2018 Young Artist

Simon Karakulidi

Born in 1997 in Novorossysk, Russia, Simon Karakulidi began his studies with Professor Mira Marchenko at the Central Musical School in Moscow at the age of 15, graduating in 2016. He is a laureate of the “Villamrosa” piano competition (Mexico, 2014, 1st prize), Gradus...

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Inyoung Kim

Inyoung Kim received her Bachelor degree from Seoul National University with SNU Superior Academic Performance Award, and holds a master’s degree from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Alexander Korsantia and was placed on the Dean’s List. Currently,...

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Zhongsan Yang

Zhongsan Yang was born in 1998 and is a sophomore student of The Eastman School of Music, where he studies with Natalya Antonova. Previously, he studied in The Affiliated High School of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, and also learned with HanguoYang, Yan...

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Min Joo Yi

From Bellevue, Washington, 24-year-old Min Joo Yi holds an M.M. degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory, and an A.B. degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University along with a music performance certificate. Her past professors...

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Clayton Stephenson

Named the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Lang Lang Music Foundation Young Scholar Clayton Stephenson is prize winner of the 2015 Van Cliburn Junior International Competition and 2016 Cooper International Competition. He is also a proud recipient of the...

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Stephan Xie

Lingfei (Stephan) Xie was born to a family with a heritage of Chinese classics and arts and began to study piano at the age of 8 in his hometown of Shanghai, China. His talent was discovered by Prof. Jin Ling of The Shanghai Conservatory. Since 2016, Stephan has made...

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Yao-Yueh Tseng

Yao-Yueh Tseng was born in Luodong, Yilan in 1999 and began to play the piano at age seven. At sixteen, he enrolled in New Taipei Senior High School where he has been studying with Lai Li Chin since 2014. Currently he is studying piano performance with Michael Lewin...

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Joseph Vaz

Joseph Vaz is a senior at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he is pursuing a Bachelors in piano performance under the direction of Emile Naoumoff. Joseph has performed solo repertoire for many distinguished international pianists and professors in...

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John Schindler

John Schindler began playing the piano at age six and currently studies with Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School. John has received top awards in competitions, including being selected as a 2017 YoungArts National Finalist. In 2016 John was the third prize winner...

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Daniel Szefer

Daniel Szefer, (19), had his first piano lesson at the age of seven and was introduced to the public in Miami, FL by the Chopin Foundation of the United States when he was ten. Szefer was one of eight international students invited to study at the Sergei Babayan...

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Theo Rockas

Theo Rockas is a pianist and composer enrolled in the Honors Program at Mannes Prep where he studies piano with Marcia Eckert and composition with Steven Sacco. He has been awarded numerous 1st place prizes and awards from: New York Debut Young Musician’s Competition,...

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Motti Fang-Bentov

Motti was born in 1997 in Beijing, China, to an Israeli father and a Chinese mother. He grew up in Israel, starting his musical education at the age of 5, when he took his first piano lessons. In his youth and adolescent years he studied with two prominent musical...

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Phyllis Pan

Phyllis Pan, age 20, began formal studies on piano at the age of five. Born in Los Angeles, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree under the tutelage of distinguished professor Menahem Pressler at the Jacobs School of Music, where she was named a Jacobs...

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Young Hye Min

Pianist Young Hye Min has actively performed in the United states and South Korea and has won several music competitions. She was a finalist of the 2017 Delta Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and the winner of the concerto division at...

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Ching-Yi Lin

Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yi Lin has been awarded numerous prizes in competitions, including the Asia Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, the 1st Taipei Taiwan International Piano Competition, and the Taipei City Piano Competition. In 2013, Ching-Yi appeared as a soloist...

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Francisco Montero

Pianist Francisco Montero has performed in some of the most important halls in the USA, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. He has performed in the United Kingdom...

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Maryna Kysla

Pianist Maryna Kysla started her piano studies at the age of five and graduated from the music high school in Kharkov (Ukraine) in 2010. Between 2001 and 2008, she won 10 awards at international piano competitions for young pianists from Moscow to Kiev. She has...

