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Young Artists Concert
Sunday, Dec 15th, 2013 3 PM

One East 65th Street (Greenwald Hall)
Attendance is free and open to the public
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Sponsored with the Stecher & Horowitz Foundation, this concert series presents prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition. Admission is free and open to the public.

Our second performer of the year is Mackenzie Melemed (2012 prize winner), who will present works by Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff. His program will close with 3 Etudes by Avner Dorman, a required commissioned work for which he earned “Best Performance.”

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Born in 1995 in Newton, Mass., Mackenzie began playing the piano at the age of 4 and started classical training at 10. Since 2000, he has performed more than 600 concerts for the elderly, for charitable organizations and at local schools, encouraging students to share their talents within their communities. Mackenzie was asked to perform for President George Bush at a fundraiser in Boston in early 2004. Subsequently, he was asked to perform traditional holiday music at the White House Holiday Open House, and he performed at the White House for five consecutive years. He won grand prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition only a year after beginning classical training, resulting in a performance at Weill Recital Hall in 2006.

Mackenzie performed on the PBS television show “From the Top: Live at Carnegie Hall” at Zankel Recital Hall in 2008, the day before his 13th birthday. In 2009, he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with both the Seven Hills Symphony in Worcester, Mass., and the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, at Regis College in Weston, Mass. Both of those performances resulted from a First Place prize in both of the orchestras’ annual Young Artist competitions.

In 2009, Mackenzie was the Second Place winner of the Steinway Society of Boston’s Young Artist Competition. Last year, he won First Prize at the A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition in Weston, Mass. In addition, he won the Inge Holleck Prize for the best performance of a Bach Prelude and Fugue.

During the past two years, Mackenzie performed Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with the Quincy Symphony (Mass.), with the Wellesley Symphony (Mass.), and with the New England Philharmonic. He appeared once again on “From the Top” in January of 2011, this time on the radio show at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Recital Hall in Boston.

Mackenzie attended Piano Summer at New Paltz for four years, under the artistic direction of Vladimir Feltsman. Unrelated to music, Mackenzie loves technology and is working towards getting his private pilot’s license. He is a senior at the Bancroft School in Worcester, Mass.

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