at the Ten Grands Top ten competition, Portland, Oregon
Performing in the ICS Masterworks Recital All-Bach program, Bellevue WA
Performing in the Pacific International Piano Competition, Seattle, WA
ICS, Inc is now an ALL-STEINWAY SCHOOL!
Dr.Balabanova has been awarded TOP TEACHER in SEATTLE in 2021, 2022!
Dr.Balabanova has been names TEACHER OF THE MONTH TWO YEARS in a row by the CHARLESTON INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION!
CONGRATULATIONS to JImmy Huang on making the prestigious SYAMFAConcerto play-offs on his first try!
SONAFEST Competition Bellevue:
Yuxin, Brandon, Jimmy, Yiling, Kevin, Allison
Bronze: Julian, Miyako, Joyce
Honorable Mention: Perrie, Sunney. Harper, Jesse, Shan Wey
SCMTA SONATA/SONATINA festival results:
GOLD Medals-Yixin, Aisha, Kevin, Gavin, Courtney, Jimmy, Joyce, Perrie, Allison, Yiling, Brandon, Julian
Silver Medals: Miyako, Sunney, Harper,
CONGRATULATIONS TO COURTNEY TAM, FInalist in the SEATTLE SYMPHONY Young Artists auditions!
Chopin NORTHWEST Festival and Competition:
GRAND PRIX CONCERTO WINNER-JIMMY HUANG!
Gold Medal-Brandon Yang
Silver Medal-Joyce Ye
Silver Medal-Kevin Fan
Bronze Medal-Yiling Sun
Bronze Medal Concerto-Courtney Tam
French Music Inaguaral Piano Competition
Gold Medal-Brandon Yang
Silver Medal-Courtney Tam
Silver Medal-Jaden Shan
Silver Medal-Miyako Berman
Silver Medal-Yuxin Sun
Silver Medal-Aisha Beydoun
AMERICAN VIRTUOSO 1st Prize WINNER in the Young Artist Category-COURTNEY TAM!
Holiday recital at Steinway Gallery Seattle was a huge success!
Congratulations to Jimmy Huang, Ruohan Huang, Allison Lin on winning the highly selective SCMTA Concerto competition!
2022 European International Piano Competition
Brian Wu, 1st Prize
CONGRATULATIONS to RUOHAN HUANG, Seattle Symphony Young Artists Audiitons WINNER! RUOHAN performed Mozart Concerto K.453 with Seatlle Symphony at Benaroya Hall Mark Taper Auditorium!
Pacific Northwest competition 2022:
Time Era Festival 2022:
Jimmy-Best of Festival
Joyce-Best of Festival
Owen Wu-Best of Festival
Gavin-Medal of excellence
Courtney-Medal of excellence
Andrew-Medal of excellence PLUS
Kevin-Medal of excellence
Jaden-Medal of excellence
Claire-Medal of excellence
Yiling-Medal of excellence
Perrie-Medal of excellence
Miyako-Medal of excellence
Brian-Medal of excellence
Aisha-Medal of excellence
Pacific Concerto Competition 2022
Jimmy Huang-GOLD Medal, will perform on March 5 with Bellevue Chamber Orchestra
Ruohan Huang-Silver Medal
Courtney Tam-Silver Medal
Gavin Xi (10)-performed and recorded Bach Concerto in F Minor
Brandon Yang-(9) performed and recorded Haydn Concerto in D Major
These students worked extra hard during summer and early fall! Congratulations on the work well done!
Seattle Chamber Music Academy Jimmy Huang and Courtney Tam have been accepted into this highly selective program and are studying full time with the best Faculty from UW and principal musicians from Seattle Symphony
Jazz, Rag and Blues Festival
Courtney Tam-Best of Festival in Rags, Senior division
Gavin Xi-Best of Festival in Rags, Junior Division
Yiling Sun, Alternate Best of Festival in Jazz, Junior Division
Aisha Beydoun, Alternate Best of Festival in Blues, Junior Division
Gold Star recognition for Excellence
Jessie Greene, Harper Chang, Myako Berman, Owen Greene, Claire Shan, Jaden Shan ,Kevin Fan ,Joyce Ye CONGRATULATIONS to ALL!
!ICS students earned OUTSTANDING RECORD-BREAKING 13 MEDALS at the CHOPIN COMPETITION 2021!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ON BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCES!
Congrats to TILMAN SEIDE on wining the BEST of JAZZ festival 2021!
CONGRATULATIONS to ANDREW JIANG on passing the Royal Conservatory LEVEL 10 Piano Performance test!
OUR HOLIDAY COOKBOOK is here! See section below.
Dr. Yelena Balabanova received the prestigious TEACHER OF DISTINCTION 2020 AWARD from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada!
Dr.Balabanova is recognized by the Recognition Certificate for Outstanding Professionalism and Artistic Mastery by the World Piano Teachers Association!
Six students receive the Best of Festival Awards in EMTA Time Era Festival! Plus, multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
5 Students are awarded the Best Beethoven Performance in the Pacific Northwest competition!
Plus, Ruohan Huang won Silver and Jimmy Huang won Bronze in the Concerto Division!
Lucas Tam, Courtney Tam, Ruohan Huang and Jimmy Huang, win top Prizes in the Singapore International competition!
Lucas tam and Courtney won Silver and Bronze in the Steinway Virtual Regional Competition! Jimmy Huang won the Gold!
Congratulations to Courtney Tam, 12, on passing with First Honors the level 10 Complete Practical Exam from the Royal Conservatory of Music! This is the most comprehensive and challenging international test for piano students.
Dr, Yelena Balabanova is featured in the Toastmasters International Magazine, June 2020: