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BIG WINS at USOMC!

22April
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OAKLAND: the city where LCP made history! Eight of our students spent a sunny, successful week at the US Open Music Competition February 19-26, earning a record TWENTY TWO MEDALS, FOUR scholarships, and TWO gems for exceptional winners’ concert performances!

It was a long road trip, but we came prepared!

The USOMC is a diverse gathering, with one hundred and eight different events in which young stars can compete! Every event was open, which means pianists of any age could play their hearts out if they could handle the challenging repertoire! Not only did we challenge themselves, many of us even entered MULTIPLE categories. It was hard work for everyone, but the results were astounding!

Some moral support always helps!

In the Treasury categories, our contestants had to perform a piece chosen from a themed list. LCP showed off in a broad range of styles, performing hits from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, and Contemporary American Composers. By picking from carefully curated collections of pieces, our pianists made each performance a tribute to the greats!

T R E A S U R Y  W I N N E R S

Travis Luu

1st Place – USA Composers: Senior (Scott Joplin Pieces)

2nd Place – Classical Composers: Senior (Mozart Sonatas)

 

Ashley Dixon

2nd Place – Classical Composers: Advanced (Beethoven Sonatas)

3rd Place – Contemporary Composers: Senior (Rodion Schedrin)

 

Carolyn Tran

4th Place – Romantic Composers: Senior (Brahms Intermezzos)

 

Andrew Luu

1st Place – Advanced

4th Place – Romantic Composers: Advanced (Chopin Etudes)

Perfect practice makes perfect performance!

On the Showcase Duet & Duo side of the competition, our teams brought their own pieces. Our duos really stretched their fingers, showing off their uniqueness without any repertoire restrictions! Meanwhile, the Open Duet category was a fierce arena, with competitors all playing the SAME SONG! Only the most memorable, talented pianists could succeed! We put our hands together to make music both short and sweet (Junior category) and epically grand (Senior category). LCP SMASHED the rankings in these events, earning first place scholarships with TWO TEAMS!

S H O W C A S E  W I N N E R S

Travis Luu and Ashley Dixon

1st Place, PLUS Outstanding Gold Medalist Performance Gem and Scholarship – Duo: Junior

4th Place – Duet: Intermediate

 

Carolyn Tran and Dayna Nguyen

1st Place, PLUS Outstanding Gold Medalist Performance Gem and Scholarship – Duo: Intermediate

4th Place – Duet: Senior

 

Andrew Luu and Nicole Ho

2nd Place – Duo: Intermediate

O P E N   W I N N E R S

Bella Dang and Michelle Ho

4th Place – Classical Duet: Intermediate (Friedrich Kuhlau: Allegro (1st mvt) from Sonatina in G Major)

 

Last but not least, LCP competed in the Open and Showcase Solo categories. The Open Concerto requires the pianist to choose one of thirty-two movements. The Showcase Solos are dedicated to the best of the best performers playing any piece they choose. Medaling in this category is no small feat, and it shows exceptional talent!

Bella Dang

2nd Place – Showcase Piano Solo: Elementary

4th Place – Open Piano Concerto: Intermediate

You all put on a spectacular show and made LCP’s name known in the Northern California region!

For our rising stars, the only way is up!

Our winners and our principal after a great USOMC!

LCP Goes International at Grand Prize Virtuoso 2017!

12February
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London, Vienna, Paris, Salzburg, Rome – sounds like the itinerary of a very special vacation. A winners’ vacation!

The Parco Della Musica in Rome, site of the GPV Winner’s Concert.

American Protégé attracts competitors the world over, but the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition is another step up!

I count accomplished musicians from OVER FORTY countries among the participants!

And in November 2017, LCP’s finest won not one, but TWO FIRST PRIZES at Grand Prize Virtuoso! Each of them received an invitation to GPV’s city of the year, ROME!

It was Travis Luu’s very first international competition, and he rose up to the challenge. Playing a solo piece was hard enough, but he decided to up the ante by debuting with a four-hand piece! He had to make sure his part was solid while trying not to bump elbows with another pianist at the same piano. And just who was his partner in crime?

