Fenwick presents piano recital May 17
Pianist Baron Fenwick will present a recital of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. The recital is free and open to the public.
Fenwick, 17, has been playing piano since the age of 6. His piano professors have included Boone resident Lisa Brown, University of North Carolina School of the Arts professor Clifton Matthews, and, currently, ASU professor Bair Shagdaron and renowned Philadelphia pianist Susan Starr.
Fenwick has won numerous state and national competitions, including first prize at the Lee University Piano Competition in Tennessee and top pianist at the 2011 Blount-Slawson Concerto Competition in Montgomery, Ala. His statewide awards include first prizes in the 2009 N.C. Symphony Concerto Competition Junior Division and in the 2010 Charlotte Symphony Youth Artist Competition.
He was also the recipient of the first annual Leonard Bernstein award at UNCSA in 2009. His piano studies have taken him to New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, California and Switzerland, and he looks forward to recitals in Florida and Virginia later this year.
Fenwick has enjoyed performance opportunities with the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. His performance with conductor Erin Freeman and the South Carolina Philharmonic was called "brilliant" by David Lowry of the Columbia Free-Times.
"His driving rhythm, virtuosic technique, musical treatment and careful attention to the ensemble were all stunning," Lowry writes. "Put two or three more years on this young man, and we might well have a major star."
Fenwick played the $1.2 million Kuhn-Bosendorfer piano at its unveiling in the Winston-Salem art studio of John Kuhn and has performed at the N.C. Governor's Mansion, as well as at the Washington Ballet Company Gala held in the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. He has taken the stage numerous times at the Watauga Education Foundation's Shooting Stars showcase.
Fenwick is the son of Jay Fenwick and Cindy Norris, professors of computer science at ASU, and attended Green Valley Elementary School. He attended the UNC School of the Arts for two years and is currently being home schooled. His other interests include politics, economics, foreign languages and linguistics.