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2019 Young Artists Performers

 

Maichael Bosros BrabauerMichael Boros

 

Josephine ChanJosephine Chan

 

Mathew FigelMatthew Figel

 

Isaac ForemanIsaac Foreman

 

Ji Hyang GwakJi-Hyang Gwak

 

Wenfang HanWenfang Han

 

Junhong Jiang
Junhong Jiang

 

Xiaoya Liu
Xiaoya Liu

 

Jianqing Luo
Jiaqing Luo

 

Ignas Maknickas
Ignas Maknickas

 

Gregory Martin
Gregory Martin

 

Roman Namalyan
Roman Namalyan

 

Caoline Owen
Caroline Owen

 

Halle Puckett
Halle Puckett

 

Ryan Sheng
Ryan Sheng

 

Natash Wu
Natasha Wu

 

Sihuan Xu
Siyuan Xu

 

Han Yan
Han Yan

 

quanzhou Yan
Quanzhou Yan

 

William Yang
William Yang

 

Alexander Yau
Alexander Yau

 

Hai Lun Yu
Hai Lun Yu

 

Minyi Zhang
Minyi Zhang

 

Wang Zhu
Wang Zhu

 


Michael Boros Brambauer

Hungary
16
School:
Fine Arts Hight School, Pécs
Teacher: Ildikó Megyimoreczné Schmidt


Concerto Repertoire
Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: "Reflets dans l'eau" from Images, 1ere série
Schubert: Sonata in A major D.664.
Liszt: "Un sospiro" from Three Concert Études, S.144
Liszt: "La Campanella" from Grandes études de Paganini, S.140

 

Beginning of piano lessons: at age 6 (2009).

He won all piano competitions he participated, in his age category since age 8 in Hungary. He received first prizes in international piano competitions in Roma, Milano and Paris.

He participated in the Lang Lang Music Camp in Munich Germany, November 2013, selected worldwide 14 children out of 300. Süddeutsche Zeitung mentions only him by name of the children:
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2013. November 8. R19
Egbert Tholl, Des Meisters guter Rat. Lang Lang gibt an der Musikhochschule einen Schaukurs mit verblüffend begabten Kindern
"Some are fabulous. As Michael Boros Brambauer (2003), who plays with grandezza and with a lot of pleasure, whereas he is a little intellectual who has sense for ligatures and dymanics."

About his first CD:
The Guardian May 8. 2017.

Stephen Prichard, Misi Boros, a 13-year-old piano prodigy, has released his debut album.

He performed with 16 classic orchestras and 17 conductors. He gave concerts among others in Budapest, Vienna, Munich, Paris, London, Milano, Roma, Zürich, Stockholm, Göteborg, Zagreb, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Osaka.

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Josaphine Chan

United States
15
School: Stanford Online High School
Teacher: Elizabeth Schumann

 

Master Class Repertoire
Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
Scriabin: Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19 ("Sonata-Fantasy"),
Mozart: Sonata in D major, K. 576
Bach: Fughetta in D minor, BWV 899 and Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus 9 
Liszt: "La Leggierezza" from Three Concert Études, S.144
Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses in D minor, Op. 54

 

Josephine Chan, 15, is a sophomore at Stanford Online High School. She is studying piano performance with Elizabeth Schumann. She is also a scholarship student in the Pre-College Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Josephine just finished taping for NPR’s From the Top show #367 and will be featured on April 22nd. Josephine has been a prizewinner of both national and international piano competitions including the 2018 Golden State Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, 2015 Pacific Music Society Competition, 2015 Enkor International Piano Competition and 2012 San Francisco Chopin Foundation Competition. She was a finalist in the 2016 Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition. She has been invited by audition to perform in the 2011, 2013 and 2018 Junior Bach Festival. Josephine has given solo and concerto performances on both coasts of the United States and in Perugia Italy. Her most recent performance include a concerto recital with the Golden State Youth Orchestra as part of their Lunar New Year Celebration Concert on February 9th in Flint Center. Josephine’s previous performances include San Francisco Conservatory of Music Classical Kick-off Concert, the CSM Concerts in St. Mary’s Cathedral in 2018, a concerto performance with the Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra in Perugia Italy in 2017, a solo recital at the Lichenstein Center in Pittsfield MA in 2017, Concerts at the Presidio in Presidio Main Post Chapel in 2016, and Ojai Music Festival honoring Pierre Boulez at both Libbey Bowl in Ojai and Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley in 2015. Josephine is also quite active in Chamber Music, performing regularly in a trio as part of the SFCM chamber music program. Her group placed 1st in the 2017 American Prize Chamber Performance, 2015 Holy Name Young Artists Chamber Competition and also received 2 nd Prize in the Enkor international Chamber Competition in 2015. Josephine has attended the 2017 Tanglewood Young Artists Program, 2017 Perugia Music Fest, 2017 University of Utah Chamber Workshop, and the 2016 Southeastern Piano Festival. She has performed in numerous master classes for both solo and chamber with many artists, most recently with Garrick Ohlsson, Nelita True, Marina Lomazov, Ilana Vered, Roberto Plano, Chi Wu, Boaz Sharon, Melinda Lee-Masur, Bonnie Hampton and the Lee Trio.

