KU News Release

Feb. 24, 2010
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Music, (785) 864-9742

KU pianist wins first prize in Hays Symphony Orchestra competition

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LAWRENCE — Ho Ni Connie Mak, a University of Kansas junior majoring in piano from Hong Kong, won first prize at the Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, held Feb. 6 at Fort Hays State University.

Mak was one of three finalists competing for the top prize. Each of the finalists performed a solo with the Hays Symphony Orchestra. Mak won first prize with her performance of the first movement of “Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16” by Edvard Grieg. She received a cash prize of $500.

“Grieg’s ‘Piano Concerto’ is a great work, and I am thrilled I received the opportunity to perform this piece with an orchestra,” said Mak.

Mak studies with professor Jack Winerock at KU. She performed at the 2009 American Liszt Society National Festival and placed third in the 2008 Kansas Music Teachers Association Freshman and Sophomore Collegiate Competition.

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