Clarence Youth Violinist Achieves First Place at National Competition

March 20, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

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Clarence Youth Violinist Achieves First Place at National Competition

March 20, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

Clarence, N.Y. — Local Clarence Middle school student and violinist, Elisa Yi was awarded first prize at the Duquesne National Young Artist Competition, Solo Division in Pittsburgh on March 8th.

Yi was then invited to play the following day at the Winners concert at the recital hall located at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music.

Duquesne University National Young Artist Competition is supported in part by Symphony North, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Elisa now a 7th grade student has been playing the violin since the age of five. She previously placed first in the International String Competition, the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Golden Strings of America 2011, and had been invited to play with other first place winners in a prestigious recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Elisa attends the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY weekly for violin lessons and practices in the community music program and studies music theory.