Chapel Hill Philharmonia

Chapel Hill Philharmonia Concert Features Two Youth Concerto Competition Winners

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Posted April 14, 2019

On Sunday, May 5, the Chapel Hill Philharmonia concert “Voluptuous Melodies” highlights the talents of the 2019 Youth Concerto Competition winners. Andy Dai, 16, junior at East Chapel Hill High, will play the first movement of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto #20.” Tim Rinehart, a 16 year-old junior at Chapel Hill High School, will perform Koussevitsky’s Concerto for Bass. Both young men have won multiple awards for outstanding musicianship.

Conductor Donald Oehler leads the orchestra in Chabrier’s brilliant “Espana.” Schubert’s gorgeous Symphony #9 in C Major concludes the program. The concert is at 7:30pm in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall on the UNC-CH campus. A reception will follow. Admission is free. The program is supported by the Orange County Arts Commission.

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About the 2019 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winners
Andy Dai

Andy Dai, a sophomore from East Chapel Hill high school, NC, has been studying piano since age 5. Andy received his early training under teachers Julia Yu and Zena Ilyashov in Missouri, where he won first prize multiple times in MMTA and top honors in other regional and state competitions.

After moving to North Carolina in 2015, Andy has studied piano with Greg McCallum and Margaret Evans and is currently taught by Teddy Robie. In North Carolina, Andy has won many prizes - some of which include: first prize and lyrical award of Nakarai/Withers Piano Competition, first prizes in the UNC-School of the Arts Classical Competition, in both King and Prince divisions of the Young Artist Auditions (YAA), in the East Carolina University Young Artist Competition, in Chapel Hill Philharmonia's Concerto Competition, and top prizes throughout the years in MTNA and the Steinway Jr. Competition. In 2016, Andy performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as a winner of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition. In addition to music, Andy likes science, reading, and video games.


Tim Rinehart

Tim Rinehart has been an active orchestral musician since 2013 when he began attending the Duke University String School (DUSS), in which he is currently bass section leader in the Youth Symphony. Tim began playing piano at the age of 5 and double bass at 11 and currently studies bass with Mr. Leonid Finkelshteyn, Principal Bass of the North Carolina Symphony.

He was selected as principal bass of the 2017 and 2018 North Carolina All-State Honors Orchestra, as well as third chair at the All-National Honor Ensembles Symphony Orchestra of 2018. He attended the Eastern Music Festival in the summer of 2018 and has been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra for the summer of 2019 where he will attend a three week residency in New York followed by a one week tour of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Tim won the 2017 DUSS Concerto Competition and performed the Dragonetti Bass Concerto with the Duke Youth Symphony. He has advanced to the semi-finals of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) 15-18 Division Competition where he will perform and compete at Indiana University in June at the 2019 ISB convention.

Equally adept at jazz, Tim studies improvisation with Jason Foureman and is a member of Raleigh’s Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) which will compete for the fourth time at the 2019 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition in New York City In May. TYJE is one of 15 high school bands from around the country to be selected from a competitive pool of 112 bands after submitting recordings of three tunes performed from the Essentially Ellington Library.

Tim's interests extend beyond music. He is a competitive speedcuber and is currently ranked second in North Carolina for the 3x3 Rubik’s Cube single solve with a time of 7.29 seconds. He is also the president and founder of the Cubing Club at his high school.

A junior at Chapel Hill High School, Tim enjoys studying math and science and plans to continue his academic studies in college in addition to music.



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