2013

 

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 4:00PM
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2013 program:

Jessica Li: Fantasie Impromptu in c-sharp minor, Op. 66

Angela Tsang: Waltz in F Major, Op. 34, No. 3

Miyabi Kadowaki: Mazurka in a minor, Op. 67, No. 4

Chikako Shimada: Étude in f minor, Op. 25, No. 2

Dominic Pang: Waltz in G-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1

Karina Tseng: Grande Waltz Brillante in E-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 1

Khoi Le: Nocturne in f-minor, Op. 55, No. 1

Shiyi Andy Sheng: Prelude C #20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Hana Mizuta: Ballade No. 1 in g minor, Op. 23

Special Guest
Chenchen Zhang
Waltz in B Minor, Op.69, No.2
Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No.2
Ballade in A-flat Major, Op.47



2013 Bios:

Miyabi Kadowaki started playing piano at age five and has studied with piano teachers Ruzanna Faramazyan and Lena Grozman. Miyabi has won numerous awards in both the solo and duet division in the US Open Music Competition in 2011 and 2012 and won first place in the Aloha International Piano Competition in 2013. She was selected to perform at a historical event in Niigata, Japan, and in the Junior Bach festival in 2013. Besides playing the piano, she enjoys reading, drawing, singing and math as well as being a competitive swimmer at PASA- DKS site.

Khoi Le is 10 years old. He attends Sycamore Valley Elementary in Danville. Besides playing piano, Khoi’s favorite hobbies include composing and improvising music. Khoi’s compositions are mostly influenced by his favorite composers including Chopin,Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Bach, as he feels connected to their music. Khoi currently takes lessons at the SF Conservatory with Arkadi Serper. During his free time, he enjoys Taekwondo and playing with his younger brother, Ben, who is 7 years old.

Jessica Li, age 10, is a 5th grader at Murdock-Portal Elementary in Cupertino school district, has been studying and playing piano since age 4, currently with Professor Hans Boepple. Jessica has won numerous awards mainly including the First place in 2011 CMTANC Youth Music Competition, the Second place in 2012 US Open Music Competition, the Second place in 2012 International Russian Music Piano Competition, the First place in 2012 Aloha International Piano Competition, the third place in 2013 MTAC Piano Concerto Competition, the Gold Medal and Best Performance of a Work by J.S. Bach in 2013 Seattle International Piano Competition. Jessica enjoys ballet, reading, drawing, math and swimming as well.

Hana Mizuta, 15, is a sophomore at Homestead High School. She has been playing piano since the age of 5, and is currently studying with Heidi Hau and Erna Gulabyan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Hana received first prize in the 2012 Menuhin-Dowling Music Competition, first prize in the 2010 Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, and second prize in the 2012 Pacific Musical Society Competition. This past summer, she studied with John O’Conor at the Aspen Music Festival.

Dominic Pang, 10 years old is a student of William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He performed at various festivals sponsored by American Protégé, American Fine Arts Festival, American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented, Classical Music Masters Music Festival and Junior Bach Music Festival. He is proud to be a Webelos Scout of Pack 386 in Folsom, California. In his free time, he enjoys playing cello, bicycling, swimming, reading about history, making Lego creations and playing with his cat Mocha.

Shiyi Andy Sheng, 15, is studying music with Mrs. Anna Polonsky. Most recently, he won 3rd place in the San Francisco Chopin Competition and 2nd place in US Open Music Competition’s Showcase Solo Intermediate Category. In previous years, he has won 3rd prize & Honorable mention at International Russian Music Competition and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes at U.S Open Music Competition. In 2012, he has performed piano concerto with Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Vienna and 5 piano and organ solo concerts internationally in the Bay Area, Ebenfurth, Austria & Zychlin, Poland. He is an active member of Evergreen Ensemble and the vice president of Evergreen Valley Youth Orchestra (EVYO), serves as music director and conductor.

Chikako Shimada, 9years old and a 4th grader at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in San Francisco. She studies with Machiko Kobialka at San Francisco Conservatory of Music,and she participates in their Chamber Music Program.She was selected to perform in 2013 Junior Bach Festival. She was the second -alternate winner in the 2013 MTAC Piano Solo Competition, and she was the first prize winner in 2013CAPMT district? HonorsAudition. Chikako enjoys swimming,reading and drawing.

Angela Tsang, 10, started learning piano at age five, and gave her 1st piano solo recital at age six. She is currently studying under Ms. Peyhwan Kuan. Angela was the first place winner of the US Beacon-Stanislaus International Piano Competition, 2012-2013 CAPMT Honors Auditions for District II; she received the Honorable Mentions at the State Final of the CAPMT Honors Auditions and the SF Chopin Competition for Young Pianist. Angela also received awards from Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Piano Competition and USOMC-showcase piano solo.

Karina Tseng, age 11, is a 6th grader at Ralston Middle School. She has studied piano with Sujeeva Hapugalle for over five years. Karina was a 1st and 2nd place winner at the 2013 U.S. Open Music Competition; her performance at the winners' concert earned her an Outstanding Gold Medalist Award. She won 2nd place at the 2013 San Francisco Chopin competition, and 2nd runner up at the 2013 Menulin/Dowling Competition. Outside of piano, she enjoys rollerblading, reading, and violin.

Chenchen Zhang graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music majoring in piano performance. She was born in Yantai, Shandong in 1989 and began studying piano at the age of 5. In 1997,she won the second prize in Shandong Teenager Piano Competition, and in the following year she was the first person at Shandong, who qualified as a finalist in ‘Xing hai’, China's teenager piano competition, which is one of the highest-level competitions in China. In 2000,she gained admission to Music Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with the highest scores, studying with Professor Shao Dan. During this time she was selected as the youngest student in the Shanghai Perlman master summer classes in 2002, by praise from many professors. She also won the first prize of the 65th Steinway teenager piano competition (East China area). She has received the scholarship several times, and has also been selected with great honors for the student union president in high school. In 2006, she held two solo concerts in Shanghai Baoshan District Place, and in the next year, she took part in several chamber music concerts in Shanghai Symphony’s Hall. Now she studies with Professor Mack McCray in San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

 

2012

2012 Holiday Concert winners

Sunday, December 2, 2012, 4:00PM
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2012 program:

Wilson Chen: Polonaise in f minor, Op. 71, No. 3

Sunny Kim: Mazurka in B-flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1

Clara Galant: Mazurka in a minor, Op. 67, No. 4

Josephine Chou: Waltz in A-flat Major Op. 42

Josephine Chan: Trois Écossaises in D Major, Op. 72, No. 3, 4, 5

Andrew Lin: Étude in f minor from Les Trois Nouvelles Etudes

Bryan Chang: Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57

Cameron Akioka: Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 29

Chloe Ma: Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38

Heather Hsun Chang: Scherzo, No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20

Nigel Zhang: Étude in C minor, Op. 25, No. 12

Misha Galant: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Hanson Tam: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47



2012 Bios:

Cami Akioka is a 7th grader at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto. She began studying piano at the age of seven and studies with Olya Katsman. This past year, Cami won first place in the MTAC Piano Solo Competition, Division I, at the state convention held in San Diego. She was the winner of her age division in the Menuhin-Dowling Young Artist Competition and was selected to perform at the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley. Before moving to Northern California, she was a branch and regional winner for the Southern California Junior Bach Festival and a scholarship winner in the CAPMT Sonata Competition. In 2008, as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Fair, Cami was selected as a Junior Rising Star by the Peninsula Committee. She has won both first and second place in the junior division of the MTAC Scholarship Competition. Along with her love of music, Cami is an avid soccer player and enjoys art, animals and reading.

Josephine Chan is 9 years old and is studying piano with Meikui Matsushima at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was selected to perform in 2011 Junior Bach Festival. She has participated in master classes with Mack McCray and Corey McVicar. Josephine is a 4th grader at Stratford School and enjoys classical music, reading, art and badminton.

Bryan Chang, age 11, is a 6th grader at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto. 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 also had his composition study at the SFCM in the Prep Division. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing chess, and creating LEGO robotics.

Heather Chang, 14, is currently a 8th grader at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto, and a scholarship student of Mack McCray in the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has won prizes in the Pacific Music Society Competition, the San Francisco Chopin Competition, and the Kawai Piano Competition, Taiwan Regional. Heather enjoys listening to music, reading, and swimming in her spare time.

Josephine Chou is a 4th grader at Argonaut Elementary school in Saratoga. She is currently studying with Professor Hans Boepple at Santa Clara University. Since beginning piano lessons at age four, Josephine has won numerous honors including highest prize awarded in the San Francisco Chopin competition, first alternate in the MTAC Concerto Competition, the MTAC Piano Solo Competition and the CAPMT Honors Audition. She will be performing the Haydn Concerto in D Major with Winchester Symphony in December at West Valley College (Saratoga) and Trinity Cathedral (San Jose). Josephine enjoys reading, drawing, rollerblading and ice skating, but she enjoys playing piano the most, and Chopin is one of her favorite composers.

Wilson Chen, age nine, is a third grader at Milpitas Christian School. He has been studying with Peyhwan Kuan for a little over three years. At the 2012 US Open Music Competition, Wilson is the third place winner in the category of the the Treasury of Classical-Senior; he also was the third place winner of the US Open Music Competition for Treasury of Baroque-Intermediate in 2011. Wilson was the District II winner for the CAPMT Honors Audition in 2010 for the age group 7 and under. Besides piano, he enjoys playing cello, reading, drawing,and swimming.

Clara Galant, 8, is a 3rd grader at Bunker Elementary School in Newark. She has been studying piano with her mother, Olya Katsman, for the past three years. Recently, she performed in the Jr. Bach Festival in Berkeley, and was awarded both second prize and the contemporary music award in the East Bay Music Festival. In September she gave her first solo recital. Clara is also very active in sports, swimming for Calphin in Union City, running, and as a member of the Gold Star rhythmic gymnastics team in Mountain View.

Misha Galant, 15, is a freshman at Newark Memorial High School in Newark. He began piano lessons at the age of six with his mother and current teacher, Olya Katsman. Among his accomplishments are first prizes in the Menuhin-Dowling Young Pianist’s Competition, the CAPMT Bartok and Contemporary Music competition, the CAPMT Honors Auditions and northern division concerto competition, and the East Bay Music Festival. In 2010, he was the state winner in the MTAC concerto competition and, as the winner of the Oakland East Bay Symphony concerto competition, he performed the Chopin Concerto no. 1 with the orchestra two years ago. Misha has performed in the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley and in masterclasses with Gilbert Kalish, Mack McCray, Paul Hersh, Ann Schein and Robert Scwartz. He has also performed for William Bolcom, Leon Fleisher, and Stephen Prutsman and is currently preparing for his third solo recital in December. Misha is indebted to Sharon Mann of the San Francisco Conservatory for her invaluable and inspirational coaching.

Sunny Kim is 8 years old and in the 4th grade. His current teacher is Jerri Witt. with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division. Sunny started learning and composing his own music since he was 6 years old, and performed his original music at school, church and special events. He won 3rd place at the Korea Times Young Artist Piano Competition in Los Angeles at the age of 6. As well, Sunny won the following international competitions - SECOND PLACE at the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2011, and performed at Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall NYC - GOLD MEDAL at The American Association for Development of the Gifted & Talented (AADGT) International Young Musicians Festival “Passion of Music 2012” and performed at the Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall NYC - SECOND PLACE at the American Protégé International Competition of Piano & Strings 2012, and performed at the Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall NYC

Andrew Lin is a 7th grader at Miller Middle School in San Jose. He currently studies with Dr. William Wellborn. Andrew received awards from USOMC Showcase Solo, CAPMT Honors Auditions, CMTANC Youth Music Competition, USOMC Showcase Concerto, and MTAC Concerto Competition. He was selected to perform in Junior Bach Festival and was chosen to perform with El Camino Youth Symphony as a piano soloist. Andrew enjoys playing chess, reading, swimming, hiking, and playing video games in his free time.

Chloe Ma is a twelve-year old, 7th grade homeschooler. She started piano at age 4 and her current piano teacher is Mr. John McCarthy. She has won prizes at US Open Music Competition, East Bay Piano Competition, Pacific Musical Society, Bradshaw & Buono Piano Competition and participated at Junior Bach Festival 2009 and 2011 in Berkeley. She's also the winner in the Oakland East Bay Symphony Concerto Competition in 2011. She also participated in the documentary film “Miracle In a Box” by John Korty. Chloe enjoys readings, learning Chinese Kung Fu, and studying nature.

Hanson Tam is a sophomore at Menlo School. He studies with Dr. William Wellborn at SFCM Preparatory Division. He won top prizes in the SF Chopin Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, International Russian Music Piano Competition, and Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Junior Bach Festival, Steinway Society Bay Area Concert, and Franz Liszt Gala Concert. Hanson appeared on the NPR program "From the Top" with the Mondo Trio. He is a recipient of the 2012 National Chopin Foundation Scholarship.

Nigel Zhang, age fifteen, is a sophomore at Lowell High School in San Francisco. He started playing piano at age six and is currently a student of Dr. William Wellborn at the SFCM Prep Division. In 2010 and 2011, he won second place in the Early Advanced category in the MTAC SF Branch Competition. Nigel performed in many recitals including MTAC Branch Recitals and MTAC State Conventions. In January 2011, Nigel participated in the Lang Lang101 Pianist Workshop in San Francisco. He has also attended and performed at the International Piano Seminar in Ebenfurth, Austria last year. In his spare time, Nigel enjoys biking, swimming, and doing competitive math.

 

2011

Holiday Concert 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011, 4:00PM
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2011 program:

Bryan Chang: Nocturne in Db major, Op. 27, No. 2

Leo Jergovic: Nocturne in C minor Op. Posth

Catherine Huang: Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 29

Chloe Wen: Nocturne in B major, Op. 32, No. 1

Jerry Peng: Nocturne in E Flat, Opus 9, No. 2

Lindsay Tao: Waltz in C# minor Op. 64, No. 2

Erin Chen: Fantasie-Impromptu in C# minor, Op. 66

Heather Hsun Chang: Grand Valse Brilliante in Eb Major, Op. 18

Erika Shen: Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3

Robert J. Pearce: Nocturn in C Minor

Weian Wang: Étude Op. 25 No. 11 "Winter Wind"

Hanson Tam: Ballade No. 3 in A flat Major, Op. 47

Catherine Xu: Ballade in F Major, Op. 38



2011 Bios:

Bryan Chang, age 10, is a 5th grader at El Carmelo elementary in Palo Alto. Bryan began studying the piano at age four with Heidi Hau, a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Prep Division. Since 2007, he began his piano training with the acclaimed pianist Robert Schwartz. Bryan showed his interests in composition at a fairly young age. He also studies composition with arkadi serper 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, 7th 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, age 12, has been studying piano for six years at the Gingis Academy of Music under Professor Nataly Gingis. She has won many awards ; the State Winner in 2010 CAMPT State Bartok and Contemporary Music Competition, the 1st Alternate Winner in the 2009 MTAC Piano Solo Competition, the Third Place Winner in 2011 San Francisco Chopin Competition, and 5 gold medals in USOMC. Erin also enjoys being a pianist for her school plays, and is one of the editors of her school yearbook.

Catherine Huang, age 9, is a girl who loves music. She started learning piano at the age of four, currently studying with Mrs. Lena Grozman. Catherine has won a number of competitions since the age of 5, including recently the 3rd place at the 2011 San Francisco Chopin Competition in the 9&under age category. She goes to Dilworth Elementary and is in fourth grade. She enjoys reading, resolving math and science problems, dancing ballet, and swimming.

Leo Jergovic, Leo is a 8 year old 3rd grader at Fairmeadow Elementary in Palo Alto . Leo started learning piano in spring 2009. 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, swimming, drawing, reading, skiing and traveling. He enjoys his family and friends and loves making new friends.

Robert J. Pearce, A grand finalist in KDFC radio's Classical Star Search, RJ Pearce (16) appears in chamber music and solo performances in San Francisco and all over Marin county. He is a four time winner of the Marin Music Chest Scholarship Award, a two time soloist for the bay area Junior Bach Festival and a two time first place winner of the MTAC junior piano competition. When not playing classical RJ can be seen as the keyboardist for the popular band "Crunchy Frog."

Jerry Peng, Jerry is a 5th grader and currently studying piano with Prof. Hans Boepple. He previously studied with Mrs. Amy Huang. 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 violinist in school orchestra and pianist in school Jazz band.

Erika Shen, Age 11 and 6th grader, has been playing piano since 5, currently with Ms. Zita Sandor. Erika has won numerous awards including an honorable mention at MTAC ( Div I), 1st place in both Category I & II at San Francisco Chopin Competition in 2010 & 2011, and first place James Denver Gary Piano Award (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 snowboarder. Erika enjoys playing violin, tennis, dancing, and drawing. Currently, Erika is a member of a ballet company

Hanson Tam is a freshman at Menlo School. He studies with Dr. William Wellborn at SFCM Preparatory Division. He won top prizes in many piano competitions. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Steinway Society of the Bay Area Concert and the Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary Gala concert. Hanson’s chamber music group, the Mondo Trio, appeared on NPR program "From The Top". He made his concerto debut with the Wiener Neustadt Instrumentalisten chamber orchestra in Austria this past August

Lindsay Tao is a sixth grader at Lawson Middle School in Cupertino . She is excited to be back playing at the 2011 Chopin Foundation Holiday Concert. She has been playing the piano for five and a half years and is currently studying with Professor Hans Boepple. Besides playing the piano, Lindsay is a Girl Scout, enjoys playing soccer and is having fun being in the school volleyball team. She enjoys reading mystery books and singing

Weian Wang, 16, has been studying piano since the age of 6 and is currently a student of Dr. William Wellborn. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12 as a first prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and performed in the Weill Hall, subsequently returning in 2009, having been selected to perform in the American Fine Arts Festival. Aside from piano, Weian is captain of her school Lynbrook High School’s Mock Trial team and an active member of her school’s Future Business Leaders of America club, French Honor Society, and Math Honor Society. In her spare time, she likes to compete in Sudoku competitions and play Tetris.

Chloe Wen, age nine, has always enjoyed music . She considers the piano “a way to express true feelings with the depth of the sound world of the piano ”. Since the beginning of her studies of piano, she has always enjoyed playing and listening to Chopin’s music. She says that “his music speaks to her; the beautiful strands of music- delicate, passionate and epic that Chopin has taken much time to compose are breath-taking.” During her budding music career, Chloe has won two awards at United States Open Music Competition, performed with Lang Lang during SF 101 Pianists, and participated in other various concerts including charity performances.She has been a student of Steinway Artist , Sujeeva Hapugalle. Besides piano, Chloe enjoys other activities including playing violin, tennis, and roller-skating.

Catherine Xu is a sophomore at the Lynbrook High School in San Jose. She began her piano studies at age six and is a current student of John McCarthy. In the past several years Catherine has won numerous awards including the third place winner of the 2008 13th San Francisco Chopin Competition, the winner of the 2009 Marilyn Mindell Competition of the Peninsula Symphony, the alternate winner of the 2010 MTNA’s Junior Piano Performance Competition in California, and the first prize winner of the 2011 16th San Francisco Chopin Competition.

