U p c o m i n g C o n c e r t s
Sunday, October 9, 2022, 4:00PM
Cellist, Ewan Manalo
Ewan began cello studies at age 4 with Wendy Bissinger. At 7, he made his debut as the featured soloist at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. In 2016, at the age of 11, he moved with his family to Chattanooga, TN, and continued his studies with Annie Camp. Ewan joined the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra (CSOYO) as the youngest member of the Symphonic Orchestra and has served as principal cellist since 2017. Since being awarded Myra Jackson Blair scholarship in 2019, Ewan has studied cello with Felix Wang of Blair Academy of Music, Vanderbilt University, and has performed chamber music as part of the Blair’s Chamber program.
In 2017, Ewan became the youngest winner of the CSOYO Concerto Competition, performing the Dvorak cello concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. Other awards have included winning 2nd prize at the 2019 ASTA
junior division competition, 1st prize at the junior division of the 2019 Tennessee Cello Workshop, 1st prize at the concerto competition of the 2019 Carolina Chamber Music Intensive, and 1st prize in the 2019-2020 Southern Adventist University Concerto Competition. In January Ewan won the 2022 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition and will solo with the orchestra in December.
Aside from playing cello, Ewan enjoys studying piano and learning about and experimenting with many other genres of music, from jazz to electronic. He also enjoys playing both physical and electronic games, and he is interested in learning more about computer programming.
Sunday, January 15, 2023, 4:00PM
Violinist, Ian Barnett
17-year-old violinist and composer, Ian Barnett is an 11TH grade student at Ransom Everglades High School. Ian began playing the violin at age four and studies with Misha Vitenson, of the Amernet Quartet. Ian has performed four times as soloist for the Alhambra Orchestra and three times with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, as the winner of its Annual Concerto Competition. Twice he has been named a finalist of the Sphinx Concerto Competition. He was runner-up in the New World Side by Side Concerto Competition and selected as a finalist in the 2022 Hilton Head Concerto Competition. Ian won 1st prize in the Vivo Concerto Competition (2020 & 2021), and 1st prize in the Canadian International Music Competition (Young Artist
Category). As a 1st prize at the Protégé International Concerto Competition, Ian performed at Carnegie Hall. Ian has served as concertmaster of the Florida All-State Orchestra and currently is the concertmaster of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. He has participated in master classes of Aida Kavafian, Stefan Jackiw, Charlie Castleman and Carol Cole.
Ian has attended summer music camps at the University of Miami, Heifetz PEGG, Sphinx Performance Academy and Bowdoin International Music Summer Camp. This year, Ian was awarded the Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowship from his school and will dedicate this summer to teaching young musicians concepts of composition.
As a composer, Ian has won many prizes for his orchestral, chamber music and piano pieces that have been performed by professional musicians. He received 1st prizes in YCP in the Washington State, the Salome 2017 Young Artist Composition Competition, the Miami Conservatory of Music Composition Competition, the National Young Composer’s Challenge Competition and Vienna International Music Competition.
Besides music, Ian enjoys playing tennis and sharing time with family and friends.
Sunday, May 7, 2023, 4:00PM
Cellist, Aurelia Faidley-Solars
American cellist, Aurelia Faidley-Solars, is twelve years old and lives in New York City. Aurelia is the youngest student to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute and was a laureate in the 2020 Ronald Sachs International Competition. Aurelia won the New York State’s MTNA solo competition and was selected as the alternate for the MTNA's Northeastern region.
In early 2022, Aurelia performed the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major with the Amati Symphony Orchestra in Lausanne, Switzerland and with the Blue-Ash Montgomery Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has also performed as a soloist with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, the NY Concerti Sinfonietta, the CAI Orchestra, and the Sempre Musick Symphony and appeared in masterclasses with Darrett Adkins,
Clara Minhe Kim, Laurence Lesser, Richard Aaron, Brannon Cho, Phillipe Muller, David Finckel, Zlatomir Fung, Ralph Kirschbaum, Amit Peled, Stephen Doane, Rosemary Elliot, Peter Stumpf, and Pablo Ferrandez. Aurelia’s 3/4 cello has been made for her by esteemed Luther, Frank Ravitan. Her bow is a Fetique. She will spend the summer of 2022 at the Meadowmount School of Music and has invitations to perform in Adelaida, Australia, Thailand, and Croatia in 2023.
Besides cello, Aurelia is a dedicated ballet dancer, studying at the School of American Ballet. She has performed a featured role in the New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. Aurelia is in the sixth grade at the Professional Children’s School in New York City.