LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair

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Michael Smith, a La Cañada High School freshman, practices for at least an hour every day. It paid off when he finished first in his age group at the Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition.

Neither winner felt as though he or she played particularly well at all. The judges heard it differently.
At the recent Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition, a keen-listening panel anointed Michael Smith (who lives on Crown Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge) and Sabrina Tsoi (who attends Flintridge Prep, a few blocks down Crown) as the best players in their respective age groups at the seventh annual version of the prestigious contest, which was held in Beverly Hills. Continue reading “LCF Pianists Win Chopin Competition With Flair”