 

2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010, 4:00PM
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2010 program:

Lindsay Tao: Nocturne in C-sharpMinor, Op. Posth

Joanne Kim: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1

John K. Baeg: Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 29

Kayla Shen: Waltz in A minor

Erika Shen: Nocturne in Db major Op. 27 No. 2

Austin Phillips: Berceuse in Db major Op. 57

Jessica Phillips: Nocturne in Eb major Op. 9 No. 2

Sophia Lin: Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20

Quinn Wu: Etude in E Major, Op. 10,  No. 3

Francesco Trogu: Nocturne in Db major Op. 27 No. 2

Connie Chen: Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3

Jillian Kim: Etude in G-flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5    
                 Etude in G-flat Major, Op. 10, No. 12

Ray Hua Wu: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major,  Op. 60



2010 Bios:

John K. Baeg - John K. Baeg, age 8, 3rd grade, currently studies with Heidi Hau at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He won 1st place at the San Francisco Music Teachers Association of California competition in the early advanced category in April 2010. He enjoys performing and wants to be a conductor .He also enjoys drawing and he received an honorable mention from the World Children’s Picture Contest in Japan, 2009                                           

Connie Chen - Connie Chen is a sophomore attending Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. She currently studies under Dr. William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received first prize at the East Bay Music Foundation Solo Piano Competition in 2008 and 2010 in the Primary II and Junior Divisions, respectively. She also won first place at the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council Youth Excellence Awards – Music Division in 2010. She was chosen to play in the 2009 and 2010 Junior Bach Festival. In her leisure time, she enjoys drawing and painting, and at the Alameda County Fair in 2009, she received the Best of Class prize, two first places, and one second place. She was also the Geometry Bee School Champion in 2010                                                                                                   

Jillian Kim - Jillian Kim is 16yrs old and native of San Francisco. She has been studying piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division under Meikui Matsushima as a scholarship student since she was six years old. She participated at Zephyr Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, received second place at the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists at ten and sixteen. She, in the Korean Times Young Artist’s Music Competition, won grand prize at age ten, and first prize at age sixteen. She received first place for Pacific Musical Society’s Junior Piano Division . She also performed in Junior Bach Festival.  Jillian has participated in numerous master classes by Mack McCray. She is a junior at the San Francisco School of the Arts    

Joanne Kim - Joanne Kim likes to play piano and loves music. In the fall of 2008, Joanne joined the preparation division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studies classical piano with Ms. Heidi Hau. She won the third prize of the US Open Music Competition in the category of the Treasure of Classical - Junior Level in February 2010. She also likes reading, singing, skiing and math. She attends Bollinger Canyon Elementary School in San Ramon, CA and is in the 5th grade                                                                                                          

Sophia Lin - A 7th grader at Redwood Middle School, Sophia started her piano studies at the age of five.  She loves playing the piano and enjoys studying with her teacher, Anna Semyanovsky.  Sophia won 3rd prize and the Most Promising Young Talent Award in the 2009 International Russian Music Piano Competition.  She also won 2 gold medals in 2009 USOMC. In addition to playing the piano, Sophia enjoys practicing the violin and dancing                               

Austin Phillips - Austin Phillips, age 12, is a 7th grader and  has been playing the piano under Mrs. Zita Sandor for about 6 years now. He only listens to classical music and his favorite composers are Bizet, Beethoven and Bach. He also loves to improvise and compose, and is currently enrolled in the John Adams Young Composers Program (JAYC) at the Crowden School in Berkeley, where he had Ms. Katrina Wreede and Mr. Allan Crossman (currently) as his mentor.  He likes competing in piano competitions and has won several awards, including the KDFC 102.1 Classical Star Search People’s Choice Award in 2009.  Austin is also interested in science, hiking, reading, chamber music, ballroom, ballet, figure skating and opera.  His favorite past time is watching live performances (classical, musical theater or opera) on stage            

Jessica Phillips - Jessica Phillips, age 10, is a 5th grader and started playing the piano under Mrs. Zita Sandor for almost 4 years now. She only listens to classical music and her favorite composers are Bach, Mozart and Chopin. Her interest in Music also includes composition, and she is currently enrolled in the John Adams Young Composers Program (JAYC) at the Crowden School in Berkeley where she is being mentored by Mr. Allan Crossman. She has won several competitions in piano and enjoys competing. She also loves reading, ballet, ballroom, figure skating, painting, chamber music and opera. Her favorite past time is watching live performances (classical, musical theater or opera) on stage   

 Erika Shen - Erika Shen,started playing piano since five and half and currently with Ms. Zita Sandor. Erika won many awards at USOMC in 2009 and won honorable mention for MTAC Solo Division I in 2010. Erika has been an avid skier and snowboarder since five and enjoys reading,gymnastics, ballet and swimming.                                                                     

Kayla Shen - Kayla has been playing piano for past three years, taught by Ms. Zita Sandor. Kayla won many awards at USOMC in 2009 and 2010.  Kayla is an avid skier conquering many moguls and joined ski team for two years. She enjoys Jazz dance, gymnastics, violin, chess, reading, and brain twisters                                                                                         

Lindsay Tao - Lindsay Tao is a fifth grader at Eaton Elementary School in Cupertino. She has been playing the piano since first grade and is currently studying with Professor Hans Boepple. Besides playing the piano, Lindsay is a Girl Scout, loves playing soccer and enjoys reading Greek Mythology.                                                                                                           

Francesco Trogu - Francesco is a sophomore at Lowell High School in San Francisco. He began playing piano when he was six years old and has been studying at SFCM for the last five years with Jacqueline Divenji. His favorite composers are Chopin, Beethoven and Bach. In the last two years he performed in the Jr. Bach Festival                                                                          

Quinn Wu - Quinn is currently a student of Professor Hans Boepple. Before Professor Boepple, Quinn studied at SFCM with Dr. William Wellborn, and he is a past student of the concert pianist, Aileen Chanco. Quinn also played violin for El Camino Youth Symphony. Besides music, he is very into science and math. He was 2010 AMC10 school winner and was invited for AIME at 7th grade, and he also received awards for several International Mental Arithmetic competitions. Quinn enjoys reading, playing tennis, and traveling in his free time   

Ray Hua Wu - Ray Hua Wu began playing piano in 2001, and is currently a student of Dr. Jed Galant. Ray Hua has won several awards in piano performance, and the 2010 San Francisco Chopin Competition is his first where he won first prize in the senior division. He also enjoys composing music as well as studying mathematics, chemistry, and natural sciences.

