Alexander Chen loved performing in the sixth annual Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition for young pianists.
The 12-year-old from Carmel placed third in the solo category for ages 5 to 18, which concluded June 30 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.
“I’ve done this competition four times, and I’ve gotten used to that final moment of a performance. It’s very appetizing,” Chen said. “The audience is so different here. You get the feeling that you’re being watched by so many more people. It’s like a full-stage performance here. You get the full-performance experience with the stage lights and everything. I like getting to perform for people from all around the world and learn from other performers.”
Finalists received diplomas, trophies and up to $20,000 in scholarships.
Here is a list of Carmel winners:
First Prize — Contemporary Composers, Intermediate: Katherine Yaya Wang, 10 years; Alexander Chen, 12 years.
Second Prize — Duet/Ensemble Category, Intermediate: Chenyao Liu and Arthur Yeh, (13-14 years) Contemporary Composers, Elementary: Audrey Zhang, 7 years old; Olivia Zhou, 8 years; Intermediate: Micah Young, 13 years, Advanced: Ian Sun, 14 years.
Third Prize — Solo Category, Elementary: Audrey Zhang, 8 years; Intermediate: Alexander Chen, 12 years; Micah Young, 13 years; Duet Category, Elementary: Audrey Zhang and Olivia Zhou, 8-9 years; Rachel Zhou & Katherine Yaya Wang, 10 years; Contemporary Composers, Elementary: Julia Herstein, 8 years; Andrew Lee, 9 years; Daniel Chen, 10 years; Ankita Dey, 13 years.