The Sid and Mary Foulger International Concerto Competition:
Ling-Yu Lee has completed her sophomore year at Weber State University as a piano major, studying with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang on a full-ride piano scholarship. Ling-Yu began her piano study in Taiwan at age six. At age thirteen, Ling-Yu was admitted into the Music Gifted Program of the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. She has won top prizes in numerous national piano competitions in Taiwan.
Since arriving in the U. S., Ling-Yu has continued to be recognized for her performances in various piano competitions, including the first place state winner of the Music Teacher National Association (Utah) Steinway Young Artists Collegiate Piano Competition; second place state winner in the Piano Concerto Competition of the Utah Music Teachers Association Collegiate Division; second place division winner of the Music Teacher National Association (Southwest Division) Steinway Young Artists Collegiate Piano Solo Competition; a finalist in the 2013 Russian International Piano Music Competition in California; semi-finalist in the Collegiate Piano Division of the 2013 Seattle International Piano Competition in Seattle and a finalist in the concerto competition of the Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival. In the spring of 2013, Ling-Yu Lee won WSU’s concerto competition, and performed the first movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the WSU Symphony Orchestra.
Ling-Yu loves making music with others as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician, and has treasured her many opportunities to perform in masterclasses and concerts. She relishes the emotional connection with the audience when she performs.
Cellist Jeremy Tai, age 15, a Doublestop Foundation recipient, has been named an Ambassador of Foundation’s Artist In You Program. As an ambassador, Jeremy is mentored by New York Philharmonic assistant concertmaster Michelle Kim, principal cellist Carter Brey and other prominent musicians. At the age of thirteen, Jeremy made his solo debut at the Robert Mondavi Performing Arts Center with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. Soon after, he soloed with the Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra as the winner of its concerto competition.
Jeremy won the MTNA National String Competition, Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition, and MTAC VOCE Competition to name a few. He was also chosen to be a semi-finalist at the Stulberg International String Competition and Irving Klein International String Competition this year. In previous summers, Jeremy studied with Hans Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music. He will be attending Music@Menlo and Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival this year. An avid chamber musician, Jeremy founded the award winning Konpeito Cello Quartet. He and the quartet performed on ‘From the Top’ and collaborated with the show to make a music video that is featured on its YouTube channel. Jeremy has participated in numerous outreach programs and donated all of his competition earnings to the Japan earthquake relief fund.
Jeremy is a sophomore at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California and currently studies with Jonathan Koh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division. Jeremy plays on a Nicolas Maline bow generously loaned by the Doublestop Foundation.
Misha Galant is a sophomore at Newark Memorial High School. He began piano lessons at the age of six with his mother and current teacher, Olya Katsman. His accomplishments include first prizes in the Menuhin-Dowling Young Pianist’s Competition, the CAPMT Bartok and Contemporary Music competition, the CAPMT northern division concerto competition, the East Bay Music Festival, and the Marylin Mindell Piano Competition. He was the state winner in the 2010 MTAC concerto competition. As the winner of the Oakland East Bay Symphony concerto competition at the age of 12, Misha performed the Chopin Concerto no. 1 with the Oakland Symphony on July 3,, 2011. Misha has performed in masterclasses with Robert Schwartz, Gilbert Kalish, Mack McCray, Paul Hersh, Jean Barr, and Ann Schein. He has also performed for William Bolcom, Leon Fleisher, and Stephen Prutsman. On June 19, 2010, he gave his first full solo recital in Mountain View, his second on May 8 the following year, and his third in December of 2012. In the summer of 2011, Misha participated in a chamber music program called Music@Menlo. Misha is indebted to Sharon Mann of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for her invaluable and inspirational coaching.
In addition to his achievements in piano, Misha is an accomplished swimmer on the Mission San Jose Aquatics swim team and is ranked among the top swimmers for his age in the pacific coast. In his rare free time, Misha loves to watch TV, spend time with his friends, read, and go to the movies.
Special Guest, Fan-ya Lin - Fanya Lin, began formal piano study at age four, and even from such a young age, dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. Fanya was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and attended Dun-Hua Elementary School, the Junior High Division and the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University. In 2008, Fanya declined scholarship offers from several internationally renowned music conservatories. Instead, she enrolled at Weber State University to study with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang, the Director of Keyboard Studies. Fanya was the recipient of the Edna Ione Hall Scholarship, 2012-2013 Presser Foundation Scholarship Award, and 2013 AHA Friend of College Award.
Fanya has been selected as a top prize winner in numerous piano competitions. She was named the first-place winner in the 2009 Utah Music Teacher Association Concerto Competition, the 2009 Snowy Range Piano Competition, the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Steinway Young Artists National Piano Competition, and the 2013 American Protégé International String and Piano Competition. Fanya was also named the second-place winner in the piano duet category of the 2010 New York International Piano Competition, the second-place winner, Teacher’s Favorite Award recipient, and President’s Award recipient of the 2011 Seattle International Piano Competition.
Since coming to the United States, Fanya has performed with the Weber State University Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, and Utah Symphony. In addition, Fanya was selected as one of the esteemed 2011 "National Concert Hall Rising Stars" in Taiwan and was invited to give a solo recital at the Taiwan National Concert Hall. In 2013, Fanya was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, and received “Best Performance Award” from American Protégé organization. As the special award recipient of 2013 International Russian Music Piano Competition, Fanya was invited to perform in Europe in the summer of 2014.
Fanya has attended multiple music festivals, including the 2005 Bowdoin Music Festival, the 2008 Paris International Music Session, the 2009 Aspen Music Festival, the 2009 Music@Menlo, the 2010 Esterhazy Classical Music Festival, and 2011 Deeper Piano Study Program. In 2012, Fanya was appointed as a staff accompanist for the Weber State University International Solo/Chamber Music Camp. Furthermore, Fanya was invited as a guest artist for Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival in 2013 and 2014.
Along her musical journey, Fanya has had the rare opportunities to study with renowned musicians such as Ivo Pogorelich, Boris Berman, Tamas Vasary, Nelita True, Boris Slutsky, Wu Han, Arthur Greene, and Lydia Artymiw. In the summer of 2010, Fanya studied at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler as a visiting student. Currently, Fanya is a first year Master student at The Juilliard School, studying with Professor Jerome Lowenthal and professor Choong Mo Kang.