Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor


3 pm Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Featuring the winners of our
2017 Concerto Movement Competition!

Johannes
Brahms

Sergei
Rachmaninoff

Edvard
Grieg

Ludwig van
Beethoven

Sergei
Prokofiev

Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart

Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (1st mvmt)

Andrew Lee, violin soloist

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (3rd mvmt)

Leyla Kabuli, piano soloist

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1st mvmt)

Roger Xia, piano soloist

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15 (1st mvmt)

Nancy Zheng, piano soloist

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 (2nd mvmt)

Ryan Jia, piano soloist

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467 (3rd mvmt)

Emma Lee, piano soloist

The 2017 CMC is funded by J. W. & H. M. Goodman.
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General Admission $10
Senior Admission (age 62 and over) $10
Student Admission $5

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Andrew Lee

Eighteen-year-old violinist Andrew Lee is a senior at Los Altos High School. He began his studies at age eight with Li Lin and currently studies with Zhao Wei at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division. Andrew was named a National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention Winner and has won first prize at the Pacific Musical Society, CMTANC, and Korea Times competitions. He has also performed solos with the California Youth Symphony, Prometheus Symphony, and KAMSA Youth Symphony Orchestra.

This year marks his fifth season in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he is currently the concertmaster. In addition, he performed in Carnegie Hall and toured Europe last summer as the associate concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra, and he will tour with them again to South America this summer. Andrew has previously attended the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute and been invited to compete at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a member of the “Back to BACH” Project, he gives performances at local elementary schools in order to inspire a love of classical music within children.

In addition to playing the violin, he holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo and has competed at nationals. He also enjoys math, having qualified for the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad and coached his middle school’s math team. He plans to attend Princeton University this fall.



Leyla Kabuli

Leyla Kabuli, 17, is a senior at Davis High School. She studies with Yoshikazu Nagai as a Pre-College Division scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is the pianist of SF Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to 2017 and 2016 National YoungArts awards, and a US Chopin Foundation scholarship, Leyla received the Helen von Ammon Emerging Artist Award of San Francisco's Noontime Concerts, and appeared on NPR’s From the Top in 2016. She has won top prizes in many national and international piano competitions. She especially enjoys chamber music and collaborative piano, and also plays bassoon and violin.



Roger Xia

Roger Xia, 15, a ninth grader at Holmes Junior High School (HJH) in Davis, started piano studies with Linda Beaulieu at age 5 and continues with Natsuki Fukasawa. He also started violin studies with Dong Ho at age 7 and continues with William Barbini. As a pianist/violinist, Roger won top prizes in USOMC, CMTANC/USIMC, and PMS Competition, etc. He won 2015 Mondavi Young Artists Pianist Competition and the Bouchaine Young Artists Prize, and was featured on the 2016 "From the Top" show \# 322. Roger played as a piano soloist with Merced Symphony Orchestra at age 8, with Sacramento Youth Symphony (SYS) Premier Orchestra and Central Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra at age 11, and with UC Davis Symphony Orchestra at age 13. He just played as a violin and piano soloist with Camellia Symphony Orchestra in March 2017.

Roger is the concertmaster of the HJH Orchestra since 2015, and was the concertmaster of SYS Premier Orchestra (2013-2015). Currently, he is a pre-college scholarship student at the SFCM and a first violin section member of the SFSYO.

Aside from music, Roger enjoys math, computer games and movies. He also likes to play tennis, Ping Pong, and soccer, and loves to play with his friends!



Nancy Zheng

Nancy Zheng, age 12, is a seventh grader at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose. She has been studying piano with Mrs. Kai Chi Zhu since she was five years old. Nancy has won numerous prizes at the US Open Music Competition, including first places in both showcase solo and open concerto categories, and outstanding gold medalist award. She also won first prize at the Marian Filice Piano Competition, first prize at the US International Music Competition, and grand prize at the MTAC Santa Clara Branch Concerto Competition. In addition, Nancy is a winner of the El Camino Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and will perform at their annual benefit concert in April 2017. Besides music, Nancy loves reading, math, drawing, dancing, playing tennis, and rooting for local sports teams.



Ryan Jia

Ryan Jia, age fourteen, is a 8th grader currently attending Miller Middle School. He began to study piano in Dec. 2008 with Mrs. Doris Lin. Later, from age seven, he began to take piano lessons with Mrs. Anna Semyanovsky. Ryan was a winner at the Junior Bach Festival in 2012, and played Bach’s G minor Concerto with the Golden Gate Philharmonic Orchestra. He has competed at the United States Open Music Competition from 2011 and won first prize numerous times. He was also declared as Honorable Mention of MTAC 2015 Piano Concerto-Solo Competition North branch in the category Concerto I. As a winner of the 2015 ECYS Concerto Competition, Ryan performed Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1. This year, he will be performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvmt. 2.



Emma Lee

Emma Lee, age 12, currently a seventh grader at Graham Middle School in Mountain View, began piano at the age of 4. Her parents first introduced her to the music world hoping that classical music could become her lifelong friend. Ever since her first lesson with teacher Doris Lin, she not only loved music, but she also devoted herself to personalizing it, weaving individual sentiments into her music, her own Fantasia of imagination. Emma continued her piano studying since 2012 under Dr. Anna Semyanovsky. Under teacher Anna’s mentorship, Emma’s unique style flourished. In addition to winning numerous awards from USOMC, she also performed in the Junior Bach Festival and has won 1st Alternate in MTAC.

Outside of piano, Emma also devotes herself to violin. She has a broad interest in all kinds of art and academics and has garnered other awards.