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Antonio
Ajero

 

Erika
Feller

 

Evan
Hu

 

Tanner
Jorden

 

Chris
Jung

 

William
Leicht

 

Emma
Lo

 

Angeline
Ma

 

Jeremy
Nohel

 

Gabriel
Parker

 

Adrian
Romoff

 

Frederic
Situmorang

 

Tyler
Spence

 

Vivian
Wang

 

Andy
Wu

 

Sarah
Yuan

 

Natalie
Zhang

 

Celina
Zhao

 

Charles
Zhao

 

Annie
Zhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Antonio Ajero

Nacogdoches, Texas
13
School:
Mike Moses Middle School
Teacher: Linda Parr

Master Class Repertoire

Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D-flat major, Op. 87, No. 15
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39

 

Born in Norman, Oklahoma, 13-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero, started piano studies around the age of 3 with his father, Dr. Mario Ajero, Professor of Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is currently one of only fifteen students from the state of Texas to be awarded a scholarship grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts and Texas Cultural Fund under the Texas Young Masters Program. Nio has performed on NPR's From The Top with host Christopher O'Riley. He has been a featured pianist for the Sugarmill Music Festival in Alexandria, Louisiana. He has won numerous competitions including the Baylor/Waco Piano Competition, Texas State University’s Young Artist Piano Competition, the SMU Institute for Young Pianists Competition, the Red River Radio Young Artists Competition, and the James Ramos International Video Competition. Nio is a two-time National Gold Medalist from The Royal Conservatory for earning the highest marks in the United States for the Level 9 and 10 Piano Exams. In addition to solo performances, he has performed on piano and harpsichord with groups such as the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Pines at Stephen F. Austin State University. Nio has been a featured pianist at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and in a TEDx talk given by his father entitled “Unreal Music Making Experiences with Technology” where he performed the first movement of the Bach Keyboard Concerto in D Minor. He currently takes piano lessons with Linda Parr at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Music Preparatory Division. Nio has performed in piano masterclasses with Kenny Broberg, Alex MacDonald, Carol Leone, Andrey Ponochevny, and Jane Magrath. In addition to piano, he plays saxophone in his middle school band and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at Nacogdoches Blackbelt Academy. 

 

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Erika Feller

Fort Worth, Texas
13
School: Harmony School of Innovation
Teacher: Ilka Araujo

Master Class Repertoire

Mozart: Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246 (I. Allegro aperto)
Tchaikovsky: “June: Barcarolle” from The Seasons, Op. 37a, No. 6

Erika Feller, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, as a 7th grader at Harmony School of Innovation (HSI), has been studying piano for 7 years under Dr. Ilka V. Araujo, Ph.D., who is a professor at Texas Wesleyan University. Ms. Feller’s accomplishments include winning above Superior on her piano competitions, gold on all her State Theory tests, top awards at the Texas Wesleyan Duo-Piano Competitions, the FORUM Sonatina Festival, and first prize at the 2017 University of Texas at Arlington Concerto Competition. She has also performed in several recitals held at the Steinway Hall Fort Worth, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, and at Texas Wesleyan University Martin Hall. For the past two years, Ms. Feller has participated at the Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Convention as a piano ensemble performer. Last year she attended several concerts at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and became really excited to advance in her piano studies. Ms. Feller has been a member of the HSI Ensemble for several years. Apart from piano she also studies ballet at the Ballet Frontier of Texas. She recently competed in the Solo Classical Ballet Competition and was a semi-finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix. When not studying, practicing, or dancing, Ms. Feller enjoys to watch anime and listen to K-pop. Her favorite subjects at school are Math and Science. In the future, she plans to continue studying music and learning more challenging pieces.

