MusicaNova begins the Young Artists season with Jonathan Pak, 17, a junior at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix
and Miles Fawson, 14, a freshman at Casteel High School in Gilbert.
Saturday, September 15
Jonathan Pak, a 17-year-old junior at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, began playing the piano at age six with Dr. Baruch Meir and switched to cello at age 10 under the guidance of Jan Simiz, a member of the Phoenix Symphony. He has served as principal cellist in Arizona All-State Orchestra 2018 and North Central Regional Orchestra 2017-2018, and he is currently principal cellist of the Phoenix Youth Symphony and Desert Vista Chamber Orchestra.
Formerly, he played in the Arizona Sunshine Ensemble, which won the American Protege International Competition and Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition 2017. In addition to these achievements, Jonathan has also won several solo competitions, including 1st place in the PYS Young Musicians Competition 2016, 1st place in the Musicfest Young Musicians Solo Competition 2016, 2nd place in the Musicfest Young Musicians Solo Competition 2017, and 3rd place overall in the PYS Young Musicians Competition 2018. With the scholarship from PYS, Jonathan attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Through PIMF, Red Rocks Music Festival, and Arizona Musicfest, he has been lucky to work with renowned artists such as David Heiss, John Koen, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Giancarlo Guerrero. Recently, Jonathan was selected to perform in a masterclass taught by Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Since 2017, Jonathan has been a volunteer teacher at Harmony Project-Phoenix, which provides free music education to underprivileged students in Phoenix. His favorite composers are Mahler, Shostakovich, Schubert, and Beethoven; his favorite works by these composers are Mahler Symphonies 1 and 2, Shostakovich Cello Concerto 1 and Symphony 5, Schubert Symphony 9, and Beethoven Emperor Piano Concerto 5.
In addition to music, he is a volunteer in the Desert Vista Peer Tutoring Organization and has qualified for National History Bee and Bowl. In 2017, he was a Speech and Debate National Qualifiers Finalist. Jonathan has an all-consuming obsession with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. In his free time, he likes to cook, watch movies, and listen to Mahler Symphonies on repeat.
Jonathan’s Recital Program
With Yeojin Seol, Collaborative Piano
J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
F. J. Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb/1
Antonin Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B.191
Miles Fawson, 14, is a freshman at Casteel High School in Gilbert. Miles began playing piano at age six with his mother, Carol Fawson. Miles then studied with Dr. Karali Hunter. Miles currently studies piano with Dr. Baruch Meir at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Miles is in the top orchestra at Casteel High School where he performs on both violin and piano.
Miles has won many prizes in state piano competitions including 1st prize at the 2016 and 2017 Musicfest Young Musicians Piano Festivals and top prizes at the 2017 and 2018 Avanti Steinway Competition, 2016 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and at the 2017 and 2018 Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA) Honors Recitals (Medalist with Distinction).
Miles has performed multiple times in recent years at the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Concert in the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). In 2018 Miles performed for Olga Kern at a masterclass held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Miles was a performer at the 2017 White Nights International Piano Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia where he worked with his own teacher, Vadim Monastyrski, and Alexey Sokolov. Miles often performs with his older brother Graham at piano performances in the Phoenix Valley.
Miles lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his parents, brother, and two sisters. Miles enjoys academics, sports and adventures of every kind and recently learned to do a standing back flip.
Miles’ Recital Program
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-flat Major, BWV 862
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13
I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio
Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 8, S. 244/8 in F-sharp minor