2017-05-18 / On the Town

Young pianists demonstrate their prowess


ON A BRIGHT NOTE—The winners of the New West Symphony Quick Bowman Piano Competition happily display their award certificates. 
Courtesy of NWS ON A BRIGHT NOTE—The winners of the New West Symphony Quick Bowman Piano Competition happily display their award certificates. Courtesy of NWS In the only professional piano competition held annually in Ventura County, Man-Ling Bai and Rosalind Wan Wong have been named the adult co-winners of the New West Symphony Quick Bowman Piano Competition.

Jocelyn Chen, Leo Jergovic and Claire Hou are the youth competition winners.

Henry and LaReine Quick created the piano competition in 1990 to give local youths an opportunity to perform before judges and be awarded for their participation.

This year’s winners received cash awards as well as performance opportunities throughout the year and instruction at piano master classes.

Participants came from throughout California. The competition was held on the campus of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Adult co-winner Bai has won first prize in many competitions, including the Southern Adventist Concerto Competition, Carmel Music Society Biennial Piano Competition and Lansum Piano International Competition. Her compositions have been performed on television shows in Taiwan such as “Young Composer Prodigy.”

Wong’s career includes solo and chamber recitals at Segerstrom Hall, Royce Hall, Hammer Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA Bing Theater, Aspen Physics Center, Maybeck Performing Arts Center and Schoenberg Hall. She will receive her doctorate this year from UCLA.

The full list of winners:

Adult: First place, Man-Ling Bai and Rosalind Wan Wong. Third place, Evelyn Lee.

Age 15 to 17: First place, Jocelyn Chen. Second place, Davina Lin. Third place, Jonathan Po.

Age 11 to 14: First place, Leo Jergovic. Second place, Dylan Lee and Andre Nguyen. Fourth place, Nathan Park and Daniel Wang.

Age 7 to 10: First place, Claire Hou. Second place, Gabriela-Zoe Chao. Third place, Jake Liu.

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