2016-2017 Piano and Strings Competition

Nineteen dedicated teachers sent 30 young musicians to BMC’s annual competition.  They ranged in ages from 12 to 18 years, and all played with great poise and confidence.  A special tribute is extended to the teachers and parents for their devotion and steadfast support.

Student Award Winners

First Prize Winners:

The President’s Award in Honor of Ben Simon - $1,000

Abigail Leong, cello 

Age 13, The King’s Academy, Sunnyvale

Teacher:  Jonathan Koh

The Kirkbride Award - $1,000

William Gu, cello                               

Age 15, Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose

Teacher:  Jonathan Koh

Accompanist:  Dimitriy Cogan

The Kirkbride Award - $1,000

Andrew Lin, piano

Age 16, Lynbrook High School, San Jose

Teacher:  William Wellborn

Second Prize Winners:

The Leon Winter Award - $800

Mai Matsumoto, violin        

Age 16, Cupertino High School

Teacher:  Zhao Wei

Accompanist:  Yi-Fang Wu

The Adler Award - $800

Tia Tyng Chang, piano        

Age 14, Gunn High School, Palo Alto

Teacher:  John McCarthy