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Soyeon An, 24, is from South Korea and started playing the piano at the age of seven. She won several competitions in Korea including Seoul Music Competition, Korea Mozart Orchestra Competition, The New Arts Competition and the Bucheon Scholarship Competition. In 2012 she received a special prize at the Korea Duo Piano Competition and a Faculty Merit Award at the 17th Chautauqua Piano Competition in NY. In Seoul, she has performed at Yamaha Hall and Youngsan Art Hall, in the US she has performed in The Hamptons and Rochester NY, San Antonio, TX., Gainsville, FL. and Pittsburgh. She has performed in music festivals such as, Puerto Rico Piano Festival (2016), Pianofest in the Hamptons(2015), Texas International Piano Festival, Chautauqua, and Atlantic Music Festival. She received her Bachelor’s at Seoul National University, Master’s at Eastman and is currently working on her Doctorate at USC with Stewart Gordon.
Hyewon Chang was born in Seoul, Korea in 1991. She was a prize winner at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the American Protégé Piano Competition, Korea’s Segye-Ilbo Music Competition and a finalist at the New York International Piano Competition. She performed at Carnegie Hall, solo recitals in Los Angeles, at Banff Music Centre, in Italy, Germany and at the birthplace of Franz Joseph Haydn in Rohrau, Austria. Ms. Chang was selected as a performer for the “Artists of Tomorrow” concert with the Brentwood Westwood Symphony and Culver City Symphony. She has taken master classes with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Dang Thai Son, John O’Conor, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. She currently studies with John Perry. Hyewon is also interested in watching movies and reading books.
Since Yi-Yang Chen was eight (he is now 22), he has been playing the piano. In 2012, he was admitted as a graduate student of Robert McDonald and Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard and received his Master’s in 2014. Mr. Chen is currently a doctoral student at Eastman, where he also received his Bachelor’s degree, studying with Douglas Humpherys. Mr. Chen has attended the Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music Program, Four Seasons Winter Workshop (NC) and was awarded a fellowship at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In addition, he has also studied chamber music with Itzhak Perlman, Thomas Sauer and with members of the Cleveland, Shanghai, Borromeo, Brentano, and Guarneri String Quartets. In 2016 he captured first prize in the Hartford Chopin International Competition. As a winner of the 2012 MTNA Young Artist Competition, Yi-Yang was given a Steinway piano and two concerts in Miami sponsored by the Chopin Foundation / USA. Other first prizes came from High Point Competition, Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, San Jose International Competition, Seattle International Competition and Schubert Club Scholarship Competition.
Twenty-nine year old Timothy Chiang began learning the piano at the age of five with his mother and violin at nine. In 2000, he was awarded a music and academic scholarship to Scotch College (Melbourne) and continued his piano studies with Mikhail Solovei. In 2002 he continued to study the violin with Leonid Zeyde. While at Scotch College, Timothy obtained the LMusA (piano), LRSM (piano), LMusA (violin), and performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto No.1, and Liszt Concerto No.1 with the Scotch College Symphony Orchestra. He was also the Leader of that Symphony and String Orchestra in 2005. In 2013 he was awarded the Fellowship of Trinity College London (FTCL), and was a finalist in the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award. In 2014, he was selected into the 2nd Australian International Chopin Competition, and was also a selected performer for the live radio 3MBS ‘The Talent’ Series 2. In 2016, he was selected as a finalist in the 13th Australian National Piano Award. He currently studies with Mikhail Solovei. Mr. Chiang is also a dentist.
Korean pianist Sung-Soo Cho was born in 1988 and started his musical studies at the age of five. He has graduated from Yewon Arts Middle School, Seoul Arts High School, Seoul National University, and Manhattan School in NYC. His former teachers include Phillip Kawin and Hyoung-Joon Chang. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate at the Cleveland Institute, studying with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. One of his new projects includes a CD “Minimum | Maximum | Modern Piano Music by American Composers” which was released in March 2016 by Albany Records. He recently joined the roster of Price Rubin & Partners Artist Management. He serves as an adjunct faculty in piano and a collaborative pianist in residence at Notre Dame College. He also works as a music apprentice and performer through Cleveland Institute of Music Distance Learning Center. Mr. Cho has been a worldwide prizewinner in numerous competitions. Mr. Cho has performed at the Weill Recital Hall, Yamaha Artist Service in Seoul, and the Kumho Art Hall. He is also a pianist at the Lake George Music Festival. He has premiered many new works by leading contemporary composers and a strong supporter of contemporary classical music.
