Don't let the adorable smile or bowtie fool you--Ray Ushikubo is a formidable musician with an intimidating amount of experience. (His list of awards is probably taller than he is.) The ten-year-old began learning the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at 6. On April 2011, Ray was invited to the NPR radio program, From the Top, as the youngest Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. In 2009, Ray was invited to perform at the pianist Lang Lang's concert in the Ren?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in CA. In July of 2010, Ray won first place in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose. In addition, he was named the Most Promising Young Talent and rewarded with a performance at Carnegie Hall. Ray is the first student to be accepted into the prestigious Colburn Academy on two instruments--piano and violin. His current teachers are Mr. Ory Shihor (piano) and Mr. Robert Lipsett (violin). Ray likes math, billiards, and wakeboarding.
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