Piano students from across the state recently participated in the 38th annual Renée B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists at Neighborhood Music School. The 2015 Fisher Competition marks a 38-year tradition of nurturing young pianists who live or study in Connecticut. The competition aims to nurture the growth and development of young pianists and reward them for outstanding achievement in the fields of classical and contemporary music. Neighborhood Music School proudly accepted management of the competition in 2003. Milton B. Fisher of Westport founded The Fisher Competition and Composer Awards as a fitting way to honor the memory of his wife Renée, a talented pianist, author, and teacher who passed away in 1976.
Two winners are from Woodbridge: William Wang, a junior attending Amity Regional High School who received 1st prize in the High School division, and Harris Andersen, a freshman also from Amity Regional High School who received 2nd prize in the High School division. The winners’ concert will take place at 7:00 pm on May 16th at Neighborhood Music School.
William Wang (17) began studying the piano at the age of five and has studied with Svitlana Fiorito, Yoshie Akimoto, and Julian Martin. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Gallery, Whitney Center, and Enlow Hall at Kean University. He was selected to participate in the 2013 Foulgers International Music Festival and has performed chamber music with internationally acclaimed cellist, Allison Eldredge. He performed as a soloist with the MostArts Ocherstra in the MostArts Festival. William was the 1st place winner of the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition by the American Fine Arts Festival, the NTD TV Youth Pianist Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition in the Connecticut Division, the French Impressionist competition and the Bach competition hosted by the Schubert Club. He is also the winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition, the MostArts Festival, Hartford Youth Musician Competition, and a finalist of the MTNA Competition in the Eastern Division. William will begin to study in Juilliard Pre-College in the coming fall.
He is a junior at Amity High School and a first honors student and qualified for American Invitation Mathematic Competition and National Merit Scholarship Award. He composes music in his free time and has performed as first saxophone at the CMEA Southern Region Middle and High School Bands. He is a varsity member of the Amity High School swimming team. He has been accepted to Yale’s Discovery to Cure internship program in the summer.
Harris Andersen (14) began his piano studies at the age of five at Neighborhood Music School and currently studies with Rebecca Raffaelli. He has been a student at NMS for 8 years. In addition to studying violin with Marshall Barron and performing solo at many recitals, he has played violin in the Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra for two years and is currently in the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra. An active member of NMS, he is a member of a trio ensemble, studies AP Theory, and participates in the Certificate Program which includes juries and workshops. In the past three summers, Harris has auditioned and performed at the Chamber Music Central which has allowed him to study chamber music on both piano and violin. He has auditioned for the CMEA Southern Regional’s for the past four years and placed in the top chairs on trumpet and violin in orchestra and band. Harris goes to Amity High School in Woodbridge and is the freshman class president. As a member of the orchestra pit for “Tarzan,” the school musical, he enjoyed meeting other musicians and playing lead keyboard. In his spare time, he is an avid composer and photographer. Harris would like to thank his outstanding teachers and family for their tremendous support.