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Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition

Finalists

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006

2017 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition
Master Teacher: Roland Brautigam

FINALISTS (in alphabetical order); winners who participated in the master class marked with *

*Cameron Akioka, Palo Alto. 11th grade at Palo Alto High School. Sonata no. 4 in E-flat Major, Opus 7

*Caroline Ho, Santa Monica. 12th grade at Santa Monica High School. Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, Opus 57

Ophir Horovitz, Los Altos. 11th grade at Stardust Learning Studio. Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a

Catherine Huang, San Jose. 9th grade at Lynbrook High School. Sonata no. 3 in C Major, Opus 2, no. 3

Erica Mineo, Cupertino. 12th grade at Monta Vista High School. Sonata no. 17 in D Minor, Opus 31, no. 2

*Yoko Nagafuchi, Irvine. 12th grade at Woodbridge High School. Sonata no. 4 in E-flat Major, Opus 7

ALTERNATE: Charlotte Wong, San Mateo. 9th grade at Aragon high School. Sonata no. 2 in A Major, Opus 2, no. 2

2016 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition
Master Teacher: Jonathan Biss
FINALISTS: (in alphabetical order by last name):
* winners who participated in the master class with Jonathan Biss

*Anna Boonyanit, Redwood City. 11th grade at Menlo School. Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a

*Heather Hsun Chang, Palo Alto. 11th grade at Gunn High School. Sonata no. 7 in D Major, Opus 10, no. 3

*Kyle Fang, Walnut Creek. 10th grade at Valley View Charter Prep. Sonata no. 13 in E-flat Major, Opus 27, no. 1

Erica Mineo, Cupertino. 11th grade at Monta Vista High School. Sonata no. 27 in E Minor, Opus 90

Yoko Nagafuchi, Irvine. 11th grade at Woodbridge High School. Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, Opus 57

Jessica Yeung, Davis. 11th grade at Da Vinci Charter Academy. Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a

ALTERNATE:

Andrew Lin, San Jose. 10th grade at Lynbrook High School. Sonata no. 2 in A Major, Opus 2, no. 2

 

2015 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition
Master Teacher: Mari Kodama
FINALISTS: (in alphabetical order by last name):
* 2015 winners

Wei-hsi Elaine Lin, Fremont. 11th grade at Mission San Jose High School. Sonata no. 18 in E-flat Major, Opus 31, no. 3

* Vincent Liu, San Ramon. 10th grade at Dougherty Valley High School. Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, Opus 57

Erica Mineo, Cupertino. 10th grade at Monta Vista High School. Sonata no. 15 in D Major, Opus 28

Yoko Nagafuchi, Irvine. 10th grade at Woodbridge High School. Sonata no. 2 in A Major, Opus 2, no. 2

* Han B. (Diana) Shin, Buena Park. 12th grade at Orange County School of the Arts. Sonata no. 3 in C Major, Opus 2, no. 3

* Jady Wei, Cupertino. 12th grade at Monta Vista High School. Sonata no. 2 in A Major, Opus 2, no. 2

Honorable mention:

Jolie Huang, Granite Bay. 11th grade at Granite Bay High School. Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, Opus 57

Michael Ko, San Jose. 11th grade at Leland High School. Sonata no. 3 in C Major, Opus 2, no. 3

 

2014 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition
Master Teacher: Angela Hewitt
FINALISTS: (in alphabetical order by last name):

*Tyler Hayford, Santa Cruz. 11th grade at Pacific Collegiate School. Sonata no. 15 in D Major, Opus 28

*Shota Homma, Los Gatos. 10th grade at Los Gatos High School. Sonata no. 12 in A-flat Major, Opus 26

Vincent Liu, San Ramon. 9th grade at Dougherty Valley High School. Sonata no. 21 in C Major, Opus 53

Eun Young Park, Santa Clara. 12th grade at Cupertino High School. Sonata no. 2 in A Major, Opus 2, no. 2.

*Hanson Tam, Hillsborough. 11th grade at Menlo School. Sonata no. 27 in E Minor, Opus 90

Carol Yao, Pleasanton. 12th grade at Foothill High School. Sonata no. 11 in B-fat Major, Opus 22

* WINNERS who participated in the master class with Angela Hewitt.

Alternate:

Yoko Nagafuchi, Irvine. 9th grade at Woodbridge High School. Sonata no. 21 in C Major, Opus 53.

