2022 Piano Competition | 2022 Winners

2022 Winners

The 2022 Spotlight International Piano Competition successfully welcomed 105 exceptional pianists from 18 counties.  A total cash prize of 10K was awarded to the winners.

Elementary 1st Prize

Wilson Liu

8-year-old pianist Wilson Liu comes from California. At 7 years old in 2022, he was admitted to The Juilliard School Pre-college Division as the youngest student in piano major. Since his earliest training, he has participated and garnered accolades winning First Prize at all of the following events: 30th United States Open Music Competition, 46th East Bay Piano, WPTA International Piano Competition (Singapore), Piano Star International Competition, Chopin Avenue Piano Competition (HK), Elevato International Piano Competition (Austria), 4th International Music Competition “Città di Sarzana” (Italy), Medici International Music Competition, and King’s Peak Music Competition, etc. In addition, he has been given the Crystal Award at London Youth Piano Competition (London), the Gold Award in Pacific NW Piano Competition. Most recently, he won the First Place, and he is the only winner in Professional Category Young Musician II of Chicago International Music Competition. Wilson thoroughly enjoys the growth and fun he experiences as he prepares for his performances, and he always looks forward to learning from his fellow pianists. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, playing badminton, table tennis and all kinds of sports.
Elementary 2nd Prize

Avery Armstrong

Avery Armstrong is a 9-year-old pianist from California. She started taking piano lessons since the age of four, and at the age of six she started studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-college Division under Annamarie McCarthy. She has participated in numerous competitions and recitals and she is the First Prize winner and Grand prize winner of various competitions, including 2022 Chicago International Music Competition, 2022 New York International Classical Music Competition, Elite International Music Competition, United states International Music Competition, Crescendo International Music Competition, 2022 Opus National Music Competition, 2022 New York International Young Musician Competition, 2022 International Music Competition 'Amsterdam' Grand Prize Virtuoso, 2021 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, 2021 US New Star Competition and she has had two recitals in Carnegie Hall in April 2022 and will be returning for other winner's recitals. Besides piano, Avery enjoys playing table tennis, swimming, creative writing,  reading, coding, biology and chemistry!
Elementary 3rd Prize

Catherine Wenxin Ma

Catherine Ma Wenxin started her piano training at age 4. She has passed the ABRSM Performance Grade 8 Exam with Distinction in 2020.
Catherine won many competitions in recent years as listed below:

2021 German Hannover Gieseking International Piano Elite Invitational Competition (China Final) - Special Award with cash prize RMB10,000
2021 the Ninth International Competition Saint-Petersburg Reflected In World’s Music Culture (Russia) - Grand Prix and First Prize for Solo Piano with cash prize EUR1,000
2021 Volgograd ‘Silveryakovskie Debuts’ International Competition Festival for Yong Musicians (Russia) - First Prize
2021 Singapore International Piano Competition (Singapore) – First Prize for Children Class B and Bach Class
2020 XIII International Instrumental Competition for Yong Performers “Colibri” (USA) – First Prize
16th International Piano Competition for Children and Young “VIllahermosa” 2020 (Mexico) – Second Prize
2020 Korea-China International Music Competition (Korea) – First Prize
2020 Singapore International Piano Competition (Singapore) – First Prize; and2019 Korea-China International Music Competition (Korea) – First Prize
Elementary Best Classical

Eliana Tan

Eliana Tan, age 8, is a second grade student at Roberts Elementary School in Houston. She began playing piano when she was 6 years old and is currently studies with Dr. Ying Zhang. Eliana's past achievements include 1st prize in the 2021 Houston Forum Young Artist Competition and 2nd prize in the 2021 Russian Souvenir International Young Piano Competition (Category A) when she was 7 years old. She is also the winner of the Best of the Youngest Award and Honorable Mention in the 12th International Chopin Youth Competition, as well as the Honorable Mention in the 2021 North Texas Young Artist. In addition, she was invited to perform at the 2021 Houston Music Teachers Association Spring Musical and the 2022 Houston Piano Super Saturday, where she received the Audience Choice Award and the Outstanding Performance Award. Eliana also enjoys reading and playing chess and tennis in her spare time.
Elementary Audience Favorite