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Matthew Figel

United States
21
School: Eastman School of Music
Teacher: Marina Lomazov


Concerto Repertoire
Mozart: Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595 
 

Solo Repertoire
Ravel: Sonatine
Haydn: Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI: 20
Scriabin: Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Aria – Variation 10

 

“With a tone and approach entrancing from the outset,” (NY Concert Review) Matthew Figel is an emerging pianist known for his captivating and versatile performances. The first musician in his family, Matthew began his piano studies at age ten in Midland, Texas, making his recital debut that same year. He is currently an undergraduate studying at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing degrees in Piano Performance and Musical Arts under the tutelage of Marina Lomazov and previously Nelita True. A winner of the Eastman Concerto Competition, Matthew became one of the youngest students to solo with the Eastman Philharmonia in the school’s history. Among his other awards are first prizes in the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition and the Harold Protsman Classical Period Competition. An alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy, he was chosen as IAA’s first-ever Senior Performer, an honor given to a student to represent the graduating class with a solo performance at the final Commencement ceremony. His teachers here included Thomas Lymenstull and Michael Coonrod, following Matthew’s studies with Mark Puckett. Matthew has performed in masterclasses instructed by Emanuel Ax, Hung-Kuan Chen, Paul Lewis, Alexander Kobrin, and Simone Dinnerstein, among others. He is also an avid collaborative pianist, performing in masterclasses for artists such as Renée Fleming, Jon Nakamatsu, and the Ying Quartet. At this year’s Commencement ceremony, Matthew was named recipient of the Anne T. Cummins Prize in Humanities and the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music from his studies at Eastman. He was also inducted into Eastman’s Pi Kappa Lambda honor society for his academic achievements. A past fellow at PianoFest in the Hamptons, he has also attended summer festivals such as Gijón International Piano Festival, Orford Music Academy, and the Aspen School of Music. Recently, Matthew has been chosen as the Artist-in-Residence at Valley Manor, where he will perform concerts monthly for the community next year. For more information, please visit www.matthewfigel.com

 

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Isaac Foreman

United States
20
School:
TCU
Teacher:
Tamás Ungár


Concerto Repertoire
Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: Estampes
Rachmaninoff: Corelli Variations, Op. 42
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
 

Pianist, Isaac Foreman, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout 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 the baroque ensemble, Collegium Musicum, TCU. An enthusiastic advocate of the music of J.S. Bach, he presented a recital in Fort Worth, Texas containing the complete Sinfonias - three part inventions in 2014. In 2018, he received 1st prize in the Texas and Southwest Divisional MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, and is a finalist in the national competition, taking place in March 2019. In 2016, he won 1st prize in the Baylor/Waco Piano Concerto Competition, and 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, Anna Malikova, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jerome Lowenthal, Emanuel Krasovsky, Andrey Ponochevny, Vladimir Ovchenikov, Pascal Nemirovski, Frank Levy, Michael Lewin, Vladimir Feltsman, Marina Lomazov, Dimitri Alexeev, and Davide Cabassi. He has also performed in several music festivals including MusicFest Perugia, PianoTexas International Festival and Academy, and Semper Music International Festival in Völs am Schlern, Italy where he performed Alexander Knaifel’s Piano Quintet, In Air Clean and Unseen, with the composer in attendance. As a seasoned composer himself, he has won top prizes in the TMTA Original Ensemble Composition Competition, BMI Student Composer Awards, and the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Foreman also has a love for vocal accompanying, recently receiving TCU’s Judith Solomon Award in Collaborative Piano, and frequently performs duo and two piano repertoire. 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 Piano Scholarship.

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Ji-Hyang Gwak

South Korea
27
School:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Teacher: Christopher Harding

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

 

Solo Repertoire
Ravel: "Noctuelles", "Oiseaux tristes" and "Alborada del gracioso" from Miroirs 
Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3
Haydn: Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI: 34 
Ravel:"La vallée des cloches" and "Alborada del gracioso" from Miroirs 
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946 No. 2 in E-flat major and No. 3 in C major 

 

Born in Seoul, pianist Ji-Hyang Gwak has established herself as a solo artist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, with appearances across the United States, and internationally in Czech, England, Germany, Spain, Japan, and Korea. Ji-Hyang has won prizes in numerous competitions such as the Seattle International Piano Competition, the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, 39th Joongang Music Concours, Korea-Germany Brahms Associations Concours, among others. She has performed in concerts and recitals at Mozart Hall, Sejong Chamber Hall, and Jungam Art Hall in Korea, Palffy Palace in Prague, the University of Florida in Gainesville, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and Hill Auditorium and Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. Ji-Hyang made her orchestral debut at the age of 15 with the Bucheon Chamber Orchestra in Seoul. In 2014, she won the Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition allowing her to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Eastman Philharmonia in the historic concert venue, 2400 seats Kodak Hall, in Rochester, NY. Currently, she is the resident artist of the Ann Arbor Chamber Fest. She has performed in numerous master classes for world-renowned artists such as Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jacques Rouvier, Robert Roux, Elisabeth Pridonoff, Yoshikazu Nagai, Young-Shin An, Sasha Starcevich, Vadim Monastyrski, and many more. Ji-Hyang holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, summa cum laude, from Seoul National University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include Kyungrok Park, Prof. Hie-Yon Choi, and Prof. Natalya Antonova. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Prof. Christopher Harding.

