Young Artists Concert
|Arizona Piano Company
4134 East Wood Street, Phoenix AZ 85040
T. J. Torrence, Guitar
Tyrone “TJ” Torrence, currently a senior at the Arizona School for the Arts (ASA), began playing the guitar at the age of six and began studying classical guitar seven years ago. He is currently first chair in the advanced guitar ensemble at ASA. Tyrone has performed in many prestigious events such as the Encore event at Phoenix Symphony, performing at the State Senate building, playing at the 2015 Prescott Valley Rotary Benefit, and singing at the Cactus Bowl. He has had the opportunity to sit in with as well as perform for the Guitar Studio at ASU under the direction Professor Frank Koonce several times. Tyrone was chosen to perform for the final ceremonies at the Guitar Foundation of America Regional Symposium in March of 2014.
He currently studies with Joshua Pierce at ASA and privately with Dr. Joseph Felice at ASU. When he’s not playing he enjoys basketball, volunteering, and is also a certified lifeguard.
Viveca Lawrie, Trumpet
Miriam Hickman, Collaborative Piano
Viveca Lawrie, 17, is a home-schooled senior who began piano studies at the age of 5 and trumpet at the age of 10. She currently studies with noted virtuoso and educator David Hickman, Regents Professor of Trumpet at Arizona State University, and has been principal trumpet of the Phoenix Youth Symphony for the past three years. Her recent performance highlights include the premiere of Scott Anthony Shell’s Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra in Sedona, AZ in November 2015 and Handel’s Atalanta Overture on piccolo trumpet with the MusicaNova Chamber Orchestra in February 2016. Viveca was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in Columbus GA in March 2016 and a finalist in the International Trumpet Competition in Anaheim CA in June 2016. She has attended Brevard Music Center Summer Festival in Brevard NC (2014), Boston University Tanglewood Institute (2015), and in summer 2016 she attended Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro NC, where she performed under noted conductor and new music advocate Gerard Schwartz.
Viveca has been a volunteer trumpet teacher with MusicaNova education partner Harmony Project-Phoenix since 2015. She loves Norse mythology and is a big fan of the Norwegian comedy and musical duo Ylvis and the English comedian Michael McIntyre. She loves hiking and backcountry camping, Wagnerian opera, and the music of Michael Jackson.