Young Performers Concert

The Friends of the Teaneck Library are presenting a Young Performers Concert on January 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM, as part of their “Music on a Sunday Afternoon” concert series.

The two part program will feature duo performances by brothers Dylan and Alex Hamme, and soloist, Caroline Hsu.

Dylan Hamme is a violin student of Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. Currently he is a sophomore at Bergen Academies High School of Visual and Performing Arts. At age eleven, Dylan was featured on NBC’s Today Show performing with world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. That same year, he performed as soloist with the Bergen Sinfonia and made his official concerto debut in 2015 with David Gilbert and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Dylan has been a prizewinner in numerous solo competitions including the International Virtuoso Competition (IVC), the New York Chamber Players Orchestra Young Artist Competition, ­ and the NJ IGO Young Artist Competition. He was awarded the Patinka Kopec Endowed Pre college Violin Scholarship. As a chamber musician, his trio won first prize in the 2016 Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Chamber Music Competition. Dylan’s recent solo appearances include the 2018 IVC Gold Winners’ Concert in New York City, and the 2018 inaugural Young Artists Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church of Verona, NJ, accompanied by his brother, Alex. He will perform a solo recital at Juilliard’s Paul Hall on Feb. 16, 2019.

Alex Hamme brings diverse experience as a solo pianist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. Currently a senior at Bard Conservatory, he is majoring in piano performance as a scholarship student of Benjamin Hochman. Alex is also pursuing a second degree in computer science at Bard College, as the recipient of a Distinguished Science Award. At Bard, Alex has appeared on the Music Alive! series, directed by Joan Tower and Blair McMillen, accompanied the winner of The Orchestra Now Concerto Competition and student recitals at the Bard Prep Division; and played with Bard Opera. Alex previously attended Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division as a student of Dr. Adam Kent, and graduated from Bergen Academies High School of Visual and Performing Arts. Alex has performed with numerous ensembles at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kinhaven Music Festival, and the International Keyboard Festival. He will graduate from Bard in May 2019 with double degrees in piano performance and computer science!

Fourteen-year-old Caroline Hsu has been studying piano at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division since 2015. She currently studies under the guidance of Professor

Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone. Caroline began her piano studies at the age of five with Maggie Lee and has also previously studied with Daniel Cheng.

Her achievements have been featured or broadcasted on The San Francisco Examiner,KTVU Channel 2 News, The Epoch Times, and NTDTV. Caroline has performed in Manchester, UK, Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, Tilles Center in Long Island, Lincoln Center, and the Aspen Chapel. In August 2017, she performed Beethoven’s Piano

Concerto No.1 alongside the Manchester Camerata in England. As the winner of the 2017 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, she performed with the Pre-College

Symphony. She has garnered top awards in the San Jose International Music Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, Los Angeles Young Musicians

International Competition, and many others. She has been a part of masterclasses by world-renowned pianists such as Arie Vardi, Boris Berman, Robert McDonald, and John

Perry. Additionally, Caroline has attended the Colburn Music Academy Piano Festival, John Perry Academy Piano Festival, and the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute.

Caroline attends Syosset High School, and has held the title of school-wide spelling bee champion. Most recently, she was the champion of New York State’s History Day for her

historical paper. She is an All-County percussionist and has been playing in band for almost four years.

The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium. Members of the Friends of the Library can be seated at 1:30, others at 1:45.  Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers will follow the concert.  The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.

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