Award Winning Teen Musicians Accompany Moscow Ballet Ballerina in Cities Nationwide
Moscow Ballet announces 2019’s local Musical Wunderkind string musicians who accompany the Principal Ballerina in Saint Saens “Dying Swan” opening the Great Russian Nutcracker performance.
“Moscow 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 Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind will accompany Moscow 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. Read more about Trey here.
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. Read more about Lorenzo here.
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. Read more about Levi here.
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. Read more about Eytan here.
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. Read more about Julia here.
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. Read more about Andrea here.
Detroit’s Miles Goedert attended a composition workshop at Oberlin Conservatory and his plans for college are major in Music Composition and Chemistry. Read more about Miles here.
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. Read more about Matthew here.
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. Read more about Bree here.
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. Read more about Archer here.
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. Read more about Saren here.
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. Read more about Vincent here.
Vancouver’s Yubin Kim participated in the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy, as well as the Musiktage am Rhein Festival in Germany. Read more about Yubin here.