Popper Cello Concerto: I. Allegro Moderato, Alex Chang; Part 2


Alex Chang, 16, has been studying cello since the age of 9. He was recognized as a gifted child by Gifted Child Society at 6 and amazed his piano and cello teachers with a surprising capacity for fast learning and his unusual ability to interpret classical music from an early age. Described by The Julliard Schools Dr. Ann Alton to posses the rare ability to channel the extra degree of electricity that moves the listener, Alex was accepted in 2006 to the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School, where he is currently studying under Dr. Alton as a scholarship student. Alex also studied with Jun Jensen, Madeleine Golz and the late Ardyth Alton. An aspiring professional musician, Alex has earned accolades in numerous competitions including the New York Music Competition, the Associated Music Teachers League Scholarship Awards Competition, the Honors Competition of Thurnauer Music School and the Golden Key Music Festival. During the summer of 2009, Alex won the Best Concerto Award from Lake Placid String Festival with Dvoraks Cello Concerto in B minor. In 2009, he was honored as the Alternate Winner in the Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competitions cello selection piece, Tchaikovskys Variations on a Rococo Theme. Alex has performed at prestigious venues including Lincoln Centers Paul Recital Hall, Morse Recital Hall and the Peter J. Sharp Theater for orchestral concerts, chamber concerts and solo recitals. Alex has also performed in New York Citys Steinway Hall as a finalist of the American Music Teachers League Scholarship Awards Competition. He was selected by Maestro Anthony LaGruth to perform Poppers Cello Concerto No.2 in E minor with the Garden State Philharmonic in April 2010 under the baton of Maestro LaGruth. Alex performed in the selective annual Handler Master Class Series of Thurnauer Music School with Rafael Figueroa and has also performed with Jian Wang during Amati Music Festivals master class in 2005 where his playing was described as unusually charming by the world renowned cellist. During past summers, Alex participated in Lake Placid String Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Amati Music Festival, Thurnauer School Summer Chamber Music Camp and Elizabeth Morrow School Summer String Festival. In addition to his cello performances, Alex is the first student conductor of the Paramus (NJ) High School Symphony Orchestra. He conducted Rossinis Ouverture to Guillame Tell in May 2009 and scheduled to conduct the Ouverture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia in May 2010. In his spare time, Alex enjoys reading and writing poetry. Alex has played a Longman and Broderip cello (ca. 1790, London) since 2005.

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