Angela Kan: PIMF Young Musician of the Week

Angela Kan, 15, was born in Glendale, AZ and is currently a tenth grader at Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ. She began to study piano at the age of six with Russian pianist Stella Saperstein of Phoenix, AZ. Since 2012 at the age of 11, she has been studying with Dr. Yali Luo of Chandler, AZ.

Angela won the Phoenix Music Teachers Association Fall Festival Gold Medal yearly since the age of 7 in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. She won first place in the Phoenix Music Teachers Association Celebration of Music Competitions in 2009 and 2012 and won second place in the same competition in 2010. She was the finalist in the 2011 and 2015 AZ Young Artist Piano Competition. In 2013, she was the second place winner of the AZ East Valley Piano Competition. In 2014, Angela won the first place prize in the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Young Musician’s Competition Junior Piano Concerto division. In 2014, she and two friends formed the Arizona Sunshine Trio, which was the first place winner of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in 2016. They performed together at Carnegie Hall in May 2016. Angela was also the second place winner of the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Young Musician’s Competition – Senior Piano Concerto Division in 2017.

Angela also enjoys sharing her music with the community. She performs regularly at various community events, such as the World War II 70th Anniversary Memorial Concert at Mesa Art Center in September of 2015, the Arizona Art Academy One Year Anniversary celebration in December 2015, and the Chinese New Year Celebration Gala performance in 2016 at the Mesa Art Center. She will be performing at the upcoming Spring Celebration with the Phoenix Chinese Youth Symphony at the Tempe Arts Center in April 2017.

When not playing piano, Angela likes to paint and read. She won a gold key and two silver key awards in the Arizona statewide level, then went on to win the national silver medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition in 2017. She was also the first place state winner of the Junior II group in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program in 2015. This year her Conservation Message earned the title Best Conservation Message in Arizona in the same competition, which will represent Arizona in the national competition for Conservation Messages.

Angela will be participating in the Philadelphia International Music Festival’s Piano Program in June.