Saturday, September 10, 2011 by David Polk
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Alan Snow, 17, has won multiple concerto competitions throughout the Chicago area.
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Alan Snow was born in 1994 into a family of musicians. He is 17 years old and a senior at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. Alan started playing violin at age 8 and currently studies with Gerardo Ribeiro in Highland Park.
Alan recently won the Walgreens MYA (Midwest Young Artists) concerto competition (MYA Division overall winner), and the District 214 Honors Concerto Competition. He performed as a soloist with the MYA Symphony Orchestra on February 19th
at Harris Theatre in Chicago, and was the featured soloist with the District 214 Honors Orchestra on March 2nd, with Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
Alan was recently selected by audition as concertmaster for IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association- 2010), selected for All State Orchestra in Peoria, Illinois, and in Middle School was also concertmaster and assistant concertmaster for Junior IMEA.
He has been a winner for the concerto competition DePaul University Festival for Young Performers twice, in 2008 and 2010, performing Kabalevsky and Bruch violin concertos with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed twice as a soloist with the group I Solisti, a chamber orchestra from Midwest Young Artists. He has been in the Midwest Young Artists program since age 9 and is currently in Symphony Orchestra, intensive chamber music, I Solisti, and has also played in the Early Music program.
He is also in Symphony and Chamber Orchestra at his High School and has soloed with the Chamber Orchestra. He also won the concerto competition at the Birch Creek summer music program in Door County, Wisconsin in the Summer of 2010, and was invited to play as a soloist for the 2011 summer session. The Summer of 2011, he is studying at the Meadowmount Music Festival with Gerardo Ribeiro for 7 weeks.
At MYA, he has participated in the summer orchestra program and has played in several master classes for groups such as the Avalon String Quartet, Linden String Quartet, and musicians Rami Solomonov, Charlie Pikler, Gerardo Ribeiro, Stefan Milenkovich, and others. He has a great passion for chamber music and has played string quartets since age 11. His MYA String quartet, “Contrapunctus”, was invited to compete at the prestigious “Fischoff” competition at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Program: (Performed with pianist Beatriz Snow)
Fritz Kreisler: Liebeslied (Love’s Sorrow)
Jules Massenet: Meditation from the Opera Thaïs
Ernest Chausson: Poème, Op. 25
John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List
Pablo de Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43