Edward Auer Piano Workshop

2020 Faculty

Director and Coordinator
edward auer
Edward Auer, Director
Jacobs School of Music
Junghwa Moon Auer
Coordinator and Faculty
Special Guests


Veda Kaplinsky


Susan Wadsworth


Misha Dichter and Cipa Dichter


Liba Shacht and John Sharp

Workshop Professors

Peter Bithell

Winston Choi

Muhiddin Dürrüoglu


Marie Hallynck

Ronald Van Spaendonck


Parker Van Ostrand

 Junghwa Moon Auer

A native of Korea, Junghwa Moon Auer began her piano study at the age of six. She attended the prestigious Yewon Middle School and Seoul Music and Art High School where she was recognized as one of their most gifted students. 

After graduating from Yeonsei University in Korea, Ms. Moon came to the United States in 1993 to study at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival four summers, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Luzern, and Prague. At the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati she pursued her DMA, meanwhile winning CCM’s concerto competition, a live radio broadcast on WGUC in Cincinnati, and in Italy won a prize in the Ibla International Competition. During this time she was also invited back to Korea to play in the Kumho Recital Series.

In 2001 Ms. Moon returned home, where she performed frequently in Seoul, Busan and Gwangju and taught in several institutions, including Seoul National University. During this time she performed Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Chopin E minor with the Zilina Orchestra in Slovakia and Mozart K. 467 with the Cairo Symphony, the first Korean pianist ever to play in Egypt.

Having attended the Prague Keyboard Institute as a student a few years before, she returned there in 2011 & 2012 as a faculty member. A couple of years later she helped New York’s Young Concert Artists to hold regional Asian auditions in Seoul, and served on their preliminary Jury.

When Ms. Moon came to live in Bloomington in 2006, the Edward Auer Chopin Class had existed for some time as a small annual event. She saw its potential, and, as Coordinator, built it year by year, step by step, into what we have today. Her first innovation was expanding the Workshop’s purview from Chopin to all repertoire. Vigorous recruitment soon brought more and more students from other countries. Outreach concerts as nearby as Meadowood and as far as New York City’s Steinway Hall successfully raised the profile of the Workshop. A solo competition was introduced, with great success. In 2014 the workshop took a gamble on one of Junghwa’s dreams for the Workshop: a concerto competition, with chances for two participants to play a whole concerto with orchestra. The next year, for the first time at JSoM, the entire Workshop was streamed and saved in the archives, enabling remote participation and incrementally increasing the Workshop’s geographical reach. In 2017 the Workshop presented all five Beethoven piano concertos, with Moon playing Concerto no. 1, for the first time as a series at the Jacobs School.

Junghwa Moon and her husband Edward Auer have been performing as a duo for the last 13 years in many cities in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Korea. In 2017 she joined the artist faculty at Roosevelt University.

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Misha Dicter and Cipa Dichter

Pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter, who met at The Juilliard School as students of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne, made their debut joint appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972, four years after their marriage. Subsequently, the Dichters have performed in recital and with major orchestras around the globe.

Misha and Cipa Dichter’s North American engagements have included recitals in all of the major cities in the United States and Canada, as well as appearances with the symphonies of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seattle. Abroad, they have been presented in the music capitals of France, Germany, Holland, Spain and Switzerland.

The Dichters are also frequent and popular guest artists at many of the leading summer music festivals, among them Aspen, Caramoor, Hollywood Bowl, the Mann Center (Philadelphia) Mostly Mozart (New York City) and Ravinia. Following one performance at Mostly Mozart, The New York Times declared: “One was struck not only by the synchronism of their musical impulses, but also by the vigor and elegance of the execution.”

Misha and Cipa Dichter’s first recording - a three-CD album of Mozart’s complete piano works for four hands plus four-hand arrangements by Busoni and Grieg - was released by Musical Heritage Society. American Record Guide called the recording an unmitigated delight,” while The Washington Post commented that the music is “witty, melodious and superbly polished. So is the Dichters’ performance.” Gramophone praised “the Dichters’ direct and uncluttered interpretations” as well as their “exuberant rhythmic drive.” Music Web International names the album a “Recording of the Year” for 2005. The Dichters first began playing Mozart together when they were students at Juilliard in the 1960s, and it was a Hollywood Bowl performance of Mozart’s E-flat double concerto that marked their first joint appearance.

