Stars of Tomorrow

Young Prize Winners of National and International Harp Competitions

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Auer Hall, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Sponsored by Hogue, Hogue, Fitzgerald & Griffin, Inc.

 

Program

Sarabande and Ground…………………………………………………...William Croft (1678-1727)

Fantaisie sur un Theme de l’Opera Eugene Onegin…………………... E.A. Walter-Küne (1870-1930)

Valerie Sim (Hong Kong)

From Six Preludes for Harp - Birds in Winter……………………...…….Michael Mauldin  (b. 1947)
Prelude No. 1 - Presto
Prelude No. 4 - Dolce
Prelude No. 3 - With Precision

Fantaisie on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 31……………………..……...Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975)

Annette Lee (USA)

Sonata No. 2…………….……………………………………………………...F.A. Rosetti (1750-1792)
I. Allegro assai
II. Romance adagio
III. Rondo-Allegretto

Fantaisie sur des motifs des “Contes d’Hoffmann “ d’Offenbach........Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013)

Yuet Kan (Hong Kong)

 Intermission


Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565
…………………….……Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Thème et Variations………………….……………………………………...Pierre Sancan (1916-2008)

Hanjiao Zou (Shanghai, China)

 Élégia for Harp………………………………………………………….……..Ryōhei Hirose (1930-2008)

Introduction and Variations on Bellini’s Norma, Op. 36………………….….E. Parish Alvars (1808-1849)

Renée Murphy (USA)

 

Sonata in C Major, K330.......................……………..................Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
I. Allegro moderato

The Moldau…………………………………...…………………………………Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)

Xinyue Zhang (Shanghai, China)


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Yuet Kan

Hong Kong harpist Yuet Kan, age 13, started her harp journey at the age of four. Already at the age of five, she was chosen to perform at the press conference of the 4th Hong Kong Harp Festival with the world-renowned Korean harpist Jung Kwak, as the youngest performer among 125 harpists. An outstanding student, she has performed throughout Hong Kong with her teacher, Lauyee Yeung.

 Kan Yuet has won numerous international prizes. Her major achievements include the First Prize at the Young Artist's Harp Competition in Ohio (2018), First Prize and Premio Interprazione Special Prize at the Amigdala International Music Competition (2018), Third Prize at the Osaka International Music Competition Senior Harp Section (2018), Gold Medal at the 3rd Hong Kong Harp Competition (2015),  Silver Medal at the 1st  Korean International Harp Competition (2015), and Silver Medal of Junior Division at the 26th Nippon International Harp Competition (2014).

In 2016, Kan Yuet was the first harpist form Hong Kong to perform at the Stars of Tomorrow concert during the 10th USA International Harp Competition. She has also performed at the Focus On Youth program at the 13th World Harp Congress, the Hong Kong Harp Talents concert at the 8th International Festival of Harp Suoni d'Arpa Saluzzo, the Taiwan Harp Festival, the 2015 Singapore Harp Festival Youth Showcase, and the 2016 Asian Harp Festival in Korea.


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Annette Lee

Annette Lee is an award-winning harp and piano soloist. Annette began her musical studies on piano at the age of four and continued on harp at age nine. She studies the harp with Paul Baker and JoAnn Turovsky. She is currently a senior at Polytechnic School in Pasadena and is a member of the Colburn and Vice President of Bliss Youth Orchestras.

Annette’s awards and recognition include a 2018 Classical Instrumental Grand Finalist in the Music Center's Spotlight Competition, 1st prize of the Libby Larsen prize in the AHS National Competition's Intermediate I division (2017), Finalist of the National YoungArts Foundation Classical Music category (2018), and 1st prizes in the CalASTA and ASTA competitions. Annette has also performed in the AHS National Conference's Legacy Concert and the West Los Angeles Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert and is a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn scholarship at the Colburn School.

In addition to the harp, Annette is an accomplished pianist, having appeared as a concerto soloist with the Antelope Valley, SYMF, and MTAC Orchestras. In addition, she won first prize at the 2018 Image International Music Festival (IIMF) Competition.


