Winners 2009

Each year, about 20 finalists are selected from among the many scholarship applicants by a panel of accomplished teachers who listen, anonymously to their CDs. At the recent auditions these finalists, ages 7-18, played two contrasting pieces from memory before three prominent adjudicators, Eric Houghton, Lillian Livingston, and Paul Zeigler (Groups III and IV only) who selected the winners. Members, teachers and parents were in the enthusiastic audience.

Over the last twenty years, more than 100 students have received Steinway Society scholarships. Many of the past winners have gone on to win other state and national prizes and study music in college.

The Scholarship Finalists


  • Charlie Liu, student of Ingrid Clarfield, First Place, Group I
  • Albert Gu, student of Paul Zeigler, Second Place, Group I
  • Iris Kwak, student of Ingrid Clarfield, Third Place, Group I
  • Jasmine Chang, student of Soo Kyung Cho, Honorable Mention, Group I
  • Emily Kim, student of Michael Thomopoulos, Honorable Mention, Group I
  • Alexander Ju, student of Michael Thomopoulos, First Place, Group II
  • Kevin Kong, student of Chiu-Ling Lin, Second Place, Group II
  • Angela Zhao, student of Irene Lu, Third Place, Group II
  • Gabrielle Hsu, student of Veda Zuponcic, Honorable Mention, Group II
  • Vincent Li, student of May Liu, Honorable Mention, Group II
  • Keely Schmerber, student of Paul Zeigler, Honorable Mention, Group II
  • Jonathan Wei, student of Paul Zeigler, Honorable Mention, Group II


  • Paul von Autenried,Jr, student of Chiu-Tze Lin, First Place, Group III
  • Christine Kim, student of Ingrid Clarfield, Second Place, Group III
  • Christopher Law, student of Ryugin Mikuriya, Third Place, Group III
  • Jason Li, student of Ryugin Mikuriya, Honorable Mention, Group III
  • Tiffany Yu, student of Ruth Kotik, Honorable Mention, Group III
  • Heather Zhang, student of Ronn Yedidia, Honorable Mention, Group III
  • Emiko Edwards, student of Julian Martin, First Place, Group IV
  • Melissa Chan, student of Veda Zuponcic, Second Place, Group IV
  • Kevin Schwarz, student of Veda Zuponcic, Honorable Mention, Group IV
  • Albert Wu, student of Tomoko Harada, Honorable Mention, Group IV