Hollistonian Is Finalist for Music Lights the Way Piano Festival

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), one of the world’s most established music education institutions, is thrilled to announce a finalist from Holliston, Massachusetts, chosen out of over 8,000 participants across Canada and the U.S, for its prestigious Music Lights the Way Piano Festival with over $150,000 in prizing to be won, provided by Yamaha.

Two talented youth piano players from across Massachusetts have been selected as finalists for this piano festival, with one invited to perform their pieces live at RCM’s renowned Koerner Hall in Toronto, on March 21 and 22, 2023. Alexander Mikhailov, age 12, is a level 6 finalist that will be performing live in Toronto and competing to win the first-place prize, a Yamaha b1 Acoustic upright piano, valued at over $6,500. 

The other Massachusetts finalist comes from the following location:

  • Holliston: Nathan Zhang, age 9, Level 3 (Click Nathan’s name for a performance!)
Nathan Zhang

Isn’t it wonderful to have such musical talent representing Holliston?

Press Release


  1. Mark Ahronian on March 10, 2023 at 8:30 am

    What a wonderful article! The varied talents in Holliston students / young people are amazing to me! Holliston is a great community to live in!!

  2. Mary Greendale on March 11, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Impressive, congratulations to Nathan! Best of luck. Holliston will carry you in our hearts.

  3. Pat Fuller on March 19, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    That piece was stunning! Thank you, Nathan, you make us proud in Holliston. Have a great time in Toronto.

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