Roslyn Cellist At Carnegie Hall


celloRoslyn resident Holly Kim is a cellist who performed at Carnegie Hall on May 4 as a Rondo Young Artist first place winner. She has also been chosen for the Rondo Special Tour Presentation and will perform in Bronxville on Sunday, May 18 and the Lenox Hill House on Sunday, June 8. 

Kim attends Roslyn High School and goes to Julliard Pre-College Division for music.

“It was an amazing experience,” Kim told The Roslyn News. “It was a lot of fun. The audience was great.”

The May 4 recital , at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall featured classical musicians performing works by Beethoven, Liszt, Piazzolla, and others in piano, violin, cello, voice solos and a piano trio.

The Festival features a series of concerts designed to give Rondo winners a chance to make music the way professional musicians do. After their Carnegie Hall debut, the top four winners of the competition will also take part in The Special Tour Presentation in a private residence in Bronxville, alongside concert pianist Alexandre Moutuzkine, on May 18 and June 8. They will also be part of the Lenox Hill House Concert Series in New York City.

“[Rondo gives] so much personal attention to each participant in guiding their forming careers,” says Emilia Oskotsky, the festival’s executive director and one of its founders. “This makes us unique among youth music festivals and inspires youngsters to keep nurturing their talents.”

Music teachers agree.

“Rondo Young Artist Festival gives performers of the pre-college age an array of opportunities to perform in major concert venues,” added Mark Packman, piano faculty member at The Montclair State University and at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. “The very best players are selected for Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. I find the conditions of the competition to be very fair both artistically and financially.” Packman adds, “Last spring, [one of my students] was lucky to be included in the Weill Recital Hall program. I found the entire atmosphere before, during and after the performance to be very festive and friendly. I am looking forward to the performances of my two students in the same hall on May 4.”

Rondo Young Artist Festival, Inc., is a New York-based not-for-profit organization that encourages young people to develop and share their musical talents. The festival is open to instrumentalists and vocalists from all musical traditions and educational backgrounds. For more information, visit

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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