Woodbridge Teen Performs At Carnegie Hall

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Kimberly Son

EDISON — After a rigorous audition at Monmouth Academy of Musical Arts in Morganville, pianist Kimberly Son of Woodbridge was selected to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 5 in the Crescendo International Music Competition 2011.

A sophomore at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, she is the daughter of Mr. Young-Joo Son and Mrs. Yoonie Son.

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Kimberly, who performed M. Moszkowski’s “Etude Op. 72, No. 2 in G minor, Allegro Brilliante,” is now eligible to participate in the upcoming International Student Exchange Program hosted throughout Canada, Germany and Russia.

When asked about her performance on Saturday, she said, “Surprisingly, I was barely nervous. I have been performing since sixth grade (and other recitals since I was about seven years old). So, now I’m more excited than nervous. I have received a lot of compliments about my performance. I was also amazed by the talent of the other players, which was clean, nearly flawless and musical. I even heard some pieces that I might want to learn! The Steinway D piano in the Weill Recital Hall that we played on was absolutely beautiful. It was just under nine feet long with keys like butter and an even more incredible sound. Overall, it was a great experience!”

“The staff and students are so very proud of Kim for winning this extraordinary experience to play at Carnegie Hall,” said Sharon Byrne, music teacher, who attended the performance. “It’s been a pleasure hearing her practice for the competition in the Wardlaw-Hartridge Choir Room leading up to the audition. I was in the audience that evening to enjoy her playing on one of the most distinguished stages for music in the world!”

(Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)


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