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Monday, September 19, 2011


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2011


SALT LAKE CITY – Nine of Utah’s most talented young musicians, ranging in age from 11 to 18, are excited about something – they’ve been awarded the opportunity to perform solos with the Utah Symphony.

The symphony’s 52nd annual Salute to Youth concert will feature these soloists under the direction of new Assistant Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, Tuesday, Sepember 27 at 7 p.m. in Abravanel Hall.

This year, the concert’s featured young artists are made up of four pianists, three violinists, one flautist and one marimba player. They will perform excerpts from concertos regularly played by professional soloists, such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for two pianos and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

This will be Maestro Kulenovic’s first time conducting this performance, which also marks his first performance as Utah Symphony Assistant Conductor during the Utah Symphony’s full regular season in Abravanel Hall.

Single tickets for the performances range from $8 to $20 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices will increase $2 when purchased on the day of the performance.

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About Vladimir Kulenovic, Assistant Conductor
Since his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Kulenovic has conducted performances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Aspen Music Festival AACA Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Conductors' Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Institute Symphony Orchestra and Boston Conservatory Orchestra.                         

Mr. Kulenovic studied with Kurt Masur at the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in New York in 2008 and 2009, as well as at the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where his final performance with the Verbier Festival Orchestra was internationally televised on Medici TV.  Mr. Kulenovic spent the summer of 2010 as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and has also conducted in other prestigious music festivals worldwide, including the National Arts Centre Conducting Programme, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg.

Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the prestigious Alfred B. Whitney Prize for the highest scholastic achievement at the Boston Conservatory where he graduated summa cum laude, as valedictorian, earning degrees in Conducting and Piano Performance.  As a pianist, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Second Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.

About the Young Musicians

Sara Noel Bauman (18) began studying the violin at the age of 3 and has studied with Katherine Kunz, Joseph Gold (Oakland, CA), Meredith Campbell, Jenny Oaks Baker, Hasse Borup (University of Utah), and is currently studying with Alex Woods (Brigham Young University). She also soloed with the Utah Symphony under the direction of David Cho in the 2009 Salute to Youth concert. She was concertmaster in an All-Star Evening with the Utah Symphony and has been a member of the Young Artist Chamber Players, Temple Hill Symphony, and Utah Youth Symphony. Sara enjoys playing the piano, organ, and competitive tennis. She is currently majoring in violin performance at BYU and will be soloing in the Assembly Hall as part of the Temple Square Concert Series on November 19, 2011.

Trenton H. Chang (13), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, began piano lessons when he was almost 5 years old. Rebecca and Ralph Van der Beek were his original teachers. Currently, he studies with Gary Amano and Brandon Lee. At age 5, he received the Mini Artist award in the USU Piano Festival, and at age 8, he won 1st place in the 2006 UMTA State Concerto Competition. In 2009 Trenton performed in the Salute to Youth concert with the Utah Symphony, with the Utah Chamber Artists at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, and in the Beverly Sorenson Young Artists Concert. Trenton is interested in languages: he speaks English and Chinese fluently, and is also studying Japanese and Spanish. Trenton will be an 8th grader at Bear River Charter School this fall. He enjoys hiking and traveling, and he has a good sense of humor.

Anastasia Magamedova (13), born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Central Asia, began piano studies at age 5.  She currently studies piano with Dr. Vera Oussetskaia Watanabe and is a full-scholarship student at the Gifted Music School. Anastasia is a winner at both the 2010 and 2011 Utah Symphony Youth Guild auditions, and has won awards at the Summer Arts competition.  She most recently performed on the Gifted Music School’s Spring Gala which was broadcast on KBYU-FM, and she also appeared on local TV in KTVX’s “Good Things Utah”.  Anastasia is currently attending The Waterford School.  She enjoys horseback riding, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Michael Marsden (14) began his percussion studies at age twelve with Todd Campbell, band teacher at South Davis Jr. High.  His private percussion study began that same year with Keith Sorenson, founder of Play Music Educational Studios.  Currently, Michael studies percussion with Heath Wolf and is a member of the South Davis Jr. High Band under the direction of Chris Earl. He is a ninth grade student at South Davis Junior High, and has been a high honor student throughout his junior high experience.  He donates his time to work with younger children each week in the Boy Scout Program.  Michael is the oldest of four children in his family and is the son of Robert and Cynthia Marsden.

