Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

3 pm Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Featuring the winners of our
2017 Concerto Movement Competition!




Ludwig van


Wolfgang Amadeus

Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (1st mvmt)

Andrew Lee, violin soloist

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (3rd mvmt)

Leyla Kabuli, piano soloist

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1st mvmt)

Roger Xia, piano soloist

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15 (1st mvmt)

Nancy Zheng, piano soloist

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 (2nd mvmt)

Ryan Jia, piano soloist

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467 (3rd mvmt)

Emma Lee, piano soloist

The 2017 CMC is funded by J. W. & H. M. Goodman.

General Admission $10
Senior Admission (age 62 and over) $10
Student Admission $5

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Andrew Lee's bio and photo will appear here shortly.

Leyla Kabuli

Leyla Kabuli, 17, is a senior at Davis High School. She studies with Yoshikazu Nagai as a Pre-College Division scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is the pianist of SF Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to 2017 and 2016 National YoungArts awards, and a US Chopin Foundation scholarship, Leyla received the Helen von Ammon Emerging Artist Award of San Francisco's Noontime Concerts, and appeared on NPR’s From the Top in 2016. She has won top prizes in many national and international piano competitions. She especially enjoys chamber music and collaborative piano, and also plays bassoon and violin.

Roger Xia's bio and photo will appear here shortly.

Nancy Zheng

Nancy Zheng, age 12, is a seventh grader at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose. She has been studying piano with Mrs. Kai Chi Zhu since she was five years old. Nancy has won numerous prizes at the US Open Music Competition, including first places in both showcase solo and open concerto categories, and outstanding gold medalist award. She also won first prize at the Marian Filice Piano Competition, first prize at the US International Music Competition, and grand prize at the MTAC Santa Clara Branch Concerto Competition. In addition, Nancy is a winner of the El Camino Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and will perform at their annual benefit concert in April 2017. Besides music, Nancy loves reading, math, drawing, dancing, playing tennis, and rooting for local sports teams.

Ryan Jia's bio and photo will appear here shortly.

Emma Lee

Emma Lee, age 12, currently a seventh grader at Graham Middle School in Mountain View, began piano at the age of 4. Her parents first introduced her to the music world hoping that classical music could become her lifelong friend. Ever since her first lesson with teacher Doris Lin, she not only loved music, but she also devoted herself to personalizing it, weaving individual sentiments into her music, her own Fantasia of imagination. Emma continued her piano studying since 2012 under Dr. Anna Semyanovsky. Under teacher Anna’s mentorship, Emma’s unique style flourished. In addition to winning numerous awards from USOMC, she also performed in the Junior Bach Festival and has won 1st Alternate in MTAC.

Outside of piano, Emma also devotes herself to violin. She has a broad interest in all kinds of art and academics and has garnered other awards.