Inspire Academy Student Wins 3rd Place at International Competition
Congratulations, Kayla Shen!
The renowned International Antonio Vivaldi Competition was held in Vienna, Austria, August 7–9, 2019. I wish to congratulate my student Kayla Shen for winning third place after days of fierce competition.
After years of playing locally and nationally, Kayla wins her first International Competition
To simply say that I am proud of her accomplishment would be an injustice. I am not only proud of her excellent win, but of how much she has grown in the last four years of teaching her.
Kayla came to me when she was first entering high school, a transition that resulted in a highly strenuous and intense daily routine, one that led Kayla to seek a release, something that brought her happiness and peace. She found music to not only be that, but also something eternal–something that was and always would be there for her. She knew she could never let such an important aspect of her life go.
Something that started as a deep support in her life grew to encompass it, and as a result she constantly immersed herself in it. At school, piano and practicing consistently occupied her thoughts. Even during her drives to school, her favorite classical music played in the car. Everything was steeped in music.
I am honored to have watched Kayla blossom into who she is today. And I am excited to see her next steps, and to be there for any and all of them, and see how she continues to incorporate music in everything she does.