The Dallas Chamber Symphony proudly announces the concert pianists invited to to participate in the Dallas International Piano Competition 2018. The following pianists have passed the Preliminary Audition Round, which included a jury’s review of performances from a large field of applicants from around the globe. The pianists listed below have been selected to advance to the live Quarterfinals to be held at Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University’s Owen Arts Center on March 15th, 2018, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A native of Balashov, Russia, pianist Artem Kuznetsov has been hailed for his artistry, virtuosity, lyricism and exciting energy. Mr. Kuznetov has won First Prizes in the Ivanovka International Piano Competition, the International Music Fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Naftzger Young Artist Competition. In 2017 he took First Prize in the Seattle International Piano Competition.
He has also earned top prizes from the San Jose International Piano Competition, the Crescendo Music Awards Competition, the Wideman International Piano Competition, the San Antonio Young Artist Competition and the Bendizky International Piano Competition in Russia.
Artem Kuznetsov has performed as a soloist and is an avid chamber performer across Europe, Russia and the United States, including at festivals such as the International Rachmaninoff Music Festival in Ivanovka, Russia; the V Storonu Vyborga festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the Bachaton Festival in Kansas City. He has performed in venues including Muziekcentrum Enschede, The Netherlands; the great Hall of Saratov State Conservatory, Russia; Schloss Ettlingen, Asamsaal, Germany; Associazione Giosuè Carducci – Como, Italy; Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City; The Trianon Theatre, San Jose; and in Benaroya Hall, Seattle.
Mr. Kuznetsov studied at the Balashov Regional Music School, Russia with Anna Kuznetsova; at Balashov Music College with Ludmila Grimak; Sobinov State Conservatory in Saratov with Alexander Ryckel, and the International Center for Music at Park University under the tutelage of Stanislav Ioudenitch. Currently he is pursuing a Master of Music degree at Rice University in the studio of Dr. Jon Kimura Parker.
Born in Panjin, China, Mr. Zhang began piano lessons at the age of four. At the age of six he made his first concert first appearance in his hometown. In 1999 he was accepted to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music to study with Professor Lv, the head of the piano department.
In 2005 Mr. Zhang was admitted to both the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). In 2011 he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Eleanor Wong and HKAPA and graduated with his master’s degree in 2013.
Mr. Zhang was a prize winner in both the KAWAI Asia Piano Competition and the TOYAMA International Piano Competition. He has been a competitor in both the 2017 Shenzhen International Piano Competition and the 4th International Hong Kong Piano Competition.
Mr. Zhang has collaborated with many prominent soloists including Erhu master Guotong Wong in Hong Kong and has been accompanist for the Hong Kong International Violin Competition and the Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition.
In 2015 Mr. Zhang moved to the United States to study at the University of North Texas with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul. While completing his Graduate Artist Certificate, he won the College of Music concerto competition and performed as soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra. He also won first prize in the Lewisville Symphony Concerto Competition and was soloist at the orchestra’s opening concert in Fall 2017. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a full scholarship and a Teaching Fellow Award, under the direction of Pamela Mia Paul.
Since winning first prize in the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, Benjamin Hopkins has won acclaim for performances across North America and Europe. In 2008, he made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after decisively winning all four categories of the RPO League’s Young Artist Auditions. 2013 brought his New York City debut at Liederkranz Hall and performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with orchestras in Spain and California. Most recently, he won first prize in the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Competition, third prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions, and toured New York performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. In 2016, he was named the Outstanding Master of Music Graduate from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and was also honored for his contributions to the school as a teaching assistant.
Hopkins is continuing his doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia under the instruction of Corey Hamm and appeared with the UBC Symphony this fall as the winner of the University’s concerto competition. He is mentored by the renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. His past teachers are Lucinda Carver, Henry Gronnier, Brian Preston, and Norman Krieger.
Concert pianist Chen-Shen Fan regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His performances have been broadcasted on WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago and Philharmonic Radio in Taipei. Mr. Fan is a classical piano fellow of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Most recently, Mr. Fan was named the Best Liszt Interpretation Award and Second Prize Winner of the American Liszt Society’s 2017 International Franz Liszt Festival and Piano Competition.