 

 

2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 4:00PM
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2009 program:


Christopher Richardson: Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 32, No. 2

Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman: Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op.66

Quinn Wu: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth

Rachel Breen: Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor

Dustin Ping: Etude in C minor, Op. 10, No. 12

Ashley Wen: Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op.66

Anwen Lin: Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2

Jamie Cleron: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth

Alexandra Cong: Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57

Niu Niu Teo: Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20

Rebecca Hu: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

Seiha Park: Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op.66

Rhed Shi : Grande Polonaise Brillante precedee d'un Andante spianato

Hugo Kitano: Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47


2009 Bio:

Rachel Breen - Rachel Breen started playing piano at 5 years of age. She currently studies piano with Dr. Sharon Mann at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is determined to be a concert pianist by the time she's 18. Her interests include playing piano, studying piano music, reading books, and listening to music.

Jamie Cleron - Jamie began playing the piano at the age of three, and is currently a student of Mrs. Christie Skousen. Jamie received first place in the 2008 USOMC Open Solo 5A competition, and third place in Open Solo 5B. In addition to piano, she enjoys reading, soccer, track and tennis.

Alexandra Cong - Starting piano at the age of six, Alexandra has garnered numerous awards and honors in piano competitions throughout the Bay Area, including the MTAC (2008 & 2004), Menuhin-Dowling (2008), and Sylvia M. Ghiglieri (2009) competitions. Alexandra has also put her artistry to serve the community at large, having helped to raise $4000 for impoverished children in Iraq.

Rebecca Hu - Rebecca Hu, currently a sophomore at Aragon High School, began her pianistic career with the Choupaks at the age of four. Since then, she has been awarded in noted competitions such as USOMC and CMTANC. Rebecca also enjoys dancing, painting, modeling, playing volleyball, playing the violin, and relishing delicious steak.

Hugo Kitano - Hugo Kitano, age 14, is a freshman at Lowell High School. He currently studies with Dr. Wellborn at SFCM. He has won many awards at local and international competitions, and his performances include performing Beethoven Third Concerto with the Palo Alto Philharmonic as well as in venues at Carnegie Hall, in Tokyo, Austria, Hungary and England.

Anwen Lin - Anwen is eight years old and started home schooling this fall as a 3rd grader. She began studying piano at age three with her loving teacher Robin Wachsberg, who fostered her passion for music. At age six, Anwen started cello lessons with master teacher, Irene Sharp. She inspired Anwen to be the best musician she can be. Besides music, Anwen enjoys tennis, skiing, running, art, reading & poetry writing.

Seiha Park - Age 8, is a studet of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at the San Fracisco Conservatory of Music and is enrolled in musicianship classes. She is in third grade at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto. Seiha likes solving math problems, dancing and doing impersonations

Dustin Ping - Dustin Ping is in the seventh grade. He has participated in many piano competitions: 2005 CMTANC Piano Competition - Group B, second prize; 2009 MTAC Concerto Competition - Division 1, first prize; 2009 14th Annual SF Chopin Competition for Young Pianists - Category 2, first prize; 2009 MTAC State Convention Concerto Competition - Division 1; second prize.

Christopher Richardson 11 year old is currently a student of Robert Schwartz. He won 1st prize at the 2008 SF Chopin. 2009 he won 2nd prize in the Bradshaw and Buono international piano competition, and has been invited to play in NY this December, won 1st prize at the East Bay competition, 1st place in all three categories he entered in the "Kids Play The Darndest Things" and was chosen the best performer at the winners’ concert. He participated in a master class at the Portland Piano International Festival 09.

Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman - Gabriel is 11 years old and is studying piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Sima Kouyoumdjian. Gabriel also plays clarinet, comes from a family of musicians, and has perfect pitch. He is a 6th grader at The San Francisco School, where his academics are thriving. Gabriel is bilingual in Spanish/English, enjoys playing soccer and junior varsity basketball with his friends, and just won an award for cross-country running. He is especially drawn to the music of Chopin and Khatchaturian.

Rhed Shi Rhed Shi began learning the piano at the age of six and currently studies with Dr. Namik Sultanov. He was the 2008-2009 recipient of the National Chopin Scholarship. During the summer of 2008, he participated in the Interharmony International Music Festival in Birklehof, Germany. He received an Honorable Mention in the MTAC Competition in 2009. He has also received the Gold Medal Level of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Academically, he is an honor student and was the Valedictorian of Quimby Oak Middle School.

NiuNiu Teo - NiuNiu is a sophomore at Pinewood School in Los Altos . She studies piano with Mr. Yoshi Nagai in SFCM. In the past, she has won awards from competitions from Pacific Music Society, and has performed at the Carnegie Hall (Weill) with the AFAF. Besides studying piano, NiuNiu also plays the violin at CYS.

Ashley Wen - Ashley Wen, age 10 attending Sandpiper Elementary as a 5th grader, has a strong musical sense and a love for Chopin. Ashley has been playing piano since age 5, and is currently studying with Steinway Artist, Sujeeva Hapugalle. Besides piano, Ashley loves ice skating, skiing, swimming, tennis and playing violin.

Quinn Wu - Quinn began his piano studies at age five and is currently a student of Dr. William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Before SFCM, Quinn studied with the concert pianist, Aileen Chanco. Quinn also plays the violin for the El Camino Youth Symphony under Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky. This year, he received Honorable Mention in the East Bay Music Festival. Besides music, he won the 2nd place at 2007 International Mental Arithmetic Invitation Competition and the gold awards at 2007 and 2008 World City Cup – Abacus, Mental Arithmetic & Mathematics competition. Quinn enjoys reading, playing tennis, and traveling in his free time.

 

2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2008 program:

Hanson Tam : Waltz in E-Flat major, Op. 18

Rachel Breen : Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47

Catherine Xu : Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66

Elaine Shen : Nouvelle Etude No. 1 in F minor

Helen Xu : Waltz in E Minor, Op. Post.

Eytan Schillinger-Hyman : Waltz in E Major, Op. Post.

Sean Yeo : Nocturne in C minor, Op. Post.

