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Young Artists Performers

Chelsea Guo

Kimberly Han

Benjamin Hopkins

David Hou

Dawen Li

Ying Li

Yiou Li

Chen Liang

Daniela Liebman

Anastasiya Magamedova

Gregory Martin

Kamil Pacholec

John Schindler

Szuyu Su

Songbo Sun

Elisabeth Tsai

Derek Wang

Chen Xu

Qi Xu

Xiaoyi Xu

Xiting Yang

Farshad Zadeh

Heyue Zhang

John Zhao


Chelsea Guo

United States
16
School: The Juilliard School Pre-College Division
Teacher: Hung-Kuan Chen
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” (I. Allegro con brio)
Frédéric Chopin: 24 Préludes, Op. 28, Nos. 1 – 8
 
 
16-year-old Ziyao “Chelsea” Guo is a double majored young artist at the Pre-college Division of the Juilliard School. She studies piano with Prof. Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone, and classical voice with Mrs. Lorraine Nubar.

Chelsea is a 2016-2018 Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, ​a 2016 US Chopin Foundation Scholarship Recipient, and a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University. 

Chelsea showed true passion and great promise for classical music since early childhood. Growing up, she collected many prizes in piano competitions of various levels. At age ten and a half, Chelsea became one of the youngest semifinalists at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition. At age 11, she was awarded “Special Commendation for Young Talents" in the 13th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany. At age 13, Chelsea won the "Junior Eppan Prize" in Eppan Junior Academy in Italy. She is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Nordmann Scholarship at the Juilliard Pre-college. In June 2016, Chelsea became a winner of the 2016 Piano Texas Young Artists Concerto Competition. As a classical vocalist, she has won 1st prize in American Protégé 2015 Voice Competition and performed in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall.

In addition to competitions, Chelsea has actively performed as a pianist on radio and various concert venues, including Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall (NYC), Harris Hall (Aspen, CO), Ishikawa Music Hall (Japan), US State Department (Washington DC), Milllenium Park (Chicago), and Dwór Artusa Toruń (Poland) etc. At age 8, her performance was broadcasted on WQXR (New York Classical Radio)’s “Young Artists Showcase.”  At age 13, Chelsea was featured by National Public Radio's show “From the Top.” Chelsea has given ten solo recitals since age 11, including eight presented by professional concert series and private supporters.
Chelsea has performed piano concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony (USA) under the baton of Maestro Barry Douglas, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (China), the New Britain Symphony-Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra (US), Napolinova Chamber Orchestra (Italy), Torun Symphony (Poland), and Midwest Youth Artists Symphony Orchestra (Chicago, USA).

Chelsea has participated in major music festivals such as Oxford Philamusica Piano Festival, Aspen International Music Festival, Piano Texas, Ishikawa Music Academy, Paderewski Piano Academy, Eppan Junior Academy, Schlern International Music Festival, and Todi International Music Masters etc.
 
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Kimberly Han

United States
16
School: Lake Forest High School
Teacher: Brenda Huang (Music Institute of Chicago) and Alexander Korsantia (New England Conservatory)
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op. 52
 
Concerto Repertoire
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
     I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito

 

Kimberly Han, 16-year-old pianist and violinist, is from Lake Forest, Illinois of USA. She’s a 2016-2018 Lang Lang Young Scholar, and 2016-2017 full scholarship recipient of Chopin Foundation of the United States. She started piano lessons when she was five and a half years old, and has been studying with Brenda Huang for 9 years. She is also taking masterclasses with Alexander Korsantia from New England Conservatory.
 
A sophomore of Lake Forest High School, Kimberly is a frequent award-winner in many music events – National Finalist/East Central Division & Illinois State winner of 2016 MTNA Junior Competition, 2015/2014/2013 Walgreens National Concerto Competition Winner, Winner of 2015 Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Youth Audition in March 2015, and Winner of CSO “Carnival of the Animals” Audition in January 2015, Piano Winner of 2014 11th DePaul Concerto Festival, First Place winner of 2013 15th Chopin Youth Piano
Competition, along with many more.
 
As a solo pianist and chamber musician, Kimberly has performed in L’Auditori of Barcelona, Spain, Chicago Symphony Center, Preston Bradley Hall of Chicago Cultural Center, DePaul Concert Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall of Ravinia Festival, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall of Northwestern University.
 
Kimberly had her concert debut with Oistrach Symphony Orchestra performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor in February 2014. In March 2015, Kimberly performed Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of Animals” as solo pianist with Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) during guest conductor, Vladimir Kulenovic’s debut conducting the CSO. She has been invited to perform Manuel de Falla’s “Nights in the Garden of Spain” as a soloist with the CSO again in April 2016 as the winner of 2015 CSO Youth Concerto Competition. Over the past two years, Kimberly performed with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony, Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Symphony Orchestra, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, MostArts Festival Symphony Orchestra, Napolinova Youth Orchestra (Italy), Highland Park Strings,
and The New North Shore Chamber Orchestra.
 
Kimberly was featured as a pre-college young pianist on WFMT 98.7FM “Introductions” three times (Jan & Aug 2015 & May 2016). She was also selected by Lang Lang International Music Foundation to participate in the second Allianz Junior Music Camp in Barcelona, Spain in November 2014. In September 2015, The North Shore Journal featured Kimberly as a young musician in the “Standout Student” column.
 
In her free time, Kimberly loves playing violin with the MYA Symphony Orchestra / her chamber ensemble Trio Fiammata / school symphony orchestra, reading and traveling around the world with her family. To give back to the community, Kimberly also performs extensively in the retirement centers across the Chicagoland, and teaches violin to kids from unprivileged districts as a participant in MYA Young Music Scholar program.
Kimberly would like to thank her inspirational teachers Brenda Huang and Alexander Korsantia, for coaching her discipline, dedication and love for classical music; The Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Allianz, Dr. Allan Dennis, Robert Bassill, and the MYA staff for providing her the great opportunity to grow as a young musician; her parents and all of her friends for their continuous support and encouragement.
 
