FIRST AGE CATEGORY (THROUGH 9)
SECOND AGE CATEGORY (10-12)
Eric Bo-han Yap
THIRD AGE CATEGORY (13-15)
Heather Hsun Chang
Shiyi (Andy) Sheng
Christopher Son Richardson
Heather Hsun Chang, age 14, is currently an 8th grader at JLS Middle School in Palo Alto, California, and a scholarship student of Professor Mack McCray at the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Heather had won numerous awards in the Pacific Musical Society Competition, the San Francisco Chopin Competition, and the Kawai Piano Competition, Taiwan Regional. In her free time, she likes to read, oil painting and play badminton.
April Dawn-yi Chen, age 12, is a six-grade student at Harvest Park Middle School at Pleasanton, CA. She studies piano with Mrs. Machiko Kobialka of San Francisco Conservatory of Music. April won first prize in the Menuhin-Dowling Competition for Young Musicians in 2012 and again in 2013. She was selected to play in Junior Bach Festival in 2012. In prior years, she won prizes in U.S. Open Music Competition piano categories. She sang in children’s chorus in Turandot for Festival Opera Company at Walnut Creek. Academically, she excels in both math and language arts. She won numerous awards at math competitions, including a Third Place award in Mathleague State Championship, and won school Spelling Bee Championship in 2011 and 2012. April also enjoys reading, tennis, bicycling, and snow skiing.
Miyabi Kadowaki is 8 years old and attends Delphi Academy. She started enjoying music at age three and a half with Nagisa Ariza and started playing piano at age five with Ruzanna Faramazyan at the Avloni Academy of Music. She is currently studying with Lena Grozman. Miyabi won many awards in the solo and duet division in US Open Music Competition in 2011 and 2012. She won the first place Aloha International Piano Competition in 2013. She was also selected to perform in the 2013 Junior Bach Festival. She joined a swim team at PASA. She loves playing golf, acting and writing stories.
Khoi Le. I am 9 years old and I am in 4th grade at Sycamore Valley Elementary in Danville, CA. I have many favorite hobbies, and one of them is playing classical music. My favorite pieces are from Frederic Chopin. I feel that his style expresses his feelings unlike other composers. One of my other favorite hobbies is composing and improvising music. Most of my compositions are influenced by his Waltzes, Nocturnes, and Mazurkas as I feel connected to these pieces. I currently study music at the San Fransisco Conservatory with Arkadi Serper. Besides Chopin, my other favorite composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Bach. On my free time from school and music, I also enjoy playing with my younger brother, Ben, who is 6 years old.
Jessica Li, age 9, is a4th grader at Murdock-Portal Elementary in Cupertino school district, has been studying and playing piano since four and half, currently with the piano teacher Mr. Hans Boepple. Jessica has won numerous awards mainly including the First place in 2011 CMTANC Youth Music Competition, the First place in 2011 CAPMT District II Honors Audition, the Second place in Showcase Solo Category for 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. Jessica enjoys ballet, reading, drawing and swimming as well.
Hana Mizuta, 14, freshman at Homestead High School, has been playing piano since she was 5. She studies with Heidi Hau at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and participates in their Chamber Music Program. Hana won first place in the 2012 Menuhin-Dowling Music Competition, and placed second in the Pacific Musical Society Competition the same year. In addition, she performed in Carnegie Hall in April of 2012 after receiving 2nd prize in the American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. She was also the second-alternate winner in the Music Teacher's Association of California's Northern California Regional Competition. Aside from piano, she plays percussion in her school’s band and is a member of the San Jose Junior Taiko Program. In her spare time, she enjoys running with her dog, Nami, and hanging out with her friends.
Dominic Pang, 9 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 Bear Cub Scout of Pack 386 in Folsom, California. He enjoys taking long hikes, swimming, making Lego creations and playing with his cat called Mocha. He is also an avid reader of the 39 Clues series.
Christopher Son Richardson has performed on “From the Top” NPR, KRCB 91.1,Weill Carnegie Hall, and Finney Chapel on Cooper International Festival’s Artist Recital Series,and his performance broadcasted live on WCLV 104.9. Christopher won first prizes in many international and national competitions like Seattle, Russian, Pacific Society, Berkeley Etude, East Bay, CAPMT, Classical Masters,USOMC, MTNA, second prizes in the Virginia Waring International Concerto, Tureck International Bach, LA International Liszt, as well as Best Performance Prize, and third prize at the Lennox International Concerto.
