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  • Future Stars Today

    Future Stars Today

    2017 Simon Fiset Competition

    2nd — Jonathan Staley; 3rd — Shichu “David” Liu

    2017 NW Chopin Festival

    Gold — Shichu “David” Liu; Silver — Robert Yee

    2016 Outstanding Artist

    1st — Robert Yan; 2nd — Jonathan Staley; 3rd — Shichu (David) Liu

    2016 Crescendo Int’l

    1st — Nile Camai, Nicholas Chin, Travis Lee, Angela Lin, Shichu (David) Liu, Caroline Oei, Catherine Oei, Ivan Penev, Annika Renganathan, Rebecca Sun

    2016 American Protégé

    1st — Arthur Yan; Robert Yan
  • Mr. Samuel Byun (Violin)

    Samuel Byun, violinSamuel Byun began studying the violin at age four. His passion and dedication to the arts led him to pursue a career in music. At an early age, he was the member of the Seattle Youth Symphony, Young Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, and University of Washington School of Music Orchestra. During the summer, he participated in All Northwest Orchestra, Marrowstone Music Festival and MTNA. He is the recipient of various competition awards in the past including the first prize winner of the Helen Crowe Snelling Competition, state finalist of Solo Ensemble, and the music department musicianship award. He is currently music director at Federal Way Central Presbyterian Church where he enjoys conducting an adult choir and youth orchestra.

    Samuel teaches students of all ages, levels and musical interests. Everyone’s needs are different, and each requires a different teaching style to advance their artistry. He recognizes the positive attributes of the student and allows one to progress with his or her own style of violin playing. Mr. Byun believes having a variety of performance opportunities, including recitals, festivals, and competitions are necessary to improve a students’ performance achievement. He incorporates both the Suzuki method and the tradition method in accordance to the individual needs.

    Samuel received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Washington. While attending, he received a full scholarship for his education under the tutelage of Mr. Ron Patterson. His former teachers also include Mr. Glenn Dicterow, and Ms. Margaret Pressley. Mr. Byun joined the Chopin Academy in 2014.