|Thomas Ridgway is one of a highly select group of Young Steinway Artists around the world. He was a winner of the top freshman award at Blair in 2013, the Margaret Branscomb Prize, as well as the winner of the Vanderbilt Concerto Competition his freshman year. Now a junior, he spent last summer studying piano in Europe, both in Vienna and Italy. Last spring he was presented by the Illinois Philharmonic in recital which included a world premiere by Shelby Flowers.
June Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea before moving to Miami, Florida with her family, which now resides in the greater Nashville area. She held the prestigious MJB full scholarship for two years before coming to Vanderbilt on scholarship. A prizewinner at the summer Indiana University piano camp in past summers, she performed a complete Mozart Concerto last spring at the Blair School of Music. In the fall of 2013 June worked with the distinguished composer Richard Danielpour on one of his recent piano Preludes.
Kazuki Takizawa is a 9th grader, originally from Japan, via Miami, Florida. His family lives in Murfreesboro, and his younger sister is a ballet dancer. Kazuki has performed in many concerts at Blair, including Turner Hall, Ingram Hall, a solo recital in the Choral Hall, and Cheekwood Mansion as soloist. He was awarded the prestigious MJB full scholarship the past two years at the Blair School of Music, studying music theory, history, and ensemble playing.
William Woodard, a sophomore from Illinois, was the winner of the top freshman award at Blair in 2014, the Margaret Branscomb Prize and is also the holder of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship. He is an aspiring collaborative pianist.
David Rodgers, from Pasadena, California, began playing the piano at age 4 when he began his classical training. At age 11 he began teaching himself jazz piano and now pursues both classical and jazz piano at Vanderbilt where he is a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar.
Zachary Kleiman, a freshman Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar from New Jersey, where he graduated from Princeton High School. He has performed annual solo recitals for the past seven years. Zachary won the Greater Princeton Steinway Society Competition in 2013 and the concerto competition at New York Summer Music Festival in 2011.