Congratulations to music student, Daniel Yellin, for securing a place in the top six performers of the Ars Flores Competition Winner!
The Ars Flores Symphony “mentors extraordinarily talented young artists, affording them the opportunity to initiate their professional musical careers in an array of venues.” The final round of the 2012-2013 Young Artists Concerto Competition Finals were held on February, 9th. Gaining increasing popularity, the event this year saw 14 talented musicians (ages 14-35) perform their solo concertos.
With a mere hour to prepare, Daniel had to adapt to perform this difficult work on a marimba that didn’t have enough notes. The concerto is written for a 5 octave instrument, but the orchestra only provided a 4 and a third octave instrument for him to play at the audition. A concerto competition winners concert will be held on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, 7:30pm, where Daniel will perform the Sejourne Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra with the Ars Flores Orchestra.
The young percussionist at the School of Music is currently working towards a bachelors degree in Percussion Performance and Music Technology, in addition to being in the university’s honors college. Many of his achievements include winning performance competitions such as Miami’s Got Talent and FIU’s 2011 concerto competition with Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba. He regularly performs with the FIU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, FIU Laptop & Electronic Arts Ensemble, and New Music Ensemble. Daniel has been fortunate enough to perform with many South Florida indoor percussion ensembles, including Paradox Percussion, Stryke Percussion, Aquarius Percussion, and FIU’s Velocity Percussion. His work as a vibraphone player for Stryke Percussion contributed to the ensemble winning bronze at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion Competition at Dayton, Ohio in 2008. This year, he plans to travel with Velocity Percussion to compete again at the 2013 WGI percussion competition. He has been able to work with renowned composers including Ney Rosauro, Paula Mattheson, Jacob Sudol, and Orlando Garcia. After obtaining his degree, he plans to seek a masters degree as well as an internship for music technology.
The following six outstanding winners were recognized:
DIVISION 1 WINNERS (ages 14-18)
Jacob Hindman Mason (piano) – Miami Arts Charter School
Nash Ryder (violin) – Home-schooled
Virginia Mims (voice/soprano) – Dreyfoos School of the Arts
DIVISION 2 WINNERS (ages 18-25)
Zhen-Yang Yu (violin) – Lynn University, Conservatory of Music
Hsin-Hui Liu (piano) – Lynn University, Conservatory of Music
Daniel Yellin (marimba) – Florida International University