STAGE ONE - SELECTION: Nikolai G. Kapustin, Concert Etude, Op 40, N. 1; Claude Debussy, La plus que lente, L 121;
FINAL: Franz Liszt, Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto, S 434; Franz Joseph Haydn - Piano Sonata No 62 in E flat major Hob XVI, 52 I Allegro
Isabella Liu, from Honolulu, HI, U.S., is a Punahou school tenth-grader and a piano student of Dr. Thomas Yee. Isabella has won numerous awards from Hawaii Music Teachers Association Piano Competition, Music Teachers National Association Solo and Duet Piano Competition, Aloha International Piano Competition, Madeline Schatz-Harris Concerto Competition, Steinway Competition, American Protégé Competition, Orbifold Global Music Competition and Osaka Music Competition, Piano Competition Online International Competition For Pianists, France Music Competition and Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition. Notably, Isabella has recently attained success in three additional international competitions: the CLASSICAL STARS International Music Competition Artist of the Season, Universal Stars Music Competition - All Stars Award winner, and International Artists Competition - GRAND PRIX winner. Additionally, Isabella has performed at Carnegie Hall and as a guest soloist with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra. Isabella's passion for music extends beyond the performance stage. She is not only a remarkable pianist but also a community leader. Isabella is very passionate and outspoken about serving the community and addressing issues surrounding poverty and unequal access to education. Thus, she established a community service program (Music Bridge Hawaii) targeted toward lower income families who may not be able to afford expensive instruments and lessons. Isabella's program is dedicated to equipping public schools in Hawaii with musical instruments through instrument drives, fundraising concerts, and online fundraisers. Locally, Music Bridge Hawaii supports musical learning through the Music Mentors club, where Isabella and fellow high school students volunteer to teach kids fundamental skills on the piano, guitar, ukulele, and drums. Driven by a mission to bridge opportunity gaps in Hawaii, Isabella works to cultivate spaces for musical enrichment. In addition to her musical and community service endeavors, Isabella is a gifted young artist and dancer.