Talent Group 5
Sungha Jung (born 2 September 1996) is a South Korean acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. Jung creates acoustic covers and arrangements, typically by ear and/or by watching videos, and has original music, which he plays and places online. He was nicknamed the "Guitar Prodigy" and the "August Rush" in Korea, though he prefers to be known as a 'guitarist' rather than a 'guitar prodigy'. Jung began to play the guitar after watching his father play. He first learned piano, but found it somewhat boring, while his father's guitar playing looked great. Jung was taught the basics of guitar by his father. After learning the basics, he developed his skill greatly just by trying to play what he heard. When he struggled he would study online videos. Jung received his first guitar at age nine, a very coarse plywood guitar that was less than $60. Upon discovering Jung's skill with the toy-like guitar, his father decided to buy him a better one.
Sina Doering is a 14 year old drummer. Her father, Mike Wilbury, a professional musician best known as part of a Beatles Tribute band, Silver Beatles, bought a drum set for his studio in order to record live drums. Although he played most instruments (the ones with strings on or keys attached to) he was not a drummer and so Sina had to do the job. Her first album she played on was by Briony Williams, the daughter of one of her father’s English friends and colleagues. Since then she has been involved in collaborations with many musicians all over the world. Her skills have seen her build a formidable following on YouTube.
Tina Setkic is a 15-year old French guitarist who has since the age of 6 has played many solos and pieces of rock considered technically difficult. Tina S is from the Paris region, where she received classical guitar lessons, initially to imitate her big brother. She later became a student of Renaud Louis-Servais. Her videos have received more than 100 million views.
Avonlea Shea Martin
Avonlea Shea Martin is a unique young talent, who at just sixteen, has years of performing and creative experience, exemplary talent, and a voice, style and message that are all her own. Uninterested in mimicking the latest trends, Avonlea remains true to herself and her desire to tell the stories that are close to her heart. Around the age of 10, she reluctantly let her parents put an upright piano in her bedroom, and that was the start of her songwriting journey. Primarily self-taught on the piano and guitar, Avonlea realized she could create her own chord progressions and write her own lyrics. She fell in love with the process. Over the past 5 years, Avonlea has written 60+ songs and produces her own songs and videos. Avonlea was awarded first prize in the 2014 International Songwriter’s Competition.
Tatyana Ryzhkova was born in 1986 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.At the age of 10, she took her first guitar lessons from the best music teacher of Belarus, V. V. Gromov. Thanks to her talent, perseverance and the guidance of her teacher, she was able to achieve a high proficiency level, which allowed her to perform successfully at an international duets competition in Poland. As the youngest competitor, Tatyana Ryzhkova got the highest mark in her group and was given an honorary diploma. In 1999 Tatyana Ryzhkova was given the scholarship of the Presidential foundation in support of young talents. Various radio and TV performances helped her win love and success of the public.
Lindsey Raye Ward
Lindsey Raye Ward is a drummer from Oregon, USA who specialises in cover versions of classic rock songs.
Viktoriya Yermolyeva was born in Kiev in 1978. At kindergarten age she was told that she had perfect pitch and a talent for music, Vika started making full piano arrangements and her web presence began to go viral. Vika graduated with honours from Kiev Lysenko Specialized Music High School (1996), piano class of Prof. Iryna Lipatova and National P. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of the Ukraine (2000), piano class of Prof. Igor Ryabov. She studied in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar , postgraduate course with Prof. Peter Waas and simultaneously in the years 2001-2003, studied in the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola with Prof. Lazar Berman. Vika is an award-winning pianist with long-term experience of public appearances as Concert Performer solo and with Symphonic Orchestras, Accompanist and Artist of Chamber Ensemble and certificated piano teacher.
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato