Piano Concerto Winners
Emily Uh, 11 years old, started playing the piano at age five. Her numerous accomplishments in piano include the First Place at the CAPMT (The California Association of Professional Music Teachers) VIII & OCS (Orange County Symphony) Young Musicians Concerto Competition, Gold and Silver Medals at the MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California) Theme Festival, the Third Place at the Musical Arts Club of Orange County Piano Competition and the Fourth Place at the SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival) Complete Sonata and Sonatina Category.
In 2012, Emily appeared as a soloist with CYT (Celebration of Young Talent) Concerto Orchestra performing the Haydn Concerto Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII: 11. Also an avid chamber musician, Emily participated in JCM (Junior Chamber Music) program and Capistrano Internal Chamber Music Festival in 2012-2013. Her recent musical activities include her appearance in masterclass with Dr. Ingrid Clarfield at the 2013 MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) National Convention. She currently studies piano with Dr. Minji Noh.
Emily performs regularly at the CAPMT Community Recitals for senior citizens. Also a skilled violist, she will join the Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s Santiago Strings in coming fall 2013. She resides in Irvine where she recently graduated from Brywood Elementary School in Irvine as an Honor Roll student.
Emily will perform the opening movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 1.
Derek Chao is 14 years old and is a 9th grader at Whitney High School. He has studied piano since the age of 5. He is currently studying with Dr. Susan Boettger. He passed the piano advanced level of the Music Teacher’s Association of California’s Certificate of the Merit Exam (MTACM) with Branch Honor at the age of ten. Derek was a top prize winner at several piano competitions, including Southern California Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF), and 2012 Glendale Piano Competition. He entered the finals in the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in 2011. He has participated in the Junior Chamber Music for five years. Derek was invited to perform the violin and piano at many events such as Cerritos City Talent Show, local TV show, and fundraiser concerts. He held his personal music recital to fundraise for the World Vision Organization in 2008, and raised $3,200 during the recital.
Derek also has been studying violin with Mr. Leslie Ho since he was seven years old. He has won several competitions, including first prize in the 2007 - 2012 SYMF violin competitions, first prize in the 2009 John Walker chamber music competition, and first prize in the 2011 & 2012 Vocalists, Orchestral instrumentalists, Chamber music, Ensembles (VOCE) in Whittier Branch. He has won Honorable Mention in State Finals of 2011 VOCE. He also passed the violin advanced level of the MTACM with Branch Honor in 2013.
In his spare time, Derek enjoys playing computer games, reading books, and listening to pop music. He joined the basketball team at Whitney H.S. Derek can speak Mandarin fluently. He has participated in the Taiwan missionary to teach English for elementary students on the country side of Taiwan during the summer of 2013.
Derek will perform the fiendishly virtuosic first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 of Camille Saint-Säens.
Primitivo Cervantes III, of San Juan Capistrano, is a scholarship recipient and piano performance major at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music as a student of Dr. Grace Fong. Primitivo began his piano studies at the early age of six. He impressed his music teachers, mentors, and audiences with his natural ability and musicianship. By middle school, after winning multiple local piano competitions, his teacher was shocked to learn that Primitivo owned only a plastic, 2-octave, keyboard to practice on. After obtaining a proper piano, Primitivo continued to become an accomplished pianist and chamber musician. In 2010, and again in 2012, he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, New York.
Primitivo graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), with a PSAT/National Hispanic Recognition Program award, AP Scholar with Distinction, and received OCHSA’s Pianist Program’s Most Promising Musician Award.
Primitivo will play the beloved opening movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.