Outstanding Los Alamos Piano Students Featured In Sunday Recital

Lenny Svyatsky, 10, wins the New Mexico State Honors Competition. Courtesy photo


Winners of recent state and local area piano contests will be presented in recital at 2 p.m., Sunday in Fuller Lodge. The concert is free to the public and showcases some of the finest young pianists in the Los Alamos community.

The solo performances will cover all musical style periods from J.S. Bach and G. F. Telemann of the Baroque; to Classic era composers Clementi, Diabelli, Kuhlau, Lynes and Beethoven; Frédéric Chopin, Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann of the Romantic era; Impressionist Claude Debussy; 20th century modernists Dimiti Kabalevsky and Dimitri Shostakovich; and living modern composers, Dennis Alexander, Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, Mary Leaf, and Robert Vandall. 

Sunday Musicales are regular presentations by the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA), presented twice each in fall and spring terms for the public’s enjoyment and as performance opportunities for students dedicated to private study and advancement on their instrument. The concert is presented without intermission, and will last just over an hour.

Among student performers are First Prize Winner for the State of NM in the annual Honors Competition in Albuquerque, Lenny Svyatsky, age 10. Lenny is a fourth grade student at Barranca and was the only student in Los Alamos to win his age category at the State level. Although his winning performance at the state was of Kabalevsky, he will be performing Bach and Dennis Alexander for this recital.

Other award-winning performers from the recent Santa Fe Sonata Contest are students Gala Nelson, age 7; Nikolai Nelson and Fayrouz Mourad, age 9; Phillip Ionkov and Yunseo Kim, age 10; Sonyia Williams, age 14; and Katherine Skurikhin, age 15.

Additional recital performers are sisters Karin and Sonja Ebey, ages 11 and 9; Julia Chen, age 10; Jadon Harden, age 11; Nicholas Mozyrsky, Sruthi Garimella, and Sonya Svyatskya, age 12; Jennifer Wang, age 13; and Catherine Runnels, age 16.

LAMTA is the local area affiliate of the State (PMTNM) and National (MTNA) professional music organizations for Independent Music Teachers and College Music Faculty. All performers in the Sunday Musicale are students of teachers who are professional members of all three organizations and who also hold professional music degrees, ranging from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Students for this recital represent Los Alamos teachers Charlene Cox-Clifton, Ronald Grinage, Sarah Kelly, Juanita Madland, Janna Warren, and Madeline Williamson. 

Although Musicales are always free to the public, donations of any amount are gladly accepted at the reception, which follows in the Lobby. Any donations received go to supporting ongoing enrichment activities conducted on behalf of students by the LAMTA.

LAMTA is a non-profit 501-(c-3) organization with the mission of furthering the art of music teaching and programs that encourage and support music study and appreciation for students and their community. For further details, call 505.685.0076 with a message.


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