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“Students Named “2015 Houston Young Artists”


(L-R:) Ethan Le, Marin Osawa, Jillan Gunawan, Jiakai Pan,Troy Stephenson, Andrew Lavelle, Kevin Le, Spencer Taylor.

(L-R:) Ethan Le, Marin Osawa, Jillan Gunawan, Jiakai Pan,Troy Stephenson, Andrew Lavelle, Kevin Le, Spencer Taylor.

High School Classical Musicians Win Prestigious Award
The members of Le Octet were recently chosen as 2015 Houston Young Artists after two grueling rounds of auditions that are held every two years by the nonprofit organization, Houston Young Artists Concert. Its mission is “…to showcase highly talented young classical musicians age 4 to 18 in a variety of venues throughout the city with the hope of fostering a greater appreciation for classical music in the Houston area.” As winners, Le Octet performed Mendelssohn’s “Octet for Strings” at Rice University Stude Concert Hall on Jan. 17.

The idea of forming the string octet group was born from Ethan Le’s desire to perform Mendelssohn’s work, which is seldom seen on stage due to the difficulty of assembling eight fine musicians who are able to perform as one.

The members of Le Octet:

Ethan Le, 17, is a junior at Cinco Ranch High School. He has studied violin with Professor Kenneth Goldsmith at Rice University for the past eight years.

Marin Osawa, 17, is a senior at Clements High School and is an aspiring classical musician. Her musical accomplishments included an Honorable Mention from the Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition and the Houston Youth Symphony Competition. She was the winner of the Royal Conservatory of Music Competition. She has served as Concert-master of the Houston Youth Symphony and the Clements Orchestra.

Jillan Gunawan, 17, is a senior at Clements High School and is an aspiring classical musician. He is currently the Assistant Concertmaster of the Houston Youth Symphony. Over the summer, Jillan attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute and studied with Klaudia Szlachta. His favorite composer is Jean Sibelius. To unwind from the rigors of being a senior, Jillan spends time with his cat, Jolly.

Jiakai Pan, 15, is a sophomore at Bellaire High School. He has been named to the TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra for the past 2 years. This year, Jiakai won the Houston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. In addition to playing the violin, Jiakai enjoys playing computer games and writing.

Troy Stephenson, 17, is a junior at Dulles High School. He began viola lessons at the age of 11 and knew from the start that he had a passion for the viola. Over the years, he has been named to the Texas All-State Orchestra three times. He is an active member of the Houston Youth Symphony. Troy hopes to study music in college.

Andrew Lavelle, 16, is a junior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He was named to the TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Andrew plans to study music in college.

Kevin Le, 15, is a sophomore at Cinco Ranch High School. In addition to being a cellist, Kevin is also an accomplished pianist. As one of the founders of Muzik2Heal, he regularly brings music to residents of nursing homes, Alzheimer Care Centers, and rehab centers lifting their spirits and healing their mind, body, and soul.

Spencer Taylor, 17, is a senior at Cinco Ranch High School. He began his cello studies in the sixth grade. His musical accomplishments included Outstanding Soloist in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in 2012 and 2013. He has been named to the TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra twice. Outside of music, Spencer enjoys hanging out with his friends and tutoring math.

“Students Named “2015 Houston Young Artists”


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