The Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Piano Prodigies took place on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, in the Brown Auditorium of the MFAH. We are very proud of our gifted 2018 winners! These dedicated young artists performed at the HTMC Annual Spring Luncheon on April 24, where they received their certificates and monetary awards. Gifted Houston-area students and their teachers are already anticipating the next competition, which will take place on March 2, 2019.

The Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Prodigies will be held this coming season on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Brown Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Here are links to the contest flyer with further details, the contest qualifications and the contest application. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Marion.

Spring 2018 Winners
First Place: Brayden Cheang, age 8, student of Dr. Susan Groves
Second Place: Tianwei (Ting Ting) Yao, age 9, student of Dr. Matthew Loudermilk
Third Place: Brendon Crowley, age 9, student of Dr. Ying Zhang
Honorable Mention: Zide Chen, age 8, student of Dr. Ying Zhang
Honorable Mention: Daniel Pan, age 9, student of Qi Ding
Honorable Mention: Rena Wong, age 8, student of Vessela Smith

The Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Piano Prodigies was established in 2005 in memory of Rochelle Liebling Kahan by her family. Rochelle was a past president of HTMC, and was herself a former child piano prodigy. Her family chose to have the competition presented under the auspices of our organization. The contest is open to Houston area children between the ages of 6 and 9. Now entering its fourteenth year, it has proven to be enormously popular with students and teachers. The level of talent shown by the participants is astonishingly high. Many of our young winners are already beginning to make their mark as musicians. The first prize is entirely underwritten by the Liebling Kahan family; a second and third prize has been added by the club. The three winners perform each year at the HTMC annual Spring Luncheon in April at The Junior League of Houston, where they receive their monetary prizes and award certificates from Dr. Kara Kahan, Rochelle’s daughter.

Several of our current and past winners were honored this year by an invitation to present the March 18 concert on the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. They were such a hit that the “Kahan kids” have been invited back to perform on the series in March 2019!

For more information, contact Suzanne Marion at kahan@houstontuesdaymusicalclub.org.

Suzanne Marion and Susan Fischman, Co-chairs



Past Winners (2005 - 2018)