Bonnie Kellert Piano Studio
Student Accolades / Awards

Bonnie with her piano students

Over the many years of my teaching career, my students have won prestigious awards and prizes.  Here are some of the more recent examples:

Rising Talents  

2019, Grand Prize, Danielle Carr (Performance in Columbia University)

2018, Grand Prize, Danielle Carr (Performance in Carnegie Weill Concert Hall, NYC)

2017, Grand Prize, Danielle Carr (Performance at Manhattan School of Music)

 

Steinway Washington Piano Competition 

2017, 2nd Prize, Danielle Carr

 

Young Musicians Inspiring Change (YMIC)

2017, 1st Prize, Danielle Carr (Intermediate Level)

2017, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo (Senior Level)

2017, 3rd Prize, Samantha Ye (Intermediate Level)

2017, Rachel Cheung, HM (Intermediate Level)

 

Kosciusko Foundation Youth Piano Competition in Washington, DC

Winner, Danielle Carr

 

Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition

2019, Teddi Yoo, 1st Prize (Performance Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, NYC)

 

Fanny Ross High School Piano Scholarship Award

Sponsored by The Friday Morning Music Club, Inc.

2019, 3rd Prize, Teddi Yoo

Events Sponsored by Washington Music Teachers Association: 

Tselentis Bach Competition for Piano

2019, 1st Prize, (Senior Division) Teddi Yoo

Young Composers Competition

2020, 1st Prize (Elementary Division) Livia Chen

2015, 1st Prize (Elementary Division) Emily Wu

1992, 1st Prize, (Senior Division) Thomas Frank

Viola Hartman Piano Performance Award 

2018, 1st Prize, Danielle Carr

2018, 2nd Prize, Samantha Ye

2017, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo, Group 15 B

2017, 3rd Prize, Ryan Qi, Group 11 B

2014, 2nd Prize, Teddi Yoo, Group 12 B

2014, 2nd Prize, Hannah Zhang, Group 9 B

2014, H.M., Christine Gong, Group 12 C

2014, H.M., Emily Wu, Group 10 B

2014, H.M., Laura Yao, Group 11 A

2013, 1st Prize, Hanna Lee, Group 10

2013, 1st Prize, Ian Yu, Group 9 B

2013, 2nd Prize, Andrew Zhang, Group 11 B

2013, 3rd Prize, Michelle Zheng, Group 11 A

2013, 3rd Prize, Hannahlise Wang, Group 9A

 

Haydn Sonata Awards for Pianists 

2019, 1st Prize, (Senior Division) Teddi Yoo (Inaugural year)

 

Lichtenberg Piano Scholarship Competition 

2019, Honorable Mention, Teddi Yoo

 

Hungarian Music Piano Festival (Cash Awards & Performance - Hungarian Embassy)

2020, 2nd Prize, (Senior Division) Danielle Carr

2020, 3rd Prize, (Elementary Division) Dimo Zhu

 

Modern Piano Music Celebration

2019, Honorable Mention (Elementary Division) Livia Chen

2017, 2nd Prize, (Level 4) Christine Gong (Inaugural year)

2017, Honorable Mention (Level 1) Livia Chen

Sponsor:  Maryland State Music Teachers Association

Miriam Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition 

2017, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo

2016, 2nd Prize, Alice Zhang

2007, 1st Prize, Emily Chen

 

E. R. Davis Piano Competition

2019, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo (11th -12th grades)

2016, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo (9th-10th grades)

2008, 2nd Prize, Emily Chen (11th -12th grades)

2008, 4th Prize, Alex Bae, (9th-10th grades)

 

Gertrude Brown Piano Concerto Competition (Performance with Orchestra)

2013, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo

2000, 1st Prize, Bridget Wood

1995, 1st Prize, Lillian Wong

 

