Schuldt wins ‘Young Artist’

Pianist Ari Schuldt is the winner of the Desert Community Orchestra Association’s annual Young Artist competition, which concluded with auditions on Feb. 24. Ari will be featured with the DCO during its final concert of the season on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at James Monroe Middle School. He will perform the 1st movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Opus 18. The orchestra, under the direction of Robert Martinez, will accompany him during the performance.

Ari Schuldt is 16 years old and a junior in high school. He was born in Mammoth Lakes and has been playing the piano and the cello since age 4, when he began his studies with Wen-Ting Huang and with his father, Brian Schuldt.

For the past 11 years, Ari has been the student of pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. In 2016 and 2017, Ari appeared as soloist with the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor. He is also a cellist with the same ensemble.

Since 2014 Ari has spent his summers learning some of the great chamber music repertoire as a student at the Sierra Academy of Music, performing among other things Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio, Mozart’s G-Minor Piano Quartet, Mendelssohn’s D-Minor Trio, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet and Brahms’s Horn Trio with young musicians from across the world.

His chamber music coaches have included such renowned artists as Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Theodore Kuchar and Vedrana Subotic.

Along with the classical repertoire, Ari greatly enjoys jazz and is a member of the Mammoth High Jazz Band under the direction of Michael Hammers.

Story First Published: 2018-03-09