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Evan Hu

Rockville, Maryland
16

School: Montgomery Blair High School
Teacher: Marjorie Lee

Master Class Repertoire

Liszt: Transcendental Etude No. 12 "Chasse Neige."
Chopin: Etude in C major, Op. 10, No. 1
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 (I. Maestoso)

 

Evan Hu, 16, from Potomac Maryland, is currently a 10th grader at Montgomery Blair High School. He began studying piano at age 6 with Dr. Marjorie Lee. He was named Alternate Winner in the 2018 MTNA Senior Eastern Division and 2017 Junior Eastern Division. His recent awards include second prize of the 2017 Future Stars International Piano Competition, first prize winner of the 2017 London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, first prize winner of 2017 FMMC High School Piano Competition and first prize winner of the 2017 Maryland State Music Teachers Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Competition. Evan attended the Indiana University Jacob School of Music Summer Program in 2015 and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) Summer Program in 2017. In addition to competing, Evan is a dedicated volunteer for The Tacy Foundation. He plays regularly for hospitals, senior centers and veterans in Baltimore. He mentored for Piano Pals at Gibbs Elementary School, as well as seniors at Asbury Methodist Village. He recorded for the foundation the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor on "Music Fills the Heart with Joy", sent to NYC for the children of 9/11 scholarship fund, NIH patient library, Johns Hopkins Cancer Center, Cincinnati Children's and Fisher Houses for service members throughout the USA. Evan enjoys playing basketball and fencing.

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Tanner Jorden

Billings, Montana
15
School:
Billings West High
Teacher:
Dorothea Cromley

 

Master Class Repertoire

Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a, (I. Adagio – Allegro)
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (I. Moderato)

 

Born in Montana, Tanner Jorden, 15, began his musical career at seven. His current teacher, Dorothea Cromley, is the former Professor of Piano at MSU-B. In 2016, he competed in the LA International Liszt Competition. Tanner competed in the MTNA competition in 2016 and 2017, receiving honorable mentions in the Junior and Senior divisions at regionals.  In 2017, he received first place in the MASO Concerto Competition.  He has performed with the Great Falls, Billings, Helena and Glacier Symphonies. In 2017, Tanner gave a recital at MSU-B and performed a recital in Wyoming sponsored by the Sheridan Arts Council.  In February 2018, he received the Distinguished Award and first place in the American Protégé International Concerto competition, and will perform at Carnegie Hall in June. He attended Red Lodge Music Festival, BYU’s SummerFestival, and USU’s Piano Clinic and received the top award scholarship. Tanner also enjoys skiing, crossfit, and track.

 

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Chris Jung

Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
16
School:
Conestoga High School
Teacher:
Igor Resnianski

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op. 11
Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein (I. Allegro con brio)
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (I. Allegro maestoso)
Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody

Pianist Chris Jung, born in Michigan in 2002, is a highly active young musician in Pennsylvania, USA. He began to study the piano when he was 6 years old and was clearly a very gifted musician, even at a young age, simply proved his talent by won the first place in Great Lakes Regional Piano Contest in his age group after an year study. Since his first win at the age of 7, Chris has won all kinds of awards for his piano performance. He currently studies at the Nelly Berman School of Music under a scholarship and studying under Dr. Igor Resnianski.

In April 2014, Chris won second place in the 9-12 age group of the West Chester University 26th Annual Piano Competition and played at the Ware Family Recital Hall for the winners' recital. In May 2014, he won first place in Junior Piano in the Tri-County Concerts Association 72nd Annual Youth Festival. In November 2014, he won alternate in Junior Division of Pennsylvania Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA). In September 2016 he won first place in Junior Division in the 17th Bi-Annual Youth Competition of the Philadelphia Koreans Musicians Association. In February 2017 he won Platinum 2nd place in the Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow and he performed at Kimmel Center on June 2017. In April 2017 he won 2nd place in 13-15 age group of the West Chester University 29th Annual piano Competition. In May 2017 he won Honorable Mention in Senior Division of Tri-County Concert Association 75nd Annual Youth Festival. In July 2017 he won 1st place in Divison 1 of New Orleans Piano Institute, Solo Competition. In September 2017 he was chosen as a Scholarship student of Rotary Club of Pottstown. In November 2017 he won Honorable Mention in Senior Division of Pennsylvania Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Competition. Moreover, he has played in master classes for renowned artists such as , Alexander Mogilevsky (Winner of the International Tchaikovsky), Faina Lushtak, Charies Abramovic, etc.

Chris loves volunteering to perform the piano at nursing homes in cities across the Pennsylvania state with other young musicians, additionally he will go to Ecuador to offer volunteer music teaching services to younger students in Spring, 2018.

