velyn Mo, age 14 at the time of our competition, attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, and studied with Dr. Thomas Mastroianni of Catholic University. Currently she is a student of Applied Math and Economics at Harvard, while continuing her piano studies with John O’Conor in Virginia.
Evelyn has won awards in many piano competitions, including first prize at the 2012 Blount-Slawson Young Artist Concerto Competition, first prize at the 2011 Chopin International piano competition in Hartford, CT, and first prize at the 2011 MSMTA Beethoven Sonata Competition. She was twice a national finalist at the MTNA Junior Piano Competition and has appeared on NPR’s ‘From the Top’ program. She won first place in the following competitions: the 2013 Friday Morning Music Club High School Piano Competition, the 2013 Lee University International Piano Competition, and the 2014 David D. Dubois International Piano Competition. She was a third-round semi-finalist in the Minnesota International Piano-E-Competition, and performed with the Orchestra of Northern New York as a prize-winner of the 2013 Julia Crane International Piano Competition.
Evelyn also plays violin, and as a high-schooler was the co-concertmaster at the American Youth Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra. She has won top prizes at the Washington Performing Arts Society String competition and Landon School Symphony Concerto Competition, and was a finalist at the Fairfax Symphony Concerto Competition in 2012.
Evelyn loves reading, writing, and math. In 2011, she won 1st place in Virginia for Grade 8 at the Math League National Competition. A poem she wrote has been published in Creative Communication’s “A Celebration of Poets” book and her writing has been selected for a national prize in the National Council of English Teacher’s Promising Young Writers National Competition. She won 3rd place at the State level Science Olympiad.
William Chen began playing the piano at age five. He gave his debut performance with Le Petit Orchestre at age seven and his first full length solo recital at age eight. At ten, he performed Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 with the Midwest Young Artists Orchestra as a young scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. William has been invited to many festivals including Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival, where he received high praise from the UK Telegraph, Aspen Music Festival and School,
the Festival International Alfredo de Saint Malo in Panama, the Festival “Martisor-2015” in Moldova, Northern Lights Music Festival, International Keyboard Institute Festival, and the Southampton Arts Festival.
Chen has won many prizes including First Prize in the 1000 Islands International Piano Competition, Grand Prize in the New York Music Competition for Young Artists, FIrst Prize and Klavierhaus Award for the Best Performance of Romantic Piece in the Kaufman International Piano Competition, and First Prizes in the Ensemble 212 Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Sound Symphony Concerto Competition, the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division Concerto Competition, and the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Competition. William has given numerous performances in many major venues including Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully hall, and Merking Concert Hall in New York City, Organ Hall in Moldova, Holywell Music Hall in Oxford, Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center in Cape Ann, and Harris Cocert Hall in Aspen.
Chen is an 8th grader in NYC. His other passions include hiking, gardening, weather science, scuba diving, and private piloting.
Critically acclaimed for his “complete mind for the keyboard, innate musical imagination, remarkable maturity and passion,” Korean-American pianist Hyung-Do Kim has been studying the piano since the age of four. Born in 1996, he currently studies with Mr. Choong Mo Kang at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division.
At the age of eight, Hyung-Do performed Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra in New York City. He performed his debut recital, which included Bach’s Goldberg Variations, in Merkin Recital Hall at the age of ten. He has also performed solo recitals in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Mannes College, Summit Music Festival, New York’s National Arts Club, New York’s River Club, Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Woodmere-Hewlett Library, Paul Recital Hall, Morse Hall, Wilson Theater, and the Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival. He has appeared in master classes conducted by renowned pianists Yefim Bronfman, Robert McDonald, Jerome Lowenthal, and Julian Martin.
He is a laureate of the New York Music Competition, Steinway Society Competition, New York Piano Congress Competition, International Connecticut Music Competition, Friday Woodmere Music Club Competition, the National Young Artists Competition, Leschetitzky Concerto Competition, and the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award. Most recently, he was awarded the first prize at Juilliard’s Pre-College Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra. In the summer of 2011 and 2012, he attended the Aspen Music Festival and School under the instruction of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Previously, he attended the Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival.
Hyung-Do has appeared on the nationally broadcast radio programs Young Artists Showcase and From the Top. In 2010, he was selected as a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and was named a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar.
Hyung-Do Kim is currently pursuing studies at Harvard and New England Conservatory.