• Lixin Zhang
    Lixin Zhang
    New Zealand
  • Katherine E. Benson
    Katherine E. Benson
    USA
  • Yilin Liu
    Yilin Liu
    China
  • Yui Yoshioka
    Yui Yoshioka
    Japan
  • Shuan Hern Lee
    Shuan Hern Lee
    Australia
  • Jeremy So
    Jeremy So
    Australia
  • Zixiang Wang
    Zixiang Wang
    China
  • Lin Ye
    Lin Ye
    China
  • Sunhwa Kim
    Sunhwa Kim
    Republic of Korea
  • Dong Yi Lee
    Dong Yi Lee
    Australia
  • Baichao Lan
    Baichao Lan
    China
  • Delvan Lin
    Delvan Lin
    New Zealand
  • Benjamin Goodman
    Benjamin Goodman
    Israel
  • Ahhyun Lee
    Ahhyun Lee
    Republic of Korea
Delvan Lin
New Zealand

Born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1999, Delvan Lin began piano lessons at the age of six and is currently studying at the Eastman School of Music USA.

In 2015, he competed in the Wallace National Junior Piano Competition, taking first prize, and a year later he became the youngest winner of the Wallace National Piano Competition.

Delvan has participated in masterclasses with distinguished pianists Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christopher Elton, Boris Giltburg, Oleg Stepanov, Diedre Irons, and Read Gainsford.

In 2017, Delvan toured the UK with The Aurelian Trio and while there premiered a work composed for the group by Xu Tang at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Delvan has performed  as soloist with the Bach Musica Auckland and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lixin Zhang
New Zealand

Lixin Zhang is currently in his fifth year at Burnside High School where he is in the Specialist Music Programme playing both piano and violin. He began piano lessons at the age of 4 with Neville Baird and later studied with Richard Mapp and Michael Endres.

Lixin has been awarded the Irene Lassen Exhibition Award from the Royal Schools of Music for his first diploma exam and passed his LRSM diploma with a high distinction.

He has also attained his Fellowship Diploma Certificate from Trinity College London. In 2017, Lixin was invited to perform two solo concerts at festivals held in Mallorca Spain. Earlier this year, he recorded a CD with Rattle Records.

He was winner of the 2017 Wallace National Piano Competition having previously won the Wallace National Junior Piano Competition in 2016 as well as the Christchurch IRMT Competition, and the Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship.

Sunhwa Kim
Republic of Korea

Pianist Sunhwa Kim is the winner of the 12th Seoul Student Award  for enhancing Korea’s national prestige. She was a finalist and received the Honorable Mention Prize in the 2013 International Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland and has competed in many other competitions.

She has given solo recitals and performed with the 2018 LA Opera Young Artists at the Steinway Galleries and is currently a Diploma student at the Colburn Conservatory of Music LA.

Ahhyun Lee
Republic of Korea

Ahhyun Lee began piano at the age of six and is currently studying at Seoul National University.

She has performed as a soloist with the National Radio Chamber Orchestra of Rumania as well as taking part in various competitions and recital programmes.

Ahhyun received a scholarship from a major piano company which included recital opportunities in Korea.

Lin Ye
China

In 2008 at the age of 15, pianist Lin Ye left his native China to study at the Hochschule fur Musik in Hannover, Germany. He has won prizes in a variety of competitions both in Germany and USA.

He has given recitals in Asia, Europe and the United States and was admitted to the Artist Diploma programme at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he is currently studying.

Katherine E. Benson
USA

Young American pianist Katherine E. Benson who hails from Jonesborough, Tennessee has a Bachelor of Music degree and is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Piano Performance Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and teacher.

Katherine has received honours in several competitions including a semi-finalist award at the 2018 Los Angeles International Piano Competition.

Shuan Hern Lee
Australia

16 year old Shuan Hern Lee began learning the piano with his father when he was just two and half.

At 14, he completed the Fellowship diploma (AMEB) and began tertiary music studies at the University of Western Australia and also at the International Piano Academy Incontri Col Maestro, Imola in Italy.

He has won first prize at a number of international piano competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Russia, the Piano Competition for Young Musicians in The Netherlands and Junior E-Piano Competition in the USA.

He has performed with orchestras from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Russia, USA and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Benjamin Goodman
Israel

Benjamin Goodman was born in Oxford, England in 1990 and moved to Israel at the age of thirteen where he began his serious study of the piano.

He continued studying piano at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, receiving a 100% mark for his BMus and MMus graduating recitals.He recently graduated from Mannes College of Music, NYC, where he received the 2017 Steinway Award.

Benjamin has been a first and second prize winner in a number of international piano competitions.

He has given solo recitals throughout Israel and the US, as well as in Germany, Spain, Italy, Serbia and Lithuania.

Benjamin produced, presented and performed in a unique concert for Israeli Artists in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (2016) and performed his solo recital debut there in October 2017.

Jeremy So
Australia

Australian pianist Jeremy So completed his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexandra Vinokurov and then with Stephen Savage at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He has performed in numerous venues within Australia including Sydney Opera House and abroad in Auckland, Leipzig, Paris, Xi’an and the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, London.

In 2014 Jeremy performed in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at the 67th Aldeburgh Festival and in 2015 at the London Sinfonietta Academy. In 2016 he was at the Chester Music Festival with the Manchester Camerata.

Yui Yoshioka
Japan

Yui Yoshioka began playing the piano at the age of seven.  In 2007 she enrolled as a young talented artist in the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Yui has won a number of International Piano competitions including those held in Honolulu, Vienna and Padua. She has also performed as soloist with orchestras in Italy, Austria, Japan and Germany.

She is currently, taking a Master’s degree at Universität für Musik, Wien, Austria.

Zixiang Wang
China

Born and raised in Wuhan, China, pianist Zixiang Wang has performed in numerous concert halls all over the world and has been praised for the direct and passionate expression in his performances.

He gave his international debut recital in the Salle Gaveau Hall (Paris) in 2013, supported by Shanghai Conservatory of Music for outstanding pianists.

Zixiang studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music (BM) and the Juilliard School (MM).

He won 2nd prize in the 2018 Teresa Llacuna International Piano Competition and has received several awards for Chinese young pianists, including First People’s Award (2012, 2013),

He is now pursuing his doctoral degree in piano performance with Arthur Greene at the University of Michigan.

Yilin Liu
China

An exciting and sensitive performer, Yilin Liu was the winner of the 2016 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Piano Concerto Competition and took third prize at the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition.

She has given recitals in China, USA, and Italy, and gave the Shanghai premiere of Bartok’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Yilin is an avid chamber musician.

Baichao Lan
China

Baichao Lan is currently taking a Bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and will pursue a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, New York in September.

He began piano lessons at the age of four and gave his first public performance at the age of five in his hometown. While at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, he studied regularly with the leading Chinese pianist Fou Ts’ong.

He has won over 20 national and international piano competitions and has been invited to perform throughout the USA, Europe and Asia.

Dong Yi Lee
Australia

Sydney born pianist, Dong Yi Lee, was awarded the Australian National Piano Award, 2nd Prize at the Kerikeri International Competition and also named the ‘Best Australian Pianist’ at the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016.

He was soloist in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium from 2014 to 2016 and completed his MMus in Performance with Prof. Michael Endres at the Barratt Due Institute in Norway.

Dong Yi has performed throughout Asia, Pacific, Europe and USA and as soloist with the many leading orchestras e.g. BBC Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.