Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fiona Faye Tsang | 2nd Prize | Strings | 4th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Fiona Faye Tsang, age 13, is an eighth grader at Valley Christian Junior High School in San Jose, CA. She began her cello studies at age six with Jia Ma at Encore Music & Art Academy. Currently, Fiona is studying cello with Jihee Kim at BayAreaCello.

As a winner of the El Camino Youth Symphony Solo Competition, Fiona made her orchestra debut at age 12 with the ECYS Senior Symphony in December 2017. She was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in 2018 as a first place winner of the American Protégé Concerto Competition. Fiona was the winner of the US International Music Competition (2016, 2017, and 2018). She was selected to perform at the Junior Bach Festival (2017 and 2018). Fiona received numerous awards from the Pacific Musical Society Competition (2016), US Open Music Competition (2014 and 2016), USIMC (2015), Korea Times Competition (2017), James Ramos International Video Competition (2018), and MTNA California State Competition (2018).

Fiona is an avid chamber music and orchestra player. Fiona’s chamber groups have been coached by Meichuan Song and received awards from CMEA, Junior Bach Festival, and Great Composers Competition Chamber Music. Fiona has been the cello principal of the Bay Area Youth Music Society since 2018. She was in the ECYS Senior Symphony for the 2017-18 season, and she was the principal cellist of the ECYS Sinfonietta Orchestra for the 2016-17 season. As an active member of BAYMS, Fiona performs solo, chamber, and orchestra works biweekly at senior centers and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award four years in a row.

Fiona began her musical journey with piano at age five and passed ABRSM Grade 8 with distinction at age ten. She received awards in piano from San Francisco Chopin Competition and USOMC. Fiona has studied music theory and piano with Angela Tsang since 2016. Besides school and music, Fiona enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and playing Tennis.

Name of Piece 1: Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008- VI. Sarabande
Composer’s Name: Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration: 2’30”

Name of Piece 2: Variations on a Rococo Theme
- Theme, I, II, Cadenza, VI, and VII
Composer’s Name: Peter Tchaikovsky
Duration: 11’20”