Eight young soloists will bring their talents to Sidney on March 4 as part of the Sidney Classical Orchestra’s annual Young Soloists concert. A violinist, soprano, flutist, cellist, and four pianists will play works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Faure.
Brown said they typically choose between five and eight soloists, and it is one of their more popular concerts of the year. The soloists range in age from 11 to 22 years old, and include Karen Chan, Gillian Newburn, Alexander Martin, Mariah McDonald, John Evans, Ricky Chiu, and Lexie Krakowski. Rebecca Reader-Lee, a Grade 10 student at Claremont, will play the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.
“Mozart in general is quite challenging, but not technically,” said Reader-Lee. “It’s more mentally challenging. It’s just difficult in a way that other pieces aren’t, and I like to work through those challenges.”
Reader-Lee has been playing violin since just before her third birthday, at Suzuki violin lessons with Yasuko Eastman. She later studied with Michael van der Sloot for three years; this is her first year with Müge Büyükçelen.
Reader-Lee played with the SCO at last year’s young soloist concert, but she wanted to do it again.
In January, Reader-Lee played The Planets, Gustav Holst’s epic seven-movement orchestral suite which partly inspired John Williams’ score for Star Wars. The piece required the Victoria Symphony to join forces with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, of which Reader-Lee is also a member. She said it is the biggest group she has played with to date.
Krakowski, a fellow soloist, is a good friend of Reader-Lee’s; they are both students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Collegium Program for young musicians, and play in ensembles together, but Reader-Lee said she appreciates both solo and ensemble playing.
Conductor Stephen Brown said the concert is one of the most popular shows of the year.