The Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Piano Prodigies took place on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, in the Brown Auditorium of the MFAH. We are very proud of our gifted 2019 winners! These dedicated young artists performed at the HTMC Annual Spring Luncheon on April 23, where they received their certificates and monetary awards. Gifted Houston-area students and their teachers are already anticipating the next competition, which will take place March 7, 2020.

Spring 2019 Winners
First Place: David Li, age 9, student of John Weems
Second Place: Chanya Methaprayoon, age 9, student of John Weems
Third Place: Zide Chen, age 9, student of Dr. Ying Zhang
Honorable Mention: Wendy Zhou, age 6, student of Roksana Savitski

The Rochelle Liebling Kahan Memorial Fund Competition for Child Piano Prodigies was established in 2005 in memory of Rochelle Liebling Kahan by her family. Rochelle was a past president of HTMC, and was herself a former child piano prodigy. Her family chose to have the competition presented under the auspices of our organization. The contest is open to Houston area children between the ages of 6 and 9. Now in its fifteenth year, it has proven to be enormously popular with students and teachers. The level of talent shown by the participants is astonishingly high. Many of our young winners are already beginning to make their mark as musicians. The first prize is entirely underwritten by the Liebling Kahan family; a second and third prize has been added by the club. The three winners perform each year at the HTMC annual Spring Luncheon in April at The Junior League of Houston, where they receive their monetary prizes and award certificates from Dr. Kara Liebling Kahan, Rochelle’s daughter.

Our “Kahan Kids” (our current and several past winners) made such a hit on March 18, 2018 when they were invited to perform on the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at St. Philip Presbyterian Church that they were invited back to perform on the series on March 24, 2019.  Now they are booked for March 29, 2020 as well!

For more information, contact Suzanne Marion at

Kahan Application / Kahan Qualifications / Kahan Poster

Suzanne Marion and Susan Fischman, Co-chairs

Chanya Methaprayoon and David Li
(Photo by Kathleen Falcona)
  Zide Chen
(Photo by Kathleen Falcona)

“Kahan Kids” at their 2019 Concert at St. Philip Presbyterian Church

Past Winners (2005 - 2018)