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Pianist to play Sunday recital to benefit Music for Youth

Published 1:05 pm, Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Alex Beyer, pianist and 2012 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School, will play a recital to benefit the  Westport-based Music for Youth Free Young Persons' Concert series on Sunday, Jan. 13. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Alex Beyer, pianist and 2012 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School, will play a recital to benefit the Westport-based Music for Youth Free Young Persons' Concert series on Sunday, Jan. 13. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Alex Beyer, pianist and 2012 graduate of Fairfield Warde High School, will play a recital to benefit the Music for Youth Free Young Persons' Concert series on Sunday, Jan. 13. It will take place t 4 p.m. in Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road.

This program will feature the entire group of Chopin Preludes, according to a release.

Beyer began his piano studies when he was 4 years old in California, later continuing with Yoshie Akimoto and Dr. Matti Raekallio of the Juilliard School.

He has made numerous concert appearances, including as guest soloist with the New Haven, Hartford, Greater Bridgeport, Waterbury, Milwaukee, Charlotte and Thayer Orchestras, the release states.

He received the Stamford Symphony Jeniam Foundation Instrumental Award in 2012 and took first place in the Renee Fischer Competition and the Music Teacher's National Association state and regional competitions. He continued as a finalist in the association's senior piano division and a finalist in the 2010 Milwaukee PianoArts competition, the release states.

He is also a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar of the Arts.

Beyer has studied at the 2012 Mary Foulger Summer Institute at Keane University in Union, N.J., and festivals in Killington, Vt.; Luxembourg; and Saarburg, Germany. He will matriculate to Harvard University in the fall of 2013.

There is a suggested donation of $20 for the Jan. 13 concert. Proceeds will benefit Music for Youth, including its residency program in the Bridgeport public schools.

For information, call 203-938-3843.