November 19th, 2008
Pianist, Alex Few, 14 years old received 1st place in the CAPMT Honors Auditions District IV Riverside, CA, November 15, 2008, Category B (grouped by age).
She performed the Scott Joplin Maple Leaf Rag, the BWV 889 a minor Prelude and Fugue by JS Bach WTC II and the 1st movement of the Moonlight Sonata Op 27 No 2 by Beethoven.
The judges comments:…”you didn’t just play notes. You were in touch with the “feeling” of each piece and you were expressive throughout.” “Wonderful energy, musical and fun” (about the Joplin Maple Leaf Rag)
Alex will be moving on to perform in the State Finals, February 7, 2009 in San Mateo, CA.
Pianist, Sai Sivapalan, 13 years old, took Alternate Winner in the same event, with the G Major Prelude by Bach BWV 860 and two brand new pieces in his repertoire, that he learned in the last 3 months: “The Sunken Cathedral” Prelude by Claude Debussy and the 3rd movement of the Walstein Sonata, Op 53 by Beethoven. Judges commented in particular: “You have a lovely singing tone.”
My sincerest congratulations to both pianists. I am looking forward to many beautiful performances in the near future.