The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby, will perform Sunday, Oct. 29, at Country Oaks Baptist Church beginning at 4 p.m. Country Oaks Baptist Church is located at 20915 Schout Road. The program features pianist Jason Stoll joining the symphony to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Stoll, of Southern California, has garnered many praises and awards for his performances throughout his career. Concert highlights for the upcoming 2017-2018 season include solo recitals and chamber music throughout California and New York, and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra.
Past concert highlights include many solo recitals throughout his native California, New York, Toronto and orchestral appearances with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the California State University, Northridge Symphony, the York Symphony Orchestra, and the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra. Stoll has also competed internationally and was named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition and finalist in the 2013 American Paderewski Piano Competition.
Over the years, Stoll has been both participant and performer at several notable summer music festivals including the Adamant Music School, the Aspen Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons and the Miami Music Festival. While in residence at these festivals, Stoll has had the privilege of working closely with a plethora faculty from many prestigious conservatories and universities. As part of the Adamant Music School’s annual recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Stoll was invited by the school to perform at their 68th, 70th and 72nd anniversary recitals.
Stoll holds degrees from California State University, Northridge, the Juilliard School, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His principal teachers included John Roscigno, Dmitry Rachmanov, Matti Raekallio, Jerome Lowenthal, John Perry and David Louie.
While at Northridge, Stoll was the recipient of the Bronislaw-Gimpel Award, the Arts Council Scholarship, and the Outstanding Piano Student Award. Over the years, Stoll has had the privilege of participating in masterclasses working closely with many distinguished artists including Leon Fleisher, Emmanuel Ax, Stephen Hough, and Manahem Pressler. As a teacher himself, Stoll has served on the faculty of the Bronx Conservatory of Music for three years teaching private piano lessons.
Currently, Stoll is a piano instructor and lecturer at California State University, Northridge, and is also an active freelance pianist throughout the Los Angeles area. Apart from pianistic activities, Stoll is a fan of the NBA, tennis, juggling, bowling and ping-pong.
Audience members may meet Newby, Stoll and musicians during the reception following the concert. All Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra concerts are free to the community. For more information, see www.tehachapiorchestra.com or call 821-7511.
Karen Budai is the director of publicity for the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra.