FIRST AGE CATEGORY (THROUGH 9)
First Prize: Chloe Wen
Second Prize: Owen Pan
Third Prize: Catherine Huang
Honorable Mention: Leo Jergovic
Honorable Mention: Bryan Chang
SECOND AGE CATEGORY (10-12)
First Prize: Erika Shen
Second Prize: Heather Hsun Chang
Third Prize: Erin Chen
Honorable Mention: Lindsay Tao
Honorable Mention: Jerry Peng
THIRD AGE CATEGORY (13-15)
First Prize: Catherine Xu
Second Prize: Hanson Tam
Third Prize: Weian Wang
Honorable Mention: Robert James Pearce
Honorable Mention: Douglas Yao
Bryan Chang, age 9, is a 4th grader at Cherry Chase elementary in Sunnyvale. Bryan began studying the piano at age four with Heidi Hau, a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since 2007, he began his piano training with acclaimed pianist Robert Schwartz. Bryan showed his interests in composition at a fairly young age. He recently started his composition study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Preparatory Division. This April, he won the first place at the San Francisco MTAC competition in the Intermediate category. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing chess, and creating LEGO robotics.
Heather Hsun Chang, 6th grade at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto, currently is studying music from Professor Mack McCray at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division. Heather started her music career since 2003 at the age of 5, before SFCM, she learned from Concert Pianist Chiao-Han Liao and has won numerous awards. Heather also learned music composition and had her pieces announced 2010. Besides music, she also shows her talent in art, and her work was exhibited in the art gallery since 2007.
Erin Chen has been studying piano for five years at the Gingis Academy of Music under Professor Nataly Gingis. Erin has won the first place award in 2010 CAMPT State Bartok and Contemporary Music Competition, the 1st alternate winner in 2009 MTAC Piano Solo Competition, as well as numerous prizes in the USOMC since 2007. Erin’s USOMC prizes include: 2 first place awards in showcase solo category for 2009 and 2011, 3 gold medals and 3 silver medals (from other categories), and Gold of Golden medalists selection in the Prize Winner’s Concert in 2009. Erin is currently a 6th grade student at Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino. She plays the bassoon in her school band and enjoys being a pianist for her school plays. Erin also loves drawing and writing stories in her free time.
Catherine Huang was born in March 2002 and I started learning piano at the age of four. My first piano teacher was Mr. Viktor Shektman from 2006-2009. I won second place in the 2008 Sonata Festival at San Diego. I stared learning piano from Mrs. Lena Grozman since December 2009. I won third place in the 2010 Menuhin Dowling Competition.
Leo Jergovic is a 7 year old 2nd grader at Fairmeadow Elementary in Palo Alto. Leo started learning piano in spring 2009 with Amelie Wong (MAM, Palo Alto). He joined the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparation Division in fall 2010 and enjoys studying piano with Mrs. Meikui Matsushima. Leo loves music, acting at Berkeley Playhouse, swimming on PASA swim team, drawing, reading, skiing and traveling. He enjoys his family and friends and loves making new friends.
Owen Pan is 8 years old and has studied piano for 2 1/2 years. His piano teacher is Ms. Meikui Matsushima. In addition to piano, he enjoys composing, improvising, and ensemble. Besides music, he also likes math, reading, and chess.
Robert James Pearce A grand finalist in KDFC radio’s Classical Star Search, RJ Pearce (15) is a five time winner of the Marin Music Chest Scholarship Award, a two time first place winner of the MTAC junior piano competition and a two time soloist for the bay area Junior Bach Festival. RJ started his piano studies at the age of 6 with Kuei-Ling Pomerleau. He now studies with William Wellborn, and is a sophomore in high school. When not performing classical music, RJ can be seen as the keyboard player for the popular Marin band known as “Crunchy Frog.”
Jerry Peng is a 4th grader. He is currently a student of Prof. Hans Boepple. Jerry previously studied piano with Mrs. Amy Hwang. Jerry has won numerous piano solo awards at USOMC and CMTANC between 2008 and 2010. Jerry was 1st alternative CAPMT regional Bartok Contemporary Music Festival. Recently Jerry received honorable mention in the northern regional at 2011 MTAC Piano Concerto Competitions. Jerry also is a 1st violinist at school orchestra. Jerry loves sports and chess.
