U p c o m i n g C o n c e r t s
Saturday October 17, 2020, 7:30PM
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 4:00PM
Violinist Caroline Smoak
Caroline Smoak, age 16, is a home schooled high school junior. She began playing violin at the age of 5. Currently she studies with Carolyn Huebl at the Blair School of Music, and she also works with Violet Pan of Tega Cay, SC. Caroline has participated in the Indiana University Summer Strings Academy studying with Rebecca Henry and the Heifetz International Music Institute, where she studied with David and Linda Cerone, Daniel Phillips, and Brian Lewis. She spent the last three summers studying with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, Li Lin, and Sean Lee at the Perlman Music Program in Long Island, NY and will return for her fourth summer in 2020.
Caroline recently won the Nashville Symphony Concerto Competition and wil appear with the Orchestra in May. She received 3rd prize in the 2019 and 2nd prize in the 2020 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra – Youth Concerto Competition and has won both the junior and senior divisions of the Peter Perret Youth Talent Search She performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony in May 2016 and February 2018. Caroline was invited to perform with the Salisbury Symphony in February 2018. She won both the junior and senior divisions of the Charlotte Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, performing with both the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra in May 2017 and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in February 2018. Caroline has been playing with the youth orchestra program in Charlotte since she was 8, and has been the concertmaster of the senior division for about 2 years. In November 2018, she performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the orchestra. .
Caroline has been studying piano since the age of six and now studies with Irena Hramenkova. Caroline has participated in numerous piano competitions, including the North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA), the Federation Festival, and the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum (CPTF) where she won 1st prize in the senior division. Caroline enjoys reading, singing, spending time with family, and sharing her gifts in nursing homes, church, and other venues where she gives concerts with her family.
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 7:30PM
Cellist, Joshua Kováč
Thirteen year old cellist, Joshua Kováč is a homeschooled eighth student from Johnson City, Tennessee, who studies with professor Daniel Veis. Joshua began his musical studies at the age of four and has since received numerous honors and awards. At the age of seven, Joshua won first prize at the ProBohemia International Competition in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and second prize at the Heran International Cello Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic. Other honors include first prizes at the American Protégé Competition and International Grande Music Competition, and second prize at the International Virtuoso Competition. He also placed first Youth Aliyah Concerto Competition and won third prize at the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition.
Joshua has performed as a soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Kinnor Philharmonic, ETSU Chamber Orchestra, and Scruffy City Orchestra. On February 6, 2020 Joshua appeared on the National Public Radio's From The Top and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
Joshua has furthered his studies at several summer festivals -- including Music@Menlo, Heartland Chamber Music Festival, ETSU Chamber Music Festival, and the National Cello Institute .He has performed in masterclasses for Gilbert Kalish, Matt Haimovitz, Steven Doane, Keith Robinson, Thomas Landschoot, Ivan Chen, Johannes Moser, and the Parker String Quartet. Joshua is currently a student of ETSU pre-college Chamber Music Program and a member of ETSU Chamber Orchestra. Among other interests, Joshua enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes, playing chess, reading,
skiing, competitive swimming, hiking, and riding his bike.
Saturday May 1, 2021, 7:30PM
Sunday, May 2, 2021, 4:00PM
Violinist, Yuwa Roten
Yuwa Roten is a 16 year old violinist from Jefferson, North Carolina. She is a junior at Ashe r and is a member of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has been playing violin from the age of 3, living in Palos Verdes Estates, California. Up until the age of 13, she studied with Mr. Shura Sasaki at Opus Music and Bravo! Music Studios; from ages 12-13, she studied with Mr. Elmer Su; and for two and a half years, she's been studying with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock at Appalachian State University. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, she attended Cannon Music Camp at ASU, as well as Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute. In 2019 Yuwa participate in the Domaine Forget Strings Festival in Quebec, Canada.. In the summer of 2017, she performed the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins with the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra as the second violin soloist. Yuwa’s other musical interests’ include jazz violin, bluegrass violin, and work involving audio and engineering, as well as an interest in orchestral conducting. She hopes to keep music as her concentration throughout her educational career and pursue violin performance as a professional career.