Entering the sixth decade of a distinguished international career, Misha Dichter remains one of America’s most popular artists, extending a musical heritage from the Russian Romantic School, as personified by Rosina Lhevinne, his mentor at The Juilliard School, and the German Classical style that was passed on to him by Aube Tzerko, a pupil of Artur Schnabel. Born in Shanghai to parents who had fled Poland at the outbreak of World War II, Misha Dichter and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was two; he began studying the piano at five. At the age of 20, while enrolled at the famed Juilliard School in New York City, he won the Silver Medal at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which helped launch an enviable concert career.

Cipa Dichter was born in Brazil of Polish-Russian parents, and had her initial piano lessons at the age of six. She made her professional debut at 16 with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, and came to the United States shortly thereafter to study at The Juilliard School.

Misha and Cipa Dichter reside in New York City, in a household ruled over by Baxter, their amiable Springer Spaniel. They have two sons and five grandchildren. In 2017, the Dichters joined the Advisory Council of New York City’s Musicians Foundation (est. 1914).

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Liba Shacht and John Sharp

 Praised as “an absolutely superb cellist” by the Chicago Tribune, John Sharp is the principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a top prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Britten Symphony for Cello and Orchestra with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting, the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Itzhak Perlman and Daniel Barenboim, the Elgar Cello Concerto with Riccardo Muti conducting, and played concertos conducted by Sir Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit and Michael Tilson Thomas. John has performed in chamber music concerts with Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax and Christoph Eschenbach.

Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Liba Shacht emigrated to Israel at the age of 11, where she was a recipient of an Artist Diploma with distinction from Tel Aviv University. Upon the recommendation of Isaac Stern, Liba was awarded a special Fellowship by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation to study violin with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Juilliard. Liba made her New York City debut to glowing reviews: "Miss Shacht delights in her nimble technique, and virtuosic display pieces...present few obstacles," wrote The New York Times. As the winner of the Affiliated Artists national auditions, she has toured the United States extensively, performing with critical acclaim in recitals, playing with orchestras, and conducting master classes.

John and Liba met playing chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival and married in 1987. They perform frequently as a duo and in collaboration with other musicians. John and Liba have performed at the Norton Concert Series, the Pilgrim Chamber Players series, the Chamber Music Society of Louisville series, Baylor University, St. Olaf College,  the Ars Viva Festival in La Turbie, France, and live on WMFT. Most recently they have played chamber music performances in Malaga, Spain, as well as a guest chamber music recital at the Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music. Upcoming performances include the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

John and Liba are on the artist faculty at Roosevelt University. 

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Veda Kaplinsky

Pianist Yoheved Kaplinsky was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She was a prizewinner at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. She has made numerous appearances in recitals, playing chamber music, and with orchestras, as well as on radio and television in Israel and the U.S. She has given frequent lectures and master classes throughout the U.S., Israel, and Korea. Festivals she has played and taught at include Bowdoin Summer Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Pianofest in Long Island, N.Y., the Cliburn-T.C.U. Institute, and Tel Hai Master Classes in Israel. She has served as an adjudicator for international competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Dublin, and Tchaikovsky competitions. She received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in 2003. She was a former faculty member at Philadelphia University of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore from 1989-97.

Kaplinsky studied with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich. She also studied with Dorothy Taubman.

Kaplinsky has been a faculty member since 1993, chair of the piano department since 1997, and Susan W. Rose Chair since 2000. She has been a Pre-College faculty member since 1993 and artistic director of the division since 2007.

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Susan Wadswroth

Susan Wadsworth founded Young Concert Artists, Inc. in 1961, a unique non-profit organization which has discovered and launched the careers of many of today's most illustrious musicians including pianists Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Jeremy Denk, violinists Pinchas Zukerman and Anne Akiko Meyers, soprano Julia Bullock, and composers Kevin Puts, Andrew Norman, and Mason Bates, to name a few. 

