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ACADEMY STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2021-2022

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our students who performed wonderfully and took top honors at competitions and festivals throughout the year!

At the Chopin Competition in Houston in November 2021:

  • Gold medal for Justin Sun in Senior Division
  • Silver Medal for Jinqiu Wei Senior Division
  • Silver Medal for Michelle Hung in Junior Division
  • Leah Hong Bronze Medal Junior Division
  • Biyun Jiao Honorable Mention
  • Elizabeth Yao Honorable Mention
  • Sophia Kuo Honorable Mention

 

At the Houston Forum Young Artist Competition:

  • Ben: 1st prize, division IIA
  • Audrey: 1st prize, division VIII
  • Matthew: 1st prize, division V
  • Angelina: 2nd prize, IIB
  • Elias: 2nd prize, division I
  • Iris: 2nd prize, division VIII
  • Lara: 3rd prize, division VIII
  • Alexandra: Honorable Mention, division VI

 

The Kahan Piano Prodigies Competition held a past and present winners' recital. Biyun won second place in the 2021 competition and Olivia won first place in 2022!

Many of our students won prizes at the Sonata and Sonatina Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, including Sasha who won 1st place and Nathan who won 1st place with special honors. Also taking home awards were Nealan, Emily, Devon, Dylan, Maria, Peyton, Nora, Sophia, Shriram, Matthew, Anjali, Catherine, Iris, Tianwei, and Audrey. Congratulations, everyone!

At the Rocky Mountain International Piano Competition Alex Pesic won 1st place, Nathan Chiu and Lara both took 3rd place, and Alexandra Wong receive Honorable Mention. Congratulations!

BIG congratulations to:

  • Biyun for winning 1st place in the Houston Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition (elementary division).
  • Elias for winning 2nd place in the Houston Music Teachers Association 2022 Piano Contest. 
  • Alexandra Wong for winning an Open Prize at the 2021 Baroque Festival. 
  • Nathan Chiu for receiving 2nd prize at the Texas Young Pianists Competition held at Blinn College, AND 3rd place at the 2022 American Music Talent Competition.

 

Congratulations to the many students who received top scores at the Houston Music Teachers Association Music Festival held at St. Thomas University. Top scorers are eligible to perform at the Texas Music Teachers Association state convention, and some of our students did travel to Dallas to perform. 

  • Meskerem Zgirdea
  • Elias
  • Hannah Li
  • Alexandra Wong
  • Lara 
  • Hayden Ray
  • Caily Ray
  • Lucas Ray
  • Jayden Han
  • Audrey Han 
  • Andrew Smith
  • Aidan Xu
  • Hanna Chang
  • Siddharth Ganeshkumar
  • Shining Sun
  • Lyndon Huang
  • Kenzo Wangdi

 

2020-2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SENIORS! Andrew Sun and William Fan have won SECOND PLACE in the MTNA National Competition and became the second best senior duet team in America!

CONGRATULATIONS to Sophia Kuo for winning First Prize at the HMTA Concerto Competition and a performance with the Fort Bend Symphony orchestra.

Congratulations to Maria for winning Second Place in Texas Music Teachers Association Composition Contest with her Prelude in E.

Congratulations to Biyun for Winning Second Prize at the Rochelle Leibling Kahan Prodigy.

Congratulations to Ben and Albert Yang for winning First Prizes in Houston Music Teachers Association Ensemble Competition and Texas Music Teachers Association Jun Leander Piano  Duet Competition.

Congratulations to everyone who competed and won prizes in the Rocky Monutain National Festival.

Maria (Baroque7-8 years old, 1st Prize)

Nora (Baroque 8-10 years old, 1st Prize

Leah (20th Century Music 11-12 1st Prize)

Nathan (Classical 11-12, 3rd Prize)

Audrey (Romantic 11-12, 2nd Place)

Catherine (20th Century 11-12, 2nd Place)

Anjali Thevananther(Classical 11-12, 2nd Place)

Sophia (20th Century 13-14, 1st Prize)

Anton (Romantic 15-18, 1st Place)

Megan (Classical and 20th Century 15-18, two 1st Prizes)

Congratulations to Humphrey Xu for his First Prize in Grade 10 and William Fan at his Third Prize in Grade 11 at the State Young Artist Piano Competition in San Marcos.

     

Congratulations to Reis Serikaya and Adie Anderson, Caitlyn Tan and Evelyn Tan for recieving the top marks at the All Star Festival with a renowned judge Heather Rathnau.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ben Yang for winning First Prize at the HMTA Concerto Competition and a performance with the Fort Bend Symphony orchestra.

Congratulations to Henry Johnston for his Second Place in the Rocky Mountain International Competition!

Congratulations to Elias Yuen for his Third Place in the Rocky Mountain International Competition!

 

 

 

Congratulations to Alexandra Wong, Sophia Zhou and Nathan Chiu for their 4th place victory in the Rocky Mountain International Competition!

