Congratulations to harpist Amanda Kengor and pianist Katie Liu who are co-winners of PYSO’s annual concerto competition! They will be featured as soloists with the orchestra on PYSO’s May 9, 2020 concert at Heinz Hall that will be conducted by PYSO Music Director Earl Lee. 

Amanda will perform the first movement of Gliere’s Concerto for Harp and Katie will perform the first movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor.

Katie Liu has been a member of PYSO for three years. Although she plays the violin in PYSO, her first instrument is the piano, which she has studied with Natasha Snitkovsky for 11 years. Katie has won top prizes at various piano competitions, most recently first prizes at the 40th Ithaca College High School Piano Competition and the Allegheny College Unusual Combinations Piano Competition. Katie is also a three-time US Chopin Foundation Scholarship recipient and has been selected to compete in the 10th National Chopin Piano Competition to be held in Miami in February 2020.

​Amanda Kengor is a senior in high school from Grove City, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. Amanda was a prize winner in the American Harp Society National Competition (2019) and she was a prize winner for the Pittsburgh Concert Society in 2019. ​

Music Director Earl Lee says he has enjoyed working with these musicians in a group ensemble and looks forward to working with them as soloists.

Don’t miss these two wonderful musicians at the free concert at Heinz Hall on Sunday May 9th.The program also include’s Sibelius’ Finlandia, Copland’s Four Dances From Rodeo Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5

Just a reminder that applications for NEW members are now being accepted. More information about the audition process for new members can be found HERE.


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