Esme Soae Tran

Esme Soae Tran

Esme is 7 years old and is currently attending 1st grade at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, CA. She has been studying the piano under the direction of Prof. Ana Maria Eckstein. She enjoys playing various composers, reading about their lives, and learning different musical eras and their musical styles.

Since age 5, she has won numerous national and international music competitions including the Gold Prize in the WPTA Finland International Piano Competition 2020;First Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner of the 2020 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition; First Prize in American Protégé International Music Talent Competition 2020; First Absolute Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner of the 2020 International Music Competition Bonn Grand Prize Virtuoso; First Absolute Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner of the 2021 International Music Competition London Grand Prize Virtuoso. More recently, she won Gold Prize in the 2021 Golden Key Music Festival; Gold Prize in 2021 Musicale Piano Etude Festival; Gold Prize in 2021 Musicale Piano Classical music Festival; Gold Prize 2021 WPTA Finland International Piano Competition; Platinum/ Grand Champion special prize winner of 2021 Quebec Music Competition; First Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner of the 2021 International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso; Gold award in all 3 categories (Junior Performance category, Bach Invention/Sinfonia Category, and Mozart category) of 2021 Nordic International Piano Competition; First Absolute Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner of the 2021 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition; First Prize in the 2021 US New Star “Etude” Competition; Gold Prize in North American Virtuoso International Music competition; Gold Award 2021 Global International Music Competition; Diamond Special Top Prize winner of Grand Maestro International Music Competition; First Prize in the 2021 US New Star International Piano Competition; Gold Prize in 2021 Musicale Fall Music Festival; American Music Judges Award for outstanding performance and interpretation at the Musicale Piano Music Festival 2021; Platinum Award in 2021 Trinity International Music Competition; Platinum/ Absolute First Prize in 2021-2022 Canadian International Music Competition; Platinum award in 2022 Euro Elite International Music Competition; Grand Prize Royal Sound Music Competition 2022; Grand Prize 21st Century Talent Music Competition 2022; First Prize Musicale winter competition;First Prize 2022 Bay Area Piano Competition; First Prize 2022 Pelican International Music Competition;First Absolute Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize at 2022 International Music Competition Salzburg and Amsterdam
Platinum/ Grand Champion top prize winner of 2022 Quebec Music Competition; Most Exceptional Performer and First Prize at 2022 Charleston International Music Competition-20th century music competition; First Prize at Mimas Festival International Competition 2022; Gold Award at WPTA Finland International Piano Competition 2022; First Absolute Prize + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize Winner of the 2021 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition; Winner of Gold Hands award, Best 20-21st Century Performance, Best Haydn Performance, and best Bach Performance in 2022 Carles and Sofia International Piano Competition; Platinum Award 2021 Global International Music Competition; First Prize 18th century music Charleston International Music Competition 2022; First Prize winner Pacific Stars International Piano Competition 2022; Absolute Platinum Prize winner 2022 Appassionato International Youth Music Festival

She was invited to perform in various winner’s concerts since 5, including Carnegie Hall, NYC, USA ; Solitar Mozarteum, Salzburg, Vienna ; Beethoven’s House, Bonn, Germany; Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; Teatro Studio, Marco della Musica, Rome, Italy; Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Due to the pandemic, she was not able to travel to other concert halls except for the winner’s recital at Carnegie Hall in July 2022 but hopes one day to perform at these beautiful concert halls when travel is safer.

Besides piano, Esme also enjoys reading, drawing, painting, ballet and figure skating, and playing with her brother and puppies.

You can find Esme’s 2022 20th Century Music Competition piano performance here.

You can find Esme’s 2022 18th Century Music Competition piano performance here.

You can find Esme’s 2022 Contemporary Music Competition piano performance here.