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Young Artists Performers


Yinxiang
Chen

 

Alison
Chiang

 

Jeffrey
Chin

 

Isaac
Foreman

 

Misha
Galant

 

Heqing
Huang

 

Rixiang
Huang

 

Ryan
Jung

 

Leyla
Kabuli

 

Dong Yeon
Kim

 

Aaron
Kurz

 

Jakub
Kuszlik

 

Mei
Li

 

Yuan
Liu

 

Anastasiya
Magamedova

 

Shimin
Ouyang

 

Iren
Pilikyan

 

Perren-Luc
Thiessen

 

Daniel
Tselyakov

 

Bocheng
Wang

 

Siyumeng
Wang

 

William
Yang

 

Wenxing
Zeng

 

Yue
Zhang

 


Yinxiang Chen

China
26
School:
TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

 

Master Class Repertoire

Scriabin: Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28
Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22 
Wagner/Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod
Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

 

Concerto Repertoire

Chopin: Concerto No .1 in E minor, Op. 11

 

Yinxiang Chen, born in Liuzhou, China, started playing the piano at the age of four. He received the bachelor degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music(Chengdu, China) in 2014 under the guidance of Professor Li Chen, and the master degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music(Cleveland, United States) in 2016 with Dr. Daniel Shapiro.

Yinxiang Chen is the laureate of the “William Kurzban Prize in Piano”, awarded by the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2016. He is the first place winner of the Debut International Piano Competition, organized by the New York Goldenkey International Music Festival(2017), the silver medalist of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia(2013), and he also won top prizes in the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition(2009), the Asian Youth Music Competition(2012) and the Sichuan Conservatory of Music Piano Competition(2014).As soloist, Yinxiang has appeared in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in NewYork, the Yuri Hall in Tokyo, the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, the International Concert Hall in Guiyang, to name a few. In 2014 he was invited to perform a series of recitals in Chengdu, China by the Yamaha Corporation, after being rewarded with the Yamaha Music Scholarship.

Yinxiang has also participated in music festivals including the Beijing International Piano Festival and the Sichuan International Piano Festival. In 2009, he was selected as one of the most outstanding pianists from over one hundred participants to perform in closing gala concert in the annual meeting of the Chinese-American Piano Institute.In 2017, he was invited as a guest artist by the New York Golden Key International Music Festival. He also appeared in the masterclasses of Alexander Kobrin, Boris Berman, Jerome Lowenthal, John O’Connor, Shikun Liu, Solomon Mikowsky,  Yoheved Kaplinsky,  Zhe Tang and Zhaoyi Dan, to name a few.

Yinxiang Chen is now studying for the Artist Diploma with Dr.Tamás Ungár at the Texas Christian University school of music.

 

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Alison Chiang

United States
25
School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Natalya Antonova

 

Master Class Repertoire

Schubert: Sonata in B-flat major, D.960 (I. Molto moderato)
Rachmaninoff: Etudes-tableaux in A minor, Op. 39, No. 2
Rachmaninoff: Etudes-tableaux in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 6
Elliott Carter: Piano Sonata (I. Maestoso)

 

Concerto Repertoire

Brahms: Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op. 15

 

Starting piano at age five in Champaign, Illinois, Alison Chiang won her first piano competition two years later in the 1999 St. Charles Illinois Music Competition.  When her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 2000, she studied with Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music with full scholarship support for seven years.  During that time, Alison made her concerto debut (at age thirteen) with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra under Robert Cronquist playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21.  Two years later, she also performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with both the Cleveland Woman’s Orchestra and the Lakeside Symphony.

After her family moved to Dallas, Texas in 2008, Alison won several top prizes in piano competitions, including the Vernell Gregg Young Artist Competition, Collin County Young Artist Competition, and Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, performing concertos with the Lewisville Lake Symphony and the Plano Symphony Orchestra.  While attending high school during this time, she continued piano studies with Pamela Mia Paul at the University of North Texas.

Alison is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where she also received her Bachelors and Masters degrees.  She studied with Nelita True for undergrad, where her favorite hobbies included watching sunrises in the studio while practicing Bach and washing dishes at annual studio parties.  During her college years, Alison won top prizes in the Seattle International Piano Competition (Youth Division), Mondavi Young Artist Competition (Senior Division), Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist’s Competition (College Division), Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, and Thousands Islands International Competition for Young People.

Continuing her Masters and Doctorate degrees with Natalya Antonova, Alison also teaches Class Piano and Secondary Piano.  She studies secondary organ as well.  Her most recent honors include top prizes in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, Lennox International Young Artists Competition, Second Prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition, and First Prize in the Lewisville International Piano Competition.

Alison spends her summers practicing, reading books, traveling with her family, shopping, catching up on new movies, and attending music festivals.  Recently, she has attended Art of the Piano, Atlantic Music Festival, PianoTexas, Aspen, and Bowdoin Music Festivals, playing in masterclasses for Barry Douglas, Vladimir Feltsman, Yoshikazu Nagai, José Feghali, John Perry, John Owings, Alon Goldstein, Alexandr Shtarkman, Tamás Ungár, Arie Vardi, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jeffrey Kahane, and Yong-Hi Moon.