In 1993, at the request of Isaac Stern, Young Concert Artists presented a performance by YCA artists at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton, in an evening honoring the recipients of the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, Mrs. Wadsworth accepted the Angel Award presented to Young Concert Artists by the International Society of PErforming Arts Administrators. Mrs. Wadsworth has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Mannes College, the Manhattan School of Music, and the New England Conservatory; and honored with the Frances Riker Davis Alumnae Award of the Brearley School, and as a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. She enjoys serving on competition juries, including concerto competitions at the Peabody conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Yale School of Music. 

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Peter Bithell

Peter Bithell studied with Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently with Guido Agosti in Italy and with Maria Curcio in London.

He won many prizes and awards at International Piano Competitions, notably Busoni (Bolzano), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Paloma O’Shea (Santander), Dudley, Marguerite Long (Paris) and the Rachmaninoff Prize in Italy.

Bithell has played extensively in Europe and South America. He gives regular master classes, notably in Spain, and has served on the juries of several International Piano Competitions. He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1987.

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Winston Choi

Canadian pianist Winston Choi is the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. His professional career was launched when he was named Laureate of the 2003 Honens Piano Competition and winner of France’s Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans in 2002. An inquisitive performer, his fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

Choi maintains an active international performing schedule. In demand as a concerto soloist, the 2018-19 season had him playing concerti with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, the New Philharmonic, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, New York’s Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Kravis Center in Florida, and the “Cicle Grand Solistes" in Spain. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot, Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, and the Strasbourg Festival. An accomplished chamber musician, he tours regularly with the Civitas Ensemble, and as a part of Duo Diorama (with his wife, violinist MingHuan Xu).  As Duo Diorama, they are the Artistic Directors of the Unity Chamber Music Series held at the Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL.

As a dedicated champion of contemporary music, Choi has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by young composers as well as established masters.  A prolific recording artist, Choi’s debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine. He has also recorded the complete piano music of Jacques Lenot for the Intrada label, having won the Grand Prix du Disque from l’Académie Charles Cros for Volume I. His recording of the piano works of Thomas Adès was recently released on the Buisonne label. Other labels he can be heard on include Aeolian Classics, Albany, Arktos, BIS, Cedille, Crystal Records, Naxos, New World Records and QuadroFrame. 

Choi obtained his BM and MM from Indiana University, and his DM from Northwestern University. His studies were with Vivienne Bailey, James Tweedie, Menahem Pressler and Ursula Oppens. An accomplished teacher, he is also in demand as a master class clinician and lecturer on a variety of pedagogical topics. Two of his presentations: “Towards a More Organic Approach to Phrasing at the Piano” and “Symmetrical Inversion: A Pianist’s Journey Towards Ambidexterity” have been presented nationally and internationally at conferences.  Prior to his position at Roosevelt University, he was on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory.  He has been a guest professor at Indiana University, and he also currently teaches at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago.

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Muhiddin Dürrüoglu

Pianist and composer, Muhiddin Dürrüoglu started his musical education at the age of eleven at Ankara State Conservatory and began performing solo reci-tals and chamber music concerts at the age of twelve. At eighteen he ente-red the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels and was subsequently admitted to the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel where he received a Virtuosity Diploma with ‘Grande Distinction‘ and continued his musical education at Indiana University in the United States.
In 1991, as a finalist of the ‘European Piano Competition’ he was named Lau-reate of the ‘Nany Phillipart‘ competition. Four years later, he was named Laureate of ‘Fondation Belge de la Vocation‘ and was awarded the ‘J. W. Pelemans Prize‘ in 1997.
Mr. Dürrüoglu has performed around the world and has been accompanied by orchestras on four continents with frequent appearances on television and radio. He has performed in Europe’s leading concert halls including: Flagey and Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Queen Elisabeth Hall (Antwer-pen), Salle Cortot, Les Invalides and Unesco Hall (Paris), Beethoven House (Bonn), Gursenich (Koln), Philharmonie (Luxembourg), Tivoli (Copenhagen) and in prestigious festivals as Beethovenfesr, Lichfield Festival, Festival de Wallonie, Flanders Festival, Istannbul and Ankara Music Festivals, Festival des Forets and Juventus in France.

