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Free string master class workshop on May 30

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East End Arts is pleased to announce a Master Class Workshop for string students of all ages, led by professional cellist Nico Olarte-Hayes, to be held at the East End Arts Carriage House on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is an exciting opportunity where string students of all ages studying violin, viola, cello, and/or bass, are invited to participate in and/or observe a master class workshop led by a professional concert musician. Nico Olarte-Hayes is 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. There is no fee for participation in this event, however pre-registration is required. Additionally, at the event East End Arts will announce more information about the upcoming East End Arts Student Orchestra collaboration with the Perlman Music Program this summer. Teachers, family members and students are encouraged to attend and observe.

Space is limited. For students interested in performing, or to reserve a seat for this free program, please pre-register by emailing education@eastendarts.org or by calling 631-369-2171. Please note that performance opportunities will be especially reserved for String Trios or Quartets, however individual solo performers are also encouraged to pre-register.
 
In addition, Nico Olarte-Hayes has agreed to mentor a select group of local school-age string students in the East End Arts 2013 Music Masters Fellowship this Fall. Additional details about the Music Masters Fellowship, a tuition-free program, will also be announced at this Master Class Workshop, which serves as an opportunity for local teachers, students and family members to learn more about the program.
 
More Information about Nico Olarte-Hayes, Professional Cellist
Professional cellist Nico Olarte-Hayes is a 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 master classes 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.

Source: East End Arts press release dated May 20, 2013.