2018 COMPETITION WINNERS
VINCENT YANG, piano
JONATHAN LÓPEZ, clarinet
JUAN ALEXIS SÁNCHEZ GONZÁLEZ, violin
RECOGNITION FOR ACHIEVEMENT
ERASTO CORTÉS II, piano
ANDRÉS RICO, piano
KATHLEEN LIANG, piano
BRANDON TORRES, alto saxophone
FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS RECITAL
MAY 19, 2018
STAR CITY STUDIOS
120 W. CASTELLANO
EL PASO, TX 79912
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
VINCENT YANG, piano, 14, is an honor student at Radford School who has studied piano with Dr. Esequiel Meza. Vincent performed Shostakovich Concerto No. 2 in the EPYSO 2018 Concerto Competition. He is a semi-finalist in the Texas State Performance Contest and will compete in June 2018. Vincent received third place in the 2017 EPSMF Competition for Young Musicians. He was a semi-finalist in both the 2017 Texas Convention and the 2016 International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival USA. Vincent performed in the "Catch a Rising Star" Organ Symposium and was featured as a young organist in the New York-based journal publication of the American Guild of Organists. He was invited to perform a solo recital for a 2016 Public Library re-opening ceremony and was featured in an article published by the El Paso Times. Vincent's non-musical achievements: In 2017, he received State recognition for Duke TIP and Top 300 of the National Broadcom Masters Award and was interviewed by NBC News. Vincent was a 1st place Sweepstakes in both 2018 Radford School and the Regional Science Fair. He also placed second in the State and was nominated for the 2018 Broadcom Masters again. He received first place 2017 Gold Medal Taekwondo Championships at the Black Belt 2nd Dan in New Mexico State.
JONATHAN LÓPEZ, clarinet, is an American-born Mexican from El Paso, Texas. Jonathan began his musical studies at age 11 and began studying under Lavinia Richards at age 14. Since the latter, he has received numerous awards and honors. Among them is having qualified 4 times for the TMEA convention as an all-stater and being featured on WQXR and NPR’s From the Top. In conjunction with his appearance on From the Top, Jonathan was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Jonathan has also participated in Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and its sister program, the National Youth Orchestra 2. During these prestigious programs, he worked closely with renowned clarinetists Benjamin Lulich, Ricardo Morales, and Stephen Williamson. He has also participated in master classes with Giora Feidman, Julian Bliss, and Corrado Guiffredi. Jonathan now studies at the University of British Columbia under Jose Franch-Balleser.
JUAN ALEXIS SÁNCHEZ GONZÁLEZ, violin, began his studies as a violinist at age 7. In 2010, he began studying with the Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra of Ciudad Juárez. In the following years, he was called to join the National Orchestra in Mexico City. In 2013, he joined the Professional Symphony Orchestra of the UACJ, and later he was invited to play with violinist Joshua Bell. After playing with Mr. Bell, he traveled to New York where he played in two concerts. In 2016, he had the opportunity to premiere a piece by composer Samuel Zyman called Canto a la Música at the Nezahualcóyotl Theater. There he played with world-famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma and the best of Mexico, Carlos Prieto. In 2017, he had the opportunity to work with director Valery Gergiev. He also took a master class with Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcewici, concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic. In July of this same year he joined a master class with Erika Dobosiewicz in Torreón. Recently he was accepted at the University of Denver with a full scholarship.
ERASTO CORTÉS II, piano, was born in El Paso, Texas. His piano career began at the age of three when he began taking private lessons with Elvira Spector, learning the value of discipline, time and rigor. In 2013, Erasto won Third Place in the EPYSO Piano Competition, followed by Second Place in 2015, and First Place in 2016. In 2017, he won Second Place in the EPSMF Competition for Young Musicians. He enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and golf. Erasto currently attends Radford School and will transition into Cathedral High School next year. He has traveled internationally including; Italy, Costa Rica, and Cancun, Mexico. One of his highlights was in Nashville, Tennessee. where he played on Elvis Presley's piano at RCA Studios, a unique and rare experience for musicians.
ANDRÉS RICO, piano, was born on March 7, 2001, in Chihuahua City. He started in the musical arts at the age of 6, becoming part of the Symphonic Orchestra at his elementary school, Elizabeth Seaton Institute. Since then, his interest in music has covered different genres, such as classical, jazz and contemporary music. In June 2013, Andrés moved to Cuidad Juárez and began studying at El Paso Conservatory of Music in El Paso under Dr. Ezequiel Meza. He also belongs to the Jazz band assemble lead by internationally recognized jazz musician Mr. Mack Goldsbury. Last year, he was selected to participate in the 26th National Tour of the Mexican Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Mexico (OSIM), directed by Professor Eduardo Garcia Barrios. Currently Andrés is in the 11th grade. He has a cultural scholarship at ITESM, Technological Institute of Monterrey, where he is part of the music ensemble. During this time he has participated in two music festivals, as a song writer, composer, and music performer, qualifying for Nacional Finals in April 2018, with his pop romantic song: “Para que.“ He also has other compositions in classical music as well as rock music.
KATHLEEN LIANG, piano, was born on April 18, 2003. She currently attends Coronado High School. In addition to piano, she plays the violin and is a member of the Coronado High School Orchestra. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, drawing, and playing sports, such as basketball and swimming. Kathleen hopes to attend an Ivy League college, such as Harvard or Yale, enter the medical field, with a minor in music, and teach music in her spare time. Someday, she would like to learn to play the harp, skydive, and go to Paris.
BRANDON LEE TORRES, alto saxophone, joined the Horizon Middle School Band in 2012 at the age of 11. During his middle school years, he participated twice in the All-Region band. In the fall 2015, he joined the Horizon High School Band and he was elected saxophone section leader for three years. He has participated in All-Region auditions and advanced to the Area level once. In the fall of 2017, Mr. Torres was a featured soloist in the State Marching Contest. Mr. Torres is also an avid jazz musician, occupying the lead saxophone chair in the Top Jazz ensemble at Horizon High School. He is also involved in the track & field teams and advanced three times to District competition. Mr. Torres has maintained the valedictorian position for the Class of 2019 .