2018 Concert Competition Winners

2018 Concert Competition winners. Left to right Paul Phillips, Director of Orchestral Studies; Taide Ding, piano; Papa Odita-Honnah, flute; Léa Bourgade, violin


Léa Florence Bourgade

Léa Bourgade began the violin at the age of 3 and studied as a pre-college student at the Conservatoire Municipal Francis Poulenc in Paris and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has attended numerous festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chamber Music Workshop, and has performed in venues such as San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Léa is currently a junior at Stanford, majoring in Human Biology with a focus in Neuropsychological Perspectives on Art and Culture and pursuing a Performance Certificate within Stanford’s music department. On campus, she studies with Robin Sharp has performed as concertmaster of both the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and the Stanford Philharmonia. In addition to winning Stanford’s 2018 Concerto Competition, she is also the most recent winner of the Nova Vista Symphony Young Artist Competition and Stanford’s Dan Robinson Prize in Instrumental Performance.

Taide Ding

Taide Ding is a coterminal masters student in Computer Science with a bachelors degree in Economics from Stanford. Taide began his musical studies in Tokyo, Japan, and studied stateside under Dr. Ian Hominick, pupil of the late Earl Wild, during which he was named an MTNA National Finalist among other accolades.

Taide earned his Certificate in Piano Performance at Stanford studying under Dr. Frederick Weldy and Dr. William Wellborn, and is a recipient of the Blew-Culley-LaFollette Prize and the Butler Prize in Piano Performance, as well as a winner of the 2018 SSO Concerto Competition and the 2016 Mozart-Haydn Concerto Competition.

At Stanford, Taide is an active chamber and orchestral musician as well as vocal accompanist, having studied collaborative piano with George Barth and Laura Dahl, and having served as orchestral pianist for the Stanford Philharmonia and Stanford Collaborative Orchestra. His recent collaborative endeavors include playing Papageno’s silver bells in Stanford Light Opera Company’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and performing a recital of opera arias with soprano Leena Yin (‘17) for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her 2017 visit to Stanford.

Papa Odita-Honnah

As a high schooler, Nnamdi Odita-Honnah held principal chairs in prestigious ensembles including the Region XI Honor Bands and Orchestras and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of San Antonio. Nnamdi is also a multi-year member of Texas’s 6A All-State Symphonic Band and was chosen as an Outstanding Soloist in Texas’s All-State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

Now at Stanford, Nnamdi plays flute and piccolo in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Symphony. He has also been a member of the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra and various opera pit orchestras for the Stanford Light Opera Company, Ram’s Head Theatrical Society, and Just Opera. Last year, Nnamdi was the recipient of the Carol and Peter Polk Prize in Stanford’s Department of Music Awards Competition in addition to being selected as a winner of Stanford’s 2018 Concerto Competition.