When not performing, Chris likes to read, watch movies, and play games. He is a member of his school’s orchestra (on violin, Conestoga High in PA). Chris also enjoys swimming .

 

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William Leicht

Frisco, Texas
16
School:
Homeschool
Teacher:
Mary Humm

 

Master Class Repertoire

Rachmaninov: Prelude in D major, Op. 23, No. 4
Beethoven: Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2

 

William Leicht is a 10th grade homeschool student and a member of the homeschool organization Classical Conversations. He is a piano student of Dr. Mary Humm.
William has been actively participating in competitions and music festivals in Texas.

Most recently, he has been selected to play for the TMTA Student Affiliate State Piano Solo Competition state semi-finals. He has been a prizewinner in several competitions including, 1st place in the FMTA Trophy Competition, 2nd Place in the Dallas Solo Competition, and 4th place in the Dallas Symphonic Competition. He has also been a prizewinner at the Baylor/Waco Competition and the Denton Bach Society competition as well as being selected two years in a row to play at the Judges Choice Honors Recital for the Dallas Junior Pianists Guild. He is a PMTA scholarship winner for a piano camp of his choice, and he also received a scholarship to the Baylor Summer Piano Institute. He consistently garners top superior ratings in all area music festivals. William also performs as a piano soloist at Stonebriar Community Church, which consists of four thousand people in attendance.

William was selected to attend the SMU Young Pianists Institute in the summer of 2017, and in 2016 he attended the University of Dallas Summer Music Academy.

In addition to his piano activities, William has volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and the Special Olympics. He has been on a number of mission trips, including one to Costa Rica. He serves in a 3rd grade Sunday School class and is a Youth Leader in the 2nd grade children’s choir at Stonebriar Community Church. William sings bass in the Stonebriar youth choir, Gloria Dei, and he also participates in AWANA ministries. In his spare time, he enjoys nature photography, playing volleyball, and working out at Camp Gladiator.

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Emma Lo

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
15
School: The Shipley School
Teacher: Igor Resnianski

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103  (I. Allegretto)
Ravel: "Ondine" from Gaspard de la Nuit

 

Emma Lo, age 15, is a 9th grader at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She began piano at the age of 5 and currently studies under Dr. Igor Resnianski at the Nelly Berman School of Music.

She has received several awards, including MTNA Pennsylvania State Winner (2015), Honorable Mention (2016), Alternate (2017), first prize in Division 3 (Ages 14-18) at the 2018 Steinway Piano Competition, two first prizes in the Children’s and Junior Categories at the West Chester University Pre-Collegiate Piano Competition, second prize at the New Orleans Piano Institute’s Solo Competition, and first prize at the Kennett Symphony Young Artist Competition. She was appointed as the Harmony For Peace’s Junior Peace & Music Ambassador for 2018.

She has won several concerto competitions and performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Warminster Symphony Orchestra, the Ambler Symphony, the Old York Road Symphony, and the New Orleans Civic Symphony.

Aside from piano, Emma also plays the violin. She is a member of Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians Youth Chamber Orchestra, and she was previously a member of PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music).
She plays tennis and rows for her school team, and her favorite subject is history. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing and doing calligraphy.

 

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Angeline Ma

Berwyn, Pennsylvania
15
School: Conestoga High School
Teacher: Susan Starr   

 

Master Class Repertoire

Bach Toccata in C minor, BWV 911

 

Fifteen-year-old Angeline Ma has been playing piano since the age of five and currently studies with Susan Starr. Competitions she has won prizes in include Princeton Festival Piano Competition, Kennett Square Symphony Competition, Tri-County Youth Festival, International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C., and Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT. In 2017, Angeline was one of three finalists in the Junior category of the Greenfield Competition with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently, she gave a solo recital performing pieces by composers from Haydn to Prokofiev at Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA. She also played with Ambler Orchestra as a Menges Scholarship winner. Angeline was named as a 2017-2018 Chopin Scholarship recipient by the Chopin Foundation of the United States. Angeline was also a scholarship recipient of the Vladimir & Haewon Feltsman Piano Foundation for two years. Angeline has attended PianoSummer in New Paltz and Schlern Music Festival in Italy. She has taken master classes with prominent pianists such as Vladimir Feltsman, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Dr. Tamas Ungar, Philip Kawin, Victor Rosenbaum, and Alexander Korsantia. Angeline goes to Conestoga High School.

