Recently seventh grader Michelle Hsu won first place for her performance of  “Clari de Lune” by Claude Debussy on piano at the 2014-2015 Crescendo International Music Competition.

Although this was her first competition, Michelle has been playing piano since she was only six years old. The judges praised her playing, describing it as colorful, atmospheric, free form, harmonic, and an exceptionally beautiful style of playing.

The competition is held at venues across the world including New York, Germany, Korea, and Russia and has thousands of participants. Only the top one percent of performers are selected as first place winners. Michelle’s first place achievement has earned her the honor of performing at the Winner’s Concert at Carnegie Hall in January.