Twenty year old Kevin Chow was born in Perth Australia and is currently a third-year Bachelor of Music student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, studying with Glenn Riddle. In 2010 Kevin was awarded LMusA with Distinction, and in 2013 he was the winner of the MSV’s Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award as well as Young Performer of the Year. Other awards include the Nehama Patkin Memorial Award, 1st Prize in the Bernstein National Competition and the VMTA Kault Prize. He has been a finalist in the Australian National Music Competition and twice been a semi-finalist at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. Kevin has performed for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwell, given recitals in the USA, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand and China, and was recently a finalist in the Thailand International Competition, where he performed Liszt’s Concerto No 2. In 2013 Kevin made his concerto debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No 3 with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1988, American pianist Solomon Eichner recently made his Carnegie Hall Debut recital, after winning the Golden Key Debut International Competition in NYC. For winning second prize in the Miami Music Festival’s Concerto Competition, Solomon will be presented in a Miami debut recital. Competition successes include being a semifinalist in the Lewisville Lake Symphony Concerto Competition, finalist in the 2015 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition in Spokane, semifinalist in the 2014 Chopin Kosciuszko Competition in NYC as well as the Byrd Competition in Flint, Michigan. Master classes include Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Ilana Vered, Michael Lewin, Paul Schenly, Alexander Kobrin and Mischa Dichter. Originally from Baltimore, Solomon studied privately with Virginia Reinecke, Reynaldo Reyes and Irene Kreymer. Solomon graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School studying with Arkady Aronov and Master’s degree from the Peabody, having studied with Alexander Shtarkman. Currently, Solomon is in his final semester of the Doctorate degree at the University of South Carolina and holds a graduate assistantship in accompanying. Solomon is studying with Dr. Marina Lomazov and Dr. Joseph Rackers. Solomon’s final dissertation is on the Jewish Soviet repressed composer Samuil Feinberg.
Teng Fu was born in Zhengzhou, China, in 1988. At five he began learning to play the piano – at six he was performing concerts in Shanghai, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and other Chinese cities. In 2000, Mr. Fu was admitted into the Primary School attached to the Central Conservatory in Beijing. In 2002 he attended the Central Conservatory of Music and studied with Mr. Zhang Zhiwei and Prof. Li Qifang. In 2004 he won first prize in a Beijing piano competition as well as a gold medal from the China National Youth Competition. In 2005, he was a finalist in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition. In 2006, at the age of seventeen, Teng went to the United States with full scholarship and was admitted into the Precollege Division of three music schools; Mannes, Manhattan and The Juilliard. He chose the Manhattan School where he studied with Prof. Arkady Aronov. He has performed recitals in Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall and Lincoln Center. In 2008, Teng Fu, graduated from the Precollege Division of Manhattan School with top marks and was accepted at Mannes with full scholarship. In 2008, more than 30,000 young people attended St. Joseph’s Seminary where he performed a Mozart Sonata for Pope Benedict XVI.
William Davidson is often praised for his sensitivity of touch and virtuosity as both a classical and jazz pianist. He has performed with Grammy-Award winning artists, The New York Voices and Paquito D’Rivera and in venues such as the Lincoln Center’s Appel Room, the Aronoff Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. In 2014, he was invited to perform in the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. He has received many awards, most notably, the Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship and prize-winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition. Besides performing, Mr. Davidson pursues his interest in pedagogy, specifically researching the most effective methods of childhood piano education. He is a faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory School and the Ellis School in Pittsburgh. In master classics, Mr. Davidson has studied with Fred Hersch, Nikolai Lugansky, Barry Douglas and Byron Janis. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University where he studied with Silvia Roederer and a Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Sergey Schepkin.
