2018 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE. FELLOWSHIP TOUR.
Aristo Sham. John Schindler. Aleksandra Kasman.
Program: February 25 at 3:00 p.m., Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
Hailed by The Washington Post as a young artist with “boundless potential” who can “already hold his own with the best,” Aristo Sham has dazzled audiences on five continents in countries ranging from Singapore and Argentina to Slovenia and Morocco. The New York Concert Review remarked that he “showed tremendous command and involvement,” and “in addition to showing passion and pianism, [his performance] reflected logic and clarity.”
In 2009, Aristo was featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies,” broadcast by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. He has also performed for royalty and dignitaries such as Prince Charles, the Queen of Belgium, and China’s ex-President Hu, and collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
Aristo is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and French, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance as a joint programme at Harvard University and New England Conservatory.
Aristo will perform youth concerts at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for German Immersion and French Immersion Schools, present a family concert at Calvary Baptist Church, a program in a concert series presented at Wauwatosa Presbyterian church, teach classes at Ronald Reagan High School and Brookfield Academy, coach chamber music at Brookfield East High School, and present a Soiree in a private home.
A freshman at The Juilliard School, John Schindler is a graduate of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. Recognized in many competitions, John was named a 2016-17 finalist of the National YoungArts Foundation and participated in YoungArts week in Miami. In 2016, he was awarded third prize, Best Performance of a Duo, and the Wisconsin Contestant prize at the PianoArts North American Competition, where he was the youngest semifinalist. He then was featured on TMJ4 news’s “Positively Milwaukee.”
Other awards include first prizes in the Concerto Competition at Brevard Music Center, the National Federation of Music Clubs Kelley Competition, and the Wisconsin Youth Piano Competition presented by PianoArts and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
John’s tour will include coaching chamber music at Waukesha North High School, presenting a family concert and youth concert for Hopkins/Lloyd Street Community School at Hephatha Lutheran Church, hosting and performing for ArtsDay for Young Urban Leaders with a tour of the Grohmann Museum and concert at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, presenting concerts at Milwaukee Area Technical College for college students, Salem Lutheran School, and Christ/Saint Peter School, performing for the W.E.S.T. Wing at Marshall High School, co-performing a concert at Saint John’s on the Lake with Aleksandra Kasman, and presenting a Soiree at a private home.
Praised by Italian press for her “rock solid technique” and “singing every sentence with an expressive logic of extraordinary maturity”, Russian-American pianist Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, and Japan.
She is a prize winner of national and international competitions, including the first prize and audience award of the III Premio Roberto Melini (Italy), first prizes at the National Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Competition, High Point University Competition and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival’s MacKenzie Competition in New York, and top prizes at the VIII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine) and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. In January 2018, III Premio Roberto Melini sponsored Aleksandra on the first of three Italian concert tours. She is a first year graduate student at The Juilliard School
Aleksandra’s tour will include concerts at Milwaukee Catholic Home, Saint John’s on the Lake (co-presented with John Schindler) in Milwaukee, and Capitol Lakes Independent Living in Madison (co-presented with PianoArts alum Ariela Bohrod), concerts for Lincoln Middle School of the Arts and Parkside School of the Arts at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, a concert for Hartford Avenue School at the Peck School of the Arts –University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a performance and art tour at the Milwaukee Art Museum for Burdick School, plus classes at Milwaukee School of Languages, Hartford Elementary School, Saint Marcus School, and Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Aleksandra will also host ”An Afternoon with Aleksandra,” that includes a concert and teaching a master class at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and present a Soiree in a private home.