Young Artists Concert
October 29, 2016

Arizona Piano Company
4134 East Wood Street, Phoenix AZ 85040 

Ryan Grieser, Viola

HaeJu Choi, Collaborative Piano


Recital Program:

  • Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
    • I. Prelude
    • VI. Gigue
  • Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1
    • I. Allegro appassionato
  • Walton: Concerto for Viola
    • I. Andante comodo
    • II.  Vivo, con molto precioso
Ryan Grieser, age 17, is a student at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix and studies viola with Ms. Susanne Rothaar. In 2014, Ryan performed twice in Carnegie Hall as a prizewinner in the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition as well as their Concerto Competition. He has also won prizes in solo competitions from the American String Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, Phoenix Symphony Guild, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Virtuoso Violas, and Four Seasons Orchestra. Ryan has served as principal viola of the All-National Honors Orchestra, Arizona High School All-State Orchestra, and Youth Symphony of the Southwest.

Most recently, he was a winner in the Youth Symphony of the Southwest Concerto Competition and will be soloing with YSSW later this year. Ryan has attended various summer music festivals including Eastern Music Festival and the Heifetz International Music Institute where he was a student of Mr. Jeffrey Irvine and Mrs. Martha Katz. He has also played in masterclasses with Atar Arad, Paul Coletti, and Robert Vernon. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys watching sports and spending time with his triplet brother and sister.

Jessica Zhang, Piano

Recital Program:

  • Haydn: Sonata in C, Hob. XVI/50. L.60
    • I. Allegro
  • Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
  • L. Liebermann: Gargoyles Op. 29, I.III.VI.
Jessica Zhang is a 14-year old freshman at Corona del Sol High School. She has been studying piano with Mrs. Hong Zhu since age 5. Jessica has participated in piano concerts and has won multiple prizes in competitions over the past few years, including first place in the 2016 Steinway Avanti Future Stars Piano Competition, first prize in the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Competition, third place in the 2015 Arizona MusicFest Piano Competition, second place in the 2015 Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition, and first place in the East Valley Music Teachers Association Piano Competition in the years 2013 and 2015.

Jessica has been winner of the Desert Valley Music Teachers Association Piano Competition in many years. Jessica also plays violin in her school’s chamber orchestra. In the past few years, she has participated in the Scripps Spelling Bee in her district as well as math competitions in Arizona. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys swimming, playing badminton, and oil painting.