Congratulations to Lara Ibrahim her Honorable Mention in the  Rocky Mountain International Competition!

Congratulations to Owen Xu for winning First Prize in The Forun Jazz Competition

2019-2020

 Humphrey Xu performs with the Clear Lake Symphony as a winner of the Clear Lake Concerto competition.

              

Trinity Yun performed with the Fort Bend Symphony, as a winner of the HMTA Concerto Competition.

 

Congratulations to Sophia Kuo for her victory at the Texas State Young Artist Competition!

Congratulations! Paul Taylor earned Superior Plus Gold Medal rating at the All-Star Festival at the TMTA state convention.

                                             

Winners of the Baroque Festival: William Li, Matthew Bazhanov and Alexandra Wong.

Chopin Champions! Three students won awards at the Chopin Youth Competition: Justin Sun - Silver Medal Elizabeth Yao - Honorable Mention Sophia Kuo - Honorable Mention.

         

Duet Extravaganza!

Three IMA duet teams won multiple first prizes and honors: Ben and Albert  Yang, won First Prize at the June Leondar  Chamber Music  Competition, Junior Level, and Andrew Sun and William Fan won  First Prize at the Senior Level. Both  teams also were selected as winners of the Houston Young Artist competition. HMTA chamber music and duet competition.

Katarina and Matthew Loudermilk are featured on the cover of Texas Music Teacher magazine.   

  

Forum Young Artist Competition in Houston was a successful event. First Prize for Ted Yun,   Third Prize for Katherine Huang and Ruofan Liu, Fourth Prize for John Tan.

            

2018-2019

Welcome to the Piano Elite of Texas!

  Congratulation to Humphrey Xu, William Fan Jinqiu Wei, Estelle Yan for being finalists in the TMTA State Convention Performance Contest

 

   

 

     Congratulations to William Fan and Andrew Sun for winning Second Prize at the         June Leondar Chamber Music Competition at the TMTA Convention.

 

 

 

 

 

One Family-3 Prizes! Way to go guys:  1st place in the 8 year old division! 4th place in the 12 year old division! 1st place in the 15 year old division at the Forum Young Artist Competition! Congratulations to you!

 

  Our two duet teams each won first prize in the elementary and junior categories of the HMTA chamber music competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congartulations to Tianwei Yao for recieving Second Place at the The Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Piano Prodigies

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Trinity Yun for winning First Prize at Texas State Piano Competition!

Congratulations to William Fan and Magen Zeng for winning an Honorable Mention at  Texas State Piano Competition!

 

Congratulations to Aien Du for recieving Third Prize at the American International Piano Competition 2018. She is going to perform at Winners recital in Carnegie Hall this summer

Congratulations to all our Stars! These are the finalists of the International Sonatina and Sonata Competition in Corpus Christi. All of them are going to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of their award. We had a great showing!

Trinity Yun and Jinqiu Wei have won Honorable Mention prizes at the Tenth International Chopin Youth Competition. 

2016-2017

Trinity Yun won First Place at the South Chopin International Piano Competition and Third place at the Third Place at the Rochelle Leibling Kahan Prodigy 

Congratulations to William Fan for becoming Houston Young Artists, one of the most coveted titles for young musicians in Houston.

 Magen Zeng is invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall in New York in October of 2016 and April of 2017 as a winner of the American Protege Competition. This will be her fourth performance on the most prestigious stage in America.

 Jinqui Wei was awarded Second Place at the South Chopin International PIano Competition.

 William Fan won Second Place at the Texas State Piano Competition!

2015-2016

CONGRATULATIONS to Jinqiu Wei, Magen Zeng and William Fan for being selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City! We are very proud of you! September 17th is the big date good luck!

Congratulations to JINQIU WEI for winning a Second Place at the

 Texas State Piano Competition!

 

Congratulations to Magen Zeng! She is performing at Royal Albert Hall in LONDON!

Congratulations to Magen Zeng for winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Chopin Youth Competition!

 

2014-2015

Tomás Jonsson rocks Texas! This year Tomas won several of the hardest and most coveted competitions in Texas: 1st place award in the 9th grade solo division TMTA (Texas Music Teacher's Association). The biggest deal in Texas! He also won 1st Place in the Baylor-Waco Piano Competition 9th Grade Solo Division

 

The Winning Team! After winning the state and regional levels of MTNA competition, Kenneth Yu and Kerrigan Quenemoen represented the South Central division of the MTNA Natioanl Convention in the Las Vegas Competition. They were among the 7 best teams selected from all over the United State for two years in a row! Now, guys, this is big! Read more from the Houston Chronicle.

