Justin Brunette, Baritone
Baritone Justin Brunette’s extensive repertoire includes opera, operetta, and musical theater. Most recently, he was the winner of the 2015 Concerto Competition at the University of Redlands, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Tosh.
Before his studies began in Redlands, Justin had the honor of performing as a featured soloist with the Atlanta Men’s Chorus and the Capital City Men’s chorus of Austin. While In Georgia, Justin studied at the Harrower Opera Program where he had the honor of performing for Carlisle Floyd in his opera production of Susannah. At the University of Redlands, Justin also performed the roles of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and General Novikovich in The Merry Widow. He was Bernardo in the Atlanta Symphony’s production of West Side Story. Justin maintains an active regional performance schedule. In the University of Redlands’ 2016 opera, La Bohème, he will sing the role of Marcello.
Jonathan Mamora, Piano
Jonathan Mamora is an undergraduate Piano Performance major at La Sierra University. He has been studying piano for the last 16 years and is currently studying with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. He has previously studied with Helen LaiPang, Dr. Lily Diehl, and Kevin Fitzgerald.
He has competed and has been a prizewinner in regional and international competitions, including the IIYM International Piano Competition, the MTAC Solo and Concerto Competitions, Glendale Piano Competition, the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Competition. He is also a member of the MTAC Young Artist Guild. He has worked with many world-renowned and local teachers and musicians, including Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Sara Davis Buechner, Santiago Rodriguez, Stewart Gordon, Daniel Pollack, James Bonn, and Bernadene Blaha.
At school, he is a member of several ensembles as a percussionist, bass (voice), and pianist. He was last year’s winner of the La Sierra University Concerto Competition and recently performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the La Sierra University Orchestra, as well as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble. He is also a member of the Honors Program at La Sierra University.
Siyuan Liu, Piano
Originally from Shenzhen China, 16-year old pianist Siyuan Liu is currently enrolled in the First Presbyterian School in Alhambra, CA, and studies with acclaimed pianist and pedagogue Eduardo Delgado.
She has been a prizewinner at other competitions including the 2015 Romantic/Impressionistic Festival, 2011 Tianhong China National Piano Competition, 2010 KAWAI Asia Youth Piano Competition and the 2006 Xinghai Cup China national piano competition.
She has performed extensively in her home country, having been featured at both the 2011 Universiade and the 2013 Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition opening ceremonies. Liu has also performed solo recitals at the Shenzhen City Concert Hall, Shenzhen Grand Theater, Shenzhen Poly Theater, Hong Kong City Hall and at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall in London (Royal College of Music). Her music festival experience includes having been selected to perform at the 2013 Lang Lang Youth Piano Festival in Germany, and appearances at the upcoming Schlern International Piano Festival and the Todi Masters Festival, both in Italy.
She also had taken lessons from Zhaoyi Dan, Yafen Zhu and has taken master classes with Gary Graffman, Vanessa Latarche, Gordon Fergus Thompson, Seymour Lipkin, Boris Berman and Viktor Portnoi.
Prior to her studies at the First Presbyterian School, Liu studied at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Bradley Adam J. Bascon, 16, a sophomore and an A/AP student at Chaparral High School, Murrieta, CA, is the assistant concert master of Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra CYMO. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the First Place Alternate VOCE April 2015 Regional, the 2014 MTAC panel finals winner master class, Winner 2nd Place VOCE California State Finals 2014 and State Alternate, Junior Div MTAC 2013 among others.
In June 2013, he toured Europe with the CYMO with performances at the International Music Festival, at Schloss Schleissheim Castle in Germany, the Mozarteum in Saltzburg, Austria, the Teatro Verdi and Piazza di Norcia in Italy.
Bradley’s unforgettable solo performances include the 2nd Mvt. of Kavalevsky’s violin concerto at the LA Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 24, 2011, Saint-Saenz’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso at the Hyde Park London Olympics. Besides his Bach performances in Spain and Portugal, his most recent performance was his violin concert tour in the Philippines in July 2014 where he performed at Ayala Museum Makati City, Philippine Women University, Liceo de Cagayan University, CDO, Fernan Concert Hall, Cebu City. His repertoire included Wieniawski’s violin concerto No. 2, Mozart, Kreisler and Saint-Saenz. Bradley is a student of Doctor Theresa Woo.
Leonard Chong, Violin
Leonard Chong made his orchestral solo debut at the age of 10 and is the recipient of numerous grand and first-prize awards, both locally, state and National wide. He has performed as a soloist with the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra as well as with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood Symphony Orchestra and Antelope Valley Orchestra. Leonard is the honoree of multiple other awards, including 1st place and top prizes in the SYMF open solo competition; 1st in the junior California VOCE, and State champion in the 2010 California ASTA. Other awards include: Elizabeth Holburn, Gail Newby, Edith Knox scholarships, Rotary Club, semifinalist in the Stradivarius International Competition 2013 and finalist in the 2014 Schoenfeld International Violin Competition in Harbin, China, where he received an Outstanding Performance Award. More recently, in March 2015, Leonard and his trio, MC2, captured the National MTNA first prize award.
Leonard has been the Concert Master of the PV Regional Orchestra and is currently studying the violin with professor Alice Schoenfeld.
Kevin Miura, Violin
Kevin Miura is in the sixth grade at Santiago Hills Elementary in Irvine, California. When Kevin was five years old, Kevin fell in love with violin after viewing a performance at his pre-school graduation. Soon after, he started taking violin lessons, studying with Kirika Suzuki. In 2011, he began his studies with Danielle Belen at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, where he has been a merit scholarship student.
In 2011, as the winner of the American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented Competition (AADGT), Kevin was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall for a premiere event celebrating talented young artists from around the world.
Kevin has appeared as soloist with the West Covina Symphony, South Coast Symphony, and Culver City Symphony Orchestra. Last March, he traveled to Boston where he was a featured performer on NPR’s radio broadcast From the Top.
Kevin has attended Center Stage Strings summer camp as a scholarship student for the past four years. Last summer, he also attended Ishikawa Music Academy in Japan.
Aside from playing the violin, Kevin loves reading and math. He is also an accomplished LEGO builder, having won multiple National LEGO building competitions.
Claire Elias, Harp
Claire Elias, a 12-year-old 6th grader, began studying piano at the age of 7 with Hellen Juman and harp at the age of 10 with Celia Chan Valerio, adjunct professor at La Sierra University, Cal Baptist University and UCR. She is also currently studying vocal performance with Jordan Otis and loves to sing and share her musical gifts for the glory of God.
In 2014, Claire became a member of Loma Linda Academy Symphony Orchestra. With the orchestra she had the opportunity to perform at local churches and take part in a tour of the East coast.
Claire has participated and won awards in various competitions including: Inland Empire Piano Festival and Concerto competition, Bach Festival, Valeria Finzi Harp Scholarship Competition and has successfully completed Certificate of Merit for piano and harp as well as the National Guild of Piano Teachers Evaluation. Also, she has been chosen to compete in the Junior Division of the American Harp Society National Competition taking place in June 2015. When she is not playing music, Claire enjoys painting, sketching and taking care of her pets.