The Luciana Montanari Mendola Awards are for young pianists. This year we have three quite remarkable winners. We will be playing recordings of some of their music at the Awards Gala Dinner.
Brian has just completed his sophomore year as a piano major at the Catholic University of America. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has won top prizes at both local and national competitions including numerous MTNA and MTA State competitions, and the DAR Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship, to mention a few. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion. His concerto debut was in 2009 with the Aberdeen, S.D. Civic Orchestra, and he will perform this summer at Estoril, Portugal.
Antonia has just completed her sophomore year at Georgetown University, majoring in French and Italian. She lives in Oakton, Virginia. In her application she explained that she has had 13 years of experience as a piano student but decided, upon entering Georgetown University, to focus on Italian and French (Her GPA is 3.8 out of 4). After one year she sorely missed piano and has now decided to devote herself to piano studies. She was a winner of the Georgetown University Concerto Competition in 2013 and the MTNA Piano Duet Competition in 2012, and recently performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with orchestra in recognition of winning the annual piano competition at Georgetown. She has taught piano to high school age students and accompanied choirs at concerts and festivals and received best accompanist awards at festivals in Virginia, New York, and Florida.
Juncheng has just completed his junior year at Winston Churchill High School. He lives in Mayland. At age 17 he has already won numerous international, national, and local piano competitions, including first prizes in the 2011 Gustavo Romero International Piano Competition, the 2013 MSMTA Davis Memorial Competition, and the MSMTA Gottlieb Memorial Competition.