Ben Solomonow :: Walgreens National Concerto Competition

Ben Solomonow

Ben Solomonow (MYA Symphony)
2008 MYA Junior Division, cello
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33 - Saint-Saëns
2010 MYA Senior Division, cello
Variations on a Paganini Theme - Piatigorsky

Other Competitions:
1st prize at SAM in Junior and Senior
Played a solo with the Oistrach Orchestra
Finalist in the Skokie Valley Competition

Where else do you play?
I will be a freshman at Evanston High School in September 2010, and spend summers in Meadowmount.

Do you have any tips for working with an accompanist?
Always be open to accept suggestions, try to listen all the time to the other part.

Were you nervous for the competition?
I was more excited than nervous; I always practice backstage until the last minute before I go on stage.

What is your advice for participants in the 15th Annual Walgreens Concerto Competition?
Practice!!! And try to do the best you can.