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Piano Festival Performers

Guest Artists

Mengyang Pan

Saturday, June 1, 7:00pm

Born in China, British pianist Mengyang Pan studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before relocating to the UK at age 14, where she completed her music education at the Royal College of Music, London. Critics described Ms. Pan’s playing as “… so fine that time seemed to stand still. Her shading, use of tone colour, and the most brilliantly clear and precise placing of the music in the highest register was a real joy to hear.” CLICK HERE to learn more…

Anton Nel

Thursday, June 6, 7:00pm

Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, Anton Nel enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and his native South Africa. Mr. Nel was appointed to the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in his early twenties and in 2010 he became the first holder of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Piano. CLICK HERE to learn more…

Student Finalists, Round I Monday, June 3, 7:00pm

Antonio Ajero, Nacogdoches, Texas

  • Currently in his third year at Oberlin Conservatory

  • Son of a piano professor

  • Has performed with Brevard Music Center Orchestra and the Central Texas Philharmonic

  • A finalist in several international competitions

CLICK HERE to hear Antonio’s audition playing Chopin

Sangsoo Kim, Seoul, South Korea

  • Currently in the final year of his doctor of musical arts at the University of North Texas

  • Bachelor of music from Seoul National University, master of music and performance diploma from Indiana University

  • Winner of the Peter Petroff and Texoma piano competitions

  • Currently works as a Teaching Fellow at UNT

CLICK HERE to hear Sangsoo’s audition playing Ravel

Miu Ishikawa, Tokyo, Japan

  • Currently in the final year of her master’s in music at Yale

  • Bachelor of music from the New England Conservatory

  • Laureate at Tokyo International Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, and Chicago International Piano Competition

  • Has performed for several world renowned piano professors

CLICK HERE to hear Miu’s audition playing Bach, Chopin, and Scriabin

Aaron Kurz, Dallas, Texas

  • Currently in his final year of artist diploma at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

  • Bachelor of music from the University of Michigan, master of music from the Eastman School of Music, and artist diploma from Royal Academy of Music and Yale University

  • Performances at Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot, and Palace of Peace and Harmony in Kazahstan

CLICK HERE to hear Aaron’s audition playing Mendelssohn

Student Finalists, Round II Tuesday, June 4, 7:00pm

Junwen Liang, Nanning, China

  • Currently in his final year of performance diploma at the Peabody Institute

  • Bachelor of music from Ithaca College, master of music from Indiana University, doctor of musical arts from Penn State University

  • Performances with Central Texas Philharmonic, Penn State Philharmonic, and Ithaca Symphonic Orchestra

  • Performances at Carnegie Hall and Kimmel Hall

CLICK HERE to hear Junwen’s audition playing Beethoven, Chu, Ravel, and Liszt

Brian Lin, Freemont, California

  • Youngest competitor at the Festival

  • Winner of the 2024 National YoungArts for Classical Piano

  • Winner of 2024 Celia Mendez Young Pianists Beethoven Competition

  • One of 20 finalists for the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition

CLICK HERE to hear Brian’s audition playing Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Babadjanian

Richard Wong, Wahroonga, Australia

  • Third year student at Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada

  • Laureate at the Aarhus International Competition and the Wideman International Piano Competition

  • Has performed for an extent list of world renowned piano professors from around the world

CLICK HERE to hear Richard’s audition playing Liszt

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