Born in 1987, pianist Jiwon Han is a native of Incheon, South Korea. Raised in a family of musicians, he began his piano studies at the age of three. At the age of ten, he appeared as a soloist with Korean Philharmonic, performing Mozart’s Concerto K.488. In the same year, he gave his first solo recital at Incheon Culture and Arts Center, followed by performances throughout Korea, Europe and America. Mr. Han appeared in concert venues at Seoul Art Center, Sejong Art Center, Hoam Art Hall and Kumho Art Hall. He performs more than five solo recitals a year and performs as an orchestra conductor as well. He has been working for public broad-casting station KBS for 3 years as director of their classic concert programs. In 2013 he won 2nd prize in the ISANG YUN International Competition and in 2014 his debut CD was released which included Chopin and Isang Yun compositions. In 2015 he released his 2nd CD which included Brahms, Schumann and Liszt. Mr. Han studied with Young-Bang Cho at Gyeonggi Arts High School. At the Korea National University of Arts, he studied with Choong-Mo Kang and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and for his Artists Diploma he studied with Daejin Kim. He is currently studying with Awadagin Pratt at University of Cincinnati.
Cultivated and educated by her father since the age of four, twenty-eight year old Sabrina Xiao He has displayed an exceptional talent and a sincere enthusiasm for the piano. She has performed actively in Asia, Europe and North America. She received first Place at the Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition in U.S., a scholarship Recipient of Bell T. Ritchie Award in U.S. and the third Prize Winner of 2015 International Music Competition in Paris. She was the winner of the Music Teachers’ Association of California Concerto Competition in Northern California, and in 2010 she performed the Rachmaninoff Concerto No.2 with the Thousand Oaks Orchestra in LA. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory, and her Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute. She has studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro and Sharon Mann, and worked with Leon Fleisher, John Perry and Yoheved Kaplinsky. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at the Thornton School at USC, studying with Stewart Gordon.
Fast rising eighteen year-old Caroline Ho has won many local, regional and statewide piano competitions. Living in Santa Monica, California she was primarily a cellist until five years ago. She is the 2016 1st place winner of the Peninsula Symphony’s 44th annual Edith Knox Concerto Competition. Caroline was recently named a ‘Recommended Artist’ of the Beverly Hills National Auditions. In 2016, she placed 3rd in the L.A. International Liszt Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Brentwood-Westwood Orchestra, the Palisades Symphony and the Culver City Symphony.
Born in Hong Kong in 1992, Keri Yuet Ka Hui began piano and violin lessons when she was eight. In the first four years of her study, Keri won the third prize in the Sixth International Chopin Competition in Asia and first prize in the Asian Youth Music Competition (Hong Kong). At fifteen, Keri performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with the Salzburg Junge Philharmonie. At the age of sixteen, Keri entered Idyllwild Arts Academy with a scholarship to study violin with Todor Pelev. She developed a severe injury that prohibited her from playing any instrument for two years and eventually gave up on the violin and switched to piano performance at Idyllwild studying with Andrew Park. In 2015, Keri graduated as a discovery scholar with a Bachelor’s degree from USC, studying with Norman Krieger. Keri was awarded first prize in the 2013 Antelope Valley Symphony Concerto Competition, first prize in the 2013 French Music Competition, first prize in the 2014 Aloha International Concerto Competition and first prize in the 2015 Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artists Competition. Concerto performances have included Beethoven’s Concerto No.4 and Saint-Saen’s Concerto No.5. Today, Keri is studying at the Royal College of Music in London as a student of Andrew Ball. Besides music, Keri also enjoys reading all kinds of literature as well as baking.
Youkyoung Kim, born in Busan, South Korea, began her piano studies at the age of five. Upon her graduation in 2005 from Sunhwa Arts High School, Ms. Kim enrolled at Seoul National University and receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2010. Since 2012 she has been studying with Awadagin Pratt at the University of Cincinnati where she received her Master’s degree in 2014 and is completing her Doctorate. Ms. Kim has numerous top prizes in competitions – most recently receiving the Gold medal at the Seattle International Competition. Youkyoung has participated in many festivals including Pianofest in the Hamptons. Ms. Kim has an abundance of performing experiences having performed in many venues in Korea, Germany and throughout the US. Ms. Kim has also taken part in master classes by: Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher and Boris Slutsky.