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Jeremy Nohel

Chicago, Illinois 
16
School: Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
Teacher: Toshiko Suzuki

 

Master Class Repertoire

Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29

 

Jeremy Nohel is a sophomore at Chicago’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. Jeremy has studied in Merit School of Music’s Tuition-Free Conservatory (TFC) since the age of 9. In addition to his participation in TFC, Jeremy has studied piano privately with Toshiko Suzuki, a Merit faculty member, since the age of 6. He has had lessons from numerous luminaries, including Gila Goldstein, Eduardus Halim, Benjamin Pasternack, and Mary Sauer. He has been featured twice on WFMT’s “Introductions”.

At the age of 10 Jeremy participated in the Keys to the City music festival in Chicago and played for Emanuel Ax. In 2015 he performed at Merit’s Gala, which raised more than a million dollars for the school and helped them continue to provide a high-quality music education for the city’s underprivileged youth. Jeremy additionally has won top honors in the Illinois state MTNA competition and the Walgreens and DePaul Concerto Competitions. In 2016 he received the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and in 2017 the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, both with distinction. Also in 2017 he participated in NYU’s Summer Piano Intensive.

Other than performance, Jeremy studies composition at Merit with Dr. Elliot Cless and has had his music performed there on numerous occasions.

Jeremy also is an active collaborative musician, winning 3rd Prize in the Chicago National Youth Piano Duo Competition in 2017. His chamber group, the Nova Piano Trio, won second prize in the Ann and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Competition and qualified for the semifinals of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2018.

In addition to music, Jeremy enjoys travel, reading, skiing, mathematics, classics, and physics.

 

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Gabriel Parker

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
15
School: Classen SAS (School of Advanced Studies)
Teacher: Jennifer Mihee Song

 

Master Class Repertoire

Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (I. Allegro maestoso)

 

Born in Edmond, Oklahoma, Gabriel Parker is a 9th grade student in the Classen School of Advanced Studies. A student of Jennifer Mihee Song, Gabriel has won a number of competitions. First prize winner of 2018 Oklahoma Music Olympics and MTNA Oklahoma alternate winner of MTNA South Central Division Junior competition as well as Breckinridge, Hubbard-Males and OMTA competitions. Gabriel also loves to compose and play the violin.

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Adrian Romoff

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13
School: Simons Rock of Bard College
Teacher:

 

Master Class Repertoire

Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57  “Appassionata” (III. Allegro ma non troppo)
Chopin Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

 

