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KU’s Wakarusa Trio Takes First Place in the Chamber Music Division at the MTNA National Competition

Monday, March 25, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS —The Wakarusa Trio, made up of three KU School of Music students, was awarded first place in the “Chamber Music Performance” (string division) category at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Competition held in Anaheim, Calif. during its annual conference March 9-13, 2013.

The trio includes Puyin Bai, senior, clarinet; Shokhrukh Sadikov, MM student, viola; Kai Yin Crystal Lam, DMA student, piano. The musicians are coached by Scott McBride Smith, piano division director and professor of piano.

The Wakarusa Trio won the MTNA West Central Division Chamber Music Competition in January, which qualified them to compete at Nationals.

About the Wakarusa Trio
The Wakarusa Trio was founded in 2012 to explore the repertoire for clarinet, viola and piano trio.

Clarinetist Puyin Bai is from Xi’an, China. After two years of studying to be a pilot, his passion for music drew him to become a performance major at the University of Kansas, where he studies with Stephanie Zelnick. He was featured as principal clarinet in the KU Wind Ensemble’s recording Landscapes, which was recently released on the Naxos label. Puyin performed in the Eutin, Germany Opera Festival in 2012.

Violist Shohkrukh Sadikov won first prizes in the Competition of the Republic in his native Tashkent, Uzbekistan and in the International Competition in Kazakhstan. He has participated in master classes with Moscow Conservatory professors Roman Bolashev, Yuri Tkanov and Vitaly Astakhov, and with Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo String Quartet. Since 2012 he has been pursuing degrees in music and computer science at the University of Kansas, where is a student of Chung–Hoon Peter Chun.

Pianist Kai Yin Crystal Lam studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in her native Hong Kong before coming to the U.S. to receive her MM at Texas Christian University. She was the Grand Prize winner in the 2012 Naftzger Young Artist Competition, winner of the 2011 University of Kansas concerto competition, and national finalist in the 2010 MTNA Young Artist Competition. She received the 2010 Judith Soloman Piano Award in Chamber Music at TCU. She is a student of Jack Winerock.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.

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