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Wenfang Han

China
18
School:
Yale University
Teacher:
Boris Berman/Hung-Kuan Chen

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

 

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: Images, 2ème série   
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit 
Schubert Sonata in C minor, D. 958
Scriabin: Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 “Black Mass”
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Beethoven: Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31, No. 1
Medtner: Sonata Tragica in C minor, Op. 39, No. 5, from "Forgotten Melodies (Second Cycle)"
Stravinsky: Piano Sonata (1924) 

 

Wenfang Han started concerti performances internationally since he was 10. He has performed Mozart Piano Concerto K.488 with China Philharmonic Orchestra and Fundacja Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna; performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra; RimskyKorsakov Piano Concerto, Op.30 with Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and performed with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante (Chopin Piano Concerto No.1). He performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.22 in E-flat major, K.482 with Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and later that year, with Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 2017 Aspen Music Festival, he performed a solo recital in Basalt Regional Library. In 2018, he won the competition in Óbidos International Piano Master Classes & Festival, and is invited to return to Portugal for three broadcasted recitals in the summer of 2019. Born in 2000, Han began piano study at 3. He studied in China with Dan Shao and Jiannuo Ding. After he moved to the United States, he studied with Prof. Eduardo Delgado, Prof. Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone in Juilliard Pre-College. He began to study with Prof. Boris Berman to Yale School of Music in 2018. In Wuhan, he performed Schubert Marches with Lang Lang after becoming a prize winner in the Telunsu Piano Competition, where he was also awarded a Steinway and Sons piano. He was a prize winner in the Ettlingen International Competition, 2012. He was a first prize winner in a series of international piano competitions such as the Steinway & Sons International Piano Competition, Thomas Cooper International Piano Competition, MTAC Piano Concerto Solo Competition, Schlern International Music Festival Competition, and Beijing International Piano Festival Competition. He was the winner of Juilliard Concerto Competition and Aspen Piano Concerto Competition in 2016. He was the 2016 recipient of Bachauer Scholarship in Juilliard Pre-College. Han published a solo album at age 10, sponsored by Swiss Bank. He has studied under Yoheved Kaplinsky in the Aspen Music Festival in 2015. He was covered by World Journal, Chinese TV station in LA, and BBC.

 

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Junhong Jiang

China
23
School: Indiana University, Bloomington
Teacher: Andre Watts

 
Concerto Repertoire
Liszt: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
 
 
Solo Repertoire
Ravel: La Valse
Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Liszt: Sonata in B minor, S.178
Bach: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914

 

Since young age, Junhong Jiang has been an active participant and prize winner of several piano competitions based in China, such as the "Steinway Cup" , the "Yamaha" National Competition, to name a few. In the United States, he has a wide variety of collaborative experience. During his Bachelor of Music study at the Boston Conservatory, he has won the concerto competition and the chamber music competition. He's frequently nominated for the school's scholarship competition too. He has played in public venues like the Boston Athenaeum,  the Emerson Paramount Center and many other recital halls. He has appeared in master-classes with Melvin Chen, Janice Weber, John O' Conor, Paulina Zamora. His current and previous mentors include Andre Watts, Max Levinson and Jinsong Xian. At Indiana University, Junhong serve as the Associate Instructor for the piano department and teaches group piano class and private lessons. He's currently pursuing Artist Diploma in Piano at IU and will be graduating in the summer. This August he'll enroll in the doctoral program at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.  He's offered the prestigious fellowship award, which provides full tuition plus living stipend, for the doctoral study. In his leisure time, Junhong likes to compose music and improvise on the piano, and is a fan of board games.


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Xiaoya Liu

China
26
School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Teacher: Christopher Harding   

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

 

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: Estampes
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S.171
Dutilleux: Piano Sonata Op. 1 (III. Chorale et Variations)
Charles T. Griffes: Piano Sonata A. 85
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

 

Chinese pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound interpretations and immaculate performances as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Having made her solo recital debut at age 9, Xiaoya has appeared extensively in China, Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Italy and the United States in venues such as the Carnegie Hall, Hill Auditorium, Duomo di Taormina, Palazzo Biscari, Shanghai Concert Hall and Hangzhou Grand Theatre. Xiaoya was recently awarded the Grand Prix in the Sicily International Piano Competition, and she was named the Winner in the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, from which she will be performing the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra in its upcoming concert season. She has also claimed prizes in the New York International Artists Competition, the Asian Youth Music Competition, the MTNA-Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, the YSTCM Concerto Competition, the Asian "TOYAMA" Piano Competition, the Chautauqua Piano Competition, the SMA Young Artists Competition and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. She was the recipient of both the Patrick W. Price Special Prize and First Prize in the 7th Texas State International Piano Festival, from which she was invited by the Round Rock Symphony to perform Chopin Second Piano Concerto as a guest soloist. Xiaoya has received full scholarships from the Global Summer Institute of Music, the Chautauqua Institution Piano Program, the Texas State International Piano Festival, the Summer Music Festival in Nevada (Las Vegas), the highest scholarship from the Sicily International Piano Festival and the YSTCM Artistic Development Fund which enables her to participate in the International Holland Music Sessions. Renowned artists she has worked under include Boris Berman, Stephen Hough, Julian Martin, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Martin Katz, Paul Schoenfeld and Yefim Bronfman. Xiaoya gained her Bachelor's degree with Honors on full scholarship at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, and subsequently received her Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music while holding a Graduate Award Assistantship. Her principal teachers have included Natalya Antonova, Dmitry Rachmanov, Melvyn Tan, Enrico Elisi and Thomas Hecht. She is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Michigan on full scholarship studying with Christopher Harding. Xiaoya was invited to give a recital for the Michigan Federation of Music Club's Annual State Conference in May 2019, and previously she was one of the selected students to represent the University of Michigan in the Scholarship Showcase at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre and a guest recital in the Oberlin Conservatory.