Erika Shen, age 10 and 5th grader, has been studying and playing piano since five and half, currently with Ms. Zita Sandor. Erika has won numerous awards including an honorable mention in Piano Solo Division I at MATC in 2010, a 1st place in Category I at San Francisco Chopin Competition in 2010, a and a 1st place in Piano Category I (8-10 years old) at Pacific Musical Society in 2011. She also performed in the Jr. Bach Festival 2011. She is an avid skier and made a lot of progress in snowboarding this past season. Erika enjoys playing violin, travel, ballet, painting and swimming. Currently, Erika participates actively in a ballet company.
Hanson Tam, age 14, is an eighth grader at Crocker Middle School at Hillsborough. He is a student of Dr. William Wellborn at the SFCM Prep Division. He won first prize in the SF Chopin Competition for Young Pianists second age category, the Menuhin-Dowling Competition for Young Musicians and the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition junior division as well as second prize in the International Russian Music Piano Competition and the CAPMT Honors Audition state competition. He made his Carnegie Hall debut last summer as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival. He was selected to perform in the Junior Bach Festival, the Steinway Society of the Bay Area Concert, the Concerts at the Presidio at Golden Gate Club and the Young Pianists Play Liszt Concert. He also plays the flute and is the pianist of the Mondo Trio that recently appeared on the National Public Radio program "From The Top". In the past two summers Hanson attended and performed at the International Piano Seminar in Ebenfurth, Austria. He has performed in benefit concerts for Szechuan Earthquake Relief and Haiti Earthquake Relief. Hanson enjoys skiing, badminton, cycling and math. He is the champion of the 2011 Aragon High School Math Marathon competition.
Lindsay Tao is a fifth grader at Eaton Elementary School in Cupertino. She has been playing the piano for five years and is currently studying with Professor Hans Boepple. She is very excited to participate in the piano competition as Frédéric Chopin is her favorite composer. Besides playing the piano, Lindsay is a Girl Scout, enjoys playing soccer and is proud that her team came in first at the Destination Imagination regional competition. She enjoys reading mystery books and singing.
Weian Wang, 15, began piano lessons at the age of 6 with Sofi Dediashvili and now currently studies with Dr. William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has participated in masterclasses with Ksenia Nosikova and Jeanne Stark, as well as in the Austrian International Piano Seminars in Ebenfurth, Austria. In May 2008, Weian won first prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and performed subsequently at Carnegie Hall. In June 2010, she returned to the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival solo division. Weian has also been a winner is other competitions, as well as finalist in the 2010 UC Davis Mondavi Young Artist Competition, a finalist in the 2010 Marilyn Mindell Competition, first-prize winner of Thera Rabinowitch Memorial Competition 2008 and 2009, and MTAC Panel Honors 2011. She is also an active member of Bay Area Youth Music Society and performs regularly for charity, as well as a member of the California Youth Symphony.
Chloe Wen, age 9, is a girl who is always inspired with music. She loves the touch of the piano, and the beautiful sound that it makes. Her favorite composer is Chopin, one composer with a loving feel of music. Chopin to her is the happiness in her heart, and at the same time, the different moods of the piano. Chloe also enjoys lively composers, like Mozart, with characters differing at a rate of what seems like 2 seconds. Not one part of any piece is boring. She participated in the Lang Lang SF 101 Pianist Workshop in January this year . She won awards at the United States Open Music Competition in 2010 and 2011. Aside from piano, Chloe enjoys violin, tennis, and roller-skating. But, out of everything, she likes the piano the most. She studies piano with Ms Sujeeva Hapugalle.
Catherine Xu is a freshman at the Lynbrook High School in San Jose . She began her piano studies at age six and is a current student of John McCarthy. At the age of 10, she passed the Advanced Level of the MTAC's Certificate of Merit. In 2008, she was awarded the Best Chinese Music Performance (Piano) at the Chinese Music Teacher Association Youth Music Competition, and was named third place winner of the 13th SF Chopin Competition. She was also the winner of the 2009 Marilyn Mindell Competition of the Peninsula Symphony, and the alternate winner of the 2010 MTNA’s Junior Piano Performance Competition in the state of California. Currently, Catherine is a scholarship student at the Prep Division of the SFCM. Aside from piano, Catherine is also a competitive ice-skater and dancer, and likes to read in her spare time.
Douglas Yao began learning piano at the age of six. He currently studies under the instruction of Lena Grozman and has entered numerous competitions in the past several years. His awards include first place in the 2008 CAPMT Bartok and Contemporary Music, a winner of the 2009 56th Annual Junior Bach Audition, first place in the 2010 CAPMT Honors Audition, and honorable mention in the 2011 MTAC Solo Competition. Douglas is a freshman at Monta Vista High School, and he enjoys swimming and reading in his free time.