Monday, July 20, 2015

Isabella Tong: 3rd Prize, Piano, Cat.B | 2015

Isabella Tong is a fourteen year old who attends high school in Irvine, California, USA. Her first piano lessons commenced at the age of 6 when she was admitted into the Opus 119 School of Music, where she studied until 2012 under the school’s director Mr. Ethan Dong and teacher Ms. Ariel Yang. Even at the very beginning of her musical journey, Isabella has shown a strong love and passion towards music. She was eager to learn piano, and displayed significant progress through various achievements. She has participated in multiple recitals and competitions such as SYMF, Russian International Music Festival, and Seattle International Competition, where she has won top prizes. At the age of 8, she won first prize at the American Fine Arts Festival Competition, and therefore performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. During the next year, she went on to perform as a piano soloist with the Irvine Classical Players Chamber Orchestra. Despite not piano lessons for two years in between, love and passion for music brought her back to piano. Currently, she is under the study of Dr. Felix Tao Chang. Besides playing piano, Isabella loves swimming, playing violin, reading, writing, and spending time with her loved ones.