One of the most memorable performances in recent TEDxGreenville history came from a group of students from the Greenville Fine Arts Center. The classical music quintet performed the Scherzo from the Piano Quintet in A Major (The Trout) by Franz Schubert at TEDxGreenville 2011.
These were not just your average students, as was easily apparent in the near perfect performance. Each musician in the group had a promising future. You may expect that each went on to pursue performance arts, but that isn’t the case. Each of these remarkable young adults is still excelling in various areas of academia, three of which are still continuing to pursue their love of music. Two of these students maintain a love of music but are no longer pursuing an education in the performing arts. We checked in to see where these performers are today.
Chelsea Abdalla, on the viola, is currently Pre-Law at Boston University.
Mary Aguilar, the violinist, is currently studying Computer Science.
Naomi Causby, the pianist in the quintet, is currently a Piano Performance major at Juilliard where she has performed at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their annual Summergarden concert series.
Tony Abdelmalek, on bass, is currently a Bass Performance major at the University of Georgia.
Maria Parrini, on the cello, was the youngest member of the quintet- at the time she was just 13 years old. She is still a Fine Arts Center student now focusing her skills on the piano as well as the cello. She participates in the Greenville Fine Arts Center’s chamber music program as both a pianist and a cellist, under the tutelage of John Ravnan. Maria is already a decorated musician, her awards include first place in the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, the SC MTNA Junior Piano Competition, the GCYO Solo Competition, and the Carolina Youth Symphony Concerto Competition; she was also a finalist in the GAMAC Concerto Competition. Concerto appearances include the first movement of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the first movement of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the CYS Symphony Orchestra, and the full Schumann with the GCYO Young Artist Orchestra. She has attended the Brevard Music Center, SEPF, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, where she studied with Norman Krieger, Charles Fugo, and Hugh Sung, respectively. Maria has performed in master classes with Natalya Antonova, Christopher O’Riley, and Svetlana Smolina. Did we mention she’s only 16 years old?
Needless to say, this group was filled with talented performers, many of which were just beginning their musical careers when we first saw them on the TEDxGreenville stage. What talent will we discover for the first time at TEDxGreenville 2014? You won’t want to miss out.
With this post, one in a series of past TEDxGreenville presenter updates, we hope to answer questions that we’ve asked a lot and have heard from many of you, So, they shared their idea/performance, what then? What have they been up to? Where are they now?