Accomplished pianist Nathan Kim reached yet another milestone in his young career, winning his age division of the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) in his first international competition.

As a result of taking first in the piano, strings, wind and voice concerto competition, the eighth-grade student at Mountain View Middle School will make his debut at Carnegie Hall Sunday, performing a solo piece in a winner’s recital.

Working with his instructor, University of Portland music professor Renato Fabbro, Kim submitted a recording of the first movement from Prokofieff’s Piano Concerto No.3 in C-major.

“It’s a very demanding piece and certainly the most difficult concerto he has tackled to date,” Fabbro said. “We worked all summer intensively on this music and he definitely rose to the challenge to make a really good recording to submit for the competition. I think with the results, it showed.”

Kim also received a $300 scholarship toward participation in the AFAF’s tour of Russia this summer and will compete for the grand prize Sunday, which includes a $1,000 scholarship.

For the recital, Kim will play Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15, another challenging piece that features virtuostic runs and big chords, according to Fabbro.

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