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Rolando Alejandro

Rolando made his debut in 2007 at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico when he was eight. In 2012 and 2014 he was invited to participate in a concert for talented young artists  sponsored by the Musical Foundation of Ponce and the Jean O. Petty Foundation. In 2013...

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Klaudia Kudelko

Klaudia Kudełko is a student at Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw, studying with professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj and Dr. Konrad Skolarski. As soloist, she has performed in many important concert halls in Poland, including the Grand Theater and National Opera in...

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William Chiang

William Chiang, 21, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Evelyne Brancart at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  At age four, he began studying piano with Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was an...

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Leah Deobald

Leah Deobald, 18, was born in Seattle, Washington. She is currently a student of Dr. Duane Hulbert and will be attending The Juilliard School this fall. She was a two-time winner of the Washington State MTNA and 3rd prize winner at the 2016 International Institute for...

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Tatiana Dorokhova

Tatiana Dorokhova was born in 1991 in Volgograd. She graduated with distinction from Volgograd music school № 14 (the class of Anna Tcherfas), Central Music School in Moscow (the class of Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of Moscow State Conservatory Alexander...

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Avery Gagliano

16-year-old Avery Gagliano studies piano at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Jonathan Biss and Gary Graffman. She is a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale, a two-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship (2016 and 2017), and a...

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Chen-Shen Fan

Chen-Shen Fan was named the Best Liszt Interpretation Award and Second Prize Winner of the International Franz Liszt Festival and Piano Competition in 2017. Most recently, he was awarded the Outstanding Performance of Bach by the Metropolitan International Piano...

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Jiwon Han

Born in 1987, pianist Jiwon Han is a native of Incheon in South Korea. He began his piano studies at the age of three. In 2017, he won 3rd Prize and the Earl Wild Special Prize at the Virginia Waring International Competition. In 2013 he won 2nd prize in ISANG YUN...

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Derek Hartman

Derek Hartman is a rising senior at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music under the instruction of James Giles, working towards a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Music Theory. His previous teachers, in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN,...

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Yang Gao

Yang Gao was born in Dalian, China. He began studying the piano at the age of four. Mr. Gao entered the Attached Middle School of Shenyang Conservatory of Music Dalian Campus in 2010, and studied with Prof. Xiaoqiang Wang. Mr. Gao is a prizewinner of several...

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Jaeden Izik-Dzurko

Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is a resident of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada, who has just completed his freshman year at the Juilliard School in New York. Jaeden has distinguished himself in provincial, national and international competition. He was recommended to the...

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Dina Ivanova

“Audience favorite Dina Ivanova gave a powerful, magical and diabolic interpretation of Totentanzʼʼ – Trouw (Dutch Newspaper). In October 2017 Dina won Third Prize at the 11th Liszt International Competition in Utrecht, and was also awarded the Capgemini Audience...

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Jun-Eun Kim

Jung-eun Kim was born in Changwon, South Korea, and made her solo debut with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra at age 11. Since then, Jung-eun has won several prizes both in the United States and Korea, including the Fresno Musical Club Competition, the Berkeley...

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Jaeyoung Kim

Praised for his “bravura and pathos” by the Sarasota-Herald Tribune, South Korean pianist Jaeyoung Kim is the recipient of the New Jersey State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak Award in 2018 and the Piano Winner of the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Other...

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Talon Smith

Exhibiting an innate, passionate musicality and brilliant technical mastery of the piano well beyond his years, sixteen-year-old virtuoso pianist and composer Talon Smith has already won Gold at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Talon’s inspiring...

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Chaojun Yang

Praised “The Supernatural Child of Music” (Xinhua News, SMG Shanghai television, Family Education Times, and others), Chinese-born pianist Chaojun Yang has impressed her audience around the world with her versatility and sensitivity on the piano, performing all genres...

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Benjamin Bertin

Born in Winnipeg, Canadian pianist Benjamin Bertin is pursuing doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal. After studies at Brandon University and Bowling Green State University, he received an Artist Diploma from Columbus State University where he studied with...

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Kara Huber

Hailed as “absolutely dazzling…in a word, flawless” (New York Concert Review) during her recent Carnegie Hall debut, Grammy nominated American pianist Kara Huber has been acclaimed for her “mature vision” by the Washington Post. Recent performances include the...

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