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Piano 2016

Participants

Ádám Balogh

Pécs, Hungary, age 18

Repertoire

J. Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI:48

Andante con espressione Rondo. Presto

F. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
S. Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36

Allegro agitato

F. Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata, S. 161, No. 7, “Dante Sonata”
B. Bartók Suite, Sz. 62, BB. 70 (Op. 14)

Allegretto Scherzo Allegro molto Sostenuto

S. Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Moderato Adagio sostenuto Allegro scherzando

Ádám Balogh started playing piano at age 7 and has since won all major national youth competitions in Hungary. In 2010, he made his debut with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, performing Mozart’s D-minor concerto (KV 466) under the baton of Iván Fischer. He has also soloed with the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra (Pécs), Danubia Orchestra Óbuda (Budapest), as well as smaller chamber and youth orchestras.

Balogh has garnered top prizes at several international competitions outside of Hungary, including the International Jenö Takács Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Graz, Austria (2010, third prize), PianoTalents International Piano Competition (Milan 2013, first prize), First Holland International Piano Competition, renamed the Hague Piano Competition (the Hague 2014, second prize), First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition (Fort Worth, Texas 2015, special prize for best lyrical work).

He has taken master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Zoltan Kocsis, Jerome Lowenthal, Maurizio Moretti, Alexander Moutouzkine, Arie Vardi, Dina Yoffe, Yohaved Kaplinsky, and others. He participated in the 2014 PYPA-Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy held at the Curtis Institute of Music and the PianoTexas Festival in 2015. Balogh has given recitals in recent years in Dortmund, Berlin, Amsterdam, Basel, Dubrovnik, Philadelphia, Forth Worth, Rome, Milan, and nearly every major venue in Budapest. He also enjoys chamber music and is active in a trio.

Kirsty Chaplin

Somerset, United Kingdom, age 18

Repertoire

I. Albeniz Iberia, Book 1

El Corpus en Sevilla

J. Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI:50

Allegro

F. Chopin Noctune in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
S. Prokofiev Sonata No. 6, Op. 82

Allegro inquieto

C. Debussy L’isle joyeuse, L. 106
F. Chopin Barcarolle in D-flat Major, Op. 60
F. Liszt Études d’exécution transcendante No. 4 in D Minor, S. 139, “Mazeppa”
C. Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

Andante sostenuto Allegro scherzando Presto

Kirsty Chaplin is in her final year at Wells Cathedral School, where she studies piano with Hilary Coates. During her time there, she has won many national and international prizes. She also won the school concerto competition, which led her to perform Saint-Saëns’ second piano concerto with the Wells Symphony Orchestra.

Chaplin loves working with an orchestra, both as a soloist and as an orchestral harpist. She spent a year in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with which she performed at the Royal Albert Hall on the BBC Proms, and was also awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship for excellence for three consecutive years during her time in the National Children’s Orchestra.

Chaplin also enjoys chamber music and is a member of a piano trio. She will continue her studies with Professor Emeritus Christopher Elton on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music beginning in September 2016.

Daniel Che

Plano, Texas, age 16

Repertoire

F. Chopin Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
F. Chopin Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
W.A. Mozart Sonata in D Major, K576

Allegro

F. Liszt Études d’exécution transcendante No. 10 in F Minor, S.139
F. Chopin Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35

Grave. Doppio movimento

D. Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D Minor, Op. 87
F. Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

Allegro maestoso Romance: Larghetto Rondo: Vivace

Daniel Che began studying piano at age 7 with Yifan Liu. He has placed at the top of his peers, consistently winning local piano competitions hosted by the Dallas Music Teachers Association, including first prize at the 2016 Dallas Symphonic Festival and Dallas Solo Competition. Che has also maintained top performances in state competitions, winning first and second places in the Texas MTNA Performance Competition for the last three years.

In regional competitions, he took first prize at the MTNA South Central Division and third in the MTNA National Competition in 2013-14. He also won second place at the 2014 Waco Piano Competition in the junior solo division and grand prize at the McKinney Young Artist Competition.

Along with competitions, Che actively participates in such piano festivals as the International Piano Festival, and festivals hosted at Lee University and the University of Houston, where he has performed in master classes for Abbey Simon, Nancy Weems, Alfred Mouledous, Haochen Zhang, Ning An, and others.

Zixi Chen

Beijing, China, age 13

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”

Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio

F. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, KK IVb/8
F. Vecsey-G. Cziffra Valse triste
S. Rachmaninoff Transcription of Bizet’s Minuet from L’Arlésienne Suite
C. Vine Toccatissimo
D. Kabalevsky Sonata in F major, Op. 46, No. 3
F. Chopin Étude in in G-sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 6
L.v. Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Allegro con brio Largo Rondo. Allegro

Zixi Chen is the only student who was exempt from the audition of 2015 admission to the Music Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Minduo Li. He has performed in recital in many venues across China, including Shanghai Symphony Hall, Hong Kong’s Sha Tin Town Hall, Bianzhong Recital Hall of Wuhan Conservatory of Music, and at the Central Conservatory of Music Piano Academy at Gulangyu.

As a soloist in concerto appearances, Chen has collaborated with conductors Muhai Tang and Qiyuan Zhu. He is a laureate in several national and international competitions, such as the 2015 San Jose International Piano Competition in the United States, 2013 Imola International Piano Competition in Italy, 2013 Pearl River-Kayserburg National Youth Competition, and the 4th Kawai Asia Piano Competition, among others.

Avery Gagliano

Washington, D.C., age 15

Repertoire

J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp Minor, BWV 863
W.A. Mozart Piano Sonata in C Major, K330

Allegro Moderato Andante cantabile Alegretto

F. Chopin Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
R. Schumann Abegg Variations, Op.1
C. Debussy L’isle joyeuse, L. 106
S. Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42
F. Chopin Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21

Maestoso Larghetto Allegretto vivace

Avery Gagliano is a student at the National Cathedral School, a recipient of a Jack Kent Cook Scholarship, and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. At age nine, she made her orchestral debut with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra and performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. The following year, Gagliano was invited to perform on National Public Radio’s From the Top and was featured in the PBS documentary Arts and the Mind.

Among her honors are her most recent wins of grand prize at the 2015 MostArts Festival, third prize and the prize for best solo work at the 2015 Southeastern Piano Festival, first prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C., and Grand Prix at the Chopin International Piano Competition. Gagliano has performed recitals and in master classes at such prestigious festivals as the Aspen International Music Festival, the Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival, and the Piano Texas International Academy & Festival.

As a soloist, Gagliano has performed with the MostArts Festival Orchestra, the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, the Capital City Symphony, the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra, and the National Chamber Ensemble. She studies piano under the tutelage of Marina Alekseyeva and also enjoys reading, math, swimming, dancing ballet, writing pop songs, and watching movies.

David Hou

Chicago, Illinois, age 15

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”

Allegro con brio

F. Chopin Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
F. Liszt Rhapsodie espagnole, S. 254
S. Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14

Allegro ma non troppo Vivace

H. Dutilleux Piano Sonata

Choral et variations

S. Rachmaninoff Études-tableaux in E-flat Minor, Op. 39, No. 5
F. Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

Allegro maestoso Romanze. Larghetto Rondo. Vivace

David Hou made his solo debut with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin in February 2012, receiving high praise for his performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Hou has performed concerts in major Chicago music venues such as Symphony Center, Harris Theater, and Ravinia’s Bennett-Gordon Hall, and has given concerts in many retirement homes across the Chicago area.

He is the winner of the 2009 ISMTA State District Audition Elementary Division, Walgreens National Concerto Competition 2010 Junior Piano Open Division, and the 2011 Chicago Steinway Young Artist Solo Competition.

Hou’s piano quartet and trio participated in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2013 and 2014. Hou was also a semifinalist for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 2012 and a finalist in the 2015 Chicago Symphony Orchestra youth auditions. Most recently, he won first prize at the 2016 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.

Hou will be performing with the South Carolina Philharmonic during the upcoming 2016-17 season. He is a student at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and studies piano with Alan Chow of Northwestern University.

Kyle Hu

Yorktown, Virginia, age 13

Repertoire

F. Liszt Grandes Études de Paganini, S.141:III, “La campanella”
S. Prokofiev Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28
L.v. Beethoven Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les adieux”

Adagio - Allegro (Das Lebewohl) Andante espressivo (Abwesenheit) Vivacissimamente (Das Wiedersehn)

F. Chopin Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
F. Liszt Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434
F. Liszt Années de pèlerinage II, Supplément, S. 162

Tarantella da Guillaume Louis Cottrau

M. Ravel Miriors

Une barque sur l’océan

E. Grieg Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

Allegro molto moderato Adagio Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Kyle Hu will be an eighth grader at Grafton Middle School in Yorktown, Virginia. He started learning piano when he was 6 years old with Alisa Bohon, and currently studies with Maria Yefimova. Hu participated in the Cooper Piano Festival in 2015. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s From the Top at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

Ryan Jung

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, age 18

Repertoire

F. Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Bach-Rachmaninoff Suite from the Partita in E Major for Violin

Preludio

P. Tchaikovsky Dumka in C Minor, Op. 59
M. Ravel Miriors

Oiseaux tristes Une barque sur l’océan

W.A. Mozart Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K.333

Allegro

R. Schumann Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 2

Largo - Allegro

F. Chopin Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21

Maestoso Larghetto Allegretto vivace

Ryan Jung made his solo debut at age 10 with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. He took first prizes at the North Carolina MTNA competition in 2010 and the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search Competition in 2014. He also was a finalist for the Mondavi Young Artists Competition for the Young Artists Division in 2014.

