STUDENT AWARDS

Violinist Noni Patchett performed Samuel Barber
Violin Concerto at Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center
5 years old pianist Felix Zhang performed Sonatina in A minor by Georg Anton Benda (RCM Piano Level 6)
Pianist Melanie Cheang performed Tarantella by Albert Pieczonka 
Violinist Johnston Lai performed Violin Concerto in G Major, Op.24 by Oscar Rieding 

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2021

Catherine Xie (Violin Performance)

Was awarded a Regional GOLD MEDAL for Level 8 Strings and she is invited to perform for the 2021 RCM Virtue Celebration of Excellence Recitals. She was awarded the highest mark for her Level 8 violin exam and theory among all candidates in Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) and Southwest (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).

Felix Zhang (Piano Performance)

Received his ABRSM Piano Level 6 Exam with Distinction and ABRSM Level 5 Theory Exam with Distinction. Also, he was awarded the GOLD MEDAL in the 2021 WPTA (World Piano Teachers Association) China & North America International Piano Competition.

 

Nick Zhang (Piano Performance)

Received his RCM Piano Level 5 exam with First Class Honors with Distinction. 

 

In the 2021 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, pianist Victoria Cui and Dennis Wu have been chosen as FIRST PRIZE WINNERS (8 years old and Younger group). 11 years old pianist Melanie Cheang was also awarded the FIRST PRIZE WINNER (9-12 years old group).

Johnston Lai (Violin Performance) and  Jolyn Lai (Violin Performance)

Performed in Beethoven House (Germany) in August as the Winners of Bonn International Music Competition.

In the 2021 Bonn International Music Competition, Melanie Cheang (Piano performance) has been chosen as the First Prize Winner (Junior Group, 9-12 years old); Dennis Wu (Piano performance) also has been awarded as the First Prize Winner (Young Musician Group, 8 years old and younger). Johnston Lai (Violin performance) won the Second Prize Winner (Intermediate Group, 13-15 years old).

 

Dennis Wu (Piano performance)

Received the First Class Honours with Distinction at RCM Piano Grade Exam.

 

Felix Zhang (Piano performance)

Won the Gold Star at Music and Stars Awards Competition. He also was awarded the Second Prize at San Francisco International Innovative Music Competition.

 

Catherine Xie (Violin performance)

Received the First Class Honours at RCM Violin level 8 exam.

 

Jessica Xie (Violin performance) and Andy Zhang (Violin performance)

Received First Class Honours at RCM Violin level 4 exam.

 

In the 2021 Seattle Classical Viennese Music Competition, Dennis Wu (Piano performance) and Kailin Yang (Piano performance) won the First prize (7 years and under). David Lin (Violin performance) was awarded the Second Prize (ages 13-14 group). Nick Zhang (Piano performance) won the Third Prize (8 years and under group).

Elizabeth Liu (Violin Performance) and Jerry Zhang (Violin Performance) 

Were awarded the First Class Honors at the 2021 RCM Violin Level 8 exam.

 

Aiden Dong (Piano Performance)

Was awarded as the First Prize Winner at 2021 International Music Competition London "Grand Prize Virtuoso'.

 

Esther Mei (Violin Performance)

Received the First Class Honors at the 2021 RCM Violin Level 7 exam. 

 

Nick Zhang (Piano Performance), Aiden Dong (Piano Performance) and Jolyn Lai (Violin Performance) 

Were chosen as the Third Prize Winners at New York International Piano and String Competition 2021. 

Melanie Cheang (Piano Performance)

Was awarded the First Class Honours with Distinction at RCM Level 5 piano exam.

 

Jolyn Lai (Violin Performance)

Received Distinction at the 2021 ABRSM Violin Level 8 Exam. Also, she won the Second Prize at the 2021 VIVO International Music Competition. 

Jessica Xie (Piano Performance) and Felix Zhang (Piano Performance) 

Both won the First Prize and Exceptional Young Talent Prize of the 2021 "Golden Classical Music Awards"

              

Felix Zhang (Piano Performance) 

Has been selected as a Winner for Summer Gala Concert in 2021. He will be invited to perform in the 2800 seats Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage at Carnegie in June 2021. Because of COVID-19, this year only a very limited number of candidates were chosen to perform in this concert. And Felix's achievement is even more remarkable since he competed with many candidates who applied as sponsored applicants.

2020

Victoria Cui (Piano performance) and Stephen Cui (Violin performance)

Were selected as winners for the Second and Third prize respectively at International Competition of Romantic Music 2020 in NYC

Johnston Lai (Violin performance) and Catherine Xie (Violin performance)

Successfully passed the audition of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra from a large field of competitive applicants. Both of them have been assigned positions in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra for the 2020-2021 season. 

 

Felix Zhang (Piano performance) and Jessica Xie (Piano performance)

Both have been awarded as First Prize Winners and EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG TALENT Special Prize at the 2020 International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso. Felix and Jessica will be invited to perform at the Wiener Saal, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria 2020.

Joe Yang (Piano Performance)

Won the Second Place at the 2020 International Music Talent Competition in NYC. He was invited to perform at Carnegie Weill Hall in April 2021.

Johnston Lai (Violin Performance) and Jerry Zhang (Violin Performance) 

Attended the 2020 American Protege Concerto Competition in Feb and both 12-year-old violinists were selected as Third Prize Winners! They were invited to perform at Carnegie Weill Hall in Dec 2020.

 

Johnston Lai (Violin Performance)

Won the Second Prize at the 2020 International Music Competition "Paris and London" Grand Prize Virtuoso. He has been selected to perform in the gala concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London and Amphithéâtre Philharmonie in Paris later this year in Sep.
 

Felix Zhang (Piano Performance)

Selected as a Second Place Winner at the 2020 International Piano and String competition in Jan. As a result, he was invited to perform as soloist at Carnegie Weill Hall this Fall. 

Three students from Yin Music Studio attended the RCM Grade Exam in Dec 2019 and all of them received excellent results!

  • Leevia Wang received First Class with Honors at RCM Piano Grade 1 Exam. 

  • Catherine Xie and Jessica Xie received First Class Honors with Distinction at RCM Violin Grade 5 and Grade 1 Exam. 

Catherine Xie (Violin Performance)

Passed the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra audition and was selected as a First violin section player to perform in Benaroya Hall for 2019-2020 season. 

 

2019

Noni Patchett (Violin performance)

Won the Second Prize of the American Protege International

Concerto Competition in 2019. She performed at Carnegie Hall in June 2019.

Noni Patchett (Violin performance)

Won a Gold Medal at Musicfest Northwest String & Piano Sonata Competition in

May 2019. In addition, she was awarded an offer to perform on Spokane Public Radio as a Gold Medal Winner.

Julie Kis (Piano Performance)

Won the First Prize at Lacombe Music Festival.