Jessica Kur : Mazurka in E minor, Op. 17, No. 2

Christopher Richardson : Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72

Ryan Lee : Grande Palonaise Brillante precedee d'un Andante spianato

Andrew Yang : Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3

Rhed Shi : Ballade in G minor, Op. 23

Vien Nguyen : Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1


2008 Bio:

Rachel Breen - Rachel began studying the piano at age four for a talent show at The Academy, the school she still attends in Berkeley, California. Her teacher was her father, Michael, who does not play piano. Her musical home schooling ended after the late musical director, Ken Durling, who introduced her to her teacher, Sharon Mann, noticed her at a Junior Bach performance. She has participated in that festival again, as well as in Junior Bach outreach program concerts. After Mr. Durling’s death in April 2007, she was chosen to play at a memorial for him. Rachel is a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying chamber music and musicianship with Machiko Kobialka, Andrew Luchansky, and Richard Roper. She has also performed in leading parts of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas at The Academy, under the direction of Pamela Alexander. Rachel enjoys swimming, reading, and most of all, her friends. She was also a prizewinner in the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin competition.

Jessica Kur - Jessica is a fourth grader at the Francis Scott Key Elementary School in San Francisco. She started her piano lessons with Christie Skousen at the age of five. Besides piano, she has been studying ballet and tap for several years, and also recently started violin lessons at school.

Ryan Lee - Ryan Lee, fourteen, is a home-schooled eighth grader with yearly SAT scores averaging 98 percentile. His favorite subjects for this academic year are Advanced Algebra and Physical Science. At the recent 2008 USOMC piano competition, Ryan won the Gold Medal for the Showcase Solo Intermediate Category. As a First Place Winner, he was selected to perform in the Gold Medalist Showcase Concert in Oakland, California earlier this year. Occasionally, Ryan performs as a piano accompanist for violinists’ recitals and piano concertos. Besides the piano, Ryan also plays the violin. Having been with a string ensemble for four years, Ryan has performed as a first violinist as well as a soloist in benefit concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.

Vien Nguyen - Vien is a sophomore at the Menlo School in Atherton and currently studies music with Dr. William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the past few years, Vien has won several awards, including first prize at the 2006 CAPMT State Bartók and Contemporary Music competition and the 2006 MTAC competition, and second prize in the 2007 Annual San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. He was a scholarship recipient of the 2008 National Chopin Foundation and a two-time participant of the Liszt Piano Academy and Festival in Hungary and Austria. Vien also plays the violin for the El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky and toured Finland, Estonia, and Russia last summer. Besides English, Vien is already fluent in French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He also enjoys playing tennis for his Menlo School team, and holds a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Christopher Richardson - Christopher Richardson is nine years old and is currently in the fourth grade at the Montair Elementary School in Danville, California. He began piano lessons in 2005 and now studies with Dr. William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has also taken master classes with Dr. Robert Schwartz. His hobbies are playing with his many pets, hiking, reading, and playing video games with his brother. This summer, he will perform in the honors recitals at the MTAC state convention in Riverside.

Eytan Schillinger-Hyman - Eytan Schillinger-Hyman, nine, is studying piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Sima Kouyoumdjian. His favorite composer is Chopin. Eytan also plays the flute. His grandfather is a conductor, and his grandmother is a concert pianist. Eytan enjoys playing classical, jazz, and rock n’ roll music.
Elaine Shen - Elaine is currently a fifth grader at The Nueva School in Hillsborough. She started playing the piano with Helen Wong when she was six. Elaine has won many awards throughout the years such as the Bartók and Contemporary Music Festival followed by the Bartók State Finals. Elaine has also won the U.S. Open Music Competition and Kids Play the Darndest Things. She enjoys figure skating, skiing, and riding the Ripstik.

Rhed Shi - Rhed is a freshman at the Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose. He started learning piano at age six. He currently studies with Dr. Namik Sultanov and owes much of his pianistic abilities to him as well as Janna Abramiya, his previous teacher. Over the years, he has won numerous competitions, including the Doubles Grand Champion Prize for the Youth Music Competition at age eight and first prize in the USOMC. Rhed has been actively participating in the International Russian Music Piano Competition’s semiannual recitals and was recently granted the Chopin Foundation Scholarship. This summer, Rhed will also attend the Interharmony International Music Festival held in Birklehof, Germany. Last year, Rhed graduated from the Quimby Oak Middle School as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2007. He enjoys playing soccer and was a part of the school soccer team. His other hobbies are chess, debating, and skiing. He wishes to become a virtuoso and delight audiences around the world.

Hanson Tam - Hanson began his piano studies at age five and is currently a student of Dr. William Wellborn. In 2006, he won first alternate in the Bartók and Contemporary Music Festival. This year, he won second prize in the MTAC-SF Piano Competition and Honorable Mention in the Fremont Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition. He was also a winner in the San Mateo County Fair Piano Competition. Hanson attends West Hillsborough Elementary School. He is the California Champion of the Math Fax Competition four Grades 4 and 5 in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He plays the flute in his school band. Hanson enjoys reading, swimming, skiing, and biking in his free time.

Catherine Xu - Catherine Xu, twelve, began her piano studies at age six and is a student of John McCarthy. She completed the Advanced Level of the MTAC's Certificate of Merit at age 10. She has played various pieces by many different composers, and is especially drawn to the music of Chopin. In addition to the piano, she also enjoys ice-skating, dancing, and playing a traditional Chinese instrument – Gu Zheng. She is in the sixth grade at the Miller Middle School in the Cupertino School District.

Helen Xu - Helen is nine years old and a third grade student of the Regnart Elementary School in Cupertino. She started playing the piano when she was just five years old. She studied with Mr. Alex Spivak from February 2004 to October 2005 and has been studying with Ms. Anna Poklewski since October 2006. Besides the piano, she likes reading, science, some sports, and playing with her younger bother, Alex.

Andrew Yang - Andrew is currently a sophomore at the Crystal Springs Uplands School. He has been playing the piano for ten years, and has been a student of Dr. William Wellborn since 2006. His favorite subjects at school are English and Art. Andrew also plays violin and has been in PYO since 2000. Andrew enjoys playing sports, especially badminton and basketball. He is currently playing number one singles for his school’s varsity badminton team. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports with his friends, drawing, and reading. He is also a big fan of the Golden State Warriors.

Sean Yeo - Sean is eight years old and is home schooled. He is studying piano with Ms. Meikui Matsushima. Sean is also studying the violin with Ms. Bettina Mussemeli. He likes fishing and swimming.

 

2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2007 program:

Ariel Yu: Nocturne in G Minor, Op. 37, No.1

Luke Chui: Mazurka in A Minor Op. 67, No. 4

Joshua Chiang: Nocturne in C Minor, KK IVb No.8

Jillian Kim: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3

Hugo Kitano: Waltz in E Minor, Op. Posth.