Amberly Koh

Amberly is a 9-year-old young pianist. She started to play the piano when she was four years old and has been learning from Ms. Yin Yin Huang since 2020. Ms. Huang is an international concert pianist and a dedicated music teacher. She is the Founder and Artistic Director at the Acevedo Music and Arts Education Foundation and the City of Alhambra's Woman of the Year. Under her coaching, Amberly has developed her love of music, participated in many piano competitions, and won many awards with the most recently 2nd place in SYMF's Qualified Baroque. This is her first debut in an international competition and thankful for the opportunity.
Honorable Mentions: Yujing Chen, Audrey Wu, Eliana Tan
Junior 1st Prize
& Best Romantic

Kenneth Chen

Kenneth Chen, a student at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists. Kenneth began learning piano at the age 5, and he is currently studying under Dr. Michael Berkovsky in Toronto, Canada. He has received awards from competitions including: 1st prize in 2020 Liszt center piano international competition, 1st prize in 2020 Piano league international competition, Gold Award in WPTA - Finland international piano competition 2022, 2nd prize in 2020 Young Euregio Piano Award international competition in Germany, and Best of the classes OFMA 2021. Kenneth made his orchestral debut with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in June 2022, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor in Van Cliburn Hall, Texas.
Junior 2nd Prize

Chanya Methaprayoon

Chanya Methaprayoon (12), a rising 8th grader from Beckendorff Junior High School, began studying piano at the age of five and currently studies under the guidance of Mr. John Weems.

Her musical achievements include 1st prize in the Houston Steinway Piano Competition in 2019, 1st prizes in the Houston Forum Young Artist Piano Competition in 2019, 2021, and 2022, 1st prizes in the Blinn College Young Pianist Competition in 2020 and 2021 where she won the grand prize in 2022, 1st prize in Texas State University’s Young Pianist Piano Competition in 2020, 1st prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in 2021, 1st prize in the Texas Music Teachers’ Association (TMTA) Performance Contest in 2022, and a winner of the South Texas Piano Competition in 2022. She also received 2nd prizes in the Rochelle Liebling Kahan Competition for Child Piano Prodigies in 2019, the Symphony North of Houston Young Artist Competition in 2019, the Spotlight International Piano Competition in 2021, and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition in Texas in 2020 and 2021, and was awarded the Jury Discretionary Award in the Weatherford College International Piano Competition in 2021.

Chanya made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Symphony North of Houston Orchestra in 2019 and collaborated with the Bangkok Modern Ensemble at the Bangkok Young Pianists’ winner’s concert the same year. She also holds the title of Houston Young Artist from 2019 to present, performing in various public venues. Before the pandemic, she shared her passion for music as an active volunteer to perform at senior facilities around the Houston area.  Chanya is accomplished academically as well, receiving the President’s Award of Outstanding Academic Excellence in 2020, and enjoys reading and doing math in her free time.
Junior 3rd Prize

Andrew Nan

Andrew Nan is going to be a seventh grader in Sartartia Middle School after summer break. He has been studying piano with Mr. John Weems since 2019.  Andrew showed great interest in music since he was two years old. He loved listening to music and singing even he couldn’t speak too much. At five and a half years old, he got an electric keyboard, after showing that he could play all the songs and music pieces he was familiar with all by himself on the keyboard, He started the journey to learn piano. At the same time, he also loved to learn drums and attend Fort Bend Boys Choir. Now he joins his middle school choir besides studying piano. His new passion is to compose his own piano pieces. In the past year, Andrew won the first place in the division of 5th to 6th grade in Young Pianist Competition held by Blinn College, won the first place in the division of Age 11 in Houston Forum Young Artist Competition, was selected as Houston Young Artist for session 2022-2023.In his spare time, Andrew enjoys swimming and volunteering to share the joy of music with the seniors at nursing home as well.
Junior Audience Favorite
& Best Classical

Montivalai Ramida

A HomeSchool – Ambitious Junior Pianist. Maki started studying piano since 2017,spent 8-10 hours every single day study, practice, and play the piano. With a dream of being a great pianist, she’s working hard to improve herself and her skills.Also busks on the streets of Bangkok – kindly asking for support in chasing her dream,to effort for her music education with great teachers. In 2019, she got a scholarship to study “Chamber Music” in Young Artist Academy Programat Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music and started being a young pianist, soloistand piano-accompanist since then. She joined some competitions  with great results:

