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Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition:
2014 Winner

Colin Choi

Playing Piano Concerto in A Minor: 1st movement, by Edvard Grieg
February 22, 2014

Kelly TalimColin Choi, age 12, is a seventh-grader at Wood Oaks Junior High School in Northbrook, IL. He began his piano studies at age 5 and is a student of Sueanne Metz.

Colin has won awards in numerous competitions, including first place in the North Shore Music Teachers’ Association Competition, the Illinois Music Association Contest, the Chinese Fine Arts Society Competition, and the Sejong Music Competition. He was also a prize winner at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association Competition, the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA) Sonata Festivals, the Grandquist Music Competition in the Olympic Division, and the New Music National Young Artist Competition. In 2009, he was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center for the International Youth Praise Festival. In 2010, he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the International Chopin Celebration Competition. Colin was also the winner of the 2011 DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers and performed as a soloist with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra. His performance was broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 classical radio station. Colin was also awarded first place in the Emilio del Rosario Concerto Competition and performed with the Harper Symphony Orchestra. In August 2013, he won third place and the best performance for contemporary music award at the Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition. Most recently, Colin was chosen as the winner of the piano category in the open division at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. He has also made frequent public appearances, including performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Parisian Salon Concert Series at the Northbrook Library, and the Grand Piano Haus.

Colin also enjoys playing the acoustic drums, basketball, and video games, and keeping his marine aquarium.


Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition:
2014 Winner

Sean Choi

Playing Piano Concerto No. 3: 1st movement, by Sergei Prokofiev
February 22, 2014

Genevieve SmelserSean Choi, age 13, is an eighth-grader at Wilmette Junior High School in Wilmette, IL. He currently studies piano with Sueanne Metz.

Sean has won competitions including Honorable Mention at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA, 2013), first place at the Confucius Music Festival (2013), Honorable Mention at the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition (2013), and first place at the DePaul Concerto Competition. He has played with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra (2012), the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA) Roberta Savler Contest (2011), and has placed third at the North Shore Music Teachers’ Association (2011), and first at the Sejong Music Competition (2010). He also won awards at the Grandquist Music Competition. Besides piano, he has won first prize (2010 and 2008), second prize (2009) and Honorable Mention (2011) for cello at the Confucius Music Festival, and second place (2013 and 2010) at the Society of American Musicians competition.

Other than music, Sean enjoys swimming, and he is on the NASA Wildcat Aquatics swim team.




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