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         Final Round - Junior  Division D (10-12)

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Ho Ting Alexander Chan    China - Hong Kong
Junior Music Program student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

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Alexander Chan is a primary 5 student at Singapore International School (Hong Kong).  He began piano and singing lessons with his mom at the age of four. He is also a Junior Music Program student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in Piano, since 7 years old.  Alexander currently studies with Dr. Yap Man Shan.   Alexander has achieved ABRSM Grade 8 (Distinction) in Piano and Alto Saxophone when he was 9 and won prizes in local and international piano competitions, including the 69th, 70th and 71st Schools Music Festival, the Hong Kong International Music & Arts Festival, the University of Miami Frost Young Artist International Piano Competition and Hong Kong - Asia Piano Competition.  Alexander was interviewed by RTHK(Radio Television Hong Kong) to share his passion for music in their program “Student Concert Hall” in 2021.  Alexander is a member of the International Chess and Swimming Team at school and is a gold medal winner of Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad and Vanda International Science Competition.

Ryan Yunen Gu     Canada

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Ryan started to learn piano at age four in China. When he was 8 years old, he began to study piano with Kathleen Solose, the piano Professor in University of Saskatchewan. From age 11, Ryan studies piano with Dr. Olga Chichova, the principal of Canada Academy of Music & Arts.

Ryan is a winner of numerous local and international competitions.

  • The 10th Chopin International Youth Piano Competition, in Shanghai Division, Second Prize. 

  • 5th Internationaler Deutscher Irmler- Klavierwettbewerb – Shanghai Division, First Prize.  Final Round, Third Prize.

  • The Eighth Asia International Art Competition –Piano, Final Round, First Prize.

  • Liszt Memorial Prizes 2018 Hong Kong- International Piano Open Competition- Shanghai Division, First Place.  Hong Kong Final Round, Second Place & Third Place.

  • 2019 Contemporary Showcase, Mary Gardiner Award of Performance Excellence.

  • 2020 CFMTA Student Composer Competition, Second Place

  • The Saskatchewan Music Festival Association Provincial Finals 2021, 2 Classes, First Place & Second Place.

  • Age 10, RCM Level 10 Piano Practical Exam, Score 94;

  • Vancouver International Music Competition, Final Round, Bronze Prize.

  • 2022 Peel Music Festival (ARCT Level), First Place.

  • 2022 North York Music Festival (ARCT Level), First Place.

  • 2022 Music and Stars Awards Competition, Gold Star.

Ryan has great passion for music and enjoys performing piano and composing. He also loves coding, reading, cubing, and table tennis.

Sarah Fernandes   USA 

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Omaha native Sarah Fernandes began her piano studies at the age of four with Mirela Mlynska and is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Washington Garcia.   

   

Sarah was awarded first prizes at the 2021 Charleston International Music Competition (Romantic Division) and the 2022 American Protege International Piano Competition, which led to her New York debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall at the age of 10. She was also a national finalist at the 2022 American Prize Piano Competition. In 2021, Sarah received a recognition by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as KVNO’s Classical Kid. This award included an interview with Omaha’s classical radio station as well as a performance at the UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center.  

   

Sarah was invited to participate in the 12th Texas State International Piano Festival, where she performed in masterclasses for world-renowned artists Dr. Enrico Elisi, Dr. Joseph Rackers, and Dr. Jason Kwak. From an early age, Sarah has performed in the Nebraska Music Teachers Association District and State festivals and has consistently received Superior ratings in all her performances. She also received Superior ratings in the Omaha Music Teachers Association Trophy Festivals in 2021 and 2022.  

   

Sarah’s hobbies include composition, improvisation, math, and science. She also likes listening to music and participating in spelling bee contests. Sarah is currently a fifth-grader at St. Stephen the Martyr School in Omaha, Nebraska.   

 

Bi Ye             China 

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Bi Ye was born in Shenzhen in 2011. A disciple of Mr.Lang Lang, an international piano master. He is now under the tutelage of Professor Li Songwen, director of the Piano Department of Xinghai Conservatory of Music.At the age of four, he has won 6 gold MEDALS in world-class international competitions and 22 gold MEDALS in domestic piano competitions. At the age of 6, he won the first place in the Schubert International Piano Competition in Vienna. At the age of 7, she won the first place in the Liszt International Piano Competition in Hungary. At the age of nine, she won the first place of the Mozart International Piano Open in Hong Kong.In 2018, he participated in the children's inspirational program "Amazing Little Talent", and was hailed as "Piano genius Little Talent" by the National Bureau of Radio, Film and Television. In 2017 and 2018, he participated in the National Children's Spring Festival Gala for two consecutive years as the Spring Festival Gala of Image Ambassador and Star of Hope. In 2018 and 2019, he was invited by the world pianist Lang Lang to participate in nearly 40 special concert tours nationwide. Participated in the piano performance of 2019 CCTV Spring Festival Gala, CCTV Online Spring Festival Gala and CCTV Shenzhen Spring Festival Gala; and held two solo piano solo concerts at the age of 8. In 2020, he participated in the music sketch performance of "comedy +" of CCTV comprehensive channel and "Happy Bus" of CCTV Children's channel.In 2020 and 2021, he won the spokesperson of "Liszt International Piano Open" and "Mozart International Piano Open". He has cooperated with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra to perform the theme song "Shenzhen Baoan District has You" for many times. He has won the titles of "Excellent Young Pioneers of Guangdong Province", "Shenzhen Excellent Young Pioneers" and "Sunshine Youth of Baoan District". It has been reported and praised by Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, Shenzhen Daily, Shenzhen Business Daily, Bao 'an TV Station, Bao' an Daily and other media for many times.