- Grand Prize Winner from Chopin International Piano Competition Hartford, CT (USA), 2021
- Platinum Prize, The 1st Young Concert Artists International Piano Competition, 2021
- Superior Gold Prize, The S.E ASEAN Beethoven Piano Competition, 2021
- First Prize Winner, 9th Mozart International Piano Competition 2020
- First Prize Winner, Kawai ASEAN Piano Competition 2019

She has been invited to performed in many concerts at Thailand Cultural Centre,Embassies, also performed with Feroci Philharmonic Orchestra at Phayathai Palace in 2021 and performed with Italian-Thai Youth Orchesta in 2022. Currently, her piano instructor is Phu Koanantakool and she’s also studies Piano Improvisation with Asst.Prof. Alberto Ferrincieli, Chamber Music under Prof. Damrih Banawitayakit and Music Theory with Asst.Prof.Dr. Saksri Vongtaradon. In addition of to be a professional pianist - Maki also aims that in the future, she will use her potential to help underprivileged children by giving them free properpiano and music foundation.
Junior Best Baroque

Andrew Yin

Andrew Yin, 10, began studying piano at age of 5 and currently studies with Hans Boepple. He is a 4th grader at Valley Christian School in San Jose, USA. Andrew won the Grand Prix at XIII Chopin International Piano Competition at Hartford. He was a finalist at Kaufman Competition. He won the first prizes at many competitions including Chicago International Music Competition, KAMSA Piano Competition etc. Besides piano, Andrew enjoys violin, reading, math, chess, swimming, and soccer.
Junior Best Contemporary

Jackson He

Jackson is a very outgoing and caring ten-year-old boy. He is in fourth-grade and he resides in Chino Hills, California. His piano journey started at the age of four. He is currently under the tutelage of Ms. Jenny Shin whom he absolutely loves and admires. Throughout the years he has participated and received recognition in numerous competitions and festivals. Later in August of 2021, he received the second prize and the Best Performance of a work by J.S Bach award in the Chicago International Music Competition. Jackson is the Southern Regional Winner of 2022 MTAC State Solo & Concerto Competition. He is also the winner of the Glissando Piano Festival and the Grand Prize Winner from the 2022 Satori Summer Music Festival Piano Grand Prize Contest.
Honorable Mentions: Vejmongkolkorn Papitcha, Andrew Yin, Eunha Basu, Montivalai Ramida, Meining Wu, Brendan Tark, Yuna Noh, Tiya Uthaisang, Kanyapat Dankul
Senior 1st Prize
& Best Contemporary

Yixiu Lin

17 years old pianist Yixiu Lin, from China. Yixiu Lin's playing is acclaimed as “accurate, but very musical.” His performances went through Asia, North America and Europe. Lin had his first orchestral debut at age of 12 , collaborating with the Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, under the batons of famous conductors such as Gaddiel Dombrowner and Uriel Segal.

Lin started his piano career at four, was admitted to the Colburn Music Academy at the age of eleven (2016) in Los Angeles, California, where he studied with Dr. Myong-joo Lee. At the end of 2018, his family moved to Philadelphia, where he studies with pianist Chenxin Xu and Jiacheng Xiong. He is currently a student of Matti Raekallio, highly acclaimed Finnish pianist and professor emeritus from the Juilliard School.

Lin was invited to music festivals such as the Music Fest Perugia. He received many competition rewards globally, he attended performances and international competitions in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Fuzhou and other major cities and was given numerous prestigious awards in different continents. In 2022, Lin won Quebec Music Competition Platinum Award, Chicago International Music Competition 2022 1st Place, Finland Norden International Piano Competition 2022 1st Prize, Rocky Mountain Music Competition 1st Place plus Audience Award, University of Miami Frost Young Artists International Piano Competition 1st Place, IPPA (International Piano Professionals Associations) Conero International Piano Competition 1st Place, Hellenic Muse 2022 International Music Competition 1st Place, 4th WPTA (World Piano Teachers’ Association) FINLAND International Piano Competition Gold Award and miscellaneous awards from the MAP (MARKER AND PIONEER) International Music Competition (MAP-IMC).
Senior 2nd Prize
& Best Baroque

