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Voting Period January 29 - February 5, 2022
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Antian Jiang, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Antian Jiang, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Maurice Ravel Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit, Franz Liszt Transcendental Etude No.10 in f minor, Chopin -Ballade #4 in F minor, Op.52 Antian JIANG, 14. Young Artist - Canada 14- year-old pianist Antian is the youngest recipient in the 130 year history of Royal Conservatory of Music to have earned the Licentiate Diploma (LRCM) with Distinction, which she accomplished in 2017 at the age of 10. She is also the second youngest in RCM history to have earned the ARCT Diploma

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Asmik Arutiuniants, voice. Nomination: Academic
Asmik Arutiuniants, voice. Nomination: Academic

Voice Jan 29 at 10:00am EST (26+) Artistic Nomination: Academic “Song to the moon” from Rusalka by Dvorak Accompanist: Natalia Gavrilova Soprano Asmik Arutiuniants was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 2010 she graduated her bachelor at State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. In 2009 she was invited to join the training group of the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre with which she performed the role of Marfa in The Tsar's Bride, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, the Princess in Gladkov's.

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Ayla Moreno, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Ayla Moreno, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 30 at 10:00am Chopin, Waltz in A-flat major, Op.42 Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No 3 in C Major, Op. 26, 1st mvt Accompanist: Shiho Takeda Ayla started piano and violin at the age of 3, currently studying with Dr. Svetlana Arakelova and Dr. Laura Tagawa. She was invited to perform on the violin and piano at various venues, including Tucson Annual Japanese Festival, the Tucson Folk Festival, Southern Arizona SO. First appearance with an orchestra at age 6 with the Tucson Civic Orchestra.

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Ben Batalla, piano. Nomination: Program
Ben Batalla, piano. Nomination: Program

Jan 29 at 10:00am Ravel Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose) I. Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane, II. Tom Thumb, III. Little Miss Ugly Face, Empress of the Pagodas; Chick Corea 3 Children's Songs; My Favorite Things; Free Improvisation Ben Batalla offers a distinguished musicianship with a versatile background in jazz, improvisation, classical and sacred music traditions. He is an active performer, composer, recording artist, and teacher in the Austin, TX area. He believes in the transformative power of beauty

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Colette Wiering, violin. Nomination: Virtuosity
Colette Wiering, violin. Nomination: Virtuosity

Violin Jan 29 at 8:00pm EST (10 and under/11-14) Artistic Nomination: Virtuosity Repertory for Final Round: Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A min Accompanist: Stella O'Neill I like to create things. I felted penguins out of wool and set them on a sled that was covered with foil. That was fun. I also like to play board games with my brothers. A favorite author is Hugh Lofting who wrote the Dr. Dolittle series. I like to study. A favorite subject is math--all these numbers!

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Colin Chang, piano. Nomination: Profound
Colin Chang, piano. Nomination: Profound

Jan 29 at 3:00pm A. SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19; S. PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29 Currently, I am studying music as a senior piano student in the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists. I have been learning the piano for eleven years, having had various piano recitals in Hong Kong and Canada. In 2016, I was selected to be one of the pianists for the “Lang Lang’s 101 Pianists Workshop.” I participated in a variety of music competitions

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Curious Duo. Haonan (Daniel) Yang, oboe / Yiqi Chen, cello. Nomination: Virtuosity
Curious Duo. Haonan (Daniel) Yang, oboe / Yiqi Chen, cello. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Sonata in C minor S.277, by Johann David Heinichen Haonan(Daniel) Yang was born in Shenzhen in 2008. He was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in 2020. Now he is studying in the second year of junior. He is taught by Professor Wei Weidong, a famous Chinese oboe player, educator, professor of the Central Conservatory of Music. Yiqi Chen from Shenzhen. I was admitted to the CCOM affiliated primary school and began my path to professional cello.

