Saturday, July 15, 2023

Kristine Lu | 2nd Prize | Piano | 10th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

 I can't remember a time when music wasn't all around me. From clapping along to children's nursery rhymes as a little kid to listening to the radio on long car rides to being able to make music of my own, music has been my go-to through my highs and lows. Whether I've been having a bad day or am stressed, or even feeling celebratory, being able to listen to music and play the piano is always a constant comfort that I'm very grateful to have. I have been playing the piano for over ten years now, and have been studying with my current teacher, Ms. He-Lyun Chung, for seven years. She has led me through Bach's incredible intellect, Chopin's romantic lyricism, Beethoven's vivacity and energy, and so many more pieces which have each taught me many new lessons. I've had the opportunity to play in Chamber Music with Junior Chamber Music, as the principal pianist in Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, as a concerto soloist with the Saddleback College Orchestra, and as a choir member of my School District's Honors Choir. Being able to make music and share music with others has been an incredibly rewarding and satisfying experience. I've been fortunate enough to play in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, in the Metallener Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, and more. Being a musician has brought an entire dimension to my life, and I am excited to grow more as a musician and to see what the future has to bring. 

Sonata No. 21, Beethoven, 8'53"

ABEGG Variation, Schumann, 7'38"