Honorable mentions:

Shiyi Andy Sheng, San Jose. 10th grade at Evergreen Valley High School. Sonata no. 7 in D Major, Opus 10, no. 3

Vivian Sung, Dublin. 12th grade at Dublin High School. Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a

Amy Zeng, Pleasanton. 11th grade at Foothill High School. Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a

2013 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition
Master Teacher: Stephan Moeller
FINALISTS: (in alphabetical order by last name):

Madeline Anderson, 12th grade at Ocean Grove Charter School, Monterey. Sonata in A Major, Opus 2, no. 2. Teacher: Hans Boepple

*Alex Chein, 9th grade at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose. Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 81a. Teacher: Kai Chi Zhu

Connie Chen, 12th grade at Amador Valley High School, in Pleasanton. Sonata in D Major, Opus 10, no. 3. Teacher: Dr. William Wellborn

*Robert Pearce, 12th grade at Branson High School in Corte Madera. Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 31, no. 3. Teacher: Dr. William Wellborn

*Cynthia Sun, 11th grade at St. Francis High School in Sunnyvale. Sonata in F Minor, Opus 57. Teacher: Thomas Schultz

Weian Wang, 12th grade at Lynbrook High School in Saratoga. Sonata in C Major, Opus 53. Teacher: Dr. William Wellborn

* WINNERS who participated in the master class with Stephan Moeller

ALTERNATE:

Jason Kim, an 11th grade at Westview High in San Diego. Sonata in E Minor, Opus 90. Teacher: Bernadene Blaha

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Andrew Chan, 11th grade at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.

Anyan Cheng, 11th grade at Lowell High School in San Francisco.

Zachary Isaac, 11th grade at Las Lomas High School Walnut Creek.

Agata Sorotokin, 10th grade at the Harker School in San Jose.

Elias Wu, 11th grade at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose.

 

2012 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition
Master Teacher: Ronald Brautigam

FINALISTS: (in alphabetical order by last name):

Shanice Aaron (Sherman Oaks), Sonata in B-flat Major, Opus 22 Teacher: Anli Lin Tong

Tyler Chen Hayford (Santa Cruz), Sonata in C Major, Opus 53, Waldstein Teacher: Vlada Moran

* Sam Kinsey (Northridge), Sonata in D Major, Opus 10, no. 3 Teacher: Antoinette Perry

* Kai Ono (Irvine), Sonata in E Minor, Opus 90 Teacher: Chi Asada

* Stephanie Tang (Upland), Sonata in F Minor, Opus 57, Appassionata Teacher: Ory Shihor

Rebecca Wuu (Fremont), Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 81a, Les Adieux Teacher: Hans Boepple

* winners

ALTERNATE:

Magdalene Peng (Palo Alto), Sonata in F-sharp Major, Opus 78 Teacher: Karen Lin Peng

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Renny Ko (San Jose), Teacher: Erna Gulabyan

Brandon Shih (Cupertino), Teacher: Jinye Wang

2011 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition

Master Teacher: Kirill Gerstein

FINALISTS (in alphabetical order):

Amber Hou (Cupertino, CA): Opus 53
Joanne Kim (Carmichael, CA): Opus 78
Mai Mizuno (Campbell, CA): Opus 28
* Ben-Han Sung (Lake View Terrace, CA): Opus 78
* Wesley Tiu (Chatsworth, CA): Opus 57
* Ray Hua Wu (Fremont, CA): Opus 90

ALTERNATE:
Christina Wu (Saratoga, CA): Opus 7

HONORABLE MENTION:
Crystal Liu (Palo Alto, CA): Opus 90

Ben-Han Sung, Wesley Tiu, and Ray Hua Wu were selected as winners and participated in the master class with Kirill Gerstein.

2010 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition

Master Teacher: Christopher O'Riley

Finalists (in order of appearance):

Mai Mizuno (Campbell): Opus 13

*Hugo Kitano (San Francisco): Opus 27, no. 1

Crystal Liu (Palo Alto): Opus 31, no. 2

Jade Huang (Granite Bay): Opus 53

* Theodora Martin (San Jose): Opus 57

*Alex Y. Wang (Fremontl): Opus 90

Allison Hwang (Fremont) was unable to participate in the finals due to injury.

