Music For Youth free young persons’ concert

Music for Youth and Pequot Library present the final round of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition Saturday, Jan. 10, from 2-3 p.m., at the Pequot Library Auditorium/Concert Hall.

• Seven finalists from the GBYO principal orchestra will each play one movement of a concerto for a panel of judges.

• The Concerto Competition has been part of GBYO’s program for the past 30 years.

• This year the finalists were selected by a preliminary audition that took place at Roger Ludlowe Middle School on November 12th.

• For the first time, the GBYO is partnering with Music for Youth and Pequot Library to add a final round that is part of the Music for Youth Free Young Persons’ Concert Series.

• Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served, so make sure to arrive early to secure your place in the audience.

The seven finalists include:

Jeff Pearson of Fairfield is a Junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School where he plays in both the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra ensembles. He began violin lessons at the age of four and currently studies with Asya Meshberg. He has also studied with Denise Chevidian, Teo Tetel, and Gary Capozziello. He has been a member of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras since 2009, performing with their Principal Orchestra for the past three years. Jeff has participated in several local and regional festivals and was selected to the 2014 Connecticut All State orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, performing major works by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Grieg, and Beethoven, he has participated in the Chamber Music Central Amici ensembles, as well as Asya Meshberg’s Chamber Music Institute.

Emil Friis of Southport, a senior at Fairfield Preparatory College, started playing the violin at age nine. Emil is in his seventh and final year with the GBYO and is the Concertmaster of the GBYO Principal Orchestra. He studies with Asya Meshberg in Darien and plays in the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians as well as performing with Chamber Music Central. Since freshman year, he has been the Concertmaster of the Fairfield Prep school orchestra and participates in their liturgical music ensemble as well as plays in the pit at the annual school musical. Friis will be playing the first movement of the Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn.

Max Moon, a sophomore at Fairfield Warde High School, began bassoon in 6th grade and currently studies at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. Joining the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras in grade seven, he has enjoyed three consecutive years as Principal section leader. He won a spot in CMEA Western Regionals in 6th grade and continues to participate in CMEA festivals placing first bassoon in Connecticut State Band his freshman year. Max auditioned and was accepted to the International Double Reed Festival summer teen camp in NYC in 2013 where he joined 40 high school students from around the country for master classes and performances. Moon also plays flute in the FWHS band. He will be playing Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon in F Major, Op. 75.

Alison Shively began violin at age four and is currently studying with Salley Koo in New Haven. Alison belongs to a choreographed violin group in Westport called Vivace as well as a string quartet with her brother and friends in New Haven. In the summer Alison attends Kinhaven Music School, chamber music camp in Vermont. Her achievements include being selected as finalist at the Danbury Concerto Competition. She will be playing the first movement of the De Beriot Violin Concerto No. 9, Opus 104 in A minor.

Julian Shively from Trumbull started playing the cello at age five and a half and currently studies with Philip Boulanger in New Haven. He plays in a string quartet with his sister and friends. Chamber Music is his passion. In the past summers he has attended Kinhaven Music School as well as Point Counterpoint chamber music camps. He has won numerous accolades including an opportunity to solo with The Danbury Symphony in their outdoor pops concert in 2012. He is also a winner of their 2014 concerto competition. Other than the cello, he plays the piano and dabbles on the electric guitar. Shively attends the Fairchild Wheeler Magnet School and is enrolled in their Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering program. He will be playing the first movement of the Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85.

Gilbert Tsui, a 10th grader at Weston High School, has been a violinist with the GBYO since 2009. He has won a number of awards most recently receiving the 2nd prize in the 2014 French Impressionist Award and Honorable Mention in the Chopin Award at the Schubert Awards competitions. He was the 3rd place winner of the 2014 American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition, and 3rd place winner of the 2013 Golden Era of Romantic Music competition, in programs performed at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. He also won the 2013 Renee Fisher Competition’s best performance of commission work. Tsui participated in the 2012 and 2013 Foulger International Music Festival where he performed solo and chamber music at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. Tsui studies piano with Ms. Yoshie Akimoto and violin with Jennifer Trahan. He will be playing the 3rd movement of the Mozart K.488 Piano Concerto #23 in A major.

Sofia Vega, a 16-year-old from Westport, is a junior at Staples High School. She has played the violin since she was four years old and is currently being taught by Jennifer Trahan. Over her eleven years of violin experience she has participated in numerous orchestral, chamber and solo events including western regionals throughout all of her high school years. This will be her sixth year in GBYO and fourth year in the principle orchestra. She will play the Violin Concerto No 2 in D minor, Opus 22 by Wieniawski.

For more information, call 203-259-0346, ext. 15.

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