Passionate about chamber music, Mr. Dürrüoglu’s regular partners include: Graf Mourja, Marc Danel, Ning Kam, Lise Berthaud, Hervé Joulain and clari-netist Ronald Van Spaendonck and renown cellist Marie Hallynck with whom he co-founded The ‘Kheops Ensemble’.
Mr. Dürrüoglu is also an accomplished composer. He has received multiple awards including: the ‘Prix Arthur de Greef’ for his composition Six Preludes (1993) and the ‘Prix Irène Fuerison’ for his composition Nebula (2001) from the Academy of Fine Arts, Letters and Sciences of Belgium. He also received ‘La Coupe de la Création Musicale’ for his piece Contact (1993) from the Paris Lutèce Academy. The Chamber Music Composition competition of Hulste, Belgium also awarded Mr. Dürrüoglu the ‘Prix de Sabam’ for his composition Contact II – Massspace (1996) and the ‘Prix of the City of Harelbeek’ for Varioactivité (2000). Mr. Dürrüoglu also won the ‘Prix de Composition’ of the International Piano Competition of 20th Century Music in Orléans, France for his composition Le Tourneur (2000). M. Dürrüoglu was honoured with the position of ‘Composer in Residence’ to the Juventus Festival (2011) and, today, remains a professor of Chamber Music at the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels where he started teaching in 1992. M. Dürrüoglu’s CD recordings are published under the record labels of Fuga Libera, Pavane, Cyprès, Kalidisc, Talent, Megadisc and René Gailly.

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Marie Hallynck

The Belgian cellist Marie Hallynck may be considered as one of the most outstanding cellists of her
generation and has been present in prestigious halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the
Vienna Musikverein, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Théâtre de la Ville and the Cité de la
Musique in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Philharmonie
in Cologn.
In 2000, she played her debut at the New York Carnegie Hall as well as the Philharmonie in Berlin,
where she was re-invited for the following season.
She played as a soloist with about 50 orchestras all over Europe, in Turkey, in the US & in Korea,
among which St Petersbourg and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras, Belgian National Orchestra
and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, she plays with musicians such as Vadim Repin, Martha Argerich, Cédric
Tiberghien, Ronald van Spaendonck, Gérard Caussé, the Prazak Quartet, the Ysaye Quartet,
Alexander Melnikov, Janine Jansen, Misha Maisky, Renaud Capuçon, Julian Rachlin and Muhiddin
Dürrüoğlu with whom she founded the chamber music ensemble Kheops.
Marie Hallynck studied in Paris with Reine Flachot, in Bloomington with Janos Starker and Natalia
Gutman at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. She received numerous national and international
awards (Brussels, Ghent, Paris, Eindhoven, and others), and is laureate of the famous Eurovision-
Competition. In 1992 she received the highest awards at the Maria Canals Competition in
Barcelona, the Mozarteum Salzburg, and the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna. In 1996 she became a
Laureate of Juventus (an association which each year selects the most promising talents – from
eighteen to 26 years old – all over Europe). In 2001, the Association of European Concert halls,
selected Marie Hallynck as “Rising Star” and the following year, the Belgian Music press awarded
her the “Soliste de l’Année” (an award she now shares with other renowned musicians such as
Gidon Kremer, Antonio Pappano and Philippe Herreweghe).
Amongst her recordings, let us quote a few: the Cello concertos by Vieuxtemps and Jongen (with the
Belgian National Orchestra conducted by Theodor Guschlbauerand R. Kofman – Cyprès), her
recital CDs together with Cédric Tiberghien with the complete works for cello & piano by
Schumann and Grieg (Harmonia Mundi) and sonatas by Debussy, Britten & Bacri (Fuga Libera), a
recording dedicated to D. Shostakovich released by Alpha, « Esprit de suite », a recital with harp
(Fuga Libera), two CDs with her Kheops Ensemble, featuring the Beethoven trios for clarinet, cello
& piano and both Dohnanyi and Penderecki sextets and the Brossé concerto recorded with the
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer (Warner Classics 2016).
She received lots of awards such as “Joker” in Crescendo, “Five stars” in Diapason, “Choc” du
Monde de la Musique, “Incontournable de l’année” by Arte for her recordings.
Marie Hallynck is Professor at the Royal Brussels Conservatory and was a jury member at the
famous ARD competition (Münich) as well as the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Brussels).
She plays on an instrument by Matteo Goffriller from 1717.

