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13-Year-Old Cupertino Violinist to Lead Saratoga Symphony

Kevin Zhu, a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has already soloed at venues ranging from London's Royal Festival Hall to China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Cupertino's Kevin Zhu. Credit: The Menuhin Competition
Cupertino's Kevin Zhu. Credit: The Menuhin Competition

A local music prodigy who's already performed on international stages will lead the Saratoga Symphony in a performance Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga.

Under guest conductor George Yefchak will be 13-year-old Kevin Zhu, a student at Lawson Middle School in Cupertino. Zhu will perform the Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63, in G minor by Sergei Prokofiev according to the Symphony website.

The Symphony will also perform the Tsar Boris overture by Vasily Kalinnikov and Symphony No. 3, Op. 26 in F minor, "The Irish," by Charles Stanford.

You can see a Youtube video showing off the incredible skiills of this teenager as the 11-year-old  Zhu performs Wieniawski's Etude-Caprice Op.18 No. 4 in the 1st round of the Junior Division on the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.

The San Jose Mercury News says the teen, a scholarship student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has already soloed at venues ranging from London's Royal Festival Hall to China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Marilyn Leonard January 14, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Wow! Only 13 years old! What an honor!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 14, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Def Gifted! That's Wonderful!

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