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LIVE: Kathy Qiu, piano, 17

17 year old pianist Kathy Qiu

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A senior at University Laboratory High School in Champaign-Urbana, Kathy Qiu began playing piano at the age of five and a half. She was the Piano Category Winner of the 2010 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and the winner of the 2009 Gail & Harry Adams Young Artists Competition. Kathy’s other major awards include 3rd place in the 2011 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, 1st place in the 2010 Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, 2nd place in the 2010 ISMTA State Competition, 1st place in the 2011 Young Baroque Artists Competition, and 2nd place in the Olympic Division of the 2010 Granquist Music Competition. Furthermore, Kathy’s trio won 1st place in the 2011 DoCha Young Artists Chamber Music Competition and was featured in a master class with the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet. In 2009, Kathy performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Danville Symphony Orchestra.

Kathy’s current teacher is Professor Christos Tsitsaros. She has also studied with Brenda Huang.

In addition to piano, she plays violin in the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra and the IMEA All-District Orchestra. Also, Kathy enjoys competing in math, tennis, chess, writing, and science contests. In her spare time, she loves to draw and watch reality TV.


Chopin:  Scherzo No. 2
Ravel:  Oiseaux Tristes
Beethoven:  Sonata Pathetique
Chen Peixun:  Thinking of Spring
Liszt:  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 8

  • Not only a brilliant musician she is a great student and a nice kid—-most of the time. Just kidding.

    She will be one of the top muscians and students in college. Sue

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