David Choi
8th grader in Stanford Online High School, David started piano lesson at age 5 under his mother, Won Choi. In the same year, David entered in Dallas Solo Piano Competition and got the Fourth Place in Division I, age 8 and younger division, as the youngest participant. Since then, He became a winner of various competitions including 2nd Place in Edith Knox Performance Competition by Peninsula Symphony Orchestra (2022), Gold Medalist in Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition (2021), National winner of MTNA Competition (2021), 1st place in Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition (2021), 1st place of intermediate sonata in Dallas Symphonic Festival (2021), 1st place in Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition (2020), 3rd place in Weatherford College International Piano competition (2020), 1st place of Junior Piano Concerto in Collin County Young Artists Competition (2020), 1st place of intermediate concerto in Dallas Symphonic Festival (2020 and 2018), 1st place in UT Arlington Keyboard Competition (2019, 2017, and 2016), the Grand Prix winner in 13th International Youth Piano Competition in Corpus Christi (2018), 1st place in Houston Young Artists competition (2018), 1st  Place in Texas A&M- Commerce Youth Piano Competition, and etc.

David made his orchestra debut with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under maestro Salvador Brotons in January 2022, and also made solo debut in Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York at age 6, as a winner of Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition by Chopin Society of Texas. Since then, he has been performing in Carnegie Hall three times.

David had master classes with Dr. Alvin Zhu and Dr. Daria Rabotkina and took lessons with Dr. Julian Martin and Dr. Joseph Rackers in 2019 Texas State International Piano Festival. From 2017 to 2021, David had studied with Dr. Alex McDonald, and now is studying with Ms. Hyejin Kim in Colburn School.Besides playing the piano, David loves to play computer game and basketball, and also played violin in Philharmonic of Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and now in Los Angeles Sinfonietta Orchestra.
Senior 3rd Prize
& Best Romantic

Bridget Yee

Malaysian pianist Bridget Yee is the Winner of the 2022 Beecham International Piano Competition and the 2021 Orbetello Junior International Piano Competition. In 2020, she won the Putra International Piano Competition and  was a finalist at the BBC Young Musician Keyboard Category which was broadcast on BBC Television and BBC Radio 3. Last year, Bridget was also invited to perform at the XVIII “Moscow Meets Friends”  International Festival, the largest project of The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.

Bridget has performed in Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, to name a few and represented Malaysia at the 40th International Junior Original Concert held in Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Japan and at the Asia-Pacific Junior Original Concert held in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Malaysia.

She received a full scholarship to Wells Cathedral School at the age of 11 where she studied with Hilary Coates. In September 2022, Bridget will  be starting her undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with a full scholarship under Christopher Elton. She has participated in masterclasses by Stephen Hough,  Imogen Cooper, Barry Douglas and Vovka Ashkenazy. Bridget is the current recipient of The Ann Burridge Award from the organization Awards for Young Musicians and is generously supported by the Hattori Foundation and the Talented Unlimited Foundation.
Senior Audience Favorite

Brian Lin

Brian Lin, age 15, lives in Fremont, California. He started playing piano at 6 and currently studies with Hans Boepple. In 2022, Brian was the winner of Elevato international piano competition Concerto Category. He received the Grand prize of concerto and is invited to perform with the renowned Orchestra Filarmonica Pugliese-OFP in Bari, Italy. In 2021, Brian is an participant of 2021 Southeastern Piano Festival and has won numerous piano competitions, including the First and the Chopin Special Prize of 2021 East Bay Music Foundation Piano Competition. Among his previous honors were top prize at the Chicago International Piano Competition, Steinway Piano Competition Regionals, Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, Pacific Music Society & Foundation Competition, James Ramos International Video Competition, Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Piano Competition, CAPMT Honors District and State Finals, SF Chopin Competition. Throughout the years, Brian has the privilege to perform in Masterclasses offered by pianists Ruth Slencynska, Professor Armen Babakhanian, Dr. Emily White, Dr. Sasha Starcevich, Professor Mikhail Lidsky from the Moscow State Conservatory as well as Russian classical pianists Vladimir Khomyakov and Polina Fedotova, Brian loves sharing music with his family and the community. Before COVID-19, Brian performed at facilities for children with special needs and for the elders at Fremont Hills Assisted Living Community on a regular basis. Brian also performed for Con Speranza’s charity concert raising funds for St. Jude Research Hospital. Aside from playing the piano, Brian plays competitive basketball and is passionate about mathematics. He is also an enthusiast of the culinary arts.
Senior Best Classical

Melody Yang

Honorable Mentions: Pinn Mahasaranond, Melody Yang, Natalie Su, Alison Hu, Brian Lin
Young Artist 1st Prize, Best Baroque, & Best Contemporary

