Strings Division Finalist
Naiqing Liu China
09/2016-06/2020: Graduated from Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music
Music Performance (Violin major) -Undergraduate
01/2022- now: Study in the Bulgaria-Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts
Music Performance (Violin major) - Postgraduate (in study)
08/2008: The fourth National Art Education Achievement Exhibition Bronze Award
08/2008: The Gold Medal of the third China Youth Art Festival
01/2009: The Gold Award of the 8th China Youth Art Talent Exhibition of Jilin Province
07/2009: The Gold Award of the National Art Education Achievement Exhibition of Jilin Province Division
08/2009: The Gold Award of “Ode to Harmony 2009” of the fifth National Art Education Achievement Performance
20/12/2016: The 5th Xinghai Conservatory of Music “Singer’s” music season, the Orchestral Carnival Concert
04/11/2017: Lu Xi Teachers and Students Concert
12/07/2017: “String ties you and me” Teachers and Students Concert
24/11/2018: Xinghai Conservatory of Music String Concert
07/12/2018: Xinghai Conservatory of Music Orchestra Spring Festival Concert
20/12/2018: Foshan Art Season Solo Concert
09/09/2021: Qingxi Town Teacher’s Day Art Performance - the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Party
20/06/2022: The Second Prize of the 4th Italian Razlo “Laszio Spezzaferri” International Music Competition
Yulin Zhai Junior Division A
Born and raised outside of Beijing, China, Yulin grew up with an appetite for picking up instruments…and the inability to put them down. In seemingly no time this translated to a personal investment in the study of classical music through the medium of the Violin. Yulin traded the homeland and moved halfway across the globe to Vancouver, Canada in 2010.
Now a rising senior at St. George’s School in British Columbia, Yulin’s world views have been shaped by the interface of mathematics and music. Yulin completed his RCM level 10 exam with first-class honours and distinction in 2019 and has been part of the VanStrings Chamber music, where Yulin and his peers perform weekly at various senior homes across the lower mainlands, for the last 4 years. Yulin also serves as the vice-president for SuperJoey Vancouver, where he works directly with Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald house to provide donations annually through concerts, venues, and other charitable performances. At present, Yulin explores his interests in mathematics and music by assisting Princeton professor Ben Krause in Harmonic Analysis by researching the equidistribution of sounds; using mathematics to describe and express constructive/destructive interference, musical harmonics, and resonance. When Yulin has time to spare, he enjoys competing in tennis tournaments and loves to go on runs with friends.
Eric Tang Junior Division A
Eric started learning the violin when he was 5. He is currently an active member of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and Van-Strings Chamber Music. He was the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Intermediate concert master in the year of 2019–2020. Eric has participated in many competitions, gained a lot of experience and will continue exploring music in the future.
Children Division B
Wu, James, 7 years old, started playing both violin and piano at age of 5. He is self-disciplined, dedicated, and hardworking in practicing musical instruments and keeps making progress. With a great passion for music, James has won numerous awards in various competitions in local music festivals and international competitions. James performed at Carnegie Hall twice in 2022 and won 2nd place in Piano and 3rd place in violin. He also performed in some charity recitals. James achieved the Steinway 2021 Canadian young artist standards of excellence award, he is also keens on reading books and different sports such as basketball, hockey, and soccer.