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Dean Griffin, piano. Nomination: Profound
Dean Griffin, piano. Nomination: Profound

Jan 30 at 10:00am J.S. Bach: Invention No. 12 in A major, BWV 783; F. Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4 in A major Dean Griffin (12) has been learning piano for four years and is a student of Professor Vladimir Valjarevic at the Mannes School of Music. He studies music theory with Professor Carlo Valte. Dean is in the 6th grade at the Dalton School. In addition to playing piano, he enjoys origami, Minecraft, swimming, and complex board games

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Dora Meiwes, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Dora Meiwes, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Piano Jan 29 at 3:00pm EST (15-18 / 19-25) Artistic Nomination: Virtuosity Repertory for Final Round: Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, No. 32, Mov. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Transcendental Etude No.5, Feux Follets, by Franz Liszt Dora Meiwes, age 16, has studied with Dr. Irene Peery-Fox for the past six years. She has been first prize winner of many competitions, including the Utah Symphony Salute to Youth Competition, which awarded her the opportunity to perform

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Ella Levy, piano. Nomination: Lyrical
Ella Levy, piano. Nomination: Lyrical

Piano, Lyrical Jan 30 at 10:00am EST (10 and under/11-14) Isaac Berkovich - Concerto Op.44 (Mov.II) Accompanist Diana Levy I am 7 years old. Have been playing piano since 5 yo. I love reading and singing and speak two languages: English and Russian

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Esteban Alvarez, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Esteban Alvarez, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 30 at 3:00pm El Cóndor Pasa, Tico-Tico Esteban Alvarez is a Steinway Artist, a composer and a music instructor. Founder of EACMUSIC Academy, Esteban teaches music students the art of “playing by ear” and improvisation from a unique angle that embraces how the brain and music connects as well as the understanding of specific music concepts as the key to tap into the music that is “played” in the brain as we listen to it or play it. He is the Director of Chorus Austin

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Grey Bear Small, guitar. Nomination: Virtuosity
Grey Bear Small, guitar. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 30 at 8:00pm Capricio Arabe (F. Tarrega), Preludio from Suite No. 2 (L. Brouwer), Fantasia (A. de Mudarra) Grey Bear Small (16), a student of Douglas Rogers, currently attends Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. He has received awards in numerous competitions, including the Marlow Guitar International Competition, the Cogen Concerto Competition, and the Marlin Engel Solo Instrumental Competition

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Haily Hui Ning Leung, voice. Nomination: Music Ambassador
Haily Hui Ning Leung, voice. Nomination: Music Ambassador

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Wallpaper (Cantonese pop song), A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman) Accompanist: Shirley Whing Chow Haily Leung Hui Ning is a fourteen-year-old singer from Hong Kong. This music-loving 9th grader studies four instruments. She has studied the beautiful Chinese instrument Guzheng for 4 years. Besides attaining a Grade 7 qualification from the Central Conservatory of Music in China, Haily has also won Silver in the 7th International Guzheng Contest Hong Kong Regional

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Hiroshi Corro, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Hiroshi Corro, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Waltz OP 64-1 (Chopin) Sonatina for Yvette (3rd) (Monsalvatge) Concerto in D major 1stmvt (Haydn) Accompanist: Yuko Yoshida Hiroshi started learning piano when he was 3 yrs old. At 5 years old, he started performing for piano recitals and competitions. He won many competitions in the last 4 years. In 2021, he won first place in the Ranun piano competition. He also won first place in the Silicon Valley music competition, Chambana piano competition, US new star piano competition

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Jaden Li, piano, Nomination: Profound
Jaden Li, piano, Nomination: Profound

Jan 30 at 10:00am Chopin Polonaise in F sharp minor Op. 44 Jaden Li began studying piano in 2014 at the age of 6 under the direction of his piano teacher, Ms. Jing Zhang. Since his first piano class, Jaden has shown enthusiasm and passion in music. In the past years, he has already achieved an impressive array of musical accomplishments. He was the winner of the Intermediate piano division in the 2018 Rockville Competition for Solo Piano, won first place, 2018 YMIC Metropolitan Music Festival

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Jeffrey Zhang, piano. Nomination: Academic
Jeffrey Zhang, piano. Nomination: Academic

Piano Jan 30 at 10:00am EST (10 and under/11-14) Artistic Nomination: Academic December By Tchaikovsky Down The Hill In a Sledge By Dvarionas My name is Jeffrey Zhang and I am nine years old. I started to study piano performance with Dr. Chichova when I was six. I have participated in many competitions, music festivals and piano recitals, I love music!

