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2015 COMPETITION WINNERS!

The following students were awarded first place in the MEA Annual Piano Competition, In the Great Russian Piano Tradition, Sunday, March 8, 2015. They performed at the Winners' Recitals at New Jersey City University on Sunday, March 15, displaying extraordinary musicianship and artistry. Congratulations to these young artists and their teachers!


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SOLO
Age 1st Place Winners Composer/Piece
7Jaylen ZhangRazorenov: Two Roosters & Flyarkovsky: Meditation
8Sophie Cheng
Yoni Lanfir
Goedicke: Miniature & Kabalevsky: Slow Waltz
9Sophia Kim
Alexandra Cahill
Maykapar: Petit Variations
10Tyler Fengya
Andrew Gu
Gliere: Prelude in D Flat, Op.43, No.1
11Marco Piserchio
Emily Wang
Gavrilin: Capriccio
12Justin ZhongGretchaninoff: L'Orage, Op.3, No.4
13Jeffrey KocLyadov: Preludes, Op. 46, Nos. 2 & 3
14Kevin ZhongMedtner: Fairy Tale
15Annette LeeProkofiev: Sarcasm, Op. 17, No.3
16Christopher LiuShostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in a minor, Op.87, No.2
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18Mark SabiniRachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in E flat Major, Op.33, No.6

Duets
Age 1st Place Winners Composer/Piece
7-8 Tyler Fengya & Alexander Wang
Jocelyn Chen & Joanna Liu
Tchaikovsky: Trepak
9-10 Brandon Cheng & Sophie Cheng Arensky: Menuetto
11-12 Andrew Gu & Gordon Li Arensky: Fairy Tale
13-14 Jake Cheng & Jeffrey Koc Khatchaturian: Waltz from Masquerade
15-16 Ashley Jin & Ryan Jin Gavrilin: Tarantella
17-18 Ianna Arthur & Clare Cahir Khatchaturian: Sabre Dance

Duo (Two pianos)
Age 1st Place Winners Composer/Piece
9-10 Vincent Wong & Victoria Wang Gliere: Valse Triste
11-12 Ethan Chang & Rebecca Hsiao Prokofiev: March from The Love of Three Oranges
13-14 Elynn Chang & Katherine Tai Arensky: Romance

Concerto
Age 1st Place Winners Composer/Piece
7-8 Tyler Fengya Berkovich: Concerto Op.44, 3rd movement
9-10 Tyler Fengya Berkovich: Concerto Op.44, 1st movement
11-12 Tyler Fengya Shostakovich: Concerto No.2, 2nd movement
13-14 Leigh Wang Shostakovich: Concerto No.2, 3rd movement
15-16 Aras Ural Rachmaninoff: Concerto No.2, 2nd movement


Here are photo highlights of the Competition (photographer: Lisa Gonzalez)



Teachers of First Place Winners:
Sophia Agranovich, Jeon Bo, Gloria Chu, Maxine Giannini, Yvonne Huang, Mansoon Kim, Julia Lam, Florence Liu, Marcia Maull, Yousun Soheil and Stella Xu.


Second and Third Place Winners:
Bryan Chan, Elynn Chang, Sophia Chen, Jake Cheng, Aviv Cohen, Jenna Cooley, Aaron Gao, Jonathan Ho, Enoch Hu, Isaac Hu, Rayleen Hu, Lawrence Huang, Vincent Jiang, Kevin Jin, Meghan Jin, Avery Kim, Sophia Kim, Daphne Lau, Kelsey Lee, Effie Li, Geoffrey Li, Gordon Li, Sammi Li, Kaitlyn Lin, Gloria Liu, Joanna Liu, Ranen Liu, Sharon Liu, Suzanna Lo, Thomas Mazumder, Noah Pockriss, William Rehwinkel, Mark Sabini, Ava Sun, Benjamin Sun, Derek Sun, Shiqi Sun, Katherine Tai, Elliott Tang, Elizabeth Wang, Eric Wang, Leigh Wang, Leon Wang, Zoe Wang, Jeddy Xie, Karina Yang, Alyssa Yin, Justin Zhang, Theresa Zhang, Julia Zheng, Li-Wen Zhou, David Zhu, Amy Zhuang, Christopher Zou, and Hannah Zou.


Teachers of Second and Third Place Winners:
Sophia Agranovich, Kathleen Calderone, Gloria Chu, Jennifer Chung, Rebecca Eng, Azar Gordon, Amanda Harberg, Yvonne Huang, Mansoon Kim, Mamie Ko, Julia Lam, Yuhui Chloris Li, Florence Liu, Beatrice Long, Marcia Maull, Tatyana Sheyn, Duojza Xiao, Stella Xu, Yuka Yanagi and Eve Yee.


Thank you to our esteemed judges
Shou Ping Chiu, Steven Graff, Roberto Hidalgo, Dr. Min Kim, Dena Levine, Amber Yiou-Hsuan Liao, Hwei-Lan Luo, Irina Morozova, Dr. Thomas Parente, Marcel Rominger Otto Specht, and Raymond Wong.

Competition Committee: Ana Berschadsky, Anna Katznelson, Kai Pangune Kim, Ruth Kotik, Michelle Kuo, Barbara Landi Hause, and Yuka Yanagi.
Co-Chairs: Rebecca Eng and Florence Liu.


We are deeply grateful to New Jersey City University for providing the competition site and its fine facilities for the 2015 MEA Piano Competition.


We extend our heartfelt thanks to John Weis of the Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus for his generosity in providing the second piano for this event.



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