HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2017 – High Point University awarded $10,000 in prizes at its third annual piano competition on Sept. 9. Three finalists performed for a crowd of more than 200 HPU students, faculty and community members at Hayworth Fine Arts Center.
Lin Ye won first place and a $5,000 prize. Rixiang Huang was awarded second place and $3,000; Huan Zhang received third place and $2,000.
Ye began studying at the Hochschule fur Musik in Hannover, Germany, at the age of 15. He has played numerous recitals in Asia, Europe and the United States and has won prizes, including first place at the 71st Anthony Steinway International Youth Piano Competition, fifth place at the 13th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, the top prize of International Anton Rubinstein Competition in Dusseldorf, the audience prize of the Chopin-Gesellschaft International Piano Competition, first place in the Troisdorf International Piano Competition, first place in the Chopin International Piano Competition, third place in the Artist Series National Competition and third place in the New York Piano Competition 2017. In 2016, he was admitted to the Artist Diploma program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently under the guidance of Professor Antonio Pompa-Baldi.
“In the three years HPU has hosted this event, it has grown in quality, and we expect its continued growth and development well into the future,” says Marcia Dills, assistant professor of music and director of keyboard studies at HPU. “Hearing the world-class performances of our finalists was our university’s gift, not only to our students but also to the greater community. We are extremely indebted to Mr. Randall Johnson, who is a wonderful friend of the arts and High Point University. Without his generous gift the piano competition would not be possible.”
The national competition, held for the first time in 2015, is open to pianists ages 15-25. It is made possible by a $1.1 million gift from Randall T. Johnson, a native and resident of High Point and member of the HPU Board of Visitors. He is a retired executive in the food brokerage business in Florida and a patron of the arts across the Piedmont.