Talent Group 2
Born in the city of Denpasar on the island of Bali in Indonesia in June of 2003, Joey Alexander encountered a keyboard at the age of six and immediately began picking out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s Well, “You Needn’t” by ear. His father, an amateur musician with a huge passion for jazz, was astonished. He soon discovered his boy not only could pick up virtually any jazz composition by ear, he also had an impeccable sense of swing, and a gift for improvising that was near par to the records that he was learning from, and truly uncanny for a boy of his slight years. As there was no jazz education available in Denpasar, Joey’s first jazz training came from sitting in on an informal jam sessions with local and visiting professionals in Bali. ‘He did study classical music,’ explains his father ‘but what he really loved was to swing.’ By 2011, Joey had been featured at the Jakarta International Jazz Festival organized by Herbie Hancock and in 2013, he entered and won the Master Jam Fest improvisation contest of Jazz in Odessa Festival in Ukraine, triumphing over 43 adult jazz professionals from 17 countries. In 2014 Wynton Marsalis ‘discovered’ Joey performing in Jakarta, and flew him in to New York City to participate in his all-star Jazz At Lincoln Center Gala. Joey also performed for President Clinton.
Carly Rose Soneenclar
Carly Rose Sonenclar is a 13 year old American singer labeled as one of the most 'influential' X Factor USA contestants of all-time by FoxWeekly, for her audition performance of 'Feeling Good'. Sonenclar was born in New York City and began singing at age two, imitating several of the performers on the early years of American Idol. She took numerous singing, dancing, piano and acting classes, and one of her teachers put her in touch with a New York City talent agency, which signed her. In 2012, Sonenclar auditioned for the second season of The X Factor USA with the song "Feeling Good" by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (famously covered by Nina Simone among others). Sonenclar received a standing ovation from all four judges - Judge L.A. Reid commented "You may be 13, but your soul is old!" and Simon Cowell awarded her "4,833 yes-es".
MozART Group (Grupa MoCarta)
The MozART group is a comedy cabaret string quartet based in Warsaw, Poland and known for its unique approach of classical music. The members of the group are Artur Renion, Bolesław Błaszczyk, Filip Jaślar, Michał Sikorski and Paweł Kowaluk - all well educated instrumentalists who graduated from prestigious Academies of Music in Warsaw and Łódz, but who decided to play classical music in a humorous way. The MozART group is a frequent TV guest and performs at international galas and concerts. The quartet have received prestigious prizes such as the Grand Prix of the XVIII Festival of Satire and Comedy in Lidzbark; "Pingwin z brazu" (the Bronze Penguin). In July 2010 the MozART group was awarded a special prize from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland for outstanding achievements and 15 years on stage. The 31st European Humour Festival Gagy in Slovakia awarded the MozART group with the 2011 Grand Prix. In March 2013 the MozART group was awarded all three main prizes at the 10th "Festival des Artes Burlesques" in St.Etienne/France: the Grand Prix of the Jury, the Audience Award and the Press Award.
Salut Salon is a group of classically-trained, female performers from Hamburg, masters of the art of crossover, who have been surprising and charming audiences with their spunky, humour-filled, and heartfelt interpretations of old and new music since their founding in 2000.
Brianna's parents discovered her natural affinity for classical music and the violin at the tender age of three, Brianna was given her first violin – a 1/16-size instrument – and began exploring the fullness of her talent as a student at a local conservatory of music. Brianna stunned her audience by flawlessly performing her pieces with perfect intonation at her very first recital. She had only just turned four (4) years old. Brianna studied at The Juilliard School in New York City. Considered one of the world's youngest philanthropists, Brianna is trying to heal the world, in her own words, “one song at a time.” She has attached her musical gifts to acts of kindness and performances at fundraisers to help raise over nineteen million dollars for charities that have touched her heart. Brianna is honored to currently be the youngest recipient of an instrument from the Stradivari Society in Chicago.
Brandon Goldberg is a 10-year-old jazz pianist from South Florida who picked up the nickname “The Little Piano Man.” He started playing the piano at age three. He's learned both classical and jazz piano but also likes to play popular songs especially by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and “Piano Man” Billy Joel. (Brandon also composes his own music).
Mariangeli is a nine year old singer from Florida. She recorded a cover of the Adele hit "Skyfall" that quickly reached over three million individual views on YouTube. Mariangeli performed at Florida venues such as the Broadway Kids Studio and the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre and joined the cast of HitStreak when she was just ten years old, making her the youngest performer on the show.
Diana Adamyan is a 14 year old violin prodigy from Yerevan, Armenia. Born into a musical family, both her parents are violinists with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, with her father the orchestra’s concertmaster. At just 11 years old Diana won the 2012 Silver Nutcracker Award, at the prestigious Nutcracker International TV contest for Young Musicians. She has performed, amongst other venues, at the prestigious National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Annual Gala in Ottawa (Canada), and at the YerazArt Foundation’s Annual Dinner Reception and Benefit Concert in Massachusetts.
Aimi Kobayashi is a Japanese pianist who started learning and performing in concert the piano at the age of three She played with an orchestra at age seven, and has been receiving tutelage from Yuko Ninomiya since the age of eight. Kobayashi's awards include three Yamaguchi Prefecture "Glory Culture Prize" and the special Frédéric Chopin passport from the Polish government. She has performed in France, Brazil, Poland, Russia, South Korea, the United States, and Japan in venues such as the Salle Cortot (Paris), Svetlanov Hall (Moscow), Suntory Hall (Japan), and all three halls of the Carnegie Hall Complex (New York City). AADGT (the American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented), a New York based non-profit organization, has supported Kobayashi for many years.
The Harp Twins
The Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt are American identical twin actresses and electric/acoustic harpists, who compose, arrange, and perform. The twins began playing piano as children, followed by the harp in junior high school. Both sisters hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance and graduated with highest honors at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music; however, although they were trained classically, the Kitt twins' true musical passion is arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duets. They are also third-degree black belts in Taekwondo, and former Taekwondo instructors. They are best known for their duet arrangements of contemporary songs. In October 2014, the Kitt sisters performed at the 8th annual World Harp Festival, in Asunción, Paraguay, which brought together more than 30 national and international artists.
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato