Division III : First Place – Maxine Park Student of Alexander Korsantia and Mila Filatova Maxine Park, age 16, from Hanover, New Hampshire, is a student of Alexander Korsantia and Mila Filatova. She attends Phillips Exeter Academy, where she also studies with Silvana Sokolov-Grubb and is a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar. Maxine is frequently chosen to compete in international competitions, and was most recently the youngest finalist in her division of the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition and the youngest finalist in the Waring International Piano Competition, where she was awarded honorable mention. She has received top prizes at numerous competitions, including first prizes at the
Division II : First Place – Chloe Tan Student of Gregg Pauley Twelve-year-old Chloe Tan expressed an early interest in piano and has been studying piano with Gregg Pauley since age 4 in Newmarket, NH. She has been competing from age 8 and has been top prize winner in the Granite State Competition in New Hampshire for 3 years in a row, awarded first prize last year. She also competed in Young Artists Piano Competition in Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts last year where she again won first prize in her category. In the past, she has had the good fortune of attending masterclasses with
Division I : First Place – Ian Lin Student of Tanya Schwartzman Ian J. Lin is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is 11 years old and a 7th grader at Curtis Corner Middle School. Ian is a pianist, a composer and a violinist. He studies piano under Ms. Tanya Schwartzman, the director of Sharon Music Academy, a winner of many outstanding teacher awards. He has won many piano awards and music composition awards (Please see below for a list of selected awards). He has performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and BSO Concert Hall. He gives solo concerts at local nursing homes every year around
Division III : Second Place – Michael Karshis Student of Tanya Schwartzman Michael Karshis is a 16-year-old piano student of Ms. Tanya Schwartzman at Sharon Music Academy. He is currently a Junior at Xaverian Brothers High School with a trustee scholarship and is a piano tutor and assistant at Sharon Music Academy. Mr. Karshis has performed in the Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Hall as the first place winner of the 33rd International Young Artist Competition, Puerto Rico. He has performed at the Kurozwęki Palace in Poland, and in Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is a 2nd place winner of the 2020 New
Division II : Second Place – Sara Tardif Student of HuiMin Wang Sara Tardif, a 15 year old 10th grader at Braintree High School, began studying piano at the age 5 under Ms. Julia Bernstein at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Since the Fall of last year, she entered Ms. HuiMin Wang’s studio at the South Shore Conservatory. As a young, accomplished pianist, Sara has won multiple 1st prizes in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association’s Bay State Competition. She was the 2nd prize winner in the 29th International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, DC. In 2015, Sara received the First Degree Certificate in VIII
Division I: Second Place – Masanobu Pires Student of Bianca Oglice Masanobu Pires is from Sharon, Massachusetts. He is 9 years old and a fourth grade student at East Elementary School in Sharon, MA. He began playing piano at age. He enrolled in New England Conservatory (NEC) Preparatory School in September 2019. He currently studies with Bianca Oglice. In February 2020, he participated in the Eleanor B. Nelson Concerto Competition (Quincy, Massachusetts) with a Bach F minor Concerto and received an Honorable Mention. In October 2020, he participated StayHome International Piano Competition and won the second place. Outside of piano, Masa is an active hiker
Division III: Third Place – Meghan Tan Student of Natalia Harlap Meghan Tan is a 17 year old from Westford, Massachusetts. She is a senior at Westford Academy. She studies the piano with Mrs. Natalia Harlap. Meghan has won prizes at competitions for both concertos and solo piano. She was a finalist in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Concerto Competition and has most recently received awards in the MMTA Bay State, NEPTA, and Steinway Competitions.
Division II: Third Place – Norman Lu Student of Dorothy Shi and Simon Xu Norman Lu, age 12, currently a 7th grader at Oak Hill Middle School in Newton MA, began studying piano at the age of 4. It has been said that “Norman expresses natural musical talent’ and ‘demonstrates a great sense of musical feelings.” Norman has won numerous awards including the Grand Prix of the 2020 XI Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT, and prizes from Koffman NYC, William Knabe Concerto Baltimore, Radda Rise International Piano Competition, Steinway Piano Competition, and the MMTA. Norman has given public performances in venues such as New York’s