Born in Taiwan, Chen-Shen Fan studied with Solomon Mikowsky and Alexandre Moutouzkine at Manhattan School of Music, Angela Hewitt at the Trasimeno Masterclass Series. He has received masterclass and lessons from Stephen Hough, Awadagin Pratt, Matti Raekallio, Douglas Humpherys, Alexander Korsantia, Ilana Vered, Sergei Babayan and Robert McDonald. At Northwestern, he is the assistant to James Giles where he graduated with honor. Mr. Fan is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Brooklyn College, City University of New York under the tutelage of phenomenal pianist Ursula Oppens.
Chen-Shen Fan is winner of the Thaviu-Isaak Piano Scholarship Competition, Evanston and North Shore Music Clubs Scholarship and the American Association for Development of Gifted and Talented Piano Competition. He is also a laureate of the International Young Artists Piano Competition in Singapore, Pauline Lindsey Award, MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, and Marian Garcia International Piano Competition. These prizes have led him to perform at some of the most exciting venues like Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and New York Steinway Hall.
Of special interest to Mr. Fan is music of our time. He has co-founded the Two Islands Duo with Gulli Björnsson, an Icelandic Fulbright composer and guitarist. Their mission is to premiere new guitar and piano repertoire. Two Islands Duo’s debut album “Angelo Gilardino, salute from New York”, was released in 2014 on the Berben label. The album is now available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. The reviews are featured on Italian music magazine Seicorde and the classical journal FineMusic of Sydney. During his residency at Northwestern, Mr. Fan had the privilege of working closely with world renowned composers such as David Lang, Steven Reich and Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as the leading new music initiatives Claire Chase, founder of International Contemporary Ensemble and Alan Pierson, the artistic director of Alarm Will Sound.
Chen-Shen Fan is the piano program coordinator of the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival.
South Korean pianist Eunjin Bang has established herself as an award-winning musician from an early age. Her accolades include prizes in the Chinese Professional Entrepreneur Scholarship Competition, Music Teachers National Association competition (OH), and Cooper International Competition. Ms. Bang has performed in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Korea. Her engagements include a broadcast in WCLV radio (Cleveland), performance in the Danenberg Honors Recital at Oberlin, and appearance as a soloist with IU Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro David Effron as a concerto competition winner. She is a graduate of the Oberlin College and Conservatory with Young Artist diploma and BM with Dean’s Talent Scholarship, studying under Professor Haewon Song. Eunjin is currently pursuing DM in Piano Performance at IU, where she also completed her MM and Performer Diploma, with Professor Emile Naoumoff and Professor Arnaldo Cohen.
Hsin-Hao Yang was born in Changhua, Taiwan. With his father being a manager, mother being a social worker, Hsin-Hao Yang started piano at the age of 7 and showed great talent and passion for music.
Throughout his music career, Hsin-Hao has won numerous awards including first prize of National Music Competition in 2009, 2011 and 2016. He also participated in the 2011 International Youth Piano Festival in Taiwan, the 2013 Interharmony Music Festival in Italy and the 2016 Music@Menlo Festival in San Francisco. Hsin-Hao gave his first piano solo recital in January 2015 at the Tainan National University of the Arts and the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.
Hsin-Hao was a student of Pei-Chun Liao and Grace Chung and has been instructed in master classes by Artemis Yen, Chun-Chieh Yen, Tai-Cheng Chen, and Vitali Berzon. Hsin-Hao is currently studying under Ning An’s instruction at California State University Fullerton.
Pianist HwaYoung An was born in Seoul, South Korea and began her piano studies at the age of four.
As a soloist, she won the Grand Prix at 9th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria, and won second prize and the audience prize at the San Jose International Piano Competition in 2017. She recently got second prize and Audience Favorite Prize at the Seattle International Piano competition this year. Last year, she performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Boston University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the soloist competition which was followed by receiving first prize from Boston University Richmond Piano Competition. In 2014, she gave a solo debut recital in Boston and in Seoul, Korea at Kumho Art Hall as a winner of the Kumho Foundation Young Artist Series Audition. In 2013, she was a finalist of the 32nd Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition in Madrid, Spain. In 2015, she was invited to participate in “The Pianofest in the Hamptons” in East Hampton, New York, and performed her solos in various venues around the Hamptons area.
