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Arts & Entertainment - June 26, 2013

Student wins high music honors

Pianist Anna Boonyanit, a ninth-grader at Menlo School, was the winner of many awards, including an invitation to perform a recital at Carnegie Hall, at the recent International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose.

Anna, 14, was the winner in the Junior Category, which had 27 entrants, and she was named the most promising young talent and best Bay Area contestant. She was also recognized for the best performance of a Beethoven sonata and best performance of Russian music. In the last three categories, she was competing against many pianists in their 20s and 30s.

Her prizes included an invitation to perform at the opening concert of the Chopin International Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, in November.

Anna, the daughter of Kan Boonyanit and Wassika Vasikanond, has been studying piano since she was 4. She is now studying with Professor Hans Boepple, chair of the music department at Santa Clara University.

She practices two to three hours a day during the week, five hours a day on weekends, but still finds time for photography and watching sports, the family says. A Giants fan, she went to a game at AT&T Park for her birthday on June 18.

Does this talented teenager intend to be a concert pianist? "I'm not sure. I also really like science," she says.

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