1st Prize Yanfeng Bai

Pianist Yanfeng (Tony) Bai, 21, is an international prizewinner, recently taking first prize at the China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition in 2017,3rd Prize of the Gotrian International piano competition in Germany in 2018 and the 1st prize at the Concerto Competition of the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival in 2017. His performance got mentioned as “Gorgeous playing” in Strings Magazine in 2019. Mr.Bai is a Yangtze Piano Artist.

He was also awarded first prize in the China Central Television Piano Competition,the 4th Texas State International Piano Festival Classical Artists Development Foundation Emerging Artist Award-1st Prize,1st prize and Special prize of “KADANZA CUP” the national youth piano competition, and was a prizewinner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. Mr. Bai has performed with numerous orchestras, including Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra. He has given multiple recitals in US, Italy and China, and has been featured in interviews by OMNI Television in Canada, China Central Television, The Colburn School, China Piano Artistry Magazine and Parsons Music. He was invited to perform on CCTV New Year concert, Frank Gehry at 90 celebration concert in Los Angeles, Piano Talents Festival in Italy, Yangtze River piano festival in China, etc.

In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Bai will be a guest soloist with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China and the Colburn Orchestra in United States. He will also giving concerts for Grand Piano Series in Florida, Beethoven 250 in Los Angeles and his online recital in China.

Mr. Bai is currently a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn School, where he studies with Fabio Bidini. Previous teachers include Jin Zhang, who he studied with in China at the China Central Conservatory of Music before coming to Los Angeles.

Yanfeng Bai

2nd Prize Linzi Pan

Linzi Pan, born in Wuhan, China, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is set to achieve new heights during the 2019-2022 season. Featuring recitals and concert works with world’s venerated ensembles and conductors. A graduate of the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Shenzhen Arts School. Her teachers includes Robert McDonald, Gary Graffman, and Zhaoyi Dan.

  She started learning piano at the age of five. At age of nine, she entered the Shenzhen Arts School and started her study with Prof. Dan. Linzi. Under the guidance of Prof. Dan, Linzi’s playing has advanced by leaps and bounds.  Within three years, Linzi has given her first successful recital in Shenzhen and soon she got her first golden medal in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Japan in 2005. At the same year, as one of the representative for “Four of the most talented pianists in China” she participated in 10 performances in concert series of “China-U.S. Cultural Year” and “China-Poland Cultural Week”. She’d been worked with many music masters such as Andrea Schiff, Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida, Stephen Kovacevich, Richard Goode. Linzi has always been a sponge for knowledge.

  She won “The Best Performance of Spanish Music Award” in the 2019 International Piano Competition of Spanish Composers. She performed her tremendous repertoire in 35 Chinese cities, United States, Canada, Germany, France, Russia, Netherlands etc. For the most recent highlights, she performed recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincohn Center, David Rubenstein Atrium, Beijing Concert Hall, and Harbin Concert Hall.

Linzi Pan

  Most recently she performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3, as well as Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in many different locations. In fall 2019, with a limited of five days’ notice, Ms. Pan stepped into the performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 in Harbin Concert Hall, and accomplished it with great reviews from Conductor Yongyan Hu and local press and media. “Linzi Pan, another rising star armed with impeccable virtuosity that speaks lots of music. Her performance creates a music magnetically field that sucks in the whole orchestra’s playing. She has such a sensitivity of sound and timing beyond verbal description.” And she is a frequent guest soloist with international symphony orchestras, she has cooperated with numerous world renown orchestras including The Staatskapelle Weimar National Symphony Orchestra; Serbian Symphony Orchestra; Symphony Orchestra of Hong Kong, Macaw, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Guiyang, Harbin, as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Wuhan, Xiamen, and so on. She had performed the famous Chinese Piano Concerto “Yellow River” in 10 cities in China and her playing has also been praised as one of the best interpretation on this piece. She has now been assigned as guest pianist for The Chinese Symphony Orchestra and to be featured in their concert series in 2019-2022 season.

  Linzi was the First Prize Winner at the 1st International Music Competition Harbin in 2018. She was the only Chinese candidate as well as the youngest competitor in the final round. The whole process was live streamed on Medici.TV; and the award photo of her was also captured on the billboard screens in New York City Times Square. She has also won the Fifth Prize in 2016 Hong Kong International Piano Competition, Third Prize of 2009 International Liszt Piano Competition (Weimar and Bayreuth) and etc.

In April this year, Ms. Pan, as the only one who granted full scholarship in Shepherd Conservatory of Music in Rice University of all year, she will be starting her study of Artist Diploma in September.

3rd Prize Fabio Martino

At the age of 5 he began playing his grandmother’s piano; she was a piano teacher in Sao Paulo. Seventeen years later – after intensive training at leading universities of music in Brazil and Germany Fabio Martino bought himself his first Steinway grand piano. The money for this came, amongst other, from his first major prize of 48,000 US$ at the BNDES International Piano Competition, the most important contest in Latin America.

In the meantime Fabio Martino has won more than 20 first prizes in piano competitions. Martino doesn’t only draw in the audience with his virtuoso playing; he also thrills them with his South American charm. The piano shooting star is viewed as a cheeky but at the same time open challenger on the international pianist scene. He wears his hand-tied bow tie like a trademark.

Fabio Martino

His second album “PASSION”, a co-production with the German radio SWR in Baden-Baden, attracted worldwide attention and was awarded with top marks. As well as well- known works by Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann, which Fabio Martino interprets in his own special emotional and inspirational manner, it also contains the world première recording of the light, full of temperament and pianistically demanding piece “Tico-Tico no fubá” arranged by Marc-André Hamelin. “This isn’t only virtuoso, it really rocks! Magnificent!” Guido Krawinkel in Klassik-Heute.

In 2019 his third album “Latin Soul” is released. With powerful piano music full of joie de vivreand radiant sounds of the composers Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, Guastavino and Guarnieri, originating from Latin America, Fabio Martino also convinces here with his fabulous virtuosity.

As an international soloist Fabio Martino was accompanied by famous orchestras like the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira (OSB), State Orchestra of Sao Paulo (OSESP), Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Badischen Staatskapelle, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Symphonic Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Czech Chamber Orchestra, to name just a few. The 19/20 season includes numerous concert highlights, e.g. with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Münchner Symphoniker and will lead Fabio Martino into other large concert halls: Meistersingerhalle, Herkulessaal, Liederhalle, Eroica-Saal in Vienna or the Sala Verdi in Milan. In addition to a concert tour in China and two tours in Brazil, Martino will tour northern Germany in August / September with the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra. Finally, the two New Year’s concerts in the Festspielhaus in Salzburg are a particularly very special highlight in his concert calendar.