Three award-winning students of Dr. Nariaki Sugiura from the University of North Dakota will perform the following concertos:
• Austin Soderstrom (Minot – Senior) is the 2013 3rd prize winner of the GGFSO concerto competition, and will be performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto B minor, 1st movement
• Matthew Lorenz (Fargo – Freshman) is a 2014 finalist of the GGFSO concerto competition, and is performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 C minor, 1st movement
• Caleb Faul (Bismarck – Sophomore) is a 2014 top prize winner of the GGFSO concerto competition, and will be performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto A minor, 1st movement
Admission to this event is FREE! Seating is limited, so please let us know you’re coming! RSVP to 701-281-1828, or CLICK HERE to RSVP online.
Austin Soderstrom, cello
Austin Soderstrom started the cello at age 9 through the Minot Public school systems. He was a member of the 2010 ASTA National Orchestra in Santa Clara, California and the 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Minot Symphony Young Artist competition, which resulted in a solo performance with the orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. That same year Austin went on tour with the Minot High School Orchestra to play in Disney’s Magic Music Days. Participated in summer festivals such as Bowdoin, Dakota Chamber Music, Masterworks, and Aspen. He has been principal cellist of the International Music Camp Symphony Orchestra, University of North Dakota Honors Orchestra, North Dakota All State Orchestra, and the University of North Dakota Chamber Orchestra.
Austin is also the current cellist in the UND string quartet, which he has toured with in Brazil, China, and the United States. Austin is currently working on recording a CD with the UND String Quartet. Austin has also taught at the Arioso Music Academy. Austin has studied with Dr. Simona Barbu, Dr. Erik Anderson, Yehuda Hanani, and Leonardo Altino. Along with being a cellist, Austin also plays guitar, electric bass, Double Bass, and has been guest principal for the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew Lorenz, piano
Matthew Lorenz is currently a freshman at the University of North Dakota, studying piano performance with Dr. Nariaki Sugiura as well as performing on the cello in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and University of North Dakota Chamber Orchestra. Beginning piano lessons at the age of 9 with Susan Nagel, Matthew was a leader in musical performance throughout high school in Fargo, North Dakota. Not only playing the cello with his high school orchestra, the All-State Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, and learning musical composition lessons throughout high school, he won several local and state competitions performing pieces by Rachmaninov, Ravel, Bach, and Prokofiev.
Now studying in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Matthew has performed regularly in front of public audiences and has most recently been a finalist in the GGFSO concerto competition, playing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto in C Minor.
Caleb Faul, piano
Pianist Caleb Faul is a two-time winner of the MTNA Senior Performance Competition at the state level in North Dakota. In 2011, he attended the Summer Music Academy of the International Institute for Young Musicians where he studied with John McCarthy from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed in numerous master-classes with such pianists as Nelita True, Stefano Greco, and Helen Sim. Currently he is an undergraduate student at the University of North Dakota pursuing a degree in philosophy while studying piano with Dr. Nariaki Sugiura. Most recently, he was the co-winner of the 2014 Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.