BSO’s 94th season finale Sunday

  • Fei Yang-Sady

  • Keila Wakao

Published: 5/3/2019 12:56:36 PM
Modified: 5/3/2019 12:56:22 PM

BOSTON — The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 94th season concludes Sunday, May 5, with a program featuring the two young violinists who won the 2019 James R. Powers concerto competition, to be held in Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Fei Yang-Sady, age 11, will play the first movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Keila Wakao, age 13, will play the final movement on the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Yang-Sady from Concord, Massachusetts is a student of Jin-Kyung Joen at the New England Conservatory and the youngest musician ever accepted into its Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to being co-winner of this year’s James R. Powers Competition, she took third prize at the 2018 Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition in Brussels, Belgium, and first prizes at the 2017 New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, 2016 American Fine Arts Festival, 2015 Roman Totenberg Competition, and 2015 Bay State Competition

Wakao, lives in Chestnut Hill, MA and began playing the violin at age three with Jan Riggs. When Keila was six years old, the late Mr. Joseph Silverstein accepted her as a student. She currently studies with Donald Weilerstein, Soovin Kim, Anait Arutunian and Keisuke Wakao. She has won numerous competitions since the age of seven, including the NEC Prep Concerto Competition (2016), the New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition (2017), the Junior Division of the Adelphie Orchestra Young Artist Competition as well as second place Overall (2018

The concert also features Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and the Firebird suite by Stravinsky.


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