Students

 
 

It all started in 2005 with the inception of NYPA. Ronn Yedidia cited:

It has been the inspiration of piano legends like Horowitz, Cortot, Rachmaninoff and Rubinstein which has guided me in my piano teaching. It is that poetry, spontaneous creativity, risk-taking, constant quest for the worlds within and beyond us, and combination of pianistic flair and discipline which have always sparked my imagination as a pianist, composer and piano teacher.

These great pianists arose from the tradition of the great composers, who captured the entire essence of their time and place and coupled it with their own individualistic musical language. Those have been our teachers. They established the principles, and we are here to revitalize them.

Yet our own era carries a very different flavor and energy than any other before us. Therefore it is in our hands to crystallize this time with new interpretations of the great sources and revive the poetry of classical music.

-Ronn Yedidia

 
 

Alex Yedidia

Ansel Shirasu-Hiza

Arlo Shirasu-Hiza

Beatrice Bannwart-Glassner

Bowen An

Brian An

Dr. Phyllis Bieri 

Ella Madani

Emily Madani

Emre Alptuna (piano & composition)

George Sokolow (piano & composition)

Jacob Katz

Jaden Torres (classical & jazz)

Jerry Cohen

Luca Costa (classical & jazz)

Mary Maxwell

Melody Zhang

Meredith Thompson

Michael Rinehart

Natalie Giancola

Patricio Apaez

Philip Thompson

PJ Duers

Riley Chong

Samuel Torres

Samuel Wilson (classical & jazz)

Sherry Li

Sophia Chen

Sylvia Wang

Tal Fine

Victor Malinowski

Vincent Giancola

Wei Yang

Yosif Zhurbin

Students’ Awards and Major Events

Emre Alptuna
Admitted to the coveted Boston University Tanglewood Institute for the summer of 2018
Gold Medal Winner at the 2018 National Young Maestro Competition
First Prize Winner (a single top award) of the Piano Young Artist Category at the 2018 Young Maestro Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2018 American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition
Second Place Winner at the 2018 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Second Prize Winner at the 2017 Vivo International Music Competition
Grand Prize Winner at the 2017 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition – and a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
First Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Senior category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey (Highest award of the entire competition)
First Prize Winner of the Solo Junior A category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner at the 2017 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 National Young Maestro Competition
Second Prize Winner at the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition
First Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Solo Junior B category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Gold Prize Winner at the 2016 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2016 New York Concert Festival Competition
Bronze Medal Winner at the composition category of the 2016 National Young Maestro Competition
Gold Medal Winner at the piano category of the 2016 National Young Maestro Competition
First Prize Winner (a single top award) of the Piano Advanced Category at the 2016 National Young Maestro Competition
Third Prize Winner at the 2015-16 Vivo International Music Competition
Third Prize Winner at the Piano Virtuoso Solo Junior category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Fourth Prize Winner at the Solo Sophomore A category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Judy Zhang
Solo Recital commencing Judy’s 4-year course of study with Dr. Ronn Yedidia – given on May 20, 2018 at the New York Piano Academy – including Chopin’s 3rd & 4th Ballades, Franck’s Prelude, Chorale & Fugue, and Earl Wilde’s transcription of George Gershwin’s ‘Embraceable You’
Grand Prize Winner at the 2017 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition – and a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Grand Prix Winner at 2017 New York Concert Festival Competition – and a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 National Young Maestro Competition
First Prize Winner (a single top award) of the Piano Advanced Category at the 2017 National Young Maestro Competition
Second Prize Winner at the 2016 Vivo International Music Competition
First Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Senior category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey (Highest award of the entire competition)
Second Prize Winner of the Solo Intermediate B category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Gold Prize Winner at the 2016 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Grand Prix Winner at the 2016 New York Concert Festival Competition
Gold Medal Winner at the 2016 National Young Maestro Competition
Third Prize Winner at the 2015-16 Vivo International Music Competition
First Prize Winner at the Solo Junior B category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Third Prize Winner at the Piano Virtuoso Solo Senior category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Silver Prize Winner at the 2015 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition

Jonathan Fine
Gold Medal Winner at the 2016 National Young Maestro Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2016 New York Concert Festival Competition
Third Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Senior category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Third Prize Winner of the Solo Intermediate B category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Silver Prize Winner at the 2015 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Third Prize Winner at the 2015 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Fourth Prize Winner at the Solo Intermediate A category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Fifth Prize Winner at the Piano Virtuoso Solo Senior category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Finalist at the 2014 Young Maestro Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York
First Prize Winner at the 2013 Rondo Young Artist Festival – resulting in a performance at New York’s Liederkranz Foundation on April 13, 2013.
Fourth Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Fourth Prize Winner of the Solo Junior B category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner of the Solo Sophomore A Category at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey

Sherry Li
Grand Prix Winner at the 2018 New York Concert Festival Competition
First Prize Winner of the Solo Intermediate C category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
First Place Winner at the Little Mozarts Competition of the 2018 Crescendo International Competition & Festival
Third Prize Winner at the 2018 American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition
Gold Medal Winner at the 2018 National Young Maestro Competition
Second Prize Winner of the Piano Advanced Category at the 2018 Young Maestro Competition
Second Place Winner at the 2018 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Silver Prize Winner at the 2017 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Second Prize Winner of the Solo Intermediate B category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Fifth Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Solo Freshman D category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Fourth Prize Winner at the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Silver Prize Winner at the 2016 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Gold Prize Winner at the 2015 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Third Prize Winner at the Solo Freshman C category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Bronze Medalist at the 2013 National Young Maestro Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York
First Prize Winner of the Solo Elementary A category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner at the 2012 Crescendo International Competition – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on January 20, 2013

Jacob Katz
Gold Prize Winner at the 2017 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition – and a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Second Prize Winner at the 2017 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Grand Prix Winner at 2017 New York Concert Festival Competition – and a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
First Place Winner at the Little Mozarts Competition of the 2016 Crescendo International Competition & Festival
Silver Prize Winner at the 2016 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Grand Prix Winner at the 2015 Concert Festival Competition in New York – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Second Prize Winner at the 2015 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Fourth Prize winner at the Solo Junior B category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner of the 2014 Rondo Young Artist Festival – resulting in a performance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York
Third Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2014 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Fourth Prize Winner of the Solo Sophomore A category at the 2014 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Tal Fine
Second Place Winner at the 2018 NJMTAR Competition
Fourth Prize Winner at the Virtuoso Solo Senior category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
Fourth Prize Winner at the Solo Junior B category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
Second Prize Winner of the Solo Junior B category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner at the 2015 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Silver Prize Winner at the 2015 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Third Prize Winner at the Solo Sophomore C category of the 2015 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Third Prize Winner of the 2014 Rondo Young Artist Festival – resulting in a performance at the Liederkranz Foundation in New York

Alex Yedidia
First Prize Winner at the Solo Senior category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
Third Prize Winner at the Virtuoso Solo Senior category at the 2018 MAMTG Competition
Second Place Winner at the 2018 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Gold Prize Winner at the 2017 NLPA National Young Musicians Showcase Competition – and a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
First Prize Winner of the Solo Freshman B Category at the 2012 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Silver Prize Winner at the 2011 Prima International Competition and Festivals
First Prize Winner of the Solo Elementary B Category at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey

Sophia Chen
Gold Prize Winner at the 2018 NLPA Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Grand Prix Winner at the 2018 New York Concert Festival Competition
Second Place Winner at the Little Mozarts Competition of the 2018 Crescendo International Competition & Festival
First Prize Winner of the Solo Elementary A category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Meredith Thompson
First Prize Winner at the Solo Elementary B category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
Silver Prize Winner at the 2018 NLPA Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Third Place Winner at the Little Mozarts Competition of the 2018 Crescendo International Competition & Festival
Second Prize Winner of the Solo Elementary A category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Jaden Torres
Grand Prize Winner at the 2018 NLPA Young Musicians Showcase Competition
First Place Winner at the Little Mozarts Competition of the 2018 Crescendo International Competition & Festival
Second Place Winner at the 2018 Rondo Young Artist Festival
Second Prize Winner at the Solo Intermediate C category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
Third Prize Winner at the Virtuoso Solo Junior category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2016 New York Concert Festival Competition
Second Prize Winner of the Solo Freshman D category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Philip Thompson
Grand Prix Winner at the 2018 New York Concert Festival Competition
First Place Winner at the Little Mozarts Competition of the 2018 Crescendo International Competition & Festival
Silver Prize Winner at the 2018 NLPA Young Musicians Showcase Competition
Third Place Winner at the 2018 Rondo Young Artist Festival
First Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Solo Intermediate B category at the 2017 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner at 2017 New York Concert Festival Competition – and a performance at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center
Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 National Young Maestro Competition
First Prize Winner of the Solo Freshman B category at the 2016 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Yonatan Rozin
Finalist at the 2014 Young Maestro Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York
Second Prize Winner at the 2011 Crescendo Competitions & Music Carnival
Gold Prize Winner at the 2011 Prima International Competition and Festivals
First Prize Winner of the Junior Performance Category at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Solo Junior A Category at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey

Jiayi Li
Silver Prize Winner at the 2014 National Young Musicians Showcase held by the National League of Performing Arts
Third Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Senior category at the 2014 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Fifth Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Senior category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner of the Solo Senior category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Winner of the Honors Program Master Class audition at the 2013 Piano Teachers Congress of New York Competition
Silver Medalist at the 2013 National Young Maestro Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York
Second Prize Winner at the 2012 Crescendo International Competition
Gold Prize Winner at the 2011 Prima International Competition and Festivals

Patricio Apaez
First Place Winner at the 2018 NJMTAR Competition
First Prize Winner at the Solo Adult College category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition

Samuel Wilson
First Prize Winner at the Open Jazz Rag Solo Senior category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition
Second Prize Winner at the Solo Senior category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition

Melody Zhang
Third Prize Winner at the Solo Intermediate C category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition

Adam Polanco
Fourth Prize Winner at the Solo Intermediate C category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition

Vincent Giancola
Third Prize Winner at the Solo Intermediate B category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition

Natalie Giancola
Third Prize Winner at the Solo Elementary B category of the 2018 MAMTG Competition

Hannah Ju
Gold Prize Winner at the 2014 National Young Musicians Showcase held by the National League of Performing Arts – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
First Prize Winner of the Solo Sophomore A category at the 2014 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2014 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the 2014 Rondo Young Artist Festival – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Honorable Mention at the 2013 National Young Maestro Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York

Jackie Du
Gold Prize Winner at the 2014 National Young Musicians Showcase held by the National League of Performing Arts
Gold Prize Winner of the 2014 Young Maestro Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York
Third Prize Winner at the 2014 American Protege International Piano & Strings competition
First Prize Winner at the 2013 Rondo Young Artist Festival – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on March 17, 2013
Third Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Senior category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Solo Junior A category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Jessica Du
Gold Prize Winner at the 2014 National Young Musicians Showcase held by the National League of Performing Arts
Finalist at the 2014 Young Maestro Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in New York
Honorable Mention at the 2014 American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition
Second Prize Winner at the 2013 Rondo Young Artist Festival – resulting in a performance at the Liederkranz Foundation on April 13, 2013
Second Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Solo Freshman C category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Michael Muyalde
Selected Winner at the 2013 New York Concert Festival – resulting in a performance at New York City’s Symphony Space on April 20, 2013
Third Prize Winner of the Solo Senior category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
Third Prize Winner of the Solo Elementary B Category at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey

Ashinique Spivey
Selected Winner at the 2013 New York Concert Festival – resulting in a performance at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on March 16, 2013

