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East End Arts is proud to announce the January 2013 Music Masters Fellowship Program, which will be mentored by professional cellist Nico Olarte-Hayes is now accepting student applications for this month-long intensive string orchestra workshop with the long-time student of Itzhak Perlman. To apply, students must submit a one-page application form with letter of recommendation and recorded performance sample. The deadline to apply is December 8, 2012. High school string students with exceptional musical ability and a passion for music are encouraged to apply for this rigorous workshop opportunity, to be held Monday and Friday evenings between January 4 and February 1, 2013. There are no fees for participation in the Music Masters Fellowship Program. Of the applicants, 16 to 24 string students from all 17 regional school districts will be selected to participate based upon their recording and letter of recommendation. This full scholarship, tuition-free fellowship program allows select students to participate in an ensemble of talent, under the guidance of a music industry professional. Student applications can be found on East End Arts’ website at http://eastendarts.org/Temp2013/2013MMStringWSApp.pdf.

The January 2013 Music Masters Fellowship Program will be mentored by Nico Olarte-Hayes, one of today’s most promising musical talents, an alum of the Perlman Music Summer Program, and a long-time student of virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. The selected students will have the incredible opportunity to work under the baton of a professional string player and conductor. Nico Olarte-Hayes will provide and insist on a kind and nurture-based environment with an emphasis on individual work done outside of class so that time together is productive, instructive and fun. The goal is to foster the student musicians’ work ethic and build an individual and collective confidence among the students.

Application submissions are now being accepted by the East End Arts School, and must be received by Saturday, December 8, 2012 to be considered for this program. Required with the application form is a letter of recommendation and a recorded performance sample. Students will be expected to read music, and should have some string ensemble performance experience. Participating students will be given training in professional rehearsal and performance skills. The East End Arts Carriage House Studio will be available at no cost on a first-come, first served basis for those students who have a recommendation letter but do not yet have a recorded example available. To reserve a recording time, call the East End Arts School at 631-369-2171.

This program follows East End Arts and the Perlman Music Program’s collaborative master class opportunity for East End string students to work under the baton of Maestro Itzhak Perlman back in July of 2012. East End Arts is thrilled to be providing an additional opportunity for local string students to work with a professional string musician.

More Information about Nico Olarte-Hayes, January 2013 Music Masters Mentor

The mentor of the January 2013 Music Masters Fellowship Program is professional cellist Nico Olarte-Hayes, long-time student of virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. Nico is quickly establishing himself as one of today’s most promising musical talents. The Boston Globe describes one of his inspiring performances: “Then he sat down and gave a beautifully soulful performance… rich in tone and wise beyond its years.” Nico has given solo recitals across the globe. As a cellist, he has given solo recitals at Lincoln Center and the Neue Galerie in New York City, as well as in Memphis, and throughout The Netherlands and Japan, and has played on Live From Lincoln Center (PBS) and at The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) in tribute to violinist Itzhak Perlman. He has collaborated frequently with Perlman, a longtime mentor, giving performances in Carnegie Hall, in Sarasota’s Van Wezel Hall, and most recently, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the “Grand Opening” concert of The Kennedy Center Family Theater. Other collaborations include performances with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and with pianist Christopher O’Riley in Boston’s Jordan Hall, broadcast on PBS and NPR, respectively. Nico has also performed widely in recital with violinist Ryu Goto, whom he first met in 2002. Their sold-out tour of Japan was documented by Fuji TV, and the duo’s performances in the United States have been met with great acclaim.

Nico began his musical studies at the age of three with his mother, a violinist, and formally took up the cello three years later. He studied first in Philadelphia and then in New York, completing his pre-college studies “with distinction” at The Juilliard School under David Soyer and Harvey Shapiro. During the summers, he studied at the Perlman Music Program, Itzhak Perlman’s private music school, under Ronald Leonard and Paul Katz. He has since taken masterclasses with cellists David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Hans Jorgen Jensen, and Reinhard Latzko; has studied chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Takács String Quartets; and has been mentored by pianist and scholar, Robert Levin. While at Juilliard, Nico also took up orchestral conducting. He has studied with Hugh Wolff, Larry Rachleff, Kenneth Kiesler, Harold Farberman, and Peter Gülke, and recently served as Assistant Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra under Music Director Federico Cortese at Harvard University. Before that, he served as Music Director of Harvard’s Dunster House Opera Society and was the founder and conductor of Harvard’s Haydn Society Orchestra. In 2010, Nico made his debut conducting the Dunster House Opera’s fully staged production of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring.
Nico recently graduated with honors from the Harvard/NEC Joint-Degree Program, earning an A.B. in Physics (with a secondary concentration in Music) from Harvard College and an M.M. in Cello Performance from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. He currently divides his time between New York City and Boston.

More about the Music Masters Fellowship Program
The Music Masters Fellowship Program was created with the goal of providing local students with one-on-one learning opportunities with masters in the music field, and to encourage student pursuit of post-graduate education. By creating this exciting and enriching program for the students, East End Arts is the catalyst for an expanded sense of opportunity and possibility throughout the academic year. The fellowship program is mentored by a master performer and composer in rock music, jazz, world music or classical music, who works with a small group of talented high school students. Participating students are selected based on auditions and recommendations from music teachers and administrators in 17 school districts.

The pilot program, which took place during the spring of 2011, was mentored by Corky Laing, drummer and songwriter from “Mountain,” and “West, Bruce & Laing”; the second program, which took place in the spring of 2012 was mentored by singer/songwriter Lauren Kinhan of New York Voices and JaLaLa.

For more information about the Music Masters Fellowship Program, contact Steve Watson, Education Director at East End Arts at 631-369-2171 or education@eastendarts.org.


East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.

Source: East End Arts news release issued Nov. 14, 2012