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Introduction

The Young Scholars Alumni Community is a growing network of talented pianists, who have successfully completed the Lang Lang International Music Foundation™ Young Scholars Program.

As Alumni, our former Scholars become mentors to anew generation of Young Scholars. Their new role will allow them to continue growing as musicians, while expanding their network of peers and professionals. Alumni will continue to have access to the resources provided to them by the Foundation.

  • 2018-2020
  • 2016-2018

Young Scholars 2018-2020

We would like to introduce the 2018-2020 Young Scholars! These nine talented young pianists, represent some of the most extraordinary and promising talents of their generation.

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Aliya

Alsafa

Aliya

Alsafa

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Aliya Alsafa, is a pianist from Chicago, Illinois. She currently attends the Juilliard Pre-College as a student of Prof. Matti Raekallio. Recently, Aliya was named a Steinway Young Artist.

Last summer, through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, she performed for the Andermatt Swiss Alps Classics Festival. She has also participated in the Gilmore Rising Star Series and the Leeds International Music Festival in the United Kingdom. In 2018, Aliya played in the Holland Music Sessions in Den Hoorn, Netherlands. Aliya attends Special Music High School in Manhattan. Her other interests include dance, composition, computer science, and badminton.

“I am very thankful to have been selected as a Lang Lang Young Scholar! Music is a powerful gift that promotes the exchange of new ideas and perspectives. As a pianist, I hope to put more warmth in the hearts of others through music. The Lang Lang Young Scholars Program allows me to further my dream by introducing this inspiring form of communication throughout the world. I’m so excited to be part of an international music community. Under the mentorship of Lang Lang, as well as friendships with my fellow young scholars, I look forward to making a positive difference through classical music.”

Through recent years, Aliya has been the recipient of special honors and awards. She won First Prize in numerous piano competitions including the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition, Sejong Music Competition, Chopin Youth Piano Competition, and Walgreens National Concerto Early Music Division. Some of her current recognitions include, “Best Chopin Etude” at the 2017 Seattle International Piano Competition; she won First Prize in state and regional contests and Second Prize nationally in MTNA for composition; and, as MostArts youngest competitor, Aliya played with the festival orchestra at Miller Theater and received the Audience Favorite award.

Aliya has been praised for her artistry and musical sensitivity. She has performed in several prestigious concert venues throughout the country: Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Ravinia Bennett Gordon Hall, Harris Theater, Merkin, and Benaroya Hall. Aliya also played for Orchestra Hall at Chicago’s Symphony Center for the “Keys to the City” festival hosted by Emanuel Ax.

In 2013, Aliya was one of twelve pianists worldwide, selected for the inaugural Allianz Junior Music Camp through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. She played in a masterclass as well as outreach concerts for schools in Munich, Germany.

At a young age, Aliya discovered her passion for music and began lessons at age four. She currently studies piano performance at the Juilliard Pre-College as a student of Prof. Matti Raekallio. Her other teachers and mentors, current or former, include Ms. Sueanne Metz, pianist and president of 88Keys to Cure (a NFP); Mary Sauer, Principal Pianist of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Director of New Music School; as well as Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Piano-Duo in residence at Music Institute of Chicago.

Aliya enjoys community service and has previously performed at fundraising events, retirement homes, and school outreach. She is a Davidson Young Scholar since 2010. Aliya was a 2nd place winner in the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search on the ACT (a competition with 12,000 students grades 3-9.) She currently attends Whitney Young. Among her other interests are dance, drawing, and composition.

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_uKFdhXCBDLWdwdJlc8WA

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Carey

Byron

Carey

Byron

Young Scholars 2018-2020

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.

“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!”

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.

Carey Byron’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE_coRCaCOVY6SgcHNJFOJA

Carey Byron’s public FaceBook:

https://www.facebook.com/CareyByronPianist/

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Jeffrey

Chin

Jeffrey

Chin

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Jeffrey Chin is 16 years old and attends the Juilliard School as a Pre-College student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone. Prior to Juilliard, he studied piano with Larry Graham and Jasmine Steadman in Denver, Colorado.

“Music is an invitation to unravel a universal mystery. Countless scores of drama and dance have enchanted and united composers, performers and audiences alike. Sixteen years ago, I responded to an invitation from classical music as a newborn infant who calmed down while listening to Baby Mozart playing on a toy mobile. Today I am responding to an invitation from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to serve as a Young Scholar in its global music education program. What an honor and privilege this invitation represents for me! I look forward to being nurtured and inspired by the incredible Lang Lang himself (!!!) and to forming new friendships with the other talented Young Scholars in my class. It is no mystery to me that the Lang Lang International Music Foundation will stimulate my own growth as a budding performing artist. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to spark a universal passion for classical music.”

