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Talent Group 4

Stephanie Trick is a young American stride, ragtime and jazz pianist. She began playing piano at the age of five. Her interest outside of classical music began at the age of ten, when her piano teacher introduced her to ragtime. She received her BA degree in music with honours from the University of Chicago in 2009. Trick demonstrates piano performance and composition styles of stride, ragtime and jazz piano from the 1900s to the 1940s. She emphasizes jazz standards, stride and boogie-woogie tunes with an accent on her specialty of Harlem stride.  Trick and her husband, pianist Paolo Alderighi, reside in both St. Louis and Milan, Italy, his home town.

Stephanie Trick
Andrea Motis

Andrea Motis (born May 9, 1995 in Barcelona) is a Spanish jazz singer and instrumentalist. From the age of 7, Motis developed musically at the Municipal School of Music of Sant Andreu, a neighborhood of Barcelona, becoming the school's lead trumpet player and later, saxophonist. In 2007, at only twelve years of age, she began to collaborate with the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, led by music teacher and musician, Joan Chamorro. She has participated in numerous concerts in the Catalan jazz circuit. Her voice has been compared to that of Norah Jones.

Umi Garrett

Umi Garrett (born August 15, 2000) is an American pianist. In May 2009, Garrett appeared on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and performed at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont as the youngest performer in the 26 year history of the festival.. She also plays the violin and has taken ballet since she was two and a half. Garrett captivated European audiences in August 2009 as a performer in several concerts at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg. and Germany in selected solo and chamber music works. In 2010, Umi won the Second International Chopin Competition in Hartford, Connecticut with a perfect score from all three judges, and was subsequently invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. Also in 2010, Garrett had an appearance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops sponsored by NPR’s From the Top, and her orchestral debut with the Desert Symphony in Palm Desert, California in December 2009, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. Garrett made her China debut with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in 2010 at the age of nine at Wuhan.

Miyu Hioki

Miyu Hioki is a seven year old violin and piano prodigy who recently competed in a French Talent Show for gifted musicians..

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox is a rotating music collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. In its first few years of existence, Postmodern Jukebox has amassed over 480 million YouTube views and 1.9 million subscribers. Each week, Postmodern Jukebox puts out a new video on YouTube, most of which are filmed casually in Bradlee’s living room. 

Johan Blohm

Johan Blohm was considered one of Sweden’s best-kept secrets for many years, but thanks to a sensational YouTube clip The Refreshments boogie rolling pianist has been able to show the world what a keyboard master he is. Johan Blohm born 1962 grew up listening to his father’s country and rock ‘n’ roll records. The influence of Jerry Lee Lewis, his musical hero, can be heard in his vocal and piano style.

Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal, born 2014, took the stage on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and completely blew, not only the audience away, but also the notoriously tough judges! So much so that Simon Cowell even declared the 12-year-old ‘The Next Taylor Swift’ after she performed her song! Grace is a singer/songwriter from Suffern, New York and lives with her mother, father, and her older sister Olivia, Grace started writing music at the age of three making up songs with her wireless microphone. Grace plays the alto saxophone and piano as well as the ukulele

LadyVa (Vanessa Sabrina Gnaegi)

Ladyva, Vanessa Sabrina Gnaegi, is a Swiss pianist in the field of boogie woogie, blues and rock'n'roll. Vanessa began at the age of 14 years to play the piano, inspired by the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Nico Brina and Liberace. Two years later she began performing, together with her brother Pascal Silva. Various TV appearances in Switzerland followed: Heitere Festival Zofingen, ZDF Fernsehgarten, Glanz und Gloria and many others. She has also been successful in her second homeland, the Dominican Republic, where she appeared on over 30 popular TV shows. In 2009 Ladyva released her first album. The following year, 2010, she performed at the prestigious Blues Festival Basel (Switzerland) and in 2011 she signed with Universal Music. 

Laura Bretan

Laura Bretan aged 13, is Romanian origin, but was born in the US and lives with her family in Chicago. Encouraged by her mother, she started singing in the church when she was 4-years old. At the age of 12, she began taking voice lessons and learned arias from operas. She is now studying canto with Nicoleta Roman, a Romanian lyric artist at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Laura Bretan previously won several competitions, such as Super Top Dog (for children aged under 14), and Stars of Tomorrow. In 2014, she performed the national anthem for Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field in Chicago, according to the local media. She won Romania’s Got talent in 2015 and is now competing in America’s Got Talent, where she has also impressed the jury and got the Golden Buzzer, which sent her directly into the show’s semifinals.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato


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