It’s Catherine He!
The winner of the inaugural Geringas Memorial Scholarship is 14-year-old pianist Catherine He.
She was chosen by jury members Alexina Louie, Christopher Miranda and Boris Zarankin, who emphasized that the competition was extremely close.
The runners up were Eric Guo, Raymond Huang and Elijah Orlenko. All four finalists study at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
The Geringas Memorial Scholarship is presented in partnership with the Off Centre Music Salon.
Catherine began playing the piano at age four. She was invited to play in Rogers Media’s “Toronto’s Talent” at age six and was interviewed by CTV Toronto at age seven. In 2011, she was awarded first place in the seven-year-old group in the North York Music Festival. She performed at the 23rd Annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival in June 2011 and subsequently performed at events including the 25th Annual Crystal Ball, a black-tie fundraising gala for the registered charity REACH for the Rainbow. Catherine has won awards at several Canadian music competitions and participated in master classes with Christina Petrowska-Quilico, Alvin Zhu, Kum Sing Lee, and James Anagnoson. She currently studies at Taylor Academy with Lang Ning Liu.