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Benjamin Hopkins

United States
26
School: University of British Columbia
Teacher: Corey Hamm
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5, (I. Allegro)
 
Concerto Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (I. Allegro con brio)

 

Since winning first prize in the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Benjamin Hopkins has won acclaim for performances across North America and Europe. In 2008, he made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after decisively winning all four categories of the RPO League’s Young Artist Auditions. 2013 brought his New York City debut and performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with orchestras in Spain and California.
 
Most recently, he won first prize in the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Competition and was a winner of the Fresno Musical Society’s Susan Torres Award. He was recognized as the Outstanding Master of Music Graduate from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was also honored for his contributions to the school as a teaching assistant.
 
Hopkins is continuing his doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia under the instruction of Corey Hamm, and will appear with the UBC Symphony this fall as a result of winning the university’s concerto competition. He is mentored by the renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. His past teachers are Lucinda Carver, Henry Gronnier, Brian Preston, and Norman Krieger.
 
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David Hou

United States
16
School:
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Teacher:
Alan Chow
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 (III.  Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung)
Frédéric Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
 
Concerto Repertoire
Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (I. Allegro maestoso)
 
David Hou, 16, from Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, is currently a rising senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and is a Music Institute of Chicago Academy Alum. David made his solo debut with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (Appleton, WI) in February 2012, performing Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. He will continue in the 2017/2018 season, performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor alongside the South Carolina Philharmonic as the winner of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. David has performed numerous concerts in major Chicago music venues, such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Center, Harris Theater, Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel, Nichols Concert Hall, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, and Ravinia’s Bennett-Gordon Hall. His piano trio (Trio Anima) has also performed and collaborated with the Evanston Dance Ensemble at the Josephine Louis Theatre. He has also given personal concerts in­ many retirement homes across the Chicago area. Additionally, he has been featured on the radio, performing live on WFMT “Introductions”.
 
David is the winner of the 2009 ISMTA State District Audition Elementary Division, the winner of the 2010 Walgreens National Concerto Competition Junior Piano Open Division, the winner of the 2011 Chicago Steinway Young Artist Solo Competition, the first alternate winner of the 2016 MTNA Senior Illinois State Competition, the first prize winner and “Best Solo Work” winner of 2016 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, and a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation winner. He has also won top prizes at Walgreens Senior Division National Concerto Competition, Chopin Youth Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, DePaul Concerto Competition, SeJong Music Competition, and Society of American Musicians (SAM) Competitions. He was a member of the Centrifugal Piano Quartet and Piano Trio Anima and his chamber groups have made appearances in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2013 and 2014 as semifinalists and quarterfinalists and have competed in the A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition and have won top awards in theRembrandt Chamber Music Competition. David was also one of the youngest semifinalists in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, a finalist in the 2015 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, a semifinalist in the 2016 Cooper International Piano Competition, and a contestant in the 2017 International E-Competition.
 
David has participated in lessons and masterclasses with Veda Kaplinsky, Alvin Chow, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Marina Lomazov, Inna Faliks, Anne-Marie McDermott, Gloria Chien, Andrew-Michel Schub, among many others. He has previously studied piano with Brenda Huang and Matt Hagle until 2012.  Since then, he has been studying with Alan Chow, professor of piano at Northwestern University. Apart from piano, David enjoys giving back to his community by participating in numerous service events throughout the school-year, helping raise money and create fundraisers, and serving as a student leader at his local Chinese School and his high-school’s Key Club and National Honor Society.
 
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Dawen Li

China
26
School:
Texas Christian University
Teacher:
Tamás Ungár
 
Master Class Repertoire
Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Maurice Ravel:"Noctuelles", "Oiseaux tristes", "Alborada del gracioso" from Miroirs
 
Concerto Repertoire
Franz Liszt: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major
 
Dawen Li made his debut recital at age of 12. In the following years he gave many recitals and performances around main cities in China such as Beijing, Harbin, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Xuzhou, Yuncheng, Fuxin and many other countries such as Austria, Germany, Spain, Canada and Brazil. He presented a continuous series of eight recitals in China Conservatory during the period of 4 years as an undergraduate student. Within past five years, He gave three piano recitals in YAMAHA Music Communication Center in Beijing and five recitals at Texas Chritian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He also gave several performances in Forbidden City Hall.
 
In 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, He was selected to the Beijing International Piano Festival five times as a young artist and had master classes with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Tamas Ungar, Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Vladimir Tropp、Malcolm Bilson, Lilya Zilberstein、Antti Siirala、Paul Badura-Skoda, Peter Frankl. He gave performances in 2014 PianoTexas International Academy & Festival as a young artist and had master classes with José Feghali, Alexander Shtarkman and John Perry. He received scholarship to attend The 2015 Banff Piano Master Class in Canada and studied with Robert McDonald and Nalita Ture. In addition, He also had master classes with Jun Yang, Yuan Sheng, Weng Lei, Klause Baesler, Christopher Harding, Douglas
Humpherys, Richard Mcmahon, Gerda Struhal, Michael Tsalka, Peter Waas, Frank Reich, Craig Sheppard, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Idil Biret、Joseph Banowetz, Jerome Lowenthal, Pavlina Dokovska, HaeSun Paik, Thomas Schumacher.
 
His was winner of 2014 PianoTexas International Academy & Festival concerto competition and Texas Christian University concerto competition. His concerto performances include playing Prokofiev Concerto No.3 with Texas Christian University Orchestra conducted by Dr. GERMÁN A. GUTIÉRREZ, Mozart concerto in G major K. 453 with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mr. Geoffrey Simon, Brahms piano concerto No.1, Op.15 in d minor with New York Concerti Sinfonietta led by Mr. Paul Hostetter, Debussy Dansesacrée et Danse profane for Piano and Strings (transcribed from harp and strings) with China youth Philharmonic String Orchestra led by Mr. Jin Ye.
 
