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Winners of New West Symphony Quick Bowman Piano Competition Announced


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – May 5, 2017) — In the only professional piano competition held annually in Ventura County, Man-Ling Bai and Rosalind Wan Wong have been named the adult co-winners of the New West Symphony Quick Bowman Piano Competition.   Youth competition winners were Jocelyn Chen, Leo Jergovic and Claire Hou.


The Quick Bowman Piano Competition was created by Henry and LaReine Quick in 1990 to give local youth an opportunity to perform before judges and be awarded for their participation. This year’s winners received cash awards and will be given performance opportunities throughout the year and instruction by world class pianists at masterclasses. Participants came from throughout California, with competition and performances held on the campus of California Lutheran University.


“It was amazing to see how much the caliber of the competitors has risen since last year” said James Lent, head judge for the competition.  “It was a very strong first year for the adult category and I’m very pleased with the winners that we found. I think having the adult competition alongside the youth winners’ recital was very inspiring for the kids from the youth division to have this accomplished group of pianists to look up to and aspire to.”


Both adult co-winners were no strangers to competition and public performance. Bai has won first prize in many competitions including the Southern Adventist Concerto Competition, the Carmel Music Society Biennial Piano Competition, and the Lansum Piano International Competition. An avid composer as well, her compositions have been performed on television shows in Taiwan such as “Young Composer Prodigy.”

Wong’s career includes solo and chamber recitals at such performance halls as Segerstrom Hall, Royce Hall, Hammer Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA Bing Theater, Aspen Physics Center, Maybeck Performing Arts Center, and Schoenberg Hall. She will receive her doctorate this year from the University of California, Los Angeles.


The full list of winners:

Adult – first place Man-Ling Bai and Rosalind Wan Wong.  Third place Evelyn Lee.

Age 15-17 – first place Jocelyn Chen, second place Davina Lin; third place Jonathan Po.

Age 11-14 – first place Leo Jergovic; second place Dylan Lee and Andre Nguyen; third place Nathan Park and Daniel Wang.

Age 7-10 – first place Claire Hou; second place Gabriela-Zoe Chao; third place Jake Liu


“Encouraging and inspiring youth to have an appreciation for the beauty of music is central to the mission of the New West Symphony,” said Executive Director Natalia Staneva.  “All of the participants in this year’s competition displayed a love for music that we hope will last a lifetime.  We saw a lot of talent on the stage and look forward to hearing about their ongoing achievements for years to come.”


About the New West Symphony

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually and provides a number of educational opportunities for local youth through its annual Symphonic Adventures concerts, its traveling Music Van, and the Harmony Project of Ventura County.  For more information go to and follow us on Facebook at


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