Local pianist Annelyse Combitsis, 15, was recently awarded the prestigious Paderewski Gold Medal from the American College of Musicians, also known as the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
The award is presented to students who have completed 10 years of piano auditions in the Guild, performed a national program of 10 pieces, and received a rating of superior each year.
Combitsis began entering the Piano Guild auditions at age 6 and earned top talent ratings for her national programs.
Combitsis performed in various public venues and received numerous awards including a silver medal at the United States Music Open competition in May this year. She also was awarded a Rotary Music Scholarship earlier this year.
She has studied for 10 years with Galina Corkery, who teaches piano and is the founder of Galina’s Music Studio in Livermore. Corkery has served as the National Piano Guild chairman for Livermore since 2014 and has been a member of the organization for the past 15 years.
Combitsis is the daughter of Daniel and Reneé Combitsis. She is a sophomore at Livermore High School, where she is also on the varsity swim team.