Somerville resident Nathaniel Abreu, 15, has been named the winner of the Concord Orchestra Ehlers Young Artist Competition. He will perform Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in the orchestra’s winter concerts on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28.
Each year, the Concord Orchestra features a young performer selected by the annual young artist competition. The competition is open to musicians of high school age or younger who live in eastern Massachusetts. The winner is chosen by a panel of orchestra members and the music director. The winner also receives a cash prize from the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Nathaniel attends the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, where he studies cello with Sam Ou. He is an enthusiastic chamber musician and orchestral player as well as a soloist. He is principal cellist of the Youth Symphony and performs in the String Chamber Orchestra and a piano trio.
Nathaniel won first place in the NEC Prep Concerto Competition in 2015 and his chamber groups were featured in the 2012, 2013, and 2015 Chamber Music Gala Concerts in Jordan Hall. He participated in the String Quartet Workshop and Young Artist programs at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute this past summer.
Nathaniel also enjoys playing Jazz and Klezmer. He studies jazz improvisation at NEC and performs in a Klezmer duo. He is an avid baseball player in the Cambridge Babe Ruth League and enjoys doing close-up magic.
The two runners up in the competition will give prelude recitals at 7:15 each evening.
Cellist Alan Hlozek, 17 will perform on Friday evening and pianist Julia Zhou, 8 will perform on Saturday evening.
In addition to fine performances by these talented young artists, the Concord Orchestra will perform Lutoslawski’s Symphonic Variations and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”. Lutoslawski composed the Symphonic Variations in 1938 when he was just 25 years old, at the start of his long and successful career. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is a revolutionary work, the composition which initiated the Romantic period of classical music.
Both performances will begin at 8:00 at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street, Concord. Single tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets and information visit www.concordorchestra.com or call 978-369-4967.