Local Musical Wunderkind Mikel Rollet Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina December 22 at Cleveland’s Music Hall at Public Auditorium
Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violist Mikel Rollet on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Saturday, December 22, 7pm, at the Music Hall at Public Auditorium, in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program selects local youth based upon their demonstrated skills and talents. Mikel Rollet recently won first place and the Bach prize in the high school division of the Ohio Viola Society Competition at Oberlin Conservatory. He has served as Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Young Artists Orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Florida Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen. Through the “Musical Wunderkind” program pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity of accompanying a world traveled principal ballerina live before their hometown audience. More information and tickets at www.nutcracker.com/your-city.
To arrange an in-person interview with wunderkind, Mikel Rollet, please contact Sally or Gabry.
Journalists are invited to attend the dress rehearsal the day of the December 22 performance with prior approval. Please contact Sally or Gabry for more information.
Mikel Rollet, 17, is a violist in the Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artists Program, where he studies with Jeffrey Irvine. He has served as Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Young Artists Orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Florida Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen. This summer, he attended the Heifetz International Music Institute. An alumnus of A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, he most recently won first place, as well as the Bach prize, in the high school division of the Ohio Viola Society Competition at Oberlin Conservatory. Next year, he will be playing the first movement of the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra at Severance Hall for the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert.