Sanne Christensen, 19, graduated with honors from Park City High School. She currently attends Rice University as a piano performance major and studies with Professor Brian Connelly. She performed on the Utah Symphony's 2013 and 2017 Salute to Youth and is a winner of the 2014 and 2015 Youth Guild Recital Audition in the ensemble division and 2013, 2014, and 2016 solo division. Sanne started piano training at age four with Lena Bates and currently studies under Dr. Vera Oussetskaia-Watanabe. Her other awards include the 2017 Paderewski Festival grand prize winner, and a two time Concerto winner in the University of Utah SummerArts Competition. Her first performance with an orchestra was in Libby Gardner Hall at age nine. Sanne has been a full scholarship student at the Gifted Music School since 2008. When not practicing, she also loves to read, ski, and travel.
17-year-old pianist Ayane Nakajima is a freshman studying with Professor Jon Kimura Parker at the Shepherd School of Music. Born and raised in New York City, she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and graduated as an instrumental major. Ayane began her piano studies at the age of 4 with Mr. Chaim Freiberg at the Lucy Moses School and continued to study privately with Dr. Hiromi Fukudafrom 2007 through 2019. In 2016, she received the Gold Prize in the International Virtuoso Competition as well as second place at the New York Music Competition. During the summers of 2017 and 2018 she studied at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute with professors Boaz Sharon and Gila Goldstein. In 2018, she received the Grand Prize in the New York Concerto Debut Competition where she performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Maestro Muneyoshi Takahashi. In 2019, she was recognized as a winner in the National YoungArts Competition and performed at the New World Center. Following the program, she was nominated by YoungArts to be a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was named a semi-finalist. Recently she performed at Gabriel Faure's Piano Quartet No. 2 at Alice Tully Hall as a part of a concert series with the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center.
Rebekah “Julie” Park is a freshman at Rice University, double-majoring in Kinesiology and French, minoring in Neuroscience. She grew up in Natick, MA, where she began playing the oboe at the age of 7. She recently graduated from Beverly Hills High School in CA, where she was an All-American Drum Major of the marching band. Over the years, she has performed with California State (CBDA) and Southern California (SCSBOA) Orchestras, Colburn Wind Ensemble, Cerritos College Wind Ensemble, and Idyllwild Art Summer Academy Orchestra. Her mentors include oboists Yuli Kwon, Ted Sugata, Aki Nishiguchi, and Mayu Isom. In addition, she has donated over 400 hours of community service, volunteering at local nursing homes and hospitals with various organizations, including her own Chamber for Charity club. As a hopeful pediatric surgeon, Julie plays with a strong belief in the healing power of music, in both a medicinal and societal sense.