This week Expressions showcases the talents of three extraordinary young violinists: Meredith Riley, Emerson Millar and Eliot Heaton. They won the 2007 Youth Concerto Competition for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. We’ll visit with them (bios below), and get a preview of their March 29th, 2008 performance with the orchestra. We also return to the Songwriter Showcase at Binghamton’s Cyber Café West. We’ll hear the song stylings of Chris Merkley and Brittany Garrison.
Twelve year old Emerson Millar began her violin studies six years ago with Kirsten Marshall at Ithaca Talent Education. She now studies with Mr. Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music, and has monthly coaching with Mr. David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also studied with Brian Lewis, Won Bin-Yim and Linda Case. In addition to the violin, Emerson plays the piano and enjoys composing and is a member of the Quartet Con Brio. Emerson was a finalist in the 2008 Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition. On March 29th Emerson will be a soloist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra performing the 3rd movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Emerson is homeschooled and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, drawing and cooking.
Meredith Riley, a 17 year old senior at Lehman Alternative Community School, studies violin with Linda Case and Margaret Pressley. Her performance awards include the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship for violin study at the Seattle Conservatory of Music, first place in the WA state ASTA competition, first place in the Cayuga Chamber and Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto competitions, third place in the Central New York MTNA competition, and Junior semi-finalist in the 2007 and 2008 National Sphinx Competitions for African American and Latino String Players. During the summer of 2007, Meredith attended the Heifetz International Music Institute.in Wolfeboro, NH where she was featured on New Hampshire Public Radio. Also a singer, Meredith soloed for two seasons with Boston Camerata, performing at the Cloisters of the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art and throughout the Boston area.
Eliot Reinhardt Heaton, a senior at Geneva High School, began violin lessons at age three with Ithaca Suzuki program’s Jan Butler. Now studying with Linda Case in Ithaca, Eliot has accompanied his violin on many adventures over the past 15 years. As co-concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Eliot recently played in cathedrals and concert halls in Budapest and Krakow. This past spring Eliot soloed with the RPYO in Rochester, where he also gave a recital as winner of the David Hochstein Competition. Eliot received the Albright award from the RPO League’s Young Artist Audition and was a co-winner of the Penfield Symphony Jo Amish competition. He has also appeared with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Eliot spends his summers at Greenwood Chamber Music Camp. Eliot plays trumpet and trombone in the Geneva High band and jazz band and is on the tennis, soccer and swim teams.