Detroit Country Day School Student Performs With Famed Pianist
By: Chris Austin
Senior Ari Korotkin serves as concertmaster for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Civic Orchestra
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., May 21, 2013 – Detroit Country Day School (DCDS), an independent, non-denominational, college preparatory school, announced today that DCDS senior Ari Korotkin performed alongside famed pianist Emanuel Ax as part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Orchestra, Michigan’s premier youth orchestra. DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling made the announcement.
Korotkin served as concertmaster for the performance, which is the role given to the most-skilled violinist in the section. The concertmaster acts as the leader of the orchestra, subordinate only to the conductor.
“Ari has displayed a supreme musical talent throughout his education at Detroit Country Day School, and we are very proud of his performance with world-renowned virtuoso pianist Emanuel Ax, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Shilling. “Our art programs take pride in students excelling not only in the classroom, but also beyond our campuses to professional performances.”
The concert with Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Emanuel Ax took place at Orchestra Hall on March 25, 2013, and featured Beethoven’s popular “Egmont Overture,” as well as Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, which is more commonly referred to as the “Emperor” concerto and is highly regarded as one of Beethoven’s most difficult masterpieces. The program also included a performance by the Civic Slatkin String Quartet of Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 4, Op. 44.
Korotkin is enrolled in the DCDS Conservatory of Fine & Performing Arts, and most recently composed the music for the Upper School’s fall 2012 production of “Macbeth.” Korotkin spent the previous summer studying music composition at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he was selected by faculty to participate in the honors recital. He was recently nominated for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Orchestra Outstanding Soloist for the second consecutive year. Korotkin will attend Harvard University this coming fall.
The DCDS Conservatory of Fine & Performing Arts nurtures and challenges highly gifted students that are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The advanced program mentors and prepares students for the competitive admission process at top schools specializing in arts disciplines across the nation.
To download a photo of Ari, please click below (Photo credit: Mark Adrian).
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.dcds.edu.