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Concerto winners to headline Young Artists Concert


Last updated 12/14/2016 at Noon

Adrienna Tran-Pearson,  junior at Kamiak High School, is among a cast of concerto competition winners who will join the Mukilteo Community Orchestra for a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Rosehill Community Center.

A cast of talented young musicians will display their skills when they headline the Young Artists Concert on Sunday, Dec. 18, in Mukilteo.

Presented by the Mukilteo Community Orchestra and the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association, the free 2 p.m. concert will take place under the direction of Conductor Trevor Lutzenhiser at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

The performers are the winners of the SCMTA Concerto Competition; they and the Mukilteo Community Orchestra will perform concertos by Haydn, Ravel, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Rutter.

“These students, ranging in age from 15-20, represent an amazing group of talented young people who are dedicating themselves to exceptional performance,” Lutzenhiser said. “Our orchestra members are delighted to be accompanying them.”

The winners are:

• Vincent Chen was born in Montreal, Canada, in 2005. He began playing piano at age 5. Under the guidance of Tien-Yin Chen, Vincent earned several piano competition awards including 2nd place at SCMTA’s Sonatina Festival in both 2013 and 2014 and 1st place in 2016. At the Bach Festival of SIPF he received 2nd place in 2013 and 1st place in 2014.

• Christopher Erling, 17, is a recent graduate of Glacier Peak High School and will be finishing his AA degree at Cascadia College this fall. A piano student of Judy Baker, he has had the opportunity to participate in and win many state-level competitions both in and outside SCMTA. Notable awards included 1st place at the 2016 SCMTA Convention Recital Competition, 1st place at the 2016 Anna Rollins Johnson Scholarship Competition, silver medal from the 2015 SIPF Virtuoso Festival, and 2nd place at the 2016 Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside piano solo division. He has performed in several honors recitals at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall and Whitman College’s Chism Recital Hall. Christopher plans to continue his piano studies at a four-year university in the fall of 2017.

• Stephen Binondo, 15, is currently homeschooled through Enlightium Christian Academy. He is a piano student of Judy Baker. Stephen has garnered many honors in piano in the last few years. This year, he won second place in the Sonatina Festival in his age category, as well as the Anna Rollins Johnson Scholarship. Stephen also won the Silver Medal at the 2016 Chopin Concerto Competition held in Bellevue and the first place in the PAFE Concerto Competition in his level. In addition, Stephen was also awarded the Best Performance (Piano) in his age category during the PAFE competition. Stephen was involved in YAMS and adjudications this year.

• Adrienna Tran-Pearson, 16, has been studying piano since she was 4. She has been with her current teacher, Gail Tremblay, for nine years, and previously studied with Barbara LaRose. She is a junior at Kamiak High School. Her musical achievements include first places in the Seattle Bach Festival and the Anna Rollins Johnson Scholarship Competition. She won the Snohomish County Convention Recital Competition three times and consequently performed at the WSMTA Conference. She received three honorable mentions in the Seattle Chopin Festival. Adrienna also shared the opportunity to play with the Port Gardner Bay Chamber Orchestra and the Starry Night Orchestra by being one of the winners of the SCMTA Concerto Competitions in 2008, 2012, and 2014. In addition to performing, Adrienna likes to compose and improvise.

• Kyle Ness is an enthusiastic musician and performer, playing both flute and piano. He has participated in numerous festivals and competitions, winning a fair number of awards. As a junior, attending Everett Community College, he plays with the Cascade Youth Symphony as one of the 3 flutes. Next year he plans to tour Europe with his orchestra.

“There are very few opportunities nationwide for young artists to perform a concerto with a full orchestra,” said Cathe Erhardt, SCMTA Concerto Chair.

“It’s an exciting occasion for students and community to witness this collaboration with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra.”

More information about the concert can be found at


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