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Winners of the VSA International Young Soloists Competition

2005 Award Recipients

Patrick Henry Hughes, pianist and vocalist

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Patrick Henry Hughes, a 17-year-old pianist and vocalist from Louisville, Kentucky, is well known to his VSA arts local affiliate, having been named the recipient of the VSA Arts of Kentucky Young Soloists Award since 2001. He is a junior at Atherton High School where he participates in the International Baccalaureate program and has maintained a 3.99 grade point average for the past five years. Patrick speaks fluent Spanish and is also a member of the National Honor Society. He is proud to have received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement from both President Clinton and President Bush. Patrick was recently featured in a May issue of PEOPLE magazine.

Patrick's fascination with the piano began at the age of nine months when his father began teaching him how to play. He currently studies with Juilliard graduate, Hinda Ordman. Patrick has performed throughout the country, including two performances at the Grand Ole Opry, and onstage performances with Emmy Award-winning artist Pam Tillis, country-music band, Lonestar, and country-music stars Lane Brody, Chad Brock, Faith Hill, and Bryan White. He has also appeared on national television.

In addition to playing piano, Patrick participates in his school's concert band (on trumpet), jazz band, and chorus (as a tenor) recently performing in Quito and Esmeraldes, Ecuador. He has been selected to perform in many All-State Band and Choral festivals and has received several distinguished awards for each.

Tomoko Endo, pianist

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Tomoko Endo is a 17-year-old pianist from Fairfax, Virginia, who is a senior at Robinson Secondary School. She began studying piano at the age of four in Japan and continued taking lessons in Thailand, Singapore, and the United States. Her current teacher is Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt, an adjunct pianist of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Tomoko has received numerous awards and recognitions for her piano performance. She placed first in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association's piano concerto competition and the Alexandria Performing Arts Association's third annual youth music competition in Alexandria, Virginia. Tomoko is a member of the Friday Morning Music Club, a music appreciation organization in Washington, D.C., and was awarded first place during their annual competition.

She attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan where she received three fine arts awards for her performance on piano and was selected as a finalist in the Interlochen Arts Camp's high school concerto competition.

Tomoko is an active chamber musician and participated in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute concert in July of 2002. Recently, she performed a trio for piano, violin, and horn on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage.

Ms. Endo will be attending the Royal College of Music in London beginning this September.