Lee Universitys 14th annual International Piano Festival and Competition will feature 23 students, 16 of whom will compete for cash and scholarship awards throughout the week. Prizewinners will be named following the final round on Friday at 7 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, in Lees Humanities Center.
The competition is a part of a week of professional instruction, along with concerts open to the public. Nine students will showcase their skills in the pre-college competition: Rebekah Hong, Catherine Huang, Amy Lao, Grace Peng, Zhuangzhuang (William) Peng, Esther Pham, Kayla Shen, Hsi-Yun Wu, and Shuheng Zhang. Seven students will participate in the college competition: Shu Ming Chen, Wei-Hsuan Chien, Aidan Hedrick, Ying-Ju Lai, Chin Lee, Imsun Lee, and Sara Lee.
The semi-final round of the competition for pre-college students will take place Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall. Finalists will perform an entirely different program on Friday evening for this years judges Rae De Lisle, Joong Han (Jonathan) Jung, ChoEun Lee, Pei-Chun Liao, Alex McDonald, Ann Schein, Cahill Smith, and Phillip Thomas.
Ms. Hong, from Solon, Ohio, is 13 years old and began studying piano at age five. In 2011 she won First Prize in the Indiana Piano Teachers Guild Competition and ...