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Noah Chojnacki

About the Artist

Noah Chojnacki is nineteen years of age.  He studied for over seven and one-half years with the nationally distinguished artist/teacher, Dr. Joseph Zins, of Crocus Hill Studios in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Enrolled in the studio’s high intensity Performance Studies for the Gifted and Talented Pre-College Student, he was a leading member of the Premier Class.  Noah also studied at the Young Artist World Piano Festival for five summers and attended the International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Noah has received many awards and honors.  In March of 2015, he was selected by audition for the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) Minnesota Varsity’s Featured Round.  As a result, Noah made a very exciting professional recording at the MPR studios which was later aired on Classical MPR.  In February of 2015, he was a finalist of the Dubois Piano Competition and Festival in Ohio.  In January, 2016, Noah was selected by an international jury for the e-Junior International Piano Competition Disklavier Recording Round which placed him in the top 60 internationally.  In November, 2014, he won Second Place in the Minnetonka Young Artist Competition as well as Third Place in the Saint Paul Piano Teacher's Association (SPPTA) Concerto Competition.  He was also the Third Place Winner of the national Augustana College 2013 Lee Piano Competition, Division III, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  In April of that same year, he received Third Place in the Thursday Musical Scholarship Competition.  At the Young Artist World Piano Festival, Noah was selected for the Honors Recital both in 2014 and 2010.  Noah was a Finalist in the Young Artist World Piano Festival’s Concerto Competition (2014, 2013), The Schubert Club Scholarship Competition (2012), and The Minnesota Orchestra’s Young Peoples Symphony Concert Association Concerto Competition (2012).  He has been the recipient of many Honorable Mention Awards such as the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Stars Competition (2013, 2012), the St. Paul Piano Teachers Concerto Competition (2012), the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition (2012), the Music Teachers National Association National Young Artist Competition – Junior Level – State Division (2011).  Noah has performed in the Master Classes of a number of world renowned artist/teachers including Roberto Plano (2014), Eugene Pridonoff (2013, 2012), and Hyoung-Joon Cheng (2013).

He studies with the internationally recognized artist/teacher, Nancy Weems, at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston

Accomplishments

  • Seminar in Piano Pedagogy – Assistant to Dr. Zins’ Seminar on The Salient Components of Artistic Expression.  The University of St. Thomas Summer Workshops in Piano Pedagogy.  St. Paul.  August 5, 2015. 

  • IIYM (The International Institute for Young Musicians).  Honors recital; Student Recital; private studies and studio classes with John McCarthy and Vladimir Valjarevic.  University of Kansas, Lawrence.  July, 2015.

  • Selected by Audition – The E-Piano Junior Festival Master Class with Nelita True.  June 2015.

  • Finalist – Dubois Piano Competition and Festival.  February, 2015.

  • Selected – Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) Minnesota Varsity’s Featured Round.  Professional recording aired on Classical MPR.  March. 2015.

  • Selected – e-Junior International Piano Competition Disklavier Recording Round.  January 2015.

  • Winner, Third Place – St. Paul Piano Teachers (SPPTA) Concerto Competition.  November, 2014.

  • Winner, Second Place – Music Association of Minnetonka Young Artist Competition.  November, 2014.

  • Finalist – Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Concerto Competition (Senior Division).   July, 2014.

  • Selected by Audition – Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Master Class with Dr. Daniel Riepple.  July, 2014.

  • Selected by Audition – Young Artist World Piano Festival Honors Recital (YAWPF).   July, 2014.

  • Selected by Audition – Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Master Class with Roberto Plano.  July, 2014.

  • Finalist - Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Concerto Competition (age 12 and above).  July, 2013.

  • Selected by Audition – Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Master Class with Eugene Pridonoff.  July, 2013.

  • Selected by Audition – Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Special Private Lesson with Eugene Pridonoff.  July, 2013.

  • Selected by Audition – e-Piano Junior Festival Master Class with Hyoung-Joon Cheng.  July, 2013.

  • Winner, Third Place – Augustana College 2013 Lee Piano Competition.  Division III.  Sioux Falls, SD.  April, 2013.

  • Honorable Mention (Third Place) - Thursday Musical Scholarship Competition – High School Division.  March, 2013.

  • Honorable Mention – La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Stars Competition.  January, 2013.

  • Finalist – St. Paul Piano Teachers (SPPTA) Concerto Competition.  November, 2012.

  • Selected – Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Special Private Lesson, Eugene Pridonoff.  July 2012.

  • Selected – Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) Master Class, Eugene Pridonoff.  July 2012.

  • Honorable Mention – Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition – Junior High Division.  April, 2012.

  • Finalist – The Schubert Club Scholarship Competition – Junior High Division.  April 2012.

  • Finalist – The Minnesota Orchestra’s Young Peoples Symphony Concert Association (YPSCA) Concerto Competition.  January, 2012.

  • Winner, Honorable Mention – The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Stars Concerto Competition.  January, 2012.

  • Winner, Honorable Mention – Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Young Artist Competition – Junior Level (age 11-14) – State Division.  October, 2011.

  • Selected – Honors Recital (Junior Division) - Young Artist World Piano Festival, Saint Paul, Minnesota.  July, 2010.