For many years, the winner of our Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition plays a concerto with the orchestra. Often, it’s really hard to choose a winner among several excellent candidates. There are many very, very talented young musicians around here!
In recent years the orchestra has chosen two runners-up and invited them to play a short recital program before the main orchestra concert. Julia will play her program on Saturday January 28 at 7:15pm.
Here’s more about one of our youngest honorees:
“Julia Zhou, from Westford, MA, is 8 years old and a 3rd grader. She began her piano studies at the age of four, and has been taking lessons from Ronald Kmiec of Carlisle, MA since July, 2014. She has participated in 14 competitions since age 6, was the 1st place and 2nd place age group winner of the 2015 and 2016 Bay State Piano Contests, and also received 2nd place prizes in 2016 at the International Paderewski Piano Competition, the International Future Star Piano Competition, and the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. She has given performances in MA, NH, and CT. Her performance of the Kabalevsky Rhapsody on the Theme of the Song “School Years” in the Concord Orchestra’s recent concerto competition earned her the runner-up award and the opportunity to perform the prelude recital prior to the January 28th Concord Orchestra Concert.”
“Julia recently began collaborating as a pianist in chamber ensembles and also plays violin. As the youngest member of Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) Petite Ensemble, she has performed at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of the “BYSO on Parade” concert, as well as the Boston Children’s Museum. She also enjoys gymnastics, swimming, Tae Kwon Do, and loves reading and traveling.”
Paderewski Impromptu in F
Caprice a la Scarlatti, Op. 14, No. 3
Brahms Intermezzo, Op. 116, No. 2
Beethoven Waldstein Sonata, Op. 53: First movement