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Winners and Honorable Mentions for the 2017 Musical Club of Hartford High School Strings Competition

Musical Club of Hartford 2017 High School Music Competition
Strings Division
January 8, 2017

First Place - Strings
Kayla Bryan, Guilford Connecticut - Violin

Kayla Bryan is a junior at Guilford High School, and a violin student of Donna Agai at the Hartt School Community Division. She is a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony where she won the 2016 Concerto Competition. She was also the recipient of awards in the Hamden Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar Concerto Competition. She attended the Preludio program at Ithaca College in 2015 and the Greenwood Chamber Music Camp this past summer. Kayla took part in the Hartt Honors Recitals from 2012-2016, receiving the Senior Honors Recital Underclassman Award in 2016.

Audition pieces: Partita No. 3 in E Major, 3rd Movement (Gavotte en Rondeau) - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
                          Baal Shem: II Nigun, Adagio non Troppo - Ernest Bloch (1880-?) 
Accompanist: Frank Viola

Second Place - Strings
Matthew Hill, West Hartford Connecticut - Violin

Matthew Hill is a freshman at Conard High School in West Hartford. He studies violin with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School Community Division, is Concertmaster of the Opus 89 Orchestra, and an active chamber musician. He is a newer member of I Giovanni Solisti string orchestra in the West Hartford Public Schools, and was the featured soloist with Northwinds Symphonic Band on Long Island in November 2016. He performed in the Junior Honors Recital at Hartt for the past three years, was Concertmaster of the 2016 Northern Regional Middle School Orchestra, and will be a member of the Northern Regional High School Orchestra in 2017.

Audition pieces: Praeludium and Alle a Connecticut representativegro in the Style of Pagnani - Fritz Kreisler (1875-?)
                           Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (Preludio) - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Accompanist: Frank Viola

Third Place - Strings
Abigail Sunde, West Hartford - Violin

Abigail Sunde is a ninth grader at Miss Porter's School in Farmington. She studies violin with Teri Einfeldt and has studied piano with Malgosia Lis since age 4 at the Hartt School Community Division. She participates in chamber music, orchestra, and currently the Connecticut Youth Orchestra. Since age 9, she has performed in the international  biennial
orchestra and masterclasses for violin and piano through the Suzuki Association Americas. Abigail participated in middle school regional competitions, and was a Connecticut representative for the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Division.

Audition pieces: Sonata No. 1in G minor - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
                           Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pagnani - Fritz Kreisler (1880-?)
Accompanist: Frank Viola

Honorable Mention - Strings
Sofia Gilchenok (Viola), Columbia, is homeschooled, Grade 9, and studies with Hsin-Yun Huang and Molly Carr in the Juilliard School Pre-College Program.

Lillian Yim (Cello) is a freshman at Farmington High School, and a student of Katie Kennedy.

Elliott Davis (Violin) is a sophomore at Avon High School, and studies with Annie Trepanier at the Hartt School Community Division.