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Victoria Frances Young — 03/16/2014


Victoria Frances Young is a young classical pianist and composer. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall. In 2011, she was awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with her performance on NPR’s From the Top.

Victoria made her orchestral debut when she was six and made her international solo debut in Dominican Republic when she was ten. She has also performed in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, and China. In 2012, Victoria was presented at the E.G. Conference in Monterey, California. In 2015, Victoria was invited to be a speaker at the TEDxFuzhou Women event in China. Her piano quartet was premiered at the same event.

At age 10, Victoria won 1st prize in the Suites and Partitas category in the Tureck International Bach Competition. At 13, Victoria won the Special Jury Prize of the 8th J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany—becoming the second American and the youngest prizewinner of the history of the competition. In the same year, Victoria won the grand prize of the 40th Midland-Odessa Symphony National Young Artists Competition.

She performed as the featured guest artist for the masterworks series of the orchestra in April 2014 playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 3. She received a great concert review that noted her ability to grasp the inmost meaning of a musical composition, and through her performance “she displayed a maturity far beyond her years.”

In 2014, Victoria performed a concert tour in the Southeast Asian countries of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. In 2015, the U.S. Consulate of Guangzhou, China, invited Victoria to a give concert tour in southern China, where she performed in venues such as Steinway Guangzhou, Central Conservatory of Music Gulangyu Piano School in Xiamen, Lincoln Hall at the U.S. Consulate Guangzhou, and Yuezhong Theatre in Shenzhen.

Victoria has been heard on numerous radio and TV stations around the U.S, which include her live performance for WFMT Impromptu in Chicago, and live TV performance for WSKG Public TV in Binghamton, New York.

Victoria recently was accepted into the highly competitive Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Composer Program. She is currently studying piano with world-renowned pianist, Ory Shihor, at the prestigious Colburn Music Academy. In the past, Victoria studied piano with Mary Sauer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and studied music composition with Professor Diego Vega at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.