May 22, 2011
"A Concerto Extravaganza"
4th Young Artist Concerto Competition Winners
Prokofiev "Classical" Symphony
Mozart Flute Concerto in G Major
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor
Return to 2009-10 Season
Ten-year-old cellist Noah Lee is a fifth grader at Heights Elementary School in Bergen County, NJ. He started playing the cello at age 8 under the tutelage of his mother, Soo Lee. After two years of study, he was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, studying with Clara Kim. Noah was the first place winner in the 2009 New York Music Competition, a prize winner in the 2010 New York International Music Competition, and the first place winner at the 2010 NJ American Strings Teachers Association Solo Competition. Noah has performed in Master Classes for world-renowned cellists such as Steven Isserlis and Fred Sherry. Noah has performed at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Eric Brown Theater and the Promise Theater. Noah will perform the third movement of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor.
Fourteen-year-old pianist Kevin Kong is an eighth grader attending Community Middle School in Plainsboro, NJ. He is a student of Dr. Chiu-Ling Lin. Kevin has won the first prize of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA) Young Musician’s Competition for three years. He was also a winner in the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) Junior Division and the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Scholarship Competition. Kevin won the Golden Key Festival Auditions, and as a result, received the opportunity to perform at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. Kevin will perform the third movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
Penny Luan, 14 years old, is a freshman at West-Windsor Plainsboro High School South. She is a student of Chiu-Tze Lin. At the age of twelve, Penny is the youngest person to receive the Diploma ABRSM from the Tri-State area in piano performance. She has won many awards, such as the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Scholarship competition, the NJMTA Young Musician’s Competition, the Cecilian Music Club Young Artist Competition, and the Golden Key Piano Competition. Penny has also performed as a soloist in prestigious venues in the U.S. such as Lincoln Center, the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall as well as the Shanghai Grand Theater and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in China. An avid violinist, Penny is the president of her high school Freshman Orchestra Council. Penny will perform the first movement of Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor.
Jessica Hu is a 15-year-old flutist from Marlboro, NJ. Jessica is a student of Joseph Lu. She has participated in the All-Shore Intermediate Band and the Region II Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In 2009, she performed at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall for the Asian American Fine Arts Association and now she currently participates in the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has performed in other prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center. Jessica plans to pursue music education as her college major. Jessica's other hobbies include the drums, dance, tennis, choir, and art. Jessica will perform the first movement of the Mozart Flute Concerto in G Major.