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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

14- Year Old RCM Student Annie Zhou Wins International Piano Competition


ROYAL CONSERVATORY STUDENT ANNIE ZHOU FIRST CANADIAN
TO WIN TOP PRIZE IN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, and Barry Shiffman, Director of The Royal Conservatory's Young Artists Performance Academy, congratulate 14-year-old piano student Annie Zhou on winning First Prize in the under-15 category of the 13th International Competition for Young Pianists held in Enttlingen, Germany. She is the first Canadian to achieve this honour. The prize was announced on August 11.

“As we've just seen in the Olympics, achieving excellence on the world stage requires exceptional training. Annie's success in Germany is a reminder of the vital importance of investing in Canada's brightest young creative minds,” says Mr. Shiffman. “The Royal Conservatory congratulates Annie and looks forward to her continued success.”

One of the world's most prestigious competitions for young pianists, the International Competition for Young Pianists counts among its past winners internationally-acclaimed performers Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. Held every two years, it is open to talented pianists under 20 years old. This year’s competition attracted over 250 musicians from 40 countries. Annie was one of only two Canadians to advance to the finals.

Annie began her piano studies at The Royal Conservatory at age four. She is currently a full scholarship student at the Young Artists Performance Academy, The Conservatory's training program for gifted classical musicians aged 9 to 18. Academy alumni include pianists Stewart Goodyear and Jan Lisiecki, as well as violinist Martin Beaver. Annie is taught by Marietta Orlov, an educator known for nurturing some of Canada’s most promising young talents.

Annie has won awards at several national and international competitions, including three consecutive first prizes at the Canadian Music Competition. In 2011 and 2012, she was the youngest prizewinner at the Minnesota International e-Piano Competition and the Cooper International Piano Competition, respectively. She has graced stages across North America, including iconic Carnegie Hall. She has also made many television and radio appearances, including a performance with Lang Lang on Canada AM. She will debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on October 27.

Now in its 125th anniversary year, The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visitwww.rcmusic.ca.

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