FIRST AGE CATEGORY (THROUGH 9)
First Prize - Joshua Chiang, 9
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.
Second Prize - Luke Chui, 9
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.
Third Prize - Ariel Yu, 9
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.
SECOND AGE CATEGORY (10-12)
First Prize - Hugo Kitano, 12
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.
Second Prize - Jillian Kim, 12
Jillian Kim is twelve years old. She studies with Meikui Matsushima at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received second place at the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists when she was ten. She also won the grand prize in the Korean Times Young Artists' Music Competition in the same year. Jillian had her first solo recital at the age of ten. She received first place for the Pacific Musical Society's Junior Piano Division in 2006. Jillian also participated in the Junior Bach Festival in 2007. She has participated in numerous master classes with Mack McCray.
Third Prize - Vivian Shen, 12
Vivian Shen is currently a seventh grader at the Crystal Springs Uplands School located in Hillsborough. She has been playing piano with Helen Wong since the second grade. Over the years, Vivian has won numerous piano awards including first place in the Ninth Annual Chopin Piano Competition, first place in the US Open Piano Competition, and more. Vivian enjoys playing the piano, reading, writing, and ice-skating. She hopes to achieve more piano awards in the near future.
THIRD AGE CATEGORY (13-15)
First Prize - Bill (Bilun) Kuang, 15
Born in 1991 in Beijing, Bill Kuang (Chinese name Bilun Kuang) began his first piano lesson at age four in China. Bill’s grandmother taught him how music notes work before his first lesson. At age ten, Bill completed the Certificate of Merit in Piano Level Eight in China. Bill came to the Unites States at age eleven. Currently, he is studying piano lessons with Mr. Benjamin Choupak. Bill has achieved the California Certificate of Merit in Piano Level Advanced with Honor and entered the panel finalist in 2007. He also won the third place in the US Open Music Competitive Treasury of Romanic Advanced A in 2006. Now, he is a straight A freshman at the Homestead High School in Cupertino. Bill has been actively in the school Orchestra and Badminton team as well.
Second Prize - Vien Nguyen, 14
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.
Third Prize - Caroline Wong, 15
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.