Jeffrey Chin is 16 years old and attends the Juilliard School as a Pre-College student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone. Prior to Juilliard, he studied piano with Larry Graham and Jasmine Steadman in Denver, Colorado. At age 11, he won the Denver Steinway Piano Concerto Competition (Middle School Division) and was invited to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. His other piano concerto performances include the National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Lamont Summer Academy Orchestra. In 2014, he was named Top Performer in Junior Category by the Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado. He was First Place Winner of the 2015 Colorado State MTNA Junior Piano Competition and First Place Winner of the 2016 West Central Division MTNA. In 2016, he was a Junior Category Finalist and Third Prize Winner in the Midwest International Piano Competition. For the past three summers, he has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School where he was selected for masterclasses with Arie Vardi, Stephen Hough and Inon Barnatan. Most recently, he was named a Fellow of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University and had a masterclass with Boris Berman. He was selected by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to be a Young Scholar in the class of 2018-2020. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout middle school and high school. In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys math, computer coding, and learning French and Mandarin Chinese.

https://www.facebook.com/jcpianist2015/?ref=bookmarks

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Yim Ting

Cheung

Yim Ting

Cheung

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Katarina is currently studying at Diocesan Girls’ School in Hong Kong. She started her first piano lesson at the age of three. She is currently learning the piano with Mr. Kam Wing Chong, and was previously a student of Mr. Wang Nan and Ms. Yu Pui Sze. She has been a Violin Major student of Mr. Chan Kwok Wai in the Junior Music Program of Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (HKAPA) since the age of 6.

“Music is my best friend and is a unique way of communication. I love to share my deep love of music through my performance. Music is wonderful and I enjoy performing music on stage. I am thrilled and delighted to become the Young Scholar 2018-2020 of Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which renders me the invaluable opportunities to share music with other young musicians from around the world and to learn from the music maestros through the summer music summits and other unique activities of the Program.

Being a Young Scholar is going to be a milestone of my music life, and I am thankful for such a precious and special opportunity. I will take this as a great honour and cherish the learning opportunity to enhance my stagecraft and polish my sensitivity to the musicality of different music works.”

Katarina passed ATCL Recital Diploma in Piano of Associate of Trinity College London with Distinction in 2016, and obtained the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in Violin in 2017. She was invited to perform in the Prize-winners’ Concert for the 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2018 featuring the Preludes of Claude Debussy, following her Championship in the class of “Composer of the Year”. The performance was broadcasted by Channel 4 of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). She has won many prizes in the open music competitions in Hong Kong since the age of five, including the solo and duet classes for the piano and for the violin in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals.

Katarina devotes most of her time in music learning and practice since primary school years. She particularly enjoys playing and sharing music with musicians in the choir, orchestra and chamber music groups. She is currently the pianist for the Junior Choir of Diocesan Girl’s School, and a violinist in the Symphony Orchestra of HKAPA and Diocesan Girls’ School. Katarina has also performed music as a soloist in Hong Kong and the U.S., and as an orchestral player in the Greater China region.

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Jasper

Heymann

Jasper

Heymann

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Jasper Heymann is a pianist from New York City, who began his piano studies at the age of five. Jasper has been a laureate in more than fifteen domestic and international piano competitions, with more than twenty performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

“Thank you so much Lang Lang International Music Foundation for welcoming me to the Young Scholar’s Program, Class of 2018-20. It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected to participate in this wonderful foundation, to have the opportunity to study with Lang Lang and to be able to collaborate with other Young Scholars. Music has the power to unite people, while allowing one to express feelings and emotions in a way that few other forms of communication can. This opportunity will allow me to share my passion for classical music performance with a wider audience and to continue to grow as a musician. I can’t wait!”

New York Concert Review lauded Jasper’s “astounding lyricism,” “pianism that would be the envy of anyone two, three, even four times his age,” and “deep emotional bond with the music” in its review of his benefit concert for MusiCorps, a music rehabilitation program for wounded soldiers. (http://nyconcertreview.com/reviews/pianist-jasper-heymann-in-review/).

Recently chosen as a finalist for National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program, Jasper was also selected to study with Dina Yoffe at the Musical Summer Málaga 2017 International Festival. Among his other accomplishments are top prizes in AADGT’s International Young Gifted Musician’s Competition, American Protégé International Piano Competition, Enkor International Music Competition, American Fine Arts Festival, Bradshaw & Buono International Competition, and Golden Key Music Festival; participation in the Schlern Music Festival, scholarships to the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Alexander & Buono festival in New York; masterclasses with Dina Yoffe, Mikhail Voskresensky and Eduardo Delgado; and, performances with chamber ensembles in Europe and the United States.

Jasper studies piano with Elena Rossman. His other interests are aeronautical and sound engineering, percussion, fencing, skiing and photography. Jasper attends Horace Mann School in New York.

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Man Hin

Lung

Man Hin

Lung

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Lung Man Hin Wilson was born in 2005, and started learning piano at the age of 6 at GMC School of Music. In 2013, at the age of 8, he was admitted into the GMC Young Pianist Program and he currently studies with GMC principal Ms Rizzo Chung and senior teacher Mr. Gary Wong.

“I am so excited to be selected as one of the Young Scholars of Lang Lang International Music Foundation. It will create an unforgettable and fantastic experience for me. I will treasure the chance to study with Lang Lang and other famous pianists, as well as the chance to link with other young scholars, who share the same character to music lover with me. Music is just like magic. It can go deep inside everyone’s soul and make a change there. I can’t wait to perform as a young scholar and start spreading my joy and hope to people all over the world.”

