Nicholas Biniaz-Harris is a freshman at Yale University, where he studies music and is pre-med. A native of Washington, D.C., Nicholas attended Georgetown Day School, where he studied Chinese, and the Levine School of Music, where he studied piano with Irena Orlov. In October 2013, he tied for first prize in the Chinese Bridge high school competition in Kunming, China. He has won several piano prizes, including first prize in the Levine School's solo, concerto, and chamber music competitions; first prize in the National Symphony Orchestra's 2013 Young Soloists Competition; third prize in the FridayMorning Music Club's 2013 high school piano competition; third prize in the high school division of the 2012 William Kapell Piano Competition and, most recently, honorable mention in the Yale Symphony Orchestra's concerto competition. As part of the State Department's "Lost Music of the Holocaust" program, he performed the U.S. premiere of piano variations written by Polish POW Leon Kaczmarek while in Dachau concentration camp. As a prizewinner in the Arthur Fraser Concerto Competition at the Southeastern Piano Festival, Nicholas performed Mozart's concerto for three pianos with the South Carolina Philharmonic. He has also participated in several summer music programs, including the Stony Brook Piano Festival, Yellow Barn, the Gijon Piano Festival, the NSO summer chamber music institute, Tanglewood Piano Program, Music@Menlo, and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy.
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