Alex Few 2007 Press Enterprise

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Young musician to compete in Temecula festival

11:00 AM PDT on Tuesday, August 7, 2007

By HOPE PIERSON

The Press-Enterprise

Alex Carolynne Few of Temecula is already an accomplished gymnast, dancer and medal-winning pianist at the age of 12.

Alex will compete Saturday in The Piano Music Center Summer Festival of the Stars at the Yamaha Piano Music Center in Temecula.

She started playing piano at age 7.

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Alex Carolynne Few, 12, who will compete in a piano festival Saturday in Temecula, started playing piano when she was 7.

“A friend of hers wanted to play piano and so she wanted to play also,” said her mother, Dora Few.

Eva Martin-Hollaus has been her piano teacher since she began playing.

“She has done remarkably well,” Hollaus said.

Alex, who is home schooled, is in the 8th grade.

Some of Alex’s accomplishments include being chosen as an alternate in the Bartok & Contemporary Music Festival in Palm Springs in 2002; a third place medal winner in the Arts Council of Temecula Valley piano competition in 2004; and a second place finish in 2005.

In 2006 she received the outstanding achievement of the year award and a scholarship for advanced piano studies at Hollaus’ piano studio.

“She received $300-$400 in private lessons,” Dora Few said.

In July, 2007, she completed her fifth consecutive year in the National Guild piano competition.

She performed in the international college level preparatory program playing a total of 15 pieces from Chopin to Bach to Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, all from memory.

As a gymnast at SCEGA Gymnastics in Temecula, Alex was the two-time state champion in her age group, level 6 in the bars and all-around and the level 7 bars state champion.

“In gymnastics she learned a strong work ethic, became physically and mentally strong and enjoyed the camaraderie,” her mother said.

For several years she has been involved in ballet with Svetlana’s Dance Academy.

She had a solo performance in the academy’s recent production of “Sleeping Beauty.”

Alex hopes to attend the Juilliard School, in New York City.

Reach Hope Pierson at 951-375-3732 or hpierson@PE.com

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