Martin Leung holds a Doctorate from the USC, where he studied with Stewart Gordon, a Master‘s degree from Yale, where he studied with Claude Frank, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute, where he studied with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro. Martin currently studies with Myong-joo Lee. In November 2016 Martin won the Zoltán Rozsnyai Memorial Prize at the LA International Liszt Competition, Division VII (Concerto). As a result of winning first prize, Martin has been invited to play the Liszt Concerto No. 1 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in November 2017. Martin won first prize in the USC Concerto Competition (2013), shared first prize at the Art of the Piano Liszt Competition in Cincinnati (2011), first prize at the Cleveland Concerto Competition (2007), and third prize in the Oberlin Competition (2003). While growing up in Irvine, California, Martin combined his enjoyment of playing the piano and video games. In 2004, Martin and a friend Luigi, uploaded a 10-minute Super Mario Medley video, which went viral. In 2007, his Super Mario Medley video became the highest rated and most discussed video in Japan. In September 2016 Martin became an adjunct faculty member at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. Mr. Leung is also an avid chess player.
Junwen Liang was born in Nanning, China in 1995. In 2016 he performed at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and the Cohen Family Studio Theater, University of Cincinnati. In 2015 he performed at the Civic Morning Musicals: ‘The Life and Music of Alexander Scriabin’ as well as in, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY. and the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Also in 2015 Mr. Liang performed at a Winners concert of the Concerto Competition with Ithaca College Symphony at the Ithaca College School of Music. Awards Mr. Liang has received: 2016 – Finalist Award in the 8th New York International Competition, Winner in the 2015 Ithaca College Concerto Competition – 2014 1st Prize Collegiate Division of Empire State Competition, Rochester, NY. – 2012 1st Prize Hong Kong International Piano Competition in Guangxi Division, Nanning, China and 2013 1st Prize, Professional Young Artist Division of KAWAI Asia Piano Competition in Nanning, China. Mr. Liang enjoys working out, watching movies and cooking.
Taiwanese pianist Yun Janice Lu was born in 1996. She received second prize in the senior division of the 2015 Music Teachers National Association competition and first prize at the Lee University International Piano Festival as well as the YAMAHA Competition in Taiwan. She was the winner of the Piano-Texas Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2015, which resulted in a performance with the Fort Worth Symphony. Yun began private lessons at the age of five and gave her first formal concert at age ten. Four years later, she made her orchestral debut with the Taiwan Youth Orchestra. She has performed in venues such as Kaohsiung City Music Hall and Jhihde Hall, and throughout Taiwan, Europe, and the US. She has participated in the Walnut Hill Music Festival and Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice. Ms. Lu was awarded a full scholarship to Pianofest in the Hamptons, NY. Yun also has performed for artists such as: Arie Vardi, Dang Thai Son, Piotr Paleczny, and Eugen Indijic. As an avid chamber musician, she appears in concert at numerous chamber music festivals and has studied with Gilbert Kallish, Gloria Chien, Erin Keefe, Paul Neubauer, and Wu Han. Currently, she is studying with pianist Ning An at Cal State Fullerton.
Hanbo Ma was born in China in 1991 and has given solo recitals and performed with orchestras throughout North America. She gave a performance of Balakirev’s Islamey at Severence Hall at the age of seventeen. She won competitions such as the Russian Music International Competition, Ameri-China International Music Foundation Audition and St. Andrews International Competition. She was invited to be the scholar at Heartland Chamber Music Festival in 2013, where her chamber performance of Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 was streamed live on Kansas Public Radio. She is now working with composer Elizabeth Baker and premiering her composition, ‘Four Planes’ which the composer wrote for her. Ms. Ma began her education in China, and was accepted into the Wuhan Conservatory Elementary School (WCES). She received the highest scholarship every year, and was selected as the only pianist to be accepted at Wuhan Conservatory Middle School without an audition. In 2009, Hanbo came to the United States. She holds degrees from East Tennessee State University, Eastman School and is now pursuing her Doctoral degree at USC. Her primary teachers include Yi-ching Ng, Chu-fang Huang, Chih-long Hu, Rebecca Penneys and Daniel Pollack. Hanbo enjoys watching movies and biking.