Recent accomplishments include the 2016 YoungArts Foundation Merit Prize and a solo appearance on NPR’s From the Top in November 2015. In 2012 and 2015, Jung was a scholarship student at the Meadowmount School of Music and received the Thomas S. Kenan Institute Arts Scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2014.

He has given a number of concerts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has played for distinguished artists such as Robert McDonald, John O’Conor, Stephen Hough, Alvin Chow, Boris Slutsky, and Ann Schein. An avid chamber musician, Jung has worked in master class settings with Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Anne Epperson, Rita Sloan, Cornelia Heard, Darrett Adkins, Gerardo Ribeiro, Ivan Zenaty, and James Dunham. He studies with Eric Larsen of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Chaewon Kim

Suwon City, South Korea, age 15

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

Allegro assai

F. Chopin Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
F. Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata, S. 161, No. 7, “Dante Sonata”
F. Chopin Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op.53, “Héroïque”
N. Kapustin Variations, Op. 41
S. Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26

Andante. Allegro Tema con variazioni Allegro, ma non troppo

Chaewon Kim has been honored at numerous piano competitions, including first prize at the 2014 Steinway Asia Pacific Regional Finals and the special prize at the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

She has performed as part of the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series and with the Suwon Philhamonic Orchestra.

Earlier this year, she participated in an evening of Russian piano concertos at the 2016 Yamaha Grand Piano Fair.

Kim is a student of Soo-Jung Shin and a recipient of the Hyundai Motor Company Chung Mong-Koo Foundation Culture & Art Scholarship.

Nathan Kim

Newberg, Oregon, age 16

Repertoire

J. Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI:50

Allegro

F. Chopin Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp Minor, BWV 859
F. Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31
N. Kapustin Eight Concert Etudes, Op. 40

Raillery Intermezzo

F. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A Minor, S. 244, “Rákóczi-Marsch”
E.L. Diemer Toccata
S. Rachmaninoff Études-tableaux in C Minor, Op. 39, No. 1
S. Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major, Op. 10

Nathan Kim attends Newberg High School and George Fox University, and he studies with Renato Fabbro of the University of Portland. Kim has performed in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Mondavi Center, and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. He made his orchestral debut in 2011 at the Newmark Theatre, followed by a performance in the Soreng Theatre with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. He won first prize in the 2013 Central Oregon Symphony Young Artists Competition, followed by the 2014 American Protégé International Piano Concerto Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, where he won the grand prize.

In 2015, Kim won first prizes in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition and the Vancouver (Wash.) Symphony Young Artist Competition, and he performed two concerts with both orchestras. He has won first prizes in the 2013 Mondavi Center National Young Artist Competition, the 2014 Wiscarson Young Artist Competition, and the 2015 American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented International Young Gifted Musicians Festival Competition.

He is a four-time winner of the Oregon MTNA, 2015 MTNA NW division winner, and 2015 MTNA national finalist in the Junior Piano Competition.

Kim has participated in master classes given by esteemed musicians such as Arnaldo Cohen, Catherine Kautsky, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Simone Dinnerstein, and Vadym Kholodenko, and he has appeared on KPBX 91.1 FM and 89.9 KQAC FM.

Brian Le

Silver Spring, Maryland, age 18

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Vivace ma non troppo. Adagio espressivo Prestissimo Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

F. Chopin Étude in F Major, Op. 10, No. 8
F. Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
R. Schumann Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 2
R. Schumann Abegg Variations, Op. 1
L. Liebermann Two Impromptus, Op. 131
B. Bartók Sonata Sz. 80, BB. 88

Allegro moderato Sostenuto e pesante Allegro molto

F. Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

Allegro maestoso Romanze. Larghetto Rondo. Vivace

Brian Le was awarded the gold medal in the 2015 Eastman Young Artists’ International Piano Competition and earned first prize in the 2015 Charleston Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists’ Piano Competition, the 2014 MTNA Senior Piano Duet Competition, and the 27th International Young Artists’ Piano Competition.