He was studying with Prof. Changxin Guan at China conservatory and his performance was released in the University 50th anniversary memorial CD as an outstanding student. Now he is proceeding to Artist Diploma in the studio of Dr. Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University.
 
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Ying Li

China
19
School:
Curtis Institue of Music
Teacher:
Jonathan Biss
 
Master Class Repertoire
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
 
Concerto Repertoire
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
     I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito

 

Pianist Ying Li, from China, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2012 and currently studies with professor Jonathan Biss. Ms. Li attends on a merit-based, full-tuition scholarship, and holds the Harold and Helene Schonberg Fellowship.
 
As a soloist, she has worked with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra,
the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, Romania. Her recent awards include third prize and the Mary Snail Memorial Award in the Young Artist Competition of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, first prizes in both Solo Competition and Concerto Competition of the Brevard Music Festival, first prize in the 7th Liszt International Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow, Russia, and the first prize and the audience prize in the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists ‘A Step Towards Mastery’ in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Li has also participated in many renowned international music festivals
including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago where she worked with esteemed violists Kim Kashkashian and Atar Arad, the national YoungArts Week in Miami, the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, and the International Beijing Piano festival. She has been participated in masterclasses with world-renowned pianists including Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, Mitsuko Uchida, Emanuel Ax, and Gary Graffman.
Ms. Li began receiving piano lessons at age of five. Her previous teachers have included Seymour Lipkin of the
Curtis Institute of Music and Manchun Chen of the Central Conservatory of Music in China.

 

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Yiou Li

China
21
School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Douglas Humpherys
 
Master Class Repertoire
  Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
            (I. Vivace ma non troppo: Adagio espressivo, & II Prestissimo)
Igor Stravinsky: Three Movements of Petrouchka
             1. Danse russe (Russian Dance) and 2. Chez Pétrouchka (Petrushka's Room)
 
Concerto Repertoire
Franz Liszt: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major
 
Born in into a music-lover family in Henan, China, Miss Li began her musical journey at the age of five. At the age of twelve, she was admitted to The Affiliated Middle School of Wuhan Conservatory, where she studied with Ms. Liping Jiang and Mr. Hong Xu.
 
She made her concerto debut at age sixteen playing Rachmaninoff’s No.2 Piano Concerto under the baton of maestro Zhang Yi with the Hang Zhou Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011. The performance was broadcasted on the Music Channel (CCTV-15) of China Central Television. She was a prizewinner of 2013 Hilton Head International Young Artist Piano Competition, and the national winner of the 2014 MTNA Senior Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Miss Li had performed in master classes with the Brentano Quartet, the Ying Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio and maestro Peter Oundjian. Her festival appearances including 2014 Shanghai International Piano Festival, 2015 Banff Piano Master Class, 2016 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, and 2016 Gijon International Piano Festival. She has benefited from the advice of many renowned pedagogues, such as Robert McDonald, Alan Chow, Yong Hi Moon, John O’Conor, Logan Skelton, Nelita True, and Zhe Tang.
 
In her spare time, Miss Li enjoys cooking and exploring jazz improvisation. She is currently pursuing her bachelor degree at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Douglas Humpherys.

 

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Chen Liang

China
25
School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Natalya Antonova
 
Master Class Repertoire
Franz Schubert: Sonata in A major, D959 (I. Allegro)
Felix Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1
 
Concerto Repertoire
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
     I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito

 

Winner of the Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship Competition in 2015 and Lynn Concerto Competition in 2014, Chen Liang started his piano study at age of five with Cai Ying, professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. At a very young age, he won many prizes in several municipal and provincial competitions.
 
At the age of twelve, he began to study with Professor Zheng Daxin. He has performed for the Japanese and German friendship delegations and was selected by the Chinese government to visit Japan. In 2007, Chen won the first prize of his group in the 3rd Lira International Piano competition in St. Petersburg, Russia and in 2012, he won the 3rd prize in the “Imola” International Piano Competition in China.
 
In 2010, Chen went to Sichuan Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Zeng ’Ai and 2 years later, he got accepted into Lynn Conservatory of Music in Florida with full scholarship, studying with Roberta Rust. Chen has been to a lot of music festivals such as the “Prestissimo” International Chamber Music Festival in Pennsylvania (2011), “Imola” International Piano Festival in Italy (2012), Summer Academy of Mozarteum in Austria (2014) and Chautauqua Music Festival piano program (2015). Chen also won the honorable mention of Florida state MTNA
young artist competition in 2015. Besides playing the piano, Chen is also interested in composition and has composed several works since he was a child. Now he studies at Eastman School of Music in Rochester with Natalya Antonova.
 
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Daniela Liebman

Mexico
14
School: Home School
Teacher: Tamás Ungár
 
Master Class Repertoire
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
 
Concerto Repertoire
Felix Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
 
Daniela Liebman was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on June 14th, 2002. Daniela began piano study at the age of five, and has the distinction of being the youngest soloist in the history of Mexico to appear with a professional orchestra, when she debuted at eight years old playing Mozart’s 8th piano concerto with the Aguascalientes Symphony. Since then, Daniela has played over twenty five times with a dozen orchestras on four continents. Some of these orchestras are: The Jalisco Symphony, Fladamex Symphony, Michoacan Symphony, The Zapopan Symphony, The Orchestra Sinfonia de Sinaloa, The Mexico City Philharmonic, (Mexico) The Rachmaninov Orchestra of the Kremlin, (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) The Orlando Philharmonic,(USA) Ontario Philharmonic, (Canada) and the Radio Filarmonia of Lima. (Peru)
 
