“I am so excited! I feel extremely privileged to join the Lang Lang International Music Foundation family, and to meet and learn from the master Lang Lang, and my peers. I look forward to sharing myself and my music to benefit others. Music brings beauty to the world. Its true power lies in its ability to inspire and influence anyone. It is a special form of human expression that can transform and connect people of all ages and backgrounds together under the common appreciation for music. By cherishing music, we understand ourselves, others, and the world around us better. I can’t wait to start my Young Scholar journey!”
Elizabeth Zietz is privileged to have been chosen as a 2016 Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholar. Her goal is to share the enjoyment and beauty of classical music with others.
Born in California, fifteen year old Elizabeth is a sophomore at Northwood High School in Irvine, and she began studying the piano at the age of six. She is thankful to her teachers who have helped her develop her musical talents, including Claudia Xi, Valentina Gottlieb, Chun-Yi Wang, and Ethan Dong. Additionally, she has participated in masterclasses with William Grant Naboré, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Sergey Schepkin, Baruch Meir, Bernadene Blaha, and Roza Yoder.
At the age of seven, Elizabeth made her debut performance at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. She made her concerto debut at age thirteen with the Orange County Symphony.
Elizabeth won the Grand Prize at the Glendale Piano Competition and was the first prize winner of the Lansum International Music Festival. She has also won first prizes at the CAPMT Young Musician’s Concerto Competition, CAPMT Sonata Festival, and first alternate at the MTAC Southern Region State Concerto/Solo Competition. In 2014, she was a prizewinner at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. She was also a six time consecutive first prize winner in open categories at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival.
In third grade, Elizabeth performed in a benefit concert for the County of Orange United Way of America, and has been involved in fundraising ever since. She has performed in many community service venues and has appeared as guest soloist for public service events and gala and kickoff campaigns. She also regularly appears in recitals for senior citizens. Recently, Elizabeth was an invited artist to perform at the National Association of Music Merchants Convention.
Outside of music, Elizabeth enjoys swimming, reading, spending time with her family, and traveling. Elizabeth is a Johns Hopkins CTY SET (Study of Exceptional Talent) Member. She was invited to John Hopkins University for the Grand Ceremony, a special event honoring students for their outstanding academic achievement.