Adrian Romoff, was born September 1, 2004 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He began piano lessons at age four and by age seven he had played 3 times at Carnegie Hall where he was an American Prodigy First Prize winner, which caught the eye of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. At age 9, Adrian was one of the youngest students accepted into the prestigious Julliard School of Music studying under Veda Kaplinsky and Helen Huang. At 9 years old, Adrian became the First Prize winner of the Kiwanis Competition for high school level performers in the state of Georgia. In March 2013, Adrian participated in the ClaviCologne Festival and Piano Competition where he took Second Place leading to a performance in the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany and other cities in Europe. At age 11, Adrian was selected for the pre-college program at the New England Conservatory, and studied under Wha Kyung Byun and was selected as the representative of the piano department to perform the Rachmaninoff Prelude #5 in G minor at their annual fundraising gala. Adrian was chosen as a finalist in the 92Y Concerto Competition in NYC to be followed with a solo recital. In March he was honored to be a special guest soloist with the Laredo Philharmonic. At age 12, Adrian won the Grand Prize at the 2017 Paderewski Piano Competition. In the summer of 2017, he studied at the Imola Piano Academy in Imola, Italy and was the second prizewinner at their competition where the top young pianists of the world gathered. He was accepted into their academy to study under world-renowned soloists such as Vovka Ashkenazy, Igor Roma, Boris Petrushansky, Ingrid Fliter, and Maxime Mogilevsky. A few days after turning 13 in September 2017, Adrian made his NYC debut at Lincoln Centers’ Alice Tully Hall performing the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G major with the American Classical Orchestra and garnered rave reviews citing Adrian’s’ playing “with taste, discipline and sensitivity”. In May of 2018 Adrian won First Prize in the 2018 Miami Steinway Competition. He has had a wide array of experiences in the professional entertainment arena, from appearing on national TV programs such as America's Got Talent, The Doctors and the Queen Latifah shows, as well as appeared in the motion picture Anchorman 2 with Will Ferrell. In May 2015, Adrian was invited to perform as a child star at the world famous Apollo Theater as well as a special guest star on the German TV show, Superkids. Adrian has performed with country-singing star Zac Brown and his band in front of 39,000 people at Fenway Park in Boston.In addition to his musical endeavors, Adrian has advanced academic accomplishments. After skipping seven grades, in 2015 Adrian finished his senior year of high school with a 4.0 GPA while participating in dual enrollment at Point University. Adrian finished high school at age eleven with a 4.0 GPA in May 2016.In recognition of his academic and musical accomplishments, Fayette County, Georgia proclaimed May 26th as “Adrian Romoff Day”. Adrian was a Rising In Community Excellence (RICE) youth achievement award winner in Georgia. In the summer of 2016, Adrian was selected to be one of the 12 finalists to compete in a nationally recognized Mensa competition, “Child Genius”. Adrian competed and won the “Child Genius” competition, which was nationally broadcast on the Lifetime TV Network. Today, Adrian is a sophomore college student at Simons Rock of Bard College, the youngest student ever in its history where he studies science and mathematics. Adrian is learning French and is fluent in both English and Russian. Adrian retains a wonderfully adjusted gregarious personality and lights up on stage as well as in his interactions with adults or with children his own age.

 

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Frederic Situmorang

Fort Worth, Texas
12
School: Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts   
Teacher: Jill Sprenger

 

Master Class Repertoire

Kapustin: Sonatina, Op. 100
Beethoven: Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1 (I. Allegro molto e con brio)

 

Frederic Nathan Situmorang was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 26, 2006. He started learning piano at the age of four at the Jakarta Conservatory of Music (JCoM) with renowned Indonesian piano pedagogue, Ms. Ruth Wibisono. At the age of six, he won 1st prize at CDE Open Piano Competition in Jakarta. After moving with his family to the United States in July 2015, Frederic continues his piano education with Dr. Jill Sprenger until this day. In April 2017, he won 1st place at Fort Worth Music Teachers Association (FWMTA) Solo Piano Contest (5th grade division), and recently in April 2018 he got another 1st place at the same piano competition for 6th grade division.

He is currently enrolled as a 6th grader in the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA), also a boy-soprano member of the world-renowned Texas Boys Choir (TBC). During summer 2017, he spent a month with TBC on its historic and longest concert tour in 14 cities throughout China. Besides playing the piano, he loves singing, reading, hiking, and travelling with his family.

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Tyler Spence

Sorrento, Florida
16
School: International Community School
Teacher: Michael Rickman

 

Master Class Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Humoresque in G major, Op. 10, No. 5
Beethoven: Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3 (I. Presto)
Chopin: Etude in C minor, Op. 25 No. 12

 

I began my classical piano education at the age of six with Mrs. Teresa
Vargas, a graduate of the Conservatories of Bolivia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
At the age of 12, I studied with Ms. Florentina Alexandru, a graduate the of
the University of Arts George Enescu in Lasi Romania, at the Orlando School
of Music. A year later I began my studies with Dr. Michael Rickman, renown
Steinway Artist, and Retired Professor of Music at Stetson University. I love
playing the piano for others, and I've had the opportunity to perform various
recitals in Central Florida over the years. I perform for the Senior residents at
the Winter Park Towers, Atria Senior Living, Mt Dora Waterman Village, and
I have also performed at the Downtown Orlando Main Library, in their
Summer Elements of Sound Program. I started competing for the first time in
2016 in the Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival, and moved to the National
level. This past February, I had the privilege to perform the 1st Mvt. of the
Grieg Concerto, with the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra in their two
Song of Spring Concerts. This was an amazing experience! I also had the
honor to receive the Guy Saint-Clair Young Artist Award for 2018. I enjoy
spending time with my family, and playing basketball, but have a love for the
Piano. I believe it is a gift from God since none of my parents come from a
musical background. I am now 16 years old, with God's help, Dr. Rickman's
mentoring, and my parents continued support, I want to pursue my dream of
becoming a Concert Pianist, and perform all over the World.

