MusicaNova Chamber Orchestra
Ms. Joy JiaYe Pan began her music training at the age of four and earned her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from School of Music at Arizona State University. At age 13 she won the national entrance competition for Shanghai Conservatory, one of the most prestigious music schools in China. Between 2005 and 2010, Ms. Pan served the concertmaster for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. She has served the concertmaster for ASU Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a concert soloist with the Chandler Symphony, La Forza Chamber Orchestra, and MusicaNova Orchestra.
Lan Qiu began learning violin as a seven-year-old in Wuhan, China. When he was only nine, he began playing in youth orchestras to entertain international visitors as China opened up to tourism after President Nixon’s historic visit in 1974. Following graduation from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1989, he joined the first violin section of the China Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing and served as acting Concertmaster until 1996. Qiu was the winner of the National Youth Violinist Competition in 1990 and in 1996 was elected as the “Outstanding Young Artist of China.” Between 1987 and 2000, he performed in many countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Qiu came to the United States in 2000 and has been playing in the first violin section of the Phoenix Symphony since 2003. He became an American citizen in 2009.
Jessica Zhang is a fourteen-year-old freshman at Corona del Sol High School. She has been studying piano with Mrs. Hong Zhu since the age of five. Jessica has performed in the MusicaNova Young Artist Series in 2015 and 2016 and was the first place winner of the 2016 Music Teachers National Association Arizona Piano Competition. Jessica has won first place in multiple piano competitions, including the 2016 Steinway Avanti Future Stars Piano Competition, the 2016 Arizona Musicfest Piano Competition, the 2016 Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Competition, and the 2013 and 2015 East Valley Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, as well as second place in the 2015 Young Artist Piano Competition. Jessica plays violin in her school’s chamber orchestra. In the past years, she has placed in math competitions in Arizona and has represented BASIS Ahwatukee in the district Scripps Spelling Bee. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing badminton, swimming, oil painting, and hiking.
Harmony Project-Phoenix is a MusicaNova education partner. Their Ensemble is made up of young players who have been studying their instruments for two years or less, under the guidance of Diogo Pereira, Phoenix director, with the assistance of several volunteer teachers from around the valley, including MusicaNova young artists Bobae Johnson, violin, and Viveca Lawrie, trumpet, and orchestra members Luciana Gallo, cello, and Sonja Branch, percussion. Recently several members of the MusicaNova Orchestra joined the Harmony Project-Phoenix orchestra on stage at a fundraising concert at South Mountain Community College, providing guidance to the young players.