MTNA Young Artist’s Competition
Hosted by the Collegiate Chapter of MTNA at the University of Kansas
KU MTNA will host its first edition of its competition in Lawrence, KS. The auditions will take place on January 19, with the finalists’ recital taking place on January 26 Both will take place on the KU campus. Ages 12-18 are welcome to apply.
An avid solo recitalist and chamber musician, Chinese pianist Teng Fu showed his aptitude for the instrument at a young age. Some of his early accomplishments including winning the Gold medal at the 2004 Chinese National Voice/Instrumental Competition, a semi-finalist at the 2004 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, as well as a finalist in the 2005 Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition. In the same year, Teng Fu was invited to perform a series of recitals at The Beethoven Music Festival in Bonn, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium after winning the China-Germany Young Artist Beethoven Music Competition. In 2006, Teng Fu decided to broaden his horizons and travelled to the United States by himself at the age of 16. While studying English at the Monsignor Farrell High School and piano at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program, he was selected to perform for Pope Benedict XVI when the Holy Father visited New York. During his college years, Teng made numerous recital debuts at Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall- Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, Mannes Concert Hall and Yamaha Salon.Most recently Teng Fu was the winner of Pittsburg Premier Piano Competition, Bronze Medalist at the 2016 International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition and a finalist at the American Prize Piano Solo Competition. Teng also has many accomplishments with his chamber group Trio Affettuoso. In 2015 the group won second prize at the ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Association Competition the same year.
Aside from his performance career, Teng Fu is also invested in passing down his musical knowledge to others. He currently serves as Lecturer at University of Kansas School of Music, teaching Piano Pedagogy , and Music of the Romantic Era in Doctoral Seminar, as well as Undergrad and Graduate students in Piano Performance. Teng has taught masterclasses and workshops to pre-college and college level students in United States, Canada and China. Dr. Fu began his musical journey at the age of six and was accepted to Wuhan Conservatory at nine years old. At Wuhan, he had the rare opportunity to be mentored by the late Lazar Berman and soon after Teng Fu was admitted to the Central Conservatory in Beijing with top honors. Teng went on to further his own musical studies and received both Bachelors and Masters degree in Piano Performance at the Mannes College the New School for Music, and Doctor of Musical Art degree at University of Kansas. Dr. Fu currently serves as the Editorial Associated Website Content Coordinator at Clavier Companion Magazine since October 9, 2016. In 2017, Dr. Fu recorded the 11 levels of U.S. Music Certification Exams Performance Books and the recordings are widely distributed worldwide as educational resources for examiner apprenticeship and general learning purposes.
Korean-American pianist Anthony Lee is praised for his “innate sense of music” and “great intensity” in performance. Though starting piano studies at the late age of 7, Lee was already competing in local competitions and performing regularly by age 10. However, it was many years before Lee made his orchestral debut at age 16, and it was not until age 17 that his talent was noticed by Yoshikazu Nagai who took Lee under his wings at the Interlochen Arts Academy. This first year of intensive studies led him on a competitive school track, attending the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music, studying with Natalya Antonova, Enrico Elisi, Thomas Schumacher, and Logan Skelton. Lee currently works with Steven Spooner.
Lee would attend the Prague International Masterclasses, Orford Musique, and the Atlantic Music Festival to work with great musicians like John Perry, Martin Canin, William Wolfram, André Laplante, Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, to name a few. Competitions include Hastings International Competition (2017), the American Prize (semi-finalist, 2015), and the Isidor Bajic International Piano Memorial Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia (2014).
As an organizer, Lee founded the Cary Classical Concerts in January of 2017, was featured in many of the concerts, and resides as the artistic director. Through these concerts, Lee not only performs solo and chamber music, but also speaks to the audience about various topics including his programming choices. Recently, Lee was interviewed for the program, My Life in Musicon WCPE, the classical radio station of North Carolina.
Lee’s repertoire spans from the epitome of piano music like the Rachmaninoff 3rdconcerto to the intimate chamber works like the Schumann piano quartet in Eb major, performed as a fellow at the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival in 2014, to completely new music like the 32 newly-composed art songs premiered at the end of 2017. Currently, Lee strives to rekindle his young spirit with international competitions.
“While Jon's technical skills and sight-reading ability are impressive, it is his ability to make the piano “sing”that creates the ultimate duet of piano and voice.” - Allegro Choirs of Kansas City. Jonathan Young an active pianist, composer, teacher, conductor, and accompanist. He is in his third year pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas, studying with Dr. Steven Spooner. Career highlights include working as Coach/Accompanist at Opera in the Ozarks in Summer 2018, attending the Bel Canto Summer Academy in Munich, Germany as a Collaborative Pianist in 2016, and performing solo piano at Haydn’s Esterhazy Palace in Austria through the Classical Music Festival in 2013. In concerto performances, Young has performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Minor with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor with the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Orchestra in 2007. He is an avid performer of chamber music, vocal, instrumental, and choral music, and has released piano compositions on iTunes and Amazon Music.
