TEMPE, ARIZONA—University of Hawai‘i Mānoa’s Tyler Ramos is the Southwest Division Winner in the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition and will advance to the National Finals of the competition. The Southwest Division Competition, held January 9–10, 2016, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, invites pianists who won their respective State Competitions representing Hawai‘i, California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. The National Winner will perform during a Winners Concert at the MTNA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas from April 2 to 6, 2016 and will receive a $5,000 cash prize along with a new Steinway piano.
Ramos, a Waipahu, Hawai‘i, native, is a Junior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Ramos has been studying piano for 14 years. He was a protégé of Ellen Masaki, and is currently a student of Mānoa professor Dr. Thomas Yee. Ramos’s 40 minute competition program included compositions by Franz Liszt and Avner Dorman.
Ramos’s significant performances include Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto with Hawai‘i Youth Symphony I in 2009, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Moanalua High School’s Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Ramos’s accolades also include top awards from MTNA, the Aloha International Piano Festival, the Morning Music Club scholarship, the John Young scholarship, and a performance on NPR’s From the Top.