Joy began studying piano at the age of 6. She loves to read and paint.
YUNHAN BEGAN STUDYING PIANO AT AGE OF 6. SHE ALSO PLAYS BASKETBALL AND STUDIES TAEKWONDO.
Meiling Mathur, 14, has studied violin in Minnesota for five years with Dr. Bacco Liu and Aaron Janse. She has been a member of the audition-only Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies for the past four years and the state-wide Minnesota Middle-Level Honors Orchestra for the past three. In addition to routinely being selected as Concertmaster and section leader for numerous ensembles, she made her debut last July with the internationally-acclaimed Gemini Piano Trio in Maryland.
Aidan is a music lover, he began his piano learning journey at age of four and started participating in piano competitions at age of seven. His achievement includes five first places and outstanding achievement awards in several local music competitions for three consecutive years. Currently, he is a grade six student living in Toronto, Canada. In addition to his passion in piano, he is learning a new instrument- Cello. In his spare time, he also loves playing basketball, biking and snowboarding.
Abby Reed is a 16-year-old violinist who has been studying violin since the age of 4. She studies at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music as a Myra Jackson Blair Honors Scholar with Dr. Christina McGann. Currently she is 1st violin in Vanderbilt's Curb Youth Symphony and has been concertmaster and co-concertmaster in multiple youth and honors orchestras. Abby has performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist and concertmaster for the Honors Performance Series. In addition to being an avid and dedicated chamber musician, Abby is an exceptional soloist. She has performed most recently in masterclasses for Ilya Kaler, Paul Kantor, Violaine Melancon, Blair Milton, Steven Miahky, Zoya Leybin, & Shu-Zheng Yang.
JURY DISTINCTION AWARD
Jason Zhang is a sophomore at Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington. He began playing piano at the age of 6 and is currently studying with Yiling Huang. Other than piano, Jason also plays violin and studies with Karin Islip. In his free time, Jason enjoys running, biking outside, and hanging out with his friends.
Tara Zhong is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. She has been studying the piano since age 6, currently under the tutelage of Dr. Li-Cheng Hung. Tara used to be the piano accompanist at school choir. Besides piano, Tara also plays cello and studies with Ms. Janice Lee; she also enjoys singing, and has been coached by Dr. Liz Frazer. Currently she is a member of Seattle Youth Opera project.
As a prize-winner in scholastic (Dora Khyatt); Collegiate (Bi-Co Concerto Competition); and national (West Chester National Piano Competition) piano adjudications - Bruce's music tenure has enabled him to perform in PA, NJ, FL, NY, and Italy. During his collegiate years, Bruce's piano study under Linda de Pasquale and Curtis Cacioppo led to acceptance at the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Orfeo International Music Festival - where he studied in 2011.
Bruce's playing has been described as "kaleidoscopic," "refined," "intelligent," and "highly skilled" by piano department chairs of music schools, critically-acclaimed international pianists, and Navona-affiliated composers. He has been featured in masterclasses with concert artists such as: Steven Mayer, Riccardo Piacentini, Veda Zuponcic, and Leon Bates!
"[In Seasonal Sonorities] Bruce demonstrates an impressive ability to interpret music from different eras, from romantic to impressionist, to 21st century." - David Carpenter, Composer (Navona Records).
"Played with great care and sensitivity...Bruce Leto is an intelligent and highly-skilled musician." - Charles Abramovic, Department Chair Piano Studies (Temple University).
SILVER ENSEMBLE & BRONZE SOLOIST
I am a full time IT professional working at LAX, married to my college sweetheart, and have two elementary age boys. I used to played piano when I was younger but lost touch and got busy with life. I met Ms. Danielle two years ago as my boys piano teacher, she inspires me and made me fall in love with piano! Competition experience counts and I'll do the BEST!!! Thanks for reading my bio!