2020 Young Artists

Kevin Takeda

Kevin Takeda, 21, studies piano with Professor Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School. He began his studies at the age of 11, and at 13 began attending Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied with Dr. Thomas Lymenstull. He has been a prizewinner in several...

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Rixiang Huang

Praised by the New York Concert Review as “in a word, superb…,” pianist Rixiang Huang has inspired glowing acclaim by audiences and critics alike for his superb artistry and passionate, charismatic performance style on four continents. Since winning the first prize at...

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Joshua Mhoon

After returning from Japan where he was featured on Japanese national TV,  16-year-old Joshua Mhoon performed for the historical inauguration of Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first black female mayor. Last summer he performed at Carnegie Hall with The National Youth...

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Lana Anikina Suran

Born in 1992 to Russian and Kurdish parents, Lana Anikina Suran began her musical studies at the age of six at Musikskolan Lilla Akademien in Stockholm with Victoria and Elena Power. She has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician in concert venues around the...

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Gabriel Landstedt

Gabriel Landstedt has appeared in international festivals including the Klavierfestival Lindlar in Germany, the Salzburg International Summer Academy in Austria, the Val Tidone and Brindisi Piano Camps in Italy,and the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival and Eastern...

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John Gibb

John Gibb lives in Los Angeles and is entering his first year as an undergraduate student at Mannes School of Music studying with Ursula Oppens. Originally a cellist, John started piano when he was 11 at the Colburn School with Régulo Martínez-Antón, and later studied...

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Marco Jiminez

Marco A. Jimenez is an 11th grader and is currently homeschooled. He won the National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman Kelley Award for Piano. As a two-time winner of the Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Concerto Competition, and the winner of the Justine LeBaron...

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Yaoyao Zhou

Yaoyao is from a farming family in Zhejiang Province, China and currently lives in New York City. Her curiosity and love for music has led her to intensive studies at Shanghai Conservatory and Juilliard’s Pre-Colleges. After being discovered by Gary Graffman at a...

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Michael Lu

20-year-old American pianist Michael Lu is a young artist with an everlasting desire to unearth and reveal the true essence of each piece of music he touches and convey a powerful spiritual message to each listener in every performance he gives. His thoughtful and...

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Lewis Warren

Lewis Warren Jr. is an award-winning pianist and an accomplished composer, arranger, and improviser. His special ability to connect with people through music was evident at an early age. He has been featured in many televised and broadcasted performances including...

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Kevin Jansson

Born in 2000, Irish pianist Kevin Jansson has six international 1st prizes to his name, on both piano and violin. At age 15 he was the youngest participant in, and joint winner of, the Prix Thierry Scherz at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. This...

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Angie Zhang

Recognized as an inquisitive and authentic musician, Angie Zhang is a unique 21st-century American artist, dedicated to the modern piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord alike, who has boldly expanded her creative footprint to encompass conducting, comedy, and...

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Yang Gao

Yang Gao was born in Dalian, China, and started to study the piano at the age of four. Mr. Gao entered the Attached Middle School of Shenyang Conservatory of Music Dalian Campus in 2010 to study with Prof. Xiaoqiang Wang. Mr. Gao is a prize winner of several...

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Giancarlo Llerena

Giancarlo Llerena is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music Degree at The Juilliard School, and has been playing piano for 12 years. An avid performer, he has played at many prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kravis Center, the New...

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Derek Hartman

Derek Hartman, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. In 2019, Derek received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a minor in Music Theory...

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Eric Guo

Eric Guo, a 17-year-old Toronto native, started piano at four and is currently studying with full scholarship in his 6th year at The Taylor Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, under Prof. John O’Conor. He has participated in masterclasses...

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Yongqiu Liu

Born in 2000 in Chongqing, China, Yongqiu Liu started piano playing at the age of four. After completing her study in Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she is now a student and full scholarship recipient in New England Conservatory. She...

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KangHyun Kim

KangHyun Kim, 16, is from South Korea.  He studies at Korea National University Studies Institute for those gifted in the Arts with Julius-Jeongwon Kim at Yewon School. His accomplishments include: 2020: 2nd Vienna International Music Competition, Golden Medal 2019:...

