Travel with four brilliant young pianists on a musical journey!
Michael Lee, Andrew Liu, Raymond Zhang and Bryan Zhao, all students of Willard Schultz will perform master works by the greatest composers including keyboard works by J.S. Bach, Mozart Sonatas, short pieces by Chopin and music by Aaron Copland.
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More about the performers:
Michael Lee, age 15, is a tenth grader at Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA. He has been a student of Prof. Willard Schultz since he was 8. He gave his first live radio performance on KING FM at age ten and has since given numerous public performances. He has performed the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major, K.467 with the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, and the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Sammamish Symphony. He was the sole child artist to feature in the inaugural Ten Grands Concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in 2008. Michael is a two time winner of the MTNA Baldwin Junior Piano competition in Washington State, and has represented Seattle Music Teachers Association in the State Conventions numerous times. He has also three times been selected in the Chopin Competition to perform in the festival recital and was awarded first place in his category in the Bach Festival in the last two years. He has performed in master classes with Scott McBride Smith, Nelita True, Steven Spooner, Andrew Armstrong, Jane McGrath, and Gary Hammond. His participation always results in praise for his artistry in performance and musical understanding as well as his intelligent ability to learn and adapt. Besides his musical interests, Michael is an internationally ranked chess master and a three-time national scholastic chess champion.
Andrew Liu began taking formal piano lessons in 2003 (at age 6) with Natalya Ageyava. Currently he is studying with Willard Schultz. Andrew won First Place in Sonata-Sonatina Competition at Central Washington University in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, he also won Second Place in October Bach Festival and Third Place in Russian Festival/Competition. In 2009, he won Second Place in Simon-Fiset Piano Competition, as well as Gold Seals in SYAMF 2009 for both Complete Program and Piano 4-hands with Raymond Zhang. Andrew was accepted for three weeks intensive study and performance at the Adamant School for Pianists in Vermont in summer 2009.
Besides his school work and music studies, Andrew loves tennis, games, cards, and good laughs. He also enjoys cooking with his family.
Raymond Zhang, 14, is a University of Washington sophomore, and is enrolled in the Academy of Music Northwest . He was a piano student of Professor Ingrid Clarfield of Westminster Choir College in New Jersey before coming to Seattle where he now studies piano with Professor Willard Schultz. In Seattle he was chosen first ;place for his age group in the Bach Festival and was selected in the Chopin Competition to perform in the winners' recital last season. He was awarded Gold Seals for Excellence in 2009 SYAMF and annual WSMTA adjudications. While in New Jersey, he won numerous competitions and awards, twice the Steinway Society Scholarship competitions, first place and best performer awards in the 2006 International Young Pianist Competition in Washington, DC; performed as a winner in the Golden Key Music and Art Festival and the American Fine Arts Festival. He participated in numerous public performances in Carnegie Recital Hall and Lincoln Center. He was selected to perform in master classes with Lang Lang, Yefim Bronfman, Dennis Alexander, Gary Hammond, and with Ingrid Clarfield in WSMTA Conference this year. He received high honors in NJMTA recital auditions for several years. Besides tudying piano he is in the Honors Program and on the annual Dean's list in University of Washington. He also enjoys singing and is a member of Columbia Children Choir.
Bryan Zhao, 9, in grade 5 at West Mercer Elementary School, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He began piano study with Helen Wang in Portland, Oregon in 2005 and is now a piano student with Professor Willard Schultz since summer of 2007, and is enrolled in the Academy of Music Northwest. Bryan also studies composition with Sharon Van Valin and has been chosen to perform his compositions in the last WSMTA conference recitals. Besides piano he enjoys reading and chess.
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Academy Of Music Northwest
The Academy of Music Northwest has been a leading music school in the Pacific Northwest since 1997, providing music education and performance opportunities for the most gifted young artists between the ages of 4 - 18 for all instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors. The academy presents recitals, chamber music performances, masterclasses, workshops and orchestra concerts in Bellevue, Seattle and Mercer Island every year.