Tuesday, June 7, 2011

WINNERS in Piano Performance—SOLO, all divisions of The American Prize

The American Prize is pleased to announce the winners of The American Prize in Piano Performance (Solo) in all divisions.

In the professional division, the winner is Lin-Yu Wang of Aiea, HI, for her recital of works by Scriabin, Berio and Dutilleux.

Lin-Yu Wang is a Doctoral Candidate of Arizona State University. She is an active soloist and accompanist, and has been performing in the United States, Taiwan, and the Czech Republic. Her recent appearances including performance with pianist Caio Pagano, alto Maya Hoover, soprano Jaqueline Quirk, violinist Elaine Lu, and cellist Pauline Bai. She is involved with the performance of 20th century music of Taiwan, especially of female composers. She is currently teaching in Honolulu.
May Phang of Greencastle, IN was the first runner-up, playing works by Liszt, Bach and Gougeon.
Jade Simmons, of Humble, TX was the second runner-up, for her cd featuring music by Barber, Corigliano, Pinkston and Roumain.

In the college/university division, the winner is Sora Park of Macomb, IL.

Sora Park is from Seoul, South Korea and is in her second year as a graduate  student in Piano Performance at Western Illinois University where she studies  with Dr. Tammie Walker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hanyang  University in Seoul and attended the Sun-hwa Arts School during her pre-college  years. Ms. Park is a graduate assistant in piano accompanying and is the pianist for the Western Illinois University Singers, conducted by Dr. James Stegall.
Maria Dickson, of Provo, UT, placed second.
Soojung Jeon, Duluth, MN, placed third.

In the high school division, the winner is Verina Chen of Provo, UT.

Verina Chen began piano lessons eight years ago with Dr. Irene Peery-Fox.  Verina placed first twice in the Utah State Fair, the MTNA Piano, and the Encore Concerto Competitions.  She has soloed with the Utah Symphony twice for their Annual Salute to Youth concert and once as a Guest Artist. She also performed with the Utah Valley and American Fork Symphonies.  Verina has studied viola for ten years. She enjoys reading, swimming, and tennis.
Aaron Potter of Albany, OR placed second.
Neha Kumar of Wynne, AR placed third.


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