Digital Friday Night Café

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Presented by Music for Youth

The following students are featured in the March 27th Digital Café:
Lina Elwood (10), piano
Andrei Orasanu (11), guitar
Szofia Seres, (12), flute
Cedar Newman (16), violin

If you are interested in submitting a recording and being a part of the next Digital Friday Night Cafe, please email picture, bio, and YouTube link with the subject line “Friday Night Café.”

Lina Elwood (10) piano

My main inspiration for this piece is one of my cats, Ginger Elwood. What makes her so perfect for this piece is that she is super quick and athletic (when she wants to be at least) but she is also a SUPER big orange tabby girl. She is really soft, nice and has a very cute face.  At the beginning of this piece, Ginger is woken up by me going down the stairs to say good morning. She gets off to a lazy start, but then a mouse wizzes by. Then the chase begins…At the middle of the piece, I see Ginger starting to drift off to sleep, and in her dream, she is walking around with her tail swishing back and forth. Then she wakes up with a jolt and then she is chasing the mouse again…Finally at the end, it sounds like a funeral for the mouse because Ginger thinks that the mouse is dead, when really, the mouse is just faking her death to escape Ginger because at the end you can hear the mouse limping away.
by Lina Elwood

Lina, age 10, started playing the piano when she was 5 years old under the guidance of Kumiko Imamura. She has since won many top prizes in both local and international competitions, including Second Prize at Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT, First Place at the Connecticut Bach Festival Competition, First Prize for both the Best Debussy Performance and the Best Bach Performance of the Great Composers Competition, First Prize in the French Category of the Schubert Club Awards Competition, First Prize at Glory International Baroque Music Competition, Second Prize at Future Stars International Piano Competition and Gold Award at the Golden Key Music Festival which she performed at the Carnegie Hall.

Andrei Orasanu, guitar
Tango en Skai by Roland Dyens
and Sonata No 1 by Albert Heinrich

Andrei Orasanu (11)  guitar

Andrei was born in 2008 in Stamford CT and began playing classical guitar at the age of five using the Suzuki method for the first year. During the years he has studied with many teachers including Daniel Hartington, Meredith Connie, James Kerr, Daniel Corr, Scott Hill and for the last two years with Tudor Niculescu-Mizil. He also studies music theory and composition with composer/pianist Lyudmila German. Andrei has participated in many prestigious national and international competitions like Boston Guitar Fest, Mid Maryland Guitar Festival, Suzanne Culley Strings Competition, Sinaia International Guitar Festival and Eduard Pamfil International Guitar Competition where he took first prizes in his age group as well as in higher age categories.

Szofia Seres, flute
Bach sonata in A minor
II Allegro Moderato
Szofia started to play the flute a bit more, than 2 years ago. She is a member of Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestra, the Young Artist Philharmonic, and a flute choir in Old Greenwich.
She volunteers with the Orange Music Band, coaching and mentoring young flute players and has volunteered as a guest artist with the MFY preconcert Meet the Orchestra program.
Cedar Newman, violin
Karl Syzmanowski (1882, Tymoshivka, Ukraine –1937, Lausanne Switzerland)
Nocturne and Tarantella Op.28 (1915)
Cedar – Rose Newman (16) violin


Pianist, composer and advocat for intertextuality (the belief that one artistic work sustains a continual dialogue with other works) Syzmanowski is one of the great Polish composers. These works were composed when Syzmanowski, unable to serve in WWI due to a disability, devoted himself to composition, the study of Islamic culture and ancient Greek drama and philosophy. The Tarantella is said to have been composed during a social evening with his brother and violinist Paewl Kochanski, the two premiered the work in 1920, this in no way  diminishes the rich cultural base which informs the composition. As he wrote: When will people… understand that art is not born of itself, that every artist is an aristocrat, who must have behind him the twelve generations of Bachs and Beethovens, if he is a musician, or of Sophocleses and Shakespeares, if he is a poet or a playwright. When I become aware of entire generations of the most beautiful, most genial of people, I feel that it is worthwhile living and working.BIO
Cedar studies with Lucie Robert at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, she was the recipient of the Kate Bamberger Scholarship for violin (2018), holds the Jocelyn Gertel Scholarship for strings (2019) and won the Philharmonic String Concerto Competition in October 2019/20.  Cedar began violin with Sarah Hindson in Wollongong, Australia and attended the local conservatorium, before moving to work with Albert Markov in the US in 2016.  She has worked with her pianist Akiko Chiba, since 2017.  Cedar completed her AMEB Associate Diploma piano, studying with Gian-Franco Ricci.



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