Our 2019 Competition Winners

The ages in these brief bios are as of March 15, 2019

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Perren-Luc Thiessen

Perren-Luc Thiessen is a 16-year old pianist from Texas and is a student of Tamas Ungar.  He began his studies at the age of 7 with Mary Humm and has also worked with Alex McDonald.  He made his Orchestra Debut at 12 in Italy and has also performed concertos with the Evgeny Svetlanov Orchestra (in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall), Irktusk Symphony Orchestra in Sibera, Fort Worth Symphony, Torun Symphony in Poland, and the Round Rock Symphony.  In 2018 he was the only American chosen as one of 15 Finalists to compete in the International Grand Piano Competition in Moscow, and was awarded the prize of Diplomat. Other International Prizes include First Prize and Award for Best Performance of a Romantic Work at the 2017 Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Debut International Piano Competition with his 2017 Debut Recital in Carnegie (Weill) Hall and the Ehrbar Saal in Vienna, and Second Prize, Most Promising Young Artist, and Best Chopin Performance in the Tkaczewski International Competition in Poland.  He has won numerous First Prizes in Texas, including First Prize at the State TMTA Solo Competition, Dallas Solo and Dallas Symphonic, as well as First Prizes in Concerto Competitions sponsored by Plano and Lewisville Lake Symphonies and Fort Worth Civic Orchestra.  He has participated in the elite Young Artist program in Piano Texas, Todi International Music Masters and Semper Music Festivals in Italy, Balasz Szokolay Piano Festival in Hungary, the Paderewski Piano Academy in Poland, and Texas State International Piano Festival.  Among the many artists he has worked with are Berndt Goetzke, Balazs Szokolay, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Vladimir Feltsman, and Yoheved Kaplinsky. 

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Evrithiki Bailey, lyric soprano

Evrithiki (every-thee-kee) Bailey, named after her Greek great grandmother, is a lyric soprano. She is currently a junior at W.T. White High school, Junior Vice President of the National Honors Society, and has been recognized as a Dallas Independent School District Scholar. Evrithiki has been studying classical music for 10 years. In the past she studied under Amanda Lathrom and Mr. Jeffrey Norris of IAA. She currently studies voice with Dr. Jeffrey Snider of UNT, and is being tutored by maestro Chris Xeros for Byzantine Chorale. She has won many music awards including TMEA All Mixed Allstate Choir. She spent her freshman year as an Interlochen Arts Academy student, came home to enjoy a regular high school experience and will be returning to the academy for her senior year. Her favorite composers are Mozart, Verdi, and Eric Whittaker. Evrithiki aspires to make a career as an opera singer just like her favorite of all time: Maria Callas. If she isn’t singing you will find her enjoying quality time with her friends, family, and dogs. 

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Christian Luevano, double bass

Christian Luevano, age 15, is currently a freshman at Guyer High School in Denton, TX. He began his double bass studies at the age of 5 with Derek Weller in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After moving to Denton in 2011, he studied with Gudrun Raschen for 7 years and currently studies with Jeff Bradetich. Christian is the winner of the 2018 UNT Summer String Institute Concerto Competition and has been commended on his playing in the Eismann Center in Richardson. He has been principal bassist in the TMEA Region 2 Orchestra for the past 4 years, and was 2nd chair in this year's TMEA All-State Symphony. Christian has also been a member of the GDYO program since 2013. He has attended summer programs such as Interlochen Arts Camp, UNT Summer String Institute, the Bradetich Bass Camp, and will be attending the Perlman Summer Music Program this upcoming summer.