The Sid and Mary Foulger International Concerto Competition:
Sun Chang, Cello - Pianist Sun Chang is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Washington. Ever since her move from South Korea to the States in 2003, she has studied with Dr. Peter Mack, with whom she became a prizewinner at many local, regional, national, and international competitions. In 2012, she was chosen as a finalist for the National MTNA Solo Piano competition, and also won the Bach Festival and Romantic and Impressionist Competitions hosted by Seattle International Piano Festival that same year. In addition to solo works, she enjoys chamber music; with her brother she won the MTNA National Senior Piano Duets Competition in 2011. As a singer, she participates in Chamber Choir both in and out of school. Other school activities include participation in wind ensemble as an oboist and musical theatre as a rehearsal accompanist.
Sun is an avid performer. Having been chosen as one of Seattle’s emerging artists by the Seattle Chamber Music Society in 2010, she gave four concerts in the area along with three other pianists. In that same year she collaborated with the UPS symphony to perform Chopin’s first concerto. In March of this year, she won the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival's concerto competition and performed with Philharmonia Northwest directed by Julia Tai. This fall, she will attend Northwestern University on a full scholarship double-majoring in linguistics and piano performance; studying with pianist Alan Chow.
Da Huang - Born in Hunan, China, Da Huang began her violin lessons since she was 5 years old. She entered the Central Conservatory of Music Pre-college Division in 2006, studying wit Professor Tang Wei Jian. Since 2009 she has been awarded Academic Excellent Award and Gucci Music Fund from the Soong Ching Ling Foundation every year, and was elected into Best of Best (BOB) Plan by Central Conservatory of Music in 2013.
Among Da Huang’s awards are the First Prize of Teenager Team in the 9th Macedonia International Competition in 2010, Gold Prize of CCTV Piano and Violin Competition in 2011, Fouth Prize of the Mravinsky International Music Competition with top-level scholarship by Conservatory Santa Cecilia of Rome in 2012, and the First Prize in Central Conservatory Pre-college Chamber Music Competition in 2013.
She was featured in the 2012 CCTV New Year Concert, in Stadttheater Wiener Neustadt, Austria in 2012, the 2013 New Year Tea Party of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and as a member of the Central Conservatory Junior Orchestra Tour in Taiwan in 2013.
Strauss Shi - A 17-year-old violinist from San Francisco, Strauss Shi was a recent graduate from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) where he was concertmaster. He currently studies with Chen Zhao, a member of the San Francisco Symphony, and had previously studied with Zuohan Pan from 2006-2011.
He has won several local competitions and was previously a leading member of SOTA’s Dragon String Quartet. The quartet has performed throughout the Bay Area and in masterclasses with the Alexander String Quartet and members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
Strauss has been studying and performing on the Erhu (two-stringed fiddle) and many other Chinese musical instruments since early youth; and ever since then, he has been working closely with many of the Chinese musical ensembles, such as the Melody of China and the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society. At age 9, he made his solo debut at the San Francisco Herbst Theatre performing on the Erhu. Aside from the numerous performances, he was awarded Gold Prize in the Junior Division at the International Chinese Instruments Competition in 2010 and in 2012, respectively. In addition, he was also awarded Gold Prize in the Silicon Valley International Art Competition in 2012.
Strauss was former associate principal of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2011-2012 and on their European Tour in 2012. He made his debut at many major concert venues in Europe including the Gasteig (Munich) and the Berlin Philharmonie (Berlin).
He will be attending The Juilliard School in the fall to study with Catherine Cho.
Fan-Ya Lin - Special Guest Artist Fan-Ya Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1989. Fan-Ya began her piano study at age four. Fan-Ya attended Dun-Hua Elementary School (studied with Shu-Fen Zheng and Mei-Fu Chen), The Junior High Division of The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University, and The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (studied with Gwhyneth Chen). With great love and passion for music, it is Fan-Ya's ultimate goal to become a concert pianist.
Fan-Ya has been selected as top prize winners of numerous piano competitions, including the first place winner of the 2012 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the second place winner, teacher’s favorite award recipient, and president’s award recipient of the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition, the first place winner of the 2011 Grand Junction Young Artist Concerto Competition, the first place winner of the 2011 Aurora Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, the second place winner in the piano duet category of the 2010 New York International Piano Competition, the first place winner of 2010 Music Teacher National Association Steinway Young Artists National Piano Competition, the first place winner of the 2010 Music Teacher National Association Southwest Division Competition, the first place winner of the 2009 Music Teacher National Association State Competition in Utah, the first place winner of the 2009 Snowy Range Piano Competition, the third place winner of the 2009 Beethoven Club International Piano Competition, and the first place winner of the 2009 Utah Music Teacher Association Concerto Competition.
Fan-Ya also attended many music festivals such as 2010 Esterhazy Classical Music Festival, 2009 Music@Menlo, 2009 Aspen Music Festival, 2008 Paris International Music Session, and 2005 Bowdoin Music Festival. Furthermore, she played in the piano masterclasses given by renowned pianists such as Ivo Pogorelich, Dr. Boris Berman, Tamas Vasary, Dr. Nelita True, Dr. Boris Slutsky, Wu Han, and Lydia Artymiw. In the summer of 2010, Fan-Ya studied at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler as a visiting student.
In addition, Fan-Ya has been selected as one of the 2011 "National Concert Hall Rising Stars" in Taiwan after the first and the final round of the competition. As the winner of this competition, Fan-Ya will be giving a solo recital at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan on June 9, 2012, as well as performing for the conductor of National Symphony Orchestra Maestro Shao-Chai Lu in person for future concerto and chamber music performance opportunities with the NSO and its members. A recent graduate and Edna Ione Hall Scholarship recipient from Weber State University as a student of Dr. Yu-Jane Yang, Fan-Ya will be attending the Juilliard School this fall as a student of Jerome Lowenthal and Choong Mo Kang.