Hersey High School junior John Cao recently took first place at the Walgreens National Open Senior Piano competition.
This isn’t Cao’s first award. He has also placed in competitions such as the International Valery Kuleshov Piano Competition, the TMTA 10th Grade Piano Solo Competition and the Austin Piano Festival. He currently studies piano with Alan Chow of Northwestern University.
At the competition, Cao performed Prokofiev's Concerto No. 1.
“My favorite aspect of music is the feeling of exhilaration that flows through the music,” Cao said.