wins major music competition
By Sheri Sides
the violin for eight years has paid off for 15-year-old Robyn Osborne-Quinnett.
A Fayetteville resident
who attends both the Cumberland County Schools and UNC Pembroke, Osbourne-Quinnett
won Appalachian State University's Mariam Hayes Young Artist Competition
on December 6, earning $24,000 in scholarships.
She was the youngest
musician in the national competition. Osborne-Quinnett performed the
first movement of Tchaikovsky's "Concerto in D Major" in the
competition attracts some of the most talented high school seniors in
the Southeast," said William Harbinson, dean of the Hayes School
of Music. Osbourne-Quinnett said practice paid off.
for about four or five hours a day," Robin said. "You have
to in order to build your reflexes and stay sharp."
also won the Concerto Competition at UNC Pembroke, where she studies
violin with UNCP Professor Yura Alexov. Alexov, who also teaches for
the Public Schools of Robeson County (PSRC), is also the founding director
and conductor of the Robeson Community Symphony Orchestra.
performance is a lot more than just playing notes," Alexov said.
"You must clear your mind and discover how the composer intended
the music to be performed."
has been playing with the Community Orchestra since its creation in
2000. It is a joint project of UNCP and PSRC.
"So far the
performance that stands out in my mind is when I had my solo debut at
Richmond Community College with the orchestra," Osborne-Quinnett
said. "Every recital is special, but I've learned so much from
playing with them."
A high school senior,
Osborne-Quinnett takes classes online through Cumberland County's Web
Academy and will start college in the fall. She is also dual-enrolled
at UNCP, taking three credit hours in music.
A Laurinburg resident,
Alexov was born in Russia. He began to practice violin privately at
age four with Nikolai Sakharov, who also was his teacher at the Professional
Children's Music School until he was 14-years old. After graduation
Alexov entered the Special Music School for Gifted Children of Leningrad
He continued his
education at Leningrad State Conservatory. In 1987, he formed a string
quartet, and in 1989 this ensemble won Grand Prix All Soviet Union String
Quartet Competition. Three months later, during a concert trip to the
U.S., Alexov defected and received political asylum in Baltimore, Md.
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