Friday, June 4, 2010

Alexander P. Beyer

Alex, age 15, is from Fairfield, Connecticut. He will present his solo program Saturday, June 5 at 10:40 a.m.:

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Nocturne no. 18 in E major, Opus 62, no. 2

SERGE RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in D major,

Opus 39, no. 9

JOHN ALAN ROSE Sleepy Hollow Suite
I. Ichabod and Katrina
II. Van Tassel’s Party
III. Ichabod and the Horseman

MAURICE RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
I. Ondine
II. Le Gibet
III. Scarbo


His Duo, Concerto, and Solo program will take place at 9:10 a.m. on Monday, June 7:

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata no. 21 in C major, Opus 53 (“Waldstein”)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione. Adagio molto – attacca
III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo

JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata for violin and piano no. 2 in A major, Opus 100
I. Allegro amabile

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Concerto no. 3 in C minor, Opus 37
I. Allegro con brio



When Alexander Beyer performed Peter Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat major with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in Klein Auditorium last November, the Connecticut Post wrote, “Beyer brought great vitality to this Tchaikovsky composition. If the energy was translated into kilowatt hours, the Klein would have enough electricity to light the stage for the rest of the season.” Alex is passionate about his music and believes that his interests outside music have helped him to become a better musician. He believes that playing sports on a competitive level, such as soccer and tennis, teaches discipline and the physical effort helps his endurance.

With so many interests, Alex has learned to be an efficient worker. He has won several solo and concerto competitions, and has performed with the New Haven and Hartford symphony orchestras, as well as the Stamford Youth Philharmonic. He also plays a in a trio and enjoys attending chamber music concerts.

Alex is in the tenth grade and has been studying piano for nine years. His teacher is Yoshie Akimoto in Wilton, Connecticut. Both in 2009 and 2010, he was the top prizewinner in the Music Teachers National Association Eastern Division.

“I am very excited for the future no matter where it takes me,” he says. Although Alex sometimes dreams of becoming an astrophysicist, “I love performing music so much. It’s a chance for me to impact the audience emotionally. And when you think about it, that’s a pretty ambitious goal within itself.”

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