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Sixteen-year-old Sharon Hurvitz began her musical studies at three, when her mother taught her to sing and perform Taiwanese folk songs by rote and ‘a cappella’ for numerous cultural events and festivals sponsored by The Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. Formal piano and music education followed at Yamaha Music Education schools at age six, where it was discovered that she has perfect pitch. Starting at age 10 she was one of a handful selected out of 64 Yamaha schools in the United States to participate in its International Junior Original Concert Program for six years running, whose theme is “Young Composers Perform Their Original Compositions”. She has since graduated the JMC, JSAC and JOC programs in piano performance and music composition with distinction, having also obtained entry Level 5 Yamaha teacher training certification by age 13, while studying music composition with Yamaha Music Academy Director, Carlton Liu. As composer Sharon has performed her own works in four U.S. National Yamaha Junior Original Concerts and has represented Yamaha in two National Association of Music Merchants Conventions, most notably at NAMM’s 2012 opening Breakfast of Champions.
In her orchestral instrument studies Sharon received private lessons in violin for 8 years with Chyi-Yau Lee of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra starting at age eight, and at ten took up cello for four years under the baton of Esther Minwary at Coolidge Elementary and Jefferson Middle Schools in San Gabriel, California, where she became Principal Cellist with the Advanced Orchestra and recipient of its 2012 U.S. National School Orchestra Award. She then enrolled in the Classical Piano Department of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), a conservatory-style public magnet school recognized nationwide for its outstanding music programs, where in June of 2014 Sharon won LACHSA’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music – Piano, and in February, 2014 was a featured piano soloist in its annual Music Gala at Luckman Theatre at Cal State University Los Angeles. She studies piano repertoire privately with Mark Richman, and has performed in 4 Celebration of Young Talent Concerts (2 Concerto, 2 Chamber), as well as numerous concerts and recitals at LACHSA for solo, chamber and piano 4-hands. She won 1st Place at the 2013 SYMF Open Solo Piano Latin American Competition, and was a Region II Finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Southern California Bach Festivals, as well as First Place Winner of the 2015 SFVE-MTAC Scholarship Piano Competition.
At The Colburn School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles, Sharon received private, operatic voice lessons with Kay Montgomery for four years, starting at age 11. That same year she also began taking Music Theory group lessons with Kathy Sawada, then Intermediate and Advanced I Levels with Colburn Conservatory Theory Department Chair, Warren Spaeth, and has since completed Advanced II Music Theory, a college-level course, taught by Conservatory faculty member, Bruce Miller.
Now completing her second year in the LA Phil Composer Fellowship Program, Sharon has composed four short chamber works that were performed by members of the orchestra, two miniatures for full orchestra premiered at the LA Phil’s Symphonies for Schools Concerts, a commissioned string quartet for the Calder Quartet commemorating the upcoming 2018-19 LA Philharmonic Centennial, and one choral work that was performed by members of the LA Master Chorale. Sharon has also been a 2014 Finalist in the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a Music Composition Merit Winner of the 2015 National YoungArts Foundation Competition, and was First Place winner two years in a row at the Music Teacher’s Association of California Composers Today State Contest, first in 2013 in Division IV for her composition, “Dreamscape”, then in 2014 in Division V for “Shades of Time”, a suite for piano and woodwinds. Earlier this year she was awarded its highest accolade for high school and college-age composers, a five-year (2015-2020) honorary membership in The Young Composers Guild.
Academically, Sharon has been a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a GATE Program scholar, and remains Summa cum Laude on the Dean’s List at LACHSA. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, having studied weekends at The Chinese School of San Marino for 8 years.