2nd Prize Winner Bao,Yanyan

Bao,Yanyan | 14 | China

yanyan Bao displayed artistic sensitivity from her earliest years and began piano lessons at the tender age of 4. Her early musical precocity led her to begin more disciplined studies at the age of 7 with Chinese-American pianist Jay Pengjie Sun, piano department chair at Xinghai Conservatory Middle School in Guangzhou. After admitted into the Xinghai Conservatory Middle School at age 11 with outstanding ranking, Yanyan continued her piano study with Professor Sun’s wife, Dr. Vivian Li, also professor of piano at Xinghai Conservatory.

Since then, Yanyan has emerged as one of the most promising young pianists in China.  Now 14 years of age, Yanyan is already a veteran of the concert stage having presented solo recitals in numerous cities in China, Italy and Germany. Yanyan has also selectively taken part in music competition with prizes including: Third Prize at the Zhuhai Mozart Youth International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Shenzhen Lang Lang Futian International Piano Competition, Young Talent Award at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Second Prize and Best Chinese Work at the Beijing Chopin International Competition. She has also been fortunate to have taken masterclasses with celebrated pianists such as Gary Graffman, Arie Vardi, Lev Natochenny, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Enrico Elise, Li Qi, Wu Ying.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, drawing, swimming, and of course, listening to music.