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The United States International Duo Piano Competition was held January 5 – 7 in Colorado Springs.  To say it was cold would be an understatement but what wasn’t cold were our LCP Quad and Duo teams.  They were Hot, Hot, Hot.  Four Teams – one dynamic mini-quad and three duo teams competed and returned from the competition with three First Place and one Second Place finish.

Congratulations to the United States International Duo Piano Competition 2019- WINNERS:
1st Place- Level Xa (Ages 6-13)- Quartet- Bella Dang, Jennifer Vu, Sterling Tran, and Adonis Jaison
1st Place- Sibling Duo- Level VIIIa (Ages 6-13)- Sterling Tran and Skyler Tran
1st Place- Level V (Ages 13-14)- Hazel Vuu and Rachael Vu
2nd Place- Level III (Ages 9-10)- Bella Dang and Adonis Jaison

The 2018 Lansum International Music Festival held at the Claremont Colleges in the city of Claremont, CA is a competition for musicians of Piano, Strings, Winds, Percussions, Vocals and Film Music.  Four of our teams competed in the Chamber Music Category pitting them against other musical disciplines.  Our teams came out of the heat in Claremont with two First Place and two Second Place finishes in this International Competition.  Winning teams will get the opportunity to play at the Winners Concert at the Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Congratulations to our four hand and eight hand teams!

First Place Winners

Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang – Piano Duet

Ashley Dixon and Travis Luu – Piano Duo

Second Place Winners

Celine Tseng, Hong An Hoang, Susan Le, and Andrew Luu – Piano Quartet

Kaycee Nguyen and Rosemary Do – Piano Duet

Are you sitting?  No really sit down, we are not responsible for fainting, head injuries from exuberant jumping up and down, or any other mishaps that may occur from continuing to read this announcement regarding the results from the from the 2018 Southwestern Youth Music Festival held on July 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, and 30th at California State University Long Beach.


You were warned…Continue at your own risk!


Our number is 80!  Yes, EIGHTY that’s how many awards our students brought home from the 2018 SYMF competition.


LCP Duet Teams rocked!  Leaving little doubt, that they all play well with others!

Duet Team Results:

20 First Place Winners

6 Second Place Winners

10 Third Place Winners

6 Fourth Place Winners


LCP Solo pianists competing all by themselves.  Rest assured many also teamed with partners for Duets proving that solo artists are not anti-social.

Solo Results:

9 First Place Winners

15 Second Place Winner

7 Third Place Winners

7 Fourth Place Winners


What fantastic results!  Congratulations to all that participated in this years SYMF competition.

Back in 1917 the song Back Home Again in Indiana was published.  Well, that is exactly what LCP did. Our nine pianists who made the trip to Indiana really made themselves right at home bringing home an incredible 21 trophies.  This was LCP’s first trip to the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition held from June 27 through July 1st in Carmel, Indiana.  A huge congratulations and job well done to all nine who participated.


Our winners in alphabetical order are :

  • Andrew Luu and Nicole Ho – Second Place Winners, Intermediate Ensemble (DUO)
  • Andrew Luu and Nicole Ho – Honorable Mention, Advanced Ensemble (Duet)               
  • Ashley Dixon and Travis Luu – First Place Winners, Intermediate Ensemble (DUO)
  • Ashley Dixon and Travis Luu – Third Place Winners, Intermediate Ensemble (Duet)
  • Bella Dang – Third Place Winner, Elementary Concerto
  • Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang – Third Place Winners, Advanced Ensemble (Duet)
  • Celine Tseng and Hong An Hoang – Honorable Mention, Advanced Ensemble (DUO)
  • Celine Tseng, Hong An Hoang, Susan Le, and Tu Trinh – Honorable Mention, Advanced Ensemble
  • Hong An Hoang – Honorable Mention, Advanced Concerto
  • Susan Le and Tu Trinh – Second Place Winners, Advanced Ensemble (DUO)
  • Susan Le – Honorable Mention, Advanced Concerto


And now for some after the competition stress relief! Don’t let anyone tell you pianists don’t have fun.


LCP descended upon Diamond Bar this past Saturday July, 14 for the annual Diamond Bar Performing Arts contest.  Nine of our own went to compete, and we are happy to announce everyone placed.  All Solo participants and Duet Teams brought home the bling.  Winners are listed below in alphabetical order.

Congratulations to these nine pianists for braving the heat out at DBPAC!

          Winners are:

               Andrew Luu and Nicole Ho– Second Place Winner Duet

               Angeline Nguyen – Second Place Winner Solo

               Ashley Dixon and Travis Luu – First Place Winner Duet

               Ashley Dixon – Second Place Winner Solo

               Dayna Nguyen – Second Place Winner Solo

               Kaycee Nguyen and Rosemary Do – Second Place Winner Duet

               Kaycee Nguyen – Third Place Winner Solo

               William Li – Third Place Winner Solo

Fun after the pressure is off!

That is right, more International winnings for Little Chopin! Congratulations to Susan and Ashley for their hard work and wonderful results from Golden Classical Music Awards International Piano Competition. Both Susan and Ashley have also been invited to perform at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. This competition draws contestants from many countries such as China, Hungary, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Croatia, Spain, Italy, and the United States.

Our winners:

Susan Le – received 1st Prize in the Concerto category!

Ashley Dixon – received 2nd Prize in the Solo category!

Chapman University was the site for the 2018 MTAC – OC Concerto Competition.  Concerto’s are not just any simple endeavor to take on, they are long musical pieces that require working with an accompanist to practice and preform.  The competition was held on 6/16 and we have results:

  • 1st Place Division III – Hong An Hoang
  • 2nd Place Division I – Bella Dang
  • 3rd Place Division I – Ashley Dixon

A giant sized congratulations!!!

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!

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