He also received second prize in the 2014 IIYM International Piano Competition and the 2014 Lee University International Piano Competition. Most recently, he was accepted as one of 22 finalists in the 2016 New York International Piano Competition.

Le has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and Millennium Stage, the DiMenna Center, and Alden Theater in McLean, Virginia. He studies piano with Nancy O’Neill Breth and Boris Slutsky.

Nathan Lee

Sammamish, Washington, age 14

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein”

Allegro con brio

F. Chopin Étude in F Minor, Op. 25, No. 11
F. Chopin Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
J.S. Bach Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828

Ouvertüre Allemande Courante Aria Sarabande Menuet Gigue

A. Schulz-Evler Arabesques on themes by Johann Strauss “By the Beautiful Blue Danube”
M. Ravel Miriors

Alborada del Gracioso

S. Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Moderato Adagio sostenuto Allegro scherzando

Nathan Lee began playing piano at age 6 and currently studies under Sasha Starcevich. Lee’s recent achievements include earning first place in the 2015 e-Piano Junior International Competition and the 2013 MTNA National Junior Piano Performance Competition. He is also a winner of Seattle Symphony Young Artists Auditions and the Seattle Young Artists Concerto Competition, where he was awarded the Festival Medals.

Lee made his orchestral debut at age 9 with the Musikhochschule Münster Orchestra in Germany and has since performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Philharmonia Northwest, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra (Israel), and Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad de Alicante (Spain), under the batons of Uri Segal, Ludovic Morlot, and Sergei Babayan, among others. Nathan has given solo recitals in Italy, Korea, and America and has performed on the Three Generations Concert with Ilana Vered and Sasha Starcevich in Basilica di San Pietro and Sala dei Notari in Italy.

He has played in master classes given by noted pianists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Sergei Babayan, Gary Graffman, Jerome Lowenthal, Peter Frankl, Ilana Vered, Sasha Korsantia, Christopher Elton, Joseph Kalichstein, Mikhail Petukhov, and John Perry.

He participates in private and charity events regularly and has taken part in Seattle Symphony Opening Night Galas, sharing the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lang Lang to raise funds for music education.

Ellen Lee

Hannover Niedersachsen, Germany, age 17

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les adieux”

Adagio - Allegro (Das Lebewohl)

R. Schumann Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 2
C. Debussy Étude No. 5 in E Major, “Pour les octaves”
F. Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
S. Prokofiev Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 29

Allegro molto sostenuto Andante assai Allegro con brio, ma non leggiero

P. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23

Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso-Allegro con spirito Andantino semplice-Allegro vivace assai Allegro con fuoco

Ellen Lee began piano lessons with Tian-yi Chiang when she was 5 years old and later studied with Chiao-han Liao in elementary school in Taipei. She studied music at the Affiliated High School of National Taiwan Normal University before entering the Institut zur Früh-Förderung musikalisch Hochbegabter of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover, Germany, where she began studies with Bernd Goetzke. Her studies with Goetzke continued through her years in the Hochschule’s bachelor program.

Among many competitive honors, Lee won first prize in the 2014 National Competition of Jugend musiziert in Germany, the 2013 Young Pianist of the North International Competition in New Castle, U.K.; and the 2011 Taipei Municipal Music Competition held by the Bureau of Education of Taipei City.

Tommy Jing Yu Leo

Singapore, age 16

Repertoire

J. Haydn Sonata in E Minor, Hob.XVI:34

Presto Adagio Finale. Molto vivace

F. Chopin Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op.45
J.S. Bach Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
F. Chopin Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35

Grave. Doppio movimento

F. Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S. 171
C. Debussy Feux d’artifice, Préludes, Book II, No. 12
N. Kapustin Étude in minor seconds, Op. 68, No. 1
F. Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

Allegro maestoso Romanze. Larghetto Rondo. Vivace

Tommy Jing Yu Leo spent his early childhood in Tokyo and Hong Kong, before moving to London in 2013. He studied with Gabriel Kwok at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art from 2010 to 2013, and is currently a music scholar at the Westminster School in London, and he studies with Christopher Elton of the Royal Academy of Music.

Leo started participating in piano competitions around the world since age 6 and has won numerous prizes, including first prize at the 4th Kitamoto Piano Competition in Japan and the silver prize at the 8th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia.

In 2014, Leo won first prize and grand prize in the 10th International Chopin Golden Ring Piano Competition in Slovenia and second prize (first prize not awarded) in the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in New Castle, U.K. In 2015, he won first prize in the Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition in Paris. Most recently, he was a prizewinner at the prestigious Hilton Head International Piano Competition and was the youngest prizewinner in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.