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Renée Murphy

Harpist Renée Murphy is a seventeen-year old high school senior from Bloomington, Indiana and a student of Professor Florence Sitruk. After starting piano at age four, she began harp study at age seven with Dr. Alicia McQuay and continued study with Professor Elżbieta Szmyt in the Indiana University Pre-College Harp Program for seven years.

Renée has been a First Prize laureate of national and international competitions including the 30th Nippon Harp Competition in Japan, the 2018 Young Artist’s Harp Seminar Principal Harp Audition, and the 2017 Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, becoming the first harpist ever to receive this prize. Additionally, Renée received Second Prize in the 2018 Young Artist’s Harp Competition and in the Junior Division of the 2013 American Harp Society’s National Competition, where she also was awarded the special Salzedo Prize.

Renée’s performance accolades include the 13th World Harp Congress’s “Focus on Youth” Concert Series in Hong Kong, the “Stars of Tomorrow” concert of the 9th USA International Harp Competition, and guest solo performances with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Renée has participated in master classes of harpists Susann McDonald, Nancy Allen, Elizabeth Hainen and Sivan Magen. She has attended the Illinois Summer Harp Class with Dr. Ann Yeung for the past three summers. Renée is the second oldest of six children and enjoys performing chamber music with her family, reading, baking, and spending time with her pet rabbit, Hachiko.


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Valerie Sim

Valerie Sim began her harp lessons at the age of five and is currently studying with Dan Yu.  Her awards and recognition include winning 1st prize in the Junior Division of the Nippon Harp Competition (2016) and 3rd prize at the International Competition for Young Musicians “Petar Konjovic” (2015). She was invited to perform at the Opening Ceremony and the “Focus on Youth” concert of the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong as well as the “Rising Star of Asia” Concert at the Asia Harp Festival in 2016 and Harpfest Singapore in 2015. 

 Valerie has also performed in the Hong Kong concerts of Emmanuel Ceysson, Isabelle Moretti and Park Stickney.  Valerie has attended master classes and private lessons with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald, Emmanuel Ceysson, Elizabeth Hainen, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Sivan Magan, Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, Maria Luisa Rayan, Karen Vaughan and Naoko Yoshino, among others.


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Xinyue Zhang

Xinyue Zhang was born into a family of musicians and learned to play piano from her mother at the age of four. Shortly after, she started studying harp with Zhang Xiaojie, of the Shanghai Conservatory. She attended music primary and middle schools affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, majoring in harp.

Her awards and recognition include: winning the excellent music award at the 2014 Lily Laskine International Harp Competition, 1st Prize in the C2 and N4 groups at the Premiere Tencontres Internationales de Harpe en Île-de-France, 1st place in the Youth Division of the 4th Korea International Harp Competition, and 4th Place in the G. Professional Pedal group of the 4th Hong Kong International Harp Competition.

As an orchestral harpist, Zhang Xinyue has performed with the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of China on their 2017 tour of the U.S. and China including performances at Carnegie Hall and at premier venues in Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou.


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Hanjiao Zou

Hanjiao Zou began piano lessons at age five and harp lessons with Professor Jason Chang at the age of ten. She is currently studying in the Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2018, Hanjiao won the Gold Medal of Secondary II Pedal Division in the 4th Hong Kong International Harp Competition.

Hanjiao’s solo concerto performances include appearances with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra under the conducting of Mr.Tang Muhai, the Shanghai Chamber Orchestra under the conducting of Mr.Gao Jian, and the Songjiang Student Philharmonic under the conducting of Mr.Yue Weiqiang. She has also performed with the Shanghai Light Music Orchestra and the chamber band of Music Prodigy Search.

Hanjiao has performed in master classes with Nancy Allen, Emmanuel Ceysson, Jana Bouskova, Anna Verkholantseva, Isabelle Perrin, Park Stickney and Paul Patterson. She also composes and has written for solo, trio, and concerto pieces for the harp.