In 2013, Daniela made her debut in Mexico’s prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes, playing on two different occasions with the Orquesta de Camera de Bellas Artes. In the same year, Daniela made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, on the Perelman stage/Stern auditorium, playing Shostakovich’s piano concerto no.2. Daniela has given solo recitals at Festival Cervantino, (Guanajuato, Mexico) in Cordoba, (Argentina) Valparaiso (Chile) and at the Kennedy Center, HarrimanJewel Series, Ravinia Festival, and the Kravis Center for Performing Arts. (USA) In competitions, Daniela won first prize at “Night in
Madrid” (Madrid, 2011) “The Russian International Piano Competition,” (San Jose, 2012) and was chosen to participate in Lang Lang’s “Junior Music Camp.” (Munich, 2013) In 2014 Daniela won the coveted “Nacional Premio de Juventud.” (Mexico) Upcoming solo recitals in the 2016/2017 season include the “Young Artist Series,” (Sarasota, 10/23&24) The “TriC Series,” (Cleveland Museum of Modern Art, 11/20) and a return to the
“Ravinia Festival,” in Chicago, on 5/13/2017. (Bennett Gordon Hall) Future concerto engagements are with the “Sinfonia Nacional de Colombia,” (Bogota, Colombia) “San Angelo Symphony,” (Texas) “Boca Raton Festival of the Arts Orchestra,” (Florida) “Guatemala City Orchestra,” (Guatemala) and a second appearance as soloist with the “Orlando Philharmonic,” on September 9th, 2017.
 
In 2016, Daniela wa named “One of the Forty Most Creative Mexicans in the World,” by Forbes Magazine. Over the years Daniela has had master classes with; Antonio Pompa Baldi, Paul BakuraSkoda, Yohoved Kaplinsky, Tamas Ungar, Federico Osorio, Arie Vardi, John Perry, Alexander Korsantia, Joseph Kalichstein, Mikhail Voskresensky, Paulina Dokovska, Eugen Indjic, Dina Yoffe, Vadim Monastyrski, Andrej Jasinski, Eduardo Delgado, Frank Levy, Boris Berman, and Baruch Meir.
 
Daniela studies full time with Dr. Tamás Ungár, in Fort Worth, Texas. When not practicing, Daniela enjoys Art Films, exploring new places on bicycle, reading horror books, chess, exotic cuisine, and surfing. Daniela is a citizen of both Mexico and the United States.

 

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Anastasiya Magamedova

Tajikistan
19
School: Juilliard School
Teacher: Matti Raekallio
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38
 
Concerto Repertoire
Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (I. Allegro affettuoso)
 
A 2016 National YoungArts Winner, eighteen-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. A Gold medalist of the 2013 International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival Piano Competition (Ft. Collins, CO), and a third prize winner of the 2015 IIYM International Piano Competition, she was also a winner of the 2016 Utah State MTNA Piano Competition, as well as winner of the 2015 SouthWest Regional MTNA Piano Competition Winner, leading to being a 2015 MTNA National Finalist. Most recently she performed in Teatro del Pavone (Perugia, Italy) and Sala dei Notari (Perugia, Italy), where she also soloed with the Alicante Philharmonic Orchestra. In the Summer of 2015, she was chosen to be one of the 24 pianists to be invited to participate in the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. In January of 2015, she was also a finalist in the Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition for Young Pianists. Winner of several concerto competitions, Anastasiya Magamedova has performed with the Utah Symphony in Abravanel Hall and several times with the American West Symphony appearing in Libby Gardner Hall. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall in 2014, as a 2nd place winner in the International American Protege Competition and has appeared at the Lied Center under the auspices of the Institute for Young Musicians in Lawrence, Kansas. A recipient of the $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, she has been featured on NPR’s From the Top and on BYU Radio twice in the program Highway-89, and on TV in a program “Good Things Utah”. She was a winner of the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Auditions in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and also received two first places in the University of Utah "SummerARTS" competition, both in the solo and concerto divisions. Besides playing the piano, Anastasia plays the violin and enjoys Ceramic Arts; in the past her works were showcased at The National K12 Ceramic Exhibition in Rhode Island, and Kansas City, and she was also a Winner of several Gold Keys in the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition, as well as a Merit Winner in the Visual Arts category of the National YoungArts Foundation. Anastasiya is a graduate of the Waterford School in Sandy, UT; her previous teachers were Dr. Heather Conner of the Vanderbilt University piano faculty, and Dr.Scott Holden of the Brigham Young University piano faculty.
 
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Gregory Martin

United States
19
School: Rice University
Teacher: Robert Roux
 
Master Class Repertoire
Franz Schubert: Six moments musicaux, D780 (Op. 94)
Franz Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy in C major, D760 (Op. 15)
 
Concerto Repertoire
Franz Liszt: Concerto No. 2 in A major
 
EDUCATION:
Gregory is a Freshman Student at Rice University Majoring in Piano Performance. He currently studies with Dr. Robert Roux at the Shepherd School of Music. (First Semester GPA - 4.02). He is a High School Graduate of "The Central Music School (college) at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory" as a Scholarship Student.
 
PIANO COMPETITIONS and PERFORMANCES:
At the age of 10, Gregory placed first in the Annual Jackie McGehee Concerto Competition in Albuquerque, NM and played the first movement of Mozart's Concerto No 20 in d minor with the New Mexico Symphony as well as the entire concerto with the Albuquerque Symphony. As a finalist in the Piano Texas Festival in 2010 Gregory performed with the Fort Worth Symphony playing Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto. In the International Pianists Competition (named after A.G.Skavronskogo) in Volgodonsk, Russia Gregory Received a Diploma Award for the best interpretation of the polyphonic piece. He received a Bronze Award at the Montecito International Music Festival Competition (Junior Solo Division) in California, and a Diploma for Best interpretation of Tchaikovsky with ("Dumka") on the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia. He placed third in the Russian 10th Annual Nutcracker International Television Contest in Moscow, and as a finalist played with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra with Mark Gorenstein as Conductor. Gregory was one of twelve pianist screened and selected to Compete in the Inaugural Van Cliburn Junior Competition in Fort Worth, TX (2015) and gave several public performances during the Competition Week. He also has performed as a featured pianist at the at the Well Recital Hall at Carnegie (NYC) playing Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy". This was his second appearance at Well Recital Hall, as he participated in the Golden Key Debut International Piano Competition in 2007.
 
