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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