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2018 PrepFest Performers

Andrew
Altrock

 

Erika
Feller

 

Alyssa
Gabrilovich

 

Beatrice
Grant

 

Zachary
Guo

 

Jasmine
Liew

 

Samuel
Maddox

 

Esther
Pham

 

Charles
Zhao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Andrew Altrock

Fort Worth, Texas
16
School:Fossil Ridge High School
Teacher: Evan Mitchell and Natsuko Ejiri

Solo Repertoire:
Ravel: Sonatine
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14
William Bolcom: Vers le Silence from 12 New Etudes for Piano (1986)
Haydn: Sonata in B minor, Hob.XVI:32

 

Andrew Altrock is a young pianist living in Fort Worth, Texas as a student of Evan Mitchell and Natsuko Ejiri since 2016. He has received numerous honors including first prize at the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association Competition and the UT Arlington Fall Piano Contest, as well as acceptance as a semifinalist into both the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. In addition to solo performances, he has had regular chamber and orchestral keyboard engagements. Aside from piano, Andrew also plays trombone in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and is an active member of his school district’s architecture program.

 

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Erika Feller

Fort Worth, Texas
14
School: Harmony School of Innovation
Teacher: Ilka Araujo

Solo Repertoire
Beethoven: Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2 ( I. Allegro)
Debussy: Etude No. 1 " Pour les cinq doigts, d‘après Mr Czerny"
Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
 
 

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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Alyssa Gabrilovich

Haverford, Pennsylvania
13
School: Welsh Valley Middle School
Teacher: Igor Resnianski

Solo Repertoire
Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 784, (I. Allegro giusto)
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
Messiaen: "Première communion de la Vierge" No. XI from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableaux in C minor, Op. 39 No. 1 and C major, Op. 33 No. 2
 
 

Alyssa Gabrilovich, age 13, started playing piano when she was six and a half years old. She is a 7th grader at the Welsh Valley Middle School near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a scholarship student at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, studying with Dr. Igor Resnianski. |

Alyssa made her concerto debut at the age 9 as a winner of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. She has also performed with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra and will be performing with the Old York Road Symphony Orchestra in April of 2019. Alyssa received prizes in more than 20 national and international piano competition. She is a recipient of the Elmer and Louise Menges Scholarship and Philadelphia International Music Festival Scholarship.

Alyssa frequently performs at local venues and has appeared in such venues as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Kimmel Center. In the summer of 2018 she was invited to perform live in the WRTI studio as a winner of the Steinway Piano competition.
Alyssa is a member of her school’s competition jazz band. Other than piano, she enjoys singing and reading.

 

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Beatrice Grant

Waconia, Minnesota
17
School: Waconia High School
Teacher: Joseph Zins

 
Solo Repertoire
Debussy: "Reflets dans l'eau" from Images, 1ere série
Chopin: Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.12, S.244
Beethoven: Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22 (I. Allegro con brio)
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
 

Beatrice Grant was chosen by the audience’s vote as a Showcase Artist at 2019 Classical Minnesota Public Radio Varsity Music Competition, and will perform at Ted Mann Hall in May, along four other musicians selected from across Minnesota, broadcast live and streamed on the web. She was featured in the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Young Artist Concerts Series performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in February 2019.  She had her orchestral debut with the Golden Valley Orchestra playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto Opus 54 (1st movement) and also was invited to perform with the Liszt Piano Concerto with Minnesota International Piano Camp’s Lab Orchestra at University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Hall, in June 2018.

Over the years Beatrice received honors and awards such as the “Jean & Sigurd Gundersen Award Semifinalist Award” at the 2019 Rising Starts Concerto Competition in La Crosse (Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2/I. movt.) and was invited to perform for pianist Angela Hewitt at Schubert Club’s Piano Masterclasses, in January 2019. In 2019 and 2014 she received the Schubert Club’s “Special Grant” for summer piano studies. She was awarded second place at the Saint Paul Piano Teachers Association 2018 Concerto Competition and third place at the 2018 Bosendorfer Piano Competition. In 2017 Beatrice won first place at the 2017 Winter Piano Competition at Concordia College Moorhead, received the prestigious 2017 “High School Maddy Summer Piano Artist Award” from Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) by unanimous vote and was awarded the 2017 “Irl Allison Gold Medal” from the American College of Musicians. She was the 2017 ICA’s “Paul and Lois Jordan Endowed Scholar” and the 2016 ICA’s “William and Helen Janson Memorial Scholar”.  In 2014 she was awarded the “Thomas Long Foundation Scholarship” from Cazadero Performing Arts Camp and both “Paderewski Gold Medal” and “Sonata Plaque” from the American College of Musicians (ACM).  Beatrice received the “Raissa Tselentis Scholarship” from the ACM as the highest score in an all-Bach program during the 2012 National Guild Auditions. 

Beatrice has given various benefit performances for the American Cancer Society, MusicLink Foundation, food shelfs and public schools in the USA and Brazil – she is enrolled in the Performance Studies for the Pre-College Gifted and Talented at Crocus Hill Studios (MN) where she studies with Dr. Joseph Zins and previously studied with Maria Grant, her mother.

 

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Luyao "Zachary" Guo

Darien, Connecticut
12
School: Pierrepont School, Westport, Connecticut
Teacher: Tema Blackstone

Solo Repertoire
Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79, No. 1.
Ravel: Sonatine
Mozart: Variations on a Theme by Duport, K. 573
 

 

Twelve years old Zachary Guo has been very passionate about classical music since his early childhood. Pianist Zachary has won 2nd prize of the elementary category in Chopin Award in Schubert Club 2015 Piano Competition in Greenwich, CT, 1st prize in 2016 Piano Teachers’ Congress of New York Piano Competition, 1st prize in 2017 American Protégé Piano Competition, and 1st prize in 2017 Rondo Young Artists Festival. As a cellist, Zachary has won 1st prize in the 2017 American Protégé String Competition and 2nd prize in the 2017 Rondo Young Artists Festival. He is currently the cellist of the String Quartet in Stamford Music and Arts Academy. Zachary’s piano and cello playing have brought him to Weill Hall of the Carnegie Hall three times. He has also performed in Victor Borge Hall of the Scandinavia House in NYC, and appeared in the Stella Concert Series in NYC and Music in the Park of the Impromptu Classical Music Recitals Series as a pianist. In 2017 and 2018, Zachary played Mozart piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K. 488 and Beethoven Concerto No.1 in C major Op. 15, respectively, with the Torun Symphony Orchestra in Poland. Pianist Zachary has attended Mozarteum Summer Piano Academy, Paderewski Piano Academy, Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, and Piano Texas. He has taken piano masterclasses with Arie Vardi, Veda Kaplinsky, Hung-kuan Chen, Bernd Goetzke, Ebi Akiko, Balaze Szokoley, Andrea Bonatta, Daniel Pollock, John Owings and Harold Martina. He has taken cello masterclasses with Vagram Saradjian. Zachary is currently a private student of Ms. Tema Blackstone of the Juilliard School Pre-college. He studies cello with Kevork Parsamian of the Manhattan School of Music, and takes conducting lessons with Michael Adelson of the New York Philharmonic.

 

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Jasmine Liew

Frisco, Texas
16
School: Independence High School
Teacher: Grace Long

 
Solo Repertoire
Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op. 23
Beethoven: Sonata No.7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 854

 

Jasmine Liew is a sophomore at Independence High School in Frisco, Texas. She
began piano at the age of 8, and is currently a student of Dr. Grace Long. Jasmine has
received many awards and achievements from competitions, including prizes from the
International Odyssiad Keyboard Competition, American Fine Arts Concerto
Competition, and the Note Star competition. In addition to this, she has received 1st
prize from the Dallas Solo Competition, 2nd prize from the Dallas Symphonic Festival,
2nd prize from the Houston Young Artist competition, and has recently advanced to the
2019 TMTA solo competition. In 2018, she made her orchestral debut with the
Kostroma Symphony Orchestra, playing Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor. She has
had master classes and private lessons with Joseph Rackers, Boaz Sharon, Daria
Rabotkina, Washington Garcia and Vadym Kholodenko. In her free time, Jasmine
enjoys playing her harp and walking her dogs.

 

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Samuel Maddox

El Paso, Texas
15
School: Home School
Teacher: Esequiel Meza Jr.

 
Solo Repertoire
Messiaen: “Regard de l’Esprit de joie” (Contemplation of the joyful Spirit) No.X of Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
Fauré: Nocturne No. 6 in D-flat major, Op. 63
Scriabin: Prelude B major, Op. 11, No. 11
Liszt: Transcendental Étude No. 8 in C minor "Wilde Jagd" (Wild Hunt)

 

Samuel Leighton “Sammy” Maddox (b. 2003) is a fifth-generation native of El Paso, Texas.  Sammy became interested in piano at age four when his brother Ben began taking lessons with Mrs. Marilyn Robinson, with whom he started taking lessons after turning seven.  It was Mrs. Robinson who first recognized Sammy’s potential, labeling him a “prodigy.”  Soon she was assigning Sammy repertoire normally reserved for her much older students, which Sammy deftly handled.  Once Mrs. Robinson retired in 2013, Sammy, at age ten, transferred to the Studio of Dr. Esequiel Meza, Jr.  Recognizing Sammy’s advanced skills, extremely competitive spirit, and God-given ability to quickly memorize difficult repertoire, Dr. Meza immediately began challenging Sammy to reach new levels.  After just a few months, Dr. Meza commissioned Sammy, still ten, to give his official piano solo debut concert in December 2013, which featured repertoire from Mozart, Brahms, Bach, Bartók, Clementi and Debussy.