Gregory has made numerous appearances as a featured artist with various symphonies such as the Yaroslavl Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia (Spain), the Omsk (Russia) Symphony, and numerous others. He has performed in a variety of solo and chamber recitals within the United States, Italy, Vienna, Spain, Germany, and Russia. Gregory has participated in numerous music festivals including Piano Texas, the Elan International Music Festival, the Second International Music Festival Peregerinos Musicales in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the Euro Music Festival in Wuppertal, Germany, and numerous festivals within
Russia.
 
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Kamil Pacholec

Poland
18
School: Ludomir Różycki Secondary Music School in Kielce
Teacher: Małgorzata Kowalska
 
Master Class Repertoire
Frédéric Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25
Johannes Brahms: Sonata No.1 in C Major, Op. 1
 
 
Kamil Pacholec was born on 11.11.1998. He lives in Poland in his hometown Kielce, where he attends Ludomir Różycki Secondary Music School - piano class of professor Małgorzata Kowalska. He has been taking piano lessons since he was seven. At the age of eleven he won his first international piano competition in Stalowa Wola, which enabled him to debut with a philharmonic orchestra. Since then Kamil has succeeded in several national and international piano competitions both in Poland and abroad. He received prizes at Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition in Kosice (Czech Republic), where he was also awarded special EMCY (The European Union of Music Competitions for Youth) Prize, at XIV International Piano Competition in Gorlitz & Zgorzelec (Germany and Poland) where apart from the first place he was given several additional awards and at Cesar Franck International Piano Competition in Kraainem (Belgium). He won the National Auditions for the Students of Polish Music High Schools in Warsaw both in solo in 2011 and duos in 2013.
 
His biggest achievement is the first prize in Fryderyk Chopin 47 National Piano Competition (Poland) in 2016. He was the only High School student who took part in the final round. Not only did he win the competition but was additionally awarded the special prize for the best Fryderyk Chopin solo interpretation and the best piano concerto performance.
 
Kamil is often invited to perform at Piano Festivals, music Projects, concerts and recitals. He has been improving his skills by taking part in masterclasses and workshops by prominent piano teachers including Andrzej Jasiński, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Wojciech Świtała, Anna Malikova, Phillipe Raskin and many others. Participation in such events allows him to verify the effects of his daily work and on the other hand is a great inspiration.
Kamil’s work is appreciated by local and national institutions and organisations. In 2012 Kamil was covered by the assistance program for outstandingly talented teenagers managed by the Polish Children's Fund in Warsaw. Since then he was awarded the „Świetokrzyskie Talents“ (2014,2015,2016) and „Hope of the City of Kielce” (2016) prize in his hometown. He was given the National Center of Artistic Education scholarships for very good results in the school curriculum (2015,2016). In 2015 Kamil was awarded the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship for his artistic achievements. In 2016 he was awarded Polish Prime Minister scholarship for outstanding artistic and academic performance. In 2016 he was invited to take part in national TV program “Young Musician of 2016”.
 
Efficient time management allows him to find the time for his hobbies and other activities, too. Kamil is keen on sports and literature. He plans to travel a lot and to find new friends all over the world. His interests include composition as well. He played one of his works during school exam. Kamil plans to study piano playing and become a professional pianist.

 

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John Schindler

United States
18
School: Music Institute of Chicago Academy
Teacher: Alan Chow
 
Master Class Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5: (I. Allegro maestoso)
Maurice Ravel: "Scarbo" from Gaspard de la nuit
 
John Schindler, 18, lives in Hartland, WI, and is a Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. A student of Alan Chow, he has been playing the piano for eleven years and has been recognized in many competitions. Most recently, John was named a National YoungArts Finalist in Classical Music and in January participated in YoungArts week in Miami. Last June, he was awarded the third prize, the Best Performance of a Duo prize, and the Wisconsin Contestant prize at the 2016 PianoArts North American
Competition, where he was the youngest semifinalist. As a result of the competition, he was featured on TMJ4 news’s weekly “Positively Milwaukee” segment. John has also won the Concerto Competition “Theodor Leschetizky,” Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition of the Brevard Music Center, NFMC Stillman Kelley Music Competition, and PianoArts Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition.
 
Several highlights of John’s performing experiences have been playing concerti with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Uihlein Hall, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Camerata New York in Merkin Hall, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. His performance with the Wisconsin Philharmonic for their annual holiday concert was broadcast on MPTV in December. Besides his performances as a soloist, John is a passionate chamber musician. Last spring he was heard on WFMT’s Introductions as a member of the Akros Piano Trio, formed at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy.
 
In the summer John has attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Southeastern Piano Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, and has performed in master classes with Robert McDonald, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Nelita True, Jon Nakamatsu, Julian Martin, John O’Conor, and Joseph Kalichstein.
 
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Szuyu Su

Taiwan
19
School: Deguang Catholic High School
Teacher: Grace Chung
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in a major, Op. 101
Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (II Romance: Larghetto & III. Rondo: Vivace)
 
Concerto Repertoire
Frédéric Chopin: Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (I. Allegro maestoso)

 

Born in Tainan City, Taiwan in 1998, Szuyu began to study piano at the age of four, and is currently under the instruction of pianist Grace Chung. She has attended masterclasses with many renowned musicians, including Lazar Berman, Seymour Lipkin, Susan Starr, Cosmo Buono, Jerome Lowenthal, and Hung-Kuan Chen.
 
Szuyu has won prizes at many competitions. She won First Prizes at Tainan National Music Competition for 5 straight years, Hong Kong Asia Piano Open Competition in 2007, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and 2014 Shanghai International Piano Festival Piano Competition. In 2012, Szuyu took Third Prize at Steinway Piano Competition and made her debut with orchestra in the winner concert. In the same year, she also won First Prizes in 3 categories at American Protégé and performed in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall. In 2015, she was awarded Semi-Final Prize at Leeds International Piano competition.
 