 

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Jiaqing Luo

China
19
School: Oberlin College and Conservatory
Teacher: Robert Shannon

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

Solo Repertoire
Fauré: Barcarolle No.3 in G-flat major, Op.42 and Barcarolle No. 4 in A-flat major, Op. 44
Chopin: Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49
Debussy: Images, 2ème série
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
 


Jiaqing Luo, 19 years old, born in Hunan. In 2011, became a student of the Middle School Affiliated to Wuhan Conservatory of Music, study with Prof. Yang Hu. after graduated at Wuhan conservatory of music middle school in 2017, currently Study in Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano under Prof. Robert Shannon. During the piano studying period, he has gotten the following achievements: First Prize of 2013 Young Artist World Piano Festival Concerto Competition in Minnesota, USA; Silver Prize (Piano Youth Category) of 2014 CCTV Piano & Violin Competition; 5th place of The 2nd Yamaha Piano Competition conservatorie, 2015; the first prize of 2016 North Coast International Piano Music Festival, the NCPF piano competition; First prize of the 5th Lrmier (Qingdao) International Piano Competition, 2017. He gave recital in Shanghai, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Hunan, etc. In 2015, He was invited by the "Animato Association" in French to perform at the Cortot Concert Hall in Paris. In August 2016, he gave a recital at the "fulkerson recital hall" at Humboldt University, California. Jiaqing has cooperated with Minnesota Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Wuhan Phiharmonic, EOS Orchestra, etc.

 

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Ignas Maknickas

Lithuania
20
School: Royal Academy of Music, London
Teacher: Joanna MacGregor

 
Concerto Repertoire
Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488

 

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: Estampes
Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Mozart: Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Chopin: Three Mazurkas Op. 59

 

Born in California in 1998, pianist Ignas Maknickas was raised in Lithuania, in a magical world of music: a family with six children, five of whom are of an age to play instruments. They have performed as an ensemble since 2013. In May 2017 Ignas graduated from the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius, where he studied under Albina Šikšniūtė. The School-Leaving Certificate with Honours was presented to him by the President of Lithuania, H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė. Since September 2017 Ignas has been studying with Professor Joanna MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music, on a full scholarship. Ignas takes lessons in musicianship and performance presentation with Maestro Geoffrey Simon. He has attended master-classes with Joaquin Achucarro, Dmitri Bashkirov, Davide Cabassi, Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Barry Douglas, Christopher Elton, Alexei Grynyuk, Stephen Hough, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Vadim Kholodenko, Jerome Lowenthal, Pascal Nemirovski, Pavel Nersessian, Marios Papadopoulos, John Perry, Menahem Pressler, Mūza Rubackytė, Tamás Ungár and Ilana Vered. He was a Young Artist on full scholarship at the PianoTexas International Academy & Festival in 2016. Ignas has appeared in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Russia, the UK and the USA. He has played for the Swedish Royal Family’s delegation in Vilnius and participated in such festivals as the Mozarteum Summer Academy, Oxford Piano, Schleswig-Holstein, Dartington Summer School, MusicFest Perugia, Piano Pic du Midi, St Christopher’s Summer and Vilnius Piano. In 2018 Ignas had solo recitals at the Steinway Hall in London, Thomas Mann Festival in Nida and the Vaidilos Theatre in Vilnius. Ignas has performed as soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Brunensis Virtuosi Opera Symphony Orchestra, Alicante Philharmonic Orchestra, Dartington Symphony Orchestra, National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra and Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. In September 2018 Ignas performed in London Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, with the London Mozart Players under Maestro Geoffrey Simon. Early appearances—with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra at age 9, at the Paris Cercle de l’Union Interalliée at 11 and at the Louvre Auditorium at 15—caused Ignas to witness the huge power of music to bridge cultural and national borders. As a young musician he saw how music can be a source of great joy and inspiration, and how it can be employed towards lofty goals. He regularly performs with prominent Lithuanian musicians in nationally televised charity concerts presented to help the disadvantaged. These occasions have had a strong impact upon him. Ignas has taken 1st Prize at the XIX International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in Szafarnia, 1st Prize at the XX International Piano Competition “Young Virtuoso” in Zagreb, and 3rd Prize and Audience Prize at the International Piano Competition in Enschede. Most recently he has won a silver medal in the Manhattan International Music Competition, Harold Samuel Prize in the Harriet Cohen Bach Competition at the Royal Academy of Music, and was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. Honours include two “Letters of Appreciation” from the President of Lithuania and the “Little St Christopher’s Award” from the City of Vilnius, for Ignas’s contributions to making Lithuania’s capital great. He is also a recipient of the Molyneaux Prize. In November 2017 he was selected to perform Chopin’s F minor Concerto at the Closing Concert of the 5th Vilnius Piano Festival, with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Martynas Staskus. From 2009 to 2017 Ignas has been assisted by the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation. Since 2016 he has been an Artist of the Arts Global Foundation.

 

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Gregory Martin

United States
21
School: Rice University
Teacher: Robert Roux

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

 

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
Tchaikovsky: Seasons, Op. 37b (October: "Autumn Song"; November: "Troika"; December: "Christmas") 
Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S.514
Debussy: Rêverie

 

EDUCATION: 
Gregory is a Junior at Rice University Majoring in Piano Performance. He currently studies with Dr. Robert Roux at the Shepherd School of Music. 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.  

Gregory won Grand Prix at the Jackie McGehee Concerto Competition in Albuquerque, NM. He has performed 9 concertos with 12 different orchestras. He graduated from the Central Music School (college) at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Mikhail Voskresensky and Andrei Diev. He currently studies with Robert Roux. 

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Roman Namalyan

Armenia
22
School: Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas     
Teacher: Armen Babakhanian

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

 

Solo Repertoire
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D-flat major, Op. 87, No. 15 
Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S.171
Bartók: Sonata (1926)
 

I am Roman Namalyan student of Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas (Master Degree). I love reading and exploring the world. I was born in 1996 October 29, in Gavar, Armenia . From 2010 – 2014 I studied at Gavar State Music College (teacher- Arpine Zargaryan). From 2014 – 2018 enrolled in Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan in the class of professor and honored artist Armen Babakhanian. In 2012 I took 3-rd prize in Arno Babajanyan’s “National Youth Pianist Competition”- Yerevan/Armenia. In the same year i took 3rd place in “The Muse Junior International Competition and Festival”-Santorini/Greece .In 2014 I took 1st place in “Artists for the future Marmaris Municipality International Contest and Festival of Future Stars” - Marmaris /Turkey . In 2015 “10th Delphine Youth Open Games SNG Participation Nations”- 3rd prize-Russia.In 2016 Awarded Republic of Armenia Cultural Ministry Appreciation. In 2019 I took 3-rd place in “14 th Huesca Piano Competition”-Huesca/Spain.

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Caroline Owen

United States
24
School: University of Georgia, Athens
Teacher: Liza Stepanova

 
Concerto Competition
Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

 

Solo Repertoire
Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata from Années de pèlerinage II (Italy), S.161
Debussy: Estampes
Maurice Ohana: Etudes d'interpretation - I. Cadences libres and V. Quintes
Albéniz: “Triana” from Iberia, Book 2

 

A native of Atlanta, GA, Caroline Owen has performed across the U.S. and internationally. She was a semifinalist at the 2016 International Keyboard Odyssiad and a prizewinner in statewide MTNA Young Artist competitions for the past three years. Most recently, Owen was the 2018 winner of the Atlanta Mozart Society competition, through which she received a scholarship to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg last July under Dominique Merlet and Christopher Hinterhuber. She was additionally selected to participate in the Atlantic Music Festival Summer Piano Institute in 2018, where she studied with Boris Slutsky. Owen has performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as a winner of the biannual Furman University Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and she has given solo performances in Austria and Italy. Owen has had the opportunity to work with distinguished artists such as Lucille Chung, Martin Katz, Dina Yoffe, and Sandra Shen, among others, in masterclass settings. She also enjoys research opportunities; in 2016, Owen was awarded a Furman University Advantage Research grant to co-author (with Dr. Derek Parsons) a two-piano reduction of a piano concerto by AngloCanadian composer Healey Willan. With the publication of this reduction through the Healey Willan Society in 2017, Owen has enjoyed numerous performances and presentations of the work across the southeast. Most recently, she was selected to perform at the 2018 American Liszt Society Festival. Caroline Owen is currently in the second year of her Master of Music degree under Dr. Liza Stepanova at the University of Georgia, where she holds a graduate teaching assistantship in music theory. Other primary teachers have included Derek Parsons and Jody Smith Parrish.

 

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Halle Puckett

United States
20
School: TCU
Teacher: John Owings

 
Concerto Repertoire
Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"

 

Solo Repertoire
Ravel: "Alborada Del Gracioso" from Miroirs
Scriabin: Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
 

Halle Puckett, 20, made her orchestral debut with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro David Itkin performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488 in January 2014 as first-place winner of the APO’s Young Artist Scholarship Competition. She has performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Perugia, Italy with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante under the baton of Maestro Uri Segal, and in the summer of 2017, she performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto as guest soloist with the McCall Festival Orchestra in McCall, Idaho. She was a 2015 Grand Prize winner of The McKinney (Texas) Young Artist Competition and has won numerous awards in Texas Music Teachers Association’s Student Affiliate Competitions. She has traveled throughout France as a participant in The French Piano Music Tour, and performed in a musicale at Chateau des Faugs, the ancestral home of composer Vincent d’Indy. At age 12, she performed on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” which highlights America’s talented young musicians. She and her parents presented a benefit recital for The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra at Abilene, Texas’ Historic Paramount Theater. “Pucketts at the Pianos” was an eclectic program, which included a variety of musical styles for combinations of one, two and three pianists at one or two pianos. In 2018, she performed in Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas with the TCU Symphony Orchestra. Halle has performed in master classes and had lessons with renowned artist/teachers including Ilana Vared, Misha Dichter, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry, Spencer Myer,Michael Lewin, Marina Lamazov, Pascal Nemirovski, Veda Kaplinsky, Cecile Licad, Nancy Weems, Igor Resnianski, Alexander Schimpf, and Asaf Zohar. Her primary past teachers were Leslie Spotz and her parents, Mark and Lauren Puckett. In the summer of 2018, Halle was a private teacher at the Sharla Van Cleave Piano Academy. Halle is currently pursuing a Piano Performance degree at Texas Christian University as a student of John Owings. She is the recipient of the School of Music’s prestigious Nordan Scholarship, the Lili Kraus Scholarship, the Spitler Piano Scholarship, and the TCU Academic Scholarship.

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Ryan Sheng

United States
15
School: Evergreen Valley High School
Teacher: Frank Levy   

 
Concerto Repertoire
Mozart: Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467

 

Solo Repertoire
Ravel: La Valse
Liszt: Vallée d’Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage I (Suisse)
Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op. 47
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514
Beethoven: Sonata No.12 in A-flat major, Op. 26 (I. Andante con Variazioni)
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 892

 

Ryan Sheng started learning to play the piano at age 5 and soon began to perform internationally in competitions and festivals. Most recently, he was invited to participate in 2019 Van Cliburn Junior International Piano Festival. In 2017 he was invited to perform a solo recital at Brussels Music Festival ( http://www.brusselspianofestival.com ) in Belgium. He was the youngest pianist who was invited to the festival. He was one of the official contestants of 2016 Gina Bachauer International Competition and a prize winner of many local and international competitions. Some prizes he has won include 3rd prize of Virgina Waring International Piano Competition Intermediate category; 2nd prize, Audience Award and Young Jury Award at 2019 Emory piano competition; 1st prize and the special prize of Best Performance of Bence Kutrik Introverted Confessions at the 10th Rosario Marciano International Competition in 2018; 1st prize of 2018 Pacific Music Competition; 2nd prize at 2018 International Whitenight piano competition, 1st prize at 2014 Schlern International Competition Young Musician Category and many 1st prizes of US Open Music Competition. He has been invited by audition to perform in the 2010, 2015 and 2018 Junior Bach Festival. In the summer of 2017, he won 1st prize in North Coast International Piano Festival Competition, earning him performances in Carnegie Hall for 2017 and 2018 winner's concerts.

Ryan has performed in numerous master classes for world-renowned artists such as John Perry, Robert McDonald, Tamás Ungár, Polina Osetinskaya, Ory Shihor, Vadim Monastyrski, Antonio Pompa-bodi and many more.

Ryan Sheng's chamber music experience including performing Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor , op 49 & Brahms piano trio in B Major, op 8 at Schlern international Music Festival; Beethoven Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op 5 & Brahms Violin Sonata No 2 in A major, Op. 100 at The European American Musical Alliance’s Summer Music Institute; Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, Hob. XVIII and Bach - Keyboard Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058 with Evergreen Ensemble.

Ryan Sheng’s music teacher is Mr. Frank Levy. His former teacher is Mrs. Anna Polonsky. Ryan Sheng is a founding member of Evergreen Ensemble. He teaches piano voluntarily at Grace Music Institute since 2013. He also plays for senior centers, charity concerts and a community college regularly. Most recently, In December 2018, he organized a student fundraising concert at Evergreen Valley High School and raised $1500 to support the camp fire victims and his high school band program. Besides playing piano, Ryan enjoys reading, playing basketball and playing oboe. He is currently the principal oboist in the Evergreen Valley High School Concert Band.

 

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Natasha Wu

United States
18
School: Home Schooled
Teacher: Rolf-Peter Wille

 
Concerto Repertoire
Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

 

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse
Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Chopin: Scherzo No, 4 in E major, Op.54
Chopin: Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Bartók: Sonata (1926)

 

Born in Fountain Valley, California USA. Study under Rolf-Peter Wille. Natasha Wu almost died from a condition called ITP, or Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia when she was 6 months old. Natasha has been blessed with a gift to play the piano. Her health issue and experience help her realize the power of love and give, that her musical gift can someday help others in need, and that through music she has the ability to give back to the society. After winning the Presidential Award in 2012 in Taiwan, Natasha donated half of the award money to local Yong-Fu Elementary School in Tainan, Taiwan as educational fund for the needed. In addition, in her first solo performance in the same year, over NT$35,000 in ticket sales was raised to support the charity group Taiwan Fund for Children and Families of Northern District in Tainan. In 2012, Natasha own the first prize of National Student Music Competition, the 2014 gold prize winner of the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, Tokyo, and the 2016 second prize winner of the 13th Taipei Youth Chopin Piano Competition in Taipei Taiwan. In addition, she also received the Perfect Performance Award of Dumka by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, in the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia. In 2018, Natasha had a chance to work with Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk in Tokyo, Japan, and with Berliner Symphony and conductor Lior Shambaldal in Tainan, Taiwan. Besides, Natasha own the scholarship from National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, for the 2018-2019 Treasury of Young Musicians. The second prize, third prize of Concerto and Solo Competition in Beijing International Music Festival. She also own the second prize and Beethoven special prize in the Piano Island Festival. Second prize in the Future Stars International Piano Competition. Natasha has join the “Back to Bach” Project in April 2017. In the pass, Natasha has join many festival such as Morningside Music Bridge, Lee University International Festival, Cincinnati Music Festival and the Sejong Music Festival. In the future, Natasha aspires to not only better herself in the musical field but also to participate in more charity work.

 

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Siyuan Xu

China
19
School: Manhattan School of Music
Teacher: Marc Silverman

 
Solo Repertoire
Ravel: "Scarbo" from Gaspard de la nuit
Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 (I. I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed apassionato). 
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Ravel: "Ondine" from Gaspard de la nuit


Siyuan started playing the piano at the age of five. He studied at the Elementary & Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Prof. Kuan-Wen Wang and Prof. Christopher Zhong from 2009 to 2017, and is now in his second year pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Marc Silverman.

