Friday, January 30, 2009

Teen composer gets NY Phil debut

Though still considering what he wants to do when he grows up, a 13-year-old New Yorker will get a major jump-start on a possible musical career next month when the New York Philharmonic plays one of his compositions.

The celebrated Manhattan-based orchestra will perform Laboratory by Scarsdale, N.Y., eighth-grader George Frankle at Avery Fisher Hall on Feb. 13, as part of its School Day Concert program.

Frankle, who began piano lessons when he was five and added the viola at three years later, composed the two-minute piece as part of his musical studies at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. The teen demonstrated a musical aptitude early on and, noting his ability to improvise and experiment, his piano teacher at Hoff, Yukiko Konishi, recommended he try composing.

He added theory and composition to his studies and landed Richard Carrick — incidentally a teaching artist with a young composer's program at the New York Phil — as his teacher.

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