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Student Awards, 2015-2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016


Virginia Sun will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brian Le will attend Harvard University and New England Conservatory of Music.


Brian Le accepted into 2016 Gina Bachauer Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Cooper International Competition. Winner of Eastman International Piano Competition, June 2015.


Friday Morning Music Club Henbest Award

Second place, Brian Le

Alden Theater Young Artists

Virginia Sun

Young Artists Musicale Performers

Lena Stechuk, Annabel Lee, Kaia Griggs


Elizabeth R Davis Competition

First place, Brian Le


Bartok Competition

First Place: Kevin Wang

Honorable Mention: Annabel Lee, Ashley Ondoua, Bryan Zhang

Hartman Awards

Third Place: Ashley Ondoua, Bryan Zhang, Jialin Tso

Honorable Mention: Lena Stechuk


Concerto Festival

First Place: Emily He, Annabel Lee, Ethan Liu, Jialin Tso

Second Place: Kaia Griggs, Ashley Ondoua, Lena Stechuk

Honors Recital

Kevin Wang, Jialin Tso

Bach/Baroque Competition Honors Recital

Jialin Tso, Ashley Ondoua, Ethan Liu

Piano Ensemble Competition

First Place: Emily He & Celine Chen; Ashley Ondoua & Jialin Tso; Virginia Sun & Brian Le

Second Place: Harrison Benford & Bryan Zhang

Third Place: Annabel Lee & Allison Oh; Ethan Liu & Alex Peng

Student Awards 2014-15

Saturday, June 14th, 2014


Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition

Press Release from Eastman Conservatory of Music:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. July 19, 2015– Brian Le, 17, of Silver Spring, Md,, was awarded first prize in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition Saturday, July 18, following a stellar performance of the first movement Allegro maestoso of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Neil Varon. As the top winner in the event for talented 15-to-18-year-old pianists, held at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Le was awarded the Gold Medal, a cash prize of $10,000, and a New York City Debut Concert on the DiMenna Center Piano Concert Series

Pepsico/Charleston Symphony Concerto Competition

Winner, Brian Le

Southeastern Piano Festival

Finalist, Brian Le


National Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition

Honorable Mention, Brian Le

Alden Theater Young Artists

Brian Le, Ashley Ondoua, Virginia Sun and Jennifer Su,

Providence Competition

Finalist, Kevin Wang

Young Artists Musicale Performers

Ethan Liu

Attrus C. Fleming Scholarship

Jennifer Su

National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition

Finals, Honorable Mention, Brian Le


Senior Piano Competition Solo

Winner of DC and Honorable Mention of Eastern Division: Brian Le

Senior Piano Competition Duet

Winner of District of Columbia and Alternate of Eastern Division: Jennifer Su & Virginia Su


Raissa Tselentis Bach Competition

Winner, Kaia Griggs

Specialty Competition

Second Place award: Kevin Wang

Third Place award: Ashley Ondoua

Honorable Mention awards: Ethan Liu, Annabel Lee

Honors Recital


Concerto Festival

Second Place awards: Ethan Liu, Lena Stechuk

Third Place awards: Kaia Griggs, Annabel Lee, Owen Murray

Honorable Mention award: Jialin Tso

Honors Recital

Kevin Wang, Ethan Liu

Bach/Baroque Competition Honors Recital

Jialin Tso

Piano Ensemble Competition

1st prize awards: Kevin Wang & Alex Peng

2nd prize awards: Owen Murray & Tano Chun; Annabel Lee & Katherine Wang (student of Silva Blazquez); Kevin Wen (student of Laura Bogart) and Ethan Liu.

3rd prize awards: Kaia Griggs & Lena Stechuk

Honorable Mention awards: Ellen Chen & Ellen Wu; Ashley Ondoua & Jialin Tso; Celine Chen & Emily He.


Spring Festival Piano Ensemble Competition

Senior Division Winner, Jennifer Su and Virginia Sun

Concerto Competition

Winner: Kevin Wang. Alternate, Emily He


Breth Presentations

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Presentations and Workshops by Nancy O’Neill Breth

Technique Without Tears
Summer 2017
Workshop for area teachers and adult students
McLean, Virginia

Life After Lessons
Summer 2017
Workshop for area teachers
McLean, Virginia

Two On A Bench
October 2017
Maryland Music Teachers Association
Bethesda, Maryland

Mapping Music: The Road to Understanding
February 2018
Tidewater Music Teachers Forum
Chesapeake, Virginia

Two On A Bench
March 2018
Music Teachers National Association
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

General clinician—Master class; Practicing Workshop for teachers; 4-hand concert with Dr. Lisa Campi
October 2016
Fort Lee College
Durango, Colorado

Inside the Inventions
April 2016
Adult Music Students Forum
Washington DC

General clinician—Master class; lectures on multiple subjects
November 2014
Montana State Teachers Association Conference
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana

Conference clinician—Master class; lectures on multiple subjects
June 2014
Pennsylvania State Teachers Association Conference
Gettysburg PA

Preparing for College Auditions
May 2014
Piedmont Teachers Association
Newport News VA

Mapping Music: The Road to Understanding
October 2013
Richmond Music Teachers Association
Richmond VA

Go Home & Practice! and Mapping Music: The Road to Understanding
September 2013
New England Piano Teachers Association
Boston MA

Inside the Bach Inventions and Go Home & Practice!
June  2013
Oregon State Teachers Association Conference
Bend OR

Go Home & Practice! and Inside the Bach Inventions
January 2013
Maryland State Teachers Association Conference
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

First Steps in Chamber Music and Go Home & Practice!
October  2012
West Virginia State Music Teachers Association Convention
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Mapping Music: The Road to Understanding
October 2012
Charlottesville Music Teachers Association
Charlottesville, Virginia

Go Home & Practice!
September 2012
Montgomery County Music Teachers Association
Rockville, Maryland

Technique Without Tears, Mapping Music—the Road to Understanding and Inside the Bach Inventions
Summer 2012
Breth Studio
McLean Virginia

Go Home & Practice!
July 2012
Piedmont Music Teachers Association
Manassas, Virginia

Go Home & Practice!
March 2012
Music Teachers National Association Conference
New York, New York

First Steps in Chamber Music 

March 2005
Music Teachers National Association Conference
Seattle, Washington



Piano Olympics

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

At our annual Piano Olympics Alexander Peskanov evaluates students on all seven levels of the Russian Technical Regimen. The hard work that every student puts into Piano Olympics preparation, plus the masterful instruction from Mr. Peskanov, make this event both fun and inspiring for students and parents alike.2012_12_02_1698