Audrey Wang, 15, is a 10th grader at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix. She currently studies violin with Dr. Katherine McLin, viola with Ms. Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and piano with Mrs. Zoë Simmons. Audrey has won several top prizes from Arizona String Teachers Association State Solo Competition, Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Competition, Arizona Musicfest, and the Four Seasons Orchestra Competition. She had masterclasses with Professor Stephan Picard from Hanns Eisler Music School, Berlin, Germany, Professor Boris Garlitsky from Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, France at the Académie Internationale D’Eté de Nice, France, Professor Michael Chang at the Fresno Summer Orchestra & Opera Academy (FOOSA) Festival, and Ms. Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. Audrey has been a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for over five years and its Honors String Quartet for a year.
She has also received several awards for her music compositions at the Yamaha National Junior Original Competition. In addition to the MusicaNova Young Artists Series, Audrey has performed at several major venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Musical Instruments Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Tempe Center for the Arts, and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Audrey is a regular patron of classical music concerts, operas, ballet performances, and art museums. In her free time she enjoys drawing, reading, baking, and outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and skiing.
With Haeju Choi, Collaborative Piano
Ryan Stover, 11, is a 7th Grader in Benjamin Franklin Charter High School in Gilbert AZ. He started taking piano lessons at the age of five, then started studying under Mr. Fei Xu at the age of nine. Ryan is a winner of the 2017 Desert Valley Music Teachers Association (DVMTA) piano competition.
Classical music is by far Ryan’s favorite music genre. He practice piano music by many different composers: Chopin, Liszt, Bach, Beethoven and Ginastera. In addition to his instrumental skills he sings in his school’s Junior High Honor Choir.
Aside from music, Ryan also enjoys learning about history, space and math. A quote by him: “I have to admit, playing the piano is difficult. It may seem easy at first, but the learning curve gets the best of you, and you’re forced to devote your time and effort to it.”