11-Year-Old Piano Prodigy to Perform in Tri-C Concert Series


Free concert follows performances around the world for Ohio’s Gavin George

GavinPicEleven-year-old pianist Gavin George of Granville, Ohio, has performed at Cleveland’s Severance Hall and on stages around the world. The gifted musician has been the subject of a documentary series, “Prodigies,” and performed on the Emmy-award winning radio show “From the Top.”

Now, Northeast Ohio audiences will have a chance to see him in a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The performance is part of the Classical Piano Recital Series presented by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).

Gavin began formal training at the age of age 3½ and had his symphonic debut with the Newark-Granville Symphony at the age of 7, performing the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto in D Major.

He has been a featured artist in Washington, D.C.’s, Constitution Hall and won gold medals in 2010 and 2011 in a piano competition sponsored by the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented. In 2013, Gavin performed a piano concerto and solo recital in Italy at the Perugia Music Festival.

Gavin also has been a guest on the “CBS Early Show” and “The Queen Latifah Show.”

In an interview from the “Prodigies” documentary, Gavin said his dream is to grow up to be a concert pianist. “Music,” he said, “is a special gift to give to people.”

Among Gavin’s teachers is concert pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi of Cleveland: “I truly believe those who attend his recital will be completely spellbound,” Pompa-Baldi said. “I don’t say this because he is my student, and I don’t say it because he is only 11 years old. If you are in Cleveland on Nov. 9, don’t miss his recital. You’ll see — and above all, hear — what I mean.”

Gavin’s performance is the second in Tri-C’s Classical Piano Recital Series this academic year. The third and final concert will take place March 22 and feature 18-year-old Israeli pianist Adi Neuhaus.

All concerts take place in the Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle. Seating is on a first-come basis the day of each performance. The auditorium holds 683 spectators.

For more information on the series, contact Emanuela Friscioni at 216-987-2060 or emanuela.friscioni@tri-c.edu

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