Classical pianist Mackenzie Melemed to conclude Summer Sonatina series

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BENNINGTON — A solo piano concert by 24-year-old classical pianist Mackenzie Melemed on July 27 will highlight and conclude the evening concert series of Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp's 50th season.

Melemed studies in the highly selective two-year Artist Diploma program at the Juilliard School with Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax. Previously, Melemed graduated from the Juilliard School's prestigious accelerated five-year-dual degree program with his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree.

From the White House to Carnegie Hall, Melemed has won the first prize in numerous international piano competitions. He has performed most recently throughout the United States, Finland, France, Poland and Switzerland. His music can be heard on the Steinway and Sons label and soon on the Warner Classics label with the world premier recording of Jeajoon Ryu's Piano Concerto with Sinfonia Varsovia and Ralf Goth ni.

Melemed attended Summer Sonatina for two years, early in his musical studies. The program cemented his passion for music and encouraged him to begin his quest for a career as a concert pianist.

In honor of Summer Sonatina's 50th year, Melemed will be performing on the Bosendorfer Imperial piano at Chapin Hall at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. The program will include the following pieces: Bach G Major French Suite, Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Poulenc Trois Pieces, Scriabin Preludes Op. 16 and Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux, Op. 16.

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