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  • Nicolas Kendall, Violin

  • Grade 11, Washington Waldorf School

  • Silver Spring, Maryland
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    Nicolas Kendall is 17 years old and a junior at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland. He currently studies with Victor Danchenko. He has had private lessons or master classes with Donald Weilerstein, Louise Behrend, Dorothy DeLay, and Pamela Frank. He began studying violin at the age of four, following the Suzuki Method. He has studied with his grandfather John Kendall, Susan Turcotte, Ellie Albers, James Mauer, and Ronda Cole.

    He has won all levels of Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Concerto Competition, as well as all levels of the NVMTA Scholarship Competition. At the age of 13, he was one of the two first prize finalist of the Pre-Collegiate Division Maryland/DC Chapter of the National American String Teachers Association Preliminary Solo String Competition.

    In 1992 and in 1994 he was selected to participate in master classes at the Suzuki Association of America's bi-annual national conference. He frequently performs in recital in and around the DC area. He won the 1995 National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists' Competition, High School Division, and was awarded the Bill Cerri Scholarship. He is a member of the Encore String Quartet.

    He made his debut as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the December 1995 NSO Young People's Concerts. His most recent accomplishment was being awarded a first prize in the 1996 St. Louis Symphony national competition for strings and voice, receiving a cash award and the opportunity to perform with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and on a live radio broadcast in the St. Louis Botanical Gardens.

    Hear Nicholas Kendall play
    an exerpt from
    Ravel's Tzigane

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