Dr. Anderson and the La Sierra University Orchestra will be presenting the 3rd Annual Concerto All-Stars Concert on Sunday evening, April 23 at 7p. This event will feature four amazing student musicians. This performance will also include the winner of the Marcia Specht-Guy Concerto Prize, Shuo Ma performing on the cello. He is a 1st year performer's certificate student. Shuo Ma will be joined by the All-Star winners Yuayo Li (viola), Thomas Kim (piano), Elena Kim (violin), and Julian Jenson (piano).
The program will include:
Proceeds from our ensemble concerts go towards the Student Scholarship Fund. Your support and contribution continues the rich tradition of excellence in music here at LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY.
About the Concerto Competition
In 1951, Marcia Specht was the first La Sierra student invited to perform as a soloist with the La Sierra College Orchestra, then directed by Alfred Walters. A student of Ralph Pierce, noted concert pianist and adjunct professor of music at La Sierra, Marcia played the first movement of Piano Concerto #1 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Following her graduation from the Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 1954, she married Fritz Guy, La Sierra College class of 1952.
After her death in 2006, Marcia’s family and friends established the Marcia Specht Guy Prize, awarded each year to the winner of the Music Department’s annual concerto competition, to honor her memory and to encourage student performance of classical music.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
SHUO MA devoted himself to cello and began his studies with Feng Jun at age five. By age seven and eight, Shuo had already won two gold prizes in the NingXia cello competition. By age eight, he was the second medalist in the category D(amateur) of AiQin Cup National Cello Competition. In 2010, he was the gold medalist in the category A(amateur) of AiQin Cup National Cello Competition. He also enrolled into the Primary School attendant to the China Central Conservatory of Music that same year and studied with Prof.Chen Yuan. He was awarded various performance schoalrships during his schooling. In 2011, he performed as a soloist at the Beijing Concert Hall, performing Bach Suite No. 3, BWV 1009. That same year he was invited by a friend to perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos at the Russian Embassy. In 2012, he enrolled at the Middle School Attendant to the China Central Conservatory of music and completed a performance recital concert. In 2013, he participated in various performances including The Nutcracker and Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 at Shandong University. In 2014, he was the gold medalist of Aiqin Cup International Competition. In 2015, he performed in Beijing Dvorak's Cello Concerto in b minor with conductor LinTao and the China Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Pianist THOMAS KIM, 18, is already enjoying a thriving career. He has been invited to participate in many festivals, including the Southwester Youth Music Festival in multiple years in which he won 1st place in three separate categories, and the 2016 Inland Empire Piano Festival where he also won 1st place. He has performed in prestigious venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been frequently invited to perform at local government conventions hosted by the San Bernardino County Supervisor. Thomas has also been invited to attend and perform at masterclasses with prestigious artists as Jerome Lowenthal and Gwhyneth Chen, among others.
A 1st Prize winner at the Alexander&Buono International Competition in both 2011 and 2015, Thomas has also won 2nd Prize in the Glendale Piano Competition in 2014 and was a finalist in the Young International Los Angeles Piano Competition in 2014. Additionally, Thomas Kim was chosen as a participant of the Virginia Warring International Competition in 2014. Mr. Kim was also the Grand Prize Winner at the 41st 2011 Korean Times Piano Competition, and received 4th place in the Liszt International Piano Competition in 2012.
Thomas started playing piano at the age of seven. He is also the President of the JKT Music Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on fundraising for homeless communities. Thomas wishes to continue giving back to a community he loves and sharing his music Thomas Kim is currently a freshman at La Sierra University, studying Pre-Medicine, and Music under the tutelage of Dr. Elvin Rodriguez, department chair and faculty member at La Sierra University.
ELENA SUH-YEON KIM started playing violin at the age of seven. Her teachers have included Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca, LeRoy Peterson, and Wei He, a collegiate faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Currently Elena is studying with Jason Uyeyama, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She joined the Pacific Union College Youth Orchestra at age 8, and has served as concertmaster for the PUC Youth Orchestra since 2007. Elena won 1st place in the junior strings section of the Etude Competition in 2008, and again in the senior strings section in 2011. In December of 2009, she was invited to join “Beautiful Chorus” for a joint concert tour in Japan, and performed violin solo pieces at multiple cities, including Tokyo, Chiba, and Kobe. 2010 was a very active year for Elena. In January, she won 1st place in the Contra Costa String Association Young Artist Competition. She played the solo from Concerto No. 3 (“Autumn”) from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in February with the Napa Valley Symphony. In early May she performed a solo violin recital, accompanied by Miles Graber and sponsored by the Pacific Union College Music Department. That same month, Elena was the winner of the Concerto Competition for the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, and performed Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the symphony. She served as a co-concertmaster for the youth symphony until she joined the Virtuoso Music Program at San Domenico High School in August of 2010. She was also an assistant concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, where she has been a member since 2011. In the spring of 2014, Elena won the Promising Young Artist Competition at La Sierra University. While Elena focuses mainly on violin, she also studied piano for 8 years, accomplishing the highest level in Certificate of Merit, and played flute in orchestra.
JULIAN JENSON, 21, is a junior Bachelor’s of Music Performance major at La Sierra University. He began formal lessons in music at the age of 5 with Leon Guide, conductor of the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. Within a year, Julian had the chance to perform a Mozart piano concerto under Mr. Guide’s own baton. Since then, Julian has studied with Ori Shihor at the Colburn School, Dr. Douglas Ashcraft at Idyllwild Arts, and currently studies with Dr. Elvin Rodriguez at La Sierra. He has performed in a wide range of venues and contexts. As a soloist, Julian has won the Steinway Society of Riverside solo and concerto competitions in 2012, 2014, and 2016 respectively. He also won the Marcia-Specht Guy Concerto Competition at La Sierra University in 2015, as well as being an all-star in the 2017 round. In addition to competing and winning in competitions, he has appeared on NPR’s From The Top in 2013. Julian also has a wide range of collaborative experience, playing jazz and classical in chamber music settings, accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists, and performing in large orchestras, wind ensembles, and choirs. He’s sung with La Sierra’s Chamber Singers in concert halls in Japan. At La Sierra University, Julian works as a theory tutor and teacher’s assistant to Dr. Kenneth Narducci, the head of the music theory department. He loves to make music for the glory of God, and hopes to become an educator so that he can help later generations find the same fulfillment in music.
In 2009, Patterson attended school at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Maryland. There he received a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance. His primary professor in piano and mentor was Dr. Daniel Lau. While at WAU, he performed as piano soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE), traveling to counties such as South Africa, Germany, Jamaica, Italy, and others. In addition to piano, he studied chamber music with Dr. Victor Yuzefovich, and conducting with Dr. Preston Hawes, Dr. James Bingham and the late Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse.
Upon graduation, he accepted a position as Director of Bands at Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) in Spencerville, Maryland, where he directed the Academy Concert Winds, the SAA Jazz Ensemble, SAA’s Beginner Band and SAA’s Middle School Band. In addition, he directed SAA’s productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein Fiddler on the Roof (2014), and South Pacific (2015).
Currently achieving a Performance Certificate in conducting at La Sierra University, Patterson remains active as a member of many of the university ensembles. He plays bassoon in the university orchestra and wind ensemble, and also plays bassoon in the Loma Linda University Sanctuary Orchestra.
While juggling the world of conducting, piano, and bassoon playing, Patterson composes on the side. He is currently actively studying under Dr. Ken Narducci as a private composition student. His last composition, “Symphony of Our Father”, was written in 2012 for full orchestra. It was premiered at the Loma Linda University Church by the PFSO. He has approximately 30 compositions under his name.
Patterson will continue to study towards the field of orchestral conducting. He will be attending Bard College Conservatory of Music