Winners' Circle

Young Pianist Competition

anna-bray.jpgAnn Bray (2023)

Sterling, VA

Anna is a 16 year old from Sterling, Virginia and is a student at Trinity School at Meadowview. She currently studies with Professor Alexander Shtarkman at Peabody Conservatory. Most recently, Anna was selected to receive a scholarship by the Chopin Foundation of the United States. She has performed at prominent venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Washington Arts Club, Merkin Concert Hall, Linehan Concert Hall, Friedberg Hall, as well as the Embassies of Russia, Germany, France, Hungary, and the Netherlands.

carey byron

Carey Byron (2019)

Los Angeles, CA

From Roswell, Georgia, fourteen-year-old Carey Byron is currently residing in Los Angeles to pursue her music studies in the Colburn School, where she studies with Fabio Bidini and HyeJin Kim. She is a rising tenth-grader in the Oak Crest Academy. Selected as a Young Scholar by Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Carey is also a finalist on NPR’s From The Top.

Christopher Zandieh

Christopher Zandieh (2018)

Syossett, New York

Christopher Zandieh began his Suzuki piano studies at age 4 on Long Island, and, by age 6, enrolled at the School for Strings in NYC as a student of Marina Obukovsky. He is presently 14 years old, in his fourth year of study at the Juilliard School as a student of Ernest Barretta, and a 9th-grade student at Syosset High School Long Island.

Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang (2017)

Vernon Hills, Illinois

Alice Zhang, 17, is currently a senior at Vernon Hills High School and will be attending Yale University in the fall of 2019. Born in Vernon Hills, IL, Alice started taking piano lessons at age four with Brenda Huang, Founder/Artistic Director of the Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation. In addition to Ms. Huang, she also takes lessons with Professor Eduardus Halim, the Sascha Gorodnitzki Chair of Piano Study at New York University, and with Dr. Matthew Hagle, piano faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Derek Chung

Derek Chung (2016)

Lincolnshire, Illinois

Derek Chung is a freshman at Stanford University majoring in Music and Computer Science. He currently studies piano with Frederick Weldy and has previously studied with Sueanne Metz. Derek was a member of the orchestra for the Department of Music's musical theatre production of 'A Little Night Music.' He is also a co-founder of 88Keys to Cure, a non-profit organization promoting classical music for the benefit of various causes.

Avery Gagliano

Avery Gagliano (2015)

Washington, DC

17-year-old Washingtonian Avery Gagliano is a full scholarship piano fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Jonathan Biss and Gary Graffman. Avery is a 2019 Young Arts Winner in Music, a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale, a three-year winner of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarship (2016 - 2018).

Mayuki Miyashita

Mayuki Miyashita (2014)

Maryville, TN

Mayuki Miyashita was born in 2000 in Japan and started her piano studies at age 6 in Hamamatsu. She moved to the United States in 2011 where she studied piano with Dr. David Northington at the University of Tennessee School of Music. She gave her first solo recital at age 13 at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Knoxville.