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Harmony became the youngest “Young Steinway Artist” at age 10 and has been featured threetimes on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBC News, NPR’s From the Top, and CBS, among many others, for her exceptional gifts in piano, composition, and chess. In the 17/18 season, Harmony appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and Big Spring Orchestra among others, with some of the most venerated conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Leonard Slatkin, and John Giordano. The summer of 2018 marked her debut appearances at the Ravinia Music Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, and at the Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent with the ACA Orchestra. In October 2017, Harmony had the huge honor of opening The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 118th season at their Opening Night Gala Concert under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In the same year, Harmony’s phenomenal talent led her to create a sensation when she was featured in The Simms/Mann Think Tank 2017, a convening of leading neuroscientists from around the world on cutting-edge science related to the brain development of children. In 2016, 10-year-old Harmony was invited by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra to be the Resident Artist of the Week, where she was featured extensively on TV/radio programs and newspapers, performed a televised recital for Sound Bites Concert “A Prodigy’s Journey”, and guested at WTVP’s “Consider This” – “What makes a Virtuoso” with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Most recently, Harmony had the privilege of being the only student pianist to perform at the Juilliard Pre-college Centennial Gala Concert and the farewell gala for the former Juilliard president, Joseph Polisi. As a frequent collaborator with NPR’s From the Top since she was featured on the show as a soloist at age 9, Harmony has starred in two of their music videos, one of which was chosen as WQXR’s “19 of Our Favorite Internet Moments of 2018”. An avid chamber musician, Harmony enjoys performing with different ensembles, including four-hands with such renowned artists as Emanuel Ax and Stéphane Denève among others. Harmony has distinguished herself by consistently winning first prizes in piano competitions from an early age while competing within older age categories, including her most recent win at the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition and becoming the youngest winner of the 2018 Bachauer Scholarship Competition. Harmony started studying at Juilliard with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at 8 and in the same year became the youngest ever to win the Juilliard Concerto Competition. Harmony loves composing and studies composition with Dr. Ira Taxin at Juilliard. She was also named a Fellow of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University. Harmony’s talents extend well beyond music. As a chess prodigy, Harmony has won numerous international chess tournaments. She started playing in open tournaments when she was only 6 and was awarded the title of Woman Candidate Master at age 7 and World Champion of her age group after winning the World Youth Chess Championships. In addition to music and chess, Harmony enjoys reading, drawing, creative writing, math, history, dancing, singing, paper cutting, bird watching, ping pong, badminton, and swimming.

Juna Bobby