Wilson received many prizes in local and international competitions, including multiple wins in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival from 2013-2017. He was awarded First Prize at the Junior Exhibitioner Award in 2017 and was invited to perform in the Prize-winners’ concert held in Hong Kong Shatin Town Hall Auditorium, which was broadcasted on RTHK4.

He was also the First Prize winner of the Hong Kong Children and Youth Piano Contest Age 9 and Under Category, and Age 15 and Under Category in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

In July 2015, Wilson won the First Prize of the Fourth Japan-Hong Kong international Music Competition Professional Category Piano Section Junior B Class. He was also awarded the special jury prize “Tokyo College of Music Prize”, a which consists of a scholarship of Tokyo to perform in the 2015 Goodwill Concert at the Tokyo College of Music.

In the same year, he was also a prizewinner in the 79th Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition (Hong Kong & Macau Region) and represented Hong Kong in the China Final which was held in Ningbo, where he won the First Prize in the Amateur Class aged 10-12.

In July 2017, Wilson attended the 21th Piara Piano Competition which was held in Hamamatsu-Japan, where he received the First Prize in Senior A Category, as well as PIARA Grand Prix Shizuoka Prefectural Governor’s Award.

Besides playing the piano, Wilson has other interests, including playing the erhu, reading Chinese literature and graphic illustration. He also loves to travel, and dreams of a performance career that would take him to different places in the world where he can immerse in different cultures and communicate through music.

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Avik

Sarkar

Avik

Sarkar

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Avik Sarkar is a seventeen-year-old pianist, cellist, and composer who is currently a junior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols (BB&N) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He studies piano with Mana Tokuno and Prof. Alexander Korsantiaat the New England Conservatory (NEC), and he previously studied with Niva Fried. Avik has won top prizes at several international, regional, and state piano competitions, including Forte Music, New York Artists, Louisiana,Bradshaw and Buono, Future Stars, and Hartford Chopin International Piano competitions. He was a first-prize winner of both the Mildred Freiberg and Ruth Davidson New England Piano Teachers Association, four-time winner of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts, and five-time winner of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Associationpiano competitions. Avikwas also the state winner ofthe Music Teachers National Association competition. He has performed in recitals at Cadogan Hall in London, UK, Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall inNew York City, and was heard on WGBH Radio, NPR, Boston.

“I am thrilled to be chosen as a 2018–2020 Lang Lang Young Scholar! I am looking forward to the numerous opportunities that being a Young Scholar provides to learn and lead within the musical community. I believe it will be extremely beneficial to my growth as a pianist, musician, and artist and will allow me to develop skills as a performer and collaborator, which are essential to being a good musician. Music is important to me because it allows me to communicate in a way that extends beyond words and speech; it is a language that transcends divisions between people and can express our feelings with mutual understanding. Music is also important to me because it is a means of serving the community and helping the people around me. Lang Lang has been a huge idol of mine, and having the opportunity to work with him as a Young Scholar is truly a great honor and privilege!”

Aside from piano, Avik is an award-winning composer and plays cello in the NEC String Chamber Orchestra. His composition Mirror for Chamber Orchestra won the Carlos Surinach Prize BMI Student Composer award, given to the youngest laureate under age 27. Avik’s string quartet Polaritywas awarded first prize at the Robert Avalon International competition, runner-up at the Tribeca New Music Young Composers competition, and was premiered at the National Young Composers Symposium. His piece A Separate Unitywas also premiered by the Juventas New Music Ensemble at the Emerge program in Boston. Hisorchestral workPurviwas played by the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava,Czech Republic, and won an honorable mention at the 2016 BMI Student Composer competition. He has had several other works performed by NEC preparatory students at Keller and Brown halls.

Avik is dedicated to bringing music to the community. He has worked with From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders and is raising money for refugees in the Boston area by organizing a classical music benefit concert. Aside from music, he enjoys competition math, writing poetry, and watercolor painting. His poem Illegalwas published in the Best Teen Writing anthology of 2016.

aviksarkar.net

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Victor

Shlyakhtenko

Victor

Shlyakhtenko

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Pianist Victor Shlyakhtenko, has been a student of Teresa de Jong Pombo at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts since the age of five.

In 2017, Victor performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as a Grand Prize Winner of The Music Center’s Spotlight competition, and at Carnegie Hall in New York under the auspices of the InterHarmony International Music Festival. He received first prize as well as a Special Prize for the best performance of a piece from Années de Pèlerinage in the 2016 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and was an invited performer at the annual Liszt Society Festival at Northwestern University. Victor’s other recent honors include first prizes at the 2017 Young Stars of the Future Concerto Competition, 2017 Parness Concerto Competition, 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition, 2016 California MTNA Piano Competition, 2016 California MTNA Composition Competition, 2017 Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition, and the Orange County CAPMT Young Musicians Concerto Competition. In 2015–2016, Victor was chosen as the First Place Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s Musical Ambassador, giving performances at their Annual Gala dinner and their 2015 Lisa Jura Young Pianist Showcase Recital. Victor has appeared as soloist with the Orange County Symphony, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Collective of Orange County, as well as the Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Concert Choir, performing concerti by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Grieg, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

