Currently an Evelyn Tarrant Award Holder under the tutelage of celebrated pedagogue Andrew Ball, Keri is pursuing the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance in Royal College of Music in London. Keri previously earned her bachelor of music in piano performance and music industry minor from USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles as a Discovery Scholar studying under renowned pianist Norman Krieger. In the coming October, Keri will begin her PhD study in musicology in King’s College London and Hong Kong University under the supervision of Professor Matthew Head and Professor Daniel Chua.
One of the earliest public appearances of Keri on an international stage can be traced back to 2004, only four years after she first started piano and violin lessons at the age of 8, where she served as the accompanist of the legendary singer Bobby McFerrin and the St. Paul’s Co-eduational Primary School Choir in the Hong Kong Arts Festival at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Throughout her life, Keri has also served as the accompanist of numerous choirs and soloists.
As a solo pianist, Keri has performed Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.5 with Coeur D’Alene Symphony in the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Spokane, Washington, and Hawaii Youth Symphony in the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii. She also performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with Antelope Valley Symphony in Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre in Lancaster, California. In March 2017, Keri was one of the 25 pianists chosen to compete in the Virginia Warring International Piano Competition in Palm Desert, California.
Her earliest awards include the third prize of the Sixth International Chopin Piano Competition in Hong Kong Asia in 2003 and a first prize in the Asian Youth Music Competition in Hong Kong in 2004. Other awards include an honorable mention in the Glendale Piano Competition, first prize of the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, fifth prize of the Edith Knox Performance Competition, first prize of the Pyrenees Music Society French Music Competition, grand prix of Pyrenees Music Society Russian Music Competition, an honorable mention of the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C., an honorable mention of Wildflower International Recording Competition, first prize of the Aloha International Piano Concerto Competition, first prize of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artists Competition, fourth prize of the Brevard Music Center Piano Competition, second prize of ENKOR competition (2016), and a first prize in the piano division in the Hatfield & District Music Festival.
As a violinist, Keri has also performed J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D with the Salzburg Junge Philharmonie in the Mirabell Palace and Gardens in Salzburg, Austria when she was 15 before she entered Idyllwild Arts Academy with a scholarship as a violin major studying with Todor Pelev. However, she later developed severe injuries that prohibited her from playing instruments for almost two years, leading her to give up on the violin while switching her major to piano performance with Dr. Andrew Park as her teacher.