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Ronald Van Spaendonck

Ronald Van Spaendpnck is teacher at the Brussels and Mons (Arts2) Royal Conservatories, at the Musica Mundi School and at the famous « Ecole Normale de Musique » in Paris (Alfred Cortot). He is also teacher « Honoris Causa » at the Guangzhou Conservatory (China). He is endorser for the « Buffet Crampon group » and « Gold Performing Artist » for the « d’Addario » reeds. Since 2016, Ronald Van Spaendonck is artistic director at the Lasne Festival. Ronald Van Spaendonck is considered as one of the best clarinettists of his generation. In September 2000, he was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and was invited to perform with the BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the latter with whom he made his debut at the BBC PROMS in July 2002. He gives both recitals and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall and plays very often at the prestigious Edinburgh festival. Ronald Van Spaendonck has performed in the greatest concert halls with the best orchestras (Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, Het Brabants Orkest, Belgian National Orchestra, Fench National Orchestra, Orquestra Clássica da Porto, Oulu Orchestra  Finland, Symphonic Orchestra of Zürich, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, das Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Simon Bolivar Orchestra Venezuela and Sao Paulo Orchestra Brazil). In 2002, he was invited to perform at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo as part of the « JAL Classic Special New Artist Series ». He is a founding member of “Ensemble Kheops” with cellist Marie Hallynck and pianist Muhiddin Dürrüoglu. His other chamber music partners include strings quartets like Skampa, Ysaye, Belcea, Ebène, Szymanowski, Aviv, Modigliani and the Royal string quartet, the pianists Alexandre Tharaud, Johan Schmidt and Frank Braley, the violinists Gidon Kremer, Renaud Capuçon, Graf Mourja, Lisa Batiashvili and Ning Kam, the violists Lise Berthaud, Laurence Power and Antoine Tamestit, the cellists Mischa Maisky, Marc Coppey, Peter Whispelway, Alban Gerhardt and Jean-Guihen Queyras, the flautists Emmanuel Pahud, Marc Grauwels, Gaby Van Riet, Aldo Baerten and many more. Ronald has received numerous international awards as follows: European First Prize at the International TROMP competition, First Prize at the Dos Hermanas International Competition and First Prize at the A.Gi. Mus Wind Instruments International Competition in Rome. He is also Laureat « Juventus » in 1991 and « Rising Star » in 1998, which gave him the opportunity to play in the world's greatest concert halls. In 2014 he received the « Fuga Price » and in 2018, the Heritage Commission of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels awarded him the DARCHE FRERES prize for a musician whose entire life is devoted with honor and devotion to the service of musical art. Ronald Van Spaendonck studied the clarinet with Léon Jacot, Walter Boeykens, Anthony Pay (London) and Karl Leister (Berlin). He recorded extensively (Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Supraphon, Fuga Libera...) to great unanimous critical acclaim (Choc du « Monde de la musique », 10 de « répertoire », ffff de « Télérama », « Diapason d'or », « Gramophone » Choice, joker de « crescendo », ...)


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Parker Van Ostrand

Parker Van Ostrand began studying piano at the age of four. He performed at Carnegie Hall at age five after winning first place in the AADGT competition. Since then he has returned to Carnegie Hall twice and has performed in numerous recitals throughout the United States, Singapore, and Japan. As a competition winner, he has performed with the Merced Symphony, Central Valley Youth Symphony, California Youth Symphony, and the Auburn Symphony. He was also invited to perform with the Symphony Parnassus and the Camellia Symphony as a guest artist. In 2017, he won the MTAC Concerto State Finals Competition and in 2018, the Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition. During the Summer of 2018, he was invited to tour with the California Youth Symphony with performances in the Baltic and Scandinavian countries. Last summer, he attended the Frost Chopin Piano Festival in Miami on a full scholarship. He also attended the Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy where he won first place in the Philadelphia International Piano Competition along with the best concerto award and a full scholarship to return to the festival this summer. As a winner he invited to perform live for the Philadelphia WRTI radio broadcast. He recently participated in the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition where he received 3rd place award along with the best sonata prize. 

He is currently a junior at McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California. Besides piano, he enjoys running, painting, and traveling. He has been a member of his high school cross country and track team since he was a freshman. One of his goals is to run a marathon, in particular the Boston Marathon. 

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