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  • We’ve opened sign-up for the upcoming Performance Evaluation on June 2nd and 3rd

Halloween Recital Photos

  • The schedule for our upcoming Halloween Recital has been finalized.
  • The National Guild schedule was updated on Monday, July 24th.
  • We’ve made additional last minute changes.
  • Little Chopin Piano School is expanding and hiring! We are looking for enthusiastic and talented piano instructors.

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

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!


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!


Little Chopin Piano School is expanding and hiring!


As a piano teacher at Little Chopin in Orange County, you can work with a variety of students and teach them the joy of learning music. You will see them progress as musicians as you help them with auditions and even competitions. You can train their stage presence in our very own Chopin Performance Hall that houses a maximum of 150 people, in themed recitals like Halloween, Christmas, or even our Anime/Video game recitals. We’re super family friendly and allow our students to take pictures and keep DVDs of their own performances. Check out our videos and our photos to see what we’re all about.

Our staff’s spirit of teamwork and our dedication to the arts make our school the very best. You may be the right candidate if you have a thoughtful and caring approach in teaching as well as a creative and warmhearted personality. If you love music and children, and are considering teaching as a profession, come join our team.

Check out our google doc for a more detailed job description and the application process.

We look forward to meeting you!

Link to our gallery: http://www.littlechopin.com/
Our amazing competition track record: http://littlechopin.org/awards




“An Evening with the Stars” was a BIG hit! Stellar pianists with playing marvelous solos or fiery duo pieces. Drew Tretick gave a performance that was out of this world–performing pieces like “The Godfather,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Time to Say Good Bye.” Even Drew Tretick said himself, “You were right when you said that it was a concert we wouldn’t forget.”

Not to mention the cute and cheeky Master of Ceremonies–D’Jay Vu and Bella Dang had great jokes and kept the all of us laughing throughout.

THANK YOU ALL that attended. Thanks for your contribution, we are that much closer to going to London for our international win.


Want a sneak peak of the performances? Featuring some of our best performers and Drew Tretick! Our concert is THIS Sunday at 3:00 on March 26th!


Are you ready for an Evening with the Stars?!

Our award winning pianists have been invited to Carnegie Hall, New York and Royal Albert Hall, London. They’ve performed at the Boardmoor Colorado Springs Hotel in Colorado. And they’ve been awarded scholarships and over 40 medals and trophies just this year.

We are also very excited to include the world famous violinist Drew Tretick. He will be there to sell his albums and will be hosting a meet and greet!

This simply is a night you cannot miss. Tickets are already being sold AT THE OFFICE. Please visit us at 10872 Westminster Avenue, Suite 218 to get your tickets now. Come to our office! THERE are only so many seats!

  • $20 VIP Seating – Will be able to get the best seats in the concert (The first 3 middle rows of the Chopin Performing Arts Center will be reserved for them)
  • $15 General Admission – Will be able to sit on left, middle, and right side (in any of the seats other than VIP seating)
  • $10 Children / Seniors – Will be able to sit on the left, middle, and right side (in any of the seats other than VIP seating)


You’ve been waiting for it.

You’ve heard about how our young pianists emerged VICTORIOUS in some of the most challenging competitions*.

You’ve heard about how they’ve been invited to CARNEGIE HALL in New York, performed in BOARDMOOR Colorado Springs Hotel in Colorado, and invited across the country to ROYAL ALBERT HALL, in LONDON, to perform.

Trophies? Medals? Scholarship Money? They’ve been there and have done that.

And now they’re coming to Garden Grove, to our very own Chopin Performance Hall, to give a SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE!

Little Chopin is incredibly honored to present its most anticipated concert ever:

“An Evening with the STARS”

Sunday, March 26 at 3:00PM

Little Chopin, Garden Grove, CA


In addition to our list of award winning pianists, we will have the WORLD RENOWNED DREW TRETICK performing with us! Drew has appeared on TV stations like PBS, NPR, ABC and more and recorded numerous of famous films.

Tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds go directly to support our two Little Chopin pianists, who will perform in London, in the Royal Albert Hall. VIP seats are $20, and regular seating is $15. Tickets for seniors and kids are $10.

Come join us for an unforgettable night at Little Chopin, in “An Evening with the STARS!”

For more information please contact:

10872 Westminster Ave. Suite 218, 220, 222 & 224
Garden Grove, CA 92843


*Featuring Little Chopin winning pianists from:

1. The United States International Duo Competitionthat took place in Colorado.
2. The 22nd Fullerton Ensemble Festival in Fullerton, CA.
3. The 25th United States Open Music Competition that took place in Oakland, CA.
4. The American Protege International Concerto Competition of 2017 where winners are invited to Carnegie Hall.
5. The International Music Competition London Grand Prize Virtuoso, where winners are invited to London!

And Drew Tretick: