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LCP WINNERS in the International Competition in LONDON?!

12March
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Fullerton? Check.
USOMC? Check.
American Protege? Check.
International Music Competition ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso? Che…ck?

Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang

Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang

Wait, what? London?! What’s this all about?

In additional the American Protege International Concerto Competition, we entered ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL competition. For this competition, we also had to submit a video and we no doubt were competing against a multitude of different countries ALL OVER THE WORLD. In fact there were THIRTY-ONE COUNTRIES! They are: United Kingdom, Argentina, Austrailia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Recia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Kazakhastan, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United states, and FINALLY VIETNAM! (Because of OUR TEAM!)

Every year LCP is shooting for bigger and bigger heights. And our elite of super talented students has landed among the top of the top.

SO YES, we have placed in this year’s competition. AND YES, we have received FIRST PLACE in Chamber Music category of the International Music Competition ‘London’ Grand Prize Virtuoso! GIVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR…

Celine Tseng and Hong-An Hoang
1st Place Winner of the International Music Competition ‘London’
Grand Prize Virtuoso, in Chamber Music (multiple performers)

For winning they are INVITED TO PERFORM in Royal Albert Hall in London on APRIL 4TH. 

Note that is coming up REALLY soon! In order to go, they will need YOUR help! As two students still in high school, any monetary assistance they need is necessary.

Might I add that they are the first duo in which one person is representing VIETNAM since the competition first started?!

If you would like to show your support to these amazing students, make all of their hours of practice worth it, ANY amount of monetary assitance is very appreciated on their GoFundMe

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We are VERY PROUD of them both and would like their dreams to come true.

American Protege International Concerto Competition of 2017

11March
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WHOA! Remember that competition that we started entering into two years ago?
The one where one of our students entered a video performance of a concerto piece?
And that one where, if you place, you get invited to perform in New York, CARNEGIE HALL?!

The short version of the story is that in our 3rd consecutive year, we managed to place again.

The long version? Well, it wasn’t easy. Contestants from all over the world submitted a video of themselves performing. This massively expands the amount of competition you have against winning. In fact, last year’s list of competing countries included THIRTEEN COUNTRIES: U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Poland, China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand*.

But it was worth it. So worth it!

We have the utmost pleasure in announcing that our HONG-AN HOANG won 2nd PLACE and is invited to perform in WEILL RECITAL HALL IN NEW YORK!

Hong An Hoang
2nd Place Winner of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition
Category for Ages 13-18 

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Hong An Hoang looking thoughtfully pleased at her most recent win.

We are blown away by the magnitude of your accomplishment. Thank you for representing LCP from all over the world!

*taken from the American Protege Website. 2017’s list of countries was not available.
Results from 2016.
Results from 2015.

25th United States Open Music Competition

11March
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Some of our winners on stage at USOMC

Some of our winners on stage at USOMC

So we did pretty awesome at Fullerton. What about in Oakland at the 25th United States Open Music Competition?!

Upping our game from last year, we had 9 LCP pianists in this competition and entered in tons of categories. This competition took place in Oakland, CA and lasted from February 20th to the 25th. We had soloists and duo-ists; people who played classical pieces, romantic pieces, or even contemporary pieces for a total of 13 different categories! And in 4 of those categories, we placed 1st place.

Some of our winners from this year's 25th USOMC!

Some of our winners from this year’s 25th USOMC!

What did they get for being so amazing?! Well… just certificates, scholarship money, medals…and even shiny crystals?! Nope. I’m not jealous at all. Not me. Maybe just a little. (People who placed are awarded a medal. However, 1st Place winners receive medals, scholarship money, and the spectacular crystals).

Our winners of this year’s 25th USOMC are:

Alina Tu Trinh
3rd Place in Treasury of Classical Composers – Advanced
4th Place in Treasury of Contemporary Composers – Advanced B

Ashley Dixon
3rd Place in Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Junior with Dayna Nguyen
3rd Place in Piano Duet/Ensemble Junior with Dayna Nguyen
4th place in 8c Open Solo

Bella Dang
1st Place in Open Duet Romantic Junior with D’Jay Vu – GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
1st Place in Open Duet Contemporary Junior with D’Jay Vu – GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

Carolyn Tran
1st Place in Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Junior with Nicole Ho – GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

D’Jay Vu
1st Place in Open Duet Romantic Junior with Bella Dang – GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
1st Place in Open Duet Contemporary Junior with Bella Dang – GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
4th place in Showcase Piano Solo Junior

Dayna Nguyen
3rd Place in Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble with Ashley Dixon
3rd Place in Piano Duet/Ensemble Junior with Ashley Dixon

Isabella Tran
1st Place in Showcase Piano Solo – Elementary – GRAND PRIZE WINNER
2nd Place in Treasury of Classical Composers Junior
2nd Place in Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble with Madison Tran

Madison Tran
2nd Place in Treasury of Classical composers – Intermediate
2nd Place in Treasury of Classical Composers – Intermediate C
4th place in Showcase Piano Solo – Elementary

Nicole Ho
1st Place in Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Junior with Carolyn Tran – GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
3rd Place in Treasury of Romantic Composers Senior

Those crystals we were talking about.

Yup. We weren’t kidding. #jealous

Nicole Ho and Carolyn Tran with our principal, Molly Nguyen!

Nicole Ho and Carolyn Tran with our principal, Molly Nguyen!

Congratulations to all of you who have won! Your brilliance has blinded us all. Stay tuned for the next year!

United States International Duo Competition… AND THE RESULTS ARE?!

29January
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Our winners in all their glory, sprayed all over the marvelously detailed carpet.

Our winners in all their glory, sprayed all over the marvelously detailed carpet.

 

Breathtaking.
If there’s one word that could describe our most RECENT ACHIEVEMENT that would be it.

Three of our Little Chopin teams (including Carolyn Tran and Nicole Ho; Andrew Luu and Charisse Vu; and Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang) traveled to their competition venue, a Forbes Five-Star and a AAA-Five-Diamond resort, the BOARDMOOR COLORADO SPRINGS HOTEL.

They were finalists in the UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL DUO PIANO COMPETITION. Weaving through the competition and performing at a spectacular venue is an honor on its own.

But winning is an entirely different feat. And win they did. ALL of our teams placed in their respective categories. Little Chopin is overflowing with absolute pride and admiration for these brilliant and assiduous students. THANK YOU ALL!

The United States International Duo Piano Competition Results:

Category 4: Carolyn Tran and Nicole Ho – 2nd Place
Category 5: Andrew Andrew Luu and Charisse Vu – 3rd Place
Category 6: Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang – 2nd Place

Top row: Hong An Hoang, Celine Tseng, Charisse Vu, and Andrew Luu.  Bottom row: Nicole Ho and Carolyn Tran

Top row: Hong An Hoang, Celine Tseng, Charisse Vu, and Andrew Luu. Bottom row: Nicole Ho and Carolyn Tran

Check out that venue!

Check out that venue!

Advancing to the next STAGE! OUR International Finalists!

11November
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Taken from: http://usidpc.org/, the Broadmoor Hotel.

Little Chopin’s got a sweet tooth for international competitions and can’t stop.

Last month we received word about two of our stellar duo teams: Charisse Vu and Andrew Luu; Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang. They are finalists in the United States International Duo Piano Competition (USIDPC), which boasts itself of being the “#1 duo competition in the world” (http://usidpc.org/).

This is GIGANTIC! Pianists of ALL ages can enter, whether you are 6 and under, or 18 and above playing as a professional pianist. Yet our two teams have combed through the competition and ended up being finalists in this competition.

And it gets better. Finalists are invited to perform at a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort, the Broadmoor Colorado Springs resort hotel. It is beautiful! It is like something out of a dream. In the midst of a green lush valley and a deep blue lake, the hotel sits amongst well kept lawns and fountains and neatly trimmed pines. Inside are fancy carpets, huge love seats, curtains that hang from wall to wall, and chandeliers to make you feel like royalty.  Just go to their website, the prestige speaks for itself: http://usidpc.org/the-broadmoor/. Being able to perform here is out of this world!

But their work does not end there. Practice hard they will. Because on the days that they are there (on January 6-8, 2017), they will be competing in their respective categories to receive 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Can they do it? Will they win?! Stay tuned. AND CHEER THEM ON! 