Mia Veissid
Third Prize Winner of the Solo Sophomore A category at the 2013 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Katelyn Tran
Debut Recital at the New York Piano Academy on January 25, 2012 – performing major works by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Moussorgsky & Liszt. A glowing review by Rorianne Schrade of the New York Concert Review magazine has stated: ” Her playing itself, as heard in this debut recital, confirmed that she has a musical grasp far beyond her years… should she choose to pursue the musical life beyond this point, there seems to be no limit to how far she might go.”
Second Prize Winner at the Senior Virtuoso Category of the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the 2011 Crescendo International Music Competition – resulting in a trip and solo performances in St. Petersburg, Russia – summer, 2011
Third Prize Winner at the Junior Category of the 2011 Chopin International Piano Competition, Hartford, Connecticut
Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Crescendo International Music Competition – resulting in performances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and in Montreal, Canada
Winner of the 2010 National Young Virtuosi Solo Recital Competition at the National League of Performing Arts, New Jersey
Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Young Artists Bravura Concerto Competition – resulting in a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra on May 23, 2010
Second Prize Winner of the 2010 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
First Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Category (“Virtuoso Champion”) at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Intermediate Solo Piano Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner of the Senior Performance Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner at the 2009 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Recipient of the Pauline Styler Memorial Scholarship Award for the best performance at the advanced categories of the 2009 PTC Competition
Third Prize Winner at the 2009 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Winner of the 2009 Masterclass Audition held at the New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Convention (Balakirev: Islamey)
Silver Medalist at the 2008 Bravura Concerto Competition of New Jersey (Tchaikovsky, No. 1)
Second Prize Winner at the 2008 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
First Prize Winner in the Chinese Composition category at the 23rd International Young Artist Piano Competition, Washington DC (2008)
First Prize Winner at the 2008 NJTYMA Russian Music Festival – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Second Prize Winner at the 2008 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Second Prize Winner (Alternate) at the 2008 MTNA Competition (New Jersey)
Selected to perform at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2008-2009 Master Class Series with live Internet2 videoconferencing – representing the New York Piano Academy & performing Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Sonata
Winner of the Marsha Kanarek Award at the 2007 Friday Woodmere Club Young Artist Competition in Long Island, New York
Second Prize Winner at the 2007 Connecticut International Young Artist Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2006 International Musica Classica Festival Competition, Puigcerda, Spain
The Westfield Leader newspaper (New Jersey) has written in review of Katelyn’s concerto appearance with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra (April, 2006): ” Eleven-year-old Katelyn Tran was absolutely mesmerizing. She performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with a musicianship far beyond her young years. From fluid arpeggios to intense chordal outbursts, she captured the spirit of the prolific composer – at turns tortured, at turns tender – with passion and grace. During her stunning cadenza, Mr. Wroe (the conductor) and the WSO members watched reverently, looking as captivated as the audience.”

Edgar Ma
First Prize Winner of the Solo Freshman A Category at the 2012 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey

Orion Yedidia
Third Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Solo Junior Category at the 2012 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Open Solo Junior Category at the 2012 MAMTG Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Solo Junior B Category at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey

Heather Zhang
First Prize Winner of the 2011 Crescendo International Music Competition – resulting in a trip and solo performances in St. Petersburg, Russia – summer, 2011
Admitted as a scholarship student at the music department of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York (fall, 2011)
First Prize Winner of the 2010 Crescendo International Music Competition – resulting in performances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and in Montreal
Winner of the 2010 National Young Virtuosi Solo Recital Competition at the National League of Performing Arts, New Jersey
Second Prize Winner at the 2009 American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition – resulting in a performance at New York’s Merkin Hall
First Prize Winner of the Intermediate Solo Piano Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
Third Prize Winner of the Senior Performance Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner at the 2009 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Selected to perform in a masterclass with Oxana Yablonskaya at New York’s Steinway Hall as a winner of the 2009 PTC Competition
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 2009 Steinway Society Scholarship Competition of New Jersey
Top Prize Winner at the 2009 National Young Musicians Showcase Competition held by the National League of Performing Arts – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Third Prize Winner at the 2009 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Winner of the 2009 Masterclass Audition held at the New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Convention (Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 845)
Third Prize Winner at the 2008 Connecticut International Young Artist Competition

Anthony Zhang
First Prize Winner of the Solo Elementary A Category at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner at the 2010 Crescendo International Music Competition

Patrick Sun
First Prize Winner at the 2011/12 Crescendo International Music Competition
Gold Prize Winner at the 2011 Prima International Competition and Festivals
Winner of the High Silver Award at the 2010 Prima International Competition and Festivals

Derek Sun
First Prize Winner at the 2011/12 Crescendo International Music Competition
Gold Prize Winner at the 2011 Prima International Competition and Festivals
Winner of the High Silver Award at the 2010 Prima International Competition and Festivals

