Young Artists Concerts in the 2013-14 Season

“Trumpet Firsts” – May 15, 2014

TrumpetsMusicaNova Orchestra’s principal trumpet Derek Sanchez was joined by pianist Drew Quiring and trumpeter Nina Rowe for a program of works from 20th Century composers: Turrin, Intrada; Hindemith, Sonate; Balay, Prélude et Ballade; Desenclos, Incantation, Thréne et Danse; Bitsch, Four Variations of a Theme of Domenico Scarlatti

Derek Sanchez is Principal Trumpet for MusicaNova Orchestra.  A versatile teacher and prolific performer, Derek leads brass studies at the Arizona School for the Arts, and is the Principal Solo Cornet of the Salt River Brass, in addition to many professional and community orchestras and theater companies throughout the Valley of the Sun.  He plays exclusively on Yamaha trumpets. Nina Rowe, trumpet, is currently a junior at the Arizona School for the Arts and in the ASA band and jazz program, She is currently private student of Derek’s, and a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony, Sonic Brass, and a recreational Ska-Punk mother daughter band, SpiderbabyDrew Quiring, piano, is completing his DMA in collaborative piano performance at ASU under Dr. Andrew Campbell and serves as Staff Pianist for the Herberger Institute’s School of Music.  Originally from Canada, he has studied both organ and piano, and been a member of several award-winning ensembles.

“An Evening of Song” – April 10, 2014

Singers Karen Hendricks CrawfordJulia CaryDaniel Kurek, and John Cleveland and pianists Kathryn Christensen and Xuelai Wu presented an intimate evening of the finest works in the vocal repertoire, including selections from Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and art songs by Barber, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Finzi, and Strauss.

Bobae Johnson, violin and Kamal Maher, guitar – January 16, 2014

BobaeBobae Johnson is a 14-year-old freshman at Desert Vista High School. She has been playing violin for six years and is currently studying with Dr. Jonathan Swartz at ASU. Bobae is co-concertmaster of the Phoenix Youth Symphony where she has been a member since 2011. She has won numerous awards, including first place in the 2012 Phoenix Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, grand prize and first place in the 2012 Four Seasons Orchestra Bach Competition, and first place in 2012 Arizona ASTA State Junior Solo Competition.  Her program includes works by Bach and Cohen.

KamalKamal Maher, a senior at Arizona School for the Arts, is a classical guitarist who began playing at the age of 14.  He currently studies privately with Mr. Brian Mancini. Kamal performs throughout the valley as part of the Advanced Guitar Ensemble at ASA.  Audiences at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, and the Orpheum Theatre have been treated to his talents.  Kamal also was honored to perform recently in a master class with the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.  He will be playing works by Villa-Lobs, Chopin, Tárrega, Sor, and J. S. Bach.

Eric Lin, piano, and Alex Dergal, clarinet  – November 21, 2013

EricSixteen year old pianist Eric Lin, Avanti Future Stars Senior Division winner and featured soloist at our February orchestra concert, is a student at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe. Eric has taken top prizes in piano competitions sponsored by MTNA, Yamaha Pianos, the Arizona Musicfest, and the James Anthony, Schimmel, and Keogh foundations. He studies with MNO Board Member Hong Zhu.

AlexClarinetist Alex Dergal attends Dobson High School in Mesa, where he earned AMEA All-State Festival honors as the top performer on his instrument. Alex is in his second year with the Phoenix Youth Symphony, where he was a 2013 Senior Division Scholarship Winner, and has been praised for the “talent, poise, professionalism, and dedication” in his performances. He studies with Dr. Joshua Gardner at ASU.

Jessica Zhang, piano, and Flavia Pajaro-van de Stadt, violin  September 19, 2013

Jessica Avanti Future Stars Junior Division winner, pianist Jessica Zhang, the featured soloist in our October orchestra concert, is a 10 year old fifth-grader at BASIS School Chandler. She’s also been first-prize winner at the 2013 Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition, the 2012 DVMTA Piano Competition and EVMTA Piano Competition. Jessica has studied with Fei Xu since age 6.

FlaviaFlavia Pajaro-van de Stadt began studying the violin when she was 3 years old and piano when she was 8. She is a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony, and served as its concertmaster this past spring. She hopes to pursue a career in music, and for the last two years she’s studied violin with Dr. Katherine McLin and piano with Dr. Baruch Meir, both at ASU. Flavia will play works by Bach, Mozart, and Dvořàk.