Thursday, October 14, 2010

Classical Spotlight: Piano Recital

Ellen Pavliska performs this weekend. The recital will be held at the Tuesday Musical Club Building which is at 3755 N. St. Mary's Street. It will start at 4:00 PM on Sunday October 17th. The program will include works of Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Brahms. For the Brahms, she will be performing selections from the f minor quintet. At the conclusion of this recital she will be awarded the Artist Award from the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio. This is our highest level of student award.

Ellen Pavliska made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the San Antonio Symphony on March 22, 2009 in a performance of the 3rd Movement of the Concerto No. 2, Op.22, by Saint-Saens at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium. Later that year she performed a solo recital at the San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club. A reviewer from The San Antonio Express News said, “Pavliska captivated her audience with an eclectic program. (Her) Haydn Sonata…had strong dynamics and flawless runs…Pavliska concluded her program with a brilliant rendition of Chopin’s Scherzo in b-flat minor, op. 31.” In 2009 she was awarded the Young Artist Award from Musical Arts Centers of San Antonio.
Ellen began studying piano at the age of 11, winning 2nd place in her first state level competition, The Janice K Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, at the age of 13. Since then she has placed first in the same competition. In addition to winning the San Antonio Symphony’s Future Stars Competition, Ellen placed 2nd in the Baylor-Waco National Piano Competition, 3rd at the DeBose National Competition in Baton Rouge, 2nd in the San Antonio Jr. Tuesday Musical Club contest, and received an Honorable Mention in the TMTA State Level Competition in Houston. She has also been pleased to perform for the San Antonio Symphony League’s Annual Spring Luncheon and the San Antonio International Piano Competition’s Showcase for Young Pianists.
A dedicated humanitarian, Ellen founded a local organization, Heart Corps for Darfur, to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. She has organized and led several Die-In and Write-In demonstrations, appeared on a morning television show, and has been interviewed by several area newspapers. She facilitated the group’s joining the Genocide Intervention Network, thereby making it the first home school STAND chapter in the United States. She has advocated for peace in Sudan by marching in the nation’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. demonstration in San Antonio, and by marching on the National Mall. With fellow activists, she participated in the Tents of Hope Demonstration in Washington DC and lobbied her representatives. For fun, Ellen enjoys competing in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving tournament. Her team has competed in the international arena by twice advancing to the World Tournament. They were proud to have been awarded the highly coveted Ranatra Fusca Award for Extreme Creativity at their Texas State Tournament.
Ellen had the honor of serving on the first Junior Jury of the 2009 San Antonio International Competition, and to perform in SAIPC sponsored Master Classes with Gustavo Romero of the University of North Texas, and Santiago Rodriguez of the University of Maryland. She has enjoyed additional Master Classes with Dr. Angela Cheng of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dr. Robin McCabe of the University of Washington, Dr. Carolyn True of Trinity University, Dr. Steele Moegle of Louisiana Tech University, and Polish concert pianist, Ewa Kupiec. She was pleased to study with Dr. Kasandra Keeling of the University of Texas at San Antonio and Dr. Brad Beckman of the University of North Texas while on full scholarship for UTSA’s Summer Music Institute; and was privileged to study with Jane Abbott-Kirk while on full scholarship for Baylor University’s Summer Piano Institute.
Ellen has been studying with Kenneth Thompson, Executive Director of the Musical Arts Centers of San Antonio, since 2006. Previously, she received instruction from Dana Clark and Jennifer Hoops.

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