When not practicing piano, Alison spends time with her siblings (who also play piano) and enjoys learning science in her parent’s lab at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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Jeffrey Chin

United States
17
School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone

 

Master Class Repertoire

Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19                              
Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31

 

Concerto Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

 

Jeffrey Chin is 16 years old and attends The Juilliard School in Pre - college Division as a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone. Prior to entering Juilliard, he studied piano in Denver, Colorado with Larry Graham and Jasmine Steadman. At age 11, he won the Steinway Piano Concerto Competition(Middle School Division) in Denver and performed Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Other past orchestra performances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Lamont Summer Academy Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he was named Top Junior Performer of the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado. He was First Place Winner of the 2015 Colorado State MTNA Junior Piano Competition and First Place Winner of the 2016 West Central Division MTNA. He was Junior Category Finalist and Third Prize Winner of the 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2015-2017, and had masterclasses with Arie Vardi, Stephen Hough and Inon Barnatan. In 2017, he was named a Fellow of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University and had a masterclass with Boris Berman. He is a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in the class of 2018-2020. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout middle school and high school. In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys learning math, computer coding, French and Mandarin Chinese.

 

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Isaac Foreman

United States
19
School:
TCU
Teacher:
Tamás Ungár

 

Master Class Repertoire

Haydn: Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI:40
Beethoven: Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47

 

Concerto Repertoire

Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

 

Pianist, Isaac Foreman, has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States and Europe. In 2017, he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in a minor with the Brunesis Virtuosi Orchestra, and was a recitalist on the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's classical concert series. Additionally, he has performed numerous times with Collegium Musicum, TCU. In 2014, Foreman presented a recital in Fort Worth, Texas containing the complete three part inventions of Bach, and in 2016, Foreman won 1st prize in the Baylor/Waco Piano Concerto Competition. In addition he competed in the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition, and the 2018 MTNA Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition. He has participated in master-classes with artists such as Richard Goode, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Pascal Nemirovski, Frank Levy, and Davide Cabassi. Foreman has also participated in several music festivals including MusicFest Perugia, and Semper Music International Festival in Völs am Schlern, Italy where he performed Alexander Knaifel’s Piano Quintet with the composer in attendance. As a seasoned composer, Foreman has won top prizes in the TMTA Original Ensemble Composition Competition, BMI Student Composer Awards, and the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University as a recipient of the prestigious Nordan Scholarship and Lili Krauss Scholarship.

 

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Misha Galant

United States
20
School:
The Juilliard School of Music
Teacher:
Matti Raekallio and Yu-Jane Yang

 

Master Class Repertoire

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition                                   
Franck: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue
Beethoven: 15 Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 “Eroica”
Bach: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911

 

Concerto Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

 

Misha Galant is a sophomore in the Columbia University and Juilliard School Exchange in New York City. He began piano lessons at the age of six and continued for 12 years with his mother, Olya Katsman. Currently, he studies with Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School and Dr. Yu-Jane Yang at Weber State University. Misha’s musical heritage includes three generations of pianists, including his great-grandmother who was a student of Maria Yudina along with Vladimir Horowitz, and his great-grandfather who studied with Heinrich Neuhaus in Kiev, Ukraine. His accomplishments include first prizes in the Marylin Mindell Piano Competition, the Ross Mckee Piano Competition, the Pacific Musical Society competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the Henry & Carol Zeiter piano competition at UOP, along with numerous other local competitions. He was the state winner in the 2010 MTAC concerto competition and again in 2015, when he was inducted into the selective Young Artist Guild. Misha has performed with several orchestras, including the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Peninsula Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Livermore-Amador Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra. In November 2015, he performed the complete Third Concerto of Rachmaninoff with the California Youth Symphony and joined that orchestra on a tour of Austria and Italy in the following summer. In June 2010, at the age of 12, he gave his first full solo recital in Mountain View and has been performing regularly since then. As a member of the Young Artist Guild, he is in great demand as a recitalist around California. In the summer of 2015, he was a prizewinner in the first Van Cliburn Junior competition in Fort Worth, Texas, garnering the Best Classical Sonata Performance and Audience prizes. He also won Third and Audience prizes at the Eastman Young Artists International Competition for which he was offered a four-year full tuition scholarship to the Eastman School of Music. Misha transferred high schools in his junior year, but continued to serve as an accompanist for both of his schools’ choirs. He is also a member of the Music Students’ Service League in Contra Costa County, an outreach program that gives benefit concerts in retirement communities. In his spare time, Misha enjoys playing chamber music, swimming, reading, hiking, eating, and performing to raise funds for various volunteer organizations. Misha is indebted to Sharon Mann and Yoshikazu Nagai of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their invaluable and inspirational coaching.

 

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Heqing Huang

China
24
School:
University of Iowa
Teacher:
Uriel Tsachor

 

Master Class Repertoire

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Liszt: Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

 

Concerto Repertoire

Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

 

Pianist Heqing Huang​ has appeared in recitals at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Sichuan Normal University, Nanchong Grand Opera Theatre among others places in China, and also at the Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton, FL, David Cohen Hall in Sarasota, FL, Westmont college in Santa Barbara, CA among other venues across the States. As the soloist, Mr. Huang has performed with Symphony of the Vines at California, Lynn Philharmonic and Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra at Florida. Mr. Huang is currently working on his master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Iowa under Dr. Uriel Tsachor and serves as teaching assistant to the school of music. Mr. Huang’s competition achievements include: First prize in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota piano competition with Virginia B. Toulmin Award (2014), Ars flores young artist concerto competition(2011), First prize in “HAILUN” National Piano Competition (2007 Sichuan Subdivision), special prize in the 1st National Youth Piano Competition held by the China Culture Ministry (2009), Finalist in the 4th Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in Germany (2009) and Finalist in both Chautauqua International Piano Solo and Concerto Competition, New York (2013/15). He had master classes with Leon Fleisher, John Perry and Jon Kimura Parker.

