Adjudicators

We take special care of each entry, and provide individual constructive feedback upon request. Many of our participants have entered multiple times, growing their skills and love of piano further.

Tammy Lin, MM

Tammy received M.M. in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music. As a solo pianist, she had debuts at the most prestigious concert venues in the US, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center of Performing Arts in NYC and Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington D.C. She teaches in the Bay Area. 

Dr. Haewon Yang

Korean-Canadian pianist Dr. Yang has been recognized for her colorful and sensitive performances. She has won top prizes in the Shean Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the Indiana University Concerto Competition and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. She received B.M. in Piano Performance from University of Toronto, M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and D.M. in Piano Performance and Literature with a Minor in Music Education. She has mentored and taught students as the piano faculty at Indiana University East, and currently teaching and performing in central Indiana. 

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Dr. Peng Du Krol

A native of China, Dr. Du Krol serves as an educator and scholar in Illinois. She received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Xing Conservatory of Music as the recipient of the National Fellowship, an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the support of the Longford Keyboard Fellowship. Her students have been awarded prizes in the Champaign-Urbana Music Competition, the Illinois State Piano Competition and the American Protégé International Piano Competition. A portion of her doctoral research, “humor and irony in Beethoven’s variations for piano,” is published as a part of a series Speculum Musicae by Brepols (Belgium and Italy). Dr. Du Krol served as a Collaborative Pianist at the Carroll University (WI) and the Coordinator and Lead Instructor of the Piano Laboratory Program at UIUC.

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Kaden Larson, MM

Kaden earned his BM from Brigham Young University studying with Dr. Scott Holden, his MM from the Jacobs School of Music studying with Norman Krieger, and continues as a doctoral student of Professor Krieger. Kaden is active as a collaborative pianist, organist, composer/arranger, and passionate teacher, Kaden is a frequent presenter at piano pedagogy conferences, and a founding member of the Ensign Piano Quartet and the consonari ensemble project.

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Carrie Chen, MM

A native of the Bay Area, Carrie received her BM from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in piano performance. She then went on to the University of Michigan to do a double MM in piano performance and chamber music. She is currently pursuing a DM in piano performance at Indiana University under the tutelage of Arnaldo Cohen. She has won prizes at many competitions, recent ones include the MFMC Rosamund P. Haeberle Memorial Piano Award. She currently runs a private piano studio in Carmel, Indiana.

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Dr. JeongYun Yang

As a soloist and a chamber musician, Dr. Yang has performed in venues all over the world, including the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, Kerrytown Concert House, Smith Memorial Hall, Opperman Music Hall, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and Jangcheon Art Hall in South Korea, and MusicAlp Académie Internationale de Courchevel in France. She received her DM from Florida State University, MM from the University of Michigan, and BM from Ewha Womens University, with her major piano teachers including Ian Hobson, Arthur Greene, and Jung Eun Kim. Dr. Yang has won prizes at many competitions including Charleston International Music Competition, Royal Sound Music Competition in Montreal, and Ars Nova Competition in South Korea. She was also nominated as a Steinway Young Artist at the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico in 2019. Currently, she resides and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Dr. Ann Wu, NCTM

Ann Wu began her musical studies at the age of four in her native Taiwan where she was a prize winner in several national piano competitions. Wu received her DMA in Piano Performance and Literature from UIUC, her MM from the University of Cincinnati, and her BM from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.
Wu has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. As an active adjudicator and clinician, she not only has adjudicated numerous music competitions, but also served on the piano faculty at the Peabody Preparatory and Valencia College. She currently serves as adjunct professor of Piano at West Valley College and directs her piano studio in Sunnyvale, California.

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Dr. Michael Shui

Praised by Global Times, "mature and passionate, deliberately voiced phrase with dynamic life and creativity."  Dr. Shi earned both of Master and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from Arizona State University, where he was also appointed as faculty associate for ASU as well as the Community Music School.

Dr. Shui appeard as a sollist in several contries. He recently performed at the Steinway Piano Gallery, Kerr Cultural Center, Tempe Center for The Arts and New York United Nations Headquarters. As an apprentice early, he had won several prizes, including the winners of American Prize, Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, North Competition young Musician of the Year, Silver Prize at the ASIA International Piano Academy & Festival and "Bach Arts Award" from the International Youth Piano Open Competition.

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Dr. Kyunghoon Kim

Dr. Kim graduated as valedictorian from Seoul National University with his B.M. in piano performance, and went on to pursue his M.M. and D.M. studies in Indiana University under the guidance of Arnaldo Cohen. He has won top prizes at many piano competitions in the United States, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in South Korea, Vietnam, and U.S., including two appearances with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of Jacobs School of Music concerto competitions. He is an active collaborative pianist, educator, and composer/arranger. He also runs a YouTube channel where he performs his original arrangements of classical, jazz, and pop songs with his pianist wife.

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Hyrum Arnesen, MM

Hyrum Arnesen earned a BM and MM from Brigham Young University and is currently working on a DMA at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music studying with Dr. Ran Dank. He is an active soloist and collaborator and has enjoyed teaching piano for over 10 years, including 4 years of collegiate experience. His music research highlights the music of Latin American composers such as Carlos Guastavino. He is an active member of MTNA and a frequent presenter at national pedagogy conferences. Hyrum’s love for music and performing stems from his belief in its transformative power and he hopes that his audiences will not only enjoy but be uplifted and changed by his music.

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Helena Aung, MM

Helena Aung is a pianist from Thailand. She earned her BM from the University of Arkansas in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Jura Margulis. Helena earned her MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma under Dr. Jeongwon Ham and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Mark Clinton at the Glenn Korff School of Music, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 

Helena is an active performer and collaborator and has a great passion for teaching. She has won numerous Scholarship awards and competitions, such as the Yamaha Artist Scholarship, the Princess Galyani Vadhana Classical Music Foundation scholarship, and the Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition. 

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Kayoko Kuchiishi, MBA

Kayoko received B.M. in Piano Performance from Kunitachi Conservatory of Music, one of the top conservatories in Japan. She holds MBA and serves as the organizer of the Competition.  She is certified in multiple instruction methods, and prepares for ABRSM, Certificate of Merit®, and RCM exams. She performed as a pianist and singer pianist in Japan and U.S. in Classical, Pops, and Jazz. Member of MTAC, MTNA, TMTA. 

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