Leo participates in music festivals around the world and in 2010 became the youngest artist invited on scholarship to the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. In July 2015, he was invited by the Chopin Society in Poland to give an hour-long solo recital of an all-Chopin program at Łazienki Park in Warsaw before an audience of 2,000. In December 2015, he presented a sold-out solo recital in Tokyo.

Yan Zhuo Li

ZhengZhou City, China, age 15

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22

Allegro con brio

R. Schumann Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 2
M. Ravel Gaspard de la nuit

Ondine. Lent Le Gibet. Très lent Scarbo. Modéré

F. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S. 244
R. Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
L.v. Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

Allegro con brio Largo Rondo. Allegro-Presto

Yan Zhuo Li began his piano studies at age 6 and was admitted to the Middle School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music at age 11. He studies under Jin Zhang of the Central Conservatory of Music.

Li has won prizes in numerous piano competitions, including fourth place and the audience prize at the 2015 International e-Piano Junior Competition.

Andrew Li

Lexington, Massachusetts, age 16

Repertoire

F. Chopin Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2
L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Op. 7

Allegro molto e con brio

S. Prokofiev Sarcasms, Op. 17
F. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, S. 244
F. Mendelssohn Fantasie in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
D. Scarlatti Sonata in D Minor, K. 213, L. 108
E. Grieg Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

Allegro molto moderato Adagio Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Andrew Li won first prizes in the Bay State Piano Competition for five consecutive years, beginning at age 7. Among numerous other honors, he won first prizes at the 2016 Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition—and he will play with the BSO in 2017—and in the 2014 concerto competition of the Preparatory School of New England Conservatory. In June 2013, he performed at the prestigious Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and he gave a celebrated performance of Grieg’s piano concerto with Symphony Pro Musica the following January.

A fervent chamber musician, Li was featured with the Brioso Trio on NPR’s From the Top in June 2013; he was featured soloist on the program a year later. He has studied with Dorothy Shi since age 6 and currently studies with Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory as well as with Jia Shi.

Charles Liu

Plainsboro, New Jersey, age 15

Repertoire

L. Liebermann Nocturne No. 4, Op. 38
L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

Allegro assai

F. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
F. Liszt Études d’exécution transcendante No. 4 in D Minor, S. 139, “Mazeppa”
J.S. Bach Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
F. Schubert Impromptu No. 1 in C Minor, D. 899, Op. 90
F. Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124

Allegro maestoso Quasi adagio Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato Allegro marziale animato

Charles Liu began piano studies at age 4 and has studied with Ingrid Clarfield of Westminster Choir College of Rider University since 2007. He has won top prizes in renowned national and international competitions, including first prizes in the 2015 David D. Dubois Piano Competition and the 2015 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, as well as third prizes in the 2015 MostArts Festival and the 7th Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition.

Liu made his orchestra debut at age 11 with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. He has since soloed with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra and twice with Midwest Young Artists Orchestra in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

In 2008, he became a Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholar. He then set a world record at age 8 by completing a Carnegie Hall “Grand Slam”—performing in all three concert halls of the world-famous venue. He has performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as for such luminaries as Queen Rania of Jordan and Bono of U2.

Liu is committed to helping his community through music by initiating and organizing benefit events such as Young Artists for Haiti and benefit solo recitals for area hospitals and rescue services.

Xingyu Lu

Linyi, Shandong, China, age 17

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Vivace ma non troppo. Adagio espressivo Prestissimo Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

F. Chopin Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885
S. Prokofiev Prelude in C Major, Op. 12, No. 7, “Harp”
C.V. Alkan Étude, Op. 39, No. 12, “Le Festin d’ésope”
I. Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka

Danse russe Chez Pétrouchka La semaine grasse

S. Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

Allegro ma non tanto Intermezzo: Adagio Finale: Alla breve

Xingyu Lu began his piano studies at age 4 and made his debut recital at 10. He enrolled in the primary school at the Central Conservatory of Music and studied with Chen Manchun and Zhou Guangren. In 2012, he studied piano in America on a full scholarship. He is a student at the University for Music, Drama and Media Hannover, where he studies with Bernd Goetzke.

He has also presented many recitals in China, the United States, and Europe, and in concert halls including Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Sendesaal des NDR in Hannover, Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul, Minn., and Monumental Hall in Brescia, Italy.

Lu has won numerous prizes, beginning with a gold medal and the special talent prize at age 5 in the Jin-Kui-Hua Cup Piano Competition in 2010, the Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award in 2011, third prize in the Gina Bachauer Junior International Piano Competition in 2012, first prize in Minnesota’s Schubert Club Competition in 2013, and first prize of the Yamaha Music Scholarship Competition in 2014.