Aaron Huang
First Prize Winner at the 2009 American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Third Prize Winner at the 2009 Friday Woodmere Club Young Artist Competition in Long Island, New York
Second Prize Winner of the Virtuoso Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
Second Prize Winner of the Intermediate Solo Piano Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Senior Performance Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
Admitted to the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music (fall, 2009)
Recipient of the 2008 George V. Rose Musical Scholarship at the Waldorf School of Garden City, NY
First Prize Winner at the 2008 NJTYMA Russian Music Festival – resulting in a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall
Second Prize Winner at the 2008 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2007 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2007 Connecticut International Young Artist Competition

Joyce Kuo
Second Prize Winner at the 2009 American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition – resulting in a performance at New York’s Merkin Hall
Fourth Prize Winner of the Senior Performance Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
First Prize Winner of the Senior Solo Piano Category at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers Guild Competition in New Jersey
Admitted to the undergraduate music program at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ, fall 2009)

Hyung-Do Kim
Special Award Winner at the 2007 Friday Woodmere Club Young Artist Competition in Long Island, New York
First Prize Winner at the 2007 Connecticut International Young Artist Competition
WQXR Radio Broadcast Debut on Bob Sherman’s young talent show, June 27, 2007; Rachmaninoff, Haydn & Chopin (from Merkin Hall’s debut)
Debut Recital at Merkin Concert Hall, NY, on December, 17, 2006 – at age 10 – included J.S. Bach’s complete Goldberg Variations and 6 Chopin Etudes, as well as music by Haydn, Schubert, Gluck-Sgambati and Rachmaninoff. The Korean Daily newspaper reviewed the recital citing that ” ‘Dream Tree’ ten-year-old Hyung-Do Kim demonstrated the infinite possibilities of a great performer at his New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall. He played the forty-minute Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach with impressive confidence – like a massive, great pianist. He entertained and delighted the audience with lovely selections in the second half and received a standing ovation which brought him back for several more encores.”
First Prize Winner at the 2005 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Top Award Winner at the 2005 Steinway Society Scholarship Competition of New Jersey

Kyu Sunwoo
Admitted to the undergraduate program at Mannes College of Music as a student of Vladimir Feltsman (fall, 2007)
First Prize Winner at the 2006 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Recipient of the Pauline Styler Memorial Scholarship Award for best performance at the advanced categories of the 2006 PTC Competition
Top Award Winner at the 2006 International Concert Alliance (ICA) Competition in New York
First Prize Winner at the 2006 International Musica Classica Festival Competition, Puigcerda, Spain

Matthew Yuan
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 2007 Connecticut International Young Artist Competition

Lilly Kim
Admitted to the undergraduate program at the New England Conservatory as a full scholarship student (fall, 2006)
Winner of the 2006 New England Conservatory Concerto Competition (Cesar Franck’s Symphonic Variations) – leading to a debut performance with the NEC Orchestra in her Freshman year at the school

Chen-Yuan Lu
Debut Recital at Klavierhaus, NY, June 19, 2005
First Prize Winner at the 2004 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Top Award Winner at the ICA Competition in New York, 2004
Second Prize Winner at the 2004 International Musica Classica Festival Competition, Puigcerda, Spain
Selected to perform at the opening concert of the 2004 Trail Mix Music Festival, West Shokan, NY
Special Commendation at the 2003 Andrew De Grado Piano Competition

Claire Lee
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 2004 ICA Competition in New York
Debut Recital at Klavierhaus, NY, June 28, 2002
2001 debut performance at Merkin Hall
Top Awards at the International Concert Alliance (ICA) Competition in New York for 3 consecutive years (2000-2002)
First Prize Winner at the 2001 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
First Prize Winner at the 2000 Cecilian Music Club Piano Competition
Second Prize Winner at the 2000 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Third Prize Winner at the 2000 New York Music Competition (Queens)
First Prize Winner at the 1999 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition

Talia Cotton
Honorable Mention Recipient at the ICA Competition in New York, 2003 & 2004
Top Award Winner at both the 2003 & 2004 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition

Samantha Whitmore
Honorable Mention Recipient at the ICA Competition in New York, 2003 & 2004
Top Award Winner at the ICA Competition in New York, 2002

Ji In Park
First Prize at the ICA Competition in New York, 2003
Second Prize at the 2003 International Musica Classica Festival Competition, Puigcerda, Spain
Debut Recital at Klavierhaus, NY, May 31, 2003
First Prize Winner at the 2002 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Top Awards at the ICA Competition in New York, 2001 & 2002
Top Award Winner at the 2001 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Special Award Winner at the 2001 New York Philharmonic Young Performers Competition
Grand Prize Winner at the 2000 Carnegie Hall International Masterclass and Recital Festival
First Prize Winner at the 2000 Cecilian Music Club Piano Competition
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 2000 MTNA Competition (New Jersey)
Third Prize Winner at the 2000 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Second Prize Winner at the 1997 World Piano Competitions in Cincinnati, USA

Ezra Surowicz
First Prize Winner of the ICA Competition in New York for 3 consecutive years (2000-2002)
Alice Tully Hall debut representing the U.S. at the U.S.-China Foundation Concert, 2001
First Prize Winner at the 2000 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Fourth Prize Winner at the 2000 New York Music Competition (Queens)
Third Prize Winner at the 2000 Carnegie Hall International Masterclass and Recital Festival
Third Prize Winner at the 2000 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 2000 MTNA Competition (New Jersey)
Third Prize Winner at the 1999 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Debut Recital at The National Arts Club, NY, June 8, 1999
First Prize Winner at the 1999 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition
First Prize Winner at the 1998 Turtle Bay School of Music’s Totally Mozart Concerto Competition
Winner of the 1998 Bloomingdale House of Music Concerto Competition (Mozart’s A Major Cocnerto, K. 414)
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 1998 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 1998 Great Neck Young Musicians Competition
Winner of the 1996 Bloomingdale House of Music Concerto Competition (Bach’s D Major Concerto, BWV 1058)

Joon Lee
Top Award Winner at the 2001 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Top Award Winner at the 2001 ICA Competition in New York
First Prize Winner at the 2000 ICA Competition in New York
Second Prize Winner at the 2000 New York Music Competition (Queens)
Third Prize Winner at the 2000 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Second Prize Winner at the 1999 Young Pianist’s Competition of New Jersey
Second Prize Winner at the 1999 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 1999 MTNA Competition (New Jersey)
First Prize Winner at the 1999 New Jersey Music Teachers’ Association Competition
Debut Recital at the Bloomingdale House of Music, NY, David Greer Recital Hall, June 25, 1999
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 1998 Great Neck Young Musicians Competition
First Prize Winner of the 1998 Bloomingdale House of Music Concerto Competition (Mozart’s D minor Concerto, K. 466)
First Prize Winner at the 1997 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition
First Prize Winner of the 1996 Bloomingdale House of Music Concerto Competition (Bach’s G minor Concerto, BWV 1054)
First Prize Winner of the Bloomingdale House of Music Performance Competition for 4 consecutive years (1994-1997)

Pedro Tsividis
Debut Recital at the Juilliard School, Morse Hall, June 23, 2000
First Prize Winner at the 2000 ICA Competition in New York
First Prize Winner at the 1999 Young Pianist’s Competition of New Jersey
1999 debut recording for WGBH Radio and Public Radio International
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 1998 & 1999 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition
Winner of the 1998 Bloomingdale House of Music Concerto Competition (Mozart’s Eb Major Concerto, K. 449)
First Prize Winner at the 1998 Turtle Bay School of Music’s Totally Mozart Concerto Competition

Sohyon Lee
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 1999 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition
Second Prize Winner at the 1999 Young Pianist’s Competition of New Jersey
First Prize Winner at the 1999 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
First Prize Winner of the 1997 Bloomingdale House of Music Performance Competition

Chihiro Sato
First Prize Winner at the 1999 Young Pianist’s Competition of New Jersey
First Prize Winner at the 1999 New York City Piano Teachers Congress Competition
Debut Recital at the Turtle Bay Music School, NY, June 25, 1999
Honorable Mention Recipient at the 1998 & 1999 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition