Award Winning Teen Musicians Accompany NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet Ballerina in Cities Nationwide
NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet announces 2019’s local Musical Wunderkind string musicians who accompany the Principal Ballerina in Saint Saens “Dying Swan” opening the NUTCRACKER! performance.
“NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet’s “Musical Wunderkind” was...exquisite [violinist] Champney expertly conveyed all of the complexities in the beauty of life and death that the piece ‘Dying Swan” illustrates, while ballerina Bortiakova danced in sync with fluid perfection to each note.” DC Metro and Theatre Arts, Bethesda
Saint Saens famous 3 minute “Dying Swan” was inspired by swans that legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova saw in public parks just months after becoming a ballerina at Saint Petersburg’s Imperial Mariinsky Opera/Ballet Theatre . Choreographer Michel Fokine, who choreographed the work exclusively at Anna’s request, remarked in Dance Magazine (August 1931), “It was almost an improvisation… she danced and I walked alongside her, curving her arms and correcting details of poses. This dance became the symbol of the New Russian Ballet.”
The NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet Musical Wunderkind will accompany a NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet Principal Ballerina as she performs “Dying Swan” creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the Wunderkind and audiences nationwide.
2019 Musical Wunderkind – Strings
Albany’s Trey Coughlin was a Lois Lyman Concerto Competition winner in 2019, performing Saint-Saëns’ first cello concerto with the ESYO Repertory Orchestra, under conductor David Beck.
Albuquerque’s Lorenzo Gallegos attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in the summer of 2019 and is currently the associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Albuquerque’s Levi Jensen has been a member of Mad About Music (MAM), an all-strings folk music group, which has toured both nationally and internationally.
Chicago’s Eytan Raviv was chosen to play with Yo-Yo Ma as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Chicago Youth in Music Festival String Symposium 2017.
Cleveland’s Julia Shilz served as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and performed Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy in Severance Hall in May 2019 as a winner of COYO’s annual concerto competition.
Denver’s Andrea Liu participated in Boston University Tanglewood Institute for both the Young Artist Orchestra, in which she served as Principle Second, and in the String Quartet workshop.
Detroit’s Miles Goedert attended a composition workshop at Oberlin Conservatory and his plans for college are major in Music Composition and Chemistry.
Hayward’s Matthew Nguyen plays at least 10 concerts per year with his High School orchestra and his favorite piece to play in Johann Christian Bach’s Symphony in G-minor, Op. 6, No. 6.
Medicine Hat’s Bree Clark has twice won the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society’s Concerto competition, and toured China with the Medicine Hat Academy Chamber Orchestra.
Minneapolis's Archer Brown received acclaim for performances of concerti by Bruch, Chausson, and Saint-Saens, as well as making multiple appearances as a recitalist.
Pasadena’s Saren Daghlian won First Place at the Satori Competition for two years; Bronze at the PCM National Chamber Music Competition; and the PCM Honors Recital as a top scorer.
San Antonio’s Vincent Garcia-Hettinger is a Concerto Competition winner and has performed the first movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 with an orchestra.
Vancouver’s Yubin Kim participated in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy, as well as the Musiktage am Rhein Festival in Germany.