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Holden Mui


Holden Mui is a third-year undergraduate at MIT studying mathematics and music. He currently studies piano with Timothy McFarland through the MIT Emerson/Harris Fellowship Program, and previously studied with Kate Nir and Matthew Hagle of the Music Institute of Chicago. He started piano at the age of five and his favorite composer is Ravel.

As a music student at MIT, Holden is actively involved in piano performance, chamber music, collaborative piano, MIT Symphony Orchestra as a violist, conducting, and composition. He won both the junior and senior Music Teachers’ National Association’s national division composition competitions, the Illinois Music Education Association small ensemble and large ensemble composition competitions, and was a finalist at the New Music on the Bluff Festival in 2021. He also won the primary, junior, and intermediate divisions of the Society of American Musicians Piano Competition, the 2023 MIT Concerto Competition, and was a recipient of the 2022 Jack and Edith Ruina Award and 2024 Philip Loew Memorial Award.

Holden enjoys composing music and writing olympiad math problems in his spare time, and his favorite animal is a turtle.