S. She won the first prize of Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award in 2012. At the same year, she received the third prize of the first Yamaha China Piano Competition Conservatoire and was awarded the best performance of Debussy works. In July 2014, she received the first prize of the Schlern International Competition in Italy. In January 2015, she received the Second Prize of Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition in Colorado. At the MTNA Convention this March, Ruixue is representing TCU in the National Finals of the Young Artists Piano Competition.

Ruixue has participated in Beijing International Piano Festival, Schlern International Music Festival, and the 15th and 16th annual Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary, Canada. She has performed at National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and also other cities include Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xi’an, Harbin, Kunming, Urumqi, Calgary, and Suwon. She has played with China National Symphony Orchestra, China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Central Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, Harbin Symphony Orchestra, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. She has cooperated with some great conductors, such as Xincao Li, En Shao, and Tao Lin.

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