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TAKAHIRO HOSHINO - Piano - Platinum Medalist - Professional Category - Japan
Born in Sunagawa, Hokkaido. He has been familiar with opera and orchestra works since he was a child, and enjoys improvisational performances with a spatula as a motif. All Japan Student Music Competition Hokkaido Tournament Elementary School Student Division 1st Place, East Japan Tournament 3rd Place, 20th Ienaga Music Office Piano Audition Highest, Japan-Austria Cultural Association Sponsored Audition 1st Place, Hokkaido International Music Exchange Association Overseas Dispatch Received numerous awards in domestic competitions such as the 2nd prize in the HIMES competition. Meanwhile, recitals in various parts of Europe such as Salzburg and Sulheim. After working at Toho Gakuen College, studied abroad at the Hungarian National Liszt Conservatory as a Hungarian government-sponsored international student. The During that time, he won and won top prizes in international competitions such as Maria Canals International Special Medal（4th Prize）, Viotti-Valcesia International 2nd Prize, Cantu Piano Concerto International Classical Division 1st Prize & Audience Award, Master Players Award Grand Prize, TIM Roma, and Five Harp Awards, as well as Hungary and Poland. Invited to international music festivals in various parts of Europe such as Hungary and Switzerland, and performed with many orchestras in Japan and abroad. From 2021 to the following spring, which is the 20th anniversary of debut, Medici International / London Piano Division 2nd place, Moscow International / Moscow 1st place and Special Award, 21st Century Talent / Ottawa 1st place, Royal Sound International / Montreal Grand Prize, Grand Maestro International / Montreal 1st Place and Platinum Award, Rocky Mountain International / Montreal Grand Prize, Red Maple International / Toronto Grand Prize, Music & Star Award-World Shining Talent-Silver Award, World Music Award, Classic Division Gold Award , Romantic Division Gold Award, Online International for Pianists / Katowice 3rd Place, Clara Schumann International / Brussels 3rd Place, Trinity (Trinity) International / Canada 1st Place, etc. , Platinum Award, Tigiano Rossetti International Music 1st Place and Career Project Award, 10th Pro Piano International 2nd Place, Euro Elite International Music 1st Place and Platinum Award, Grand Prize Virtozo International Music Vienna 1st Place, Grand Prize Virtozo International Music London No. 1, London Classic International Music Awards 3rd Place, Excellence Piano Award Silver Medal (No Gold Applicable) and Best F. List Performance Awards, Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition 1st Place, Platinum Awards, Quebec International Music Competition 1st Place, North American Virtuoso International Music Competition,USA Platinum Prize,Absolute 1st Prize, Winners of 24 international competitions in the professional category, including the Platinum Award, the 2022 International Music Festivals in Europe, Canada and Switzerland, the Musik Feline in Vienna, the recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and Italy. He has been invited as a professor to the "Talent Music Summer Courses & Festival" in Japan, expanding his field of international activity. In recent years, he has been transferred from Concert Imagine to T & K Classics (Takagi Clavier Group) as an exclusive artist, and has been performing with "Horowitz's Love Piano" Vintage NY Steinway CD75, as well as the Tokyo New City Orchestra Subscription Concert. , Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Hungary MÁV Symphony Orchestra, Hungary Solnok City Symphony Orchestra, Polish Sdteca Symphony Orchestra, Lugano Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Orchestra, Romanian National Orchestra, etc. .. He has studied under Hiroyasu Kawahara, Noriyuki Miyazawa, Etsuko Tazaki, Erick Heidsieck, György Nádor, and Ferenc Rados. So far, Beethoven from CD "LISZT-SCHUBERT" (AUCD-6), "Passion Kreisleriana" (AUCD-18), "LISZT I-Confrontation with the Inner Abyss-", T & K Entertainment (Nippon Columbia Marketing) Released 3 major sonatas "PASSION" and "STORY". It has been highly evaluated, such as being selected as a special edition by a record art magazine and a recommended edition by a contemporary music magazine.
Lyam Chenaux - Cello - Platinum Medalist (Youth Category) - Switzerland
Lyam Chenaux was born in Switzerland in 2009, and at a very young age he chose to play the cello. He quickly showed exceptional musical qualities, and at the age of 8, he won a first prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse competition. At the age of 9, he joined the Ministrings of the Lausanne Conservatory (directed by T. Strinning and B. Batt), which allowed him to develop his skills in stage expression and improvisation and to perform in many countries. Particularly appreciating public concerts, Lyam had the chance to play at various festivals and
concerts in the region from a very young age. At the age of 10, Lyam played for the first time as a soloist at the Somak Academy in Biel, with the Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Svec. On this occasion, he met Denis Severin, who is currently his teacher at the Zakhar Bron School in Zurich. Ambitious, persevering and highly motivated, he won numerous first prizes with honors or special prizes in national (CSJM, Baroque Sion, Riviera, Bach Sion) and international competitions ( RisingStar Berlin 2020+2021, and in 2021 : Nouvelles Etoiles 4è, Virtuoso International Music Competition Rome, Procello online competition, France Music Competition, Online International Clara Schuman Competition, Trinity International Music Competition, King's Peak International Music Competition, International Moscow Music Competition).
In 2022, he won first prizes and specials awards at : Canadian International Music Competition, Nouvelles Etoiles 5è, Best Classical Musicians Awards, Euro Elite International Competition, Odin International Music Competition, VI Tokyo International Music Competition, Global Genius Music
Competition, European Classical Music Awards, London Young Musician LYM season 4, Online international Bach Music Competition , Universal Stars Music Competition, Maestros Vision Awards Madow, XI International Competition Città di Massa, Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition, World Classical Music Awards, USA CLASSICAL MUSIC International Competition held in MAY 2022 by IYMC, Music and Stars Awards, Las Conchillas Academy, NAVI competition.
Passionate about music, Lyam also plays the oboe, is learning to compose and is particularly fond of jazz, Celtic music and world music in general.
Nahar Eliaz- Cello - Platinum Medalist - Youth Category - Israel
Israeli 16 years old cellist Nahar Eliaz has internationally distinguished herself by winning 1 st Prize when she was 11 years old in the Concerto Competition in Boston by “Morningside Music Bridge”. In 2019 she won the 1th Prize and the title “ Exceptional young Artist" at the 2019 “Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition". With more successes in 2020, in 2021 itself, Nahar won 8 international competitions with the 1th Absolute Prize in Europe in the America, such as
“VI Odin International Music, “Rudolf Barshai International Strings Competition”,“Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition”. In 2022 Nahar has already won the 1th Prize of
the known “Anton Rubinstein International Competition”.
Her success led to concerts at venues such as the Lincoln Center NY, Barcelona Arts Center, Carnegie Hall and Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Germany, Musikverein Vienna.
As soloist she has played with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Symphonette Ra'anana and with orchestras around the world as well as recitals in international Music Festivals in Europe and in USA.
Following a personal invitation by Mr. Ytzhak Perlman for the "Perlman Music Program, ; Nahar was featured at the 2018 Gala event for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The Jerusalem Music Center selected her for coaching sessions with Mr. Muarry Perahia taking place in London.
Winner of the America Israel Culture Foundation with a unique highest honor scholarship ,Winner of the "Zefunot Culture" Foundation of Music and the "Ronen Foundation of Music awards.
Miss Eliaz started her cello lessons in 2011 and currently she studies with Prof. Hillel Zori and Prof. Laurence Lesser.
Frederick Chiu - Piano - Platinum Medalist - Collegiate Category - USA
Born in the United States to a Taiwanese family, seventeen-year-old Frederick Chiu is currently a junior at Walnut High School, California. He began his piano education under the guidance of his father at age five. Frederick recently received Silver Award in the 4th WPTA Finland International Piano Competition. He was also a semifinalist in the 2022 Music Center Spotlight Program. In 2021, he was awarded first prize in Charleston International Piano Competition and Gold Prize in Seattle International Competition - Virtuoso Artists Festival. Besides, Frederick also won the First Prize and Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize winner in 2020 International Music Competition Bonn "Grand Prize Virtuoso" in Germany. He had performed with APU Festival Orchestra conducted by Dr. Christopher Russell as a first prize winner in 2018 MTAC Dozen Charitable Trust Fund Concerto Competition. Frederick was honored to perform at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, as a first prize winner of the 2017 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. Besides piano, he has developed an interest in Forensic Sciences and Medical Pathologies. He wishes to continue this interest and pursue music and sciences majors later in college.
Irene Hwang - Piano - Platinum Medalist - Youth Category - USA
Irene has been studying piano with Ms. Erna Gulabyan, Professor John McCarthy and she is currently a SFCM Pre-College student under Professor Sandra Shen.
