Jiaxu Chang, 13 years old in 2013, is current grade 8 student in West Point Grey Secondary School. She starts learning piano at age 8 and has won twelve 1st places, nine trophies and seven scholarships in Kiwanis、BCRMTA、NSMF、Richmond、CMTAC festivals or competitions. On 2008 May, she received 91 in RCM grade 5 Examination. On 2009 June, she received 92 in RCM grade 8 exam and was awarded medallion and certification. On May 27, 2012, Louis performed piano concerto with symphony orchestra in University of British Columbia. On 2012 November, Jiaxu won the 1st place of 2012 International Music Talent Competition, the highest scores from the Jurors and received Judges’ Distinction trophy. Jiaxu Chang was invited and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York on 2013 December.
“You have magic in your fingers and in your heart.” – Dr. Christine Vanderkooy, (DMA, McGill University)
Fourteen year old Tristan Teo started piano lessons at age six with Aline Banno and is now under the direction of Dr. Sasha Starcevich. Over the past couple of years, Tristan has built an international reputation of excellence in performance, with “superb pianism” and a singular ability to communicate with his audience.
A native of Canada, Tristan has been awarded top prizes in several international piano competitions. At the age of 11, he won 1st place in both the Solo and Concerto Pre-college Divisions of the 2009 Kingsville International Isabel Scionti Piano Competitions in Texas and became the youngest contestant ever to achieve that honour. He was also the youngest and only Canadian prizewinner at the 2010 Cooper Piano Competition in Oberlin. In January 2011, he was awarded 1st prize and the Gold Medal at the 5th Bösendorfer and Schimmel USASU International Piano Junior Competition in Arizona as well as the Senderov Award for the most outstanding performance of a composition by a Russian composer. In July 2011, Tristan received 2nd prize at the e-Piano Junior Competition, rising to the top of a field of the 25 most talented young pianists in the world today. A special accomplishment this year: Tristan’s 1st prize wins in both the Solo and Concerto Competitions of the 2011 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in California.
Since his orchestral debut at age 10, Tristan has performed with numerous orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum, the Waring Festival Orchestra under conductor Lucille Carver at the McCallum Theatre in California, and the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall under the baton of Mark Russell Smith.
This May, he was invited to perform a solo recital at the prestigious Salle Cortot in Paris and has future engagements to perform in Italy, Germany, and the US. This summer Tristan will be performing his acclaimed solo version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Amphiteatro Romana in Castiglione del Lago. His next international engagement in December 2011 features a solo recital in Florida as well as a performance with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra with conductor Dr. Andrew Kurtz. Tristan also performs frequently in the Vancouver area, and presents annual benefit concerts for various local charities.
In his spare time, Tristan enjoys reading, building LEGO, and travelling. Currently a Grade 11 student, he will graduate from high school 2 years early and looks forward to continuing his musical education while preparing for a career in piano performance. Tristan is a committed musician and hopes to share his love of classical music with the next generation of audiences. Tristan currently studies at the Juilliard School of Music.
Xinyi Wang is 10 years old now and she is a grade 4 student of West Point Academy. She started to learn piano at 4 years old with Ms. Fafan Xiao. She has received many awards including 3rd place in 2016 Canadian Music Competition (CMC), 1st place in 2016 Pacific International Young Pianist Competition, 1st place & judges’ distinction award of 2015 American Protege International Music Talent Competition, 2nd place in 2013 AADGT International Competition etc. She has performed in Carnegie Hall 3 times including Isaac Stern Auditorium Hall. She also performed in The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, Gateway Theatre, River Rock Theatre etc. Xinyi Wang has been participated many fundraising concerts to support VGH & UBC hospital, BC Children’s hospital and needy elementary schools in China. Also, Xinyi performs regularly in the senior homes in Great Vancouver area.
Ray Zhang, 6 years old in 2013, from West Vancouver, B.C., Canada, is currently a grade 1 student at Collingwood School. Ray started learning piano at the age of 5 with Ms. Fafan Xiao. He participated in many music festivals like Kiwanis, North Shore, BCRMTA SPG etc. and received many the first places, trophies and scholarships. In 2013 April, Ray won the 1st place & judges’ distinction award of 2013 International Music Talent Competition and was invited to perform at prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York. He also performed in Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy and Kay Meek Theater in West Vancouver. Ray was invited and performed in Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra 2012-2013 Closing Concert on July. 6 years old Ray Zhang with 5 years old Ryan Wang held a concert at Kay Meek Theatre in West Vancouver on June 9th, 2013. All proceeds total $5901.9 from this concert went to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music which provides music education to underserved and at-risk youth at no cost. In 2013 October, Ray was invited and performed in 2013 CAIS Heads and Chairs Conference. In 2013 November, Ray was invited and performed for BC Premier and other Ministers in Winter Gala. Ray is a member of Vancouver Young Pianist Club and participates in many fundraising concerts to support local community. Aside from music, Ray is a big fan of sports. He loves hockey, skiing, and Taekwondo. Ray also enjoys reading and singing.