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John Lettieri, Accordion. Nomination: Innovative
John Lettieri, Accordion. Nomination: Innovative

Jan 29 at 10:00am EST Innovative Oblivion, Saint Louis Blues, Arkansas Traveler, Espana Cani, Habanera, Czardas, Hungarian Dance No. 5, The Galloping Comedians, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Five Foot Two, Libesfreud, O mio Babbino Caro, Can-Can. John Lettieri is a music educator, performing artist and music composer. John is Co-Program Manager of Music Alive, York Region, Ontario. In 2019, John was an ensemble musician in the Ed Mirvish production: Piaf / Dietrich – A Legendary Affair

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Junwen Liang, piano, Nomination: Profound
Junwen Liang, piano, Nomination: Profound

Piano Jan 30 at 3:00pm EST (26+) Artistic Nomination: Profound Repertory for Final Round: 1). Chopin Mazurka in a minor, Op. 17 No. 4; 2). Earl Wild "Embraceable You" from 7 virtuoso etudes on Gershwin's songs; 3). Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84 (2nd and 3rd movements) Chinese pianist Junwen Liang is currently completing his doctorate in piano performance at Penn State University

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Kate Lee, piano. Nomination: Lyrical
Kate Lee, piano. Nomination: Lyrical

Piano, Lyrical Jan 30 at 10:00am EST Schubert, Impromptu op 90. no.2 in E flat Major; Mendelssohn Venetian Boat Song in G Minor; Burmuller Ballade Kate Yunseo Lee (9) has been studying piano at the age of 4 under the direction of Dr. Anna Ouspenskaya. Also, she studies music theory under Fedor Ouspensky. She had the honor of performing at Weill Recital Hall & Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall as various international competition 1st place winner & Judge’s Distinction Award winner

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Kento Ishikawa, piano. Nomination: Academic
Kento Ishikawa, piano. Nomination: Academic

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, 1st Movement, Allegro con brio Kento Ishikawa is 7 years old and is studying at the Colburn School. Kento has performed in the Friday Night Recital and the School Recital. Kento has a strong passion for piano and his dream is to become a pianist

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Konomi Nakadai, oboe. Nomination: Lyrical
Konomi Nakadai, oboe. Nomination: Lyrical

Jan 29 at 8:00 Fantasia sull'opera Poliyto di Donizetti by Pasculli/Scène de plage-Ciel d'orage by Silvestrini Accompanist: Madoka Nakadai I have been playing the oboe since I was 11, now studying with Hideki Honda and Melanie Ragge. I took 3rd place(without 1st place) in the 31st Japan classical music competition. Also I've been learning piano since I was 3 years old. I really like Disney. My dream is to become the principal oboe in the orchestra in my future!

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Leyna Ishikawa, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Leyna Ishikawa, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K. 488, 3rd Movement, Allegro assai Leyna Ishikawa is 10 years old and is studying at the Colburn School. Leyna has performed in the Friday Night Recital and the School Recital at the Colburn School. Leyna loves music and she enjoys playing for an audience

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Lilla Nora Szabo, cello. Nomination: Virtuosity
Lilla Nora Szabo, cello. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 29 at 3:00pm Cello Concerto No.1, Op.33 by Camille Saint-Saëns, 3rd Movement: Molto allegro Lilla Nóra SZABÓ was born into a family of culture and classical music lovers in Hungary in 2003. In 2012 she began her cello studies as a student of the cellist teacher Gabriella Dikáczné Kanfi at the Kispest School of Art in Budapest. In addition, she receive regular coaching from cellist professor Ádám Jávorkai. Since 2018 she was taught by prof. Péter Szabó at Weiner Music School in Budapest

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Maria Narodytska, piano. Nomination: Music Ambassador
Maria Narodytska, piano. Nomination: Music Ambassador

Jan 29 at 10:00am F. Schubert: Valses Nobles D. 969; M. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Maria Narodytska is a winner of over 40 international piano competitions including 15 first prizes won over last two years. Maria Narodytska is a pianist of Ukrainian origin. Her international concert activity includes such venues as Laeiszhalle in Hamburg; Sala Maffeiana in Verona; Casa da Musica in Porto; Ruth Taylor Recital Hall in San Antonio; Hylton Performing Arts Center in Virginia

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Mary Beth Orr, French Horn. Nomination: Lyrical
Mary Beth Orr, French Horn. Nomination: Lyrical

Date/time TBD "Espana" Vitaly Buyanovski Mary Beth Orr is an elite orchestral musician as 3rd Horn in the Grand Rapids Symphony, soloist, and chamber musician, most recently a first prize winner of the Golden Classical International Music Awards 2021, American Protégé International Talent Competition 2021, and the Charleston International Solo Competition 2021, where she was also voted most outstanding performance. She will be premiering as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in 2022

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Matthew Brand, piano. Nomination: Innovative
Matthew Brand, piano. Nomination: Innovative

Piano, Innovative Jan 29 at 8:00pm EST Wrong Way Home (Original Piece), Haydn Concerto in D Major Matthew Brand is an 8th grader at Horace Mann School in New York. He began his piano studies at age 4 with Donna Weng Friedman. He has since continued music at Mannes Prep's Honors Program for Composition, Jazz, and taught himself music production

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Moskver Klezmer Kapelye, ensemble. Nomination: Lyrical
Moskver Klezmer Kapelye, ensemble. Nomination: Lyrical

Jan 30 at 3:00pm Instrumental Ensemble, Klezmer tunes and improvisations. Musicians with each experience at different genres of music, we have been classically educated. We fell in love with klezmer music many years ago, performed klezmer within different musical groups for over 10 years. To show Klezmer music on Moscow's academical stage, the best moskver klezmorim ensemble was formed, Moskver Klezmer Kapelye

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Neal Eisfelt, violin. Nomination: Swift
Neal Eisfelt, violin. Nomination: Swift

Jan 30 at 10:00am Program TBD. Accompanist: Dr Sung Hoon Mo Violin Virtuoso Neal Eisfeldt (12), student of Almita Vamos and scholarship Fellow at both the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) Academy and the prestigious Chicago Music Pathways Initiative (CMPI) for advanced pre-college musicians; made solo debut at Carnegie Hall at age 10. Has won several national and international competitions; awarded Grand Prize winner at Enkor International over all categories up to age 25, First Prize

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Oliver Corro, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Oliver Corro, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Etude Op 10-1 (Chopin), Concert Etude Op 40-1 "Prelude" (Kapustin), Concerto K 466 (3rd mvt) Mozart Accompanist: Yuko Oliver started playing piano when he was 3. He started playing piano at the recitals since 4 yrs old and competed in competitions since he was 6. In 2020-2021, he won the1st place in the USOMC Romantic category, Ranun International Piano Competition, US new star piano competition, Silicon Valley music competition, Gavilan College Youth Competition, Chambana music

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Ria Kang, violin. Nomination: Lyrical
Ria Kang, violin. Nomination: Lyrical

Jan 30 at 10:00am Joseph Haydn - Concerto No. 2 in G Major, 1st Mvt Ria Kang began taking violin lessons at the age of four. She currently resides in Pennsylvania and studies at Temple Music Prep: Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Ria loves all things related to music

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ROZA YACOVA DUO, vocals, piano. Nomination: Miniature
ROZA YACOVA DUO, vocals, piano. Nomination: Miniature

Jan 29 at 10:00am EST Nomination: Miniatures Songs and romances of the 1st half of XX century I'm not a piano player - Rose said to Jacob. I'm not a singer - Jacob said to Rose. Let us try to perform together - each other said to another. They tried. Since then they have performed together ...

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Ruoyi Qiao, piano, Nomination: Lyrical
Ruoyi Qiao, piano, Nomination: Lyrical

Jan 29 at 8:00pm EST Haydn - Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob.XVI:49 (I. Allegro) Ruoyi (Cindy) Qiao is 10 years old. Currently, Ruoyi is studying the piano with Dr. Kui Min who is a passionate teacher and a recipient of the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award. For the past three years, Ruoyi has enjoyed much success at the local, provincial and national levels in Canada. 3rd place in 2019 Canadian Music Competition and first place winner of the concerto class at 2021 Ontario Music Provincial Finals

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Sathvik Subramanian, piano. Nomination: Lyrical
Sathvik Subramanian, piano. Nomination: Lyrical

Jan 30 at 10:00am Un Sospiro by Franz Liszt I am Sathvik Subramanian attending 7th grade in New Jersey. I’m passionate about music and have been learning classical piano for almost 9 years. I love reading books, traveling, and playing board games with my family

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Sora Corro, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity
Sora Corro, piano. Nomination: Virtuosity