 

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Rixiang Huang

China
23
School: The Juilliard School of Music
Teacher: Matti Raekallio and Jerome Lowenthal

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Liszt: Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata
Ravel: Valse Noble et Sentimentales
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 280
Albéniz: Triana fom “Iberia”

 

Concerto Repertoire

Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

 

Chinese pianist Rixiang Huang is the gold medalist of 2016 New York International Artists Piano Competition and is praised by audiences and critics for his superb artistry and passionate, charismatic performance style on four continents. Mr. Huang's performances have earned high accolades of audiences and critics alike. The Voice of North Carolina wrote of his performance "... Rixiang Huang, who gave a bang-up performance...He was brilliant and rose to every challenge…”

As an immersive and versatile soloist, Mr. Huang has performed extensively all over the world in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, England White Rock Theatre, Japan Hamamatsu ACT Concert Hall, Indonesia Aula Sinfonia Jakarta, Braunschweig City Concert Hall in Germany, Spain Torrelodones Teatro Bulevar, China National Center for the Performing Arts, and the Beijing Concert Hall. Additionally, Mr. Huang has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Indonesia National Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra, and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. He has worked with such pre-eminent Maestros such as Jac Van Steen, Joel Smirnoff, Earl Lee, Eric Garcia and Gabriel Laufer. His performances have been broadcast by BBC, Classic FM, WCLV, China Radio International and Radio Online Indonesia.

Mr. Huang has been a featured artist at the International Piano Festival at Torrelodones, Spain, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Chautauqua International Music Festival, Art of the Piano at the University of Cincinnati, Piano Texas, Piano New Paltz and Pianofest in the Hamptons. He has performed in master classes with Sergei Babayan, Stephen Hough, John Perry, Robert Levin, , Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Slutsky, Solomon Mikowsky, and many other world-renowned pianists and pedagogues. As an avid chamber performer, he was selected to participate in the Advanced Piano Trio Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, directed by cellist Sharon Robinson of the acclaimed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.

The laureate of many prestigious international piano competitions include top prizes in Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, New York International Artists Piano Competition, ASEAN International Concerto Competition, Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition, United States Virtuosic International Piano Competition and High Point University Piano Competition.

Mr. Huang is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance at The Juilliard School, where he is studying with legendary pianist Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. Previously, he worked with world-renowned pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Paul Schenly at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded the Arthur Loesser Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement in piano performance.

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Ryan Jung

United States
19
School: Cleveland Institute of Music
Teacher: Haesun Paik   

 

Master Class Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Corelli Variations, Op. 42
Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (I. Allegro maestoso)
Haydn: Andante and Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6

 

Concerto Repertoire

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

 

Ryan Jung is an 19 year-old pianist from North Carolina, studying with Haesun Paik at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He recently was a finalist at the New York International Piano Competition, as well as a semifinalist for the Cooper International Piano Competition. Other accomplishments include winning the 2016 YoungArts Foundation Merit Prize, and being featured as a soloist on the NPR’s From the Top in November, 2015. Since fall of 2007 he has studied under Mr. Eric Larsen, faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At the age of ten, Ryan made his solo debut with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. Ryan later took first prize at the North Carolina MTNA competition in 2010, as well as the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search Competition in 2014, in which he performed Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with the WSSO. Ryan has attended several music festivals as a scholarship student studying solo and chamber repertoire including the Chautauqua Institute, Bowdoin Festival, Meadowmount, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has received lessons and masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Alexander Gavrylyuk, Jon Nakamatsu, Orion Weiss, Kevin Kenner, Boris Slutsky, Orli Shaham, Matti Raekallio, Robert McDonald, John O’Conor, Stephen Hough. In his spare time Ryan also enjoys playing chess, performing in his own jazz combo, and composing.

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Leyla Kabuli

United States
18
School: University of California, Berkeley
Teacher: Yoshikazu Nagai

 

Master Class Repertoire

Stravinsky: Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka
Hindemith: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-flat major (1936)
Medtner: Skazki (Fairy Tales) Op. 51

 

Concerto Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

 

Leyla Kabuli is a first-year student and a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley. She currently studies piano with Professor Yoshikazu Nagai of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and was a scholarship student in the Pre-College Division of SFCM for seven years. She is also the pianist of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Leyla’s recognitions in piano include the National YoungArts Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018, the 2017 American Prize in Piano Concerto, and the 2016-17 US Chopin Foundation scholarship. She won top prizes in many piano competitions, including the Los Angeles Young Musician, eMuse, American Prot´eg´e, Wildflower Music Showcase, Enkor, Virginia Waring International Concerto, Seattle International, Pacific Musical Society, MTAC, CAPMT, Kruschke, Mindell, Ghiglieri, Classical Masters, East Bay, Berkeley Etude Club, USOMC, Junior Bach, MTNA Piano Duet, Ross McKee, USIMC, and Zeiter. She was also a semifinalist in prestigious international piano competitions, including the International Piano-e-Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition, and the First International Arthur Rubinstein Youth Piano Competition. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, McCallum Theater, Zipper Concert Hall, Ventfort Hall, and other major venues. Following the national broadcast of her featured performance on NPR’s From the Top in 2016, Leyla collaborated with the show on a benefit video to raise awareness for refugees, and was invited to perform at From the Top’s 2017 Gala. In 2015, she performed with Ensemble SF in two concerts, and was a soloist with the Waring Festival Orchestra. She was featured in San Francisco’s Noontime Concerts as the Helen von Ammon Emerging Artist Award recipient in 2016. As winner of their Young Artist Concerto competitions, she performed with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Nova Vista Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, El Camino Symphony, and was the Young Artist Award soloist in two concerts with the Sonoma Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017. She recently performed as piano soloist in two concerts of Soli Deo Gloria of the Bay Area. Leyla’s music education includes many masterclasses and summer programs at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Southeastern Piano Festival, Colburn Academy, and IIYM. She is an active chamber musician and collaborative pianist, and also plays bassoon and violin.