She has won prizes at various competitions including the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, CAPMT Honors Competition, USIMC (Young artist, Bach, Mozart Category), Quebec International Music Competition, Bellagrande International Music Competition, US New Star Piano Competition, American Protege, Enkor, USOMC (showcase and concerto categories), and Junior Bach.
Irene has taken master classes with Dmitry Rachmanov, James Giles, Joseph Rackers, Dmitri Vorobiev, Alexander Braginsky, Gregg Pauley, Li-shan Hung, and Lori Rhoden and has attended the Vivace Music Foundation in the summer of 2021.
Irene also enjoys playing chamber music with her piano trio at SFCM.
Caleb Ding's - Piano - Platinum Medalist - Junior Category - USA
Caleb is a 7 years old first grader studying at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina. He has been practicing piano for more than 3 years now. Ever since Caleb learn piano with one of the Steinway & Son Hall of Fame teacher Ms. Florence KO, he has improved his skills tremendously. He has won many awards in various domestic and international piano competitions. He also performed in Carnegie Hall, New York in June 2022. Caleb loves playing piano and looking forward to exploring more in the music world.
Chun-Syuan Wei - Piano - Gold Medalist - Professional Category - Taiwan
Chun-Syuan Wei has shown himself to be a musically gifted young man who combines advanced technical proficiency with good musical intelligence. He communicates with the
audience by absorbing materials thoroughly, playing with refined details, and presenting suppleness in his phrases. Wei brings sensitive, plentiful emotions from the bottom of his
heart to the notes, blissfully awaiting to connect with the world.
Born in Taiwan (R. O. C.) and graduated from the University of Taipei and Royal Birmingham Conservatory, he studied with great Professor Cheng-Yao Lee and Professor Pei-Chun Liao
in Taiwan, later He studied under outstanding pianists Anthony Hewitt and Victor Sangiorgio in the UK.
In 2021, he is studying the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas with Professor Gustavo Romero.
Brianna Tang - Saxophone - Gold Medalist (Youth Category) - USA
Brianna Tang, a student at Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted and Talented. She is currently attending The Juilliard School MAP program as a Saxophone major. And the New York Pops Kids on Stage program. She plays alto, soprano, tenor saxophone and piano. and studying under Mr.Timothy Hayward, Dr. Lukas Gabric, Ms. Wen Yi Lo for piano. She has won North American Virtuoso International Music Competition Gold prize, The American Protégé International Music Talent Competition 1st place, Music International Grand Prix 2021 Competition,Youth Winds Category,1st place . Little Mozart’s International Youth Music Competition,Grand Prize, International Music & Arts Society 8th Annual Talented young Musician Olympia Competition Grand Prize, Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, First prize ,”London” Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition,1st Place ,Virtuoso International Music Competition,1st Place,Crescendo International Youth Competition,1st Place,VIVO International Music Competition,1st Place, Kings Peak International Music Competition,1st Place etc. , She was at the Staten Island Salute to Music Borough Wide Senior Band ，Summer Band，Staten Island Summer Camber Music program,Since the third grade, she has continuously performed at many community venues , such as The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine , the Clove Lake Rehabilitation Center, and Carnegie Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater etc.
Sonia Gomes - Piano - Gold Medalist (Youth Category) - USA
Sonia Gomes is 17 years old and lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Sonia started studying music at the Nelly Berman School of Music at the age of 7 and she plays both piano and trumpet. Sonia is a piano student of Ms. Natalia Varlashova. Sonia has been awarded First and Second places in numerous solo piano competitions, including the “Elite International Music Competition” and “Crescendo International’s Little Mozart’s Competition”, which allowed her to perform several times at Carnegie Hall. Over the last couple of years, she participated in a few online competitions, placing first place at the BAMA US International Open Music Competition, the Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition, in the 2021 Quebec Music Competition and the Rocky Mountain Music Competition, among others. She recently played at the Royal Albert Hall in London, by wining “First Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner” in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition. In June 2022, she also played at the American Protégé Summer Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and with the Sempre Musick Orchestra at their concerto competition winners’ recital.
Liam Alexander - Violin - Gold Medalist - Junior Category - USA
Liam Alexander (USA/Romania) is an 8-year-old violin student of Prof. Magdalena Ursu, violin professor at the ”Dinu Lipatti” National Arts High School in Bucharest, Romania. He attends the St. Paul School in Macomb, Illinois.
In 2022, Liam won the first prize at the Muse International Music Competition (Greece), the Geneva International Competition - Melos (Switzerland), at the Charleston International Music Competition (winter edition), and first prize of excellence at the International Competition Performance Scherzo, Romania. He was the third prize winner of the 2022 American Music Talent Competition, in Washington D.C. In December 2021, Liam won the first prize and the prize for the best interpretation of a Romanian work offered by the Foundation “Remember Enescu” at the Competition “Paul Constantinescu” in Romania. In November 2021, he won the third prize at the International Competition “Remember Enescu”. In October 2021, Liam won the first prize at the Music Box International Online Contest, UK. In March 2021, Liam was awarded the first prize at the “George Manoliu” Competition, Romania. He won the first prize at “The Violin Doc” International Online Festival in December 2020. In November 2020, Liam won the third prize and the special prize for the youngest violinist of the competition at the Prestissimo International Violin Online Competition, Timisoara. In May 2020, he participated at the International Festival Rezonanțe Muzicale, where he won the Special Prize for Virtuosity.
Jae Eun Park - Flute - Gold Medalist - Youth Category
Jae Eun Park was born in 2007. She started her musical education at the age of 5, and at the age of 10, she started her flute journey under the guidance of Ching-Yi(Judy) Ho. She
participated in SCSBOA Honor Band for two years and is currently attending Orange County School of Arts Wind Studies Conservatory, pursuing her passion for music. She has won branch and state honors in the Certificate of Merit program. She has won 1st and 2nd places in MTAC Romantic Festival and Classical Festival, American Protege, Golden Classical Music Awards, Kings Peak International Music Competition, Vienna Virtuoso Music Competition, Quebec Classical Music Competition, MAP International Music Competition, and Grand Prize International Music Competition. To inspire others and share her musical talent, she is part of the Dragon Kim Foundation, where she instructs younger students. She is also a vice president of Empowering Arts, a nonprofit organization, where she performs in senior facilities weekly.
Andy Jun Wang - Piano - Gold Medalist (Youth Category) - USA
Under the tutelage of Dr. Jarl Hulbert at Knabe Piano Institute, Andy has matured in piano performance over
last eight years. He enjoyed playing jazz piano at Central PA Jazz Festival Camp in Messiah College, playing
organ and piano at Westminster Conservatory Summer Institutes, and playing chamber music with string
instrumentalists at Rushmore Music Festival. In addition to organ and piano, Andy also played clarinet with
Maryland Youth Symphony and Peabody Prep Wind Orchestras, and was invited playing alongside wind
musicians with Chesapeake Symphony Orchestra in its River Concerts. He has won Honorable Mentions at
Baltimore International Piano Festival and MSMTA Gottlieb Piano Competition, Silver Medal at New York
Golden Key Music Festival, Platinum Medal at Quebec Classical Music Competition, 3rd prize at Knabe Piano
Summer Festival, 2nd prize at Elite International Music Competition, 1st prize at Kings Peak International
Competition, and Outstanding Musicianship Award at Rushmore Music Festival. Though his Carnegie Hall
recitals were cancelled twice in last two years, Andy was gladly admitted to Lamont Music Academy, Clarinet
Academy of America, Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy, and Vivace Piano Program. He was also casted
for major roles in Broadway musicals, Dear Edwina and Xanadu, with Children’s Playhouse of Maryland.
Parisa Verma - Violin - Gold Medalist - Youth Category - USA
Parisa Verma began playing the violin at age 8. Currently, she is a rising senior at Riverdale Country School in New York and attends the Manhattan School of Music Precollege on Saturdays, where she is a student of Ms. Ella Heifets. Some of Parisa’s most recent musical achievements include winning the Grand Prize of the 2022 Vision Competition and Platinum Medal at the Quebec Music Competition. Parisa has participated in many masterclasses and performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, NJPac, and BergenPAC, where in addition to performing solo, she has opened for esteemed artists Joshua Bell, YoYo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Sarah Chang with the Elisabeth Morrow School Chamber Orchestra, of which she was concertmistress.
Caroline Lynn Wu - Chinese Harp - Gold Medalist - Professional Category - Hong Kong
Caroline Lynn Wu is a youth soloist in Guzheng and Chinese harp. After graduating from HKAPA, she furthered her studies in Central Conservatory of Music in China and received her Chinese harp teacher qualification. Ms. Wu is now receiving guidance from Harp maestro Lisa Tannebaum. She also works with composers in HongKong and the U.S to explore the possibilities of composition for both Guzheng and Chinese Harp.
Ms. Wu is also the winner of the Osaka International music competition, Hong Kong international music competition, the International Leopold Bellan competition and other international competitions. Ms. Wu is the founder of “The Caroline Lynn Guzheng and Konghou studio” to transmit Chinese cultural music to the next generation.
Francesca Euhyang Choi - Piano - Gold Medalist - Professional Category - South Korea
Francesca Euhyang Choi will make you fall in love with classical music”, By bringing personal and fresh touch into the classical piano repertoire, including their compositions or video projections, Pianist Eunhyang Choi breaks the barriers and invites her audiences on an emotional journey.
Korean Pianist, Eunhyang Choi is a dynamic musician based in New York City. In addition to pursuing a career as a freelance musician in New York, Ms.Choi frequently Performed in the highest classical music Concert hall In South Korea, Europe, and Canada.
Ms.Choi’s accolades include concerts at world-renowned concert halls and festivals with a distinguished reputation such as Carnegie Hall (NYC, US), Merkin Concert Hall (NYC, US), The HermitageTheatre(St-Petersburg, Russia) St-Petersburg State Capella Concert hall, Rimsky-Korsakov Museum(St-Petersburg, Russia), Solitar at Mozarteum(Salzburg, Austria), SCC Concert hall, Lyum Art hall(Seoul, South Korea), Suseong Artpia, and Demage Concert hall(Daegu, South Korea)
In addition to the Platinum medal at the 2022 Canadian International Competition, Eunhyang Choi, who is receiving attention in the domestic and international music world by winning gold medals in Euro Elite, Grand Maestro, Global International, Grand Maestro, Quebec, and NAVI international competitions, debuted in Salzburg with 1st place in Austrian Grand Prize Virtuoso, debuted at Carnegie Hall with 1st prize in the Golden Music Awards international competition. She also took third place in London, Moscow, Carles, and Sophia in Spain, and Music and awards in Spain.2021-2022 Rapidly winning more than 20 competitions in just one year.
Eunhyang will pursue her career in not only New York as Pianist, But also in Korea, Europe, and Canada and will continue to participate in Prestigious International Competition for the next season as a Concert pianist.
Ms. Choi, who was selected as T&B Entertainment's international artist, is scheduled to perform and record in Korea, the United States, and Europe, as well as appear on TV and radio.
Swansea Siu - Violin - Gold Medalist - Youth Category - USA
Swansea Siu has been studying violin since the age of 5. Immersed in classical music from a young age, she is passionate about spreading the art through performing and charity work. She is a winner of Golden Classical International Competition and Satori Summer Music Festival.
At the age of 15, Swansea made her debut in New York City at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Swansea currently is a violin student at Orange County School of the Arts’ Strings & Orchestra Conservatory. She is based in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and dancing ballet.
Juhee Park - Piano - Silver Medalist (Professional Category) - South Korea
Juhee Park entered Dong-eui University as a scholarship student and graduated summa cum laude with a BM in piano performance. She was the third place winner of the Korea Music Competition, and the top prize winner at the Joongang National Music Concours in 2012. She also received a “Scholarship for the Talented Students of Art” from the Scholarship Committee of Busanjin-Gu. She worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota School of Music - Twin Cities, and got her Master of Music degree. She is currently a student of Doctoral of Musical Arts in the studio of Dr. Kyung Kim, and is a graduate teaching assistant at Western University.
Baoyu Li - Trombone - Silver Medalist (Collegiate Category) - USA
Baoyu Li，art director of Shanghai New Youth Philharmonic Orchestra; Bass Trombone player of Shanghai Jazmine jazz band; Guest performer of the head of Dalian City International Symphony Orchestra; Shanghai Conservatory of music, head of the symphony orchestra, performer; The chief of the tenor of the Symphony Orchestra of Shanghai Conservatory of music.
Baoyu Li has mastered the performance of alto trombone, tenor trombone, Bass Trombone and baritone. He also studied recording and mixing technology from Professor hutaoyuan, a famous senior recorder.