Doris Chase Piano Sonata Award

2019, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo

2007, 2nd Prize, Emily Chen

2002, 2nd Prize, Melody Chen

2000, 1st Prize, Neena Satija 

Spring Piano Solo Festival

2019, 2nd Prize, Samantha Ye

2019, 2nd Prize, Rachel Cheung

2019, 2nd Prize, Samantha Ye

2019, 3rd Prize, Allison Cheung

2019, 3rd Prize, Hali Duong

2018, 1st Prize, Danielle Carr

2018, 2nd Prize, Samantha Ye

2018, 3rd Prize, Christine Gong

2017, 2nd Prize, Samantha Ye

2017, 2nd Prize, Rachel Cheung

2017, 2nd Prize, Christine Gong

2017, 2nd Prize, Ryan Qi

2017, 2nd Prize, Laura Yao

2017, 3rd Prize, Danielle Carr

2016, 2nd Prize, Alice Zhang

2016, 3rd Prize, Rachel Cheung

2016, 3rd Prize, Emma Ta-Zhou

2015, 1st Prize, Christine Gong

2015, 2nd Prize, Rachel Cheung

2015, 3rd Prize, Alice Zhang

2014, 1st Prize, Ian Yu

2014, 1st Prize, Andrew Zhang

2014, 2nd Prize, Laura Yao

2014, 2nd Prize, Hanna Wang

2014, 2nd Prize, Teddi Yoo

2013, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo

2013, 2nd Prize, Hanna Kim

2013, 1st Prize, Clare Zhang

2013, 1st Prize, Andrew Zhang

2012, 1st Prize, Andrew Zhang

2013, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo

2013, 1st Prize, Tiger Zhang

 

Spring Piano Ensemble Festival

2019, 1st Prize, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

2018, 1st Prize, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

2018, 2nd Prize, Emma Ta-Zhou & Olivia Wu

2017, 2nd Prize, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

2017. 3rd Prize, Emma Ta-Zhou & Olivia Wu

2016, 1st Prize, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

2015, 2nd Prize, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

2014, 1st Prize, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

2014, 1st Prize, Teddo Yoo & Andrew Zhang

Emma Ta-Zhou with Her Award

Chamber Music Competition 

2013, 1st Prize, Teddi Yoo & Andrew Zhang (Pre-High School Division)

2013, HM, Jason Choi & Judy Choi (Elementary Division)

2012, 2nd Prize, Marella Ma & Alice Zhang (Elementary Division)

Senior Distinguished Musicianship Award

2020, Christine Gong

2020, Laura Yao

2020, Clare Zhang

2019, Teddi Yoo

2018, Alice Zhang

2018, Tony Zhu

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Clare Zhang with Her Award

Junior Distinguished Musicianship Award

2020, Samantha Ye 

2018, Rachel Cheung

2016, Christine Gong

2016, Laura Yao

2016, Clare Zhang

2014, Alice Zhang

2012, Amy Chen

2012, Jason Choi

2012, Tiger Zhang

Rachel Cheung with Her Award

Intermediate Theory Award

2020, Samantha Ye

2019, Rachel Cheung

2017, Christine Gong

2017, Clare Zhang

2017, Laura Yao

2017, Alice Zhang

2017, Teddi Yoo

 

Intermediate Keyboard Musicianship Honors

2020, Samantha Ye

2012, Amy Chen

2012, Jason Choi

2012, Judy Choi

2012, Tiger Zhang

 

Keyboard Musicianship Award

2020, Eunia Zhong

Eunia Zhong with Her Award

Sponsor: Montgomery County Music Teachers Association 

Swarthout-Hayes Piano Scholarship Competition   

2018, 2nd Prize, Teddi Yoo

2005, 2nd Prize, Catherine Liow

2004, 2nd Prize, Catherine Liow

 

Judged Recital - Honors

2020, Samantha Ye

2019, Rachel Cheung

 

Ensemble Recital - Honors

2019, Emma Ta-Zhou & Olivia Wu

2019, Rachel Cheung & Samantha Ye

2019, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

2018, Laura Yao & Clare Zhang

2018, Emma Ta-Zhou & Olivia Wu

2018, Christine Gong & Ian Yu

Piano Concerto Competition (Performance with Orchestra)

2000, 1st Prize, Lillian Wong

 

Senior Scholarship Essay Award 

2019, Teddi Yoo

 

Senior High School Piano Award

2020, Christine Gong

2020, Clare Zhang

2020, Laura Yao

2019, Teddi Yoo

2018, Alice Zhang

2018, Tony Zhu

2015, Hanna Kim

Christine Gong's trophy

Performances for Master Classes

MTNA 2002 National Convention, Wash. DC -

Master Class with Leon Bates

Joanne Chu 

Jeffrey Chu

Margaret Xu

Mable Xu   

 

MSMTA 2004 Convention -

Master Class with Ernest Ragogini 

Neena Satija

MSMTA 2010 Convention -

Master Class with Thomas Mastroianni 

Ian Yu

Sponsored by The National Philharmonic -

Master Class with Brian Ganz

Neena Satija

 

Sponsored by Levine School of Music -

Master Class with Marvin Blickenstaff

Mari Uehara

 

 

Sponsored by Levine School of Music -

Master Class with Maurice Hinson

Mari Uehara

Bonnie with Tom Mastroianni (Faculty, Catholic University of America), & Ian Yu (student)

Comments About My Students from Competition / Event Judges

Here is a sampling of comments about my students from judges at various events.  They confirm each student’s hard work to achieve technical security and meticulous attention to details, especially articulation and a wide dynamic range.  They testify to the listening skills students have developed to produce a lovely tone, especially in new surroundings and adjusting to a different piano.  They speak of performances demonstrating stylistic qualities of a composer and evoking the character of the piece.   They acknowledge stage presence and an ability to tell a story with the music, special qualities nurtured within each student.

Emily Chen: (Gottlieb, 2008) Your sensitivity and musicality came through… You are very talented and your love of playing shows.

Alice Zhang: (ER Davis, 2008,) You created a very beautiful tone out of the piano … You are very sensitive… Your performance was very musical.  

Emily Wu (Gottlieb 2014) Haydn – You play beautifully poised and with excellent concentration.  Bach – Beautiful details… Kabalevsky – You played with such confidence and energy!

Teddi Yoo: (ER Davis, 2016) Sensitive, expressive performance of the Bach…Mozart - Elegant playing…  (Hartman, 2017) Ballade – You have amazing technique…I can hear you telling a story… You showed a very diverse quality of sound – Beautiful!  (Gottlieb, 2019) Haydn – Excellent tempo and character.  Energetic and fun to listen to. (Gottlieb, 2014) Very talented girl… Great potential.

Ian Yu: Gottlieb, 2014) Bach – You create a lovely tone & sound … Effective use of pedal.  You are a fine pianist.

Olivia Wu: (Solo Festival, 2018) Clementi – Very musical!  I appreciate your nuances and range of dynamics.  Nice rounded phrases.  Bartok – Excellent!  Deep singing tone... Perfect choice of speed.

Allison Cheung (Solo Festival, 2019) Kabalevsky – Beautiful sound.  Nice phrasing (flexibility).  Excellent balance, conversation. (Solo Festival, 2018) Promenade – You certainly have the flavor of Shostakovich!

Nia George: (Hartman, 2019) Bach: I like your musicianship a lot… You play this piece with good attention to balance & nicely shaped phrases.

Hannah Wang (Gottlieb, 2014) Kabalevsky – What a lovely work you played with such delicate and beautiful phrasing…

 

Danielle Carr (Hartman, 2019) Very musical and expressive Chopin... Good rubato and feeling. (Gottlieb, 2017) Chopin: Began very expressively with beautifully shaping and pedal…

Rachel Cheung (Hartman, 2017) Chopin very stylish…(Hartman, 2015) Debussy - Very solid and well prepared performance. (Gottlieb, 2019) Grieg: You have a good sense of phrasing.  Haydn – Spirited performance... Good musical performance overall! (Gottlieb, 2017) Haydn lovely & thoughtful phrasing throughout.

Laura Yao: (Hartman, 2014) You have lots of potential.  Kuhlau- great energy, exciting!  Your technique is great!

Christine Gong (Hartman, 2015) Bach- An accurate, studied performance with carefully practiced articulation… Love your very clear, intentional & varied articulation.  Kuhlau: Beautiful, sensitive, very refined.  Rubato is perfect!  Fabulous!  (Hartman, 2014) Kuhlau:  I love the singing tone in BOTH hands.  The 16ths are very exciting – You have a nice feel for Classical style.  Chopin:  You use the pedal extremely well – Not easy in Chopin Waltzes.  Very well prepared, confident performance… Very musical performance!

 

Samantha Ye: (Solo Festival, 2018) Kuhlau – Very thoughtful performance…Beautiful tone quality and lovely phrasing… Excellent dramatic contrasts.  Debussy… Loved the energy and excitement that you were able to bring out so well.  Excellent use of rubato… Wonderful performance!

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