Nearly a dozen young Ottawa string players will perform music by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and others at Glebe-St. James United Church Sunday in a concert presented by the Young String Performers Foundation.
That\’s the charitable organization founded by Ottawa violinist Joan Milkson to help young Ottawa players up to age 16 by offering them concert opportunities, master classes, instruments on loan and bursaries.
Milkson\’s organization presents several concerts each season, featuring students recommended by area teachers. The performers are prizewinners at Ottawa, provincial, national and sometimes international competitions. Among the performers Sunday will be violinist Kerson Leong, 13, who won the junior division of the Menuhin Competition in Norway last year. His 16-year-old brother, cellist Stanley Leong, who has been a top prizewinner at national competitions, will also perform. Other students include cellists Anita Pari and Lilian Mai Potvin, violist Jonah Poplove and violinists Rebecca Gray, Meghan Ruel, Isaac Alexander-Cook, Jonathan Crombie and Jae Won Seo.
On Jan. 8, Milkson\’s organization brought former Montreal Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Crow to town for a day-long master class session. Crow, who teaches at McGill University, worked with 16 students. Milkson says his teaching skills were impressive.