Ilian Lundberg (Composer)
Winner of the 2017 Cole Composition Prize. Featured on OPACO’s Symphonic Voices concert, May 20, 2017
Born into a musical family, Ilian Lundberg started to play the piano and write songs at the age of 4. Later on, he began composing classical music and became interested in music theory as well as playing the violin. At the age of 15, he entered the Junior Academy in Stockholm where he studied Composition, Piano, Harmony, and Musical Analysis with Niklas Breman, Victoria Power, Cécile Bardoux , Gabriel Wilczkowski and Mark Tatlow, among others. In 2012, he was accepted to the EAMA summer program. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, he studied the crafts of composition at the Schola Cantorum in Paris under the direction of Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet (a student of Messiaen), and David Conte.
From 2012 to 2014, Ilian studied at the Malmö Academy of Music. He has also studied counterpoint privately with Karl Arne Ericsson and John Lidström, and studied organ with Marcus Torén and Åke Skommar at Geijerskolan in Sweden. Ilian’s music has been performed throughout Europe by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Music Makers of London, Lilla Akademiens Chamber Orchestra, and the Nordic Vocal Ensemble.
Renee Zhang (Violin)
Winner of the 2017 Emerging Artist Solo Competition. Featured on OPACO’s Symphonic Voices concert, May 20, 2017
Renee Zhang is a senior at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon, where she maintains a 4.49 GPA. She has been playing the violin and the piano for over 11 years since she first started at the age of 5. Since then, she has been a consistent participant and winner in both violin and piano competitions, including the OMTA Classical, Ensemble, Contemporary, and Romantic Festivals, the Trula Whelan Concerto Competition, and the Scholarship Awards Competition.
Renee was one of the winners in the Jewish Community Orchestra of Portland’s Young Artists competition and played Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with the orchestra on February 8, 2015. She was also one of the winners of the 2015 Monday Musical Club Scholarship Competition, winning a $1,500 scholarship. She currently studies with Kathryn Gray, a retired Oregon Symphony musician.
Last year, Renee was also the MYS Concerto Competition winner, and performed the entire Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 on June 6, 2015 with the MYS Symphony Orchestra, of which she is the concertmaster. She also later performed the first movement of this concerto with the Symphony Orchestra at the annual Waterfront Concert on September 3, 2015. This year, she is again a principal player with the MYS organization, where she plays in the organization’s top chamber ensemble MYSfits. In addition, Renee is the concertmaster of her school orchestra and the first violinist in her school’s top chamber ensemble.