Rachel shines at Carnegie Hall! Rachel Yang performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City ! She was selected to perform after winning First Prize with special honors at the 2014 Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Competition held in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Andrew Sun and Sarana Zhang duet team won First Prize in HMTA duet competition and Second Prize in in the Kawai-SNG International Competition

Tomás Jonsson won the Grand Prize in the Kawai-SNG International Competition in which competitors came from China to participate. He was awarded a Music Doing Good Scholarship in 2015 to continue his studies. He was also selected as a Houston Young Artist for the 2015-16 Season.

Kenneth Yu performed a charity concert benefiting the Make-a-Wish foundation. The concert was organized by Katherine Yu, and featured solo music and duet music with his partner Kerrigan Quenemoen. They were interviewed by Channel 13 TV and raised over $15,000 for the foundation. Read More.

Together with Matthew and Katarina Loudermilk they toured China performing for the Dreams Come True Charity, sponsoring music education for blind Chinese children.

Autumn Watt, Francis Patience and William Fan Humfrey Xu, Sarana Zhang and Haeyun Lee were named finalists in the Kawai-SNG Piano Competition.

2013-2014

Tomás Jonsson performed Mozart's 23rd Piano Concerto with the Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra in March as a winner of the orchestra's concerto competition.

Tomás also won 2nd prize in his division of the Baylor-Waco Concerto Competition in 2014.

Tomás also performed at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and at the Russian Cultural Center's " An Evening With Hans Graf. "

Estelle Yan won second place at the 2014 Houston Tuesday Musical Club Kahan Prodigy Competition in Houston. In April, she performed for the Tuesday Musical Club luncheon.

 

Karon Kim was the Gold Medal Winner of the Eighth International Chopin Youth Competition , held in Houston in October 2013. Karon, 2nd grade, competed against students grades 1-6 and was selected by a panel of distinguished judges for her expressive interpretations of Chopin's music.


Society for the Performing Arts invited our students to provide the performance prelude at Wortham Center for Russian Pianist Vadym Kholodenko, First Prize Winner of the 14th Van Cliburn Competion in September 2014

2012-2013

The International Music Academy, in partnership with the Society for the Performing Arts, Wortham Center provided eight students to perform at the Wortham Center on February 13, 2013 as the prelude for Benjamin Grovesnor. Our school was also selected for an outreach experience with Mr. Grovesnor where students and parents had the opportunity to meet with him and ask questions about his experiences as a student and concert pianist.

William Fan was selected as first prize winner in the Young Artist Piano Competition . Held in San Marcos, TX in February 2013. This competition attracts the best students from around the state of Texas.

 

Tomás Jonsson was one of only two solo pianists from Houston chosen to be in the Houston Young Artist Program for 2013-2014. With his brother, violinist Marco Jonsson, Tomas performed at Miller Outdoor Theatre and was heard live on KUHA in January of 2013.

 

Rachel Yang won Second Place in the Houston Tuesday Musical Club's Rochelle Liebling Kahan Prodigy Competition , February 2013. This competition is for gifted 6-9 year olds and draws Houston's most talented youngsters.

Kerrigan Quenemoen and Kenneth Yu won first place in the June Leondar Chamber Music Competition in Dallas, TX.

Annabelle Bachrach, Loren Chang, Treed Huang, Francis Patience, Ben Sato-Singh, Autumn Watt, Jinqiu Wei and Humphrey Xu were awarded the top score of 1+ at the Forum Auditions, December 2012.

2011-2012

Estelle Yan won First Place in the Joyce Cochran Piano Competition April 2012.

Gaon Kim won Second Place in the Rochelle Kahan Piano Prodigy Competition, April 2012.

Gaon Kim won Third Prize and Kenneth Yu and Tomas Jonsson won Honorable Mention in the Texas State Piano Competition held in San Marcos, February 2012.

Tomás Jonsson won the Silver Medal and was awarded the special award for Best Prelude at the 2011 International Chopin Youth Competition.

Kerrigan Quenemoen, Tomas Jonsson, Autumn Watt, Sanath Govindarajan, Mark Trautner, Ben Sato-Singh and Gaon Kim performed in Jones Hall as part of the Society for the Performing Arts Performance Prelude series, October 2011.

Tomás Jonsson was named a Houston Young Artist for 2011-12.

The International Music Academy was chosen by Society for the Performing Arts to host a masterclass for their violin students with Itamar Zorman, the winner of Russia's famous Tchaikovsky Competition in March 2012.

The Society for the Performing Arts invited our school to provide opening music for Yuja Wang's piano concert on October 12th, and then again on November 11th. Eight of our students performed at Jones Hall!

2010-2011

Ben Liu and his trio won the Fidelity Future Stage Music Competition in 2010. Their trio shared the stage with the Houston Symphony! Read more here.

2008-2009

Tomás Jonsson won 2nd place in the Houston Tuesday Musical Club Rochelle Liebling Kahan Prodigy competition in spring of 2009.

Kenneth Yu won 1st place in the 6th grade division of the Texas State Music Competition in February of 2009. Read more here.