Connecticut Alliance for Music will hold a concert featuring pianist Yue Chu, first-prize winner of its 2011 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition at Westport Town Hall, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Fairfield.
Born in China, Chu won his first competition at age eight, and at the age of 10 was among the youngest conductors chosen to lead the youth orchestra and choir in his hometown of Tianjin, according to a news release. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston on a full scholarship, and was the first undergraduate student to receive the Presidential Scholarship in two consecutive school years.
Competitions and music festivals at which Chu has performed include the Bosendorfer USASU International Piano Competition in Tempe, Ariz.; the Van Cliburn International Competition in Fort Worth, Texas; the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada; and the Ravinia Music Festival in Chicago. Chu lives in Philadelphia, where he is working on his artist diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music.
The free event is made possible by an award established by alliance supporter Kristen Foster to bring the top prizewinner back to Fairfield County for this concert, the release states.
In its 41st year, the Heida Hermanns International Competition annually presents 15 young musicians from around the world, chosen in a competitive process by a panel of professional judges, to compete over a two-day weekend at Westport Town Hall for $10,000 cash prizes.
The 2011 competition was sponsored by the Fairfield-based alliance with support of the Westport Arts Center, and with media sponsor WSHU Radio.
For information, call the alliance office at 203-319-8271 or visit www.camusic.org.