The Highland County Arts Council will present the Heifetz Institute’s Spring in the Highlands Concert on Sunday, April 28th at 3 p.m. at The Highland Center.  The program will feature three of the outstanding young classical performers who have completed the rigorous Heifetz Performance and Communication Training Program.  

Founded in 1996, The Heifetz Program is dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. Through its innovative and cross-disciplinary training, it nurtures young musicians to become well rounded, communicative artists by improving their technical agility and musicianship, self- confidence, gestural and verbal communication skills, and leadership capacity both on and off stage. The Institute’s teaching philosophy is that artists express their individuality not only through technically and intellectually robust music making, but also through emotional and even physical engagement.

Three of the Institute’s recent graduates will bring their outstanding talent to the Highland concert. Violinist Ria Honda currently studies with Li Lin at the Juilliard School.  Ria has been a top prize winner in numerous competitions including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Sejong Music Competition, Sammamish Symphony Concerto Competition, and DuPage Symphony Young Artists Competition.


Joining Honda will be cellist Dominic Lee who is from New Zealand. Dominic is currently working on his Masters of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. He has won first prizes in various competitions such as the 2013 Valsesia International Music Competition, 2013 Padova International Music Competition, and 2015 American Protégé International Music Competition and was recently named the winner of the Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition, which promoted his performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Eastman Philharmonia.


Completing the roster of performers ispianist Jingxuan Zhang whose musical journey started in Beijing, wound its way through Indiana and New York, and brought him to Boston. He did his undergraduates studies at Columbia University and The Juilliard School and received his Masters Degree from New England Conservatory.

The afternoon’s performance will include both solo and group performances of works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bizet, Mark O’Connor and Piazzolla.

The April 28thconcert marks the first visit by the Heifetz Institute to Highland County. “We are very grateful that the Institute included Highland on its tour which includes stops throughout the Valley as well as Washington DC.,” said Jason Canze, President of the Arts Council. “The Council is dedicated to bring first-rate talent to our audience and the trio in this program is no exception. I anticipate Heifetz on Tour will raise the bar for other classical performances we engage.”

The Sunday, April 28th concert is at 3 p.m.  Tickets are available at the Highland Center door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 15-18, and free for children under 15.

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