Szuyu has participated in many prestigious piano festivals, including Oxford Piano Festival, Walnut Hill Music Festival, Shanghai International Piano Master Class, and Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. She has held recitals in Taipei National Concert Hall twice.
 
Most recently, Szuyu was accepted to 8 music colleges, including Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, and Royal Academy of Music in the UK. She will attend Curtis Institute of Music in the fall.  

 

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Songbo Sun

China
16
School: Central Conservatory of Music Middle School
Teacher: Chang Hua
 
Master Class Repertoire
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op. 23
Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

 

Concerto Repertoire
Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto No.3 in C major, Op. 26 (I. Andante - Allegro)

 

Sun Songbo was born in May of 2001. Four and a half years old, he started to learn the piano. At the age of 9, under the tutelage of The Middle School affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music in Professor Chang Hua.
 
In 2011 admitted to the primary school of Central Conservatory of Music, From 2014 so far entered The
Middle School affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music.
 
In 2011 he held the first solo piano recital; in 2012 he was invited to take part in the "Tutti" Music Festival in Australia ; in August 2013,held piano recital in the Concert Hall of Yanbian University Art College; in 2014 , was invited to the Second alumni Arts Festival open class master class in The Middle School affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music; in July 2014 ,held piano recital in the Concert Hall of Yanbian University Art College; in August 2015,held piano recital in the Concert Hall of Yanbian University Art College ;in May 2016 was invited to perform in Baotou Grand Theatre Baotou by science palace; in June 2016 held the piano solo concert for Steinway Piano Music; the same year in November,was invited to perform at the Minzu University of China School of Zhonghui building concert hall by the Minzu University of China School of music Admitted to the school has been held for 5 solo concerts.
 
Awards:
2007, The third "China art style" Jilin province Piano Competition Gold Medal ; 2008, First prize of Jilin provincial art competition; 2010, Excellence Award of the thirteenth "Xinghai Cup" national piano competition; 2011, The second "Goodway Cup" National Youth Piano Competition Beijing division , first prize In May 2016, won the second prize of China division eighteenth Santa Cecilia Portugal international youth piano competition; In July 2016 ,won the first of the sixth Shenzhen Piano Open Professional youth group; In September 2016, won the first Fan Jianqin Memorial Scholarship of Central Conservatory of Music; In November 2016 ,admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in 2016 " Best of Best (BOB)" with a score of second.

 

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Elisabeth Tsai

United States
18
School: Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University
Teacher: Alexander Kobrin
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2
Frédéric Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
 
Concerto Repertoire
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (II. Adagio sostenuto and III. Allegro scherzando)

 

Eighteen year old pianist Elisabeth Tsai began her musical studies with the cello at the age of four. She switched to the piano at age seven, and is currently under the tutelage of Professor Alexander Kobrin. Elisabeth’s past teachers include Ronald Shinn and Alina Voicu.
 
Over the years, Elisabeth has been awarded with prizes at numerous competitions. Most recently, she was named one of five winners in the 2015-2016 Schwob School of Music Concerto Competition. In 2015, she was awarded third prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and in 2014, she was the first prize winner as well as the recipient of the Best Solo Award at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. Additionally, she received First prize and Chopin prize in the national finals of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) 2013-2014 Junior Piano competition. Other awards include first prizes in the 2014 New York International Artists Competition, the 2014 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Concerto Competition, and the 2012 and 2015 Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition. Elisabeth has soloed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as on NPR’s national radio broadcast From The Top. In addition, she has been a participant at the Southeastern Piano Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival, and has taken lessons and masterclasses with Victor Rosenbaum, Boris Slutsky and Julian Martin.
 
Elisabeth is currently a sophomore at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where she is
the recipient of a full scholarship award. She enjoys chamber music with her siblings and frequently performs with them in retirement homes around the Columbus, GA area.
 
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Derek Wang

United States
18
School: The Juilliard School
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky
 
Master Class Repertoire
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333
Igor Stravinsky: Serenade in A
 
Concerto Repertoire
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 (I. Allegro maestoso)
 
Derek Wang, soloist and collaborative musician, practices the piano any day he can find one. In his first year as a BM student at Juilliard, Derek performed as a soloist in John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the AXIOM ensemble, premiered works by contemporary Mexican composers in the Focus! Festival, performed Brahms in
ChamberFest, and accompanied Beethoven and Schubert songs on fortepiano. Derek participated in the Wu Han and David Finckel Chamber Music Studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2016, performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Aspen’s Fourth of July Concert Band that same year, and was a concerto soloist with the Aspen Wind Ensemble in 2015. While studying at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division, Mr. Wang
won the 2015 piano concerto competition, playing Prokofiev’s Third. Derek has enjoyed an ongoing multimedia collaboration between animation and music, performing the Chopin études live as a synchronized soundtrack to screenings of the short film collection Magic Piano and The Chopin Shorts. These performances have taken place on a family concert tour in China and at conferences in the U.S. and Mexico. Derek was named a 2016 YoungArts Finalist and is an alumnus of From the Top and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. He is grateful to Veda Kaplinsky, his major teacher; Manuel Sosa, an abiding mentor; and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a great pianistic inspiration.
 
 
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Chen Xu

China
17
School: Central Conservatory of Music Middle School
Teacher: Xiaohan Wang
 
Master Class Repertoire
Frédéric Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
 
Concerto Repertoire
Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (I. Allegro affettuoso)
 
She was the first prizewinner of The Grotrian-Steinweg Piano Competition at the Asian-Pacific region in 2011 and the Hailun Cup Youth Piano Competition of European Piano Academies in 2014. She also won the second prize at the XingHai Cup Piano Competition in China in 2012. Chen Xu has been an active participant in music festivals such as the Zhou Guangren Summer piano Academy, China, Beijing International Music Academy and Festival, and the International Keyboard Institute Music Festival in New York.