Young received his Master’s Degree from UMKC with Dr. Robert Weirich and Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College with Dr. Karin Redekopp Edwards. He currently serves as Vice President of KU’s Collegiate Chapter of MTNA, and reviews books for the American Music Teacher.
Minghua Li started to play the piano at age three and had a special feeling for piano performance ever since. When she was eight years old, she participated in the 8th “Xinghai Cup” National Piano Competition for Children sponsored by Central Conservatory of Music and ranked third countrywide. In 2015, she graduated from China Conservatory of Music. During the four-year undergraduate studies, her professional performance in piano has always been maintained at over 90/100 points and ranked first in her class. Moreover, she came out top in courses like Solfeggio Ear Training, Composition, and Vocal Music.
Li completed a music education internship at Beijing Chenjinglun High School from in 2014 during which she was involved in music teaching and rehearsals with the Jinfan Chorus. She organized 10th Grade students to participate in choir rehearsals and lead an excellent performance in the “Voice of Harmony” Chorus Performance Competition. Li also served as an accompanist in the National Center for the Performing Arts during the 12th China International Chorus Festival in 2014 and later she was invited to play at the Special Concert for Chorus Popularization of Jinfan Chorus of Chenjinglun High School, held in the National Center in 2015.
Li earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Here she also completed her studies of other keyboard instruments such as the Harpsichord, Fortepiano, and Organ. Since August of 2018, Li started her Doctor of Musical Arts studies at the University of Kansas with Professor Jack Winerock and is also a graduate teaching assistant.
Tharach Wuthiwan is a graduate student in Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance program at the University of Kansas, studying with Professor Jack Winerock. His studies are sponsored by Mahidol University, Thailand.
Wuthiwan started music lessons in Electone at the age of eight. Since his second year, he started to win prizes from every year he participated in the annual Yamaha Music Competition and received scholarships to participate in the Yamaha Music Camp in 1997 and 1998. He started piano lessons with Massirin Sarnin at the age of 14. Two years later, he won the Gold Medal Prize from the same competition and started to study piano with Kazuo Inoue at Yamaha Music Academy in 2003.
In 2004, He was admitted to the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance with Graduate Assistantships. During this time, he won a scholarship from the Yamaha Music Foundation, Japan and he was selected to perform in the Honors Student Showcase Concert. His teachers included Azusa Hokugo, Ramasoon Sitalayan and Eri Nakagawa. He participated in a number of master classes with Thomas Schumacher, Chung Lee, Sara Beuchner, Gustavo Romero, Lambis Vasilliadis, and Adam Gyorgy.
Besides his doctoral studies, Tharach now serves as a full-time piano faculty at College of Music, Mahidol University since 2011. Also, he is a shareholder of TP Tour and Organizer Co., Ltd., in which its business units included T-Academy music school. His work experience includes over fourteen years of group piano and private lessons, teaching at Music Campus for General Public, College of Music, Mahidol University (MCGP) and other schools.
He also served as a jury member for a number of piano grade examinations and competitions at MCGP, Thailand International Music Examination (TIME), SET Youth Music Competition, the Bangkok regional round of Osaka International Music Competition in 2014-2015, and Thailand’s Young Artist Music Contest 2018.
At the University of Kansas, Tharach was an instructor and coordinator for the long-distance piano program, Pianos Without Borders in 2017-2018.
Young students of Tharach gained First Prizes from Churairat Music Competition (ABRSM), Outstanding Performance and Gold Medal Prizes from Trinity-Guildhall Thailand Youth Piano Competition, and Thailand’s highest score awarded from both Trinity-Guildhall and ABRSM Grade Examinations.
Mengzhen Wang hails from Jingdezhen, China and started piano studies at the age of six. It was not until the age of fifteen that Wang started taking private lessons at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Since then, Wang would learn and perform internationally through Poland, Italy, China, and the US.
In 2011, Wang started her studies at the Szymanowski Academy of music Katowice in Poland. During this time, she studied with professor Hanna Kryjak and Klaus Bassler, professor at Hochschule fur Musik "HannsEisler" Berlin. From 2015 –2016 she studied with Alexandre Moutouzkine who
teaches at the Manhattan school of Music. That summer, Wang performed a Mozart concerto with the Napolinova Youth Orchestra in Italy. From 2016-2018 she studied with
Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, she is under the guidance of Dr. Steven Spooner, in the Doctor of Musical Arts program a the University of Kansas. Additionally, Wang travels to China every summer to teach a full studio.