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January 18, 2011 > Young artist winners

Young artist winners

Submitted By Susan L. Rose

The Fremont Symphony is pleased to announce the winners of its 45th Annual Young Artist Competition for piano and harp players.

First prize of $1,000 and an opportunity to perform with the orchestra was awarded to pianist Iris Hsu, 22, from San Jose. She will play Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto at the Symphony's September opening night concert. Iris is currently a freshman at the Juilliard School where she studies with Matti Raekallio. She has studied piano for 19 years, five of them with Boris Slutsky, and has won several competitions including first prizes with the Pacific Piano Competition, the Russian Music Competition in San Jose, the Baltimore Music Club, and the Pacific Musical Society. Iris also won fourth prize in the Los Angeles International Liszt competition. In addition to her piano skills she likes to read, cook, take photos, and jog.

Second prize of $500 went to pianist Hilda Huang, 14, of Palo Alto. Hilda is a sophomore at Palo Alto High School and has attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2003. She studies piano with John McCarthy and has won numerous competitions, including Grand Prize, Junior Division, in the 2010 Mondavi Arts Young Artists Competition. Hilda will play the last movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto #2 at the Symphony's free Children's Concerts on March 22. She is also an excellent swimmer.

No third prize was awarded.

The Nafisa Taghioff prize of $150 for competitors under 16 was awarded to 12-year-old pianist Daniel Huang from Sunnyvale, who performed one movement of the Rachmanioff Piano Concerto #2. A home-schooled seventh grader, Daniel has studied piano for seven years with Kwok K. Koo. Honorable mention in the Taghioff category was awarded to pianist Elliot Wuu, 11, from Fremont. A sixth grader at the Circle of Independent Learning Charter School, Elliot has studied piano for five years, the past four with Jed Galant.

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra hosts a Young Artist Competition each January. Next year's competition will be for string players.

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