Careoline Wong: Ballade in A- flat Major, Op. 47

Vien Nguyen: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

John Provine (guest performer): Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58
Allegro maestoso / Scherzo / Largo / Finale: Presto, non tanto


2007 Bio:

Ariel Yu - My name is Ariel Yu. I am nine years old. I am a fourth grader in St. Monica School. I study piano at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. My piano teacher is Meikui Matsushima. I started taking piano lessons when I was five years old. Besides piano, I enjoy playing soccer and running at track meets. I take Karate lessons too. I received honorable mention at last year's Chopin Competition.

Luke Chui - Luke started piano in 2005 with Ms. Lena Grozman. He is currently taking piano lessons with Mrs. Christie Skouson at Perry Music Center. He likes Lego, Math, and various sports.

Joshua Chiang - Joshua Chiang was born in the spring of 1998. At a very young age, he began to show interest toward music through music listening and playing on our family piano by his self. At age five, he started to receive piano lessons from Mrs. Christie Skousen. In 2004, Joshua received second place at the US Open Solo 1B competition. In 2006, Joshua received first alternate at the MTAC solo competition. In 2007, Joshua received third place at the US Open Treasury of Romantic Senior competition. In 2007, Joshua received Honorable Mention in the MTAC solo competition. Besides music and playing piano, Joshua also loves to play tennis and soccer.

Jillian Kim - Jillian Kim is a 13 years old native of San Francisco. She is a scholarship student of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division under Meikui Matsushima's direction since she was six years old. She participated at the Zephyr International Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy at the age of eight and then at twelve. Jillian has been giving solo recitals since the age of 10. She received first place for Pacific Musical Society's Junior Piano Division in 2006 and performed in the Junior Bach Festival in 2007. Jillian has participated in master classes by Mack McCray, Bonnie Hampton. Jillian is in eighth grade in St. Gabriel School in San Francisco.

Hugo Kitano - Hugo Kitano is in the sixth grade at the San Francisco Day School. He began his piano studies at the age of six and is currently a student of Dr. William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2006, he won first prize in the Intermediate category of the MTAC-SF competition, received honorable mention of the Second Age Category at San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, and received first alternate at the Bartok and Contemporary Music Festival. In March 2007, he performed at the American Liszt Society Festival. Hugo also plays chamber music with the Triwizard Trio at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to the piano, Hugo enjoys playing the saxophone with his school ensemble and the Japan Town band. Hugo is a nationally ranked chess player and the 2007 regional geography bee winner who competed at the state competition.

Caroline Wong - Caroline Wong has played the piano for eight years, and currently studies the piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Meikui Matsushima. She was selected to perform in the Junior Bach Festival in 2006 and 2007. Caroline lives in San Francisco and goes to school at Lick-Wilmerding High School.

Vien Nguyen - Vien is a freshman at the Menlo School in Atherton. He has studied piano with Dr. William Wellborn for the last three years and attended the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy and Festival in Hungary. His accomplishments include first prizes in CAPMT State Bartok and Contemporary Music and MTAC competitions. He also studies violin with Ms. Tarley and is currently a member of the ECYS Senior Symphony. He is fluent in four languages and hopes to acquire German and Russian in the future. He holds a second degree back belt in Taekwondo and is in the Menlo School 's tennis team. He enjoys cooking, performing music, and traveling.

John Provine - John Provine was born in the United Kingdom and studied violin and piano from an early age. In 2005 he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. As a student he gave regular performances and studied chamber music under the instruction of Robert Levin, Daniel Stepner, and Yehudi Wyner. John currently resides in Menlo Park and studies piano with Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since arriving in the Bay Area he has become very active in the chamber music scene and has had coachings and masterclasses with several pianists including Kumaran Arul, George Barth, Malcolm Bilson, Hans Boepple, Maria Ezerova, Paul Hersh, Gabriel Kwok, Jamie Parker, Stephen Prutsman, Santiago Rodriguez, and Robert Schwartz. On top of his musical endeavors, John is a full-time software engineer at Google where he works on search algorithms.

 

 

2006

Sunday, December 3, 2006, 4:00 p.m.
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco

2006 program:

Sophia Lin: Waltz in D-flat Major Op. 64, No. 1

Darius Goh: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth

Caroline Wu: Valse Melancolique

Hugo Kitano: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth

Jillian Kim: Polonaise in G-sharp Minor, Op. Posth.

Andrea Lim: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth

Hilda Huang: Nocturne in B Major Op. 32, No. 1
Etude in F Minor Op. 25, No. 2

Ashley Hsu: Ballade in F Minor, Op. 52.

Christine Kim: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

Lo-An Lin (Guest performer): Sonatain B-flat Major, Op.35
Grave / Scherzo / Marche funabre / Finale : presto

2006 Bio:

Darius Goh is a fifth grader at Loyola Elementary School in Los Altos. He started piano lessons at age six. When he was seven, he won a Gold Medal in the US Open Music Competition, and also, First Place in the MTAC Young Students Piano Competition, Santa Clara. In 2005, besides the Gold Medal and other awards in the US Open Music Competition, he won the Silver Medal in the International Russian Piano Competition (Young Musicians), and subsequently, the Gold Medal in the International Russian Competition of the same category in 2006. Darius also studies the viola. He loves to sing and dance. Apart from music, he is active in judo tournaments and received numerous trophies. He holds a yelloworange belt. His favorite sports are basketball, sock-out, badminton, and swimming

Ashley Hsu, age 15 is currently a student of Professor Hans Boepple. Ashley was the grand prize winner of the 2006 MTAC Piano Concerto Competition playing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. She was also a scholarship winner of the National Chopin Foundation, a winner of the Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the El Camino Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Mozart Festival Piano Competition. Ashley was also awarded second prize in the California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition as well as the CAPMT Paino Concerto Competition. She has been selected to perform in the Junior Bach Festival many times. Presently, she studies composition with Dr. Pamela Quist, and was a past piano student of Jed Galant.

Hilda Huang, age 10, is a student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was one of only four students in the world selected to attend "Music @ Menlo last season. In addition to the piano, Hilda is a serious student of the Harpsichord,and a student of Corey Jameson. Hilda is in the 6th grade at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto.

Christine Kim, age 15, is a student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Christine has received the 2006 Grand Prize in the Korea Times Piano Competition and first prize in the 2006 Chinese Music Teacher's Associaiton Competition. She enjoys cross country running and is a sophmore at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.

Jillian Kim Jillian is 12 years old and is a native of San Francisco. She is currently a scholarship student at the Preparatory Division of The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Jillian is a student of Mekui Matsushima. Reading and swimming are her passion besides Music. Jillian is a competitive swimmer and is a member of The Fog City Hammerheads Swim Team.

