Nita Qiu, a 16-year-old pianist from Woodbury, won first place with a performance of Frederic Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 2" at the YPSCA's annual Concerto Competition on Feb. 3 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
In claiming first place, Qiu received $1,500 from the Edwin and Edith Norberg Fund as well as a chance to star as soloist on the Orchestra Hall stage in a set of Young People's concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2019-20 season. Qiu is the daughter of May Chang and Lin Qiu, and she studies piano with Joseph Zins of St. Paul.
YPSCA was founded over 100 years ago to support the Minnesota Orchestra's Young People's Concerts and to encourage young people's involvement with great music. This is the 62nd year YPSCA has presented the Concerto Competition - a competition for talented instrumental students and pianists in grades 7-12 who are enrolled full-time in an accredited school in the upper Midwest.