Jie Luo

Hefei, China, age 14

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2, No.3

Allegro con brio

M. Ravel Gaspard de la nuit

Ondine. Lent Le Gibet. Très lent Scarbo. Modéré

F. Mendelssohn Songs Without Words in G Major Op. 62, No. 1
J. Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini in A Minor, Book II, Op.35
F. Liszt Études d’exécution transcendante No. 5 in B-flat Major, S. 139, “Feux Follets”
F. Liszt Widmung (Liebeslied), transcription for piano after Schumann, S. 566
F. Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

Allegro maestoso Romanze. Larghetto Rondo. Vivace

Jie Luo started learning piano at age 5, and has studied since 2010 with Jin Zhang of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. After two years, she passed the entrance examination of the Affiliated Primary School of the Central Conservatory with the third highest score. In April 2015, she was admitted to the Affiliated High School of Central Conservatory with the top score among piano majors.

Luo has taken part in numerous international music festivals and was once invited to perform China’s Italian embassy. She earned the gold award in the junior professional group of the Golden Bell Music Award of China, second prize at the 15th “Xinghai Cup” National Children’s Piano Competition, second prize in the 12th National Hope Cup Young Children’s Piano Competition in Beijing.

She has also been honored in the Yangtze River National Piano Competition and the Cadenza Cup National Youth Piano Competition Finals in professional children’s group.

Anastasia Magamedova

Murray, Utah, age 18

Repertoire

F. Chopin Étude in F Minor, Op. 25, No. 11
L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1

Allegro vivace

J.S. Bach-F. Busoni Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
M. Ravel Miriors

Oiseaux Tristes

F. Chopin Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
N. Medtner Skazka, Op. 20, No.1
C. Debussy Ondine, Préludes, Book II, No. 8
R. Schumann Romance No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 28
M. Ravel Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin
C. Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

Andante sostenuto Allegro scherzando Presto

A 2016 National YoungArts Winner, Anastasia Magamedova was also one of 24 pianists to be invited to the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. A gold medalist of the 2013 International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival Piano Competition (Ft. Collins, Colo.) and a third-prize winner of the 2015 IIYM International Piano Competition, she began studying piano at age 5, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Winner of the 2016 Utah State MTNA Piano Competition, she was also a 2015 Southwest Regional MTNA Piano Competition Winner, leading to being a 2015 MTNA National Finalist.

Magamedova has performed with the Utah Symphony in Abravanel Hall and several times with the American West Symphony in Libby Gardner Hall. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall 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.

She studies with Heather Conner of Vanderbilt University and Scott Holden of the Brigham Young University piano faculty.

Evren Ozel

Minneapolis, Minnesota, age 17

Repertoire

J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E-flat Minor, BWV 853
F. Haydn Sonata in C Minor, Hob.XVI:20

Moderato

F. Chopin Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55 No. 2
F. Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
C. Debussy Les collines d’Anacapri, Préludes, Book I, No. 5
C. Debussy Bruyères, Préludes, Book II, No. 5
C. Debussy Feux d’artifice, Préludes, Book II, No. 12
B. Bartók Piano Sonata, Sz. 80

Allegro moderato Sostenuto e pesante Allegro molto

Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58

Allegro moderato Andante con moto Rondo. Vivace

Evren Ozel began his musical education at MacPhail Center for Music and has studied piano with Paul Wirth, theory and composition with Sarah Miller, and conducting with Courtney Lewis. He has performed with several orchestras in the Midwest, including the Minnesota Orchestra. He was a first-prize winner in several state and regional piano, chamber music, and composition competitions. He participated in BUTI 2013, where he performed at Seiji Ozawa Hall in the Honors Recital as well as in a master class given by Lang Lang.

In 2014, Ozel was a showcase artist on MPR’s Minnesota Varsity and received the fifth prize and the audience prize at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition that year. The following summer, he attended Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Academy, where he played in master classes for Ferenc Rados, Menahem Pressler, and András Schiff.

He has received merit scholarships from the Chopin Foundation of the United States for two consecutive years and was invited to perform on its concert series in Key Biscayne, Florida. In 2016, he was a National YoungArts Winner and also won first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. He has performed twice on NPR’s From the Top. He studies at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, and New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Wha Kyung Byun.

