Listen to Samuel’s performance:
Samuel Xu, 13, is an 8th grader at Arizona Virtual Academy. He started learning piano at age 6 from his mother, Hong Zhu, and currently studies with his father, Fei Xu. Samuel was the Arizona state winner of 2013 Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition. His other piano prizes include winner of the Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition, the Steinway Avanti Star Piano Competition and Arizona MusicFest Competition. Besides piano, Samuel likes to draw and design computer games.
With HaeJu Choi, Collaborative Piano
Listen to David’s performance:
David Kwak, 12, was born in Seoul, South Korea and is a 8th grader at the Paragon Science Academy in Chandler. David has been playing violin for six years; he studies with Ms. Susanne Rothaar. A winner in many solo competitions, David won first place in the 2013 American Protégé International Concerto Competition and 2nd place in their Piano and Strings Competition. As a result, he made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in July 2014. Other awards include first place in solo competitions with the Music Teachers National Association, the American String Teachers Association, the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musician’s Competition, and the Four Seasons Orchestra. He also loves composing and conducting, and has conducted the Phoenix Youth Symphony at a performance in Prescott. David enjoys life with jubilance, and in his spare time likes solving complex logic and math problems, researching, and playing with passenger airplane models.