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Monday, July 6, 2015

The Violin and the Piano: Ji-Won Song and Carlos Avila

The July 4th festivities are over. It is time now for some music. The following video illustrates the magic of the violin and the piano if played perfectly with gusto and bravado. Enjoy!



At the Opening Concert Ceremony for the 2015 Heifetz International Music Institute, violinist Ji-Won Song and pianist Carlos Avila play the Jascha Heifetz arrangement of Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So." Recorded live on June 27, 2015 at the Sun Spots Studio in Staunton VA. www.heifetzinstitute.org
Published on Jul 1, 2015

Last year, Ji-Won Song was awarded first prize, worth US $50,000, at the fourth China International Violin Competition, held in Qingdao. The 21-year-old South Korean violinist currently studies with Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute and has won prizes at the Schadt, Yehudi Menuhin and Stulberg International Competitions. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the final of the competition.

Filipino-American pianist Carlos Avila is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most sought-after pianists in the United States. He has performed in concert and recital in countries around the world including Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Chile and in over half of the continental United States as well as at such prestigious festivals as Schleswig-Holstein, Holland, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest at the Hamptons, Gijon Piano Festival, California Summer Music, Carnegie Hall, Atlantic Music Festival and others.

Personal Note: Carlos Avila is the son of Rosario (Charro) Jambalos-Macrine's youngest sister

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