Henry Smolen

San Mateo, California, age 17

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

Allegro assai

F. Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1
J. Brahms Sonata No 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

Allegro maestoso

N. Kapustin Variations, Op. 41
M. de Falla Fantasía Bética
C. Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

Andante sostenuto Allegro scherzando Presto

Henry Smolen began studying piano at age 3, and gave his first public performance when he was 5. A veteran of the concert stage, he has performed all over the country, making his orchestral debut at 8 with the El Camino Youth Symphony in Palo Alto, California. His performances include recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and most recently as a soloist with the South Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Smolen has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the MTNA Solo Piano Competition, the MTAC Concerto Competition, and an honorable mention in the National YoungArts Foundation competition. In past years, he has attended the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with Anton Nel; the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he studied with Boaz Sharon; and the Banff Music Festival, where he studied with Julian Martin. He has attended numerous master classes by high-profile pianists and teachers such as Robert McDonald, Angela Cheng, and Gila Goldstein.

Smolen is an avid surfer and jazz pianist, and was invited as the only pianist to perform with the districtwide jazz ensemble In Concert for four years in a row. He is a member of Mensa and is in his 10th year as a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. He has been a student of Christie Peery Skousen since age 4.

Clayton Stephenson

New York, New York, age 17

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op.53, “Waldstein”

Allegro con brio

F. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
F. Liszt Ständchen aus Fr. Schubert’s Schwanengesang, S. 560, No. 7
F. Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata, S. 161, No. 7, “Dante Sonata”
L. Liebermann Gargoyles, Op. 29

Presto Adagio semplice, ma con molto rubato Allegro moderato Presto feroce

S. Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26

Andante-Allegro Tema con variazioni Allegro, ma non troppo

Winner of the Jury Discretionary Award at the Van Cliburn Junior International Piano Competition, Clayton Stephenson is a full-scholarship student at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where he studies with Matti Raekallio. He is also a proud recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship and a young scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

At age 13, Stephenson made his debut with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony as the winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Piano Competition. Since then, he has enjoyed appearances worldwide at important venues including the Auditorium of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in France, the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Germany, the Morningside Music Bridge Festival in Canada, the Ravinia Festival, Chicago’s Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, Symphony Space, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall in New York. He has also been featured on NPR’s From the Top, and on WQXR Live at the Greene Space.

He has studied with Ernest Barretta, Choong-Mo Kang, and Hung-Kuan Chen. He is devoted to share his knowledge with underprivileged children in East Harlem and Brooklyn, N.Y. He attends the prestigious Dalton School and the highly selective Columbia Science Honors program.

Allison To

Yorba Linda, California, age 15

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”

Allegro con brio

F. Chopin Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
F. Liszt Valse de l’opéra Faust de Ch. Gounod, S. 407
C. Debussy Général Lavine-eccentric, Préludes Book II, No. 6
C. Debussy Feux d’artifice, Préludes Book II, No. 12
J.S. Bach-E. Petri Sheep May Safely Graze from the Birthday Cantata, BWV 208
G. Ligeti Étude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable”
S. Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26

Andante–Allegro Tema con variazioni Allegro, ma non troppo

WQXR radio and New York Concert Review calls Allison To “one of the most refined and artistic players for her age and perhaps any age.” She received the Evgeny Kissin Grand Prize at the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition and was a top laureate at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Arizona State University’s Yamaha/Bosendorfer International Piano Competition, and the San Jose International Piano Competition.

To has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Yamaha Salon in New York, and on NPR’s From the Top. She studies with Ariel Yang and Ethan Yi Dong at the Opus119 Conservatory’s precollege program in California.

Ryota Yamazaki

Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan, age 17

Repertoire

W.A. Mozart Sonata in D Major, K. 311

Allegro con spirito

F. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
F. Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata, S. 161, No. 7, “Dante Sonata”
F. Chopin Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
S. Prokofiev Sonata No.7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83

Allegro inquieto

S. Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Moderato Adagio sostenuto Allegro scherzando

Ryota Yamazaki began his piano studies at age 7. By age 9, he won top honors for his age group at the PTNA Piano Competition of Japan, followed by a second prize in the same competition four years later—competing as a 13-year-old against performers as old as 26. Two years later, he earned the grand prize as a 15-year-old against competition of all ages—the youngest winner in the contest’s history. He earned performances in Tokyo, Okinawa, Osaka, and Tottori and also played Tchaikovsky’s first concerto at the prizewinners’ concert in March and Prokofiev’s third concerto in July 2015.

Yamazaki won the gold medal in the junior division of the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and was first-prize winner at the 2013 Yasuko Fukuda Scholarship Audition—the highest-level audition for young Japanese pianists.

He has studied with Maki Yamamoto, Yuko Ninomiya, and William Grant Naboré, founder and artistic director of the International Piano Academy Lake Como.

