may 13, 2012
"A CONCERTO EXTRAVAGANZA"
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major
Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Return to 2011-12 Season
Hannah Lam, age fourteen, is a ninth grader at Cherry Hill East High School. She is a student of Dara Morales of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Hannah made her orchestral debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011 as a winner of the Greenfield Competition. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and the Old York Road Symphony. This season, she will also perform with the Philadelphia Biblical University Symphony as a winner of its 2012 Outstanding Young Christian Artist Competition. Hannah has won first prize in the Solo Competition sponsored by the NJ Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She has participated in master classes with Pamela Frank, the Johannes String Quartet and the Miami String Quartet. Hannah will perform the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor.
Eleven-year old Charlie Liu is Bravura’s fourth West Windsor Plainsboro Award winner. He has won over twenty solo piano competitions, including first place in the New Jersey and Massachusetts Music Teacher Associations, the Steinway Society of Princeton Scholarship, the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International, and top prize in the American Fine Arts Festival and Cecilian Music Club competitions. Charlie is a winner of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation Scholarship in 2008, and set a record at age eight by completing a Carnegie Hall "Grand Slam,” having performed in all three concert halls of the world-famous Carnegie Hall. He has performed in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra debut at Carnegie Hall, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and for luminaries such as Queen Rania of Jordan and Bono of U2. Charlie has also performed at other venues on both coasts, including Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and the Segerstrom Concert Hall. He has studied with Tatyana Berketova, Irina Kirilenko, and Soo-Kyung Cho. Charlie has been studying with Ingrid Clarfield since 2007. Charlie will perform the first movement of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.
Fifteen-year old cellist Zachary Mowitz attends Princeton High School. He is a student of Priscilla Lee and Efe Balticagil. Zachary is the cellist in the Snitzer Quartet, an Advanced Studies Scholarship Group at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School. Zachary is a member of chamber ensembles in the Temple University Center for Gifted Young Musicians. He also serves as Associate Principal Cellist in the program’s Youth Chamber Orchestra. Zachary is a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, conducted by Louis Scagglione. He has participated in master classes with Peter Stumpf, Timothy Eddy, Marcy Rosen, Rafael Figueroa, Colin Carr, and Peter Wiley. Zachary has won the concerto competitions of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Newtown Chamber Orchestra, Summit Symphony, and Monmouth Symphony Orchestra. Zachary will perform the Haydn Concerto in D Major.
Ten-year old Brielle Perez is a fifth grader from Oradell. She studies piano at the Palisades School of Music in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where her teachers are Michael Thomopoulos and Hyo-Jin Lee. Brielle has won the grand prize of the Chopin International Competition of Hartford Connecticut, where the judges awarded her First Place in the Junior Division and the special award “Most Promising Young Artist.” She has also won first prize in the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Competition and Steinway Society of Princeton Scholarship Competition. Brielle has performed at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall as a result of winning top prizes in the National League of Performing Arts Competition, Prima Artists Competition, Crescendo International Competition, and New York Music Competition. She has performed in master classes with Boris Berman, Jonathan Feldman, and Yoheved Kaplinsky. Brielle will perform the first movement of Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor.