Fourteen year old Tristan Teo started piano lessons at age six with Aline Banno and is now under the direction of Dr. Sasha Starcevich. Over the past couple of years, Tristan has built a reputation of excellence in performance, with “superb pianism” and a singular ability to communicate with his audience.
A native of Canada, Tristan has been awarded top prizes in several international piano competitions. At the age of 11, he won 1st place in both the Solo and Concerto Pre-college Divisions of the 2009 Kingsville International Isabel Scionti Piano Competitions in Texas and became the youngest contestant ever to achieve that honour. He was also the youngest and only Canadian prizewinner at the 2010 Cooper Piano Competition in Oberlin. In January 2011, he was awarded 1st prize and the Gold Medal at the 5th Bösendorfer and Schimmel USASU International Piano Junior Competition in Arizona as well as the Senderov Award for the most outstanding performance of a composition by a Russian composer. In July 2011, Tristan received 2nd prize at the e-Piano Junior Competition, rising to the top of a field of the 25 most talented young pianists in the world today. A special accomplishment this year: Tristan’s 1st prize wins in both the Solo and Concerto Competitions of the 2011 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in California.
In his spare time, Tristan enjoys reading, building LEGO, and travelling. Currently a Grade 11 student, he will graduate from high school 2 years early and looks forward to continuing his musical education while preparing for a career in piano performance. Tristan is a committed musician and hopes to share his love of classical music with the next generation of audiences.