William Yang

Winchester, Massachusetts, age 15

Repertoire

J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 869
J. Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI:49

Allegro

F. Chopin Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3
F. Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
P. Tchaikovsky Dumka in C Minor, Op. 59
S. Prokofiev Sarcasms, Op. 17

Tempestoso Allegro rubato Allegro precipitato Smanioso Precipitosissimo

F. Chopin Étude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, “Revolutionary”
E. Grieg Grieg Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

Allegro molto moderato Adagio Allegro moderato molto e marcato

William Yang has been honored at numerous competitions. Most recently he was a semifinalist and winner of the special Bach Prize at the 2015 Young Artists Cleveland International Piano Competition. He earned second prize at the Midwest International Piano Competition and Festival in June 2014 and was a semifinalist at the 2012 Gina Bachauer Junior International Piano Competition. He studies with Alexander Korsantia from New England Conservatory and has taken lessons with Andre Watts, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Hans Boepple.

Yang played Saint- Saëns’ the Carnival of the 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 2012 fall season. He was the featured soloist in NPR’s From the Top in July 2010.

He is a student at Winchester High School and is also enrolled in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he studies chamber music, voice, and youth chorale. He loves chamber music, swimming and table tennis.

Fangzhou Ye

Beijing, China, age 15

Repertoire

J. Haydn Sonata No. 46 in E Major, Hob.XVI:31

Moderato

R. Schumann Abegg Variations, Op. 1
F. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
F. Chopin Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat Major, Op. 22
M. Ravel Jeux d’eau
F. Chopin Étude in A Minor, Op. 10, No. 2
S. Rachmaninoff Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
F. Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
S. Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18

Moderato Adagio sostenuto Allegro scherzando

Fangzhou Ye began learning piano at age 6 at the Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, under the guidance of Qui Wang, Yameng Huang, and Dan Shao. Since 2015, he has been a student of Martin Canin at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. His concert debut came as a 12-year-old in Mozart’s Concerto in F Major, K. 459 with the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is a great admirer of the playing of Grigory Sokolov, whom he considers to be one of today’s greatest pianists.

Tony Siqi Yun

Toronto, Canada

Repertoire

J.S. Bach-F. Busoni Chaccone from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2

Largo - Allegro

F. Chopin Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
F. Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58

Allegro maestoso Scherzo. Molto vivace Largo Finale. Presto non tanto

F. Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major Op. 60
C. Debussy Étude No. 11, “Pour les arpeges composes”
F. Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S. 171
F. Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11

Allegro maestoso Larghetto Rondo. Vivace

Tony Siqi Yun began his piano studies at age 4 and currently studies in the Middle School Affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music. He takes part in many music festivals and concerts as a soloist, including a performance of Mozart’s 20th piano concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in five different universities in Shanghai in October 2015.

Yun was invited by Marian Rybicki to perform at the renowned Salle Cortot concert hall in Paris in February 2015. Three months earlier, he played the Chopin E minor concerto in collaboration with the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. In the same month, he was invited to perform at Shenzhen University as part of the Shenzhen Piano Festival. He also participated in the ‘Silk Road’ New Year’s Concert hosted by CCTV and the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Among his competitive successes, Yun won the gold medal for young pianists at the CCTV Piano Competition, second prize in the 2013 International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, the Encouragement Award in the 13th Ettlingen (Germany) International Competition for Young Pianists in 2012, and first prize in the 2011 Peal River-Kayserburg National Youth Piano Competition.

Lewis Zou

Solon, Ohio, age 16

Repertoire

L.v. Beethoven Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les adieux”

Adagio - Allegro (Das Lebewohl)

F. Chopin Étude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1
F. Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58

Allegro maestoso Scherzo. Molto vivace Finale. Presto non tanto - Agitato

Schumann Romance No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 28
A. Scriabin Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19

Andante Presto

P. Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23

Andante non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito Andantino semplice - Allegro vivace assai Allegro con fuoco

Lewis Zou began his formal musical education at the Cleveland Institute of Music at age 5. In May 2011, he made his debut with the Lakeland Civic Orchestra as a result of winning the Lakeland Civic Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. In 2012 he was a semifinalist in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition held in Salt Lake City. He also won the state Music Teachers National Association competition in October 2012.

As a result of winning the 2013 Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Competition, he made his debut at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

In May 2014, Zou made his Carnegie Hall debut as first-prize winner in the 2014 Alexander & Buono International Piano Competition. He was selected to perform as a master class fellow at the May 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival with Lori Sims. He was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto with the Firelands (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra on opening night in October 2015. He was awarded the scholarship of the Chopin Foundation of the United States for two years.

He attends Solon High School and studies piano with Alvin Chow.

 

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