Stecher and Horowitz Foundation: Young Artist Series Concerts
Main Gallery, February 21, 2013
The Salmagundi Club will once again host the Stecher & Horowitz International Young Artist Concert Series. Featuring Kate Liu who was the First-prize winner at the 2010 Fifth New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher & Horowitz Foundation at the age of 16. She was also the Prize-Winner for Best Performance of the Required Contemporary Work by Avner Dorman. Kate was a scholarship recipient and student of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians, where she studied privately with artist faculty member Alan Chow and Emilio Del Rosario.
Born in Singapore, Kate Liu began playing the piano when she was four years old, and moved to the United States with her family when she was eight years of age. She won the Illinois Junior Music Teachers National Association Competition in 2007 and 2008 and both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Chicago Steinway Competition in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and performed on the Young Steinway Concert Series in 2007. In 2008, Kate won Second Prize in the International Institute for Young Musicians Competition, and received honors in the regionals of the Junior MTNA Competition.
The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation considers itself an incubator of talent in the world of classical music. It serves as a conduit to discover, uncover, and present these remarkable young pianists to an audience awaiting the latest musical gems to be unearthed. This concept was inspired by the inquisitive faces we saw pass through the doors of the Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts for 39 years, in Cedarhurst, New York. Concerned about the road that lay ahead for the many aspiring musicians we trained, we realized that the next chapter in the Foundation’s mission was the need to serve as mentors through the flagship programs, The New York International Piano Competition and The Young Artists Series. This would create opportunities for these amazing young artists who often lack the means and know-how to pursue a career.
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