Carnegie Vu Park, a Korean Vietnamese American fourth grader from Orange County, California, took up piano as a hobby during the COVID-19 pandemic at 5 and ½ years old under the guidance of Ms. Dilara Abudureheman at Lyceum Village in Tustin, California. Since then, he has continued studying piano exclusively under the direction of Dr. Chun-Yi Wang, appreciating music by great composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Diabelli, Faber, and Kuhlau.
His proud accolades include awards/placements in various festivals/competitions held by the Music Teacher Association of California (MTAC), Southwestern Youth Musical Festival (SYMF) and Charleston International Music Competition.
Carnegie especially enjoys playing music for his family and friends at social gatherings. This summer, as part of his fundraising through Mariners Church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), when Carnegie and his mom failed to perfect a lemonade recipe for a lemonade stand, Carnegie held an impromptu front yard piano concert, to share his gift of music with neighbors while raising funds to help send kids to Un Jour Nouveau School, a ministry of Mariners Church’s Global Partner in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Away from his piano, Carnegie enjoys swimming, taekwondo, reading, math, video games and telling jokes.