In the past years, Siyuan has won a number of first prizes in international piano competitions: Wiesbaden International Piano Competition Asian Area (2016), the Bunuo&Brandshaw International Piano Competition (2014) and the Dr. Lily New Award Piano Competition USA (2012). 

He has also had several performing experiences: most notably, recital at Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall Natalie L. Haslam Music Center of the University of Tennessee with Prof. Christopher Zhong (2017), performing at Weil Recital Hall as the result of winning Bunuo&Brandshaw International Piano Competition (2014), and performing with Xiamen Philharmonic orchestra at Xiamen Philharmonic Hall (2016).

 

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Han Yan

United States
25
School: Manhattan School of Music
Teacher: Marc Silverman


Concerto Repertoire
Ravel: Concerto in G major
 
Solo Repertoire
Dutilleux: Trois Preludes
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3
Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Bach: Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
 

Ms. Yan began piano studying at age of four. She made her first public performance at the age six in the Tianjin Concert Hall. She was awarded prizes in numerous piano competitions, including first prize in the 1st National Piano Competition, second prize in the Xinghai Cup Piano Competition and China Future Music Competition, and top prizes winner in the TOYAMA Young Artist Piano Competition and South Western Young Music Festival. Ms. Yan has performed throughout Asia and the United States both as a soloist and chamber musician.
Ms. Yan received scholarships and the “President Award” from the Manhattan School of Music where she obtained Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage Dr. Marc Silverman.

 

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Quanzhou Yan

China
24
School: TCU
Teacher: Tamás Ungár

 

Concerto Repertoire
Mozart: Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: "Prélude" and "Clair de Lune" from Suite Bergamasque
Mozart: Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
Scriabin: Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op.30
Prokofiev: 10 Pieces for Piano, Op. 12

 

Quanzhou Yan was born in 1994 and began playing piano at age five. In 2011 he was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in China and the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatory in Russia. After finishing his Bachelor of Music degree in Russia, He has been pursuing his Master of Music and Doctor of Music Arts in piano performance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár. His former teachers include Rimma Skolohodova, Marina Velicico, and Yang Li.
Quanzhou Yan has performed in many concerts and has given solo recitals in many cities as well as national and international festivals. His competition awards include the Gold Medal in the National Jing Cup Piano Competition in 2010 (China); First prize in National Bakhchiyeva Piano Competition in 2013 (Russia); First prize in the 10th “the Way to Master” International Piano Competition in 2014 (Russia); and First prize in 2018 Semper Music International Competition (Italy). Mr. Yan has attended the PianoTexas International Festival in 2015 and Semper Music International Festival in 2018, where he received instruction from internationally recognized pianists and pedagogues such as Eugen Indjic, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jacob Katsnelson, Baruch Meir, Ksenia Nosikova and Wojciech Switala. He was a winner of 2016 Texas Christian University concerto competition, performing Prokofiev Concerto No.2 with TCU Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Fokkens. Mr. Yan has also created a cadenza for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21, which he performed with the Rostov Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Mileikovsky.

 

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William Yang

United States
17
School: Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Teacher: Alexander Korsantia

 
Solo Repertoire

Debussy: "Feux d’artifice" from Préludes, Book 1
Debussy: La plus que lente,
Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, O. 35
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 I A mjor, Op. 82
Chopin: Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1

 

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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Alexander Yau

Australia
23
School: The Juilliard School of Music
Teacher: Matti Raekallio

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

 

Solo Repertoire
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit 
Schubert: Four Impromptus D. 935 Op. 142
Debussy: Images, 1ere série
Liszt: Sonata in B minor, S.178

 

Alexander Yau, has developed himself as a versatile musician incorporating his many musical talents as not only as a pianist but as a collaborative artists, vocalist, clarinetist , conductor, composer and music arranger. His many competition successes based in Australia has led him to perform solo and engagements across Australia, US, Europe, New Zealand, and China and also major concerto appearances with orchestras in Sydney and Brisbane. He has been invited to perform in the Canberra International Music Festival, Polish the Embassy of Australia as well as City Recital Hall in Sydney. He has performed on the ABC Radio News in Canberra, ABC classic fm with clarinetist Deborah de Graaff featuring Australian works and his own compositions. Last year, Alexander celebrated major success in winning the John Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship Competition and the 2nd prize at the Australian National Piano Award, before moving to New York for his Masters degree at the Juilliard School with Matti Raekallio. He completed his Bachelor of Music piano performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, with first class honours and received three scholarships for performance excellence throughout. He studied with Daniel Herscovitch and previously with Elizabeth Powell, whom has become his artistic mentor for many years. After commencing his degree at Juilliard, he regularly performs recitals and chamber ensembles at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Centre with the AXIOM and as part of the FOCUS Air. His music repertoire spans up to almost the entire piano repertoire from Bach to composers living today and 30 concertos including the mighty Brahms’ 2nd Concerto which he performed under Eduardo Diazmunoz to huge reception. Just recently he has reached the final stage of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, where he will perform Rachmaninov’s 3 rd Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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Hai Lun Yu

Canada
14
School: 
Musikhochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Teacher: 
Bernd Goetzke  

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

 

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: "Bruyères" - "General Lavine - eccentric" - "La Terasse des audiences du clair de lune" and
"Feux d’artifice" from Préludes, Book 2
Schumann: Faschingsswank aus Wien, Op. 26
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1
Debussy: Estampes