Besides solo playing, as a dedicated chamber musician, HwaYoung formed a piano quartet named “Quartet Klang,” while at college in Korea, and gave recitals in Kumho Art Hall and various other halls at Seoul National University. For continuing her chamber playing, she has attended “Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School” and “Sarasota Music Festival”, where she was selected by faculty members to perform with her ensemble at Sarasota Opera House.
Previously, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, then moved to the United States to continue her music study. She received her Master of Music degree from Yale University School of Music and her Artist Diploma from The Colburn School. Her previous teachers are Peter Frankl, Ory Shihor and Kwi-Hyun Kim. Currently she is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate will full scholarships at Boston University under Prof. Pavel Nersessian.
Jiawei Yuan was born in Datong, China. He began his piano lessons at the age of five and went on to study at the Shenzhen Arts School, Central Conservatory of Music piano academy at Gulangyu, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and University of Houston.
He successfully earned both Performing Artist Certificate and Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Andrew Parr at Stephen F. Austin State University. Jiawei’s previous private piano lesson teachers also include Nancy Weems, Alvin Chow, Meng Lu, Ming Yang, Chengzong Yin, Mingyi Wu, and Meng Bian. His masterclass teachers include Stephen Hough, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Robert McDonald, Yoheved Kaplinsky, John Owings, Marc Silverman, Douglas Humpherys, Nelita True, David Korevaar, Lee Kum Sing, and Ning An. He started broadening his musical perspectives by participating in the Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy, Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida, and earning awards from the 14th Hong Kong Open Piano Competition, 9th Russian International Music Piano Competition, Ruth Burr Piano Competition, and 64th Wideman International Piano Competition.
As a soloist, he performed in Hongtai Concert Hall in Xiamen, China; Beijing Concert Hall; Severence Hall in Cleveland; Dudley Recital Hall and Moores Opera House at University of Houston; Cole Concert Hall in Stephen F. Austin State University; Recital Hall in Arcidosso, Italy; Wold performing center at Lynn University. As a chamber musician, he performed duo, trio, and quintet in Moores Opera House; trio performance in Recital Hall in Arcidosso, Italy; trio and quartet performance in Lynn Conservatory’s Recital Hall. Currently, Jiawei is pursuing his master’s degree at the Lynn Conservatory of Music in the studio of Professor Roberta Rust. Besides playing the piano, he also attends symphony concerts, operas, and other vocal or instrumental recitals regularly. In addition to music, he always rides his bike, goes to swimming, plays bowling, soccer, table tennis, billiard, badminton, watches movies and dramas. He enjoys life just as he enjoys playing the piano.
Ms. Jing’er Xu has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy and China. Ms. Xu graduated from the middle school of Shanghai Conservatory where she majored in piano. Ms. Xu attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied with Professor Yoshikazu Nagai. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Currently She is a second year DMA student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studies with Professor Pratt.
Ms. Xu has performed several times in the Performance Hall of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and is a prizewinner of several competitions including first prize winner of the 2011 Sturm-Page Piano Scholarship Competition, the Doris Marliave Award and the Berkeley Piano Club 2013 Dorothy Van Waynen Competition for Piano. She won the first prize in the 2014 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Piano Concerto Competition held in March and she performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 in D-Flat major with San Francisco Conservatory of Music student orchestra in the following fall season. She also won the first prize in the 2016 College of Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition and has performed Mozart Concerto in E flat Major K 271 with the CCM philharmonic orchestra.
Recently she had two chamber concerts in the music series of “sea turtles” (Chinese who have studied aboard and returned) week in the Shanghai Concert Hall. As a piano instructor, Ms. Xu also has many experiences of teaching for all levels both in China and the United States.
Dr. Muen Wei, a native of China, has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and jazz pianist. She has been applauded by critics for her “delicate playing” and “admirable virtuosic skills” (The News-Gazette). She has been guest soloist under the baton of Ian Hobson, Donald Schleicher, and Xiaoying Zheng. As a chamber musician, Dr. Wei has collaborated with great musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Sam Fisher, Henry Gronnior, Ko Iwasaki and Stan Sharp, among others. Her recent performance of Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G Minor with world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell received a standing ovation from the audience.