“I am so thrilled and honored to have been selected as a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation! Music is a powerful and precious gift that can unite people. I feel very fortunate that music has always been an essential part of my life. My dream is for as many people as possible to experience the beauty and joy of classical music. There is a special magic to attending a live musical performance or learning to play a musical instrument. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholars, taking active part in the activities of the Program and getting involved in the mission of the Foundation. I would like to use this opportunity to learn from Lang Lang, to deepen my understanding of music and to share its magnificence with others. I want to express my deep gratitude to two people: Lang Lang, for creating this wonderful opportunity; and to my piano teacher, Teresa de Jong Pombo, who has been my mentor, guide and inspiration for the last 10 years”

Victor is passionate about giving back to the community and regularly participates in several outreach concert series, including Musical Encounters, a community engagement program of the Colburn School, which sends students from its Community School of Performing Arts to perform and speak to students at Title I elementary schools. He has also participated in the Ambassador Program, a project of the Classics Alive! Foundation, which brings live music to senior citizen centers, and Musical Traces, an outreach program of Junior Chamber Music.

Victor is a founding member of California Young Musicians, a network of avid young performers who enjoy sharing their art through concerts and lecture series.

Victor has been an active participant in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy (2016) and Acqui Terme, Italy (2017), where he studied piano and violin, played in the Festival orchestra, and performed in several chamber ensembles.

Victor is an avid chamber musician, an award-winning composer, and an enthusiastic accompanist for instrumentalists and singers. In addition to piano, he studies music theory and composition with Doug Dutton and orchestral conducting with Maxim Eshkenazy.

Victor has played in master classes taught by James Bonn, Bruno Canino, John McCarthy, Andrew Park, Andrew Parr, John Perry, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Peter Takács, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Victor has been awarded a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States for the last two consecutive years. He is currently a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn Scholarship at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts.

Youtube: https://goo.gl/72JJ83

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Shuheng

Zhang

Shuheng

Zhang

Young Scholars 2018-2020

Shuheng Zhang, a proud Lang Lang International Foundation Young Scholar, has been passionate about music ever since he started piano lessons at almost 9 years old.

He has won top prizes in many competitions such as Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, David Dubois Piano Competition, MTNA Michigan Competition, MMTA SAT Solo and Concerto Competitions, Albion College International Piano Festival, to name a few. A frequent participant inprestigious piano festivals, Shuheng was selected to attend Lang Lang International Foundation 2016 Allianz Junior Music Camp held in Poland, 2017 Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival at Salt Lake City, and 2017 Piano Summer at SUNY New Paltz with full scholarship. He was also the youngest finalists of the 2016 MostArts Festival Piano Competition where he performed as a soloist with the MostArts Festival Orchestra. Shuheng has performed in masterclasses given by renowned pianists such as Dag Achatz, Alan Chow, Paulina Dokovska, Sean Duggan, Douglas Humphreys, Lang Lang, Panayis Lyras, John O’Conor, Robert Shannon, Sasha Starcevich and Nelita True, among others , and been praised for his sensitivity, interpretation and musicianship. Shuheng is very grateful for all the individuals and organizations who have been involved in his development in music, especially, his current teacher Logan Skelton, former teacher Mary Siciliano, Tian Tian,with whom Shuheng takes lessons regularly, and The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit.

“I am incredibly excited and honor to join the Lang Lang International Music Foundation family as a young scholar. I attended 2016 Allianz Junior Music Camp, which was such an impactful and enjoyable experience for me. Through the camp, I got to know more about the foundation, its people and its mission. So I am really looking forward to join the Lang Lang Young Scholars Program. I am looking most forward to learning more about music through the mentorship of Lang Lang and other great musicians, meeting other young scholars, and sharing my craft of performing to the public, especially, the next generation. I am always excited to learn about music, whether it be how music is performed, or how it is made, or just simply why music sounds the way it does; it’s all very fascinating and meaningful to me. I also am looking forward to meeting other Young Scholars because I always love being with people who share the same passion of music as I do, which always inspires me to become a better musician. Finally, I deeply enjoy performing music for others. Even though the cliché of “music is the universal language” has been overused almost to the point of meaninglessness, I believe there are still many truths that lie behind the statement. Music is something that everyone can relate with and enjoy, no matter how negative their view on all other subjects of the world are, as I have yet to meet a single person who claims that they do not enjoy music of any sort. Because of this, I want to spread music as a way for all people to relate with each other, to reconcile their differences, and to bring some form of common understanding between all people, and I believe that the Lang Lang Young Scholars Program, with its Keys of Inspiration™ and Play It Forward.™, will be a huge step forth in completing that vision.”

Shuheng loves sharing his passion for music with the community; he has been frequently giving outreach performances at schools and senior living houses. A well-rounded student, Shuheng excels in all school academic subjects and is serving in the board of his school’s student government.

Aside from piano, Shuheng enjoys playing hockey, jogging, and reading.

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShuhengZhang

Young Scholars 2016-2018

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Amir

Siraj

Amir

Siraj

Young Scholars 2016-2018

Amir Siraj is an American pianist from Boston, Massachusetts.