Jiyeon Lee

Jiyeon Lee is a top prizewinner of numerous competitions including Missouri State University Concerto & Aria Competition, Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Missouri Music Teachers Association Honors Auditions, and the Kuleshov International Piano Competition. She received Ben I. Gomez Award at the Texas State International Piano Festival and was one of the finalists at the Weatherford College International Piano Competition. She gave a solo performance at the Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and also performed with the Central Texas Philharmonic as a winner of the 12th Texas State International Piano Festival Concerto Competition. She won the 2022 Presser Scholarship and was inducted to Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society in 2022.
Jiyeon is currently a junior studying piano under the tutelage of Dr. Hye-Jung Hong at Missouri State University. Prior to coming to MSU, she graduated from Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School in Korea studying with Eun Jung Shon and Ji Yoon Kim.
Young Artist 2nd Prize
& Best Romantic

Jingci Liu

Chinese pianist JingCi Liu, a native of Tianjin, China. Most recently, she won First Places in the 2021 New York Classical International Music Competition (Grand Prize), 2021 Medici International Music Competition (Grand Prize),  Chopin Malaysia International Competition, 2021 Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association International Piano Competition (2021), Gold Prize of the WPTA Second Finland International Piano Competition (Piano Solo & Piano Duo Division, 2020), Second Place of 2021 William Knabe International Piano Competition, Fifth Place in the 2020 Conero International Piano Competition, and the Distinction Award at the 2020 Vienna International Music Competition. Highlights in this season also include the Third Prize of "2020 Paderewski International Piano Competition in Connecticut", "Distinction Award" at the 2020 2nd Vienna International Music Competition, as well as the First Prize at the 2019 North International Music Competition in Sweden, 19th London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in the U.K., and the Third prize winner of 2018 III Future Star International Piano Competition in Connecticut, U.S.A.

In the summer of 2020, Ms. Liu was selected as one of the eight promising featured pianists for the festival of Fontainebleau Schools (Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau) with a full scholarship and stipend in Fontainebleau, France. In May 2019, Ms. Liu was invited by the Chinese Consul General Amb. Huang Ping and his wife, Mme. Zhang Aiping to perform a piano Duo/Solo concert at the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York City. Ms. Liu won the first prize in both Young Artist and Senior Piano Duo Divisions of the  Golden Classical Music Award Competition in November 2018. Meanwhile, she has been invited to perform the winner's recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as her Solo and Duo Carnegie debut in October and November 2018. In addition to December 2018, Ms. Liu appeared again at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at the Closing Ceremony of "2018 Mannes Sounds Festival" as a featured artist.

Since 2016, Ms. Liu has performed throughout premier venues in New York City as a featured pianist at the Mannes Sounds Festival and Mannes Piano Cantabile concert series. Including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, The Frick Collection, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, German Consulate General in New York, Bohemian National Hall, Metropolitan Club, House of Redeemer in New York City and many others. Also, Ms. Liu is the guest artist at Young Musician Forum concert series in Schenectady and Classical Music at the American Yacht Club in New York.
Ms. Liu has also been admitted to music festivals internationally, such as the "21st International Keyboard Institute & Festival" in New York, 2019, "Miami International Music Festival" in 2018, "Beijing International Music Festival and Academy" in 2017, the "Eastern Music Festival" in 2016, the "Mostly American Music Festival" in Lancaster, Ohio in 2014, performing with All-State Orchestra at the OHIO Columbus Conventional Art Center in 2015 and the "NOW Festival" in 2013. Besides, Ms. Liu leads the concert series for Youth at the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York  City. Ms. At the same time, Liu has been selected to perform in the Masterclasses for Eteri Andjaparidze, Yoshie Akimoto, Malcolm Bilson, Jerome Lowenthal, Michael Lewin, Marc Silverman, Douglas Humphreys, Boaz Sharon, Nelita True, Christopher Fischer, Charles Dimaras, Danwen Wei, Fang Zhang, Robert Shanon, Inessa Zaretsky, etc.

Ms. Liu holds a Professional Studies Diploma (PDPL) and Master of Music Degrees from the Mannes School of Music of the New School, where she was under the guidance of Bulgarian-American pianist Pavlina Dokovska and Serbian/American concert pianist and pedagogue, Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic. In addition, Ms. Liu was the recipient of the President's Scholarship, Supplemental Scholarship for Graduate Students, and Schoenberg Pianist Scholarship.
Ms. Liu is a K.N.S. artist. Her first solo album will feature female composers from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries under the label of K.N.S. Classical. In 2021, Ms. Liu joined as a GOCAA Artist and piano pedagogy fellow member at the Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association. In addition, she has been an international jury at Music Star Award International Music Competition in Europe since 2020.