 

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Dong Yeon Kim

South Korea
23
School: Peabody Conservatory of Music
Teacher: Boris Slutsky

 

Master Class Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

 

Concerto Repertoire

Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15

 
 

At the age of 23, pianist Dong Yeon Kim has established himself as one of the leading young artists of his generation. His daring musicality that "took the audience by storm with an incredibly virtuosic performance" (Columbia Free Times) has garnered first prizes in numerous competitions including Lynn Harrell, Han-Eum Music, Arthur Fraser International, Dallas Symphony, National Young Artist Institute, and Wyson-Joplin Young Artist Competition. As a result of his winnings, Kim has performed with many orchestras such as Dallas Symphony, Lake Lewisville, Perugia Festival Orchestra, and South Carolina Philharmonic. Kim made his orchestral debut with the Plano Symphony at the age of 12 performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 at the TCYA's Concerto Evening. He has worked with many renowned conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Adron Ming, Peter Debrowski, and Morihiko Nakahara. Kim's performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 with the SC Phil has been broadcasted on public radio station WDAV 89.9 and received high praise. In summer of 2015, Kim was one of the eight pianists chosen to be invited to Music Academy of the West, a renowned music festival located in Santa Barbara, where he studied with musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, and Jerome Lowenthal. He also has participated in numerous music festivals including Bowdoin International, Texas State International, Southeastern, and Music Fest Perugia, among others. At a young age, Kim moved to Plano, Texas to further his musical studies. Soon after in 2011, he matriculated at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, a music preparatory high school. Kim now studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Boris Slutsky, with the Harrison & Gladys W. Winter Endowed Scholarship. His past teachers include Dr. Christina Long and Nelms McKelvain.

 

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Aaron Kurz

United States
22
School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Alexander Kobrin

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op.82 (I. Allegro moderato)
Mozart: Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 (I. Allegro)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3 (I. Allegro)
Debussy: Estampes, L.100 (I. Pagodes – II. La Soirée dans Grenade – III. Jardins sous la pluie)

 

Concerto Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

 

Twenty-two-year-old Aaron Kurz became interested in playing piano at the age of two after watching classical music videos. At the age of three, Aaron began his piano studies with Ethel Fang at the Suzuki Institute of Dallas, Texas, and at the age of nine, he became a student of Dr. Carol Leone, Chair of the Keyboard Department at SMU. Over the years, Aaron has participated in many festivals, most notably the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna in 2005, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York in 2011, the Valencia (Spain) International Piano Academy in 2012, the Aspen Music Festival in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2017. He has been instructed by and received masterclasses from many highly-recognized pianists and teachers, including Earl Wild, Veda Kaplinsky, Julian Martin, Boris Slutsky, Robert McDonald, Arie Vardi, Anton Nel, Paul Lewis, Yong Hi Moon, Rebecca Penneys, Nelita True, William Bolcom, Inon Barnatan, Jerome Rose, Alexander Braginsky, Alessio Bax, and Hans Boepple. Aaron has been a prizewinner in many state, national, and international competitions. Some of his most notable awards include winning 1st prize in the Emilio del Rosario International Piano Concerto Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the International Crescendo Music Awards Competition, and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the New York International Piano Competition, the Viardo International Piano Competition, and the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, where he won both 2nd prize and the jury discretionary award for Best Performance of a Classical Sonata. Other accomplishments include being a two-time National Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition and three consecutive 1st place State prizes. Aaron’s most exciting experiences include performing at Carnegie Hall after being named a 1st place winner of the Bradshaw and Buono Competition in New York, playing at Salle Cortot in Paris, France as a result of his Viardo International Piano Competition performance, playing live on a morning TV news show, and performing at the Pyramid of Peace and Harmony in Astana, Kazakhstan. Additionally, Aaron played “Rag Infernal” by William Bolcom for the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer himself as part of a recital for the Cliburn at the Modern Series held in Fort Worth, Texas. In the first four months of 2010, Aaron debuted with three different orchestras while also working as a guest pianist with the Van Cliburn Foundation in its "Cliburn in the Classroom" program, which introduces young students to classical music through a series of visits to regional elementary schools. Aaron once again worked with the Van Cliburn Foundation as a pianist in the program during the 2012 – 2013 school year. In November 2012 and 2013, respectively, Aaron was named a 2013 and 2014 National Young Arts Foundation Winner for his classical piano performances. These awards and recognitions were given to fewer than 700 students selected from over 10,000 nationwide applications covering a wide range of disciplines in the visual, literary, and performing arts. In June 2015, Aaron won 1st prize in the Emilio del Rosario International Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition, in the process performing with the New Millennium Orchestra at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. The following January, he was a winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition – held across all instruments and voice – and as a result, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the University Philharmonia Orchestra a few months later. As well, Aaron was a finalist in the 2016 New York International Piano Competition, where he won 2nd in the ensemble portion of the competition. In April 2018, he will travel to the Xi’an Conservatory in China to give both solo and orchestra performances and teach students via masterclasses and workshops. Aaron graduated with Highest Honors and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Dr. Logan Skelton. He is now pursuing a Master of Music at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alexander Kobrin.

 

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Jakub Kuszlik

Poland
21
School: Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz     
Teacher: Ekaterina Popowa-Zydroń

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Chopin: Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
Debussy: Images, Book I (Reflets dans l'eau - Hommage à Rameau - Mouvement)
Debussy: Images, Book II (Cloches à travers les feuilles -
          Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut - Poissons d'or)

 

Concerto Repertoire

Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

 

Jakub Kuszlik - was born in 1996. He graduated Władysław Żeleński Music School in Cracow in prof. Olga Łazarska class and currently is a student of prof. Ekaterina Popowa-Zydroń at Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. He also worked with Arie Vardi, Kevin Kenner, Bernd Goetzke, Bruno Canino, Stepan Simonian, Waldemar Andrzejewski. His biggest achievement is II prize on International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (he also won several special prizes, e.g. Chopin prize, Paderewski major work prize and others). He also won several prizes on other international and national competitions, e.g. X Competition "Artur Rubinstein in memoriam" in Bydgoszcz (II prize), XIII Ludwik Stefanski and Halina Czerny - Stefańska Competition in Płock (Grand Prix), National Auditions of Piano Students (I prize), VI Moritz Moszkowski Competition in Kielce (I prize). In 2015 he received the title of winner of the Young Performers’ Stage as well as a special prize for the best performance of Karol Szymanowski piece at the 49th Polish Piano Players Festival in Slupsk. Jakub Kuszlik performed in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Iceland. Jakub received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; he also recived a scholarship of Czartoryski’s Foundation and honorary scholarship of Pro Musica Bona Foundation.

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Mei Li

China
20
School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

 

Master Class Repertoire

Scriabin: Fantasie in B minor, Op. 28
Schubert: Four Impromptus, D.935
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

 

Concerto Competition

Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

 

Mei LI, was born in Henan, China, and began her piano studies at the age of five. She vraduated from the Middle School Affiliated to the China Conservatory, and has given many concerts in national and international festivals. Competition prizes include third prize in the 2011 Steinway International Competition, 5th China Regional Competition; Second prize in China Conservatory YAMAHA Asian Scholarship and second prize in the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music National Piano Competition for Young Artists in 2013; and first prize in the National Youth Piano Arts Festival of the “Zhong Yin Cup” in 2014. Mei is a national third prize winner in MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition in 2017, she also won the first prize in the 67th Widemann International Piano Competition in December 2017. In 2018, she won the first prize and the Brisch Center for Historical Performance Bach Award in the Kuleshov International Piano Competition. In 2015, Mei was admitted to the TCU School of Music as a winner of the prestigious Nordan Music Scholarship and currently studies with Dr. Tamas Ungar.

 

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Anastasiya Magamedova

Tajikistan
20
School: The Juilliard School of Music
Teacher: Matti Raekallio

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1
Liszt: "Pensee des morts" from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke D. 946
Bach: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911

 

Concerto Repertoire

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

 

20-year-old pianist, Anastasiya Magamedova, began studying the piano at the age of 5 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and continues her studies at the Juilliard School with Matti Raekallio. She is a Gold medalist of the 2013 International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival Piano Competition (USA), and a third prize winner of the 2015 IIYM International Piano Competition (USA). Winner of several concerto competitions, Anastasiya has performed in Abravanel Hall (USA), Teatro del Pavone, and Sala dei Notari (Perugia, Italy). She has also soloed in halls such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall (NYC) and Alice Tully Hall (NYC). 

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Shimin Ouyang

China
21
School: Eastman school of Music
Teacher: Douglas Humpherys   

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Beethoven: Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78
Scriabin: Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45, No. 5
Kapustin: Concert Etude, Op. 40, No. 6 “Pastoral”

 

Concerto Repertoire

Chopin - Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

 

Chinese-born pianist, Shimin Ouyang is the winner of many competitions; The first prize of Salzburg international music competition, 1st prize of the 16th Hong-Kong Asia Piano competition, 2nd prize of the 2nd China Yangzi music festival. Ms. Ouyang has many performances around the world, She gave her Debut in Wuhan Conservatory of Music, where was her school. In China, she performed in many different places, Yichang Theater, Wuhan, Hong-Kong. In the United States, she was invited to the Kansas Public Radio, Boston, and also at Eastman school of Music. In Europe, she was invited to perform in Salzburg, Spain. Born in 1996 in Wuhan, China. Shimin Ouyang began her piano study at age of 5. Then she continued her studies at Wuhan conservatory of music with Yiqing Wu and Wan Chen. In 2009 she won the Ameri-China international piano competition and study with Chu-Fang Huang. Now she is currently a senior at Eastman School of Music, and under the guidance of Douglas Humpherys.

 

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Yuan Liu

China
21
School: TCU
Teacher: John Owings

 

Master Class Repertoire

Balakirev: “Islamey: Oriental Fantasy”, Op. 18
Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47 

 

 

Concerto Repertoire

Liszt: Concerto No. 1 in E-flar major

Born in Taiyuan City, China, near Beijing, Yuan Liu began formal piano study at the age of six with Professor Xiaomei Xue from Shanxi University. Ms. Liu later studied with Professor Pingguo Zhao and was accepted into the elementary school affiliated with the Central Conservatory of Music where she majored in piano since fifth grade. Ms. Liu is honored to have also studied with Professors Zhaoyi Dan, Binbin Yu, and Dr. Tamas Ungar from Texas Christian University (TCU) School of Music. She excelled under the tutelage of several university music instructors and artists. Piano performance was emphasized from grammar school through college, and Yuan has performed on the international stage as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Most notable among her accomplishments is the performance, in February 2015, of all of Frédéric Chopin’s Twenty-four Études. In recent three years, she won the First Prize in the Collegiate Group of the First Kuleshov International Piano Competition, Listener’s Appreciation Award in North American Competition, Finalist Award in the 8th New York International Piano Competition by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, Fifth Prize in the New York International Piano Competition and Semi-finalist with Donald Britt Award in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. Yuan loves the piano, people and cats.

