By Lisa PAREDES
Young musicians from Gherman Markosian’s Glendale violin and viola studio presented a classical music strings concert at the Brand Library Recital Hall on Sunday evening, July 13.
Thirteen students from ages four through 18 performed the free hour-long recital at the recently reopened and refurbished Brand Library Art Center. A reception was held afterwards for parents and guests.
Violinists Elliot Lee and Sarah Worden from La Crescenta, Vitali Sei Taira, Lev Taira, and Mitchell Hanna of Glendale and Eyen Paredes from Burbank performed along with Lauren Sugiyama from Pasadena and Emelia Affeld, Li Ping Goldenson, Imogen Hutchman and Jason Ly, all of Los Angeles.
Matthew Affeld, also of Los Angeles, played viola. Maya Paredes, from Burbank and a student of David Mergen, performed on cello.
Worden first started out learning violin from Markosian and, more recently, she has studied with his brother in Moscow, Boris Markosian, via Skype. She will attend UCLA in the fall majoring in physics and violin studies.
Affeld and cellist Paredes, along with Worden, are members of the Glendale Youth Orchestra.
Composer and teacher Aleksey Nikolsky of Santa Monica provided piano accompaniment.
Markosian has taught violin and viola to students of all ages for many years through Metzler’s Violin Shop on Central Avenue in Glendale. He also performs regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony on viola.
The Brand Library Art Center has a number of free programs available to the public, including dance and music performances on the plaza, in the Skylight Gallery and the Recital Hall. Ongoing art exhibitions, talks and film presentations, also free to the public are scheduled for the coming months. More information can be found at www.brandlibrary.org.