 

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Qi Xu

China
22
School: Juilliard School
Teacher: Yoheved Kaplinsky
 
Master Class Repertoire
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106
 
Concerto Repertoire
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (II. Intermezzo: Adagio and III. Finale: Alla breve)

 

Qi Xu, a Chinese pianist hailed in his recent concert tour by the German press as "a storyteller and wild rider" (Rheinische Post), stands in "between drama and charm" (Derwesten).
 
Born in 1994, Qi enrolled in the ShenZhen Art school at the age of 10 under the supervision of Prof. Dan ZhaoYi. In 2009, Qi was accepted by the Juilliard School (Pre-College division) and the Curtis Institute of Music. He attended the Juilliard School and followed Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky who was the chairwoman of the piano department at Juilliard. Meanwhile, he did his high school at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in New York. In 2012, Qi Xu entered Columbia University (CC'16) as a John Jay Scholar where he read mathematics. He continued to study piano with Dr. Kaplinsky under the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program. In 2014, Qi was selected as a Columbia-Oxbridge Scholar to further his mathematics study in the mathematical tripos program for his junior year at Robinson College, Cambridge University. Meanwhile, he studied piano privately with Prof. Christopher Elton who was former Head of the Keyboard department of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2015, Qi was admitted to the Columbia-Juilliard joint program in which he entered his Master of Music study at Juilliard on his senior year of college, continuing his study with Dr. Kaplinsky.
 
Qi has performed as a soloist all around the world, including North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2008, Qi won prizes at all four international and national piano competitions he participated, including 1st Prize in the 9th Krainev International Piano Competition (Junior Group) held in Ukraine, and 2nd prize in the 11th Ettlingen
International Youth Piano Competition held in Germany, where he was the youngest participant in the senior category (age up to 20). In April 2010, Qi was invited by Television Spain to record a program “Young Soloist” produced by Eurodelta Music which was broadcast sixteen times internationally. In the summer of the same year, Qi was invited as the youngest pianist to participate in Pianofest of the Hamptons. In 2011, Qi won the first prize and the orchestra prize in the 11th Morocco International Piano Competition, where he was the youngest winner in the history of the competition up until this point. During the summer of 2011, Qi participated in the Aspen Music Festival receiving full scholarships. In November of the same year, Qi was invited by WQXR radio station to perform in its “Beethoven Piano Sonata Marathon” program. Qi made his first debut album “Qi Xu plays Beethoven, Liszt and Stravinsky” in November 2013 during his concert tour in Europe, featuring Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 109, Liszt’s Réminiscences de Don Juan, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka. In 2016, Qi is invited as a solo piano fellow in the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara. In 2017, Qi makes his
debut in Alice Tully hall.
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Xiaoyi Xu

China
23
School: Juilliard School
Teacher: Hung-kuan Chen
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Maurice Ravel: Mirois
 
Concerto Repertoire
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op. 30 (I. Allegro ma non tanto)
 
Xiaoyi Xu began to study piano at the age of 4. She had her debut concert at Xinghai Recital Hall at the age of 6. She had studied with Ying Tan, Ying Jiang, Jinsong Xian, Eleanor Wong and Hung-Kuan Chen.
 
She entered the Middle School Attatched to Xinghai Music Conservatory with the highest score among all the applicants in 2008, and she had stayed there for 3 years. During these years, she had performed a lot. She had held recitals and invited by school to perform in important concerts, including cooperation with school orchestra and conducted by British conductor David Strange. She was accepted with scholarships by many top schools including Juilliard, Manhattan, Oberlin, Eastman and finally went to Hongkong Academy for Performing Arts to study with Ms Eleanor Wong under full scholarship in 2011. She graduated with “First Class Honor” and received her Bachelor of Degree from Hongkong Academy for Performing Arts and was accepted by Juilliard School with Joseph Louis Spencer & Zylpha Allen Spencer Scholarship and now she’s pursuing her Master of
Music Degree with Mr. Hung-Kuan Chen.
 
Xiaoyi Xu has won prizes of many International and national piano competitions, including winning 3rd prize and special prize of “Carl Czerny” International piano competition in 2005. This was the first time that Chinese applicant won prizes in this competition. She had also been published and interviewed by many magazines, TV
shows, and websites including “Little Musician”, “Piano Arts”, and “Sina”. She won the 1st prize and special prize of “Wiesbadener” International Piano Competition in 2009 and famous magazine “Piano Arts” published the news. She had been hailed as “Rising Stars of new born generation of Pianists”. She was invited to perform in front of the Chief Executive, Minister of Culture and residents of Wiesbaden in Municipal Hall and received huge
applause. She was highly appreciated by David Dubal and was frequently invited to perform by him.
 
Xiaoyi also made lots of appearances in many music festivals and masterclasses. She was invited by French “Esprit” Music Festival to perform in its opening concert. She had also performed and played in masterclasses in other festivals such as “Aspen”, Colorado, “Walnut Hill”, Boston, “IKIF”, New York, “French May”, “Premier Performances of HongKong”, HongKong, “HongKong International masterclass”, HongKong. She has received
guidance from many famous pianists and professors, including Arie Vardi, Gary Graffman, Peter Francl, Pascal Roge, Stainislav Ioudenitch, Alexander Kobrin, Russel Shermann, and Pi-Scien Chen. She was highly appraised by Mr. Russel Shermann and Mr. Hung-kuan Chen that “ Really high talented, I really like your playing” and “Huge exciting performance!”.
 
As a soloist, she had performed all around the world, such as New York, Boston, Warsaw, Prague, Wiesbaden, and Hongkong.She had also performed lots of chamber music with friends from
different countries in many important cities of the world.
 