Jan 29 at 8:00pm Etude Op 10-5 (Chopin) Sonata K 576 1st movement (Mozart), Youth Concerto No 3 Op 50 (Kabalevsky) Accompanist: Yuko ora started learning piano when she was 2 yrs old. At 4 years old, she started performing for piano recitals and competitions. Sora won many competitions in the last 7 years. In 2021, she won first place in the Ranun piano competition. She also won first place in the Silicon Valley competition, Chambana piano competition, Gavilan College Youth Piano Competition

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Terri Ji, piano. Nomination: Profound
Terri Ji, piano. Nomination: Profound

Jan 29 at 3:00pm 1. Prelude and Fugue in C Major from WTCII BWV 870 by J.S. Bach 2. Sonata in D Major Op. 10 No. 3 by Beethoven, I. Presto 3. Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli by Franz Liszt Terri Ji began her piano studies with Jean Huang at age 5 and has been studying with Dr. Regina Yeh since age 7. She has performed on Northwest Focus Live for KINGFM 98.1 radio and was featured as finalist in the 2021 and 2020 King FM Young Artist Awards. Gold medal at the 2021 Chopin NW Festival

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Tszching Charriess Pun, piano. Nomination: Miniature
Tszching Charriess Pun, piano. Nomination: Miniature

Jan 29 at 8:00pm 1. Chopin Fantaisie - Impromptu Op. 66 2. Prokofiev "Mercutio" from Ten Pieces from Ballet "Romeo and Juliet" Op. 75 I have been learning piano ever since I was four, and I have been participating in various festivals/competitions and receiving awards. I love performing for people and competing with other musicians. I'm especially good at drawing dragons and other mythical creatures. I also like writing and reading. I like to read fantasy books like the Wings of Fire series

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Viktoria Lypa, guitar. Nomination: Profound
Viktoria Lypa, guitar. Nomination: Profound

Guitar, Profound Jan 29 at 3:00pm EST J.S.Bach Suite N1 BWV 1007: I. Prelude /F.Sor Sonate Op. 15b (Meissonnier)/F. Tarrega Arabian Capriccio Viktoria has been playing guitar for 6+ years. She has won several local and international competitions. She likes reading and drawing. Viktoria dreams about being a professional musician

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Vineel Mahal, voice. Nomination: Lyrical
Vineel Mahal, voice. Nomination: Lyrical

Voice, Lyrical Je crois entendre encore, Choodandi Vineel Garisa Mahal is a Texas raised, Indian-American tenor, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and voice teacher. He has served as adjunct voice faculty at New York University where he received his Post-Graduate Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. He received his B.M. from Southern Methodist University and his M.M. from University of North Texas, both in vocal performance. He has performed with Fort Worth Opera, Kennedy Center, Hong Kong

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William Yeh, violin. Nomination: Lyrical
William Yeh, violin. Nomination: Lyrical

Jan. 30 at 10:00 am 1. Waxman Carmen Fantasy 2. Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.2 Second Movement - Romance 3. Kreisler Caprice Viennois Accompanist Akiko Chiba William Yeh (12) studies with Professor Naoko Tanaka at Juilliard Pre-College. William was awarded a scholarship as the youngest violinist at the 2019 HeifetzPEG (Program for Exceptionally Gifted, USA). He won 1st prizes at EUROASIA International Violin Competition (Japan) and Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition

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Yihui (Gabriel) Wu, piano. Nomination: Profound
Yihui (Gabriel) Wu, piano. Nomination: Profound

Piano, Profound Liszt two concert etudes S.145, No.1 Waldesrauschen; Liszt ballade No.2 in b minor S.171 Gabriel Wu is a 17-year-old young musician from Canada. He began learning the piano at the age of four. He is currently studying with Olga Chichova. Gabriel has won a number of competitions at local festivals. He is the scholarship winner of the Peel Music Festival and the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. He is also a third-place award winner of the Canadian Music Competition in 2019

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ZhaoJun Ma, double bass. Nomination: Miniature
ZhaoJun Ma, double bass. Nomination: Miniature

Jan 30 at 8:00pm Allemande and Courante from Bach Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major ZhaoJun Ma is a junior double bass student in the music school at the Nanjing University of the Arts in Nanjing, China. With a passion for both contemporary and traditional forms of music, he aspires to be a professional musician and teacher

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