 

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Vivian Wang

Saratoga, California
13
School: Redwood Middle School
Teacher: Sandra Shen

 

Master Class Repertoire

Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22 
Rodion Schedrin: Two Polyphonic Pieces -Two-part Invention and Basso Ostinato

Vivian Wang, a 13-year-old 7th grader at Redwood middle school in Saratoga, California. She currently studies piano with Sandra Shen. Vivian won the 2nd prize in the 2017 Fremont Symphony Orchestra's young artist competition and performed Bach piano concerto #1 with Fremont Symphony Orchestra. She has also won numerous exceptional performance awards including MTAC and US Open competitions. Vivian also studied with Madam Ruth Slenczynska and attended master classes with Frederick Weldy and Chih-Long Hu. When taking a break from her piano practice, Vivian enjoys reading, cello, and swimming.

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Andy Wu

Penn Valley, Pennsylvania
15
School: Harriton High School
Teacher: Igor Resnianski   

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83 (I. Allegro inquieto)
Mozart: Sonata in C minor, K. 457 (I. Molto allegro)

 

Andy Wu is 15 years old and is a Freshman at Harriton High School where he plays piano for the jazz band. At age 6, he started to learn piano with Mrs. Nelly Berman and her daughter, Ms. Elena Berman. He currently studies with Dr. Igor Resnianski, who he has worked alongside since 2013.

Starting 2010, Andy has participated in a number of music competitions. He won first place in the 2017 Tri-County Youth Festival Competition, first place in the 2012 and 2014 Princeton Festival Piano Competitions, second place in the 2013 Kennet Square Young Artist Competition, and third place in the 2017 West Chester University Piano Competition. Andy also traveled to New Orleans during the summer of 2017 to participate in a piano workshop where he placed 2nd in both the Concerto and Solo competitions. In addition to competitions, Andy has also performed with the Ambler and Warminster Symphony Orchestras as a soloist. He is an avid fan of jazz as well, exploring improvisation and jazz theory with any extra practice time.

Besides music, Andy has a passion for filming comedy sketches and short films. He also enjoys playing tennis, skiing, and shooting sports. In his spare time, Andy likes playing video games, camping with the Boy Scouts, and hanging out with his friends.

 

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Sarah Yuan

Moraga, California
13
School: Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School
Teacher: Sharon Mann

 

Master Class Repertoire

Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2
Bartók: Suite for piano, Op. 14

 

Sarah Yuan was born in 2005. Starting piano at the age of seven, Sarah first started studying with Sharon Linton, then James Gardner, but is now studying with Dr. Sharon Mann in her private studio. From 2015 and onwards, Sarah has won awards in the East Bay Piano Competition, the San Francisco Chopin Competition, and the Pacific Musical Society Competition. She was also selected to perform at the Junior Bach Festival in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In addition, she has received first prize in the Etude Club’s Young Artists Competition this year and the Sturm-Page Piano Scholarship Competition in 2017. The same year, Sarah participated in both the spring and summer sessions of Crowden’s Chamber Music Workshop. As of now, she attends Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, in seventh grade. When she is not practicing piano, Sarah enjoys reading and occasionally baking.

