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2013 Zeiter Piano Competition Winners Announced

Feb 8, 2013

The 2013 Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition took place on January 12th in the Conservatory of Music's Recital Hall on the Stockton campus of University of the Pacific. A select number of high school pianists from California were invited to compete as finalists after an initial selection done by a jury for the competition.

The winner of the 2013 Zeiter Piano Competition, and a $1,000 prize, is Alex Chien, a freshman from San Jose and student of Kai Chi Zhu, who happens to be his mother.  Alex impressed the jury with his performance of works by Liszt, Beethoven, and Kapustin.  Second prize and $750 went to Katarina Lee of San Rafael, a junior and student of John McCarthy who performed works by Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.  Third prize and $500 was awarded to Han-ah Sumner of Davis, a junior and student of Natsuki Fukasawa, with a performance of works by Bach, Beethoven, and Ginastera . 

Four contestants were chosen to play in master classes the day of the event and each received $100.  Those contestants were Elaine Lee of Los Altos Hills, a sophomore and student of John McCarthy; Yu-Tang Josh Lin of Fremont, a senior and student of Jed Galant; Catherine Xu of San Jose, a junior and student of John McCarthy; and Michael Ko, a freshman from San Jose, and a student of Jennifer Hung.

The Conservatory of Music would like to thank Dr. Henry Zeiter and his wife Carol, music lovers and connoisseurs of the first rank, for their continuing sponsorship of this exciting event.

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