Musical Wunderkind – Violinist & Cellists
Award-winning teen violinists open Moscow Ballet performances in Butte, Philadelphia, Tucson, Virginia Beach and Wichita
“Musical Wunderkind” program highlights teens performing Saint Saens “Dying Swan”
Five “Musical Wunderkind” accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerina 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 5 cities on the national tour. The Wunderkind, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the performance in a duo of string player and ballerina to the delight of audiences.
Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind” is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented opportunity for them. The live performance experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.
2014 “Musical Wunderkind – Cellists”
In Butte, Michael Carlson, accompanies Principal Ballerina Alisa Voronova on Friday, November 21 at the Mother Lode Theatre. Twelve year oldMichael studies masterworks with professional violinist Stephen Cepeda, Concertmaster of the Helena Symphony Orchestra and has attended multiple master classes at the university level.
In Philadelphia, Hae Sue Lee, accompanies Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova on Saturday, December 6 at Tower Theater.Fourteen-year-old Juilliard School Pre-College Violist and current student at Curtis Institute of Music, HaeSue Leestarted playing the Viola at the age of eight.
Tucson native Ben Nead accompanies Principal Ballerina Alisa Voronova Monday, December 22, 7:30pm at Centennial Hall. Ben Neadplaced both First and Second in Young Artist Competitions with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Virginia Beach’ Sterling Elliott, accompanies Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova on Friday, November 29 at the Sandler Center.Sterling was accepted into his first orchestra, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO) when he was just six years old and served as principal cellist for the PYO Sinfonia when he was 7 years old.
In Wichita, Jennifer Ahn, accompanies Principal Ballerina Alisa Voronova on Tuesday, December 9 at the Orpheum Theatre.Jennifer studies violin under Ruth Meints of the Omaha Conservatory of Music, where she is a recipient of the Dr. David Jasper Scholarship and serves as concertmaster of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra.