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Emily Charlson, Dan Sato, Heqing Huang, Priscila Navarro, Tiffany Chen and Alvin Xue (Photo by Ray Broth)
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Artist Series Concerts awards six young pianists

by: Mallory Gnaegy A&E Editor

Twelve young pianists participated in the annual competition hosted by Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. A total of $22,500 was awarded to six winners March 29, at Neel Auditorium.

There were two categories with three winners in each category divided by age — the scholarship level from ages 14 to 19, and the performance award level ages 20 to 25. The judges were Julian Martin, faculty at The Juiliard School; Robert Sherman, broadcaster, critic and educator; and Derek Han, a leading pianist.

Each year the competition rotates among voice, piano and string instruments and is open to Florida residents. For more information about Artist Series Concerts, visit or call 306-1202.

Here is the list of winners:

Scholarship level:
First place: Priscila Navarro, 14, from Ft. Myers — $3,000
Second place: Alvin Xue, 15, from Wellington — $2,500
Third place: Tiffany Chen, 16, from West Palm Beach — $2,000

Performance level:
First place: Heqing Huang, 20, from Boca Raton — $6,000
Second place: Emily Charlson, 23, from Tallahassee — $5,000
Third place: Dan Sato, 25, from Miami — $4,000

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