Anna Boonyanit, USA
Pianist Anna Boonyanit, born 1999, is a sophomore at Menlo School in Atherton, California. She began piano lessons at age four and now studies with Hans Boepple. Previous teachers were Lena Grozman and Regina Roper.
Anna is a three-time first prize winner of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) State Competition for Solo (Division 1 in 2010 and Division 2 in 2012) and Concerto (Division 2 in 2013). She also won the second prize for the Concerto Division 1 in 2011. She has represented the North at the MTAC State Competition for four straight years as the winner of the MTAC Northern California Competition.
Last year, she won first prize in the Junior Division of the 14th annual International Russian Music Piano Competition (San Jose International Piano Competition) and received many special awards including the Most Promising Young Talent Award, Best Bay Area Contestant Award, Best Performance of Russian Music Award, Best Performance of Beethoven Sonata Award, and invitations to perform at Carnegie Hall and at the opening concert of the Chopin International Piano Competition. Anna had to compete against all the other categories (over 100 contestants from 12 countries up to age 32) for the special awards. She also won first prize at the 5th bi-annual Seattle International Piano Festival Competition and received special awards for the Most Promising Young Talent, Audience Favorite, and Teachers’ Favorite that same year.
Anna has won prizes in other international competitions as well. She won first prize in the 2014 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and second prize at the 2014 New York international Artists Piano Competition. In 2012, she was also a semi-finalist at the Gina Bachauer Junior International Piano Competition.
In addition, she won first prize awards in the Pacific Musical Society Competition, Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, and Menuhin-Dowling Competition. She won four gold medals at the US Open Music Competition and was selected to receive an Outstanding Gold Medalist Award in each of the years she competed. Furthermore, Anna won first alternates/second prizes at various competitions such as the California MTNA State Competition, CAPMT Northern California Concerto Competition, CAPMT Bartok and Contemporary Music Competition, CYS Young Artist Competition, the Young Musicians Division of the 10th annual International Russian Music Piano Competition (San Jose International Piano Competition), and two different Pacific Musical Society Competitions.
In January 2014, Anna performed on NPR's From the Top at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. She also received a scholarship of $7,500 from the New England Conservatory of Music through From the Top. Later this year, Anna was invited to perform the complete Schumann Piano Concerto with the Nova Vista Symphony. This summer, she participated in The John Perry Academy of Music in which she was selected to perform in both the opening and final concert. Anna also performed at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall for two straight days; one as a special invitation from the American Fine Arts Festival and the other as a winner of the NYIAA Piano Competition.
At age 11, she made her orchestral debut performing with the Palo Alto Philharmonic as the youngest winner of the Concerto Competition. That same year, Anna performed as the soloist with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra in the MTAC State Concerto Competition. She also performed on the season opener with the El Camino Youth Senior Symphony Orchestra as the top prize winner of the Piano Concerto Competition. Notable solo performances include Steinway Society Young Artist Concert, Pacific Musical Society Centennial Celebration Concert, Pacific Musical Society High Tea Concert, and Peninsula Symphony Family Concert.
In addition to performing solo and with symphonies, she equally enjoys chamber music. Anna joined Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute in 2010 and 2011 and California Summer Music in 2013, performing in chamber music concerts for the three summers. She has performed in over 20 benefit concerts, senior centers and school outreaches. Anna has had master classes/coachings with Jon Nakamatsu, Joyce Yang, Wu Han, Ruth Slenczynska, Alessio Bax, John Perry, Bruce Adolphe, Ara Guzelimian, Peter Mack, Naomi Zaslav, Mina Perry and Gwendolyn Mok.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography; one of her photos was selected by National Geographic Kids as one of the best photos taken in January 2013. Anna is also an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants.