Ariel Kwan began her musical studies of the piano at the age of four, and violin at the age of five. She has won awards and scholarships at various competitions including the Newmarket Lions Festival (where she received both the ‘Outstanding Pianist’ and ‘Outstanding String’ awards at the age of 10), and at various Canadian Music Competitions.
In 2002, Kwan was the only competitor from Ontario to qualify as a national finalist in both piano and violin, and won first prize nationally in the piano category for the second consecutive year. Her concert engagements have taken her across the Greater Toronto Area.
In 2003, Ariel performed for Madame Chrétien and other dignitaries at the annual DAREarts awards banquet. She also performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and opened each night of Canstage’s production of Amadeus with a Mozart Piano Sonata.
In December 2003, she was a featured performer at First Night Toronto’s Children for Peace concert at the Skydome. Kwan completed her Grade 10 piano examination (Jan. 2004) and Grade 10 violin examination (Aug. 2004), achieving First Class Honours in both. This season, Ariel joined the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and is presently its youngest member.
She is a scholarship student at the Royal Conservatory of Music where she studies both instruments at the ARCT level.
Outside of music, Ariel is consistently an honour-roll student at Denne Public School in Newmarket, and pursues figure skating in which she is working at the Senior Silver level.