Teenage virtuosos on the cello perform at Pequot Library

Julian Shively

Julian Shively

Pequot Library partners with Music for Youth for the Emerging Artist Concert series. Each artist is a rising and extraordinary talent who is either attending a music conservatory program or in the process of applying. Pequot Library offers these world-class musicians a stage to showcase their talents to the local community. Artists for the 2018 series are selected from the finalists of the Music for Youth Marianne Liberatore Scholarship Competition. The concerts are free and open to all. Pequot Library’s public programs are supported in part by the Town of Fairfield.

Julian Shively, a cellist, performs on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. He started piano lessons at age 4 and cello at 5½. After years of classical piano playing and studying with Erika Schroth in New Haven, Shively has turned his focus to jazz and is currently studying with Rex Cadwallader. He studies cello with Philip Boulanger. Shively serves as principal cellist in the Principal Orchestra of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras. He also plays in a string quartet coached by Asya Meshberg in Darien and pursues his passion for chamber music at a number of music festivals during the summer months. He is a senior at Trumbull High School and wishes to pursue a dual degree in music and the sciences. The highlights of his musical achievements include solo/concerto opportunities with Danbury Symphony (2012, 2014), Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles (2013), Greater Bridgeport Symphony (2016), Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras (2016), Hamden Symphony (2017), and American Chamber Orchestra (2017).

Madison Howard

Madison Howard

The Emerging Artist Concert Series continues on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. with Madison Howard on cello. Howard, a senior at Hopkins School, studies cello performance with Caroline Stinson at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. She won several music competitions, including the International Grande Music Competition, the National Young Artists Chamber Music & Ensemble Competition, the American Chamber Orchestra Competition, the Concerto Competition of Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Young Artist’s Festival, and the Musical Club of Hartford High School String Competition. Howard also finished in second place at the Stamford Philharmonic Concerto Competition for Young Artists and the Renée B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists. She has served as the principal cellist of the Juilliard School Pre-College Cello Choir as well as the Juilliard School Pre-College String Ensemble. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. Howard has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Orford Music Festival, and Summit International Music Festival.

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