 

 

MTAC Concerto Competition Winners

14July
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Aldric Gozon, Hoang An Hoang, and Celine Tseng from left to right.

Aldric Gozon, Hoang An Hoang, and Celine Tseng from left to right.

Yes! More winners! It’s the 3rd competition we won in May and June. And this time it’s a concerto competition!

This competition took place on June 18th in Long Beach. Concerto competitions are always so exciting to talk about–piano concertos are pieces that were made to be performed with an orchestra. They’re also typically long and super fancy. So just picture one of our cute LCP pianists performing one of these pieces an entire orchestra! 

Three of our very talented students competed in this competition and all placed. For their incredible hard work and talent, they were rewarded cash prize totaling up to $700!

Category II ages 13-15: 
1st Place Winner – Aldric Gozon – $300 cash prize 
3rd Place WinnerHoang An Hong – $200 cash prize

Category III ages 16-19
3rd Place WinnerCeline Tseng – $200 cash prize

Little Chopin is super pleased! Concertos are hard to complete, never mind competing against others for it. Congratulations to the three of you!

Winners of Musical Arts Competition!

28June
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Our 4 1st place winners performed at the Richard Nixon Library Foundation!

Our 4 1st place winners performed at the Richard Nixon Library Foundation!

LCP Reporting in with more good news! On Saturday, June 4th, in Long Beach, a few of our LCP pianists competed in the Musical Arts Competition of Orange County.

Since the 1940s, which is probably before your parents were born, this non-profit organization has been hosting annual competitions in the spring for pianists and vocalists. Over the years, they expanded the competition to woodwinds, strings, and even guitars.

But… we only entered for piano, because piano is obviously the best instrument.

All students were required to perform two pieces from a select group of classical piano books, depending on the category they were enrolled in. Each category was separated by a different age requirement. For example, the highest Category which is Category XI, was for age 19 and under! Which means, you could have 14 year olds compete with someone who is as old as 19 year old! For a closer look at it, check out this link.

And we did that for several. And was still able to win.

We have a total of 8 winners and 4 that received honorable mention. Not only that, we were able to get FOUR 1st place winners, whom were invited to perform at Richard Nixon Library on June 19th. That means more than HALF of our winners came out as 1st place!

Category IIIa
1st Place Winner – Breanna Nguyen

Category IIIb
1st Place Winner – Isabella Tran

Category IV
1st Place Winner – Madison Tran

Category VI
1st Place Winner – Carolyn Tran

Category VIIa
3rd Place Winner – Fiona Vo

Category IX
2nd Place Winner – Andrew Luu
Honorable Mention – Charisse Vu
Honorable Mention – Alina Trinh

Category X
3rd Place Winner – Nicole Ho

Category XI
2nd Place Winner – Aldric Gozon
Honorable Mention – Celine Tseng
Honorable Mention – Maya An Hoang

For more information on the competition: http://www.musicalartsoc.org/
More information about the Richard Nixon Library Foundation: http://nixonfoundation.org/index

Winners of the Sonata Competition!

25June
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Hong An Hoang, Megan Pham, Susan Le, and Celine Tseng from left to right.

It’s almost the end of June and a big update is long overdue. Your Little Chopin writer has been super busy with finishing up a year of school, but now he is back with good news.

First of all we would like to announce the LCP winners of the MTNA CAPMT Sonata-Sonatina competition, which took place on May 1st in Los Angeles. (MTNA is short for Music Teachers National Association, while CAPMT is California Association of Professional Music Teachers)  All participants had to perform a standard Sonata / Sonatina from composers like Liszt, Mozart, or Khachaturian etc. by memory in front of two judges! Depending on the category, students either had to memorize one movement of the sonata, or the whole sonata! To give you an estimate about how long that could be, Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 1 is composed of 4 movements for a total of 26 pages long! That’s an incredibly long piece to memorize! Congratulations to all of these winners. As always, we are super proud of them!

 Category I grades 1-3: 
3rd Place WinnerBella Dang

Category II grades 4-6:
Honorable mention Nicole Ho

Category III grades 7-9:
1st Place WinnerHong-An Hoang
2nd Place Winner – Megan Pham
3rd Place Winner – Susan Le
4th place WinnerCeline Tseng

 

Three winners! One Performing with OC Symphony!

