Meet the students who have received support from IMA Virtuosi:
Haeyun Lee was a Ford Scholarship recipient for 4 years and attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Haeyun says, “The scholarship allowed me to take lessons throughout high school that fixed my technique and covered a wide range of repertoire that was needed to succeed in the HSPVA Piano Department. I was able to meet other dedicated musicians and gain valuable performing experience in professional venues.” She graduated from HSPVA in May 2017 and will be attending Harvard University in the fall.
She is performing Liszt Gnomenreigen in the video on the right.
William Fan is a sophomore currently attending Bellaire High School. He has played the piano for nine years, which includes seven years of study with his current teacher, Ekaterina Loudermilk. Some of his accomplishments include: First Prize at Young Artists Piano Competition, First Prize with Special Honors at Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition, performance at Carnegie Hall for a Winners’ Recital for the Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition, participation in an exchange program where he was able to perform in Moscow, Russia, with students from the Igumnov School of Music, Second Prize at the International Chopin Competition, Houston Young Artists’ Concert artist 2017-2018, Second Prize for duets at TMTA and Finalist for solo at TMTA.
Humphrey Xu is an eighth grader at Memorial Middle School and has studied piano since he was seven years old. Last year Humphrey was selected to perform at Hobby Center in downtown Houston to celebrate International Music Academy’s 10th anniversary (2017). He was a finalist in the first Kawai SNG piano competition (2015) and has earned top scores in the Forum Auditions held at the University of Houston. He also won a prize at the Sonata & Sonata Competition in Corpus Christi (2018) and was a solo finalist in the TMTA Performance Contest (2018). When not practicing, Humphrey enjoys playing tennis, reading books and playing video games.
At thirteen years old, Jinqiu Wei is currently a seventh grader at Pin Oak Middle School who has studied at the International Music Academy for almost eight years. Her awards include First Prize with Special Honors in the XII Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Competition and Second Place in the Texas State University Young Artist Piano Competition, both in 2016; in 2017, Second Place in the Southern Chopin International Competition and Honorable Mention in the Tenth International Chopin Youth Competition. She has advanced this year to the Texas Music Teachers Association Student Affiliate Performance Contest Semi-Finals in June. She played as a prize winner in Carnegie Hall in 2017.
Just this year Estelle Yan won First Prize with Special Honors Plus in the 2018 Sonatina and Sonata International Competition and has been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall. She was also an eighth- grade state finalist for the TMTA performance contest competition. She won First Place in the Joyce Cochran Piano Competition as well as Second Place in the Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Piano Prodigies. Estelle has performed in the Wortham Center as part of the Society for Performing Arts Performance Prelude series, as well as in Methodist Hospital on their “Tuesdays at Methodist” concert series. Recently, Estelle was selected from among more than 300 students to perform in her school’s Honors Concert. She started her piano lessons when she was five years old and studies with Dr. Matthew Loudermilk.
Ten-year-old Seoyoung “Trinity” Yun is a recipient of the Ford’s Scholarship at the International Music Academy, where she has been the student of Katarina Loudermilk since the age of seven. She took a First Prize in the Southern Chopin International Piano Competition and Third Prize in the Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Piano Prodigies (both in 2017), as well as First Prize in the Texas State Young Artists Piano Competition and Honorable Mention in the Tenth International Chopin Youth Competition in 2018. A young student who very much enjoys expressing things with music, she has performed at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
A ninth-grade student at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Magen Zeng has studied with Katarina Loudermilk for nine years; she is both a passionate pianist and an aspiring dancer who began accumulating piano competition awards in 2015. They include, among others, Ninth International Chopin Youth Competition, Silver Medal; London Grand Prize Virtuosos, First Prize; Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition, First Prize with Special Honor (twice); “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition, First Prize with exceptional young talent special prize; and American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2017, Second Place. In 2016 Magen performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and Royal Albert Hall in London.