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Participants 2024

Adam Jackson, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson was born in the UK and began piano studies at the age of 7 when he moved with his family to the US. In 2017, Adam was accepted into the Kaufman Music Center High School, began studies with renowned pianist Orli Shaham in early 2018 and entered Juilliard Pre-College in 2019.

Adam has performed with orchestras including the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio in Poznan, Poland, the Siletz Bay, Oregon Festival Orchestra, the New York Chamber Players, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the Symphony of Westchester.

Adam has performed solo recitals in the US, UK and Poland. He has participated in master classes with Richard Goode, Mikhail Voskresensky, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Boris Slutsky, and Ilana Vered.

At the age of 11, Adam won 1st prize in the Under-16 category at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, appearing live on British television. In 2017, Adam won the International Young Musicians competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Wales, second prize in the Leschetizky International Concerto Competition, and third prize in the Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition, New York. In 2019, Adam won 1st place in the Special Music School Concerto Competition.

Adam has attended summer festivals including, the 2018 Morningside Music Bridge at Fryderyk Chopin University, Warsaw, the 2019 “Music@Menlo” Chamber Institute, California, and studied with Arie Vardi and Hung-Kuan Chen at the 2022 Aspen Music Festival.

 Adam is pursuing piano performance studies at The Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of Profs. Orli Shaham and Julian Martin. 

Chloe Chuyue Zhang, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Chloe Chuyue Zhang

Chloe Chuyue Zhang stands as a luminary pianist whose performances emanate with profound passion and technical mastery. With accolades from esteemed institutions like The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, her musical journey is a testament to relentless dedication and unparalleled talent.

In the spotlight, Chloe commands the stage with electrifying presence, delivering spellbinding renditions of Liszt’s virtuosic works and Rachmaninoff’s soul-stirring compositions. From the tender nuances of Chopin to the bold complexities of Prokofiev, her performances are a tapestry of emotional depth and technical brilliance, captivating audiences worldwide.

Chloe’s musical prowess has garnered acclaim, crowned by triumphs at renowned competitions such as the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and the Wideman Piano Competition. Her ability to forge an emotional connection with her audience is unparalleled, earning her admiration and respect from peers and critics alike.

Beyond the solo realm, Chloe shines as a soloist with orchestras like the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra,Chautauqua Summer Symphony Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. Her performances, characterized by seamless integration and exquisite musicality, leave indelible impressions on all who bear witness.

In addition to her performance achievements, Chloe is a dedicated educator, nurturing the next generation of musicians with her passion and expertise. Her commitment to music education extends beyond the concert hall, enriching communities with her artistry and inspiring countless aspiring musicians along the way.

With every note she plays, Chloe Chuyue Zhang continues to elevate the musical landscape, leaving an enduring legacy of passion, excellence, and unwavering dedication.

Daniel Che

Daniel Che began studying piano at the age of 7 with Mr. Yifan Liu in Plano, Texas. He then went on to attend Northwestern University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. James Giles at the Bienen School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Most recently, Daniel joined the Yale School of Music, where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Boris Berman and Melvin Chen.

Evangeliya Delizonas, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Evangeliya Delizonas

Born in a family of musicians in 1992, Evangeliya discovered the piano at the early age of three. She gave her first concert with Moscow Chamber Orchestra when she was five. In 1998, she entered a prestigious school for gifted children – the Moscow Central Music School of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a student of Professor Tamara Koloss.

Since 2010 she has studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Ludmila Roshchina, where she has finished her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance. In 2017 she earned her two-year postgraduate degree which is equivalent to an American Doctor in Arts. After that, she got a Full Tuition Scholarship at the International Center for Music at Park University, Missouri, and in 2020 pursued Artist Diploma in Piano Performance under Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Professor Stanislav loudenitch.

In 2021 Evangeliya was admitted to the USC Thornton School of Music to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance as a student of Professor Stewart Gordon. Since 2022 she has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the USC Thornton School of Music.

She is the 1st Prize Winner of the Les Grandes Concours Internationales D’été in Los Angeles in 2023, 3rd Prize Winner of the Sixth NTD International Piano Competition in New York in 2022, 2nd Prize Winner of the USC Concerto Competition in Los Angeles in 2022. 

She speaks Russian (native) and is fluent in English, German, and Greek.

Marie Wurtz, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Marie Wurtz

Marie Wurtz is currently pursuing undergraduate piano studies with James Giles at Northwestern University and previously studied with Inesa Sinkevych at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. She was named a 2022 Finalist by the National YoungArts Foundation. Marie participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival in the studio of Peter Serkin in 2018. She has also attended Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy and the Manhattan in the Mountains festival. In 2022 and 2023, she attended Aspen Music Festival, studying with Arie Vardi and Anton Nel. She will be returning this year to Aspen, studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung-Kuan Chen. Marie has performed in Bowdoin College’s Studzinski Hall, Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival, Merkin Hall in New York, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Manhattan School of Music, and many other halls. In 2021, she received 1st prize in the Philadelphia International Piano Competition and 2nd prize in the Spotlight International Piano Competition. Marie has taken part in masterclasses with the Dover Quartet, Gary Graffman, Alexander Korsantia, and Shai Wosner, as well as lessons with Maria João Pires. 

