Young Artist Competition
The Young Artist Competition is an annual event that is open to talented student musicians. Application forms and rules can be downloaded from this website.
The winner is chosen by audition, earns scholarship funds, and has the opportunity to perform with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. For additional information, call Rita May, 248-652-9154
Winner of the 2019 competition, Shuheng Zhang
Shuheng Zhang, 16, a pianist and student at Washtenaw International High School, captured the title this year. He is a proud young scholar of The Lang Lang International Foundation, and joined the Young Scholar Program, which offers mentorship and unique opportunities for performance to exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world.
The young pianist has won top prizes in many competitions including Thousand Islands International Competition, David Dubois Piano Competition, Lee University International Piano Competition, and MTNA and MMTA competitions. He has been featured as a soloist, and performed concerts with orchestras from Alfred, New York to Saarlouis, Germany. Chicago Music Report lauded Zhang’s performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 with Midwest Young Artists Orchestra as “invigorating, incisive and note-perfect.”
Winner of the 2018 competition, Jubilee Wang
Jubilee Wang is 16 years old and a sophomore in North Farmington High School. She started studying piano at the age of 6. Since she began to study with Mary Siciliano in 2009, she has participated in many competitions around the area. In 2016, she performed with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Young Artists Solo Competition. In addition, she won first prize in the MMTA Concerto Competition Junior Division in 2017, and in Albion College Piano Festival in 2016 and MMTA SAT State Finals Junior Division in 2014. She received Honorable Mention in the MTNA State Competition Junior Division in 2015-16 & 2016-17.
Jubilee also plays the violin and is concert mistress of her school’s Philharmonic orchestra. Apart from piano, she enjoys art and loves to draw and write.
Winner of the 2017 competition, Maple Xu
Maple Xu is currently a senior at Troy High School. Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1999, Maple began his piano study at the age of six. In Canada, Maple was introduced to the basics of music theory and began learning the nuances of music and expression. Later in the summer of 2011, Maple joined the piano studio of his current teacher, Ms. Faye Mao. She has inspired in Maple not only a love for music and the instrument, but has also opened him up to a wider and deeper experience of piano performance.
In his first few years of study, Maple competed at the local Kiwanis Festival and also attended the Canadian Music Competition twice. Since moving to Ms. Mao’s studio, he has competed around the country, performing in venues ranging from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. In July 2015, Maple received second prize at the LA Young Musicians International Competition and first prize a few months later at the US Virtuoso International Piano Competition. In addition, Maple has been named the winner of Albion College’s Piano Festival for four years and Schoolcraft College’s Honors Competition Winner for two years in a row.
During his free time, Maple enjoys programming and reading as well as playing the violin. He currently participates in his school’s Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the Troy Country Fiddlers.