Ms. Liu is pursuing a D.M.A. degree in piano performance at the University of Connecticut, studying with Dr. Angelina Gadeliya. She is the recipient of a Full Scholarship and Graduate Teaching Assistantship. In 2020, she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Music Department of the University of Connecticut.
Young Artist 3rd Prize

Wenting Yu

As a dedicated soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, pianist Wenting Yu recently became a KNS artist. He won the First Place in the Medici International Music competition, and Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association awarded Mr. Yu the winner of 2021 GOCAA International Youth Professional Artist and Teaching fellowship. In addition, he was one of the four laureates of the 2019 International Keyboard Institute and Festival Competition in New York City. Besides, he won the 2020 WPTA Finland International Piano Competition, the 2020 Rutgers University Mason Gross Concerto Competition, the 2018 Mannes School of Music Concerto Competition, and the National Champion at the Fifth China National Piano Competition in Xiamen, China.

Furthermore, Yu successfully made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in December 2018 at the Closing Gala of the 2018 Mannes Sounds Festival and Golden classical International Music competition. Mr. Yu has also achieved prizes, including the Steinway Award for Outstanding Pianist honored by Mannes and the Steinway & Sons Company NYC, the 2018 Ravel Grand Prize in France, the award recipient of MTNA Steinway 2016-2017 Annual Young Artist Award, the Third Prize Winner at the 9th Metropolitan International Piano Competition, Third Prize Winner of 2019 Gershwin International Piano Competition, etc.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Yu has performed concerts multiple times at the most prestigious venues, including Hall'sie Hall’s Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall NYC, Kaufman Center's Merkin Hall, the Frick Collection, National Opera Center,  Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall in London, ParisPPhilharmonie'sAmphithéatree, etc. In addition to some conventional venues for the performing arts, Mr. Yu has been invited to give performances including some cultural institutions: the Metropolitan Club NYC, the Union Club of NYC, "in "U-Chinese Cultural & Economic Forum" at Columbia's Faculty House, Czech Cultural Center NYC, Polish Consulate General NYC, German Consulate General NYC, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China NYC, NYC's Bohemian National Hall and many others.

Highlights of past seasons also include performing one of Chopin's most magnificent works ----- Piano Concerto No.2 with Mannes String Quintet at the Polish Consulate General, NYC; offered a well-reviewed performance his Mannes chamber group in the concert of "Nature in Sound" at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, NYC by presenting Schubert's beloved masterpiece, the "Trout" Quintet. Mr. Yu and his group had also achieved a tremendous success on Brahms' monumental Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op.60 "Werther" for "First Fridays Concert Series" at the Frick Collection Museum.

As in the field of piano pedagogue, Mr. Yu always devoted himself into the explorations on coaching young pianists including beginners, intermediates, advanced and college level students in U.S. and China. As a Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University, Mr. Yu has given class piano, private coaching and secondary lessons to undergraduate students. Most currently, he is serving as guest artist at Manhaville International Piano competition and Festival, D'Art International Music. He joined in the Music Stars International compeition as one of the piano jury members sine 2020. Also, he appeared Conero International Piano Competition as one of the Piano Pedagogy Fellows.

A native of Shenyang, China, Mr. Yu was born into a family of musicians. He began his piano lessons at the age of five, studied with Prof. Yafen Zhu and Quming Zhang at the age of seven. In later years, he received guidance from Prof. Danwen Wei and Prof. Tianshu Wang, and then under the tutelage of Prof. Jerome Lowenthal. Mr. Yu has had the privilege of participating in masterclasses with Richard Goode, Yefim Bronfman, Robert Levin, and Christian Ivaldi.