Yimeng Chen  China Xiamen

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Yimeng Chen was born in Xiamen, China, started playing piano at age of 5. She passed her ABRSM grade 8 piano exam with Distinction at age of 9. In 2019 she received Gold Award in the 2019 Liszt International Youth Piano Competition. In 2021 she was awarded First Prize in the final round of the Xiamen International Youth Music Festival Competition. In 2022, she was selected to perform in a piano masterclass at Yu Virtuoso Music Academy.

Yiran Liu           Canada 

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Yiran Liu is 10 year old now. She has lived in Canada since she was 4 year old. She is currently receiving instruction from Ms. Yan GAO and Ms. Yizhuo MENG, and also is receiving special professional instructions from Steinway Artists of Mr. Xiaohan WANG, Mr. Danwen WEI, Ms. Jiaxin TIAN, and Mr. Chun WU. 

 

Yiran has received numerous first prizes of the international and the national piano competitions. In 2022, she won 1st Prizes of Children Group B and Examination Group B in the 5th Singapore International Piano Competition; won 1st Prizes of Young Artist, Young J.S Bach Award and Young Chinese Music Performance Award in the 6th Canadian International Music Competition; won 1st Prize of Junior in the 5th International Liszt Ferenc Piano Competition China Final; won 1st Prize and Jury Special Award in the 4th Schubert International Youth Piano Open China Final; won 1st Prizes of Junior and J.S Bach Award in the 24th Santa Cecilia International Piano Competition. In 2021, she won KAWAI Special Award in 29th Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Young in China Final. 

 

Yiran also awarded numerous “Distinctions” of Qualifications. In 2022, she awarded “Distinction” of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Grade 8 Piano Performance. In 2021, she awarded “Distinction” of ABRSM Grade 6 Piano Performance, awarded “Distinction” of ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory, awarded “Distinction” of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Level 8 Theory.

 

In addition to playing the piano, Yiran is an all-around-outstanding girl. Both Chinese and Canadian living experiences make she become a diversified and optimistic girl. She is good at painting and got Silver Award in 2020 Supernova International Youth Art Exchange Exhibition. She learned horse riding in summer and skiing in winter. She also loves to reading both the myth novels and the science books in her spare time. 

Yixin Shen             China Shanghai 

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Yixin Shen, currently 11 years old from Shanghai, China. She began her piano study at age 5, with prodigious talent, she started to perform in public very soon. 

 

She has won top prizes of major competitions, including Gold Prize of 2022 SAE Youth Piano Competition (Professional Class), Gold Prize of 2021 St. Petersburg International Music Competition (Junior class); First Place of 2019 USMCE Piano Open Competition, Asia -Pacific division (Junior class) and the title of “Little Musician of Shanghai” in 2017. 

 

She is currently studying with renowned professor Kuanwen Wang at the Music Middle School  Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music (Elementary department).

Vanessa Feng              San Francisco     USA 

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 2022 ABRSM  Piano Performance Grade 6  Distinction 

Emma Wang   USA - California

In-preson Finalist

 

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My name is Emma Wang. I am 11 years old, and I live in California. I am a 7th grader at J. L. Stanford middle school. 

 

Ever since I started playing piano when I was 5, I have loved it. I have been enjoying it so much ever since my first piano performance. One thing I enjoy the most about music is that there is no such thing as right or wrong, unlike math. I like how sometimes you can just be different from others and interpret it differently. The piano, just notes and no words can still tell stories, bring me into another world ... 

 

I won my first piano competition at USOMC 2016, 6 months after I started playing, since then I have won many awards, including USOMC showcase solo, USIMC Young Artist, MTAC piano solo, Great Composer Competition, Spotlight Competition, American Protégé Competition, etc. I always love playing my music at various winner concerts, recitals and charities.

 

Besides playing piano, I also enjoy playing soccer, badminton, and practicing the cello for my school orchestra. I am currently working on making the best use of my time, and be efficient.