Listen to the winners of the 2019 Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy (PYPA), directed by Ching-Yun Hu, perform live in our studio. Kevin Gordon is host.
PYPA, a rigorous 10-day summer program for young pianists, is in its seventh year. Twenty-two students, ages 10 to 25, took part in this year's Philadelphia-based, international piano competition at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
At WRTI, the medalists play their winning pieces from the WRTI Performance Studio.
Chopin, Scherzo No. 2, played by Parker van Ostrand
Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, played by Binghao Li
Parker Van Ostrand is 16 years old and attends McClatchy High School in Sacramento, CA. He began studying piano at age four, and first performed at Carnegie Hall at age 5, after winning gold in the AADGT Competition. He has performed numerous recitals throughout the United States, Singapore, and Japan. As a concerto competition winner, Parker performed a variety of orchestras. Parker enjoys swimming, painting, building Legos, and learning Japanese. He runs cross-country and track at his high school. One of his goals is to run the Boston Marathon.
Binghao Li is 25 years old and was born in Shanghai, China. She began her piano studies at the age of four and has studied under the guidance of Natalia Filipova at the middle school of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She graduated from Ithaca College with Dr. Dmitri Novgorodsky, and studied under Dr. Eteri Andjaparidze at Mannes School of Music. She has performed at venues such as Steinway Hall and Weill Hall, and currently studies with Ching-Yun Hu.
PYPA was founded by Ching-Yun Hu to help young artists achieve their dreams of becoming professioinal pianists. It features intensive master classes, discussions with guest speakers about career management, recitals by internationally celebrated pianists, and the competition with cash prizes and concert engagements.