Simon Malich was born in 1997 in Novorossysk, Russia and at the age of fifteen began his studies with prof. Mira Marchenko at the Central Musical School in Moscow. In 2015 he was laureate of First Vladimir Krainev Piano Competition in Moscow ( 2nd prize and 2 special prizes), and 1st prize in Denis Matsuev’s Competition “Astana Piano Passion”. In October 2015 received a scholarship from the Liechtenstein musical academy and took part in an Intensive Week of study with prof. Arie Vardi. He also received scholarships from the Nikolay Petrov Charity Foundation and from Governor of Krasnodar Land. In 2016 Mr. Malich moved to Parkville to study at the International Center for Music with Gold Medalist of 11th Cliburn Competition, Stanilslav Ioudenitch.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, twenty-seven year old pianist Stephanie Ng began her piano studies at age five and has since been the top prizewinner of several piano competitions such as: the Pacific Musical Society Competition, the Edith Knox Concerto Showcase Competition and the UCLA Benno Rubinyi Competition. She also won the chamber music prize at the 2013 Waring Competition, and was a semifinalist at the 2014 Washington International Competition in DC. Most recently, Ms. Ng received second place at the Dorothy Van Waynen Competition in Berkeley. She made her orchestral debut at age sixteen with the Saratoga Symphony. In March of 2015, she performed with the Colburn Orchestra in Zipper Hall. She has been invited to attend several music festivals. She has performed in masterclasses for Robert McDonald, John O’Conor, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mikhail Voskresensky, Menahem Pressler, and Sergei Babayan. Stephanie received her Artist Diploma at The Colburn School, where she studied with John Perry. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studies with Robert Roux.
American pianist Michael Noble was born in 1988 and gave his first recital at the age of six. He is a prizewinner of numerous competitions including the Grand Prize at the Carmel Music Society Competition (Carmel, CA), Gold Medal at the Crescendo Music Awards (Tulsa, OK), and prizewinner of the Chopin International Competition of the 1000 Islands. He has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Sunset Center (Carmel, CA), Lowman Concert Hall (Idyllwild, CA), and the Royal Dublin Society (Ireland). Michael has been featured as soloist with the Monterey and Tulsa Symphonies, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Alumni Orchestra among others. He has studied with Gary Graffman, the late Claude Frank, Christopher Elton, John O’Conor, Ursula Oppens, John Perry, Boris Berman and Robert McDonald. In 2008, Mr. Noble attended the Paris Conservatoire. Following this, he obtained his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and BA in English Literature cum laude from the Eastman School and University of Rochester respectively. He received his MM and Master of Musical Arts at Yale and is now a candidate for the Doctoral program there. His principal teachers include Peter Frankl, Nelita True, Melvin Chen, Nicholas Angelich, and Nelms McKelvain. During the past season, Michael performed throughout Western Europe, Thailand, and the United States.
Nineteen year old Aaron Petit is an American pianist who currently studies with Mark Westcott in Portland, Oregon. He began learning to play the piano at age twelve. His first impressions of Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin developed his deep interest for classical composers. He completed the MTNA Piano Syllabus level X at the age of fourteen. Aaron has won 7 piano competitions in the United States including the Seattle Philharmonic Young Artist Don Bushell Concerto Competition and the 22nd annual Metro Arts Concerto Competition in Portland. He has played with orchestras in Seattle, Portland, Salem, Renton, and Puyallup since making his debut at age fifteen with Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1. Most recently, he performed the first movement of the Chopin Concerto No. 1 with musicians of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestras. Aaron’s schooling has included the Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Colburn School Young Artists Academy. His previous teachers were Peter Brownlee, and Mark Salman. Currently, he has his own teaching studio located in Beaverton. Aaron’s enjoys solving puzzles, walking in the woods, reading, and learning languages for recreation. His long term ambition is to help the public relate to classical music and share the love he has for the arts through teaching and performing.
Christopher Richardson, age 18, was the featured soloist with several orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Pacific Orchestra and Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra. He was one of the top Prize Winners in numerous national and international piano competitions, including the 2015 International Keyboard Institute & Festival, Kaufman Young Artist, Lee, ENKOR International, Carmel, 2013 and 2015 International E-Piano Competition, Lennox International Young Artists Concerto 2011, 2011 Virginia Waring Junior International, Tureck International Bach, 2012 LA Liszt International, 2011 Seattle International, and International Russian Competitions of 2012 and 2013. He won first prize and Best Chopin Prize at the National MTNA Competition. He has attended numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Sejong International Music Festival, and the Oberlin International Artists Recital Series Festival. He appeared on NPR’s From the Top, TV program PIE on KCTS 9, and King FM98.1. He spoke about and performed piano at the TED x Youth@Redmond Conference in Washington. Christopher was accepted to the Juilliard School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory under Leon Fleisher. He currently studies at UC Berkeley and piano with Mack McCray. His non-musical interests are Reading, Economics, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Medicine.
Giulia Rossini was born in Milan, in 1993 and began studying the piano at the age of seven. She graduated at the Conservatorio in Milan in 2011, with top marks and special mention, as a student of Silvia Rumi. She received her second level degree in 2015. Since September 2011 she has been attending the “International Piano Academy” in Imola, Italy in the class of M° Leonid Margarius. She took part in masterclasses with Paul Badura-Skoda, Malcolm Bilson, Anna Kravtchenko, Boris Petrushansky, Lang Lang, Dmitri Bashkirov and François J.Thiollier. She has been awarded prizes competitions such as Bologna Festival, Festival MiTo, Estiva Lugano, Cremona Pianoforte, “Mozart Italia” Association, “Venice in Peril Fund” in London and Clare Hall in Cambridge. She has performed, in recital and with the orchestras, in many concert halls in Milan, the most important of which are Sala Puccini and Sala Verdi of the Conservatorio, the Triennale, the Auditorium “Verdi” and the “ridotto dei palchi” of the Teatro alla Scala. Other venues include: La Fenice (Venice), Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Malibran (Venice) as well as in cities such as London, Valberg, Lugano and New York. In May 2009 she made her début in the “Sala Verdi” in Milan with the Mendelssohn Concerto No. 2 and returned in 2013 performing Saint-Saens Concerto No.2.
Julan Wang was born in Chongqing, China in 1988 and started his musical study at the age of six. In 2003, he was admitted to the middle school of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Professor Huaguo Yang. In 2006, he began to study with Professor Bin Su at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2010. He then came to the US to study with Professor Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory, where he received the George Sarlo Scholarship and finisher his Master’s Degree in 2012. In 2014, he received his Artist Diploma at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he studied with pianist Awadagin Pratt. He is now pursuing a Doctoral Degree at Cincinnati. Mr. Wang gave his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and has performed in California, Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. Since 2012, he has been the recipient of the Enlight Foundation’s Outstanding Scientists and Artists Scholarship. Wang’s non-musical interests include photography, working out, traveling and movies.
Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov, born in 1989, began his musical studies at the age of six with Adela Umansky. He later received his Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. He then moved to the US to study with Prof. Boris Berman at Yale, where he received his M.M. degree and is currently pursuing his D.M.A. Top prizes at international piano competitions include the gold medal at the Wideman International Competition in Louisiana, 1st prize at the Tel-Hai International Concerto Competition in Israel and a top prize at the International Competition in Pinerolo, Italy, where he also received a special prize for an outstanding performance of a Beethoven Sonata. Yevgeny has played chamber concerts in Israel, Europe, South America, Canada and the US, in venues that include Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
He has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras, on stages in Israel, the US, Korea, and in many European countries. He also performed on Israeli national TV, and recorded for Israeli, Portuguese and US radios.
Born in Panjin (China) in 1987, Mr. Baolong Zhang began piano lessons at the age of four. At the age of six, he made his first appearance on the stage. In 1999, he was accepted to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. In 2005, Mr. Zhang was admitted to both the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Hong Kong Academy for Preforming Arts (HKAPA). In 2011, he was awarded a full scholarship for study in the HKAPA. Mr. Zhang was a prize winner in both the KAWAI Asia Piano Competition and the TOYAMA International Competition. Mr. Zhang has participated in master classes with pianists such as Angela Hewitt and Malcolm Bilson. Baolong graduated with a Master’s degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Preforming Arts, studying with Professor Eleanor Wong. Presently, Zhang is a Graduate Artist Certificate student at the University of North Texas and studies with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. He received the Special Award of the 65th Wideman International Competition and the first prize of the Lewisville Lake Symphony International Competition. Beside piano, Mr. Zhang’s other interests are in photography.
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