Young Artists Concert
Abbie Jin, piano and Keenan Winkler, cello
|Arizona Piano Company|
4134 East Wood Street, Phoenix AZ 85040
Abbie Jin, Piano
Abbie Jin, 13, is a 7th grader at Arizona College Preparatory. She has played piano for 7 years, and currently studies with Mrs. Hong Zhu. Abbie has won several awards, including first place in the 2009 Florida Federation of Music Clubs Junior Competition at age 6, winner of the Desert Valley Music Teachers Association piano competition in 2013 and 2015, and third place in the 2015 East Valley Music Teachers Association. Abbie enjoys music in a variety of ways throughout her daily life. Her favorite composer is Beethoven. Besides piano, Abbie enjoys drawing, reading, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Keenan Winkler, cello
Chris Winkler, collaborative piano
Keenan Winkler, 10, is a home-schooled sixth grader who has been playing cello since he was 4 1/2 years old, with his first performance at a church at the age of 5 and in many different settings since then. He has played in student concerts, provided special music in church services, and wedding music. He played in the cello section of the West Valley Youth Orchestra for two years, where he was 2nd chair, while being the youngest member. He has also played in recitals, and participated in family concerts with his parents, who are both professional musicians. In July 2014, he won third prize at a concerto competition during a summer music camp at Wichita State University, and enjoyed the opportunity to perform his piece in front of the camp orchestra.
He has studied with several cellists and cello teachers during the nearly 5 years since he started: David Eby in California; Thomas Landschoot, Jenna Dalbey and Jamie Kellogg in Arizona; Thomas Mesa in Wichita. Keenan enjoys improvising on both the cello and piano. His dream is to be able to play a concerto in front of an orchestra again some day. He also loves going on bike rides and hikes, and playing with his family’s pet cockatiel and dog.