Maryann Gou, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Maryann Gou

Maryann Gou is completing her MMus in Piano Performance with Garrick Ohlsson at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Born in 2000, she began piano studies at age 8 in Sydney Australia, learning from her mother, a pupil of Dan Zhaoyi. Maryann later commenced lessons with Neta Anne Maughan AM.

As a soloist, Maryann has performed in masterclass with Yuja Wang, Tamara Anna-Cislowska, Andrey Gugnin, Alexander Kobrin, and Stephen Hough. As a chamber musician, she is coached by Yoshikazu Nagai and members of the Telegraph Quartet, and has performed in masterclass with the Miró Quartet, Salastina Duo, and Emanuel Ax. Highlights include performances while on tour in Europe, as well as Carnegie Hall. She has performed in the Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, Zenith Theatre, Independent Theatre, and Australian Digital Concert Hall.

In 2011, Maryann played Mendelssohn’s 1st concerto in the ABC Young Performers’ Awards, and has since performed with orchestra, concerti by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, and has won over 150 prizes across Australia. In 2015, she won the Margaret Chalmers Scholarship. In 2016, she performed the Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto, and in 2017, she performed the first movement of Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. In 2022, she won both the BlueScope WIN Baroque, and Bond & Davies Piano Scholarship.

In 2022, Maryann was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW, and solicitor in NSW. During her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing poetry, and has had her poems selected to be published in two anthologies.

Patrick Orr, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Patrick Orr

Patrick Orr began playing piano at the age of ten, studying with Joan Robinson. At fifteen, he began studying under the guidance of Dr. Julie Bees at Wichita State University, where he would earn his Bachelor’s Degree. Presently, Patrick has found his artistic home in Dallas, Texas, where he studies under the mentorship of Andrey Ponochevny at Southern Methodist University. In recent years, Patrick has received a series of accolades, including a gold medal at the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival, second place in the Mu Phi Epsilon International Young Artist Competition, and semi-finalist standings in the Wideman and Dallas International Piano Competitions. Patrick has performed concertos alongside orchestras such as the Kansas City Symphony, the WSU Symphony, and most recently with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes and the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Beyond the piano, Patrick indulges in horror movies, bullet journaling, and enjoying (too much) coffee. His favorite quote is one by Leonard Bernstein – “To achieve great things, two things are needed: A plan and not quite enough time.”

Raúl Canosa, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Raúl Canosa

Raúl Canosa, described as a “virtuoso pianist of daring personality” (Justo Romero, Scherzo) with “indisputable musical criteria” (Rafael Ortega, Scherzo), debuted at fifteen, performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 with his own cadenza. He has won prizes in over twelve national and international competitions and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Spain, the United States, and Argentina. Recently, he won 1st Prize in the TCU Concerto Competition of 2023.

Canosa has given recitals in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, the UK, Switzerland, Uruguay, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the US, and Spain, performing in renowned venues such as the Musikverein of Vienna, Zipper Hall, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and the National Auditorium in Madrid. His CD “Serenatas y Danzas Españolas,” featuring works by Spanish composers like Albéniz, Granados, Rodrigo, and Turina, has received critical acclaim.

His creative pursuits include studying clarinet, harpsichord, and basso continuo, composing cadenzas, and improvising ornaments for concertos by Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. Raúl presents his recitals with thematic cohesion, often inspired by literature or poetry, such as Gaspard de la nuit and Liszt Sonata.

Raúl obtained a Bachelor of Music in three years at CSKG, was admitted to the Master’s program at the Colburn School in Los Angeles at twenty, continued his studies in Argentina and at the Lieven Piano School in Vienna, and obtained the Performance Diploma at SMU Dallas. His main teachers have been Joaquín Achúcarro, Bruno Gelber, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Fabio Bidini, Jura Margulis, Nino Kerselidze, and Gerardo López Laguna.

Seho Young, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Seho Young

Bostonian pianist Seho Young is a rapidly emerging international artist, whose playing has been described as “very intelligent and mature, […] thoughtful and polished” by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Seho is an acclaimed performer, having won first prize and the chamber music award at the 2022 Charles Wadsworth Competition and third prize at the 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition. He has appeared with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and the Princeton University Orchestra. Recently he was invited to present a recital of all American composers for The Bohemians New York Musicians’ Club at the Kosciuszko Foundation, and was featured in Tulane University’s Concert Piano Series. Hosted by the International Holland Music Sessions, he performed across Europe at iconic venues including the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava. He has studied with James Giles, Boris Berman, Francine Kay, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Wha Kyung Byun, and has performed in masterclasses for Stanislav Ioudenitch, Jeffrey Kahane, William Naboré, and Maria Joao Pires. In addition to piano, he is also a passionate chamber musician and harpsichordist Seho holds degrees from Princeton University and Yale University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music.

Seho is also a passionate composer and arranger, having written works for piano, orchestras, acapella groups, film, and musical theater. He is a competitive ultimate frisbee player, chess and Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiast, and life-long supporter of the New England Patriots.

Seolyeong Jeong, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Seolyeong Jeong

Pianist Seolyeong Jeong is a top prizewinner in international competitions such as the American Virtuoso International Music Competition, the Young Texas Artists Music Competition, and the Connecticut Young Artist Competition. Following her solo debut at Kumho Art Hall in Seoul at age thirteen, she has performed internationally in various concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Morse Recital Hall, Stude Concert Hall, and Seoul Arts Center. Seolyeong graduated summa cum laude from Seoul National University, and received two Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from Yale University. She recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Rice University, where she studied with Jon Kimura Parker. She is an Affiliated Artist at MIT Music and Theater Arts.

Umberto Beccaria, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Umberto Beccaria

Umberto Beccaria is an Italian pianist, born in Mondovì in 1996. Loyal to an idea of music that is open, boundless, linked to emotions and beauty, he performs in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland  and in great venues like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Theater Basel , BOZAR Centre for fine Arts, Erhbaar Saal Wien, Teatro Toselli Cuneo, Fazioli Concert Hall, Don Bosco Kulturzentrum Basel, Teatro Civico Vercelli, Sala Ateneu Bacau, Gare du Nord Bahnhof für Neue Musik, Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo, City Concert Hall Novi Sad, Cricoteka Krakow. In recent years, he has distinguished himself in competitions such as Rosario Marciano, Cantù piano and orchestra competition, Roma Piano Competition, Luigi Nono Competition.  
Umberto develops interesting programs, that he also recorded live and in studio, including music by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Schubert, Schumann, Skrjabin, Szymanowski and Andrea Ravizza, exploring the quality and texture of the sound. 

 He plays with orchestra works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Mozart and he is passionate also about chamber music, collaborating with groups and soloists of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai. With María Alejandra Jiménez he forms Duo Anamorfosi, focusing on music from the 20th and 21st century.  

Part of Umberto’s musical life is the Classiche Armonie festival that he now organizes now Italy, bringing to his hometown Carrù great musicians of the international scene and giving to the audience the opportunity of listening to high level concerts in a friendly and warm environment.

Victor Radko Shlyakhtenko, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Victor Radko Shlyakhtenko

Originally from Los Angeles, Victor Radko-Shlyakhtenko (b. 2002) started learning the piano aged five.  A prizewinner of several piano competitions, he received second place in the 2019 Waring International Piano Competition and first prize in the 2018 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition; the latter led to his European debut at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

After making his orchestral debut at the age of 12, Victor has collaborated with over a dozen orchestras in concerti by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Clara Schumann.  Victor was a recipient of the U.S. National Chopin Foundation Scholarship from 2016-2019 and a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation from 2018-2020.  In 2023, Victor received second prize in the Lima Symphony Young Artists’ Competition (Bluffton, OH), was a finalist in the Wideman International Piano Competition (Shreveport, LA), and was a grand prize winner of the Delta Symphony Orchestra competition (Jonesboro, AR).

Victor is deeply grateful to his music teachers, Stanislav Ioudenitch (piano) and Raphael Jiménez (conducting), with whom he studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Wenting Shi, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Wenting Shi

Wenting Shi has garnered a collection of prestigious awards and accolades throughout her career, including the First Prize at the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship Award in the USA, the Berlin Artur Schnabel Piano Competition, and the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, among others.

Wenting studied at The Juilliard School in New York City on a full scholarship with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. She received her Bachelor’s degree with the Arthur Rubinstein Prize for Academic and Artistic Achievements, followed by a Master’s degree. After Juilliard, she was admitted to the Yale School of Music with Prof. Boris Berman, earning a Master’s degree of Musical Arts in 2019. Later that year, Wenting commenced her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Avedis Kouyoumdjian, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in June 2022. That same year, she was admitted to the “Konzertexamen” degree program at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Markus Groh. Concurrently, she was awarded a full-ride scholarship to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern University with Prof. James Giles.

As an international recitalist, Wenting has collaborated with leading orchestras such as the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has been invited to give solo concerts worldwide in renowned venues including Alice Tully Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, Hong Kong City Hall, and the Vienna Musikverein.

