Andrew Shi (14), a student of Rufus Choi, is a freshman at Diamond Bar High School. He started playing the piano at the age of five under the tutelage of Lilit Babayan and, at six, performed at Carnegie Hall. Over the past years, Andrew has won numerous first prizes in state, national, and international piano competitions, including the San Jose International Piano Competition, Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition, Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) State Piano Solo Competition, MTAC State Piano Concerto Competition, American Fine Arts Festival, Glendale Piano Competition, and Southwestern Youth Music Festival. He is also the recipient of the “Most Promising Young Talent” at the 2017 San Jose International Piano Competition.
In addition, Andrew has received top prizes in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, Russian International Piano Competition, MTAC State VOCE competition, Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano Competition, among many others.
As the first-place winner of the Gail Newby Concerto Competition and Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition, Andrew was invited to perform as a concerto soloist with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
An active violinist and a chamber musician, he was the concertmaster in his middle school orchestra and a member of the first violin section in the Middle School Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), All Southern Honor Full Orchestra.
Emily Yang (16) is a violinist and a junior at Diamond Bar High School. She was concertmaster of 2018 SCSBOA honor symphony orchestra and currently serves as associate concertmaster of Claremont Young Musicians’ Orchestra and Diamond Bar High School Symphony Orchestra. She was a merit scholarship recipient for the 2017 Montecito International Music Festival and was selected to perform in masterclasses. She attended Idyllwild Summer Music Festival in 2018 on full merit scholarship. In 2017-18, Emily won John Child Walker Competition, Musical Arts Competition of Orange County, Satori String Contest, and American Strings Teachers' Association Solo Competition. She was awarded first prize in MTAC LOS ANGELES Branch Dozen Charitable Trust Fund Concerto Competition and was the winner of Claremont Young Musicians' Orchestra Concerto Competition. She has performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with MTAC/APU Festival Orchestra and Claremont Young Musicians' Orchestra. She was the first place winner of CAPMT VIII OC/JCM Young Musicians Concerto Competition and has performed Barber's Violin Concerto with Orange County Collective Orchestra. She participated in the Junior Chamber Music (JCM) and received second prize at Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) VOCE chamber ensemble competition state finals. Emily currently studies with Samuel Fischer at the Colburn School.
Tatum Hodgson (16) is a junior in high school and has been playing the cello for thirteen years. She holds the principal cello position with the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra and plays for American Youth Symphony. She is currently a member of two chamber groups through Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Junior Chamber Music. She has won first place in competitions such as ASTA solo recital competition, MTAC’s VOCE competition, and Satori Strings Competition, among others. She has attended Interlochen National Arts Camp, Montecito International Music Festival, Credo Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Indiana University Summer String Academy on full merit scholarships. Over the summer, she won the concerto competition held at Indiana University, and performed with orchestra on the final gala. She was selected to perform in masterclasses under various esteemed artists such as Nathan Vickery, Brandon Vamos, and Amir Eldan, and was invited to play for Amit Peled at the SAA National Conference. Tatum currently studies with Tanya Carey and Clive Greensmith at the Colburn School.