STUDENT AWARDS

Violinist Noni Patchett performed Samuel Barber
Violin Concerto at Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center
Pianist Melanie Cheang performed Chopin Etude Op.25, No.2
Pianist Isabella Nien performed La Fileuse Op.109, No.18 by Burgmuller
Violinist Johnston Lai performed Violin Concerto in G Major, Op.24 by Oscar Rieding 

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 2022

Irene Gao (Piano Performance) 

has been awarded the FIRST PRIZE at Chicago International Music Competition. This year the competition received over 1000 competitors from 25 countries. 

Audwin Chang (Violin Performance)

gave a fabulous violin performance in his Carnegie Debut as 2022 International Romantic Music Competition Winners in June.

 

Isabelle Nien (Piano Performance) was selected as the Second Prize Winner at Windsor International Piano Competition in UK. She will be invited to perform in Southbank Center Purcell Hall, London 2023.

 

Isabella Nien and Irene Gao have been awarded the FIRST PRIZE at Quebec International Music Competition. 

 

Violinists Andy Zhang, Jerry Zhang, Jacob Koh and Audwin Chang were invited to perform as soloists in the Himalaya Capital event in Seattle Russell Investment Center. 

 

Dennis Wu (Piano Performance)

was invited as a soloist to perform Haydn Piano Concerto with Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland as Chopin Avenue Concerto Competition winners.

 

Melanie Cheang (Piano Performance)

received the Silver Award of Finland WPTA International Music Competition.

 

Stephen Cui (Violin Performance)

received the Silver Star in Music & Star Awards Competition

 

Victoria Cui (Violinist) and Stephanie Xu (Pianist) received First Class with Honour with Distinction in RCM music exam. Also, Victoria will have a chance to be selected as the nomination of 2022 RCM National Celebration of Excellence Carnegie Hall DEBUT in NYC.

Catherine Xie (Violin Performance)

was appointed as the Concertmaster of Lake Washington School District Honor Orchestra.

Jerry Zhang (Violin Performance)

was appointed as the Associate Concertmaster at Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 

Melanie Cheang (Piano Performance)

received the Second Prize at US New Star Music Competition (10-12 year group) in California. She was the only winner selected from Washington State for this competition. At the same time she received 142 high scores Distinction for her ABRSM Piano Level 8 exam.  Also, she was awarded the Third Prize at Charleston International Piano Competition and Honorable Mention at United Star Music Competition.

 

Dennis Wu (Piano Performance)

was awarded the First Prize Winner at Kings' Peak Piano Competition in California. Also, Dennis was awarded the Second Prize at the Concerto Competition of Chopin Avenue International Piano Competition in Hong Kong.

 

Pianist Dennis Wu and Irene Gao were awarded the First Class Honours with Distinction in RCM and ABRSM piano exams.

 

Violinist Stephen Cui, Esther Mei, Elizabeth Liu, Victoria Cui and Jessica Xie were awarded the First Class Honours with Distinction and First Class with Honours in RCM Violin Exam Level 6, 7, 8 and 9 respectively. 

 

2021

Johnston Lai (Violin Performance) 

was appointed as the Concertmaster at Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Debut for the year of 2021-2022 season. 

 

Melanie Cheang (Piano Performance)

was awarded the First Prize (Intermediate 9-11 years old group) at San Francisco International Innovative Piano Competition.

 

Felix Zhang (Piano Performance)

won Platinum at the WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition

 

Violinist Catherine Xie, Pianist Melanie Cheang and Dennis Wu 

were invited to perform at Northwest Celebration of Excellence Recital this year which will take place on the 13th Nov! They were selected among candidates that were awarded the Highest RCM Grade Exam Marks in the Northwest region (including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington states).

 

In the 2021 Rocky Mountain Festival Music Competition, 

Felix Zhang was awarded the Grand Prize in piano competition and Second prize in Violin competition. Dennis Wu was awarded as the First Prize in piano competition. Victoria Cui was awarded the Third Prize in the

Violin Competition. 

 

Isabella Nien(Piano Performance)

was awarded the First Class Honours with Distinction in Royal Conservatory Music Piano Exam and Melanie Cheang was awarded Distinction in ABRSM Level 6 Piano Exam.

 

Stephanie Enriquez (Violin Performance)

was selected to be the Concertmaster of the Eastlake Chamber Orchestra from Eastlake High School in Sammamish.

 

Pianist Dennis Wu, Victoria Cui, Stephen Cui were awarded the First Class Honours in Royal Conservatory Piano exam.

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. 

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.

 

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 exams.

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

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

 

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. 

              

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)

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 Exam. 

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

 

2019

Noni Patchett (Violin performance)

Won the Second Prize of the 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.