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SLU VIOLINIST WINS CONCERTO COMPETITION
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University violinist Valentin Nicolaescu, an international student from
Chisinau, Moldova, was the winner of the recent Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
Young Artists Competition.
The competition, held May 3,
at Milsap's College in Jackson, Miss., attracted 14- to 22-year-old strings,
woodwind, brass, piano and voice students from Mississippi, Louisiana and
Nicolaescu received a cash prize
and was selected from among six winners to solo with the Mississippi Symphony
Orchestra during it's 2003-2004 season. A student of Southeastern strings
professor Yakov Voldman, he performed Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in
E Minor" for the competition.
Before coming to Southeastern,
Nicoleascu performed with the state symphony in Moldova. He is a member
of Southeastern's Chamber Orchestra and recently received the Department
of Music and Dramatic Arts' Ralph R. Pottle Award, presented to the department's
most outstanding freshman.
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