JOHNSON CITY - Jianzhi Wu, a freshman at East Tennessee State University, recently took third prize at the Monolov International Piano Competition held in Garden City, New York.
Wu, who is from Jiâ€™an City, Jiang Xi Province, China, is pursuing her bachelor of music degree at ETSU after completing her studies at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in Wuhan, China. She is a student of Yi-Yang Chen, assistant professor of piano and music theory in the ETSU department of music, who was a member of the program faculty and gave an open talk during the event.
The classical music competition, in which contestants between the ages of 7 and 18 are encouraged to play works by Bulgarian composers, is held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. This yearâ€™s jury, comprised of world-renowned musicians, was led by Dr. Marc Silverman, chair of the Manhattan School of Music in New York.