None other than Ashley Dixon! …That name sounds familiar, almost as if I just wrote a blog post about her. She didn’t stop at American Protégé, submitting both a duo piece AND a solo piece for the International! Talk about multi-tasking!

Here were their placements and categories:

Travis Luu and Ashley Dixon,

Playing Hungarian Dance No.1 by Brahms

Piano Four Hands, Group A (12 and younger)

First Prize (over 90/100 judge score!)

 

Ashley Dixon,

Playing Fantasiestucke, Op. 12, No. 2 “Aufschwung” by Schumann

Junior Category (Ages 9-12)

First Prize (over 90/100 judge score!)

 

Despite being invited to Rome, Ashley had already made plans to perform at CARNEGIE HALL the same week! Because of this, our students couldn’t make it to the performance this year.

But maybe next year, we’ll see LCP’s young stars take the stage in VIENNA

LCP is Now Home to ANOTHER American Protégé!

5February
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For the fourth consecutive year, LCP made its mark at the American Protégé International Romantic Competition!

This year, we went head-to-head with contestants from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Macedonia, Ukraine, South Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Our LCP students performed alongside other winners on December 17th at the world-famous CARNEGIE HALL in New York, celebrating their outstanding presence on a global stage!

To allow pianists around the world to participate, this competition took place on the Internet. This means the best young pianists in the world (some of them right here at the studio, of course) could upload their performance as long as they had a piano and a camera. Pretty high tech!

This competition was no walk in the park. Everyone DEFINITELY submitted their best performance. Not only that, the judges would be able to analyze each performance frame by frame!

LCP’s brave contestant really challenged herself this time. It was her debut on the international “stage,” and she performed very well! Congratulations to our very own:

Ashley Dixon, 12

3rd prize, American Protégé International Romantic Competition

Junior Category (Ages 11-14)

Playing Fantasiestucke, Op. 12, No. 2 “Aufschwung” by Schumann

Left: Ashley Dixon, American Protege winner, doing her A.R. Laidlaw impression.
Right: Scottish pianist A.R. Laidlaw, to whom Schumann dedicated Fantasiestucke! 

What a great way to burst onto the scene! LCP is proud of your accomplishments, and we’re looking forward to see you on the stage again soon!

 

LCP Duo WINNERS at the CAPMT Ensemble Festival!

29January
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FINALLY SOME NEWS! The CAPMT Ensemble Festival Results!

It’s been a long time coming, but the LCP blog is back, this time with results from our duos’ FIRST EVER trip to the CAPMT Ensemble Festival.

LCP’s winners among the regional participants!

We’re no strangers to CAPMT’s competitions, having entered students in the Sonata/Sonatina and Young Concerto categories since 2012. But in 2017, Little Chopin expanded our horizons, this time relying on teamwork to bring home the day!

Three, yes, three of our very own iconic duos won FIRST PRIZE at our first CAPMT Regional Ensemble Festival last November 5th, making Little Chopin home to three of the best piano teams in Orange County!

The Next Dynamic Duo, aka Travis Luu and Ashley Dixon, wowed judges with a devilishly difficult rendition of Lutoslawski’s Paganini Variations.

Judges’ Score: 5+ (The HIGHEST that can be given!)

Meanwhile, the LCP Duo Warriors (Nicole Ho and Andrew Luu for the folks at home) battled their way to victory with Infante’s Danses Andalouses, Ritmo.

Judges’ Score: 5+

Last but not least, the Rockmaninoffs, Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang, looked sharp as they put on a cutting-edge performance of Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance!

Judges’ Score: 5+

Our winners, from left to right:
Andrew, Nicole, Travis, Ashley, Hong An, and Celine.
Great work!

However, the journey for these power pianists is just beginning. They’ve been invited to the regional competition, CAPMT’s Southern Ensemble Festival this February 17th!!! Our duos will go up against the best pianists from each county district in Southern California!

Will LCP’s finest have what it takes to rise above the entire Southern California region? Will their team names out-cheese the competition? Stay tuned for more!

 

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!