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.
2016 “Musical Wunderkind – Strings”
Albany’s Hannah Jieun Sohn has been playing the cello since the age of six. Now a sophomore at Shenendehowa High School, she is currently under the tutelage of cellist Yehuda Hanani.
Bethesda’s Brent Davis, cellist, currently studies under Marion Baker, who serves as the principal cellist of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Bethesda’s Johnny Chen, violinist, began playing violin in 4th grade and has won several honors, including ranking 2nd in the senior district orchestra where he has also served as assistant concert master.
Birmingham’s Haeun Kim studies under the direction of Cornelia Heard at Vanderbilt University and for three years, Haeun has been a recipient of the prestigious Myra Jackson Blair Scholarship from Vanderbilt University.
Charlottesville’s Isabella Gorman began studying Suzuki violin with Julie Wilkinson of Charlottesville while taking Old Time fiddle lessons from multi-instrumentalist Pete Vigour. She has been performing with the Charlottesville Youth Orchestras since the first grade and served as their concertmaster in seventh grade.
Cleveland’s James Hettinga is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, among other ensembles. One ensemble, the Cecilia Octet, was chosen to play for “From the Top,” a national radio show, this past spring.
Detroit’s Gabrielle Hooper, cellist, has participated in the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Center Stage Strings at the University of Michigan. She currently studies under the direction of Robert Bergman of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Eau Claire’s Katherine Seeger is a recognized violinist in the Eau Claire area in classical, bluegrass, and jazz music. She has been playing violin for the last 13 years under the tutelage of her father Nick Seeger. She has been in the WSMA program for six years, and is Concert Master of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony.
Jacksonville’s Anastasia Letkemann competed in the 2010 Walgreens Concerto Competition in Chicago where she played Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in G major. Anastasia has also excelled in Masterclasses under the direction of Jacksonville Symphony Concertmaster Philip Pan and Grammy winner Augustine Hadelich.