Connecticut Alliance for Music's 2012 Leon Tec Showcase for Outstanding Young Musicians will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road. The free concert will be open to the public and followed by a celebration reception.
This year's concert will feature violist Katie Zhou, 15; cellist Max Liben, 16 and pianist Marcus Russi, 16, all of Westport; and cellist Emily Azzarito, 15, of New Canaan, according to a release. The program will include Beethoven's Piano Trio in Eb Op. 1 No, followed by works Debussy, selected in celebration of his 150th birthday.
Liben, a junior at Staples High School, has been playing the cello for 10 years. He is a member of the Staples Symphonic Orchestra and the Norwalk Youth Symphony where he is presently co-principal cellist. He annually has been chosen to be in the Connecticut Western Regional Orchestra and All-State Orchestra, the release states.
Russi began his musical training at age 5 at the Suzuki Music School in Westport. In his teens, he was a prize winner of the Bach and Russian Awards of the Schubert Club of Fairfield County and received the Gold Cup Award in the Young Musicians Festival for solo performance. He has performed in many venues in New York City and Fairfield County.
Zhou began her violin studies at age 5 and has been a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony for six years, performing with the principal orchestra since 2009, the release states. At Staples where she is a junior, she plays first violin in the symphonic orchestra and the chamber orchestra. She was also selected to be first violin in the All-State and Western Regional High School Music Festivals in 2011 and 2012.
Azzarito, who began studying the cello when she was in the third grade, is a sophomore at New Canaan High School where she serves as the principal cellist of the orchestra, the release states. As a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, she held the position as the principal chair of the concert and principal orchestras. She also was the assistant principal chair of the Fairfield County Strings Festival in the seventh grade and of the Western Regional Orchestra in the ninth grade.
For information, call the alliance at 203-319-8271 or visit www.camusic.org.