Andrea Lim, age 10 is a student of John McCarthy and attends Carey School in San Mateo as a fifth grader. She has recieved first prize in the San Mateo County Fair Competition and likes to read mystery books.
Hugo Kitano Hugo is in the sixth grade at the San Francisco Day School. He began his piano studies at the age of six and is currently a student of Dr. William Wellborn at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2006, he won first prize in the Intermediate category of the MTAC-SF competition, and in June he was selected to perform in Dennis Alexander's master class at the annual MTAC state convention. In addition to the piano, Hugo enjoys playing the saxophone with his school ensemble and the Japan Town house band. Hugo is a nationally ranked chess player at the age 11 and under category.

Sophia Lin started her piano studies in 2003 at the age of five. She loves playing the piano and enjoys studying with her teacher, Anna Semyanovsky. Sophia has participated in several competitions. Her awards include: 2nd Place: CMTANC 2004, 3rd Place: CMTANC 2005, 4th Place: USOMC, 2005
3rd Place: USOMC, 2006.

Caroline Wu I just turned 9 in May. I'm in 3rd grade. I started playing piano in kindergarten, at The Cannon Music Studio, when I was 6. I started playing piano with Mrs. Skousen. I won 2nd place in the U.S. Open, and the score I got for RACE level two was 93 - first class of honors with distinction. I had my first solo recital on April 25, 2004. I also take swimming class at the Freemont High and ballet class in Dance Academy.

An native of Taiwan, 18-year-old pianist Lo-An Lin studies with Mr. Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Lo-An has been a prizewinner and finalist of many competitions, including the New York Piano Competition, Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, and Lennox International concerto competition. She has received several first prizes including YAMAHA Taiwan national piano competition(2003), Hsing Tein Temple Taiwan national piano competition(2001), Viardo International Piano Competition(2005), and MTNA National Piano Competition(2006). She also won the second prize at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition(2006). Lo-An has performed with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in 2005 and with Gerard Schwarz at EMF in 2006.

 

 

2005

Sunday, December 4, 2005, 4:00 p.m.
The Queen Anne Hotel
1590 Sutter Street, San Francisco


2005 program:

Andrea Lim: Mazurka in G Minor Op. 67, No. 2
Mazurka in C Major Op. 67, No. 3

Daniel Hsu: Nocturne in B Major Op. 32, No 1

Ido Akov: Waltz in A Minor Op. 34, No. 2.

Jillian Kim: Nocturne in B-flat Minor Op. 9, No. 1
Trois Ecossaises in D Major Op. 72, No. 3, 4, 5

Reiko Tsuchida: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor Op. 27, No. 1

Nancy Xie: Nocturne in B Major Op. 9, No. 3

Catherine Fu: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No 1.

Mayumi Tsuchida: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

Jielin (Carol) Hou (Guest performer):
Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante, Opus 22

Ruishi Chen (Guest performer): Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Opus 52

Bio 2005:

Ido Akov, seventh grader at Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco, started piano when he was 9 years old with Marina Bartolin and Hanah Shalgi in Israel before moving to San Francisco in 2004. Currently he studies piano with Meikui Matsushima and composition with Alexis Alrich-Howe at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has been chosen to perform on the Conservatory's Farewell Concert on April 23, 2006 before the move to the new building on Oak Street.

Catherine Fu, winner of San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianist (1st place in 2004, 2nd Age Group); 1st places at East Bay Musical Festivals in 2002 and 2005; Winner of Menuhin-Dowling Young Musician Competition in 2005. She studies piano with Mrs. Ming-Huei Wu. In her leisure, she likes reading.

Daniel Hsu is 8. He started piano at age 6 and currently is a student of Olya Katsman. In 2005, Daniel has received many first place awards: San Francisco Chopin Competition (6/05); Solo Competition in the USOMC (2/05); Junior Bach Festival (3/05); CAPMT Bartok and Contemporary Music Competition (11/05); Mozart Festival Piano Concerto (11/05) and will perform Piano Concerto No. 17 in January 2006. Daniel wants to become a professional concert pianist when he grows up.

Jillian Kim is 11 years old and is a native of San Francisco. She is currently a scholarship student at the Preparatory Division of The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Jillian is a student of Mekui Matsushima. Reading and swimming are her passion besides Music. Jillian is a competitive swimmer and is a member of The Fog City Hammerheads Swim Team.

Andrea Lim is 9 years old and is a forth-grader at the Carey School in San Mateo. Andrea started playing the piano when she was four years old and has been a participant in Peninsula Grace Notes concerts for the last two years. She currently studies piano with Dorian Ho. She is also a member of the Otter Swim Club in San Mateo. Andrea loves to read classic books as well as Archie comics. When she grows up, Andrea would like to be a 2nd grade teacher.

Mayumi Tsuchida, age 14, is a student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has studied previously with Machiko Kobialka. Mayumi has received prizes in the Jr. Baldwin State Piano competition and in Japan. She is a freshman at San Domenico School.

Rieko Tsuchida, age 10, is a student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has studied previously with Machiko Kobialka. Rieko has received first prize in the 2005 MTAC Solo Competition at the state level. She is in the 6th grade at San Domenico. School.

Nancy Xie, age 13, is a student of John McCarthy in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has studied previously with Jerri Witt and performed in a masterclass for Steven Swedish. Nancy has received prizes in the Jr. Baldwin State Piano Competition and Menuhin-Dowling Competitions. She is a freshman at Lowell High School

Born in Guangzhou, China, Jielin (Carol) Hou began piano lessons at the age of four and graduated from The Middle School of Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music with high distinction in 1998. After that she studied with Nancy Loo Tsang at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, receiving her Bachelor of Music degree with First-Class Honors in 2004. Most currently she is studying for the Master Degree in Piano Performance with Mack McCray at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the recipient of the Janet Rose and Walter L. Rose Piano Scholarship. Jielin has been performing frequently in Hong Kong and Macau both as a soloist and chamber music player.

Ruishi Chen was born in Guangzhou, China, where she studied with Meide Huang and then Professor Dan Chen, winning numerous awards. In 2001 Ruishi entered Interrlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, studying with Yoshikazu Nagai. At the Eastern Music Festival she won the concerto competition and performed the Ravel Piano Concerto in G with the student orchestra. Having received the Fine Art in Piano Award at her graduation from Interlochen, Ruishi is currently an undergraduate piano student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studies with Mack McCray.