Kayla Shen is currently 10 years old as a 5thgrader at Bollinger Canyon Elementary School. She has been studying the piano with Ms. Zita Sandor when she was 5 years old, and has won many awards including played the piano concerto with El Camino Youth Symphony in 2012; 1st place in the showcase piano solo elementary category at USOMC in 2012 and the Top 5 among all 1st-place winners; 1st place in the elementary category at Ghiglieri Piano Competition in 2012; 1st alternate in Piano Solo I at MTAC in 2012; 1st place of the classical senior level at USOMC in 2011; 3rd place of James Denver Gary Piano Award at Pacific Musical Society in 2011; 2nd place in Category I at San Francisco Chopin Competition in 2010. In her spare time, Kayla is an avid skier on the Northstar Ski Team, and enjoys playing violin, ballet, chess, traveling,hiking and swimming.
Shiyi Andy Sheng started to learn piano at age of 6. He was accepted by Mrs. Anna Polonsky when he was 9 years old. Since then, he has participated in numerous recitals, concerts and competitions. In the year of 2009, he won two 1st prizes and one 2nd prize at Kids Play the Darnest Thing. In 2010, 2011 & 2013, he won several 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes at U. S. open competition. In March 2011, he performed all three movement of Bach’s Italian Concerto at the 58th Junior Bach Festival organized in Berkley. At age of 11 & 13, he won 3rd prize & Honorable mention at International Russian Music Competition. In 2011, he participated in the International Piano Seminar and Festival for Advanced Pianist and the 3rd International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria. In 2012, he performed Mozart piano concerto K488 (complete) with Vienna symphony orchestra in Vienna, Austria. He has performed 5 piano solo concerts internationally in bay area, Austria & Poland. At his spare time, Andy formed his own youth symphony orchestra with his friends and serves as music director and conductor. He is also an active member of Evergreen Ensemble and gives concerts regularly to the community around bay area.
Chikako Shimada,8,is a third grader at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in San Francisco. She is currently studying with Machiko Kobialka at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. She was selected to perform in 2013 Junior Bach Festival. She won the second altenate in 2013 MTAC Piano Solo Competiton.
Miranda Shum, age 14, is a freshman at Gunn High School. She currently studies with Temirzhan Yerzhanov. Miranda has been playing the piano for 8 years, and has earned awards at various competitions, including the Menuhin-Dowling Competition, United States Open Music Competition, Thera Rabinowitch Competition, and the CAPMT Concerto Competition. In addition to piano, Miranda enjoys swimming, running, and playing the flute.
Angela Tsang, age 9, is a 4th grader at Milpitas Christian School in San Jose. She started learning piano at age five, currently with Peyhwan Kuan. Angela gave her 1st piano solo recital at age six. She has won numerous awards including Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Piano Competition, the US Beacon-Stanislaus International Piano Competition, and the US Open Music Competition. She was on National Roll in the National Piano Auditions in 2011, and the District II winner in the CAPMT Honors Audition in 2012. Besides piano, Angela enjoys playing violin, reading, swimming, playing tennis, and ice-skating. She won the gold medal in ACSI Math Olympics in 2013.
Karina Tseng, age 11, is a 5th grade student at Redwood Shores Elementary. She has studied piano with Sujeeva Hapugalle for over 4 years. Karina enjoys playing piano because it is challenging. Music has now become a very special joy and means of expression and communication to her. Earlier this year, Karina won first place and second place at the U.S. Open Music Competition; her consequent performance at the winners' concert earned her an Outstanding Gold Medalist Award. She was also 2nd runner up at the 2013 Menulin/Dowling Competition, and has been an award winner twice at the San Mateo County Fair Youth Classical Piano competition. Amongst other concerts, she's been delighted to aid fundraising concerts, including a Benefit Concert for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief, as well as Ms. Hapugalle's studio Annual Musical Bridges Concerts that helped to purchase a piano for her school in 2011 and supported the SF Symphony education program and K12 students in 2
012. Additionally, Karina was invited as a Young Artist to perform at a Benefit concert, supporting the San Francisco Symphony Education and musical outreach program. Recent comments from her examiners read 'Fantastic attention to details ' - 'Exceptionally musically played'. Outside of piano, Karina also enjoys rollerblading, reading, and playing violin.
Eric Bohan Yap, age 12, is a student of Peyhwan Kuan. In 2012, Eric was winner of the CAPMT All-State Contemporary Music Festival; the alternate winner in the California MTNA Junior’s Performance Piano Competitions. Between 2010~2013 Eric was the winner of numerous US Open Music Competitions. He received the Outstanding Gold Medalist Award in 2011 & 2012. Eric performed in the master class with Yundi Li in Wuhan, China as the second place in the All Liszt piano Competition. Eric was the 2010~2011 winner of the CAPMT All-State Honors Auditions & Bartók & Contemporary Music Competition.