Two fantastic violinists Johnston Lai and Catherine Xie 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. 

5 years old pianist Felix Zhang and 6 years old pianist Jessica Xie 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.

11 years old Joe Huichen 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) has been 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 

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. 


Noni Patchett

Won the Second Prize (Violin Performance) of the American Protege International

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

Noni Patchett

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

Won the First Prize (Piano Performance) at Lacombe and District Music Festival

Zackary Kis 

Won the Second Prize (Piano Performance) at Lacombe and District Music Festival

Einav Grushka

Received Distinction at ABRSM Grade 5 (Violin Performance) Exam

Amelia Ross 

Received Distinction at ABRSM Grade 1 (Violin Performance) Exam


Naomi Bell

Received the First Class Honours at Royal Conservatory Exam (Grade 6 Piano Performance)


Eliana Jaewon Park

Received full scholarship as a violin major undergraduate student at the University of Illinois

Max Cousins 

Received Distinction at ABRSM Grade 1 (Violin Performance) Exam

Max Cousins 

Received Distinction at ABRSM Grade 1 (Piano Performance) Exam

Student Noni Patchett performed Samuel Barber
Violin Concerto at Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center
Student Joe Yang performed Tarantella by Albert Pieczonka 
5 years old Felix Zhang performed Sonatina in A minor by Georg Anton Benda (RCM Piano Level 6)