Give them a Great Greenville Send Off! Maria and Sam Say Goodbye to Greenville!
Friday night, June 29, at 7:30, at the new Carolina Music Museum in downtown Greenville, all friends and admirers of great music and immensely talented young artists should gather to hear and bid farewell to Maria and Sam Parinni! Help us launch them into what will certainly be bright new chapters in their lives!
Sam Parrini, 18, began studying violin at the age of four with Joanna Mulfinger Lebo and later with Jennifer John, and has also studied piano with his mother since he was three. This fall, he will begin studying at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University under Professor Axel Strauss. Sam recently graduated from the Greenville Fine Arts Center, where he studied chamber music under Mr. John Ravnan and music theory under Dr. Jon Grier. Recently, he received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and appeared on National Public Radio’s From the Top with Christopher O’Riley. He participated in the Young Artist Orchestra of the Greenville County Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2018 and has performed with them twice as a soloist. He is a winner of the Clemson University Concerto Competition, the Carolina Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and is a two-time second place winner of the Hilton Head Symphony Youth Concerto Competition. This summer, he will tour with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States to Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, and Daejeon. Upcoming performances include a concerto appearance in October with the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra.
Maria Paola Parrini began her piano studies at the age of three with her parents, Sherry and Fabio Parrini, and recently received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Paul Schenly and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Ms. Parrini is a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and studied chamber music under John Ravnan at the Greenville Fine Arts Center; during her time at the FAC, she premiered several chamber works by composer Jon Grier, and founded the Chanté Piano Trio with two other students, which won the grand prize of North Carolina’s inaugural WDAV 89.9 Young Artist Chamber Music Competition, resulting in a radio interview and performance broadcast in January 2015. During her time at CIM, Ms. Parrini has received first prize in the 2016 Darius Milhaud Competition at CIM, respective second and third prizes in the Thousand Islands Intl. Piano Competitions of 2016 and 2015, second prize in the MTNA National Senior Piano Competition, and a discretionary award at the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition. She is a frequent recitalist in the SC/NC area; the Asheville-based Pan Harmonia series has featured her several times as a guest artist, and most recently she presented a solo recital for the Music in Landrum concert series in December 2016 and was invited to perform on the 2017 Opening Gala of the Southeastern Piano Festival. In the fall, Ms. Parrini will begin a five-month contract as a Lincoln Center Stage artist, performing nightly chamber music concerts aboard the MS Oosterdam on Holland America Line.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 12, and with only 80 seats available, we urge everyone to make their reservations early. $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID’s. Call 520-8807 to make your reservations. The concert will begin at 7:30.