William Lin, first place winner, performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto in G minor on April 25, 2017 at Merkin Hall. William started piano lessons at the age of six. In 2013 he began studies with Donna Fishwick, in Vancouver, Canada, and completed his Grade 9 Royal Conservatory of Music piano examination with honors. In 2014 he began competing locally in the Festival on the Lake, in Burnaby, and has since garnered numerous awards in local, national, and international competitions. He received second place at the Canadian Music Competition in 2015 and third place at the Fifth Chinese Children Small Golden Bell Music Competition, after which he was invited to play in Guangzhou, China. In January of 2016 William was invited to play in Carnegie Hall as a Vancouver representative in the Crescendo International Music Competition, where he was Grand Prize winner. In May of 2016, he won first place in the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. William also was awarded first place in the 2016 Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Concerto Competition and performed with the VMO in June, 2017.
William has been a guest artist with the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, the Richmond Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra di Alicante in Perugia, Italy. Locally, he performed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Vancouver Convention Centre, Tom Lee Music Concert Hall, Anvil Centre, Gateway Theatre, and Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Playhouse. Internationally, his performance venues include Bösendorfer Recital Hall in Vienna, Hellbrunn Palace in Salzburg, Teatro Pavone in Perugia, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
William has attended master classes with Sasha Starcevich, Wayne Weng, and Alexander Karpeyev. He is the piano accompanist for the Richmond Orchestra and also plays violin as a member of the intermediate String Division of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra. As a member of the Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble, William has performed a wealth of repertoire arranged for piano duet, duo, and quartet.
Adam Jackson, second place winner, began his piano studies at age seven under the tutelage of Benita Meshulam. In 2012, Adam became one of the youngest Hoff-Barthelson Music School students to be placed in the Honors Program. He has participated in master classes with David Dubal, Ilana Vered, and Alan Weiss. Adam made his orchestral debut at the age of ten as the winner of the Symphony of Westchester Concerto Competition. Then at the age of 11, he won the Under 16 category at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and appeared live on British national television. In 2017, besides his second place win in our competition, he was awarded first prize in the Young Musician of the Year competition at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in Wales, and third prize in the Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition in New York. He also was selected in successive years by the Leschetizky Association to perform at its Annual Awards Concert, as well as its Live Music By Living Composers concert in 2016 and its celebration of Seymour Bernstein in 2017. Adam has performed five solo recitals across the Tri-State area as part of the Drozdoff Society’s “Impromptu!” prodigy series, as well as a solo recital in the Young Artists Showcase at the Fishguard International Music Festival, UK. Adam in a student at the Special Music School in New York and currently studies privately with Ms. Orli Shaham.