Hugo Kitano, Theodora Martin, and Alex Y. Wang were selected winners and participated in the master class with Christopher O'Riley.

Honorable Mentions:

Taras Dreszer (Santa Cruz)

Vien Xuan Nguyen (Redwood City)

Clara Yunjoo Lee(Santa Barbara)

Jessie Li Wang (Irvine)

Stephanie Wang (Cupertino)

Amy Wann (Piedmont)

Amanda Zerbe (Woodside)

The 2009 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition

Master teacher: Angela Hewitt

Jeannie Chen (Northridge): Op. 13

*Fantee Jones (Roseville), Op. 53

Yoojung Kim (San Jose), Op. 31/3

*Alison Lee (Fremont): Op. 27/1

Clara Lee (Santa Barbara): Op. 22

*Amanda Wang (Palo Alto:, Op. 90

ALTERNATE: Chrystal Liu (Palo Alto):, Op. 2/2

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Theodora Martin (San Jose): Op. 31/2

Ben-han Sung (Lakeview Terrace):, Op. 31/2

Eike Hoffman (Irvine): Op. 14/1

Winners: Fantee Jones, Alison Lee, and Amanda Wang were selected as winners and participated in the master class with Angela Hewitt.

The 2008 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition

Master Teacher: Craig Sheppard

Finalists (in order of performance)

Angela Hwang (Saratoga, CA): Sonata no. 3 in C Major, Opus 2, no. 3

Victoria Kwong (San José, CA): Sonata no. 7 in D Major, Opus 10, no. 2

Alison Lee (Fremont, CA): Sonata no. 15 in D Major, Opus 28 ("Pastorale")

Amanda Wang (Palo Alto, CA): Sonata no. 17 in D Minor, Opus 31, no. 2 ("Tempest")

Michael Delfin (Madera, CA): Sonata no. 21 in C Major, Opus 53 ("Waldstein")

Joy Kim (Irvine, CA): Sonata no. 27 in E Minor, Opus 90

Alternate: Andrew Hsu (Fremont, CA): Sonata no. 3 in C Major, Opus 2, no. 3

Honorable Mention: Emma Podlesnik (Palo Alto, CA): Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, Opus 57 ("Appassionata")

Winners: Michael Delfin, Angela Hwang, Victoria Kwong were selected as the winners and participated in the master class with Craig Sheppard.

The 2007 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition

Master Teacher: John Perry

Finalists:

Ashley Hsu (Fremont, CA): Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a ("Les Adieux")

Connie Kim-Shen (La Crescenta, CA): Sonata ino. 21 n C Major, Opus 53 ("Waldstein")

David Y. Ko (Millbrae, CA); Sonata no. 27 in E Minor, Opus 90

Calvin Lee (Sunnyvale, CA): Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, Opus 57 ("Appassionata")

Monica Qiu (Newbury Park, CA): Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a ("Les Adieux")

Tiffany Yu (San Jose, CA): Sonata no. 15 in D Major, Opus 28 ("Pastoral")

Alternate:

Mayumi Tsuchida (Mill Valley, CA); Sonata no. 21 in C Major, Opus 53 ("Waldstein")

Winners: Ashley Hsu, David Y. Ko, Tiffany Yu were selected as the winners and participated in the master class with John Perry.

The 2006 Young Pianist's Beethoven Competition

Master Teacher: Menahem Pressler

Finalists:

Christina Lee, a 9th grader at Saint Francis High School, played Sonata no. 2 in A Major, Opus 2, no. 2.

Yi-Ju Lai, a senior at Idyllwild Arts Academy, played Sonata no. 7 in D Major, Opus 10, no. 3

Vijay Venkatesh, a 9th grader at Dana Hills High School, played Sonata no. 8 in C Minor, Opus 13 (Pathétique)

Alison Lee, a 9th grader at Mission San José High School, played Sonata no. 18 in E-flat Major, Opus 31, no. 3

Juliann Ma, a junior at Albany High School, played Sonata no. 23 in F Minor, Opus 57 (Appassionata)

Angela Lee, a senior at Upland High School, played Sonata no. 26 in E-flat Major, Opus 81a (Les Adieux)

 

Winners: Christina Lee, Yi-Ju Lai, and Vijay Venkatesh were selected as the winners and participated in the master class with Menahem Pressler

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