Recital featuring Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition Semi-Finalists at Schmitt Music Kansas City

Schmitt Music proudly presents a special recital featuring three of the most outstanding young pianists in America – Eddison Chen, Matthew Liu, and Ethan Sun!

The world famous 2017 Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition in New York City has chosen 3 semi-finalists from Kansas selected from 166 applicants from around the world! Eddison Chen and Matthew Liu (both students of Jung Spooner), and Ethan Sun (student of Steven Spooner) will all participate for a chance at cash prizes, a New York debut in Merkin Hall, and radio broadcasts.

Enjoy their programs before the official competitive performances. Please join us on Saturday, June 17 starting at 3PM at Schmitt Music Kansas City. Seating is limited, so please let us know if you plan to attend. Call 913-663-4756 or email us at kckb@schmittmusic.com to RSVP.


addison chenEddison Chen, age 7, has been studying the piano under Jung Spooner since the age of five and half years old. Eddison was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2016 Los Angeles International Young Pianist Competition and Winner of his division at the Kansas Music Teacher’s Association for the past two years. Aside from piano, Eddison enjoys playing chess and is nationally ranked, among the top 4 players in the US Chess Foundation in his age division. Eddison loves traveling throughout the country participating at national chess tournaments and piano competitions.


matthew liuMatthew Liu, age 10, began studying piano with Jung Spooner at age five. Matthew received Third Prize and was the youngest winner of the 2015 Kaufman International Youth Piano Competition in New York City. In 2016, he was awarded Second Prize at both International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington DC and Los Angeles Young Musicians International Competition. For the past three years, Matthew won his division at the KMTA. Aside from piano, he is the state winner of the 2014 Math Kangaroo in USA competition and winner of the 2017 Geography Bee contest at his school.


Ethan Sun, age 13, began studying piano at age 5, and is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Steven Spooner. He won the Kansas MTNA Junior competition in 2016, and the KMTA in 2012 and 2014. In 2017, he placed second at the MTNA West Central Division Junior Piano Competition in Boulder, Colorado. He was selected by audition to perform at a Master Class with Dr. Robert Weirich during the KMTA Annual meeting in 2016, and in the Honors Recital at the International Institute for Young Musicians in Lawrence in 2014. Ethan enjoys tennis, mathematics, clarinet and playing ping pong with his family, especially with his little brother Thomas.