“When I first found out that I became a Young Scholar, my heart skipped a beat. It felt as if a thousand of Christmas lights were lighting up all over me! By being a Young Scholar, I would get more opportunities to share my feelings, stories, and ideas to a variety of audience through performances offered by the Lang Lang Foundation. The Foundation will offer me more training so I will become a better musician. It will be a thrill to interact with other musicians who share the same passion for music, and perform together! It will be such an honor to perform and participate in classes with Lang Lang, who has always been my inspiration. I am really looking forward to a new musical journey as a Young Scholar!”
Carey Byron, age 13, has been studying the piano since the age of 4. Since then, she has won top prizes at a number of local, state, and international competitions. In 2015, at the age of ten, she was the first prize winner of the Los Angeles Young Musicians International Competition, and received the second prize in the American Protégé International Competition, which led to her debut in Carnegie Hall. In 2016, she became the alternate winner of the Georgia MTNA competition. In both 2015 and 2016, she was awarded as the “Conference Recitalist” (first prize) in the Georgia Music Teachers Association’s three round auditions. In addition, she won first prize at the Romantic and Impressionistic Piano Competition held by the Atlanta Music Teachers Association. In 2016, she received the first prize in the Franz Liszt International Competition, where she also received a special prize for the “Best Performance of an Opera Paraphrase.” In 2017, she was a prize winner in the San Jose International Piano Competition and Glendale Piano Competition. In the same year, she won first place in the CAPMT Concerto Competition’s South Regional division, as well as the State Finals. She was the alternate winner in the California MTNA competition in 2017.
At the age of ten, Carey was one of the prodigies selected by the Atlanta Steinway Society and, at the age of eleven, was the youngest performer featured in the Atlanta’s Young Artist series at the Emory Chamber Music Society. She has performed solo as well as chamber music recitals in the Zipper, Thayer, and Warner concert halls, to name a few. Carey had her orchestral debut in Italy with the Brunesis Virtuosi Orchestra under Maestro Uri Segal at the age of 12. She has participated in summer festivals in the Colburn School and Oberlin College, and has also performed in master classes for Dae-Jin Kim, John O’Conor, Steven Spooner, Yoshikazu Nagai, Angela Cheng, Boris Slutsky, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. In 2017, she performed alongside withthe world-renowned concert pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, in the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Carey is currently a student of Ory Shihor at the Colburn Music Academy. She aspires to become an inspiration to the new generation in classical music.
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