Fifteen-year-old SHARON HURVITZ began her musical adventures at three, when her mother taught her to sing Taiwanese folk songs by rote and ‘a cappella’. Formal piano and music education followed at Yamaha schools at age six, where it was discovered that she has perfect pitch. As of last year she had completed the JMC and JSAC programs in piano performance and music composition with distinction, as well as entry Level 5 Yamaha teacher training certification, while studying music composition with her teacher, Carlton Liu. In piano most recently, Sharon has won 1st Place at the SYMF Open Solo Piano Latin American Competition, and was a Finalist in the Southern California Bach Festival. In her other instruments Sharon began taking private lessons in violin with Chyi-Yau Lee of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra at age eight, and at ten took up cello at Jefferson Middle School in San Gabriel, California, where she was Principal Cellist with the Advanced Orchestra and recipient of its 2012 U.S. National School Orchestra Award, before moving on as a freshman to 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. Sharon studies piano repertoire with Mark Richman, and she has just completed her fourth year at the Colburn Conservatory School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles, taking both private, operatic voice lessons with Kay Montgomery, and now continuing on with Advanced I Music Theory, a college-level course, taught by Department Chair, Warren Spaeth. As a composer Sharon has participated 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. Recently her composition, “Dreamscape” won First Prize in Division Four of the 2013 Music Teacher’s Association of California Composers Today State Contest. Academically, Sharon has been a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a GATE Program scholar, and she is currently Summa cum Laude on the Dean’s List at LACHSA. Sharon also is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has studied weekends at The Chinese School of San Marino since she was a little girl.