Piano Fest winners perform with the SC Philharmonic

Two winners of the 2011 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition at the Southeastern Piano Festival take the stage Saturday, Nov. 5 with the South Carolina Philharmonic.

Vanessa Meiling Haynes and Bolton Ellenberg will perform the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos as part of the orchestra’s masterworks “Mostly Mozart” concert.

Vanessa Meiling Haynes attends the Cleveland Institute Young Artists Program. She began piano studies at age six in China and at nine became the youngest student and the first American to be accepted into the pre-college division of The Central Music Conservatory of China. She has received awards from the Bradshaw & Buono, Seattle International Piano, Burgos (Spain) International and the Kawai China National Piano competitions. She has performed at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, the Forbidden City Music Hall and Beijing Concert Hall in China with the Bela Bartok Orchestra throughout Italy.

Third place winner Bolton Ellenberg of Pensacola began piano studies at six and is a dual-enrolled student at the University of West Florida. In the summer of 2011 he was a winner of the concerto competition at the Brevard (North Carolina) Music Festival and performed at the “Soloists of Tomorrow” concert under the direction of Ken Lam. During the past few years, he has participated in many master classes and has won numerous awards and has performed twice with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

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