With Dr. Meza fueling his competitive fires, Sammy began enrolling in competitions.  In April 2013, at age ten, Sammy competed in the 12-year old division of the El Paso Music Teachers Association’s Irma Kluck Baroque Competition in El Paso and took second place.  In May 2017, at 13, Sammy won first place in the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future Competition in El Paso.  Then, in February 2018, at 14, he won first place in the Junior Division of the Baylor/Waco Piano Competition in Waco, Texas, becoming the first El Pasoan to win this competition.  In June 2018, at 15, he placed as a finalist in the Piano Solo Grade 9 Division of the Texas Music Teachers Association Competition in Waco.  In November 2018 he received an award for his performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Regard de l’Esprit de joie” after competing in the finals of the Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition in Fredonia, New York.  In February 2019 he won second place in the Senior Division of the Baylor/Waco Competition in Waco, Texas.  He has also been invited to compete in the II International Chopin Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria in September 2019.

Sammy has so distinguished himself with his playing abilities that he has been called a “true artist” by Yamaha Artist Lara Downes and “the red-headed [Evgeny] Kissen” by Steinway Artist Dr. Bradley Bolen of Baylor University.  In recognition of his exceptional talent, Sammy was named as a Community Champion for February 2019 and featured in a news story by KVIA-ABC Channel 7 of El Paso, Texas (https://www.kvia.com/news/el-paso/community-champion-local-piano-player-wins-nationwide-awards-at-15-years-old/1028014640).  Sammy also was invited to be the featured artist of the Sounds of St. Mark’s concert series to take place in El Paso in April 2019.  And, Sammy recently had the great honor of being selected to be one of ten pianists from around the world to attend the 2019 Young Artist Summer Program at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Sammy has been homeschooled since second grade.  When not practicing piano or studying, Sammy enjoys reading the Bible, playing basketball, viewing the night sky with his telescope, speed solving Rubik’s cubes and spending time with his family. 

 

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Esther Pham

Garland, Texas
15
School: Home Schooled
Teacher: Tamás Ungár   

 
Solo Repertoire
Debussy: "Feux d’artifice" from Préludes, Book 2 
Mozart: Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K.332 (I. Allegro)
Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 (I. Allegro)
Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor,  K. 27,  L.499
Kapustin: Variation, Op. 41

Esther Pham, a homeschooled fifteen-year-old, started her piano lessons at the age of five with her mother. Esther has won first place numerous times at the Dallas Music Teacher Association (DMTA) and the Dallas Symphonic Festival. She won the Grand Prize at the 2017 UT Arlington Fall Piano Competition and also placed second place in both 2017 and 2018 in the Texas Music Teacher Association (TMTA) solo competition. She won first place in Baylor/Waco Piano Competition Solo Division II (2019) and won first place at the Texas State Piano Competition (2019). Esther has served as accompanist for the adult choral activity at church. In her spare time, she likes to read and write. Esther currently studies with Dr. Tamás Ungár.

 

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Charles Zhao

Bethesda, Maryland
16
School: University of Maryland
Teacher: John O'Conor

 
Solo Repertoire
Ravel: "Scarbo" from Gaspard de la nuit
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in B-flat major, D. 935 Op. 142

 

Charles Zhao (age 16) was born in Orlando, Florida. He started taking regular piano lessons at age 6, and in the past few years has been studying under the guidance of Professor John O’Conor. So far, Charles has won many awards or prizes in various piano competitions, has performed twice at the winners’ concerts at Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, and has performed twice in concerts at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. At age 13, Charles gave his first 60-minute solo recital. In recent years, Charles performed in master classes under Professors Douglas Humpherys, Dmitry Rachmanov, Boris Slutsky and Vladimir Feltsman, and performed in concerts during 2018 PianoTexas International Academy and Festival, 2017 Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, 2017 Aspen Music Festival and School, and 2016 Washington International Piano Festival. Currently, Charles is a student in School of Music at University of Maryland - College Park.

 

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