Ms. Liu obtained a full scholarship and graduated from TCU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the guidance of the Chair of the TCU Piano Division, Professor John Owings. Ms. Liu will continue graduate studies toward a Performer’s Diploma in August 2018 at Southern Methodist University School of Music in Dallas, Texas, with Professor Achucarro, with full scholarship and assistantship.

 

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Iren Pilikyan

Armenia
14
School: Central Music School of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Teacher: Alexander Mndoyants

 

Master Class Repertoire

Tchaikovsky/Pletnev: Concert Suite from The Nutcracker
Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
Beethoven: Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3 (I. Presto)
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, WTC Book I, BWV 867
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B minor, WTC Book II, BWV 893
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major
Rachmaninov: Prelude in E-flat major, Op. 23 No. 6
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in A minor, Op. 32 No. 8
Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableaux in C minor, Op. 39 No. 1
Schumann: Toccata in C major, Op. 7

 

Concerto Repertoire

Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

 

Iren was born on 29 of July 2003 and now she is a student of Central Music School of Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchajkowsky as a pianist. She studies with Alexander Mndoyants by piano. Iren is a prize winner of many competitions:

 

Armenia:

 

2011:

 

- Laureate of the International A.Babajanyan Competition (2011y.);

 

Russia:

 

2012:

 

- Laureate of the XIII (2011y.) and XIV (2012y.) open L.Vlasenko Competition;

- Laureate of the VI open E.Grieg Festival (2012y.);

- Laureateof the I open children's Competition «Little Pianist» of Artobolevskaya (2012y);

- Diploma of International J.Flier Competition (2012y.);

 

2013:

- Laureate (1 prize) of the International Competition «Musica Classica» (Ruza 2013y.);

- Laureate (1 prize) of the International K.N.Igumnov Competition (Lipetsk 2013y.);

- Laureate (1 prize) of the Open Technical L.Vlasenko Competition (2013y.);

 

2014:

- Scholar of the fund «New Names» (2014y.);

- Laureate II open International Children's Competition «Little Pianist» of Artobolevskaya (2014y.);

- Laureate (3 prize) of the International S,Rachmaninoff Competition (Veliky Novgorod 2014 г.);

 

2015:

- Laureate of the Maria Gambaryan Festival (Ruza 05.2015);

 

2016:

- Laureate (1prize) of the International Competition «Fund Orfey»

- «Magic world of art» (17.04.2016);

- Laureate (1 prize) International Competition «Romanticism: its origins and beyond» (23- 30.06.2016); 2017 г.: - Laureate of the Maria Gambaryan Festival (Ruza 05.2017);

- Laureate (3 prize) of the II International Junior Competition of classical music « Nota Bene!» (St.Petersburg 2017y.);

- Laureate (1 prize) of the XIII International Junior Competition «Villahermosa» (Mexico 2017y.);

- Grand-Prix of the International Safonov’s Competition (Pyatigorsk 2017 г.)

- Grand-Prix, Laureate (1prize), Spesial Prize: the International Competition «Silver Tuning Fork» (St.Petersburg 2017 г.)

 

Iren performed at Rachmaninoff Hall at Moscow Conservatory many times, at the Big Hall of Gnesin academy, at Armenian State philharmonic hall in 2012. During the annual Matia Gambaryan Festival Iren had masterclasses with Sergey Milstein, William Brons, Vladimir Tropp, Maria Gambaryan, Vladimir Shcarupa, Denis Burshtein. In April 2017 Iren was invited to educational camp for talented children "Sirius" in Sochi, where she studied piano and composition. In February 2018 Iren was chosen as a participant of Sirius camp for gifted children in Sochi again.

 

 

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Perren-Luc Thiessen

United States
15
School: Home-Schooled
Teacher: Tamás Ungár and Mary Humm

 

Master Class Repertoire

Medtner: Fairy Tales, Op. 51, Nos. 1 & No. 2
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
Ravel: “Alborada del gracioso” from Miroirs

 

Concerto Repertoire

Mozart: Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

 

