Biography

Interview  at Chopin Competition

Kate began playing piano at the age of four. At the age of six, she was admitted to the gifted music program of the Yamaha Music School in Singapore. When she was eight, she moved with her family to the Chicago area, United States. In Chicago, she studied piano with Alan Chow, Micah Yui and Emilio del Rosario in the Academy program for talented young pianists and string players at the Music Institute of Chicago. She graduated from New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois in 2012, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music under the guidance of Robert McDonald. She has won several prizes at international piano competitions:

  • 2010: New York International Piano Competition in New York City, USA – 1st prize

  • 2010: Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition in Oberlin, USA – 3rd prize

  • 2012: Eastman Young Artist International Piano Competition in Rochester, USA – 3rd prize

  • 2014: Montreal International Musical Competition in Montreal, Canada - finalist

  • 2015: The 3rd Asia-Pacific International Chopin Competition in Daegu, South Korea – 1st prize

  • 2015: 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland                3rd prize (bronze medal) and the special prize by the Polish Radio for the                    best performance of a Mazurka


She has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Daegu (South Korea), Evanston, Montreal, Rochester, Hilton Head, Cleveland, and Skokie Valley Orchestras. When she was 14, she performed Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor four-hands with Lang Lang at the Chicago Symphony Center.