Award winning teen musicians accompany Moscow Ballet Ballerina in cities nationwide
“Musical Wunderkind” youth musicians accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerinas in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, now commonly known as the influence for Odette’s movements in Swan Lake, in many cities on the national tour. The Wunderkind, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the Great Russian Nutcracker in a duo of musician and ballerina to the delight of audiences.
Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” is a acknowledges the talent of pre-professional Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented live performance opportunity. The live experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. This program is one example of Moscow Ballet executing its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.
2017 “Musical Wunderkind – Strings”
Albany’s Helene Ryu is the principal cellist of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York. She was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s 2017 All-National Honors Ensemble Symphony Orchestra in Orlando, Florida, the 2017 biennial All-Eastern Honors Ensemble Symphony Orchestra in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and 2016 All-State Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, NY.
Bethesda’s Malva de Boor, violinist, has studied with Ronda Cole since age three. Awards include first place in the Caurine Easterling String Achievement Awards, second place in the 2017 NVMTA Concerto Competition, and third Place in the International Enkor Chamber Music Competition. She has also played in the Young Artist series at the Alden Theatre.
Birmingham's Shelby Lynn Camp has been playing the cello since the age of five. She is now a freshman at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where she serves as principle cellist. Shelby also performed as principle cellist with Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, She is currently under the study of cellist Samuel Nordlund, on the faculty of Samford University and a member of the Capstone Quartet.
Cleveland’s Samuel Rosenthal, viola, age 16, is part of the Young Artist Program at The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Jeffrey Irvine and has studied violin, viola, and chamber music at CIM since 2007. He was also in The Chamber Music Connection (Columbus, OH) and Phoenixphest (Ann Arbor, MI), and performed in master classes for members of The St. Lawrence, Ying and Cavani String Quartets.
Detroit’s Nohemi M Perez-Barradas studies under Velda Kelly, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing in the orchestra at Farmington High School, she plays in the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and participated in the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Fairfax’s Hannah Whitlock studies with Professor June Huang. She has held the leadership positions of Principal Chair of Second Violins in the Mason Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Mason Opera Orchestra. In 2016, she was a winner of the concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra.
Memphis’ Sarah Beth Overcash (strings) studies violin with Pak Chung Cheng in Memphis, Tennessee. She began playing the violin in the Arkansas State University orchestra at the age of ten and has played in the Delta Symphony Orchestra for the past 5 years and performs with the Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2015.
Oklahoma City’s Laura Deng, 17, is a cellist from Stillwater. She serves as the principal cellist for the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, as well as a cellist the OYO Honor and the OSSM Quartets. She has been a member of the All-State Orchestra for the past two years. Deng has placed in numerous solo competitions, winning First Place cello at the Oklahoma City Orchestra League Buttram Competition in 2016 and 2017.
Rochester, New York’s Benjamin Doane has studied cello since the age of six, first at the Kanack School with Katie Fittipaldi, and currently with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. Earlier this year, Ben attended the Perlman Music Program. He has also studied at the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
San Antonio’s Emily Averyt, began studying Suzuki violin at age 5 with Dr. Stephanie Westney, She has participated in the TMEA All-State Orchestra, All-Region Orchestras, SMH Strings, YOSA Sinfonietta (concertmaster); and is currently a member of the SMH Chamber Orchestra, YOSA Philharmonic, YOSA Chamber Orchestra, and Opus Four (string quartet).
Syracuse’s Irene Yee started playing cello in fourth grade and studied with Muriel Bodley for five years and, later with Gregory Wood. She has been a member of the Syracuse Youth Orchestra since sixth grade, and has been a principal cellist at the Youth Orchestra since 2014. Irene participated in New York State Summer School of th Arts program in 2016 and received an honorable scholarship as well.
Tucson’s Lilly Cottam is a home-schooled seventeen-year-old, who has played the cello for almost five years. Her teacher, Mary Beth Tyndall, is an inspiration and encourages Lilly to enter various competitions, including the Civic Orchestra of Tucson’s Young Artists Competition. As one of the winners of this competition, Lilly was featured as a soloist with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson in May 2017.