Salute To Youth

Location: Abravanel Hall
Price Range: Starting at $12.00
Duration: 2 hours with intermission

September 27, 2016 | 7 PMFind Tickets
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Makenzie Hart, violin, age 13
Ellen Hayashi, violin, age 13
Amanda Hofheins, cello, age 17
Olivia Torgersen, marimba, age 17
Matthew Nielson, piano, age 16
Megan Tandar, piano, age 10
Bree Fotheringham, violin, age 18
Monet Wilson, harp, age 14
Kana Yoshigi, piano, age 17


Sarasate Navarra, op. 33
Makenzie Hart and Ellen Hayashi, violins

Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor
Amanda Hofheins, cello

Ewazen Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra
Olivia Torgersen, marimba 

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5
Matthew Nielson, piano

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459
Megan Tandar, piano

Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47
Bree Fotheringham, violin 

Glière Harp Concerto op. 74
Monet Wilson, harp 

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1
Kana Yoshigi, piano 

For these teens, it’s not just a stage.

Witness the talent and dedication of leading young musicians in the state as they perform classical masterpieces as soloists with the Utah Symphony.


Artist Profile

Bree Fotheringham, 18, is a freshman at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Robert Lipsett. Bree soloed with the American Fork Symphony in 2013 and was a top prize winner in both the 2013 and 2016 International Stradivarius Competitions—Utah division. She was the senior division winner of the 2014 and 2015 Utah Symphony Youth Guild competitions and 1st place winner of the 2015 Utah ASTA state solo competition. Bree has had masterclasses and performed with various artists, including Joseph Silverstein, Andres Cardenes, Leon Fleisher, Jason Vieaux, Arnold Steinhardt and Roberto Diaz. She was a full scholarship recipient at the Gifted Music School for 5 years and has been featured several times on KBYU-FM. Her past teachers include Eugene Watanabe, Karen Child, Dr. Shi-Hwa Wang, and Anna Mitton. Bree is from Layton, UT and currently lives in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, arranging music, and traveling.

Makenzie Ann Hart, 13, studies violin with Eugene Watanabe. Makenzie is in eighth grade at Evergreen Junior High. Two years ago she was featured as a solo violinist during the General Women’s Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was seen by millions around the world on television playing her violin. Makenzie has soloed numerous times on Temple Square in the Families Making Music series, First Night Celebration, and Concert in the Park summer series. She performed this year on the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital. She is a member of the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City on full scholarship. Makenzie’s dream is to study at a music conservatory. She loves to travel and has performed in places as far away as India and Brazil. She lives in Salt Lake City with her parents and four siblings.

Ellen Hayashi, 13, has played violin since age 6, studying with Sachiko Endo, Deborah Moench, and Eugene Watanabe. Ellen is a full-scholarship student in The Gifted Music School Conservatory. Since 2014, Ellen was selected for the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas and won her divisions of the Oquirrh Mountain Symphony Concerto Competition and the UMTA Concerto Competition (twice). This year, Ellen performed in the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital, was a semi-finalist in the Utah Division of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, and performed in masterclasses with Arnold Steinhardt and Stefan Jackiw. Ellen is in 8th grade at the American International School of Utah, where she serves as concertmaster of the Symphony. When not playing violin, she likes being with friends, riding horses, doing art, and snuggling with her dog Treble. Ellen is the daughter of Kristen Keefe and Herbert Hayashi and lives in Salt Lake City.

Amanda Hofheins, 17, lives in Pleasant Grove and is attending Utah Valley University. She is privileged to study with Utah Symphony cellist John Eckstein. This summer Amanda attended the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Colorado and placed 2nd in the concerto competition, receiving a cash prize. She also attended Meadowmount School of Music in the summer of 2015. Amanda has soloed with orchestras including the American Fork Symphony, the Utah Valley Symphony, and the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently principal cellist of the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kayson Brown. Whether Amanda is competing in the Ultimate Frisbee championship, riding with her mountain biking team, or performing on her cello, she always strives to bring out the best in herself and in others. One of her greatest desires is to share beauty with the world through music.

