Friday October 21, 2016

Nicholas McConnell Piano Recital

- Free and Open to the Public!

Nicholas McConnell, a senior at Princeton High School, will play his Senior Piano Recital on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Solley Theatre at The Arts Council of Princeton. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Reception to follow. The program will feature F. Chopin’s Piano Sonata in B–flat minor, Op. 35, works by J.S. Bach, J. Brahms, M. DeFalla, as well as some of Nicholas’s own music.

Nicholas McConnell started piano lessons at age 6 ½ and began composing about two weeks later. Throughout elementary and middle school, he composed in both classical and jazz styles. When he was in fifth grade, his piece “The Days Ya See” for flute and piano was a winner of the Student Composers Competition of the Music Educators National Conference, and it was performed by professionals at the Kennedy Center. His work received honorable mention at the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in both 2011 and 2013. Since 2014, Nicholas has played piano with the Jazz Ensemble at Princeton High School. He has played violin in area orchestras, and has sung in the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton.

Nicholas is a student of pianist and William Scheide protégé, Mariam Nazarian. He has studied jazz piano with Tara Buzash. Since 2007 he has been a student of violin, viola, and composition with David Gordon.

Outside of music, Nicholas is interested in mathematics, logic, and computer science. He has posted mathematical articles on the web, including a textbook on Universal Algebra. He enjoys math summer camps and competitions. In his non-academic life, Nicholas posts Rejah City Collaboration, a continuing series of illustrated stories, and he has recently posted his first Flash game.

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