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UMTNA winners to perform BYU recital Jan. 4

The Brigham Young University School of Music will be presenting the winners of the Utah Music Teachers National Association Performance Competition in concert Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.

The free concert will feature Verina Chen, 16, and Joshua Wright, 23, on piano. These two students were named the winners of the Yamaha Senior Piano Competition and Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, respectively.

Chen will be performing Beethoven’s Sonata in D minor, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Etude Tableau” and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2.

Chen began piano lessons at the age of 8 with Irene Peery-Fox. She has placed first in the Utah State Fair Competition twice. She was also a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony and American Fork Symphony.

Wright will then perform Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in A major, works by Frederic Chopin and Maurice Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit.”

Wright has performed for audiences across the United States and Europe. He attends the University of Utah and is working on a master’s degree in music. He has gold medals from many competitions including the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition and the 2010 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. He has also competed in Poland, Louisiana, New York and at the National Chopin Competition in Miami, Fla.

For more information about the concert, contact Scott Holden at (801) 422-7713 or scott_holden@byu.edu.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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