Wei’s musicianship has been recognized in many competitions, including the Seattle International Competition, International Music Competition Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso, Artist Presentation Society Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York, China Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Beijing, the UI Symphony Concerto Competition and Sinfonia da Camera Concerto Competition; She was the recipient of University Fellowship from University of Illinois in 2012, the Montecito International Music Festival Fellowship from 2013-2015.
Wei received her Bachelor of Music Degree from China Conservatory. In 2012, she received her Master of Music Degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Daniel Shapiro, with honor of the Dr. Joseph and Bess Scharff Leven Prize in Piano. She earned her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the instruction of Ian Hobson. She has also performed in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Peter Donohoe, Dominique Merlet, John Perry and Arie Vardi.
Chinese pianist Rixiang Huang was the gold medalist of 2016 New York International Artists Piano Competition and is praised by audiences and critics for his superb artistry and passionate, charismatic performance style on three continents. Mr. Huang’s performances have earned high accolades of audiences and critics alike. The Voice of North Carolina wrote of his performance “… Rixiang Huang, who gave a bang-up performance…He was brilliant and rose to every challenge…”
As an immersive and versatile soloist, Mr. Huang has performed extensively all over the world in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chautauqua Amphitheater, Japan Hamamatsu ACT Concert Hall, Indonesia Aula Sinfonia Jakarta, Brunswick Concert Hall in Germany, Spain Torrelodones Teatro Bulevar, China National Center for the Performing Arts, and the Beijing Concert Hall. Additionally, he has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world including China National Symphony Orchestra, Indonesia National Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra, and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast by China Radio International, Radio Online Indonesia and Channel 5.
Mr. Huang has been a featured artist at the International Piano Festival at Torrelodones, Spain, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Chautauqua International Music Festival, Art of the Piano at the University of Cincinnati, Pianofest in the Hamptons and many others. He has performed in master classes with Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Robert Levin, Stephen Hough, Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Slutsky, Solomon Mikowsky, and many other world-renowned pianists and pedagogues. As an avid chamber performer, he was selected to participate in the Advanced Piano Trio Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, directed by cellist Sharon Robinson of the acclaimed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
A laureate of many International Competitions, his honors include first prizes in New York International Artists Piano Competition, Asian Classical Music Competition in Japan, Eastern Music Festival’s Young Artist Piano Competition as well as Piano Concerto Competition. He also won second prizes in the Fifth ASEAN International Concerto Competition, First United States Virtuoso International Piano Competition, Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Competition, and High Point University International Piano Competition.
Mr. Huang is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance at The Juilliard School, where he is studying with legendary pianist Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. Previously, he worked with world-renowned pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Paul Schenly at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded the Arthur Loesser Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement in piano performance.
Sanghie Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and started playing the piano at the age of 5. A musical prodigy, she won the first prize in competition at age 8, and went on to attend Yewon School & Seoul Arts High School. She studied with Professor Shin at Yonsei University, receiving scholarships and earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music. Moving to the United States for further studies, she first earned her Performer Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, under Emile Naoumoff. She then went to the College-Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati to study with Eugene Pridonoff and Elisabeth Pridonoff. Currently, she is a DMA candidate and Artist Diploma, studying with James Tocco under a full scholarship.
Sanghie has won first prize in many competitions, including the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in 2015, where she also won a special award for Best Interpretation of an American Composer’s Work. She won second prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition in 2014 performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which she also performed with the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She has been invited to the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn, Piano FVG Competition in Italy, World Piano Competition, and San Jose International Competition. In Korea, Sanghie also won numerous first prizes at major competitions such as the Beethoven Piano Competition of Korea, Haneum Piano Competition, and Korea Piano Duo Association Competition.
An active chamber musician, Sanghie is a member of the piano trio Canorus, which won second prize at the 2017 OSTA (Ohio String Teachers Association) Chamber Music Competition; the trio has also won first prize at the 2016 CCM Chamber Competition and second prize in 2015. With other chamber groups, she has performed over 50 chamber recitals since 2013 in the Cincinnati area. At the Korea Piano Duo Association competition in Seoul, she won the Grand Prize for her piano duo recital performance.
Also in Seoul, Sanghie has been invited to perform at the Young Artist Musician’s Festival by Eumyoun, New Rising Star Debut Recital, and Young Artist Piano Recital. She performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Yonsei University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the school’s 2009 Concerto Competition.
