Asia was born in Ansbach, Germany into a military family. Just 14 years old, she is a classically trained musician, playing the piano, saxophone and violin. She attends the LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and Music in New York City. She is also a student at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program, and is a member of Carnegie Hall’s “Future Music Project” Ensemble.
Having started performing at the age of eight, Asia performed in a number of concerts and competitions throughout South Korea where she lived when her parents were stationed there. During that time she won a number of awards and was featured on Armed Forces Network radio and television broadcasts.
Asia’s other performance credits include: an appearance at the Merkin Concert Hall, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. She is a multiple winner of the Apollo Theatre’s “Stars of Tomorrow” Competition. More recently she was featured on The Harry Connick Jr. Show, and was profiled on “The Morning Express with Robin Meade” on CNN/HLN. Asia’s most recent performance was in Rome, Italy, just before Christmas, as a First Prize Winner in an International Music Competition.
At the age of 11, Asia founded her non-profit organization Asia Hickman Music Inc., which provides free music lessons to underprivileged youth worldwide. In 2017 she established her “Partnership With A Purpose” campaign and provides portable pianos to children in hospitals across the United States. She is also the owner and creative director of Military Kids’ Life Magazine, and volunteers on a regular basis at the Ronald McDonald House of The Greater Hudson Valley and various veteran homes.
After competing as a local title holder in the Outstanding Teen program, Asia went on to win the 2017 Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen title, where she was named the Interview Award winner, the People’s Choice Award winner, and received the Miracle Maker Award as the contestant who raised the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Representing New York at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition, Asia was the winner of a Preliminary Talent Award and was named Outstanding Instrumentalist for the competition. Having raised more than $12,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, she was recognized by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization as the third highest fundraiser among the 51 state representatives. Asia is a six time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service award.
Asia is a resident of West Point, New York, and loves to give back to her community and the state of New York by volunteering her time and talents through a variety of events and projects.
Some of Asia’s titles include:
- EDU Piano Competition – Pyeongteak, South Korea – Double Winner (Overall and Age Division) 2012
- Friendship Music Competition – Songtan, South Korea 1st Place 2013
- EDU Piano Competition – Suwon, South Korea-1st Place 2013
- Friendship Music Competition – Pyeongteak, South Korea 1st Place 2014
- National Piano Competition – Seoul, South Korea – 1st Place February 2014
- National Piano Competition – Seoul, South Korea – 2nd Place May 2014
- National American Miss 2nd overall National Talent winner-Anaheim, CA Nov 2014
- International Junior Miss International Talent Winner-Virginia Beach, VA Jul 2015
- National American Miss New York State Talent Winner-New Brunswick, NJ, 2015
- Vivo International Music Competition-3rd Prize, NYC, 2106
- Crescendo International Music Competetion-3rd Prize, NYC, 2016
- American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition-Honorable Mention, NYC, 2016
- Apollo Theater- Child Star Winner-Harlem, NY, 2016
- Military Child of the Year Finalist, 2016
- Classical Music Competition, 1st Prize NYC 2017
- International Music Competition, Rome, Italy 2017
“And few were remarkably fine: Asia Hickman in a beautifully shaped version of No. 7”. James R. Oestreich~THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Asia’s performance at the 100 Black Men of West Tennessee’s Gala was mesmerizing. I was blessed to witness her play in her home town of Jackson because she will be known for playing grander stages than the one at the local civic center.” –C.B. Schmelter, Photojournalist, The Jackson Sun