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Award-winning student pianists to perform at PianoFest on Oct. 22

Posted: 10/15/2013

Six student pianists in Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) (Tong Liu is pictured above) have been selected for showcase performances on opening night of the fifth annual weeklong PianoFest being held Oct. 22-26 in the University’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

The festival’s Opening Night: Piano Showcase Recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Beloware thestudent performers and their programs:

Tong Liu is a senior at Roosevelt and a native of China who began his piano studies at seven years of age. Admitted to The Middle School affiliated with the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 2003, Liu has won numerous competitions including the 2003 Schumann International Piano Competition in the Northeast sub-contest areas of China and China-Canada Young Pianist competition. He will perform Prelude and Fugue in A-flat Major (WTC1) by J.S. Bach.

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Fe Yu “Allison” Wang (right) is a freshman pursuing a double major in music education and piano performance.  She was born in Taiwan and grew up in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Wang was the 2012 Menomonee Falls High School Concerto Competition winner, placed fourth in the Chopin Youth Piano Competition in 2010 and was the winner of the WASB concerto competition in 2012. She will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, Op. 2, No. 3 First Movement and Johannes Brahms’ Intermezzo, Op. 117 No. 2.

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Younjin An (left)  is a junior at Roosevelt who began her music education at the age of 11 in South Korea.  She won the top prize in the Seoul National University of Education Competition in 2000 and attended the Westminster of Choir College as a scholarship student in 2002. She made her orchestral debut with the Deok-won High School for Arts Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and has participated extensively in master classes at the Bulgaria Sofia National Academy of Music. An will perform Dante Sonata by Franz Liszt.

Li-Ying Chang (below right), a native of Taiwan who is pursuing a Performance Diploma degree at Roosevelt, received a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Peabody Conservatory. A resident of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, she believes in and seeks to share the transcendentally expressive power of music and is currently an active solo pianist, chamber musician, teacher and accompanist in the Chicago area. She will perform Piano Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI/48 by Joseph Haydn.

PianoFestChangStephen Uhl (below) is a Bensenville, Ill., resident, organist for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg and a first-year Master of Music student at CCPA. A graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and the winner of the Lucille Stansberry-Rosholt Award for Distinction in Collaborative Piano, Uhl is the recipient of CCPA’s Collaborative Piano Assistantship.  He will perform Four Intermezzi, Op. 116 by Brahms.


SangHee Han (not pictured) is a Master of Music in Piano Performance student and native of Korea who won second prize in 2003 in the Sung Jung National Young Artist Competition and was the winner of the annual Concerto Competition at Northern Illinois University, also performing with the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic while she was a student at NIU.  It is Han’s second PianoFest appearance. She will perform Chaconne by Sofia Gubaidulina.

For more information on this recital or for a complete schedule and program for this year’s PianoFest, visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa or call the Music Conservatory hotline at 312-341-2352.

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