Award-winning teen violinists open Moscow Ballet performances in Chicago, Detroit, Fairfax, Los Angeles, Memphis, Montgomery, Minneapolis and Spokane
“Musical Wunderkind” program highlights teens in Saint Saens “Dying Swan”
Pictured above: Moscow Ballet's 2013 Wunderkind Participants
Interviews: Sally Michael Keyes 413-499-1733 x21 JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING
Hi Res images: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING /promo
(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) Oct 22, 2013 – Eight “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 8 cities on the national tour. The eight, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the performance in a duo of string player and ballerina.Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind” is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is unprecedented. The live 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. “Musical Wunderkind – Cellists” features DG Kim in Spokane Nov 13; Melody Sim in Montgomery Nov 19; Alana Olswing in Memphis Nov 22; Hannah White in Chicago Dec 1; Luther Warren in Minneapolis Dec 6; Annelle Gregory in Los Angeles Dec 15; Fedor Ouspensky in Fairfax Dec 18; and Adé Williams in Detroit Dec 22. For more information about the “Musical Wunderkind - Dying Swan” presentation in each city and for tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/your-city
Chicago’s Hannah White, described as "a dose of hope for the future... a national violin virtuoso" by Milwaukee Journal's Paul Hayes, is 13 years old and has been playing the violin six years. She is a third year merit scholarship recipient and member of the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians where she studies with MIC artist faculty member Dr. Hye-Sun Lee. At 7 Hannah made her first solo debut. She has been featured as soloist with orchestras including Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, and Music Institute of Chicago Academy String Orchestra.
Detroit’s Adé Williams orchestral debut at the age of six was with the Chicago Sinfonietta in 2004 as that orchestra’s youngest ever soloist! Now at 14 years, she performs on a violin by Jan van Rooyen, 2008, after the "Comte de Villares" Stradivarius, 1720 and is the first William Warfield scholarship recipient and a member of the Music Institute of Chicago’s (MIC) Academy program. Adé is the first place laureate of the Junior Division of the 2012 Sphinx Competition and first place winner of the 2011 DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers.
Fairfax’ Fedor Ouspensky was born to a family of professional musicians. At 16 years old, he has already won First Place in 11 competitions including the 2012 Feuer Fairfax Symphony Young Artists Competition, Strings International Concerto Competition in Philadelphia and 2010 Alexandria Performing Arts Young Artists Competition. He has performed publicly at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and was invited to perform at the White House. The young musician has accompanied Master Classes given by musicians Joshua Bell, Midori Gotō, Emerson Quartet, and Zvi Zeitlin.
Los Angeles Annelle Kazumi Gregory is a Sphinx Virtuosi and Sphinx Competition winner. She was 2013 Junior Division 3rd place laureate at age 17, 2011 Junior Division 3rd place Laureate at age 15, and 2010 Junior Division Semi-Finalist at age 14. She is a gold medalist of the 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO competition and a laureate of the 2011 National Sphinx String Competition. In 2010 Annelle performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi, a 20-piece string ensemble. In 2012, Annelle performed as a soloist with the CIM International Festival Orchestra at Weikersheim Castle in Germany and she has also performed as soloist with the Torrance and Bellflower Symphonies.
Memphis’ Alana Olswing, a freshman honor student at St. Mary’s Episcopal High School, is a member of the Eroica Ensemble; Germantown Youth Symphony Orchestra; Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra; and Wolf River Chamber Orchestra. She has been a member of the All West Junior Orchestra since fifth grade and was selected to be a member of the 2011 All West Senior Orchestra. Alana takes ear training from Maestro Pu-Qi Jiang and has participated in Maestro Michael Gilbert’s workshop on the Saito Conducting Method at the University of Memphis.
Minneapolis’ Luther Warren is recent winner of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies Solo Competition and recipient of numerous awards including the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, Music Association of Minnetonka, Minnesota String and Orchestra Teacher's Association, Salon se Leve, Young People's Concert Association, Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and Minnesota-based chorale, Deo Cantamus. He performs solo with Minnetonka and Minnesota Youth symphonies.
Montgomery’s Melody Sim, born in Seoul South Korea, started piano studies at 3 years and violin at 4 and is currently an 8th grade student at Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School. Summer 2013 Melody participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA where she performed as concertmaster and in Tanglewood on Parade with her chamber group. She won second place in the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Division National Competition in 2013 and took First Place in both MTNA state and division competitions before competing in the national competition. She also won Grand Prize in Lois Pickard Music Scholarship Competition, and she will perform with Alabama Symphony Orchestra in February 2014.
Spokane’s DG Kim is a two-time winner of the Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was featured with Dr. John Marshall performing with the Spokane Youth Symphony. At MusicFest Northwest, he won the Young Artist Competition and played with the Spokane Symphony in 2012. Recently, he was awarded an Emerson scholarship to Interlochen Summer Arts camp and was a finalist in the Interlochen Concerto Competition. Kim’s orchestral experience includes participation in the Spokane Youth Symphony program since 2003 and in the most senior orchestra in 2008 at just 12 years old. He has maintained principal cellist chair since the 2010-11 season and was the Principal Cellist of Washington All-State Symphony Orchestra in 2012.
Moscow Ballet Education Programs – Moscow Ballet’s three distinct education programs engaged over 9000 children in 2012. President Obama visited Sasha who performed as a mouse in the ‘Dance with Us’ program; and 6,000 elementary schoolkids spent a week of immersion in‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’. Sasha Obama participated in MB’s ‘Dance with Us’ program in which student dancers in 50 tour cities audition for MB soloists, rehearse and perform in ancillary roles in the professional performances. Since 1993, ‘Dance with Us’ has provided a generation of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for tens of thousands of North American student dancers, a program unparalleled by other professional touring ballet companies. A second education project, ‘New Horizons – a Children’s Program for Life,’ offers cultural immersion developing children’s confidence, coordination, and creativity while working one-on-one with Moscow Ballet soloists for a week, or a day, at a time. District School Board of Pasco County Supervisor Mary Grey states, “Exposure to acclaimed…Moscow Ballet [dancers]…helps PLACE bring the highest quality experiences to our children.” New in 2012, ‘Musical Wunderkind’ features accomplished student musicians accompanying the principal dancer in Saint- Saën’s famous “Dying Swan” at the opening of the Great Russian Nutcracker in tour cities, providing a sought after performance experience for the student musicians and bringing a snippet of classic ballet to thousands of audience members. In addition to that, “Honored Artist of Ukraine” Olga Kifyak and Musical Wunderkind Fedor Ouspensky were invited to present at a National Press Club Newsmaker event December 14 in Washington D.C.
Moscow Ballet - In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, company repertory includes time-honored Russian ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. For over twenty years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in North America in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. The company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the renowned Vaganova training with over 5000 local dance students annually in the “Dance with Us” program. “New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life” is an intensive cultural immersion project that benefits school children and on-going programs Musical Wunderkind, Master Classes and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations over the past 20 years has raised awareness of and revenue for their significant missions and causes. Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in seventy cities across the US and Canada. www.moscowballet.com.