ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS George Szwajkowski (Monzoco) George studies biology at UVM with a minor in law and a concentration in forensics. Guitare is his primary form of therapy.  He started when he was 13.  He had grown up with a stutter and wanted to be fluent in something. He saw music as the best form of communication. “Music can cross international, cultural, and intellectual borders…it’s truly magnificent. I’ve released three separate EP’s and plan to release my first album in the next few months.” – GS Sean Y Sean is a 15-year-old cellist, who was accepted to the Juilliard School Pre-College division at age of 9. He has been studying with Minhye Clara Kim.   Sean won the 4th prize at the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Astana, Kazakhstan, and performed as a soloist with the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra of KazNUA at Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall in June 2017.   Selected to appear on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” with Host Christopher O’Riley, he performed at NEC’s Jordan Hall in 2016. “From the Top” featured a video of Sean and posted it on their Facebook page and their YouTube channel. At the age of 12, Sean was accepted into the Perlman Music Program, where he spent 7 weeks of his summer intensively studying chamber music, solo performance, and orchestral music under the tutelage of  Itzhak Perlman, Merry Peckham, Areta Zhulla, Astrid Schween, and Zvi Plesser. Sean performed with New York International Chamber Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall after winning New York International Music Competition and also he has been featured as a soloist with the Sinfonietta Nova Orchestra, New York Chamber Players Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, and St. Thomas Orchestra as a result of winning numerous competitions. These competitions include the Young Concert Artists Competition, the Camerata Artists International Competition, the New York Chamber Players Concerto Competition, and many more. Sean performed at the Merkin Concert Hall after winning the grand prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition and the first prize at the International Grande Music Competition. In addition, he was also awarded 1st prize at the 17th New York Music Competition and performed at the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall). In respect to the fallen veterans of 9/11, Sean was invited to perform in the Intrepid Museum of NYC for the “Remembering Our Fallen” event in 2016. Sean is the founder and the director of Westchester County Region  “Back to Bach Project”, his goal is to spread classical music and inspire young children. Alongside the Back to Bach project, he is also a founding member of the Ponticelli Cello Ensemble, a group dedicated to bringing high-quality music to the community through their concerts and fundraising events. Sean has served as a principal cellist for Westchester All-County Orchestra for 5 years. Felicia A Felicia began playing piano at the age of four under Kyomi Sugimura in Chicago, Illinois. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 as a first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International Music Competition.  After moving to New York, she began to study under Efrem Briskin at the Manhattan School of Music. Her awards include; first prize in Rondo Young Artists-Vanguard, VIVO Youth International Music Competition, the International Young Musicians Festival of the American Association for Development of the Gifted, second prize in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, the Piano Concerto Competition at the Manhattan School of Music. During the summer, she participates in the Summit Music Festival. Felicia is an eighth-grader at Rye Middle School. Born in Chicago, she has been playing piano since the age of four.  Sophie M Sophie started playing piano when she was 6 years old, and was inspired to pick up the instrument by her older sister.  Her father also shared his love for classical music with Sophie from a young age.  It was a way for the two of them to bond over their shared respect for the art form. Originally Sophie started taking lessons at the Rye Arts Center and has been playing ever since, although she now takes lessons from a different teacher at her home.   She has been invited to play at Lincoln Center and Baruch College and she has been invited to play at Carnegie Hall twice.  Erin E Erin first got into performing in first grade and started doing productions at Westchester Sandbox Theatre and Random Farms Kids Theatre when she was 8-years-old.  A huge influence on her dedication has been her Sandbox Theater director, Jason Summers, with whom she has worked for 6 years.