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Connor Tsui


Fifteen-year-old Connor Tsui is currently in 11th grade at Trinity School NYC. He is in the pre-college program at Manhattan School of Music studying with Ole Akahoshi. He graduated from the Special Music School of America in June 2016, where he studied with Vladimir Pantaleyev for 8 years.

Connor was a first prize winner in the school-age (13-18 years) category of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition in 2018. He performed the Shostakovich cello concerto at Weill Hall in May 2018. In the summer of 2017, Connor competed in the Senior (19 years & above) section of the Cremona International Music Competition and placed 3rd. He had previously placed first in the same competition in the Intermediate division (ages 13-18) as a twelve-year-old, and in the Junior division when he was 8 years old. He was given the opportunity to play with the Festival Orchestra twice, as a first prize winner, and performed at Cremona’s famed Il Museo del Violino in the prizewinner's concerts. Connor was also awarded prizes for Best Baroque Piece, Best Virtuosic/Concert Piece and Best Etude.

Connor was finalist in the 2018 Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition, and a finalist for the 2017 Lyra Youth Music Concerto Competition in New York City. In the summer of 2013, Connor made his orchestral debut at age 10 with the National Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev. In that same year, Connor placed 1st in the American Protégé International Talent Competition and performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall at the Winner’s recital.

Connor sang for 5 years with the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, singing many boy-soprano solo roles such as the 1st Spirit in Die Zauberflote and the Shepherd in Tosca. He made his debut with the NY Philharmonic in December 2014 as a boy soprano soloist, performing in Handel’s Messiah as soloist. The New York Times said, ""The 11-year-old Connor Tsui is utterly charming in his short proclamations, which he performs from memory (being, after all, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus).

Connor plays the piano, is on the water polo team at school and enjoys fencing, robotics and traveling.

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