 

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Natalie Zhang

Weston, Massachusett
13
School: Weston Middle School
Teacher: Michael Lewin

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op. 11
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

 

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Zhang started her piano studies at the early age of 4. She has won many top awards in regional and international competitions, including First Prizes of Seattle International Piano Competition, Hartford Chopin International Competition, Steinway Competition and American Protege International Piano Competition. Natalie has performed frequently at Carnegie Hall as a winner of New York International Artists Competition, American Fine Arts Festival, AADGT Passion of Music Festival and Bradshaw Buono Competition. She was six-time First Prize winner of the Massachusetts Bay State competition and winner of the MTNA junior piano competition of state. Since her solo debut at Carnegie Hall at age 6, she has performed at major venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, Boston Steinway Hall, Seattle Symphony Hall, New York Merkin Concert Hall and Hawaii Emanali Theater. At age 12, she made her orchestra debut with Virtuosi Brunensis Orchestra in Italy. Natalie attended MusicFest Perugia Festival and Aloha International Piano Academy, performing in masterclasses of Jerome Lowenthal, Julian Martin, Jon Nakamatsu, Pascal Nemirovski, John Owings and Ilana Vered. She is currently under the tutelage of Professor Michael Lewin.  

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Celina Zhao

Watkinsville, Georgia
15
School: North Oconee High School
Teacher: Jonathan Klein

 

Master Class Repertoire

Samuel Zyman: Two Motions in One Movement
Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50 (I. Allegro)

 

Celina Zhao is currently in her 9th year of studying piano and is under the instruction of Jonathan Klein. Throughout the years, she has received several recognitions, including Conference Recitalist Winner (2017) and Masterclass Winner (2014) at the GMEA All-State Piano Competition, as well as numerous Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions through the GMTA All-state competitions. She also won the AMTA Summer Scholarship last month in February. Additionally, Celina has had the opportunity to play as a duettist, winning numerous awards with her partners, including Conference Recitalist Winners, Masterclasses, and Honorable Mentions at the GMEA All-State Piano Competitions. She also has experience playing trios and concertos at her studio’s recitals. Lately, she has been working on a quartet—a piece with four pianists on one piano! Outside of music, Celina is a member of the school’s cross country team, committee chair of HOSA Future Health Professionals, and captain of the Academic Bowl team. She also has a love for science and has won multiple regional and state awards through Science Olympiad. In her free time, she enjoys sampling sushi, listening to international music genres, and rereading Harry Potter for the 47th time (and counting!)

 

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Charles Zhao

Bethesda, Maryland
15
School: Walt Whitman High School
Teacher: John O’Conor

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38

 

Charles Zhao was born in Orlando, Florida. He started taking regular piano lessons at age 6, and is currently studying under the guidance of Professor John O’Conor. So far, Charles has won many awards or prizes in various piano competitions, and has performed twice at the winners’ concerts at Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, and also performed twice in concerts at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. At age 13, Charles gave his first 60-minute solo recital. In the past two years, Charles performed in master classes under Professors Douglas Humpherys, Dmitry Rachmanov and Boris Slutsky, and performed in concerts during 2017 Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, 2017 Aspen Music Festival and School, and 2016 Washington International Piano Festival. Besides piano, Charles loves drawing, mathematics and reading. Right now he is a student at Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

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Annie Zhi

Plano, Texas 
15
School: Clark High School
Teacher: Christine Long

 

Master Class Repertoire

Liszt: Sonetto 47 del Petrarca from “Deuxième année: Italie"
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83 (I. Allegro inquieto)

 

Annie Zhi, 15, from Plano, TX, plays both piano and cello, and studies piano with Dr. Christina Long. Annie has been recently chosen as a Third Place Winner of the 2018 American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition. She is also a semi-finalist of the 2018 Kuleshov International Piano Competition, and the Piano Division winner for 2018 Denton Bach Society Competition for Young Musicians. Annie has received gold medals yearly in Texas Music Teachers Association state theory exams and has earned highest markings in various Plano Music Teachers Association festivals. Annie was the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade PMTA Performance Contest winner and a finalist in PMTA trophy Competitions and Dallas Solo Competitions. With her duo, Annie won the Junior Division 1st place at TMTA June Leondar Ensemble Contest in 2016 and Senior Division 2nd place in 2017. Annie has successfully completed Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Level 10 Practical Exam and Level 8 Theory Exam. She is also Geffan/Watson Scholarship recipient. At school, Annie is the President and principal cellist of her orchestra. She is also a member of Dallas Asian American Youth Symphony Orchestra. She often accompanies her church worship team and shares her music with senior home residents. Annie enjoys conducting Science Fair projects and rock climbing.

 

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