Hoang Pham (l), awarded best student soloist at a recent Universal Studios competition, celebrates success with LRHS chorus president Alli Thomas.

Sienna Zwizinski – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Hoang Pham has led a fascinating life with many achievements.

Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Pham became a wushu athlete at only seven years old

He competed at national levels and even competed at the eighth Asian Junior Washu Championships in Xilinhot, China.

Pham also pursued acting. His first movie was “Song Trong Bom Dem” when he was 11.

His character, Lem, was the youngest son in the family.

Pham moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. He started playing piano around this time.

His piano teacher taught him about the genius and complex ideas behind the art of Bach. Ever since then Bach has been Pham’s favorite composer.

Pham has been the accompanist for the music department for two years now.

He took Advanced Placement (AP) music theory as a freshman and got a score of 5.

He currently acts as a teacher’s assistant for AP music theory this year.

Pham’s score was superior with distinction for level seven, the highest level possible, during his junior year.

He started receiving serious piano training at age 14.

Pham also acquired and studied other early keyboard instruments, such as the harpsichord, clavichord, and organ. He was given the chance to play for a masterclass by the world-famous organist Felix Hell.

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He recently received the Suncoast Music Scholarships award, as well as a Best Soloist award at the recent choir competition for his accompaniment.

Pham has participated in all music programs ranging from band and orchestra to choir and musical theatre.

He plans to attend Boston University in the fall, majoring in music.