Listen to Athena’s original composition submitted with her entry.

Athena Zhang (Age 14, Vic/USA)

FANFARE: Awakening

My name is Athena Zhang and I am 14 years old. Currently, I am a 9th Grader of Phillips Academy Andover, USA.  I took Advanced Music Theory and Composition with Dr. Jacoby last school term.

I studied music composition with Prof. Cohen of Berklee College of Music when I was 6 -13 years old.  Now I am a private student of Yiming Wu of May Flower Art Center in Boston.

I was awarded Emerging Composer at Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition in 2018 & 2019, and ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award in 2020 when I was 12 years old.

Besides music, I enjoy drawing, day dreaming and travelling.

Composition Inspiration

Awakening is a piece inspired by the warm greeting of spring weather after a frigid stagnant winter, with the rousing of critters from all about. The sun rises, signaling a brand new day, climbing each note to ascend, ending the piece off with a triumphant step towards a new season of life.