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Sixteen-year-old composer and pianist, Sharon Hurvitz, has been a LA Phil Composer Fellow since 2013, during which she has composed four short chamber works that were performed by LA Phil members, two pieces for orchestra, premiered at the LA Phil’s Symphonies for Schools Concerts, a piece for the Calder String Quartet commemorating the upcoming 2018-19 LA Phil Centennial, and a choral work that was performed by members of the LA Master Chorale. Sharon was 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 a Finalist in the 2015 National Young Composers Challenge. She was also First Place winner two years in a row at the Music Teacher’s Association of California Composers Today State Contest and has been granted its highest accolade for high school and college-age composers, a five-year (2015-2020) honorary membership in The Young Composers Guild. Sharon is a graduate of Yamaha’s International Junior Original Concert Program, she has performed her own compositions in four U.S. National Yamaha Junior Original Concerts and two National Association of Music Merchants Conventions while studying composition with Yamaha Music Academy Director, Carlton Liu. Now taking piano repertoire lessons with Mark Richman, she has performed in four Celebration of Young Talent Concerts (two Concerto, two Chamber), and numerous other recitals for solo, chamber and piano 4-hands. Sharon also studied violin for eight years with Chyi-Yau Lee of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and took four years of cello at public schools in San Gabriel, California, where she became Principal Cellist with the Advanced Orchestra and recipient of a 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, where she has won its 2014 and 2015 Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music – Piano. At The Colburn School of Performing Arts, Sharon received private, operatic voice lessons with Kay Montgomery for four years, and five years of Music Theory with Kathy Sawada, Conservatory Theory Department Chair, Warren Spaeth, and Conservatory faculty member, Bruce Miller. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, having studied weekends at The Chinese School of San Marino for eight years.