Sanghie has participated many music festivals, including Art of the Piano; she was chosen to participate in the 2016 Gilmore Piano Festival as a top piano student in the College-Conservatory of Music, where she performed in a master class with Yefim Bronfman. She has also performed in master classes with Paul Schenly, Bruno Rigutto, Hie-Yeon Choi, Yoshikazu Nagai, Kate Soyeon Lee, Dror Biran, Michael Chertock, Ning An, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and Roberto Diaz.
Seunghun Jeong, born in Gwangju, South Korea, began his piano studies at the age of five. Upon his graduation in 2012 from Daedong Highschool, Mr. Jeong enrolled at Konkuk University, completing requirements for his bachelor of music and bachelor of music education degrees in 2013, where she studied with Professor Minjung Lee and Sangjin Shin. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, he received his master of music degree in 2014 at Konkuk University. Also, he studied with Professor Awadagin Pratt during his master’s degree until 2015. Since 2015, he has been studying with Professor Dror Biran at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he received his master of music degree in 2016, and continues his doctoral studies.
Recently, he won the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition in 2017 and was selected as a Seoul Young Artist in 2017 which was sponsored by the government of Seoul, South Korea. Prior to his studies in the U.S., Mr. Jeong received numerous prizes and awards in his native Korea, including Grand Prix at the Asia International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Seoul Music Competition, and Second Prize at the Duo Competition.
Mr. Jeong has an abundance of performing experience and has given many recitals as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout several venues in South Korea and the United States. Furthermore, he had his first master class at the 2017 Sewanee Music Festival for the undergraduate students majoring in piano performance.
“His uncanny mastery of rubato, that most intuitive and romantic of expressive devices” writes the The Straits Times of pianist Shiehhsien Yeh. Yeh recently won the First Prize and Best Sonata award at the KeriKeri International Piano Competition in New Zealand. He also won First Prize at the Ibiza International Piano Competition. Yeh is currently in his second year of an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Pianist HaeSun Paik.
He is the prize winner of many international and national competitions such as 1st prize of Singapore National Competition (Artist Category) in 2011, 1st prize of New Artinc young artists Piano Competition, 2nd Prize of Kawai Piano Competition in Taiwan. He also was selected twice to take part in the 67th and 69th Geneva International Piano Competition. His achievements also include chamber music such as Third Prize of Taiwan National Chamber Competition.
Recently, he performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra under Jahja Ling.
He has performed in master classes of eminent world-class pianists and teachers such as Dang Thai Song, Jerome Lowenthal, Phillipe Entremont, Christopher Elton, Ann Schein, YongHi Moon, Solomon Mikowsky, Nikolay Lugansky, Akiko Abi, Tamas Ungar, N.Delle-Vigne, Jeremy Denk, and Aquiles Delle Vigne.
ShihHsien was born in Yunlin Taiwan, where he first started the piano at the age of six. He came from a musical family where his mother was his first piano teacher. He graduated from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore with full scholarship under Albert Tiu in 2014.
A native of Los Angeles, pianist Stephanie Tang is a prizewinner of multiple competitions and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide. At the age of 12, she performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and at sixteen, made her orchestral solo debut with the West Covina Symphony Orchestra. She has since performed solo recitals in Los Angeles, Shenzhen, Shanghai, the Netherlands, Banff, and Gijon. This year, she joins the roster of Los Angeles’s Classics Alive Young Artists, which provides career development and performance opportunities to young soloists.
She has won 1st prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Louisiana International Piano Competition, and the top prize at the Young Pianists’ Beethoven Competition. She was also a finalist in the New York International Piano Competition and was awarded the Jury Discretionary Prize at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Bronislaw Kaper Awards. In 2016, she won 2nd prize at the Susan Torres Award for Pianists in Fresno, CA.
This past year, Ms. Tang has been featured in performances in important venues such as Koerner Hall in Toronto, the McKenna Theatre in New York, and Shenzhen Concert Hall in China. Her upcoming performances this year include a recital at the University of Ottawa and a prelude concert in Koerner Hall.
Over the years, Ms. Tang has worked with many prominent artists, including Richard Goode, Marc Durand, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Matti Raekallio, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Menahem Pressler, and Leon Fleisher. An avid chamber musician, she has performed and collaborated with John Adams, Andrés Diaz, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and coached with members of the Ébène, Guarneri, and Tokyo Quartets.
