The 2019-2020 MusicaNova Young Artists season premiere features pianist Ty Promreuk, 17, a junior at Arizona State University and violinist Leon Kobayashi, 17, a senior at the Arizona School for the Arts
September 21, 2019
Ty Promreuk, 17, is a junior at Arizona State University majoring in biomedical engineering. She began studying piano and composition at age 4 with Tomoko Yonemaru at the East Valley Yamaha Music School, and later studied primarily with Karen Nguyen. She currently studies with Fei Xu in Chandler.
Ty has received many recognitions for her original works, including national 1st place awards in the 2017 MTNA Junior Composition Competition and the 2018 MTNA Senior Composition Competition. She was a featured composer-pianist in Yamaha’s National Junior Original Concerts from 2015 to 2017, and was also a Yamaha guest artist at the 2016 and 2018 NAMM trade shows in Anaheim, California. In the summer of 2018, she participated in the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s High School Composition Intensive.
In her spare time, Ty enjoys watching competitive figure skating and browsing YouTube and Spotify for obscure music.
Ty’s Recital Program
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue no.20 in A minor, BWV 889 (WTC II)
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Dumka, op.59
R. Schumann: Fantasie, op.17
I. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legendenton
S. Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, op.22
Leon Kobayashi, 17, is a senior at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) in Phoenix, AZ. He started his musical journey with piano at the age of 5 and violin at the age of 6. He currently studies violin with Steven Moeckel, concertmaster of The Phoenix Symphony, and piano with Dr. Miriam Hickman, who is also his piano accompanist. Leon has been a violinist in Phoenix Youth Symphony for 7 years and ASA Chamber Orchestra for 5 years, where he has served as both concertmaster and principal second violin. He has also been a member of Arizona All-State Orchestra every year of high school. He most recently performed as soloist and concertmaster for Violins of Hope Phoenix at Arizona Opera Center and appeared as a guest artist for a Downtown Chamber Series concert.
Leon is passionate about chamber music and has been a member of multiple chamber groups throughout his high school years. In the 2019 Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Ensemble Competition, he won 1st place with Eurus String Quartet and received honorable mention with sYLVer Piano Trio. sYLVer Piano Trio also placed 2nd in Tier 2 in the Arizona Music Educator Association Solo and Ensemble Competition. Leon has performed multiple times on TV and at the Arizona MusicFest Young Musicians Concert at the Musical Instrument Museum with his chamber groups. As a soloist, he was the finalist in the Philadelphia International Music Festival Young Musicians Solo Competition in 2017.
Attending international music festivals such as Le Festival International du Domaine Forget, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Red Rock Winter Festival, Interlochen Violin Institute, ARIA International Music Academy, and Philadelphia International Music Festival has provided Leon with opportunities to study with such renowned faculty as Samuel Ashkenazi, Stephen Rose, Robin Scott, Renée Jolles, Katie Lansdale, Klaudia Szlachta, Kevork Mardirossian, David Gillham and others. He has also participated in many masterclasses with distinguished faculty and artists such as Martin Chalifour, Peter Zazofsky, Joan Kwuon, Masumi Per Rostad, Jonathan Swartz, and Trio Solisti. He was also invited with full-scholarship to the Labor Day Festival at Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Mercer University in 2019.
Since his sophomore year, Leon has been a volunteer violin teacher at Harmony Project Phoenix. He serves as a Teacher Assistant for ASA’s String Orchestra where he teaches and conducts the orchestra, and as president of Tri-M National Music Honor Society and ASA Orchestra Counsel, and is a member of National Honor Society. He often plays at local churches, senior living communities, and other music events.
Outside of violin, Leon has been active as a bass vocalist. He was chosen to be a member of the 2019 National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Honor Choir and has been selected as a member of Arizona All-State Choir each year of high school (although he has elected to participate in orchestra every year). He has been most notable as a bass singer in the a cappella group Mixtones, which has performed on local TV and in live settings multiple times to promote Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) ‘18 in 2018. Although the Mixtones have disbanded due to the other members graduating high school, Leon continues to sing in ASA Chamber Singers.
In his free time, he likes to watch YouTube, read manga, cook, skateboard, and waste money on Chipotle and shoes.
Leon’s Recital Program
With Dr. Miriam Hickman, Collaborative Piano
J. S. Bach: Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Louis Spohr: Violin Concerto No. 8 “In Form einer Gesangsszene”
I. Allegro molto: Recitative
III. Allegro moderato