Born in Hong Kong, 17-year-old pianist Tiffany Poon (潘活活) is widely praised as one of the world’s best young talents. Her unique musical talent was soon discovered when she began playing piano at the age of 4. Two years later, she started giving public recitals and winning competitions. At age 8, she was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division on a full scholarship.
Tiffany made her concerto debut at the age of 10. Since then, she has given solo recitals across the United States, as well as in Canada, Italy, Germany, Russia, Australia and China. She has performed fundraising solo recitals to benefit Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Heart’s Home USA and The Calhoun School. Tiffany has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at the Pavel Slobodkin Center in Moscow, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra,and in the United States, the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, Fort Smith Symphony, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Juilliard Pre-College Symphony.
In 2008, Tiffany was named an Honorary Citizen of Fort Smith, Arkansas and was presented with the “Key to the Frontier,” by Fort Smith Mayor, for her outstanding performance with Fort Smith Symphony. In 2009, she was selected as Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist and was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” which showcases America’s best young classical musicians. In 2014, Tiffany released her first album “Natural Beauty” produced by Kawai Pianos in Germany. She has been named a 2014 National YoungArts Winner in recognition of her exceptional artistic achievement in classical music.
Among her many accomplishments, Tiffany recently won first prizes at Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow (2012), Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition in New York (2013) and Juilliard School Pre-College Piano Concerto Competition (2014); as well as the second prize at the 10th Chopin Golden Ring Piano Competition in Slovenia (2014).
Tiffany currently attends the Columbia University/Juilliard School exchange program on a full scholarship and studies piano with Joseph Kalichstein at Juilliard. She has been named a John Jay Scholar by Columbia University for her remarkable academic and extracurricular achievements.
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