Matthew Nielson, 16, was born loving music. Whether it is practicing the piano, playing the viola as the 1st chair in the Wasatch High School orchestra, or playing jazz piano with his Caleb Chapman jazz band, Matthew is most in his element when he is surrounded by good music. Among his favorite composers are Ravel, Prokofiev, Chopin and Grieg. Matthew has earned 1st prize in the Sandy MTA Young Artists Competition, the Salt Lake Piano Competition and the USU Piano Festival. In March of this year he was chosen to play in the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital. Matthew is a former member of the Salt Lake Children's Choir and the Young Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys skiing, writing, and teaching six piano students of his own. Matthew is a student of Bridget Johansen and Gary Amano.

Megan Tandar, 10, is a full scholarship student at the Gifted Music School and a piano student of Dr. Vera Oussetskaia-Watanabe. She also studies chamber music and piano literature with Dr. Koji Atwood with whom she has worked extensively with for the past 4 years. An accomplished performer, she regularly performs in recitals, recently with Roberto Diaz, and participates in masterclasses including Dr. Arthur Houle. In 2016, Megan performed in the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital. She previously worked with Ms. Joanna Oshida. A strong academic student, Megan has completed 5th grade in the ELP program at Hawthorne and was the 2nd place winner in the Spelling and Geography Bees, and a finalist at the school's Science Fair for the past 3 years. When she is not practicing, you will find her nose in a book or playing Animal Jam.

Olivia Torgersen, 17, started taking percussion lessons from her grandfather, Dr. Dennis Griffin, six years ago. She is a senior at Lone Peak High School and currently studies with Dr. Darren Bastian. In 2014 she took first place in keyboard percussion and timpani at Utah's Day of Percussion, as well as receiving superior ratings at the state level with her timpani solo. She currently stands as section leader in the Lone Peak Wind Symphony and participates in the Lone Peak Percussion Ensembles as well, both of which got superior ratings at the state level this past year. Olivia is also a member of the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in the 2016 Lyceum Concerto night as a soloist. In addition to competing with percussion, Olivia also competes on piano and loves to read, play basketball, and spend time with friends and family.

Monet Wilson, 14, began playing the harp when she was 3 years old. She fell in love with her little black harp, and now after 10 years, her harp is bigger and so is her love for this instrument. She studies with Mikell DeMille, in her hometown of Farmington. She won first place in the American Harp Society National Competition in 2015 and third place in 2013. Monet is a 9th grader at Farmington Junior High where she has enjoyed participating in: orchestra, student government and dance company. When she has free time she can usually be found drawing or painting. She also enjoys theater, singing and piano but harp is her first love. Monet wishes to thank her parents, grandparents and teachers for their undying support and sacrifice that has helped her to continually improve her talents and find joy in life.

Kana Yoshigi, 17, is a full scholarship student at the Gifted Music School and a senior at Olympus High School. She studies piano with Dr. Vera Oussetskaia-Watanabe. An accomplished individual, she has soloed with Utah Symphony twice at the annual Salute to Youth Concerts conducted by director Maestro Thierry Fisher and Maestro Vladimir Kulenovic. Kana has performed under the baton of Leon Fleisher at the annual Gifted Music School Spring Gala Concert. She was chosen as a winner of the Beverley Sorenson Foundation Piano Competition and performed with the Utah Chamber Artists Orchestra conducted by Dr. Barlow Bradford in 2014. She was also chosen as one of the seven semi-finalists at the 2013 Yamaha International Junior Piano Competition and has performed at Weill Recital hall of Carnegie Hall. She was selected as a winner of the 2015 Utah Symphony Youth Guild Audition. The quartet that she belongs to performed in the Quarterfinals of the prestigious Fischoff Competition.


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