Perren-Luc Thiessen is a 15-year-old pianist from McKinney Texas. He has been studying piano since the age of eight, and his current teachers are Dr. Tamas Ungar and Dr. Mary Humm. Perren-Luc has been an active participant in numerous competitions and festivals in the United States and Europe. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 12 in August, 2015, performing the Schumann Piano Concerto at the Todi International Music Masters Festival in Italy. The following summer, he returned to Todi to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Napolinova Orchestra at T.I.M.M. In June of 2017, Perren also performed the Beethoven Concerto No. 2 with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra in San Marcos, Texas, as a result of winning the International Concerto Competition at Texas State International Piano Festival. In August of 2017, Perren was invited to participate in the Paderewski Piano Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he performed with the Academy Symphony Orchestra and received daily lessons from renowned professors Balazs Szokoly and Berndt Goetzke. In addition to the Paderewski Piano Academy and T.I.M.M., Thiessen has participated in the Semper International Music Festival in Schlern, Italy and the International Piano Masterclasses in Katowice, Poland. In 2017, at the age of 14, Perren-Luc was the youngest participant to be selected from a field of nearly 200 international applicants to participate as a Young Artist in the elite Piano Texas Festival in Fort Worth. In these festivals, he performed in prestigious concert halls, had private lessons and participated in Master Classes with world-renowned concert pianists and pedagogues, including Antonio PompaBaldi, Eduardo Delgado, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alexander Korsantia, Natarzyna PopowaZydron, Fabio Bidini, and Andraz Jasinski. Perren-Luc has been a top prize-winner in numerous local, state, national and international events. Recently, he won the First Prize at the prestigious 2017 Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle, England, as well as the Award for Best Performance of a Romantic Work. In July 2017, Perren-Luc won Second Prize in the Krystian Tkaczewski International Competition in Poland, where he also earned the Most Promising Young Artist Award as well as the Award for the Best Performance of a Piece by Chopin. Other International competition prizes include First Prize in the American Fine Arts International Concerto Competition 2017 with an invitation to perform with orchestra in Moscow, Third Prize at the Los Angeles Young Musicians International Competition, and Honorable Mention at the San Jose International Piano Competition. In Texas, most recently Perren won First Prize in the 2018 Junior Concerto Divisions of the Collin County Young Artist Competition, the Vernell Gregg Young Artist Competition, and the Baylor/Waco Competition. Other local prizes include First Prize at the SMU Young Artist Competition, First Prize of the Junior Concerto Division of Dallas Symphonic Festival 2017, Grand Prize in the McKinney Young Artist Competition 2017, First Prize of State TMTA Seventh Grade Division, and First Place in the Texas State Young Artist Competition. In January, 2017, Perren-Luc won the First Prize of the Debut International Piano Competition, and as a result gave his Carnegie (Weill) Hall debut recital on June 3, 2017. He also performed a similar program in the beautiful Ehrbar Saal in Vienna, Austria on August 3, 2017. Perren-Luc Thiessen is the son of Peter Thiessen and Angela Neufeld. He loves to read literature and he enjoys writing poetry and short stories. In his spare time, he enjoys developing his skills as an amateur barista.

 

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Daniel Tselyakov

Canada
26
School: University of Montreal
Teacher: Jimmy Brière

 

Master Class Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Beethoven: Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3
Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60

 

Concerto Repertoire

Mozart: Concerto No. 21 in C major, KV 467

 

Daniel Tselyakov is acclaimed for the sensitivity and depth of his interpretations, the rare emotional intensity and bold energy of his performances. Born into a musical family, Daniel began his piano studies at the age of five with his father, well-known Canadian pianist Alexander Tselyakov, before subsequently completing a Bachelors degree at the Oberlin Conservatory with Angela Cheng, and a Masters at Université de Montréal. Some of the numerous scholarships, trophies, and awards Daniel has won include the McLellan Competition, Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Scholarship Competition, the Provincial Music and Speech Finals for the Most Outstanding Piano Performance of music by J. S. Bach, the Toronto Summer Music Academy, and the National Canadian Music Competition. He was given a full scholarship at the prestigious Art of the Piano in Cincinnati College and Conservatory of Music and at the Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artist International Program at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Daniel has studied with legendary mentors including Sergei Babayan, Marc-André Hamelin, André Laplante, Marc Durand, John Perry, Jamie Parker, and Michael Kim. In April 2014 he made his debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Beginning at the age of 12 Daniel has appeared in professional settings, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as a soloist with the Penderecki String Quartet and becoming the youngest musician ever to be in invited as a guest artist with the prestigious Virtuosi Concert Series. Most recently, Daniel has been given solo recitals in France and Spain, and has appeared as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto), the Canadian Sinfonietta (Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals), the Winnipeg Symphony Chamber Orchestra (Bach Concertos) and the San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on the Theme of Paganini and Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto).

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Bocheng Wang

United Kingdom
20
School: Royal Academy of Music, London
Teacher: Christopher Etlton

 

Master Class Repertoire

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Haydn: Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20
Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Mozart: Sonata in D major, K. 331

 

Concerto Repertoire

Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

 

Bocheng was born in Lanzhou, China. Currently studying piano with Professor Christopher Elton for his Bachelorʼs degree (four years) at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is very honoured and grateful to receive full scholarship under Violet Irene Strutton Award which is supporting his study. Bocheng has performed in prestigious venues such as the FAZIOLI Hall in Sacile, Italy, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at Londonʼs Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, St.Martin-in-the-fields, Fairfield Hall, Watford Colosseum and touring in North England both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He also participated in many masterclass with Professor John OʼConner, Arie Vardi, Andrzej Jansinki, Pascal Roge, Pascal Devoyon, Dmitry Alexeev and Erik T. Tawaststjerna. Bocheng has also performed with many orchestras such as Dulwich Symphony, London Mozart Players and Purcell Symphony. Conductors include Leigh OʼHara, Dominic Peckham and Robin OʼNiel. His competition success include Finalist at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Third prize at the ‘Young Pianist of the Northʼ International Piano Competition, Second Prize at the Junior Shanghai International Piano Competition and Liszt International Society Piano Competition, First prize winner at the 2nd Hong Kong Piano Open Tournament and the Croydon Concerto Competition. In 2016, He has been invited to play for a celebratory concert in honour of HM The Queen Elizabeth II ʼs 90th birthday and honoured to meet the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, reading and socialising.