Mr. Yu is currently a candidate of his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, under the studio with Prof. Vladimir Valjarevic as a doctoral teaching fellowship recipient. In May 2019, Mr. Yu graduated from Mannes School of Music of The New School with full-scholarship where he obtained his Master of Music Degree and under the tutelage of Prof. Pavlina Dokovska. Among his graduation from Mannes, Mr. Yu has been selected to be the 2019 recipient of the Steinway & Sons Award, given to an outstanding artist in graduate program.
Young Artist Audience Favorite

Trinity Fan

Trinity Fan, 21, made her first Weill Recital-Carnegie Hall appearance at the age of 8 as a Grand Winner of the NLPA International Young Artists Competition and has been a top prizewinner of several competitions since then, including the New Jersey Teachers Music Association Competition, Suburban Music Study Club Scholarship Competition, Greater Princeton Steinway Society Competition, Associated Music Teachers League Competition, Music Educators Association Competition, NLPA International Young Artists and Chamber Competitions, and the Rondo Vanguard Competition, where she was also awarded the Bronze Cash Award.

In 2016, Trinity was one of the selected 11 alumni to perform in Tanglewood Institute’s 50th Anniversary Piano Concert. Additionally, she was named a 2019 YoungArts Winner in Classical Music and was awarded first prize in the Joseph Israel Bookstaber Competition that same year. In 2021, Trinity placed first in the Camerata Artists International Competition and performed at the DiMenna Center. Most recently in 2022, Trinity won Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Third Prize in the Chicago International Music Competition, and First Prizes in the Charleston International Music Competition for 20th Century Music and the New York International Classical Music Competition, of which she was additionally nominated for the Grand Prize. Trinity has also participated in several masterclasses with world-renowned artists including Victor Rosenbaum, Igal Kesselman, Sharon Boaz, Robert Weirich, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Michael Chertock, among others. Previously, Trinity studied with Tomoko Harada for 11 years. She currently studies with Edward Auer at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a Founders Scholar and is a recipient of the Music Faculty Award, Premier Young Artist Award Scholarship, Dorothy L. Herriman Scholarship, and the György Sebők Scholarship.

Aside from performing, Trinity has a love for teaching and has been teaching in her free time for the past 5 years. She is also the Vice President of IU MTNA and was recently one of four participants in a teaching workshop by MTNA President Karen Thickstun and pianist and pedagogue Spencer Myer. This upcoming fall, Trinity will also start teaching as a faculty member of IU's Young Pianists Program, a pre-college program for students ages 5 through high school.
Young Artist Best Classical

Hyunjae Yoo

South Korea
Hyunjae Yoo was born in South Korea in 1998. She graduated Sunhwa Art Middle and High school and completed bachelor’s degree in Yonsei University in Korea. She is currently studying master’s degree in Indiana University in United States from 2021, studying with Roberto Plano. She won many competitions including 2nd prize in Young Artist competition and International Keyboard competition in Korea. She won alternate prize in MTNA-Indiana, 2nd prize in Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate competition and Italy Napolinova competition, and Spence merit award in NSAL competition in US.
Honorable Mentions: Trinity Fan, Hyunjae Yoo, Yi-Chen Feng, Prudence Poon, Junwen Liang
Zhongshu Chen
China (9)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata F minor Op 2 No.1, I

Piece 2: Muczynski:  Toccata Op.15
Isabel Feng
USA (9)

Piece 1:
Mozart: Sonata in D Major, K.576, I. Allegro

Piece 2: Kapustin: Sonatina Op.100
Chelsea Gu
Canada (9)

Piece 1:
Haydn: Sonata in F Major, Hob. XVI:23, 1st mvt

Piece 2: Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz 56
Wu Tiger Kaiyi
Canada (9)

Piece 1:
Chopin: Etude Op.25-Nr 1

Piece 2:
Beethoven: Sonata Opus 2 Nr 1
Thalit Pakittawatanasiri
Thailand (9)

Piece 1:
Chopin: Polonaise in G# Minor

Piece 2: Bach: Invention 13 in A Minor
Chanya Bayla Somboonvechakarn
Thailand (8)

Piece 1:
M. Martinez, Sonata No. 3 in A, movement 1

Piece 2: P. Tchaikovsky (arr. E. Wild), “Dance of The Four Swans”
Andrew Yin
USA (9)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Six Variations on ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’

Piece 2: Moszkowski: Tarentelle Op.77,No.6
Wendy Zhou
USA (8)

Piece 1:
Mozart: Sonata k311, 1st movement

Piece 2: Chopin: Waltz Op 64 no. 2
Taige Wang
USA (10)

Piece 1:
Bach: Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother in  B-flat Major, BWV992

Piece 2: Mendelssohn: Songs without  Words, Op. 67 No. 2 in F sharp minor
Chanya Methaprayoon