Classical music: he has participated in concerts of various professional symphony orchestras in China, such as Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Oriental Symphony Orchestra, and performed the sachse Trombone Concerto at Dalian poly Grand Theater in 2019; Jazz has performed with jazz band Jazmine in jazz club, blue note, Shanghai mall theater, etc;
Mo-Fei Murphy Chuang - Cello - Silver Medalist - Youth Category - Taiwan
Born in Taiwan, Murphy Chuang has been studying the cello
since the age of seven and is currently studying in
Massachusetts, USA. She has taken part in several
orchestras such as New England Conservatory Youth
Philharmonic Orchestra and Milton Academy School
Over the past few years, Murphy has participated and won in
numerous international competitions including First Prize in
“2022 Golden Classical Music Awards” and invited to perform
in the Carnegie Hall, New York; First Prize in “The 9 th
HKYPAF Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts
Festival” Final Round; 2 nd Prize in “2021 The 4 th NY Solo
Competition” Artist Category; Bronze in “2021 SRIMF
Singapore Raffles International Music Festival” Youth
Category; Gold Award in “2021 Canada Grand Metropolitan
International Music Competition” Final Round; Gold Award in
"2020 Japan Osaka International Music Competition” Section
III Junior Course; Champion in “2020 Tokyo International
Youth Music Competition 2020”; Silver Award in “2019
Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards International Music
Competition” and was invited to perform in the Gala Concert
at The Esplanade Recital Hall, Singapore.
Murphy has been raising funds for “Sistema Taiwan” through
charity recitals since 2020 to help underprivileged children in
practicing music. She continues to pursue her passion for
cello and music.
Shelby Thompson - Voice - Silver Medalist - Professional Category- USA
Shelby Thompson is the Choir Director and Music Teacher at East Cooper Montessori Charter in Mount Pleasant, SC. She holds a B.A in Choral Music Education from Charleston Southern University.
Ms. Shelby has been a part of various musical performances such as: Beauty & the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, Legally Blonde, Seussical, Pirates of Penzance, and lastly her most prominent role as Bebe Benzenheimer in A Chorus Line. She is an active choral member who has performed in major conferences such as: Southern Regional American Choral Directors Association in 2016 and the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association in 2019. She also had the pleasure of touring Germany and Switzerland performing with the Charleston Southern University’s Concert Singers.
Ms. Shelby is honored to be a part of the North American Virtuoso International Competition for the second time and excited to bring the Silver medal back to school in August to show her students.
Anna Kobayashi - Piano - Silver Medalist - Junior Category - USA
Anna is a 6th grader living in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She started learning piano at the age of six and has been enjoying brushing up her skills and musical expression. Her teacher, Akiko Sanai, has been encouraging Anna to apply for international competitions. She has received the first prize at Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, for which she was invited to play in Brussels, Belgium. She has also earned first and second prizes at multiple competitions including American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. She has performed at the winner’s recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City twice and is scheduled to play another time. She is one of the finalists of Osaka International Music Competition and has been invited to perform in Osaka, Japan, after the pandemic. Anna is also receiving lessons from Saya Kawashima, who gives piano and music lessons from the standpoint of a vocalist. She also enjoys practicing aikido and karate (Japanese martial arts).
Cho, Chloe Yik Chi - Voice - Silver Medalist - Youth Category - Hong Kong
Born in June 2009, Chloe is currently a vocal student of Ms. Smile Tse since 2020.
Chloe started learning singing at the age of 9 and she passed the ABRSM grade 5 (2019), grade 8 (2021) singing exams and grade 6 (2022) piano exams with distinction. Chloe obtained the DipLCM on classical singing in 2021. Besides singing, she passed the ABRSM grade 8 flute exam (2021). Chloe was one of the members of Hong Kong Children’s Choir (HKCC) and also the Invited soloist of The Caritas Tsuen Wan Children Choir. She was admitted to the Junior Music Program at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) majoring in singing in 2021.
Over the past two years, she has received numerous champion and awards in singing competitions, including the North American Virtuoso International Music Competition 2022, Quebec Music Competition 2022, Les Images International Classical Voice Competition 2022, Vienna Virtuoso Festival Music Competition 2022, Joint School Music Competition 2020, the Hong Kong Young Musicians Festival 2020, the International Fringe Music Festival and Competition 2020 & 2021, the International Young Musicians Music Competition, the Wien 2020 and Global Children's and the Youth Singing Competition 2021.
