Kerikeri International Piano Competition

Kerikeri International Piano Competition 2014

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Siyuan Li

China

Siyuan, 26, was born in Guangzhou, China and now lives in the United States. She began her piano studies at only four years of age, when her talent and enthusiasm were recognised. At 14, she was accepted to the Central Conservatory in Beijing with the highest audition score for that year.

During her four years there, she won the ‘Award for Excellence’ twice. Siyuan attended Oberlin College, Ohio, to study for a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and after winning the Concerto Competition has gone from strength to strength gaining a Master’s degree in performance having studied with Arthur Greene at Michigan University. She joined the piano faculty in Anchorage in 2013 and is presently completing her Doctoral degree of Musical Art in piano performance at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance with Arthur Greene.

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Stephanie Ng (Withdrawn)

United States

UPDATE: Stephanie has had to withdraw from KIPC 2014. The KIPC trust wishes Stephanie the best of luck and hopes she will enter into the next Kerikeri International Piano Competition!

A Native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephanie began piano studies at age five. She has been a top prize winner in several prestigious competitions and recently won first prize in chamber music at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition 2013.

She made her orchestral debut at 17 with the Saratoga Symphony and has taken part in master classes with various notable teachers including Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Mikhail Voskresensky. Stephanie now studies with John Perry at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.

She looks forward to being in New Zealand for the first time.

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Sabina Im

Australia

23 year old Australian, Sabina, is currently studying for a Masters in Piano Performance at The Royal College of Music, London. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with honours, on a full scholarship from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, University of Singapore.

She was recently selected to take part in London Master Classes with full scholarship provided by the Tait Memorial Trust. Sabina started piano in her early teens and at age 13 gave her solo debut performance at the Sydney Opera House. She has performed in many Australian venues and also in Japan.

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Ayesha Gough

Australia

Born in Australia in 1994, Ayesha is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. She has received awards for best performance of an Australian work, and People’s Choice Awards as well as participating at the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music. Ayesha was placed third in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in 2013. She has been supported throughout by Variety, The Children’s Charity.

She is very excited to be in New Zealand and to “have been selected to compete in an International competition for the first time.”

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Sylvia Jiang

New Zealand

Sylvia now 18, has studied the piano since the age of four with teacher Qu Yong. She gained her LTCL diploma at fifteen and has won many solo concerto and chamber music competitions. She was awarded fourth place in the 2013 Lev Vlassenko International Piano Competition and received prizes for the best performance of Chopin and Liszt. Sylvia recently performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Nicholas Braithwaite and a first solo recital in Sydney. Other notable achievements include being awarded second place in the New Zealand Wallace National Piano Competition and winning the Lewis Eady 2013 Emerging Artist Series.

She was invited to audition for the Peabody Institute, New England Conservatory, the Yale School of Music and the Juilliard School, successfully gaining scholarships for all four. She will begin her studies at the Juilliard School in August.

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King Yi Foong

Malaysia

19 year old King Yi Foong, is the recipient of three full music scholarships from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary school and R.E.A.L International School. She was first prize winner in the third International Youth Arts Festival Piano Competition and was also selected to participate in the fourth and fifth ASEAN International Concerto Competition.

At just 16, King Yi was awarded a High Distinction in the Trinity Guildhall Fellow Diploma Piano Recital with a high achievement award. She has been featured on Australian Broadcasting Cooperation ABC National radio and is currently studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Glenn Riddle.

When asked how she feels about being selected King Yi says, "It’s a great chance to meet other pianists and like-minded people. This will be my first visit to New Zealand, I’m really excited to experience this whole new culture."

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Lucy Zeng

China

Lucy is 21 and currently studying piano performance at Masters level at Auckland University’s School of Music with Rae de Lisle. She started learning the piano at seven. In 2008 she was awarded second place in the New Zealand Mazda National Young Performer Awards. In 2010, she won the Janetta Mcstay Prize for the ‘Most Deserving Pianist’ at the University of Auckland and later that year won third prize and the Sonata prize at the Kerikeri International Piano Competition.

In 2011 she was a semi-finalist in the first International Chopin Competition in Australia as well as receiving the Encouragement Prize. In the same year, she won the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust’s award for Emerging Artists Series. 2012 saw her being selected to participate in an International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2013 Lucy won the Dame Malvina Foundation Alice Cole piano scholarship and University of Auckland Reardon Postgraduate Music Scholarship.

Lucy sees the experience of performing as the "culmination of all the work put into those hours of practice sessions, which are then being released on the stage."

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Cole Matthew Anderson

United States

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatorium Ohio, Cole completed a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music Performance at the University of Michigan and is currently completing a doctorate there under the guidance of Dr Arthur Greene.

In addition to being recipient of the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda award for outstanding musical performance and scholarship, Cole has also performed solo and ensemble recitals in China, Italy and the United States.

Cole is very excited about sharing the music he loves with a new audience and looks forward to being able to explore what he’s heard, "is one of the most beautiful countries in the world."

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Alex Raineri

Australia

21 year old Australian, Alex Raineri, recently completed his Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) with First Class Honours and a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium. He is continuing his studies for a Master of Music Research between the Queensland Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music studying with Leah Horwitz and Timothy Young.

He has been awarded prizes in various competitions and was the recipient of the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison Henderson Piano Scholarship in 2011. He has been a national finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Award three times and has given recitals in Europe, South East Asia and the United States of America.

This is his second visit to Kerikeri, he won the People’s Choice Award at KIPC 2010 and he “looks forward to a challenging and rewarding few days with fellow competitors and colleagues from all over the globe.”

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Maria Anikina (Withdrawn)

Russian Federation

UPDATE: Maria has had to withdraw from KIPC 2014 for personal reasons. The KIPC trust wishes Maria the best of luck and hopes she will enter into the next Kerikeri International Piano Competition!

Born in Moscow in 1986, Maria began her music education at the age of four and in 2006 attended the Russian Music Academy of Gnessins in Khityov. Maria now studies piano performance in Luzern, Switzerland, regularly taking part in concerts and festivals. She has a wide concert repertoire both as a soloist and working with orchestras. She has performed and competed in competitions and festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Switzerland, England, Poland and Italy.

Maria is excited about the prospect of being in New Zealand for the first time and experiencing “other cultures and traditions of piano playing”.

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Jane Nayoung Koo

New Zealand

Jane Nayoung, now 22, is studying Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland with Qu Yong.

In 2012 she was the winner of the University’s Graduation Gala Concerto Competition and later that year, she was awarded second prize in PACANZ National Young Performer of the year. Jane Nayoung was the recipient of the Constance Herbert Memorial Scholarship, Janetta Mcstay prize for pianists and The University of Auckland Blues Award. Last year, 2013, she was awarded fourth prize in the Wallace National Piano Competition, Auckland and Best Performance of Mozart prize at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, Brisbane.

She looks forward to returning to Kerikeri where she competed in the 2010 and 2012 competitions.

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Vivian Cheng

United States

Chinese-American pianist Vivian Cheng, 24, gave her debut solo recital at the age of ten and has since performed throughout her native country of the United States, and in Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands and  Switzerland. She has been described (by The Herald Tribune) as “absolutely dazzling.”

Vivian gave her debut solo recital when she was 10, and at 15 became one of the youngest students in its history to be accepted at the Juilliard School. In the years following, she has made appearances in such venues as Steinway Hall, Symphony Hall, Lincoln Centre, Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Verbier Festival, and La Cité Internationale des Arts.

She has won numerous competitions, appeared on television and featured on radio. Vivian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Salzburg, Austria.

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Daniel Le

Australia

Currently a second year piano student at Yong Siew Toh Conservatorium  of Music, Singapore, Daniel started his musical journey at the age of 11 when he was accepted on a full music scholarship to Melbourne Grammar School. He was accepted at the age of 13 into the Australian National Academy of Music Young Academy programme where he studied with Rita Reichman. He also studied under Stephen McIntyre at the University of Melbourne. In 2013, he was finalist in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition and was awarded the ‘Best Accompanist’ prize.

Daniel feels “privileged and extremely excited to have been selected out of a large pool of contestants from around the world.”

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Bradley Wood

New Zealand

From Christchurch, 20 year old Bradley Wood is currently a third year student at the University of Auckland working towards a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Performance Piano with Rae de Lisle. His early piano studies were with Bronwyn Bijl followed by the opportunity to study with Maurice Till from 2009-2011. In 2010 he gained his ATCL and LTCL diplomas with distinction.

He is the Auckland Philharmonia’s Piano Scholar for 2014.

Bradley looks forward to participating in “such a prestigious competition and performing as a New Zealander among an international field of pianists.”

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