Sunday, June 11, 2017

Olivia and Leo's first recital!!

Olivia and Leo had their first recital today! Nicholas and I are so proud of how hard they worked learning, memorizing, and perfecting their pieces. And we may be equally or more proud of how they overcame their nerves to actually perform today! Nicholas videoed them and I took pictures!

Olivia has been playing since August, 2016, and just moved from a quarter sized violin to a half sized violin last month. So, in addition to preparing for the recital, she also was getting used to a longer bow and a heavier, larger violin. Olivia loves her teacher Polina Rathbone, and has learned SO MUCH from her! I am so impressed with how Olivia can read music now, and how she can make her little violin sing!

Olivia played two pieces:









Leo has been playing since mid March. He asked to take lessons one day when he heard Olivia's violin teacher accompany Olivia on the piano at her violin lesson. Leo told me then that he really wanted to play piano, and he has been so self motivated to practice--two, three, or four times a day--since he started taking lessons! Nicholas and I are so proud of him. He was the youngest performer there, and was so nervous that on the way to the piano from his seat, he said, "Mom, I have no idea what they want me to play." He had memorized the piece, and we did not bring notes. Luckily, his teacher, Becky Kobylarski, saw his distress and helped him get started. She has been amazing for his confidence since the first lesson! You can see the difference in this facial expressions from before the performance to later!






I love that they are holding hands in these photos! It was a big win for both of them to have performed!




Just a couple of warm up photos I took before we left. I like how they show both of their sweet natures and their concentration.



And just so we remember, here is the first page of the program, complete with Olivia's check marks on it!



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