Diamond Bar, California Chapter President
My name is Andrew Shi, a rising junior at Diamond Bar High School. I have won numerous awards in state, national, and international piano competitions. I was the first prize winner of the San Jose International Piano Competition, the recipient of the “Most Promising Young Talent”, and a three-time state first place of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) State Piano Solo and Concerto Competitions.
My other recent accolades include the 2020 National YoungArts winner, the 2019 and 2020 Spotlight winner, and first prizes at the Los Angeles International Piano Competition. As the first prize winner of both the Gail Newby Concerto Competition and Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition, I performed with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra and the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, I also received top prizes in the MTAC State VOCE Competition. In 2020, I was accepted by prestigious competitions and music festivals such as the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Southeastern Piano Festival and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
I started playing the piano at the age of five and, at six, performed at Carnegie Hall. My passion for music has driven me in all aspects of my academic studies and extracurricular activities. I pursue my passion in biology and was a silver medalist at the 2019 and 2020 British Biology Olympiad. I’m joining Aerovate because I hope to not only impart my passion for music and academics but to spread optimism and character for life.
Diamond Bar, California Chapter Vice President
My name is Kyle Yang and I am a rising sophomore Diamond Bar High School. I am currently enrolled in their Performing Arts Academy. In 2017, I was accepted into the National Take a Stand Festival where I performed under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. During the summer of 2018, I served as assistant principle second violin of the Idyllwild Chamberfest Orchestra. I have been a member of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra for four years and I currently serve as assistant concertmaster. I am also a member of the DBHS symphony orchestra where I am currently assistant principle second violin. Most recently, I was principle second violin of the 2019 SCSBOA High School Honor Orchestra. I’ve also won the 2019 DBHS Concerto Competition and soloed with the DBHS symphony orchestra during fall of 2019. I was a state-finalist of MTAC’s VOCE competition and was also a Los Angeles finalist of the solo recital competition of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). My teachers have included my mother Dr. Amanda Yang, Linda Rose, and Samuel Fischer, who I studied with at the Colburn School. I currently study with Joan Kwuon at the Colburn School.