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Violinist Nicolas Kendall performs in YCA series

March 11, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Violinist Nicolas Kendall performs in the Young Concert Artists Series at Western Michigan University at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Admission is $5 for students and senior citizens.

Praised by The Washington Post for his "warmth, energy, and exuberance," Kendall not only won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, but also was awarded the Fergus Orchestra Soloist Prize, the Pennsylvania Concert Prize with the Janet Weis Award, the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize and the Barenreiter Prize for Violin. He currently holds YCA's John French Violin Chair.

Kendall made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 as a result of winning its young artists competition. As a chamber music player, Kendall has participated in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Seminar at Carnegie Hall, at the Marlboro Music Festival, in the Astral Trio, and at the Los Angeles Chamber Music Festival. Following a long tradition set by his grandfather, John Kendall, the first string teacher to pioneer the Suzuki method in America, Nicolas is an enthusiastic teacher who often performs in schools, incorporating his love of varying musical genres in his popular workshops. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Independence Foundation and a grant in support of his musical career from the Presser Foundation. He studied with Victor Danchenko at The Curtis Institute of Music.

Kendall's Dalton Center performance is made possible through support by the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute of the WMU School of Music. For more information about the Bullock Institute, visit www.wmich.edu/mus_bpi.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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