14-year-old Hai Lun Yu is a frequent prizewinner in competitions, locally, nationally, and internationally. Just recently in February of 2019, she won the 1st Prize at the Rotary-Jugend Musikpreis in Lindau, Southern Germany and in late 2016, was one of the Honorary Diploma Recipients at the X International Chopin Piano Competition For Youths in Moscow. Furthermore, she was a winner of the Richmond Music Festival Concerto Challenge, resulting in a performance with the Richmond Orchestra under the baton of James Malmberg. Winning 1st Prize at the 2014 Pacific International Youth Piano Competition (age 9-11 Category), and being a prizewinner at the 2013 Vladimir Horowitz Piano International Competition (Kiev) and the 2010 Canadian Music Competition National Finals, she has been the youngest finalist in several of these prestigious events, including the Barlassina Young Talents Competition, and the Canadian Chopin Music Competition. She consistently wins 1st Prizes at the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival, the Vancouver Kiwanis Festival, and the Richmond Music Festival.

Hai Lun gave her first performance with a string quartet at the age of 5, and has done several recitals and concerts. In addition, she has had the opportunity to perform at the Embassy of The Republic of Poland in Moscow, Russia. She appeared with the Bacau Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Ovidiu Balan in 2015 and with the Toruń Symfony Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Fiugajski in Inowrocław, Poland in 2017. Hai Lun was born in 2004, China and moved to Canada the following year. Currently, she studies with Professor Bernd Goetzke in the PreCollege Program at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany.

 

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Minyi Zhang

China
19
School: The Juilliard School of Music
Teacher: Matti Raekallio   

 
Concerto Repertoire
Ravel: Concerto in G major

 

Solo Reperoitre
Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op. 17
Haydn: Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI/40
Bach: English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808
Brahms: Intermezzo in E-flat major, Op. 117, No. 1


Minyi Zhang is a pianist currently studying at The Juilliard School under Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include performances at The Juilliard School and her concerto debut of the Schumann Concerto in A minor in Shenzhen, China. Her performances have been praised “heavenly” and “with a maturity beyond her age”. Minyi is the first prize winner of the 2016 Shenzhen Piano Open Competition and a Finalist of David D. Dubois Piano Competition in 2016. In 2015, she received 2nd Prize in the Michigan MTNA Competition “Senior Performance” and was a finalist in the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition. In China, she was awarded the Gold Prize in The Third “Changjiang Cup” National Children’s Piano Tournament and the Grand Prize among All Gold Prize Recipients. Born in Shenzhen, China, Minyi started studying piano at the age of six. Her teachers there include Professors Mei Xiao, Zhaoyi Dan, and Mingqiang Li. She went to high school in Michigan at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied with Dr. Michael Coonrod and Dr. Thomas J. Lymenstull. During her time at Interlochen, Minyi was selected as the Edward P. Frohlich Piano Scholar and the George and Joyce Kempton Academy Piano Scholar. In addition to her studies at schools, she was a participant at the Art of Piano and the Pianofest in The Hamptons summer festivals. She also worked with many outstanding artists such as Gabriel Kwok, Yoshikazu Nagai, Yong-Hi Moon, Paul Schenly, and Richard Goode.

 

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Wang Zhu

China
22
School: The Juilliard School of Music
Teacher: Robert McDonald


Concerto Repertoire
Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37

 

Solo Repertoire
Debussy: Images, 2ème série   
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 845 Op. 42
Haydn: Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI/23
Ravel: La Valse
Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 332
Scriabin: Vers la Flamme

 

Praised for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism,” (The Durango Herald), pianist Zhu Wang is the first prize winner of the 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians and the Hilton Head Young Artist Piano Competition, and the recipient of Juilliard Gina Bachauer Scholarship and Munz Scholarship. Zhu has been a featured soloist on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase and WFMT’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. The World-renowned Chinese pianist Fou T’song recognized Zhu as an “excellent pianist with natural sense of harmony and imagination,” whose sensitive and engaging performances exhibit a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise beyond his age. Highlights of the 2017-18 season include solo recitals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston, and Santa Barbara as part of his recent Music Academy of the West Solo Piano Competition win. Zhu has performed across the US and internationally in China, Italy, Poland, and Japan at prestigious venues such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Chicago Cultural Center and The Morgan Library. Since his orchestral debut at age 14 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, where he performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.21, he has soloed with Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic and Mongolian Symphony Orchestra. Zhu is also an active chamber musician and new music promoter. He had world premiered American composer Timo Andres’s “Moving Etúdes” in his national tour. He has appears in many festivals, including the Music Academy of the West, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, International Piano Academy Lake Como, Shanghai International Music Festival, Music Fest Perugia, and Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy. Zhu has had the honor to study with and perform for many influential pianists, including Gary Graffman, Fou T’song, Stephen Hough, Murray Perahia, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert Levin, Matti Raekallio, Julian Martin, William Grant Nabore, Jeremy Denk, Eva Poblocka, Edward Auer, Douglas Humpherys, Nelita True, and Boris Slutsky. He is also the recipient of Juilliard Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship, special prizes for the best Waltz, preludes, and Mazurka in the 5th International Chopin Young artist Piano Competition and the 16th Asian Chopin International Piano Competition in Japan. Zhu started learning piano at the age of five. He is a graduate from Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Zhe Tang. Zhu is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music Degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert McDonald.

 

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