Young Artists Concert
Alicia Wu, Viola
HaeJu Choi, Collaborative Piano
Alicia Wu, age 14, is a 9th grader at BASIS Scottsdale who studies viola with Ms. Susanne Rothaar. She played violin for five years before finding her love for viola.
Alicia won 2nd Place in the 2014 American Protégé International Concerto Competition and 3rd Place in their Piano and Strings Competition, resulting in her Carnegie Hall solo debut last year. In 2015, she won 1st Place in the Phoenix Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Junior Division and 1st place in the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition, Division I. She also won 3rd Place in the 2014 American String Teachers Association State Solo Competition. Alicia was a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for two years, where she was a winner of the MYS Scholarship Competition and concertmaster of their summer music institute. She is currently a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Youth Orchestra.
Alicia performs as a volunteer in music groups for senior centers, Alzheimer’s care groups, and school fundraisers. Her hobbies include reading, drawing, and Chinese traditional dancing.
|Sophia Chan, Harp
Sophia Chan is 14 years old attending Arizona College Preparatory-Erie. Born in Hong Kong, she began learning the beautiful instrument at the age of six from Ms. Dan Yu. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Medal in the Primary Pedal Division of the First Hong Kong Harp Competition. In 2011, she took the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 8 exam and passed with distinction. Sophia moved to Arizona at the age of 11, where she has been continuing her studies with Ms. Alla Yashneva.
Sophia has participated in numerous local and international competitions and events. She played in many occasions to raise awareness for charities and causes, as well as to advertise for the harp as an instrument. She has also taken master-classes from famous harpists worldwide, including Susann McDonald, Isabella Perrin, Jana Bouskova, Florence Sitruk, Lynne Aspnes, Jason Chang, Zhou Jie, and Wong Li Yar. Sophia was involved in a harp ensemble for several years, and she became the first harpist of her school’s symphonic orchestra. These days, she regularly plays at the Mercy Gilbert Medical Center as a therapy harpist.
|Hannah Butcher, Harp
Hannah Butcher, 16, a Junior at Perry High School in Chandler, began playing the harp at the age of nine. Hannah is the principal harpist in her high school Chamber Orchestra. She performed as harpist for the Arizona All-Region and All-State Orchestras and was chosen as alternate for the National Honors Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Hannah also enjoys solo performance and was selected as a finalist in the Arizona Music Teacher’s Association Solo Competition in 2014 and performed as the featured soloist at the Harp Foundation Awards Night at the Arizona State Capitol at the age of 13.