2021 Beethoven Competition Winners Concert
A pre-recorded premiere at https://youtu.be/eMF0Hd1MJwM
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Former Chancellor Irving Shain and his family for the endowment that makes this event possible. We dedicate this concert to his memory.
Thank you to our judges, Dr. Kaju Lee and Dr. Tim Lovelace. Thanks to Dr. Kangwoo Jin for recording all of our students during this challenging time and compiling this wonderful video!
Yoo Min (“Lina”) Lee
6 Variations in F Major, Op. 34 (1802)
3 Marches for piano four-hands, Op. 45 (1803)
Allegro ma non troppo
Iason Giagtzoglou, primo
Angelos Ntais, secondo
Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57 (1804-1805)
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111 (1821-1822)
Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Michael Wu is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison double-majoring in piano performance and neurobiology, A student of Professor Martha Fischer, Michael’s self-proclaimed ‘obsession with the piano’ began at the age of five. Since then, he has captured numerous awards and accolades on the state, national, and international levels. Highlights include first prize in the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Bolz Young Artist Competition, where he performed Liszt’s Totentanz in a statewide televised event on Wisconsin Public Television; first prizes in the 2015 PianoArts Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition and 2018 Steinway & Sons Competition; runner-up in the 2019 MTNA Midwest Division Competition and prize-winner in the 2016 Cooper Festival and 2017 Bluthner International Competitions. Outside of the piano, Michael enjoys excessive eating, sleeping, and pondering the meaning of life while stuck in traffic.
Iason Giagtzoglou is a doctoral student in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Professor Christopher Taylor. He is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and a Teaching Assistant for the Keyboard Area at UW-Madison. Iason also teaches piano at Madison Country Day School.
Angelos Ntais is a doctoral candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying piano performance and pedagogy with Professor Jessica Johnson, and a doctoral minor in educational psychology. He has been awarded UW-Madison’s prestigious University Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship. He also works as a piano instructor at Edgewood High School.
Abigail Arkley is a junior majoring in piano performance, studying with Professor Christopher Taylor. She grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist scholarship, a top prize winner of the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition in St. Paul, and a winner of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Abigail also enjoys playing the guitar and mandolin, singing, hand lettering, painting, and illustrating.
A native of Hangzhou, China, pianist Zeru Wang holds the BM and MM degrees in piano performance. At UW-Madison, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying with Professor Christopher Taylor. As both a soloist and chamber musician, highlights include a Carnegie hall debut with the Interharmony Chamber music series and winner of the University of Missouri Concerto Competition and Emerging Artist Competition. In addition to the experience in schools, Zeru collaborates with professionals and faculties from all over the world and has performed at various venues in Asia, North America and Europe.