Our gratitude to Bernadene Blaha (piano faculty at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles & internationally recognized pianist), Inna Faliks (piano faculty at University of California Herb Alpert School of Music, Los Angeles & internationally recognized pianist), and Coline-Marie Orliac (Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, graduate and Summer Institute at Curtis & internationally-recognized European harpist), who volunteered their time to shape the competition repertoire & criteria for the advanced piano competition. It was unfortunate that Ms. Blaha and Ms. Faliks could not remain on our juror team due to conflicting musical schedules.
A heartfelt thanks to all our parents, volunteers and audience who supported this venture.
We appreciate the Union College Music Department for their support and the Special Events office for allowing us to rent the wonderful venues of the Memorial Chapel and Taylor Music Center for all our activities.
Rosewood Fanning applauds all the Competition and recital pianists and jurors for accomplishing high degrees of proficiency at those events. We invite you to meet our talented musicians who performed at each Competition and our jurors who enriched our day of Sunday recitals providing a joyful musical experience. Winners’ information is below. You can learn about all our competitors and jurors here.
– Kathy Pierone, Creative Director & Founder
Saturday, June 29 ~ Union College
First Place, Capriccio
Jonathan Indajang plans to continue his music education beyond high school and a senior at Shenendehowa High School. In 2018, Jonathan Indajang placed first in the NYS Heddy Killian Piano Competition and Nazareth College Piano Competition Senior Division plus performed for the Piano NYSSMA States Showcase at Rochester.
First Place, Franchezza
Katherine E. Liu
Katherine E. Liu started her musical journey at the age of three with her mother Dr. Fumei Huang, a music educator. At 4, she performed publicly at Boston’s Steinway Hall. She has taken top honors in numerous piano competitions, including Grand Prix at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Connecticut, the Concord Youth Artist Concerto Competition, the American Protégé Competition, the Steinway Society Piano Competition, and the Bay State Piano Competition. Katherine made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 and has performed in the WCRB Classical Cartoon Festival at Boston Symphony Hall several times. She made her first appearance on NPR’s From the Top at Jordan Hall in 2016.
Second Place, Capriccio
Kyra Lombard, Age 16 years old and in the 11th grade at Queensbury High School, she is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate and studies with Dr. Young Kim. Kyra has performed at many venues throughout New York, including the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, the Hudson River Music Hall, the Tannery Pond Community Center, and the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose. As winner of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Parillo concerto competition, she performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto in C minor with the Symphony in May of 2019.
Third Place (tie), Capriccio
Jeffrey Zhang, 17 years old pianist. His interest in music began at the age of five, and at the age ten he was accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, studying with Doctor Veda Kaplinsky. He had his first concerto debut at age twelve, performing with the Fort Worth Symphony conducted by John Giordano in 2014. Jeffrey has won many international piano competitions, including first prize at the American Protégés international competitions in 2012, The Juilliard School Pre-College piano concerto competition 2014, New York Competition for Young Artist(NYAA) in 2016, Billy Joel Fantastic and Delusions Competition in 2017, Steinway Competition 2018, and was prize winner at the Burgos Music festival in Spain in 2015, and attended the Aspen Music Festival from years 2015-2017.has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall , Merkin Concert Hall, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Paul Hall, Sunset Concert Hall on the Hudson, and more. He was a recurring soloist in Harris Hall as part of Aspen Music Festival and school overtures Pre-concert chamber music Chopin Nocturne series. A a recurring artist for the Sunset Concerts on the Hudson 2015-2018. He created benefit concerts for the Great Neck Social Center and for Faith Bible Church. He continues to study in Juilliard and in Great Neck North High School
Third Place (tie), Capriccio
Zifeng (Michael) Zheng was born and raised as a musician by his family of professional educators. He began learning the piano at the age of 5. By the age of 8, he started to give public performances at the City Conference Hall of his hometown. In the years of 2013 and 2014, Mr. Zheng hosted two recitals at the Benzaquen Hall, DiMenna Center. These recitals led him to be the recipient of the Hackett Music Performing Art Medal of New York City by the year of 2015. At present, Mr. Zheng often appears as a concert pianist and chamber musician, but also orchestra soloist, and opera and choir accompanist. In 2016, Mr. Zheng was honored for the De Los Mederos Special Award in Music Performance. Also, he was recognized for two terms for the Annual Outstanding Performance Award from the Conservatoire in the years of 2017 and 2019 respectively. Most recently, Mr. Zheng had won the Douglas Humphreys Piano Competition, and he had been awarded the opportunity to be a performance member of the Masterclass hosted by Professor Humphreys, the chair faculty of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. In addition, Mr. Zheng finish his Bachelor of Music Performance at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, and he will continue his Masters of Music Performance in fall 2019.
Second Place (tie), Franchezza
Jiatong Gao “Imy” is a 5th Grader at Tesago Elementary School, Clifton Park, NY and a piano student of Dr. Young Kim. She had a recital 12/15/2018, at Steinway Hall, NYC. Imy was 1st Winner in the 2016 Chopin 15th Annual Piano Competition Novice Group and Outstanding performance in the 2018 Chopin 17th Annual Piano in Colonie, NY. Invited Piano Performance in 15th Annual Polish Fest, Latham, Jun 3, 2017. In her “spare” time she is an artist and in 2018 womn2nd place in Saratoga Spring Horse Art Show and is in Music Theatre Club Performance.
Second Place (tie), Franchezza
Alyssa Gabrilovich, age 13, began studying piano at the age of six. She made her concerto debut at the age 9 as a winner of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. Alyssa has won the 2017 and 2018 Pennsylvania State MTNA competitionShe received top prizes in the Paderewski International Piano competition, Steinway Piano Competition (2018, 2019), Chopin International Piano Competition, West Chester University Pre-Colligate Piano Competition (2015, 2017, 2019), Tri-County Youth Festival (2018), Cunningham Piano solo competition among others.
A Special Prize for Promising Female Musicianship
Sujin Kim is a native of South Korea, she received the college’s Boyer Award & Temple Music Grant Scholarships in 2018. Sujin was awarded the Olga Gagliardi Getto Award given by the Chair of Piano Department and Louis and Peter Vannett Scholarhip given by the Dean of Music School at Temple University.
Sienna Marie Tabron is a classical pianist with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her thirteen years of study has been spent with Ms. Pamela Carroll, Dr. Cleveland Page, and Dr. Mikhail Volchok. She has also received instruction from Svetlana Smolina, Song Nam, and Dr. José Mendez. Sienna has played at Carnegie Hall four times. Sienna hopes to continue competing now that she has completed her undergraduate career. For the past three years, Sienna has taught piano at College Park Academy Plus located in Riverdale Park Maryland. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Piano Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berkley in Fall 2019.
Reagan George entered Instructor Hui Min Wang’s studio at the age of seven in 2014. Her progress on the piano is augmented by her parents’ commitment to encouraging excellent work at home. Reagan was a multiple winning Irish step dancing champion. Reagan’s most recent accomplishment includes winning the overall prizes at South Shore Conservatory’s 2019 Concerto Competition, resulting a performance of a Mozart concerto with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra this March. She has also won many first prizes at our SSC Concerto and Piano Competitions in the past years. Reagan was also awarded First Prizes in the Talented Young Musician Association 13th annual Russian Music Competition, and she has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Furthermore, she played at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City.
Bringing Musical Heritage to the Community
Sunday, June 30, 2019
“A French Affair” with internationally-renowned French Harpist, Coline-Marie Orliac, at Union College Memorial Chapel. With Special Guest Capital District pianist Young Kim playing four-handed piano with Sean Obach, and Pianists Jeffrey Biegel, Elina Christova, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, and Pej Reitz. | Learn more.
On Sunday we also held a catered reception featuring many talented musicians, as well as a winners’ recital. | Learn more.
November 10, 2018
Underwrote the Young Musicians Forum concert of Chinese pianist, Wenting Yu in Niskayuna. The Young Musicians Forum presents four classical chamber recitals annually that are free to the community and currently held in the Niskayuna library Saturdays at 2 pm. Visit them on Facebook.
September 22, 2018
As part of our Launch Celebration: presented a free community recital by pianist Findlay Cockrell; violinist, Irina Muresanu with the Boston Trio, Heng Jin Park and Jonah Ellsworth; Theatre Street Opera featuring soprano, Andrea Gregori, mezzo soprano Ivy Walz and piano accompanist, Pej Reitz; flutist Elizabeth Chinery and baritone, Sidd Dubey; hosted by Corine Salon and Sidd Dubey at Union College’s Memorial Chapel for a program of opera, jazz and musical theatre in conjunction with the Union College Music Department, Schenectady.
Earlier in the day we presented a free community reception event at the College Park ballroom, Union College; music provided by classical guitarist Harry Pellegrin, pianist Findlay Cockrell and flutist Elizabeth Chinery accompanied by pianist, Pej Reitz for an evening of classical guitar, musical theatre favorites, jazz and songs from the American Songbook.
September 21, 2018
As part of our Launch Celebration: presented a free community recital by violinist, Irina Muresanu of her “Four Strings Around the World” at the Taylor Music Center in conjunction with the Union College Music Department, Schenectady; Reception music by classical guitarists Harry Pellegrin and his student, Jesse Angrist. (“Four Strings” supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Fidelity Foundation, The Rogers & Hammerstein Foundation & Anonymous.)
Earlier in the day, we presented a free afternoon lecture by violinist, Irina Muresanu at Emerson Hall to Union College Students discussing how this Western Classical musician came to incorporate non-Western music into a program she created “Four Strings Around the World”. The program includes slides and history of the relationship of the violin to non-Western music and why the musical selections were chosen to be performed.
September 17, 2018
Presented a free recital for the residents, family and friends of the Heritage Home for Women in Schenectady by the Broad Street Trio. Broad Street Trio includes Cellist Jay Shulman, pianist David Smith and flutist, Elizabeth Chinery. Ms. Chinery is principal flutist of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and performed at the Rosewood Fanning Launch reception at College Park ballroom and recital at Union College Memorial Chapel.