Hailed by TheaterJones as a “gentle” yet “passionate” interpreter, he has played at venues including Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall. A top prizewinner at local, national, and international competitions, Amir has performed with orchestras including the New England Philharmonic, the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, and prestigious organizations including the Harvard Musical Association and the American Liszt Society.

“I am delighted and humbled to have been selected as a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Music has a beautiful way of bringing people closer, acting as a truly universal language that ties us all together. Wielding this enourmous amount of power, music education and community outreach have the potential to change millions of lives. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation plays a crucial role in realizing this potential by spearheading initiatives to make access to classical music and music education more accessible and ubiquitous. I look forward to joining my fellow Young Scholars in working to improve both as musicians and as arts leaders, under the mentorship of Lang Lang.”

Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 with the American Fine Arts Festival, he has been a three-time prizewinner at the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition, a laureate of the Chopin International Competition in Hartford, a first prize winner at the New England Piano Teachers Association Ruth Davidson Competition, two-time first prize winner at the Music Teachers National Association’s Massachusetts division, and five-time first prize winner at the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Bay State Contest. In 2015, Amir was selected as one of twenty-four young pianists in the world to participate in the Cliburn International Junior Competition and Festival. In 2016, he was selected as a National YoungArts Foundation Winner.

As an avid proponent of the music of his time, Amir has performed many world premieres including chamber works by Stephen Feigenbaum and solo works by Larry Bell, in addition to frequent performances of published contemporary works by Lera Auerbach, Marti Epstein, and William Bolcom. He studies privately with Helena Vesterman and attends the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and has taken master classes with the likes of Peter Serkin, Douglas Humpherys, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Meng-Chieh Liu.

Amir also has a passion for bringing music outside of the concert hall, and into communities, where classical music can have a real, tangible impact on people’s lives. As an Arts Leader with From The Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders in Boston, he has worked over the past three years to spread the joy of music in hospitals, senior living communities, and children’s museums. Amir worked with the Steinway Society of Massachusetts in 2014 to give a performance at the Chapel of the Massachusetts General Hospital, where his music was broadcast live to over 1,500 patient rooms. In January of 2016, Amir organized a concert in partnership with From the Top and Music For Food to raise funds for local hunger relief efforts, which garnered enough donations to provide over 5,000 meals for community members in need. He has also performed chamber music extensively in community settings. In his free time, he enjoys rowing on CRI’s Men’s Varsity crew team and running the Brookline High School Innovation Club, which he founded.

website: http://amirsiraj.com/

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Chelsea

Guo

Chelsea

Guo

Young Scholars 2016-2018

Ziyao “Chelsea” Guo is a piano student of Prof. Hung-kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Juilliard Pre-college Division, and studies voice with Mrs. Cynthia Sanner.

Chelsea has won several piano competitions such as 24th Annual International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C., Piano Teachers’ Congress of New York, CMTA, American Fine Arts Festival, Audrey Thayer, and American Protégé.

“I’m so honored to be selected as a young scholar for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation! I hope that this will be an enriching experience for me so that I’ll be able to expand my passion and knowledge for music, and then go even further from there to spread that to others. I’m looking forward to growing as a performer as well as a music ambassador! I hope to be a musician that can help others discover the true beauty and value of classical music, which is far greater than one’s own self. I believe that music is the one language that everyone speaks fluently, and it expresses a lot more than words will ever be able to. I’m really excited to meet Lang Lang and my fellow scholars, and hopefully, we’ll all grow together as a family and work together to inspire each other, and most importantly, other people.”

Chelsea’s solo repertoire is broad, and encompasses works from Scarlatti to Barber and Ives. She has performed concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin with Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (China), Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra (US), Napolinova Chamber Orchestra (Italy), and Torun Symphony (Poland). She has given six solo recitals, and performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Harris Hall, Pepsi-co Hall, Ishikawa Music Hall, Historique du Bon Pasteur, Paul Hall, and the US State Department. Chelsea has performed on WQXR radio’s “Young Artists Showcase” and appeared in NPR’s “From the Top.”

Chelsea was one of the youngest semifinalists in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, and a prize winner at the 13th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany. She was a recipient of the 2014 Eppan Junior Prize in Italy and the prestigious 2015 Nordmann Scholarship at the Juilliard Pre-college Division.

Chelsea has attended major music festivals such as Aspen, Schlern, Ishikawa, Junior Eppan, Talent Music Master Courses, Todi, and Paderewski in US, Japan, and Europe. She is a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University.

website: http://www.chelseaguopiano.com/
youtube: https://m.youtube.com/user/MiffyJHG

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Eden

Chen

Eden

Chen

Young Scholars 2016-2018

Eden Chen is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist and Scholar.

He started studying piano when he was six. Since age seven, Eden has competed and placed in many piano competitions, and has won numerous top prizes including the First Prize in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival Piano Competitions for numerous years. Among them was an orchestral debut performing Mozart’s Coronation Concerto, No.26 in D major with the Southwestern Music Festival Orchestra, after he won First Prize in the Young Pianist category when he was eleven.

