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DANLI LIANG and ADRIAN LIU, first and second place winners of the 2011 San Diego Symphony Young Artists Competition in a recital of works for piano by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, and Mendelssohn on Sunday July 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the La Jolla / Riford Branch Library. ADRIAN and DANLI, members of our popular “KIDS Playing For KIDS” program who performed in concert with the San Diego Symphony on May 20, 2012 at Copley Symphony Hall, have put together a wonderful program for their La Jolla recital:

Adrian Liu
Ludwig van Beethoven………….. Sonata No. 6 in F Major
Johannes Brahms………………. Rhapsody in B minor

Danli Liang
Johann Sebastian Bach…………..Prelude and Fugue in G# minor, BWV 859″
Franz Liszt……………………Liszt Concert Etude S.144 No. 3 “Un Suspiro”
Felix Mendelssohn………………Variations Sérieuses Op. 54, No. 3

The program begins with prelude performances by the following “KIDS Playing For KIDS” members:

Ursula Hardianto, piano
Isaac Berkovich…………………..Variations in A minor on a Theme of Paganini

Paul Maxwell & Emily Balderrama, cello
Nicolo Paganini…………………..Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini

Clara Truong, piano
Frederic Chopin…………………..Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42 “Grand Valse

About DANLI:
Danli is a junior in high school who started learning piano when she was five. She was recently named a Young Steinway Artist, a designation shared by only 47 other young pianists around the world.

Danli won 1st Place in the 2011 MTAC State Concerto Piano Competition (Convention Winner), where she debuted with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra; Gold medal at the Los Angeles International Bicentennial Liszt Piano Competition ( Div. III ) 2010, where she also won the “Best Concert Etude Performance Award”; 1st Place at the San Diego Symphony Young Artist Competition 2011-2012, performing as a soloist with the Symphony on May 12, 2012; 1st Place at the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Junior Piano Solo California State in 2009-2010; 1st Place at the 2009 H.B Goodlin Scholarship Junior Piano Competition; 2009; first prize at the 2012 American Fine Art Festival (AFAF) International Concerto Competition which gave her the the chance to perform with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia; and first prize at the 2012 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, which gave her the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. A former student of Dr. Scott McBride Smith, Danli currently studies with Dr. Felix Tao Chang, piano professor at Azusa Pacific University.

Besides piano, Danli’s other passion is the visual arts. She received Gold Keys at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition in the drawing category, and also won the Stars in Our Eyes poster contest sponsored by the La Jolla Rotary Foundation Club in both 2010 and 2012 where she won a $1,250 scholarship.

Adrian, who studies piano with Inessa Litvin, has placed in the following competitions:

Bach Festival (Regional Finalist 2007, 2008, and 2010); Sonata Festival (2007:1st place,2008: 2nd place, finalist: 2009, 2010); H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition (2010:honorable mention); MTAC Concerto Competition (2011:1st place, Division II); San Diego Symphony’s Young Artist competition (2011:2nd place) which gave me the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the San Diego Symphony on May 20 2012.

Adrian, who also studies violin, is currently the pianist for a chamber ensemble under the tutelage of Michael and Irina Tseitlin. Home-schooled and currently in 8th grade, Adrian loves math and literature.

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Emily Balderrama, a recent graduate of Rancho Bernardo High School, will be attending Cal State University Fullerton this fall where she received a full scholarship to study cello performance with Bongshin Ko. Besides her love for music, she is passionate about math and completed 3 years of college level math while still in high school. An avid member of the San Diego Youth Symphony and the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra for the past 3 years she enjoys ensemble playing in addition to her solo studies.

Recently Emily was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the RB Chorale for her musical talent and dedication, as well as a $500 scholarship from the Association of Retired Music Supporters (A.R.M.S). She was grand prize winner in the 2011 Satori String Competition Senior solo division.

Besides playing cello, Emily enjoys sharing her passion for music with others through teaching and volunteering. She has a private studio of 18 students and has tutored in her school orchestra program for the past 4 years. She hopes to one day become a professional cello teacher and do computer programming on the side. Emily has studied and taken master classes with Lu-Yan Guo, Ruslan Biryukov, Laszlo Mezo, Bongshin Ko, August Lee, Nathaniel Rosen, and Jeffrey Solow. These mentors have inspired her to be an artist and present music to others.

Fourth graderUrsula Hardianto started piano lessons at age six and has since won many awards at piano competitions throughout Southern California, including 1st place at Irvine Piano Festivals in every musical period category of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary. She has also won a notable 1st place in the Open Complete Works category in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF). Ursula most recently participated in the prestigious International Russian Music Piano Competition (San Jose) in the Young Artist division and received the most “likes” on-line votes by its internet viewers. Currently, Ursula is studying piano at a music school in Orange County in its conservatory program.

Paul Maxwell, age 12, began piano lessons at the age four and cello at six. He has played in the Civic Youth Orchestra, San Diego Youth Symphony, and North County string Ensemble. Paul has participated in several festivals and competitions playing both piano and cello. He recently won first place in the MTAC Concerto competition, N. San Diego VOCE competition, alternate first in S. California CAPMT concerto competition, and was a finalist in the MTAC VOCE state finals. He also was awarded second place in California’s Contemporary Music competition for his piano playing.

Clara Truong, currently a seventh grader, started her piano training under the musical guidance of Constance Almond, who is well known for her successful nurturing of piano students through the Suzuki method. Since age 8, Clara has studied piano with Inessa Litvin, a graduate of Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia) who has been touching hearts throughout her musical career with her passion for classical music. Clara’s achievements include top prizes in numerous competitions throughout San Diego. She has had the honor to perform with the University of San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the Inland Valley Symphony Orchestra. Her dream is to follow in her teachers’ footsteps by spreading the love of classical music among people she meets.


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