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Pianist Johann Derecho, YAC Junior Winner


Posted on August 22nd, by Peter Macdonald in Community, Soloist, Written Articles. No Comments

Pianist Johann Derecho, YAC Junior Winner

Pianist Johann Derecho is co-winner in the Junior category of our 2013 Young Artists Competition. Johann is a winner at provincial and national competitions. He graduated this year from Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton, where he enjoyed playing the piano as an accompanist for choirs and as a soloist for special occasions. He was also a trombonist for the school band. Johann also finds time to play piano as a volunteer for the elderly at local retirement residences.

At the age of five, his extraordinary gift in music became apparent as he could name notes and chords by ear after just a few sessions with his piano teacher. An examiner called him a prodigy at the age of seven. He learns music very quickly he needed only four weeks to learn a 16-minute concerto for last year’s national finals. His love for music was nurtured by his first piano teacher, Sara Doutre. Johann is now under the tutelage of Sergei Pavlov of Debut Piano Studio in Toronto.

Johann is very excited to play with the Symphony on the Bay as this is a dream come true for him. He will play the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor at the “Schumann and the Young Musicians” concert on November 3, 2013.





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Symphony on the Bay

Symphony on the Bay is a community-based symphony orchestra serving Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas. We began in 1973 as the McMaster Symphony Orchestra, left the university to become Symphony Hamilton in 1988, and rebranded as Symphony on the Bay in 2011 to reflect our role in the wider Hamilton-Burlington community. We made our new home in the magnificent Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2011. Maestro Claudio Vena was appointed Conductor and Music Director in December 2015, succeeding Maestro James R. McKay who was our Conductor and Music Director for 19 years and now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus. Our orchestra, comprised of students, highly skilled amateurs and a core of professional players, is looking forward to this new chapter in the life of Symphony on the Bay. We hope you will be part of this new chapter!

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