Chiew Hwa Poon
Chiew Hwa Poon

Pianist, Chiew Hwa Poon, first-place winner of the UA’s 2014 Lois Trester Piano Competition, will perform at Academy Village next Tuesday (May 13) at 11:30 a.m.  The annual competition, where Poon also received the Audience Prize, is open to all University of Arizona piano students.

This talented young pianist’s solo recital will present a varied program ranging from pieces from two sonatas by the Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti to two rags from the American composer Willam Bolcom’s “Garden of Eden.”  She will also perform one of Franz Liszt’s etudes, “Recordanza,” Sergei Prokofiev’s “Sarcasms” Op. 17 and two poèmes by Alexander Scriabin.

A native of Malaysia, Poon completed her Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Missouri State University in 2008.  She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in piano performance at the UA under the guidance of Prof. Tannis Gibson.

Her solo performance experiences include participation in the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain (2009) and with the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of its concerto competition.

Performing as a collaborative pianist is something Poon enjoys. She said she was particularly gratified to play in the Eighth Annual Chamber Music Showcase as part of KUAT-FM’s Community Concert series.

Poon is a graduate teaching assistant and enjoys teaching piano classes at the university.  Since 2011 she has served as a volunteer piano teacher with The Symphony Woman’s Association program for underserved children.

Submitted by Priscilla Moore, Academy Village Volunteer

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Top UA Piano Student to Give Solo Recital: May 2014