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Diana Chubak

Diana Chubak is a Ukrainian pianist currently based in Cincinnati (OH), USA. She was born in 1995 in Ternopil (Ukraine) and graduated from Mykola Lysenko Lviv Music Academy in 2018, where she studied with Oksana Rapita. She is a laureate of many international...

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Johnson Gouvêa

Johnson Gouvêa is a pianist from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His original studies were at the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais in his hometown, where he participated in many music festivals, piano masterclasses, and national piano competitions, being distinguished...

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Albert Newberry

Born in 1999 to an American father and a Russian-Armenian mother, Albert Newberry is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Irina Morozova. Albert also takes jazz classes at the New School and...

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Yulong Pang

Yulong Pang has been studying piano since he was 6 years old. He is a student of Affiliated Secondary School, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China. He currently studies with Danwen Wei at present, and has also studied with Manchun Chen and Zhiwei Zhang. Pang...

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Lawrence Quinnett

Lawrence Quinnett is an active concert pianist who has performed recitals, conducted master classes, and adjudicated competitions in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Quinnett has several competition successes to his credit, including first...

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Antonio Ajero

15-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero is a scholarship winner from the Texas Commission of the Arts under their Texas Young Masters Program. Nio has attended the Aspen Music Festival & School where he performed on their student spotlight series and studied with...

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William Yang

Eighteen year old William Yang has received prizes in several competitions, including the Midwest International Piano Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition.  As a soloist, Mr. Yang has...

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Luciana Muraira

Luciana Muraira began studying piano at the age of 5 and in 2008 won her first piano competition at age of 8. A few years later she entered the Fine Arts School of Music and Dance of Monterrey, Mexico, becoming a pupil of recognized Uzbekistanian pianist Nargiza...

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Nikita Lukinov

Russian-born Nikita Lukinov started studying in 2005 at Voronezh Central Music School with Svetlana Semenkova, an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov. Nikita’s first success was a Grand-Prix at the 2010 International Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth (Moscow). Nikita’s...

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Timothy Stephenson

Pianist, teacher, and collaborator Timothy Stephenson has been described as “a very thoughtful and sensitive musician – he has a bit of old-school elegance that is increasingly rare.” (The Chautauquan Daily) Having received top prizes in over a dozen international and...

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Tzu-Yin Huang

Tzu-Yin Huang began playing the piano at the age four in Taiwan. After many years of study, including an undergraduate degree from National Taiwan Normal University, she came to the United States where she received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University...

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Alexei Aceto

Pianist Alexei Aceto is forging a reputation for his unique interpretive abilities, sensitive playing, and deep connection to the music he programs. He began studying piano at age five, and at fifteen became a full-time student of Charis Dimaras at Ithaca College...

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Andrew Vargas

Young Steinway Artist, Andrew Vargas, engages audiences with his virtuosic and confident command of the piano. He is often praised for his mature musical artistry, sense of harmonic color, impressive technique, and for giving his audiences an exciting and energetic...

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Carey Byron

Fifteen-year-old pianist Carey Byron began her piano studies at the age of four.  Since then, she has won numerous awards at local, state, and international competitions.  Among them include First Prizes at the Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition,...

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Henry From

The First Prize winner of the Under 17 category of the 2018 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Manulife Competition, 16-year old Canadian-American pianist/composer/violinist Henry From has been named by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as among CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian...

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Trung Nguyen

Trung Nguyen, a homeschooled junior from Leesburg, Virginia, has been playing the piano for ten years and is a student of Dr. Marjorie Lee. He previously studied with Dr. Scott Beard and Faye Bonner. In 2019, he won first prizes at the International Knabe Piano...

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Leo Gevisser

Leo Gevisser, 17, began his piano studies at age 5 and moved to the U.S. from South Africa in 2017 to further his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Young Artists Program, studying with Kathryn Brown and Daniel Shapiro. Leo gave his concerto...

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Binghao Li

Binghao Li is a native of Shanghai, China. She began her piano studies at the age of four and studied under the guidance of Natalia Filippova at the Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. A graduate of Ithaca College and Mannes School of Music, she has...

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