Symphonic Dances Concert
May 3, 2015
CARMEN KNOLL piano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY INTERGENERATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
GAVIN DAVIES conductor
NEW JERSEY INTERGENERATIONAL INTERMEZZO ORCHESTRA
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
GRIEG Symphonic Dances
Seventeen-year-old pianist Carmen Knoll, from Carlstadt, New Jersey, is recognized internationally through her performances in Europe, Korea, and throughout the United States. Carmen began piano lessons at age five and before she was ten, she had already won twenty-five competitions. She was awarded the 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award after performing on From The Top, the preeminent nationally broadcast showcase for young musicians, heard by over a million listeners a year and her performances can also be heard nationally on NPR's Performance Today. recently she swept the 2014 PianoArts North American Competition winning Best Performance of a Composition by Johann Sebastian Bach, Best Performance of a Duo, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor and
the overall First Place prize resulting in a performance of Camille Saint-Saéns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Carmen performed at the 68th International Duszniki Chopin Festival in Poland. That year she has won several international competitions including the E-piano Junior Competition, the 6th Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition, the 2nd Asia-Pacific International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, the Normann Juilliard Piano Scholarship Competition and LISMA International Music Competition. Carmen was accepted in 2013 and 2014 to the summer Aspen Music Festival with a fellowship award and invited to take part in the highly selective David Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music program. Carmen attends the pre-college division of the Juilliard School and studies piano under the instruction of Choong Mo Kang and Dong Hyek Lim.
Apart from the impressive accumulation of awards and competition successes, Carmen also has an extended list of performance experiences. She has had the privilege to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, LICM Orchestra and the Daegu Symphony Orchestra in South Korea. She has also been featured in various solo recitals in the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center as well as solo performances at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center.
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