“As a Young Scholar, I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to experience the signature charisma of Lang Lang and his foundation. The enthusiasm and energy they put into bringing music to the world is just inspiring, and I am sure I will learn much from their philosophy of “Playing it Forward.” Being a part of the Young Scholars program will present me with a unique opportunity to meet diverse audiences, while receiving first-hand guidance from Lang Lang in what it means to be an artist, and what it takes to build a successful career. I am confident that working with Lang Lang, the Foundation, and my fellow Young Scholars will allow me to further explore the role of the musician and music in our modern society. I look forward to the positive impact we will have on each other!”

Eden recently won the First Prize at the AVSOMC Gail Newby Concerto Competition. He was a Gold Medal winner of the 2012 AADGT International Young Musicians competition, a Grand Prize winner of the 2011 AFAF Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition, where he was also the recipient of the special prize for the Best Performance of a Work by Liszt. He also received Second Prize at the MostArts Festival 2014 Piano Competition and Second Prize at the 13thInternational Russian Music Piano Competition.

Eden was selected to perform on NPR’s From the Top radio show in 2013. Besides these awards, Eden has given four performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in the past few years, and he was also invited to perform a solo concert at the American Jewish University.

Eden is currently studying with Rufus Choi. He has attended the Colburn Academy Piano Festival and the John Perry Academy of Music Summer Festival. He has participated in master classes given by musicians such as Lang Lang, Daniel Pollack, Seymour Bernstein, Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and John Perry.

Eden is actively thinking about the role and value of music in society and in the individual, and how it serves to connect individuals to their communities. He believes in music as a uniquely human expression of the human condition, and is interested in innovative ways of expressing these universal sentiments. In becoming a Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholar, he hopes to continue to explore new creative possibilities that will impact his audiences.

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edenchenmusic/timeline

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Elizabeth

Zietz

Elizabeth

Zietz

Young Scholars 2016-2018

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.

“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!”

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.

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Jenny

Kong

Jenny

Kong

Young Scholars 2016-2018

Jenny is now studying at St Paul’s Convent School in Hong Kong. She started learning piano at the age of 5.

She was admitted to the Junior Music Program of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) majoring in piano at the age of 10 and has been studying under Dr Cheng Wai. Jenny was the pianist of school choir of her primary school from 2012-2015.

“I am so lucky that I can study music. I can play the piano, share my music with others, go to different concerts, and perform on the stage. I really feel thankful for these. All these chances have helped me to develop myself, and made me more confident, active and sociable. To me, music is with vitality, it can communicate with people in soul, and create every magic moment on the stage. Music is magnificent and spectacular, and it is reflection of one’s life. Music is part of my life, it is essential and indispensable. It brings joy, and touches our soul.”

I was very fortunate and honoured to become a Young Scholar 2016 – 2018 of LLIMF. This is a great opportunity for me to develop my talents and enhance my piano skills. Through this program I can know a lot of friends from different countries who also love music, and we can exchange our ideas and experiences with one another. I will also have chances to study with Lang Lang and other great musicians and perform in various concerts. I can broaden my horizons and enrich my musical knowledge. I am definitely grateful to be one of the members of the Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholars family!”

Jenny was awarded a lot of prizes in various competitions. In 2012, she won the first prize award of Czerny 849 class, the third prize award of Children Class B and third prize of Children’s Pieces B in the 17th Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition. In 2014, she won the first prize of Grade 8 Piano Solo in the 66th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the first prize of 14th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition. In 2015, she was the champion in the Composer of The Year category in 67th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the first prize of Trinity College London ATCL Recital Group of The sixth Asian Young Music Competition.

In 2014, she was selected to perform at the “Yes I Can Recital 2014” radio and TV program of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). In 2015, she was invited to perform in the 67th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Prize-winners’ Concert. At the same year, she had taken the ATCL Recital.

This year, Jenny got the first prize of Youth Senior Group of 2016 3rd Hong Kong Asia-Pacific Youth Piano competition and first prize of Adolescent group of The 3rd Hong Kong International Music Festival. At the end of May 2016, Jenny was invited to hold a solo concert in the Purple Crown International Piano Music Festival in the Middle School of China Conservatory of Music in Bejing. She was invited to perform in Schlern International Music Festival in Italy. As a Young Scholar, she was invited by LLIMF to join Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival in London this summer. She also be invited to participate the Summer Music Summit in Chicago, in which Jenny will perform Beethoven Piano Concerto with local Orchestra as well as piano solo.

With sensitive and perfect pitch, it’s clear that Jenny was born for music. While she was still in her mum’s tummy, she listened to the music her elder sister played. She devotes most of her leisure time to music, she even listens to music when she is having her meals. Whenever she listens to music, she can feel the music flowing to the ceiling. She loves listening to concertos, symphonies and other kinds of music. Her favorite piece is Piano Concerto No.1 by Chopin. Jenny also loves to share her music with others. ‘I think music has a magic power in it because it can communicate with audiences in soul and creates every magic moment on the stage.’ Being an international pianist is her dream.

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Kimberly

Han

Kimberly

Han

Young Scholars 2016-2018

Kimberly Han – a pianist and violinist from Chicago, Illinois. She started piano lessons when she was five and a half years old, and has been studying with Brenda Huang for 9 years. She is also taking regular masterclasses with Alexander Korsantia from New England Conservatory.

