Small nws excemption3 A Road Less Traveled: New and Stolen Music for Tuba (Solo Spotlight)

Live Events | Jarrett McCourt, Tuba / Zach Manzi, Clarinet / John Wilson, Piano

Presented in the intimate SunTrust Pavilion, Solo Spotlights feature one or two Fellows in recital programs they design. Featuring Jarrett McCourt, tuba.

Gustav Mahler, Paul Hindemith, Marc Mellits, Georg Philipp Telemann, Michael Daugherty


Tuba, Clarinet, and Piano

Recorded Date: 06-03-2017

Jarrett McCourt

Zach Manzi

Zach Manzi is a first-year Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony. Mr. Manzi has enjoyed many recent performances with The Juilliard Orchestra and Wind Orchestra as well as new music groups AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble in performance venues across New York City. He also participated twice in Juilliard's ChamberFest, a chamber music intensive occurring during winter recess, and gave the finale performance of the 2015 festival in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. A passionate educator, he was one of 20 students to be awarded a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, with which he taught music in a New York City public school during the 2014-15 academic year. With two classes of third-graders in Manhattan, he explored the role and relevance of classical music in the 21st-century. As a student at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Manzi performed with four orchestras and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, playing beside his influential teachers, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Burt Hara and Bil Jackson, in the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. He also spent a summer studying and performing at the Brevard Music Center Institute. At Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he spent the first two years of his undergraduate career, Mr. Manzi was awarded the Elliott and Ailsa Newman Prize in 2013, given to the most outstanding woodwind student in the school. As a first-year student, he won the Vanderbilt University Concerto Competition, making his solo orchestral debut with the Vanderbilt Orchestra performing Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie. He received his bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 2015, where he studied with Jon Manasse. When away from the clarinet, he enjoys biking, cooking, writing, traveling and discovering new coffee shops.

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John Wilson

Hailed for his “elegance and energy” (Classical Miami Magazine) and described as a “marvelous, musical mad scientist” (Music Critics Association of North America), pianist John Wilson is a third-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has performed in North America, South America and Europe, and as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and Orchestra Camerata. He has presented solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center and at The American Academy of Arts and Letters. A top-prize winner in international piano competitions, he was most recently awarded the Best Performance of an American Work at the 2017 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. He is the recipient of the silver medal at the American Prize Foundation in Solo Piano Performance. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared in chamber ensembles with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and San Diego Symphony.

Dedicated to contemporary music, Mr. Wilson has performed the U.S and world premiere performances of solo piano works by Michael Tilson Thomas and Timo Andres, and ensemble works by Reinbert de Leeuw, HK Gruber and Bernd Deutsch. He has performed duo recitals with violinist Joshua Bell numerous times, as well as with cellist Johannes Moser. He has additionally collaborated with soprano Audra McDonald, violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. As an ensemble musician he has appeared under some of the world’s leading conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Stéphane Denève and John Williams. He frequently serves as Guest Principal Keyboard for the Milwaukee Symphony and San Diego Symphony.