On Sunday January 28, our very own Nik Walling, auditioned for and won a spot on the annual Andor Kiszely Honors Recital. The winners of this competition are usually given the opportunity to perform in a recital held at Temple University’s Rock Hall. However, this year the competition was amped up as the hosting organization, the Philadelphia Music Teachers’ Association (PhMTA) announced last June that the recital will be held at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Additionally, the PhMTA opened up the competition and invited students whose teachers are not members of the association to audition as well, thus increasing the pool of applicants considerably. It was a busy fall for Nik as he prepared assiduously (and successfully) for this tryout of a lifetime. In the words of one of his judges, his rendition of the Bach Italian Concerto was “flawless”. Both judges awarded Nik a perfect score of 50/50 points, and one judge gave Nik the “special recognition” distinction on his performance. Please join me in congratulating Nik in this accomplishment. We are all extremely proud of his hard work and are inspired by his passion and zeal for music! Bon Courage, Nik; we wish you well!
If you would like attend the concert and support Nik, he will be sharing the stage with 25 other talented young pianists from the Philadelphia area on Saturday April 7th at 1:00 PM in NYC. Joe and I will be in attendance. It promises to be a spectacular showcase!
Tickets are available online: Click HERE to purchase tickets