Young artist concert series features piano virtuoso tonight

Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2001

By the time pianist Adam Neiman was old enough to vote, he had performed as the featured soloist with symphonies across Europe and America.

Neiman, 21, brings his piano virtuosity to Juneau for a performance at 7 tonight at Northern Light United Church. He will teach a piano master class Wednesday evening as well.

Neiman graduated from the Julliard School of Music in 1999 and is the winner of numerous international piano competitions. He has toured Europe and Japan and a recording of his Tokyo debut became his first CD. His second CD, including works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, will be released this year.

Neiman is one of three young musicians the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is featuring this winter. Arts council director Sybil Davis worked with the Juneau School District, community music teachers and members of the Juneau Symphony to arrange the series. The goal is to inspire and influence Juneau's young musicians.

In April, the arts council will bring marimbist Makoto Nakura to Juneau during the statewide high school music festival. Last November, violinist Timothy Fain performed.

Davis set up the series with a New York-based nonprofit group called Young Concert Artists. The agency represents and nurtures promising young artists chosen for their musicianship, virtuosity, communicative power and readiness for a concert career. Young Concert Artists provides ongoing support and opportunities, including the booking of concert engagements, publicity and career guidance.

Born in Hayward, Calif., Neiman began his career as a concert pianist at age 9, performing with the orchestra at Royce Hall in Los Angeles. In 1995, Neiman became the youngest artist ever to receive the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award. In 1999, he was awarded both an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists.

Neiman has a full schedule of concerts booked for 2001, including four performances of the Grieg Concerto as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Davis said the series was made possible by a grant from Royal Caribbean International. The cost of the tonight's concert is $10, $8 for students. Pianists interested in the master class at 7 p.m. Wednesday should contact the arts council at 586-2787 to register.

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