Young Pianist Raises Money for Friends of the Shelter

Presley Gao, 10, presented Sally Wilkins, President of Friends of the Shelter, with a $217 check for donations he received for performing a benefit concert Sept. 8. Courtesy photo


Presley Gao began taking piano lessons with Dr. Madeline Williamson on his 6th birthday in 2008.

Today at just 10 years of age, he is performing solo piano recitals more likely found in the repertory of concertizing pianists.

Gao has earned several awards in piano competition, including the Santa Fe Sonata Contest, the District and the New Mexico State Honors Auditions and the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition in Albuquerque.

For four years, he has also earned the International Level (15 Solos) and National Level (10 Solos) Certificates in Guild Auditions.

Gao is a well-rounded young man who has many other interests including swimming, violin, ballet, playing chess and basketball to name a few.

Friends of the Shelter is a Los Alamos based non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of shelter animals in Northern New Mexico.

“FOS is truly grateful to Presley Gao for his interest in our work and for giving his time to raise money for our projects.” -Friends of the Shelter

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