Previously, she studied with Zhaoyi Dan at the Shenzhen Arts School in China and Ory Shihor at the Colburn Academy. Having recently completed her Bachelor of Music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with John Perry, she is continuing her studies with Mr. Perry as an Artist Diploma candidate at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
Tianxu An is from Beijing, China. He is currently under the tutelage of Mr. Meng-chieh Liu at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
While growing up, Tianxu has won numerous prizes in competitions around his country. In 2010 he won the Grand Prize at the third “Helen Cup” Shanghai International Piano Competition. In 2011 he received the silver prize at “Lotto Cup” CCTV Piano and Violin Competition (Youth Group); the Zhou Guangren Young Pianist Award. In 2012 he won the second prize at the Third National Youth Piano Competition of Beijing Concert Hall and the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Youth Piano Competition (China Trials); the second prize in the 7th Beijing International Piano Festival Young Artists Concerto Competition. He has also been the prize winner of several international competitions, including the second prize at the IV. Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in Germany, an honorable mention from the EDR International Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition in Chicago, andthird prize from the Concerto Competition ‘Theodor Leschetizky’ for Gifted Young Pianists.
Tianxu has attended the 7th Beijing International Piano Festival, Philadelphia Young Pianists’Academy, the Purple Crown international piano Festival and the Sejong International Music Festival. He has participated in master classes with Robert McDonald, Sergei Babayan, Klause Baessler, Anthony Hewitt, Maxim Mogilevsky and Andrea Bonatta.
Tianxu began his piano lessons at age five and has studied with Hua Chang at the middle school of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Born and raised in New York City, pianist and figure skater Vincent Ip has recently completed a 35-city tour through Europe with Holiday On Ice. In the show “Time” (2016- 2017), he showcased his passion and expertise on both the piano and the ice, performing at world famous venues such as Le Lido in Paris, Lanxess Arena in Köln, Festhalle in Frankfurt and Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, and Halle Tony-Garnier in Lyon.
After returning from the figure skating tour, Vincent resumed his studies at Rice University in August and in October, claimed the bronze medal at the 2017 Seattle International Piano Competition. In 2016, he was awarded 1st prize at the Sigma Alpha Iota Concerto Competition and was invited to perform as the soloist with the MSFO at the Chautauqua Institution in July this year playing the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3. He was also awarded Grand prize at the 2016 Camerata Artists International Concerto Competition and 1st prize at the 2015 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, leading to performances at Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Other prizes include top prize at the 2014 Chautauqua International Piano Festival Competition with a jury panel including Gary Graffman and Angela Cheng, 2nd place at the 2014 Five Towns Music and Art Foundation Piano Competition, and 1st prize at the 2012 Pearl and Julius Young Music Competition.
Vincent received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, studying under Andre-Michel Schub, and is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at Rice University as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Jon Kimura Parker. Vincent has been invited to perform the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with the Galveston Symphony in April 2018.
Yi-Yang Chen Has been playing the piano since the age of eight. Earlier this month, he won first prize in the Washington International Competition for Piano sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation. He also recently won First place in the Waring International Piano Competition, through which he will give his Carnegie Weill Hall debut on October 18, 2017. Mr. Chen has attended the Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music Program, and Banff Music Centre, and was awarded a fellowship at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. He has participated in master classes with Itzhak Perlman, Emmanuel Ax, Thomas Sauer, and with members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Shanghai, Borromeo, Brentano, and Guarneri String Quartets.
As a winner of the 2012 MTNA Young Artist Competition, Mr. Chen was awarded a Steinway piano and two concerts in Miami sponsored by the Chopin Foundation/USA. He has excelled as an award winner in other competitions, including the San Jose International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Pacific International Piano Competition (Canada), High Point Piano Competition, Hartford Chopin International Piano Competition, Thousand Islands International Chopin Piano Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, Five Towns Music Competition, and Schubert Club Scholarship Competition.
Mr. Chen is currently a doctoral candidate in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he also received his bachelor’s degree, studying with Douglas Humpherys. He received his master’s degree in 2014 from the Juilliard School as a student of Robert McDonald and Jerome Lowenthal.