Beyond the Competition – Showcasing Former Winners of The Orchestra of Northern New York’s Young Artist Competition.
Junior High and High School students from Northern and Central New York are invited to participate in the 15th Annual Young Artist Competition on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Participants will receive feedback from a panel of professional musicians that includes ONNY’s music director.
Cash prizes will be awarded and the winner will have the opportunity to solo with ONNY at a future concert.
Learn more: https://onny.org/competition
About this performance
Song: 1st movement of Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Opus 109
Composed by: Beethoven, 1820
Performed by Christopher Spinelli, 2015 Young Artist Competition Winner
CHRISTOPHER SPINELLI is a 2016 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School. He won the Central New York Association of Music Teachers (CNYAMT) Piano Competition three years in a row, taking First Place in the senior division at age 14. At age 12, and again at 16, he was a finalist in the Syracuse Symphony Youth Concerto Competition. Mr. Spinelli has participated in several piano competitions in Upstate New York, including the Thousand Islands International Piano Festival and the Competition for Young People in Cape Vincent. He also participated in the Civic Morning Musicals Wednesday Recital Series in 2014-2016. He was awarded the 2016 Music Scholarship from CNYAMT and the 2016 winner of Robinson Award from The Skaneateles Festival. He was honored to perform at the Presidents’ Meeting of the American Association of State College and University (AASCU) in 2017. Recently, Mr. Spinelli has played with members of Symphoria, in various recitals around Central New York, and has created a debut jazz album with the Frank Gordon Experience. He teaches students of all ages in his piano studio in the Syracuse area. A former student of John Spradling of Central New York, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from SUNY Oswego, under the direction of Dr. Robert Auler. He is currently working towards his Master’s degree at Syracuse University under Dr. Ida Tili-Trebicka.