Yi-Chen Feng, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Yi-Chen Feng

Pianist Yi-Chen Feng is the recipient of numerous prizes from competitions such as the New York Liszt International Piano Competition, the Grand Canal International Piano Art Festival, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. Feng made his Carnegie debut in 2022, performing Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Stern Auditorium. He is the first prize winner of the first International Maestro Piano Competition in Taiwan, earning concert engagements and a record deal with the Universal Music Group label for the 2021-2022 season.

A vivid concert pianist, Feng has been featured in various venues as a soloist, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, National Recital Hall and Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, the Hangzhou Grand Theater in China and the Galerie dorée de la Banque de France in Paris.

Feng has participated in prestigious festivals, including Art of the Piano, the Banff Center, the Oxford Piano Festival, and the Chautauqua Music Festival. He has participated in masterclasses with Angela Cheng, Alexander Kobrin, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Awadagin Pratt, James Giles, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Perry, and Matti Raekallio.

Originally from Taiwan, Feng began his piano studies at the age of seven. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory, Master of Music and Artist Diploma degree at the Yale School of Music where he studied with Boris Slutsky. Feng is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of Yoshikazu Nagai.

Yiwen Cao, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Yiwen Cao

Yiwen (Even) Cao was born in Shanghai, China, and started learning the piano at the age of three. In 2013, she was admitted to the Music Elementary School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music studying with Professor Jin Tang and Professor Zijie Wu; in 2016, she was admitted to Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying with Professor Natalia Filippova. Her recent accomplishment includes 1st Prize in German Bonn “Grand Prize Virtuoso”International Music Competition in 2020, 1st Prize in V Future Stars International Piano Competition Young Virtuosi Category and The 3rd WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition in 2021, 1st Prize in International Music Competition “Best Bach Performance” I and IV Danubia Talents Liszt International Music Competition in 2022. In 2024, she made her orchestra debut with Eastman Philharmonia in Kodak Hall, performing Prokofiev Concerto No.2. Currently she is a sophomore student at Eastman School of Music with Professor Alan Chow, majoring in piano performance and music theory.

In her spare time, Yiwen enjoys writing various songs and compositions. Her newest works could be found on YouTube.

Zhiye Lin, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Zhiye Lin

Hailed by the Boston Musical Intelligence as a pianist who “breezed through the most technically difficult bits with impressive panache”, Zhiye Lin is a KNS classical pianist who is increasingly being heard in important concert halls. After winning numerous competitions, he has performed in many major concert halls in the world, including Takamatsu Rexxam Hall, Hawaii Theatre, Lincoln Center, Monza Villa Reale, The Kennedy Center, Ningbo Concert Hall, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, and Shanghai Oriental Art Center. He was the laureate of piano competitions in Tokyo, Spain, West Virginia, New York, Singapore, and Hawaii. He also appeared as soloist with Mercury Orchestra, West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Channing Yu, Mitchell Arnold, and Joseph Stepec.

Known for his performance of solo master pieces, he also actively engages with chamber music. The Dawn Trio, which he founded in 2010, was awarded the second prize of the Chamber Music Competition of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Since then, he and his groups had been coached by well-known musicians, including Joseph Lin, Jerome Lowenthal, Peter Salaff, and Joel Smirnoff.

He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of HaeSun Paik and Hung-Kuan Chen. Currently, he is completing the Artist Diploma at the Peabody Institute under Richard Goode’s guidance.

Zihao Wu, pianist and contestant in Dallas International Piano competition 2024.

Zihao Wu

Zihao Wu entered the Central Conservatory of Music, Piano Academy at Gulangyu at the age of eleven. While in school, he was the recipient of many scholarships Including the YAMAHA Scholarship, and performed on China Central Television nationwide in 2012 and 2016. In 2017, Mr. Wu entered the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Dr. Daniel Shapiro. Mr. Wu entered the master’s degree program at The Juilliard School in 2021, as a student of Mr. Sergei Babayan. Now, he is continuing to work with him for artist diploma in Meadows School of the Arts in Texas.

At age fourteen, he gave a performance tour in Austria, Germany, France, and Poland, and made his orchestra l debut with the Bydgoszcz Symphony Orchestra in Poland. Then, he starts to play with many major orchestras in China. He has performed as a soloist with Xiamen Philharmonic orchestral at the Fujian Opera house in 2017, Qingdao Philharmonic orchestral at the Shandong Art center in 2019, and so on. At age sixteen he got engagements to concertized in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, among other major cities of China, performing the complete 24 Chopin Etudes. Mr. Wu was awarded a full scholarship to the 2019 Pianofest in the Hamptons, where he was an audience favorite. Engagements followed in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans. 

Mr. Wu was also a prizewinner in several national and international competitions such as Hongkong Chopin competition, YAMAHA Scholarship competition, and Mr. Wu receive The Sadie Zellen Piano Prize in 2021.