Chapel Hill Philharmonia

Chapel Hill Philharmonia Features Youth Winner

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Posted April 15, 2018

On Sunday, May 6, the Chapel Hill Philharmonia will play Vieuxtemps’s brilliant “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor” with Caroline Jesalva, violinist. She is the 17-year-old winner of the CHP 2018 Youth Concerto Competition. Conductor Donald Oehler directs the concert titled “In the Shadow of Giants” (a reference to the composers’ debt to famous predecessors). Mendelssohn’s familiar “Hebrides Overture” will start the program. The orchestra concludes with Brahms’ grand Symphony No. 1.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm in Moeser Auditorium on the UNC-CH campus. Admission is free.

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About the 2018 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner

Caroline Jesalva is a homeschooled high school junior from Cary, NC. She began violin lessons at age 4 with Margaret Garriss of Meredith College, and currently studies with Eric Pritchard, the first violinist of Duke University's quartet-in-residence, the Ciompi Quartet.

For 2018, Caroline was the winner of the Chapel Hill Philharmonia Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Philharmonic Association Concerto Competition, and the North Carolina Women’s Club Arts Festival Music Competition. In 2017, she placed 1st in the Raleigh Music Club competition taking the Wieniawski Prize, and won 2nd place in Winston-Salem Symphony’s Peter Perret Talent Competition.

Caroline has been actively involved in Triangle-area youth orchestras for 9 years, and is presently the Concertmaster of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. She has been performing chamber music for 5 years, playing with groups from the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute and the Mallarme Youth Chamber Orchestra. Caroline attended the Meadowmount Music School in the summer of 2017 studying under Sally Thomas from the Juilliard School. She also attended the Brevard Music School as a scholarship recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Caroline is also a jazz vocalist for the award-winning Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. In addition to music, Caroline enjoys reading philosophy and the classics and writing poetry.

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