Venice Yip Hoi Kiu - Violin - Silver Medalist - Junior Category - Hong Kong
My name is Venice Yip Hoi Kiu. I was born in January, 2011. At the time I participated in this competition, I was an 11 year old student studying at Malvern College Hong Kong. I started playing violin at the age of 2 and I started playing piano at the age of 4. I am currently grade 7 in violin and grade 8 in piano. In school, I am part of the junior orchestra as president. I’ve participated in different competitions such as 11th Zhongsin International Music Competition (China region), Hong Kong Bauhinia Cup String Competition 2017, Asia Pacific Young Musicians Open Competition 2020, Inheritage Philharmonic Youth Online Music Competition 2021, and numerous Hong Kong Music Schools Festival competitions along with other competitions outside of school. Music is calming and relaxing, and I enjoy it very much. It is something I can look back at the end of the day and feel proud of. Back when I was a toddler, I already showed eagerness to learn music, I wish to be able to play any song. As I grew older, the desire to play songs that I enjoy grew, and I am very impressed that I am able to play a few now. I really liked the piece I chose for this competition, it was a challenge for me since there was no piano accompaniment for me to rely on. Overall, I really enjoyed playing this piece and being able to have the opportunity to be part of this competition.
Patt Pita Tutanathorn - Piano - Silver Medalist - Pre-junior Category - Thailand
Patt Pita Tutanathorn is presently in Year 1 at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok (Riverside), Thailand. Other than playing the piano, Pita also has passion for arts and gymnastics.
She began playing the piano at the age of 3. In 2021, she was awarded ‘First Prize’ and ‘Exceptional Young Talent’ Special Prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, ‘First Place” in the Royal Sound Music Competition, and ‘Second Place’ in the Rocky Mountain Music Competition. In 2022, she was awarded ‘First Prize’ in the Orbetello Piano Competition, ‘Gold Medal’ in the Quebec Classical Music Competition and ‘Silver Prize’ in the World Classical Music Awards Competition.
Yiquan Zhou - Alto Saxophone - Silver Medalist - Youth Category - Canada
Yiquan Zhou was born in China. When he was 6yrs old, he immigrated to Canada. He began to learn saxophone with Mr Matthieu Bélanger since2017. He got silver medal in the Bravissmo competition of 2018 and gold medal of Maisonneuve Music Festival of 2019 in Montreal. Now he studied in College Charlemagne and a member of the school’s orchestra. His orchestra got 4th place of Quebec’s orchestra competition this year. Recently he moi also got silver medal of Quebec’s music competition.
Zhenxiao Yang - Accordion - Silver Medalist - Youth Category - Canada
Thanks a lots to the NAVI for the award, it is a great encouragement to me. Thank you very much!
I am especially grateful to my accordion teacher Ms. LanTing Liu here. When I was four years old, I went to a open house of the children's activity center and randomly ran into the accordion classroom. At that time, I was very curious this instrument about where the sound of the music came from. The teacher was very very nice, kindly and encouraged me to try it. But at that time I was too little and my arms were too short to hold the accordion and I asked for teacher to wait me until my arms grew longer. Two weeks later, the teacher called my mum said she borrowed a toy accordion with 22 keys and 8 basses for me, which started my musical journey. Since then, accordion practice and accordion orchestra rehearsal have become my daily routine.
I am very proud that I have been holding a great record for more than ten years. I am the best accordion player in football teams, although I am the only one who plays accordion in all of soccer clubs I have involved.
I will continue to practice, regardless of performances, medals, certificates, professional or not, and continue to adhere to my musical journey.
Kiana Ghalambor - Piano - Bronze Medalist - Youth Category - Iran
Kiana was born on December 11, 2006, in Tehran, Iran. She is the first child in her family. When she was 2, her family decided to submit her to an early childhood music program "Orff music education" at Pars Music Institute. This institute is one of Iran's most famous and professional private music education centers. In 2011 she finished her Orff study, and
to continue her journey, she chose Santoor as her first study instrument.
Santoor is the most challenging traditional instrument in Iran to master. At the age of 6, Kiana showed a spectacular talent for music but more surprising was that she showed so much perseverance as a child. She would sit at her table and practice Santoor for more than 8 hours daily. That is why after one year of music education, her stage performance started as a solo player and group player. Since then, she has shown
confidence in playing for an audience. As she had more performance opportunities until the end of 2011, one of
the Tombaq masters at the Pars institution recognized Kiana';s talent. He suggested that Kiana starts learning Tombaq to understand music rhythm better and enhance her grasp of Santoor.
Since 2011 Kiana has continued her santoor education and completed Tombaq education. Her intelligence and hard work led to her finishing music levels 2-3 years sooner than her music teachers anticipated.