25April
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One month after a flurry of competitions (four in total!) we have good news to share once more. That’s right, our LCP pianists simply do not rest.

We competed in the “Young Concerto Competition” of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) for a chance to perform in front of a live orchestra.

Such an opportunity is rare for any musician, and there was a ferocious amount of talented pianists vying for the top. The three judges included Dr. David Rentz, Dr. Stephen Pierce, and Paul Manaster, all of whom carefully scrutinized them. We crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.

The results are as follows! Three of our pianists received special recognition:

California Association of Professional Music Teachers’ Young Concerto Competition

Aldric Gozon, 1st Place in Category B for 14 and under *OC SYMPHONY CONCERT PIANIST
Hong An Hoang, 2nd Place in Category B for 14 and under
Celine Tseng, 3rd Place in Category C for 21 and under

After receiving 1st place, Aldric Gozon will be performing with the Orange County Symphony with Dr. David Rentz as the conductor. Stay tuned for more information to see him perform live!

We are so proud of these three LCP students and how much they have grown. We know we say that we are proud over and over, after each and every competition, but that’s because our students can’t stop winning.

To read more about the competition: http://www.capmt8.org/young-musicians-concerto-competition.html
CAPMT: http://www.capmt8.org/
Orange County Symphony: http://www.ocsymphony.org/

Winner’s Concert Recap! with a bonus OEC Scholarship!

22March
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All the performers in the Competition Winners' Concert

All the performers in the Competition Winners’ Concert

These pianists won big…including a scholarship!

Our studio showcased the pianists that won cash prize, trophies, and a trip to Carnegie Hall, last Saturday on March 12  in the Chopin Performance hall at Little Chopin Piano Studio.  They performed PERFECTLY –it was not a show to miss!

Nguoi Viet has written about us too! See below.

Yet we have even more good news to celebrate. One of our pianists just won the Orange Empire Chorus SCHOLARSHIP, funded by the Robert & Doreen Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music.

Only three pianists were selected out of pool of high school and college aged students, yet our Little Chopin high school freshman, ALDRIC GOZON, was one of them! 

We are very proud of him, and have included him in the list below. All other winners below were featured in our recital and have won in their respective competitions.

Celine Tseng
1st place winner of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, 13-18 age category

Aldric Gozon
Winner of the Orange Empire Chorus Scholarship

United States Open Music Competition Winners:

Nicole Ho
1st place – Open Solo 6B – Classical – GRAND PRIZE WINNER
1st place – Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Junior – GRAND PRIZE WINNER
3rd Place – The Treasury of Romantic Composers

Andrew Luu
1st Place – Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Senior – GRAND PRIZE WINNER & GOLD MEDALIST
2nd Place – Open Solo 6B – Classical

Charisse Vu
1st Place – Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Senior– GRAND PRIZE WINNER & GOLD MEDALIST
4th Place – Open Solo Romantic 6

Carolyn Tran
1st Place – Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble Junior– GRAND PRIZE WINNER
4th Place – The Treasury of Classical Composers

Bella Dang
2nd Place – Showcase Piano Solo Preparatory

Hong-An Hoang
3rd Place – Open Piano Concerto Advanced
4th Place -Treasury of Romantic Composers Advanced

Fullerton College Piano Ensemble Festival, organized by category won:

 Early Intermediate
Breanna Nguyen and Michelle Ho – GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Samantha Nguyen and Eric Vo
Isabella Tran and Madison Tran
Sarah Pham and Kayla Pham

Intermediate
Thanh Tong and Trisha Tong – GRAND PRIZE WINNER
D’ Jay Vu and Rachael Vu

Late Intermediate
Emily Nguyen and Kristine Tran – GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Advanced
Katrina Ha Nhi Tran and Kassandra Vy Tran – GRAND PRIZE WINNER

For 8 Hands:
Ashley Dixon, Anthony Tran, Dayna Nguyen, & Michelle Hoang- GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Read more at :
Nguoi Viet Link: http://www.nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm2/templates/viewarticlesNVO.aspx?articleid=224422&zoneid=3

Little Chopin Website: http://littlechopin.org/

OEC Scholarship Information: http://oechorus.org/scholarships