“To me, classical music is timeless; it has the ability to transcend any age, and express emotions through generations of people. Being selected as a 2016-2018 Young Scholar by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation allows me to explore this belief not only through many performance opportunities, but also through interacting with fellow musicians and young scholars, like myself. In these coming two years, I am definitely looking forward to joining the Lang Lang Young Scholars family, learning from Maestro Lang Lang for sure, and most importantly, just being able to share and give my love for music to others.

Becoming a 2016-2018 Young Scholar is an indescribable feeling. It was amazing, but realizing this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has made me really think about the teachers, friends, symphony orchestras, and performances in my life. Everything, and everyone in these years has helped me become who I am today. For that I am extremely grateful. And I’m looking forward to what’s coming next.”

A freshman of Lake Forest High School, Kimberly is a frequent award-winner in many music events – East Central Division / Illinois State Winner of 2016 MTNA Junior Competition, Walgreens National Concerto Competition Winner (2015 20th MYA Senior Division Overall & Piano Category; 2014 19th Open Junior Division Piano and 2013 18th MYA Junior Division Piano), Winner of 2015 Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Youth Audition in March 2015, and Winner of CSO “Carnival of the Animals” Audition in January 2015, Piano Winner of 2014 11th DePaul Concerto Festival, First Place winner of 2013 15th Chopin Youth Piano Competition, along with many more.

As a solo pianist and chamber musician, Kimberly has performed in L’Auditori of Barcelona, Spain, Chicago Symphony Center, Preston Bradley Hall of Chicago Cultural Center, DePaul Concert Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall of Ravinia Festival, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall of Northwestern University.

Kimberly had her concert debut with Oistrach Symphony Orchestra performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor in February 2014, under Maestro Mini Zikri. In March 2015, Kimberly performed Saint-Saens “Carnival of Animals” as solo pianist with Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) during guest conductor, Vladimir Kulenovic’s debut conducting the CSO. She has been invited to perform “Nights in the Garden of Spain” as a soloist with the CSO again under Maestro Scott Speck in April 2016. In 2015-2016 season, Kimberly will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, 1st movement with Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Symphony Orchestra both in February 2016, under Maestro Dr. Allan Dennis. Other concerts include Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor with Lake Forest Civic Orchestra under Maestro Robert Nordling in May 2016, Franz Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major with The New North Shore Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Anatol Lysenka in November 2016, and solo concert with Highland Park Strings under Maestro Larry Block also in the fall of 2016.

Kimberly was featured as a pre-college young pianist on WFMT 98.7FM “Introductions” in January (as soloist) and August (as duo) 2015. She will be featured again in May 2016 as the 2015 CSO Youth Audition winner and a 2016-2018 Lang Lang Young Scholar. She was also selected by Lang Lang International Music Foundation to participate in the second Allianz Junior Music Camp in Barcelona, Spain in November 2014. In September 2015, The North Shore Journal featured Kimberly as a young musician in the “Standout Student” column.

In her free time, Kimberly loves playing violin with the MYA Symphony Orchestra / her chamber ensemble Trio Fiammata / school symphony orchestra, reading and traveling around the world with her family. To give back to the community, Kimberly also performs extensively in the retirement centers across the Chicagoland, and teaches violin to kids from unprivileged districts as a participant in MYA Young Music Scholar program.

Kimberly would like to thank her inspirational teachers Brenda Huang and Alexander Korsantia, for coaching her discipline, dedication and love for classical music; The Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Allianz, Dr. Allan Dennis, Robert Bassill, and the MYA staff for providing her the great opportunity to grow as a young musician; her parents and all of her friends for their continuous support and encouragement.

website: http://kimiehan.wix.com/kimie-han

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Peter

Leung

Peter

Leung

young Scholars 2016-2018

Peter, born in 2006, began learning piano at age 4 and obtained the Grade 8 Certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music at age 8 and the Performance Diploma with distinction from Trinity College London at age 10.

In 2015, Peter was accepted as a junior piano student at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, studying under Professor Eleanor Wong. In 2016, he was selected as Young Scholar 2016 – 2018 of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

“Music is joy. Music is hope. I want to bring joy and hope to people all over the world!’ When I learned that I was selected as one of a Young Scholars, I felt so happy and excited because my dream – playing music for people all over the world – comes true! I am longing to learn from Lang Lang, and to make friends with other Young Scholars and students around the world by the same language – music. I hope other students will treasure the chance of learning and enjoy playing piano like me.”