The prizes that Xiaoyi Xu has won includes:
 
1.2005, “Carl Czerny” International Piano Competition- 3rd prize
 
2.and special prize
 
3.2009, “Wiesbadener” International piano Competiiton-1st prize
and special prize
 
4.2009, “YAMAHA” Scholarship -1st prize
 
5.2005, “KAWAI” National Piano Cmpetition-2nd prize
 
6.2016, “Joseph Louis Spencer & Zylpha Allen Spencer and
Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale Scholarship
 
7.2016, ‘Metropolitan” International Piano Competition –
Honorable Mention Prize
 
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Xiting Yang

China
23
School: Rice University
Teacher: Robert Roux
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Eroica Variations, Op. 35
Johannes Brahms: Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
 
Concerto Repertoire
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 (II. Romance and III. Rondo: Allegro)
 
A proponent of the music of the romantic genre, pianist Xiting Yang prides herself on being passionate yet professional, with a focus on a penetratingly beautiful tone.  Her honest and direct interpretations of solo piano literature range from the standard repertoire to the premiers of new works.
 
Xiting has claimed top prizes in numerous solo piano competitions including, Schumann International Piano Competition Southern China Division; Chong-Sin International piano competition in Singapore; Indianapolis MMC Scholarship Competition; Edward Auer Piano Workshop Concerto Competition and the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition. Most recently, Xiting was invited to perform as well as interviewed on the University of Florida WUFT classical radio program “Magnum Opus with Richard Drake”.
 
Xiting’s repertoire ranges from the great standards of the piano repertoire, including Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, to contemporary works by written by fellow musicians. During her time at Duxbury Music Festival, renowned pianist John Perry commented on her performance of Chopin’s Barcarolle as having a vastly colorful sound and deep emotional expressiveness. After having performed under the baton of Maestro Arthur Fagen, Xiting’s performance of the Mozart C Minor Piano Concerto is described as “professional with true artistry”. She has also given premieres of solo piano and ensemble works by students in Indiana University’s composition department. The composer Ian Clarke described Xiting’s performance of his work “Little Clouds of Possibilities” as “a performance that… identified with the music on a supremely human and personal level.”
 
While a student at the Affiliated High School of Sichuan Conservatory, Xiting was a contracted artist of Chengdu Yamaha Company and performed a recital sponsored by Yamaha, playing the works of Chopin Beethoven and Liszt. Her former mentors include famous piano pedagogues Wang Yan.
 
Xiting finished her undergraduate study at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Edward Auer and is now living in Houston, where she is working towards her master’s degree in piano performance at Shepherd School of Music under full scholarship with Dr. Robert Roux.
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Farshad Zadeh

United States
23
School: 
University of Texas at Austin
Teacher: 
Anton Nel
 
Master Class Repertoire
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29
Johannes Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
 
Concerto Repertoire
Johannes Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (I. Maestoso - poco più moderato)
 
Farshad Zadeh started playing piano at age 4, and made his debut with orchestra at 11, winning 1st prize at the Westminster Conservatory Concerto Competition in his hometown of Princeton, NJ. He has performed in concert halls throughout the US, including Weill Recital Hall in NYC and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. He was the
winner of Oberlin Conservatory’s Arthur Dann Competition in 2015. He has participated in classes with many renowned artists, including Angela Cheng, Asaf Zohar, Julian Martin, Ann Schein, and the Jupiter Quartet. He has taken lessons with Matti Raekallio and Arie Vardi at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. He is also an avid chamber musician and collaborator with a wide repertoire, having recently performed the Brahms Quintet with the Calder Quartet. In addition to performing, he has taught piano privately for 5 years, and is a junior faculty member at the Blue Mountain Festival Summer Music Camp in Lancaster, PA. He has studied with Larissa Korkina at the Westminster Conservatory, as well as Alvin Chow at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in performance at the University of Texas in Austin, under the tutelage of Anton Nel. Aside from piano, Farshad enjoys biking, travelling, reading, and playing violin.
 
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Heyue Zhang

China
24
School: Indiana University
Teacher: Arnaldo Cohen
 
Master Class Reperoitre
Sergei Rachmaninoff:  Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (1931)
Frédéric Chopin:  Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
 
Concerto Repertoire
Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (I. Allegro affettuoso)

 

Pianist Heyue zhang, Hailed from Nanjing, china is working on a Master of music in Piano Performance degree under the guidance of professor Arnaldo Cohen. Heyue is enthusiastic in both solo and chamber music and performs in many halls in China and America.
 
Heyue started playing the piano at age of 5 and performed publicly at age of 6. Her previously teachers include the Yanru Yang and composer Jianzhong Wang. In 2011, Heyue entered the Oberlin college and studied with Peter Takacs. At school, she was interested in Modern music and performed lots of student composers’ composition and premiered them in Oberlin and Houston. She is now pursuing her master's degree in Jacobs school.
 
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John Zhao

USA
14
School: Hill Crest High School
Teacher: Ning Lu & Jie Lu
 
Master Class Repertoire
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata No.3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3 (I. Allegro con brio)
Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante Op. 22
 
Concerto Repertoire
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (I. Allegro con brio)
 
John Zhao is a 15 year old 9th grade 4.0 GPA student in Hill Crest High School, Midvale, Utah.  Playing the piano since the age five, he has greatly prospered under the tutelage of Drs. Ning and Jie Lu.  Making his first orchestra debut at age 10, he has come to thoroughly enjoy the musical arts.  Through the years, he has honed his skills through many public recitals, pariticipated and won competitions, which  included finalist for Ettlingen Internation Piano Competition 2016, Germany; Official Competitor of Gina Bachaurer Internation Piano Competition Junior 2016, USA; 2nd Price of 2016 International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition, USA;  1st price of 2016 UTMA Concert Competition; 1st winner in the University of Utah’s Summer arts competition in both Concerto and Solo 2015; 1st Prize in the 2nd Helen Taylor Johannsen International Piano Competition and Festival 2014; 3rd Place in the Los Angeles International Piano Competition 2014, USA;  Price winner in the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition junior 2014 USA ; 1st Place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition 2013, performed twice at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  John serves the community as a piano ambassador for the Mundi project, a non-profit organization,  since 2013. He also played in the Gina Bachauer Foundation Master classes for a consecutive two years and performed solo concerts for Gina Bachauer Foundation school event series.  Besides playing the piano, John play violin, is an avid reader, enjoys doing math problems, playing hockey, and skiing.

 

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