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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 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!