From left: Molly Carr, Brook Speltz, and Areta Zhulla.
Meet award-winning performing artists Molly Carr, viola, Brook Speltz, cello, and Areta Zhulla, violin – all alumni of The Perlman Music Program (New York). They are here to perform and teach in Sarasota and Manatee county schools as part of our Education Outreach Program.
YOU, too, can enjoy them either on the radio or in person!
Where to hear them:
See them perform at the Woman’s Exchange consignment store (439 S Orange Ave, Sarasota) on Monday, May 11th, from 3:30-4:30pm. This indoor event is FREE!
Violist, MOLLY CARR, praised for her “ravishing sound” (the STRAD) and “passionate talent and beautiful poise… all in one package” (AVS), was a top Prize Winner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. As winner of the 2010 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, Ms. Carr made her New York solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang, performing the Bartok Viola Concerto in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She has won several other major honors, including first prize in the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher’s Association, an instrument scholarship from the Virtu Foundation, a scholarship endowment from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, top honors in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ prestigious Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program, and full scholarships for study at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, to a family of musicians, cellist Brook Speltz has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and abroad. Following his concerto debut with the Houston Symphony after claiming 1st prize in the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, other solo engagements have included the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Curtis Institute Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music chamber orchestra, the Brentwood Westwood Symphony, and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. Brook is honored to have participated at the Marlboro Festival (VT) for the past three years, a community he is humbled and grateful to be a part of. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Brook has performed on the OMEGA Ensemble series, Israeli Chamber Project, the Kronberg Academy (Germany), IMS Prussia Cove (England), East Coast Chamber Orchestra (NY), and Pacific Serenades (L.A.), among others.
Awarded the 2011 “Young Artist of the Year” by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, and recipient of the Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award, Greek violinist Areta Zhulla (AH-retta Zhoo-la) is quickly establishing herself as a compelling artist. Ms. Zhulla has performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, at many renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. Ms. Zhulla made her Megaron Hall debut in Athens in 2010, performing under the baton of legendary French conductor Michel Plasson and the Athens State Symphony Orchestra. Other recent engagements include solo performances with the Camerata Orchestra of Greece, Westchester Philharmonic, Kenosha Symphony, and the State Symphony of Thessalonica.