The three winners of the state-wide Young Artist Competition will each play a major selection with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Sunday, April 10 at 3 PM. This is the third year that winners of this competition have performed with the LSO. The contest was held in November of last year, and these winners were chosen by a panel of distinguish professional musicians.
The winners this year are Eileen Moudou, violin, who will play Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns; Kenneth Naito, violin, who will play the first movement of Prokovief’s Violin Concerto No. 1; and Seth Schultheis, piano, who will play the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Also featured on the program is the premier performance of Sinfonietta in A Major by local composer Noah Brode.
Eileen Moudou 16, attends Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County. She began her studies on the violin at age eight, and is currently co-concertmaster of the Philharmonic in the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestras (MCYO). Recently she went on a tour of China with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, playing with Charles Dutoit and Chinese pianist Yundi, and premiering music by Tan Dun. As second violinist in the MCYO’s Liedergelt Quartet, Eileen has performed on NBC’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Showcase and at the National Gallery of Art. Her awards include semifinalist of the Sphinx Competition (2015, Junior Division) and first place laureate of the Joseph and Goldie Feder Competition (2012, Junior Division). As a soloist Eileen has performed for Martin O’Malley, Stefan Jackiw, and on Voice of America TV.
Kenneth Naito is a home-schooled 10th grader in Ellicott City, Maryland. He is currently under the tutelage of Ms. Naoko Tanaka at the Juilliard School Precollege Division. His previous teachers include Ms. Shirley Givens and Elizabeth Faidley. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Washington Temple visitor center for Festival of Lights. Kenneth also performed Bruch’s violin concerto with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia and Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with the Columbia Orchestra in Maryland.
Seth Schultheis is 16 years old, lives in Baltimore and attends the Baltimore School for the Arts. He is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he is the recipient of the Constance Keene Precollege Piano Scholarship. He is a student of Professor Phillip Kawin. He has given numerous recitals in the United States and recently in England and has attended the International Academy of Music in Italy and the Summit Music Festival in New York. He is also the Senior Performance winner for the MTNA Maryland State Division (October, 2015).
Anna Binneweg is the LSO’s Music Director and Conductor and the winner of this year’s Annie Award for the Performing Arts presented by the Anne Arundel County Arts Council. She is an Associate Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community college where she teaches conducting and music theory. She directs the AACC Symphony Orchestra and the college’s operas, and is also a backup conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC.
The LSO is our own community orchestra made up of local professionals, teachers, military musicians, exceptional amateurs and students. They play for the love of making high quality music for themselves and for their listeners.
Tickets are available from Maryland Hall at www.marylandhall.org, at 410 263-5544 or at the door. Students are always FREE, General Admission tickets are $25 and Seniors are $20. For more information about the LSO visit lso-music.org.
- WHAT: Rising Stars
- WHEN: Sunday afternoon, April 10, at 3:00 PM
- WHERE: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, MD 21401
- WHO: Winners of the Young Artist Competition with the LSO