Congratulations to the winners of our 3rd annual Concerto Competition for High School Students!
These musicians will perform with the Mount Orchestra in our November 16 3pm concert at Mary Chapel, Chalon campus. Tickets sold at the door—$10 general admission / $5 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors.
Grand Prize Winner
Viola Chan, senior at Rosemead High School
Fantaisie Brillante on themes from Carmen for flute, François Borne
Phoebe Pan, junior at Pacific Academy
Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 I. Allegro, W.A. Mozart
Adrian Liao, sophomore at Torrey Pines High School
Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st movement, Frederic Chopin
Nathan Le, freshman at Sierra Canyon School
Cello Concerto in e minor, 1st and 2nd movements, Edward Elgar
Viola Chan is a senior at Rosemead High School and has been studying the flute under the tutelage of Mr. Bolin Pan, former principal flutist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Mr. James Walker, Professor of the USC Woodwind Department. Viola is currently the principal flutist of the Olympia Youth Orchestra and the Colburn Youth Orchestra and has been the previous principals of the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra and the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was recently selected as a member of the Young Artist Guild of MTAC. She has been a semi-finalist of the Spotlight Awards, 1st place winner of the VOCE Competition of MTAC in the Senior Wind solo category, Intermediate Wind solo category, and Intermediate Ensemble category, 1st place winner of the Flute Open Solo categories and chosen soloist for the Young Wind Musician category of the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and a recipient of the Young Musicians Foundation scholarship.
In addition to flute, Viola is also a choir singer and solo vocalist. She has participated in Europe and Japan tours with her choral group and is the assistant director of Rosemead High School’s Chamber Choir. Her other interests include making jewelry and clay figures, painting, arranging, and beatboxing.
A junior attending Pacific Academy in Irvine, Phoebe Pan currently studies under the direction of Yi Dong. A prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions, Phoebe has played at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Phoebe has soloed with Southwestern Youth Music Festival Orchestra, Seraphim Symphony, Los Angeles Bach Festival Orchestra, the Mount Orchestra and South Coast Symphony. She often shares her piano music with audiences at senior centers and had a solo recital to benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation raising funds for the wounded soldiers and their families. Recently, she and her friends staged a charity benefit concert raising more than $14000 for the SiChuan Ya'an earthquake victims.
Believing music to have the ability to touch the soul and connect with people, Phoebe aspires to be a concert pianist and looks forward to a lifetime of discovery of pianistic and artistic possibilities. In her spare time, she enjoys literature, biology, and cycling.
Fifteen-year-old Adrian Liao made her concerto debut with the San Diego Symphony at age 11 and toured Washington DC with the Seraphim Symphony in August at the Kennedy Center. She was the winner of the 2013 H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition and finalist of the Lee University Festival and Competition this past summer. Adrian loves music and hopes to pursue a career in the future as a pianist or piano teacher. She currently studies under the tutelage of Yi Dong at the Opus119 Conservatory in Irvine. Adrian enjoys baking, reading books and writing stories.
Thirteen-year-old Nathan Le began his cello studies at the age of four with Nancy Yamagata, Andrew Cook and is currently studying with Ronald Leonard, Jonathan Koh, and Andrew Schulman.
Nathan has participated in the CSUN Youth Orchestras for the past six years and is currently principal cellist of the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In 2009, he won and received a scholarship from the L.A.Cello Society. He was the first place winner of the Memorial Award Competition in 2011, first alternate in VOCE State and MTAC Concerto Competition in 2011, a winner of the Fe’ Bland Scholarship in 2010, the Elaine Armstrong Award for Outstanding Cellists of the Long Beach Mozart Concerto Competition in 2010, and the Antelope Valley Concerto Competition in January 2011. He was also the top two winners of the Rosemonde Laberge Music Foundation in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Recently, he won the Young Artist Concerto Competitions of Torrance Symphony, the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, and the Culver City Symphony Orchestra. This April, Nathan’s piano trio has gone to Salzburg, Austria to perform the Arensky Piano Trio in d minor at the Mozarteum. He has participated in the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Nathan also participated in the highly selective Music@Menlo in 2011 under the direction of Wu Han and David Finckel
Nathan performed at Carnegie Hall in April 2010 with his piano trio. They performed Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor. In April of this year, he performed the three movements of the Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 in C major with the St. Petersburg Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Binh Vu, who has been a major inspiration to Nathan from the beginning of his studies. Nathan recently had the opportunity to solo with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Frank Fetta.
In July 2012, Nathan performed the complete works of Saint-Saëns Concerto No.1, in a minor with the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia under the baton of Maestro Binh Vu. On August 5th 2012, he was invited to solo with the Vienna Residence Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Michele Santorsola performing Haydn Concerto No.1 in C Major in Vienna, Austria.
Besides studying piano with Ms. Violette Hu, Nathan also studies composition with Maestro James Domine for three years and performed his first Cello Concerto with the Pierce College Symphony Orchestra on December 2010. In December 2011, Nathan and his brother played the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in D minor that Nathan had composed with the Pierce College Orchestra. He has finished working on his first piano quintet and his first symphony, “Crisis in Japan.”
Nathan is a 9th grader at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, and he enjoys Rubik’s cube, ping-pong, foosball, math, and science.