Mariah Sam (14) began playing the piano at the age of four with the help of her mother and her siblings who are also pianists. Mariah currently studies with Jacqui King in Vernal, Utah. She has participated in many competitions and music festivals throughout the state. She has taken first place over the years in the Weber State, Uintah Basin, and Utah State piano festivals. Her piano studies gave her the unique opportunity to perform in the 2009 Gina Bachauer master class with Marina Lomazov of Ukraine. Mariah is often invited to perform at weddings, banquets, and parties in her community. On two different occasions she has been asked to provide the music for the Chamber of Commerce banquet in Vernal, where the State Congressman and Governor were guest speakers. 

Elizajane Schetselaar (11) began violin at age five and currently studies with Denise Willey.  She is in the 6th grade at Lincoln Academy and is an excellent student.  She also plays the piano and enjoys playing in the Vivaldi Quintet with her twin brother. Elizajane is currently concertmaster of the Lyceum Chamber Ensemble and the Junior Timpanogos String Orchestra. This past November she soloed with the Utah Valley Orchestra in one of the final performances at the Provo Tabernacle. She has played with the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Minnesota and for the American String Teacher's conference in California. She also enjoys skiing, playing soccer and swimming as a member of HAST.  She is the daughter of Eric and Janet Schetselaar.

Rebekah Willey (17) began playing violin & viola at twelve months with her mother, and studied with Deborah Moench and Barbara Williams. She now studies under Alex Woods of BYU. She soloed on Salute to Youth in 2004, 2006 and 2011 5th-grade concerts. Last summer she performed on a 1692 Stradivarius on the Strad for Lunch series in New York City. She has won seven prizes in the Utah State Fair Music Competition.  She also won the Utah Prize in the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin, and the grand prize in the 2010 Utah Baroque Competition.  Concertmaster of the Lyceum Philharmonic and Music Festival from age 12, and of Utah’s All-State Orchestra as a freshman, she played her first full symphony at age 7.  She loves vocal lessons and sang the soprano solos in “Messiah” last Christmas.

Catherine Winters (15) a sophomore at Timpanogos High School, has studied flute since age six, and currently studies with Dr. Elizabeth Weissman.  In 2011, Catherine won the state and national Stillman-Kelly competitions sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. She has soloed with the Utah Symphony, the Utah Valley Symphony, and the American Fork Symphony.  Catherine has played in the master classes of Tara O’Connor, Linda Chesis, Christina Jennings, Keith Underwood, Gary Woodward, Rhonda Larsen, Susan Milan, Lisa Byrnes, and Zart Doumbourian-Eby. She also plays the piano and will test for her black belt in taekwondo next January.  Catherine loves to read, do photography, and be with her friends.  Her previous teachers include Marilee Hawkins and Laurel Maurer.  She is the daughter of Alan and Jill Winters of Lindon.

Kana Yoshigi (12) is a full scholarship student at the Gifted Music School. She was a winner of the 2011 Symphony Youth Guild Auditions. Currently studying with Dr. Vera Oussetskaia-Watanabe, her former teacher was Mari Evans. An outstanding student and athlete, her numerous awards include top honors in science, debate and swimming. Kana was 2009 state champion in short and long course swimming in her age category. Daughter of Dr. Masaaki and Megumi Yoshigi, Kana was born in Japan.

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Antonin Vivaldi              “Spring” from The Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, R. 269
                                    Giunt’e la primavera: Allegro
Elizajane Schetselaar, Violin

Ludwin van Beethoven   Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, op. 15
                                    Allegro con brio
Trenton Chang, Piano

Dmitri Shostakovich      Concerto No. 2 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, op. 102
Mariah Sam, Piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart        Concerto No. 10 in E-flat Major for Two Pianos, K. 365/316a
Anastasia Magamedova, Piano
Kana Yoshigi, Piano


Toshiro Mayuzumi         Concertino for Xylophone and Orchestra
Michael Marsden, Marimba

Sergei Prokofiev           Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 19
Sara Noel Bauman, Violin

Carl Nielsen                   Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Allegro moderato
Catherine Winters, Flute

Felix Mendelssohn        Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, op. 64
Allegretto non troppo-Allegro molto vivace
Rebekah Willey, Violin


Hilarie Ashton
Public Relations Manager
801.869.9027 office
801.335.9387 cell

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