Pianist Sophia Yan performed at age 4 in Carnegie Hall and at 9 at the Kennedy Center. Sophia is a four-time first prizewinner of the Steinway Society Competition and winner of International Concert Alliance and International Young Artist Competitions. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times writes, "...the music literally pulls her off the piano bench; she ranges up and down the keyboard so quickly and with such ferocity that mere sitting will not do." Yan has appeared in Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, CAMI Hall, Chateau de Fontainbleau (France), St. Nicolo's Auditorium (Italy) and Niagara Courthouse (Canada). Recognized as an exceptional artist by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
Vox Novus is called for one-minute solo piano works composed by children under the age of 15 for a very special 15-Minutes-of-Fame: <15. The one-minute piano works are to be written specifically for this project. The selected pieces will be performed at the September 18, 2011 Composer's Voice concert in New York City by pianist Sophia Yan.
Jason Ulysses DaSilva Brazil, I've Got Rhythm - Brazilian-American composer, pianist, percussionist, and fashion model, Jason Ulysses DaSilva composes in a free-form style reflective of his piano improvisations. A huge fan of Stravinsky, Michael Jackson and Star Wars, he studies piano in New York City with Aya Hamada.
Nuha Dolby Piano Music - Nuha Dolby, 10, of Riverdale, New York, is a graduate of the Credit Suisse Very Young Composers program. In February 2011 her orchestral work "Voices of Darkness" was performed by the New York Philharmonic alongside Beethoven's 6th Symphony as part of the School Day Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall.
Seth Ewing-Crystal Clockwork Mouse - Seth Ewing-Crystal is eleven years old and lives in New York, NY. He studies piano and viola, and plays in his school orchestra. He appeared in seven Metropolitan Opera productions, singing in six, including a solo in The Magic Flute. He will sing with the New York Philharmonic in June.
Patrick Hayward 1 Minute Composition - Hello my name is Patrick Hayward and I am 13 years old. Currently, I attend the British School of Chicago and also take compositional tutoring from Aaron Krister Johnson. As far as my piece goes it is the first official piano piece I've ever composed.
Lucy Kiernan Lucy's Piece - 9-year-old composer Lucy Kiernan studies piano in New York City. She also enjoys drawing, fashion design and playing soccer. She's pleased to have her composition played in concert for the first time today.
Kai Lesser Indians & Pirates - Kai has had an appreciation of music since infancy. At the age of 4, Kai composed his first piece of music which he is so excited to share with your today. In addition to music, Kai loves sports, particularly ocean sports including swimming, skim boarding, surfing and boogie boarding.
Emma Liddle Boat on a Stormy Sea - My name is Emma Liddle. I am thirteen. I live with my family in Bloomington, Minnesota, and attend Olson Middle School. I began singing in a community youth choir at age 7, playing piano at age 9, and composing at 10. I am currently writing my thirty-ninth piece for piano. -
Reesab Pathak Conflicting Thoughts - Reesab Pathak is 13-years-old, an lives in Camas, Washington. His piano teacher is Barbara Roberts, and his composition teacher is Michael Johanson. He also plays the saxophone and enjoys jazz. In the past, he has participated in the Young Composers Project in Portland, Oregon; This is Reesab's fourth year composing.
Jimmy Pigott Crossing Bridges - Jimmy Pigott studies viola and piano in New York City. His compositional style is usually classically structured; and although he occasionally experiments in this capacity, his focus is on the exploration of the oftneglected consonants. Jimmy is Assistant Stage Director for the Composer's Voice concert series.
Julia Pigott Summer Toil - Young composer Julia Pigott is a student in New York City. In addition to composing, Julia studies piano and loves to sing. Her other interests include dogs and writing screenplays. Her wit, which is cleverly displayed in her sense-of-humor, comes out in her compositions. Julia's piece "Books Books Books" was premiered by the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. Her favorite color is purple.
J.P. Redmond Peregrine II - J. P. Redmond was born in 1999 and is a resident of Hastings on Hudson, NY. He studies piano and composition and theory at Concordia Conservatory. J.P. has received awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs and Composers Concordance, and was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Competition.
Gabriel Straus #3 - Gabriel Straus is a student of music in New York City. He currently studies piano, double bass, voice and composition. He loves to sing. Gabe considers all of his work to be experimental. He also has fun creating unique and personal arrangements of folk tunes.
Milo Talwani The Prevailing Wisdom - Milo Talwani is a fourteen-year-old pianist, violist and composer from Los Angeles, California. He studies piano and composition at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and plays in three jazz bands at Eagle Rock High School. He is currently working on a piece for vibraphone, cello and clarinet.
Sasha Voinov The Storm Etude - Sasha Voinov, who is thirteen, lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and is currently in eighth grade at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. He likes improvising and composing music in different styles - on violin, piano and keyboard-, and writing songs. To date, Sasha composed over two dozen original compositions and songs.
Adam Zolty Textures - Adam is 14 years old,he studies with his mentor, pianist/composer, Iman Habibi. Adam was the 2009 winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choirs young composers' competition Elementary Category. His string Quartet was selected and performed in both The Sonic Boom music festival and at a UBC concert in 2010.