Franklin Pond Chamber Music
Bradley Hu, Tobias Liu, violins Nathan Gay, viola Alicia Shin, cello
- Hungarian Dance #5 Johannes Brahms
- String Quartet, Op. 76, No.4 Franz Joseph Haydn I. Allegro con spirito
- Ashokan Farewell Jay Unger
- String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D.703 Franz Schubert “Quartettsatz”, Allegro assai
- The Zombie Attack Michael Kurth Though Terrifying, Was Funkier Than They Had Anticipated
- Fiddle Faddle Leroy Anderson
- Por Una Cabeza Carlos Gardel
Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a unique year around chamber music program for talented string students. Created as an opportunity for serious students to interact personally with highly qualified professionals, Franklin Pond offers coaching with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, master classes with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as movement, eurhythmics, and Alexander Technique, and regularly scheduled sight-reading sessions.
Tobias Liu, violin, is thirteen years old and in eighth grade at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. He began studying violin at the age of five with Keiko Furness and is currently studying with Sonja Foster. Last May, Tobias's Aoide Trio was the first prize winner of the inaugural Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition. At age eleven, Tobias made his solo debut with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra as the first place winner of their Concerto Competition. In December 2016, Tobias was featured along with his sister, Phoebe, in the Tower of Talent fundraiser for the Children's Health Care of Atlanta showcasing the most talented musicians in Atlanta which included a live performance on 11Alive/NBC TV. Tobias is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Georgia All-State Orchestra. He was a winner of the American Protégé Piano and Strings International Competition and performed in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, N.Y. He has performed solos as a Conference Recitalist at the Georgia Music Teachers Association's annual conferences consecutively as the winner of the GMTA Strings Competition since he was seven. In addition to being a passionate musician, Tobias is also an outstanding artist and athlete. His artwork has been displayed in the High Museum, at the Georgia Board of Education, and at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He is a member of the state champion swim team, golf team and orchestra at Westminster Schools. Tobias has been a year-round competitive swimmer at Dynamo Swim Club since 2011. He attended Franklin Pond the summers of 2016 and 2017.
Bradley Hu, violin, is a sophomore at Johns Creek High School and was the winner of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra concerto competition playing a solo with them last spring in Spivey Hall in Atlanta. He was also the recipient of MYSO’s Dave Cady Memorial Scholarship for three years and served as concertmaster last year. For two years, he was chosen by audition for the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State orchestra. He was the Concertmaster of the Fulton County Honor Orchestra and member of Johns Creek High School's highest Chamber Orchestra, which will be performing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago this year. This year he will be competing in the Carnegie Hall American Protégé Competition. Bradley has been playing violin for three years. He currently studies with Sonja Foster and his previous teachers include Lee Sheehan and Noriko Clift. Bradley attended Franklin Pond the summer of 2017.
Nathan Gay, viola, is a junior at Roswell High School and has five years of experience as a violist. He is a member of the Roswell High School Chamber Orchestra and has played in the pit orchestra there for two years. In 2016, Nathan performed in the Tower of Talent in Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. In 2015, he participated in the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference in Chicago. During his eighth grade year, he participated in the Talent Development Program affiliated with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he was also awarded a seat in the Georgia All-State Orchestra and received a scholarship to attend the summer program at Florida State University. Nathan enjoys playing often in the worship services at the church he attends. He aspires to become a professional violist and composer. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, and socializing with friends and family. Nathan attended Franklin Pond the summer of 2017.
Alicia Shin, cello, is a sophomore at North Gwinnett High School, and has been playing the cello for 6 years. She has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Georgia All-State Orchestra for two years. She traveled to Iceland for concerts with the Atlanta Youth Orchestra in 2016 and participated in Franklin Pond Chamber Music the summer of 2017. Alicia' first teacher was Bo Na and she is currently studying with Martha Gerchefski. This year she plans to teach cello privately.