The October 4 concert will feature Lang Lang International Music Foundation Young Scholars, Aliya Alsafa and Jeffrey Chin. Thirteen year old Aliya Alsafa began studying piano at the age of four at the Music Institute of Chicago and currently attends the Juilliard pre-college program as a student of Prof. Matti Raekallio. She won First Prize in numerous piano competitions including the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition. Jeffrey Chin is 16 years old and attends the Juilliard School as a Pre-College student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone. At age 11, he won the Denver Steinway Piano Concerto Competition (Middle School Division) and was invited to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
The Lang Lang Young Scholars Program is a music education initiative designed to identify and support talented young pianists in their professional development and in the delivery of live performances. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang personally selects a limited number of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world, offering them mentorship, tutelage, and unique opportunities for performance. In order to be considered, scholars must be no more than 16 years of age at the time of their application.