A sixth-grader at the Hong Kong Pui Ching Primary School, he has been repeatedly awarded music scholarships from his school and is currently serving as school choir accompanist. Peter’s first invaluable experience in music competition was his participation in the “2014 CCTV Piano and Violin Competition, Beijing, China”, where he represented Hong Kong as one of the twenty finalists. In Dec 2014, Peter was selected to perform with the world-renowned pianist, Lang Lang, in the “101 PIANISTS” organized by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. In 2016 and 2017, Peter was invited to attend master classes and to perform at the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Oxford Piano Festival in the University of Oxford, UK, and at the Midway Young Artists Orchestra Music Summer Summit in Chicago, USA. In October 2016, he performed as guest soloist at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition held in the City Hall of Hong Kong. On 30 June 2017, Peter performed with Lang Lang and the Chinese Kung-Fu star Donnie Yen in the extravagant gala “20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to China”, which was attended by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Hong Kong principal officials. In Dec 2017, Peter was honored to be invited to perform with Lang Lang at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Peter has taken part in many regional and international competitions, which not only widen his exposure in music, but also accelerate his artistic progress. His award highlights include:

1st Prize, Piano Concerto (age 13 or under), 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association, 2018
Winner Prize, 17th International Television Contest for Young Musicians, Moscow, Russia, 2016.
2nd Prize, Piano Concerto – Betty Drown Memorial Prize (age 13 or under), 68th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association, 2016
1st Prize, Grade 8 Piano Solo, 67th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association, 2015
1st Prize, Chinese Composers, Piano Solo, 67th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association, 2015
1st Prize, Chopin Piano Sonatas, Piano Solo, Hong Kong Asia-Pacific Youth Piano Competition, Hong Kong Music Development Centre, 2015
1st Prize, Chinese Composers, Piano Solo, Hong Kong Asia-Pacific Youth Piano Competition, Hong Kong Music Development Centre, 2015
1st Prize, Grade 8 Piano Solo, Hong Kong Golden Bauhinia International Youth Piano Competition, Hong Kong Golden Bauhinia Music Foundation, 2014
1st Prize, Grade 8 Piano Solo, Tchaikovsky and Kabalevsky Piano Competition, Hong Kong Musician Association, 2014
1st Prize, Grade 8 Piano Solo, the 7th Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition, Speech & Music Recital Development Foundation, 2014
1st Prize, Grade 8 Piano Solo, the 5th Hong Kong Youth Virtuosos Piano Competition, Virtuosos Music Academy, Hong Kong, 2014
Aside from music, Peter loves Chinese Kung-fu, specializing in dagger, sword, and Shaolin boxing.

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Raymond

Feng

Raymond

Feng

young Scholars 2016-2018

Raymond Feng began playing piano at age 4 and has been a pupil of Elier Suárez since age 5.

He had his orchestral debut with the Ashdod Symphony in Perugia, Italy at the age of 11 and has been a featured pianist with the Rochester Philharmonic, Genesee Symphony, Greater Buffalo Youth and Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestras.

“Music is a wonderful gift. I am grateful for the music access I have had through years of learning piano and violin, making music with friends in ensembles and orchestras, going to concerts, and performing for people. All these experiences have helped me be more confident, communicative, creative, and caring for the people around me. I believe that everybody should have access to music, but there is still much work to be done before it becomes a reality for all people and people can enjoy and appreciate classical music.

The Lang Lang Foundation is one of the few organizations that is actively engaged in advocating for classical music and promoting music education, and I am thrilled and honored to join this family. As a Young Scholar, I feel empowered to give back to my community by sharing my passion for classical music and inspiring others to begin their own musical journeys. I am also really looking forward to studying with great pianist Lang Lang and meeting other musicians like me. Music has such a unifying power, and through music, we can all come together and make this world a better place.”

Raymond made his appearance on NPR’s From the Top, performing the 3rd movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at a live taping concert in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater. Raymond recently received a great honor, being selected as one of the Young Scholars of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Raymond has been a prizewinner of international and national competitions since age 9, claiming first prizes in the Thousand Islands Chopin International, AADGT’s Passion of Music Festival, Duquesne National Young Artist, Ithaca College, and MTNA Eastern Division Junior Piano Competitions, among others.

Raymond is a frequent participant of prestigious summer music festivals such as Music Fest Perugia, Cooper Piano Festival where he won the 1st place of the festival competition, and Morningside Music Bridge where he received a full scholarship plus winning 2nd place in the chamber competition and the Stuart Holland Memorial Award. Raymond has performed at major concert venues including Eastman Kodak Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. Raymond’s love of music expands to chamber music and violin as well. He studies violin with Nancy Hunt, and he is the pianist of the Hochstein Capriccio Scholarship Piano Trio, concertmaster of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, and co-concertmaster of his school orchestra as well as a frequent member of the NYSSMA All County and Area All-State Honor Orchestras. Raymond has had masterclasses with renowned artists such as John Perry, Krzysztof Jabłonski, Ilana Vered, Peter Takács, Eduardo Delgado, Alvin Chow, and the Ying Quartet.

Outside of traditional concert halls, Raymond is deeply engaged in sharing his passion for music with the community, giving outreach performances at schools, retirement homes and other public places throughout the Greater Rochester area. Raymond believes that the power of music can enrich human life in a positive way, and everyone should have the privilege to have access to great music. In 2014, Genesee Valley Parent Magazine named Raymond as one of its “20 under 20” honorees, the only classical musician to make the list.

Aside from music, Raymond is an accomplished “mathlete”. He is the First Place winner of the 2012 Mathnasium National TriMathlon and the New York State Champion of the MathCounts Competitions in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has been on his school Science Olympiad team for the past 4 years winning medals at New York state competitions. Improvising at the piano and tennis are among his other interests.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Rayfeng2001/

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