The Desert Community Orchestra Association is happy to announce the winner of the Young Artist auditions held February 24. Ari Schuldt, pianist, was selected to be featured with the Desert Community Orchestra in their final concert of the season on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at James Monroe Middle School.

The orchestra, under the direction of Robert Martinez, will accompany the young musician in his performance.

Ari Schuldt is 16 years old and a junior in high school. He was born in Mammoth Lakes, California, and has been playing the piano and the cello since the age of four, when he began his studies with Ms. Wen-Ting Huang, and his father, Brian Schuldt respectively. For the past eleven years, he has been the student of pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. In 2016 and 2017, Ari appeared as soloist with the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3 and Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor. He also plays as cellist with the same ensemble.

Since 2014, Ari has spent his summers learning some of the great chamber music repertoire as a student at the Sierra Academy of Music, performing amongst other things Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio, Mozart’s G-Minor Piano Quartet, Mendelssohn’s D-Minor Trio, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet and Brahms’s Horn Trio with young musicians from across the world. His chamber music coaches have included such renowned artists as Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Theodore Kuchar and Vedrana Subotic. Along with the classical repertoire, Ari greatly enjoys jazz, and is a member of the Mammoth High Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. Michael Hammers. In the May DCO Concert, Ari will be the piano soloist playing the 1st movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2, opus 18.

The DCOA invites the community to all its concerts, and especially to the Young Artist Concert on May 5 highlighting this musically outstanding young man.