 

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Siyumeng Wang

China
19
School: The Juilliard School of Music
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky

 

Master Class Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1
Berg: Sonata Op. 1

 

Pianist Siyumeng Wang was born in 1998 in Beijing, China, where she began taking piano lessons at the age of 6. By age 10, Siyumeng was accepted to study at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music with Xinning Zhang and gave her first series of recitals. She has been a prizewinner at numerous piano competitions, including First Prizes at the Beijing All-Star Cup Piano Competition, the Hope Cup Piano Competition, the China National Children's Mozart Piano Competition, the Oberlin International Piano Competition, and the AsiaPacific Regional Division of the Schumann International Piano Competition. Second Prizes at the Hong Kong Goodway Piano Competition, the Juilliard School Pre-College Piano Concerto Competition, the Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, and the Woodmere Music Club Competition. Third Prize and Special Award for Best Performance of Virtuoso Etude at the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition. Siyumeng has also performed at international concerts celebrating the anniversaries of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. She was invited as a performing guest artist in support of the YAGP (Youth America Grand Prix) 2017 Gala at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, collaborating with James Whiteside, the Principle Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre and pianist Jorge Viladoms, Professor at the Lausanne Conservatoire. At the age of 13, she was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division where she has studied piano with Victoria Mushkatkol. Over the years, Siyumeng has received several awards including the Bachauer Piano Full-Scholarship award and the Leonore Kraeuter Scholarship award. Besides her passion for learning and making music, Siyumeng also enjoys watching movies, reading, having thought-provoking conversations with friends, beauty, and fashion. Siyumeng will begin her bachelor of music program and studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky, starting in fall, 2017. Siyumeng is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School in recognition of her outstanding artistic and academic achievements.

 

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William Yang

United States
16
School: 
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Teacher: 
Alexander Korsantia  

 

Master Class Repertoire

Scriabin: Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333 (I. Allegro)

 

Concerto Repertoire

Chopin - Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

 

Sixteen year old William Yang has been honored at numerous competitions. Most recently he was a semifinalist of the 2016 Cooper International Piano Competition and 2017 MostArts Young Pianist Competition. He was also named semifinalist and the winner of the special Bach Prize at the 2015 Young Artists Cleveland International Piano Competition. William was awarded the second prize at the Midwest International Piano Competition and Festival in 2014. The young pianist studies with performing artist & Professor Alexander Korsantia from New England Conservatory. His previous teacher was Dr. Paul Wirth. He has also taken lessons from pianists Andre Watts, Hung-Kuan Chen, Hans Boepple, Sean Schulze, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and Peter Takacs. With a fast growing repertoire, William has been publicly giving piano performances since the age of 7. He performed solo recitals at the Doudna Fine Arts Center's New and Emerging Artists Series of Eastern Illinois University and at the Crescendo Concert Series of Omaha in October 2013. William played Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of Animals with the Minnesota Orchestra in March and July 2010 and was invited to perform Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra during its fall 2012 season. He was the featured soloist in NPR’s From the Top in July 2010. He is a student at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts, USA and is also enrolled in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he has taken chamber music, voice, piano seminar, and chorus. He loves chamber music, swimming, weight lifting, and table tennis.

 

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Wenxing Zeng

China
26
School: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 
Teacher: James Tocco   

 

Master Class Reperoitre

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S.514
Chopin: Preludes Op. 28, Nos. 15-19

 

Wenxing Zeng is a full scholarship Doctoral student at the CollegeConservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. After graduating from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she continued her studies at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she received the Artistic Excellence Award, Graduate Tuition Award and was hired as an associate instructor. She has performed at the International Keyboard and Institute Festival (New York), Indiana University Art Museum Concerts Series (Bloomington), Allegro Vivo Chamber Music Festival (Horn, Austria), Beijing International Music Festival and Academic, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Baoli Theater, Zhong Shan Concert Hall, Liszt Piano Marathon Series, Debussy memorial Concert, among others. At the same time, she is a prizewinner of the Asian Cup Piano Competition in Hong Kong (First Prize of Youth Group) and the Yamaha—University Cup Debussy Prelude in Beijing (First Prize). Her teachers include James Tocco, Menahem Pressler, Edward Auer and Ling Zhao.

 

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Yue Zhang

Hong Kong
26
School: University of Montreal
Teacher: Dang Thai Son

 

Master Class Repertoire

Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
Liszt: “Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude” from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
Chopin: Variations on "Là ci darem la mano", Op. 2

 
 

Yue Zhang started his piano training at the age of seven. He completed his Bachelor and Master degree with scholarship in Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts under the tutelage of well-known Prof. Gabriel Kwok.He is currently study his Doctor degree in the University of Montreal with world renowned pianist Dang Thai Son. He has won 1st Prize at HKGNA music competition Young Artists Division and Silver prize (General Category) at the 14th International Piano Competition in Asia(Tokyo). As a soloist, Yue has collaborated with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Academy Symphony Orchestra,Xiamen Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra,and has appeared with conductors including Shucheng Shi,Daye Lin, Alan cluberland,etc. 2014 he was invited to make his debut concert in Italy, and Release CD named “Hong Kong Piano Marathon Studium”and the concert was broadcasted to cities in Europe by classical music channel radio 3 Rai. 2015 he make his debut at New York Carnegie Weill hall,The performance to a packed house and received a rousing standing ovation. He also give performance in Sala Cecilia Meireles, Rio de jeneiro. Hong Kong city hall,Jockey Club Amphitheatre,American consulate,St John’s Cathedral.Shantou University,Shenzhen concert hall,Shenzhen poly Theatre etc. He also play chamber music with different musician including Violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill,Violinist Jin Wang,Hyuna Kim and Cellist Richard Bamping. He has participated in master classes of ,Dang thai son,Russell Sherman,Hung-Kuan Chen,Aquiles Delle Vigne,Jerome Lowenthal and Anton Kuerti etc. Yue is the awardee of The Talent Development Scholarship from The HKSAR Government and YAMAHA Scholarship

 

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