USA (11)

Piece 1:
Bach: French Suite No.5 in G  major, BWV 816, Allemande/Courante/Gigue

Piece 2: Glinka/Balakirev: The Lark
Zhi Xuan Wang
China (11)

Piece 1:
Mozart:  Sonata in B flat, K.281, I. Allegro

Piece 2: Alberto  Ginastera: Sedina Duo-Tres Danzas Argentinas
Chloe Tan
USA (12)

Piece 1:
Liszt: Concert Etude 2,  Gnomenreigen

Piece 2: Beethoven: Sonata Opus 2 no. 3  in C major, I. Allegro con brio
Victoria Bi
USA (13)

Piece 1:
Mozart: Sonata KV 576, III.  Allegretto

Piece 2: Liszt: Rigoletto - Paraphrase  from Verdi's Opera
Eric Qian
USA (13)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 6, Op. 10  No. 2, III. Presto

Piece 2: Chopin: Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 in  B-flat minor
Matthew Chien
USA (14)

Piece 1:
Liszt: La Campanella

Piece 2: Beethoven: Sonata Op. 109, I.  Vivace ma non troppo/Adagio Espressivo
Antian Jiang
Canada (14)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F  Minor, Op. 57 , ("Appassionata") 1 Allegro assai

Piece 2: Liszt Étude No. 3, Un sospiro,  Three Concert Études (Trois études de concert), S.144
Weetiwat Siriwattanakorn
Thailand (14)

Piece 1:
D. Scarlatti: Sonata in G Major,  K.14

Piece 2: Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Ella Sumanaseni
USA (14)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D  minor, Op. 31, No. 2, I. Largo - Allegro

Piece 2: Ginastera: Piano Sonata No. 1,  Op. 22 I. Allegro marcato
Duru Erdogan
Turkey/UK (17)

Piece 1:
Beethoven Sonata op.31 no.2 (1st Mvt) 

Piece 2: Scriabin Valse Op. 38
Nicole Lam
USA (18)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata Op. 109 No. 30 Mov. 1 

Piece 2: Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse
Aidan Lao
Canada (16)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata in E Flat Major Op. 31 No. 3, Mvt. 1

Piece 2: Chopin: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23 No. 1
Angela Lee
USA (17)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata Op. 13, No. 8 in c minor, mvt. 1

Piece 2: Muczynski: “Desperate Measures” Op. 48
Lavinia Lee
Indonesia (16)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 2 No 2, I, Allegro Vivace

Piece 2: Chopin: Ballade No 3 in A flat major Op 47
Byrant Li
USA (16)

Piece 1:
Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 IV. Presto, non tanto 

Piece 2: Beethoven: Sonata No. 18 in E Flat Major Op. 31 No. 3, I. Allegro 
Bokun Liu
Canada (16)

Piece 1:
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F major, WTC 2, BWV 880 

Piece 2: Beethoven: Sonata No.21 in C Major, Op53 “Waldstein”, I 
Sophia Si
USA (16)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata No7 in D Major I.Presto

Piece 2: Prokofiev: Sonata No6 in A Major IV.Vivace
Marie Wurtz
USA (17)

Piece 1:
Beethoven: Sonata no. 13 in E flat major, op. 27 no. 1

Piece 2: Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux in C minor, op. 39 no. 1 

Inaugural Competition Special Founder's Awards:

Celine Chen, Joshua Cheng, Julia Huang, William Ji, Lucie Kim, Natalie Su, Angela Yi, Alex Zhang, Jing Zhang, Vivian Zhu, William Zhu

Brayden Cheang, Zide Chen, Yuan Dong, Nicholas Xilang Feng, Melody Guo, Audrey Haas, Junyuan (Jeremy) Liu, Pinn Mahasaranond, Ziyue Pang, Daniel Robbins, Claire Rong, Fayfay Sheng, Xuancheng Sheng, Samantha Wuo, Audrey Yin, Julie Zhang

Lillian Bai, Jade Chen, John (Jack) Chen, Yena Cho, Jackson He, Annabelle Gong Ting Li, Elijah Robins, Aaron Su, Ivan Tan, Felicia Xie, Yiyao Yao, Yan Zhe Wang

This year there were 143 contestants participating from 14 countries: 46 entered in the Advanced, 64 in the Junior, and 33 in the Elementary categories.  Thank you to all participants and teachers who made this event possible!