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Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Announces 2019 Concerto Competition Winners

March 11, 2019

Parker Wolf (Piano, Junior Division)

Parker Wolf, Concerto Competition Winner (Piano)

School: Home educated

Home town: Pensacola, FL

Performance Piece: Haydn Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII/11, mvt. 1

Biography

Parker Wolf is 8 years old and is in 3rd grade. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 and has been under the instruction of Mr. Daniel Nagy since then. Parker participates in many piano events sponsored through the National Federation of Music Clubs, Choctaw Bay Music Club, Florida State Music Teachers Association, the Pensacola Music Teachers Association, and Mr. Nagy studio recitals.

Among these events is the PMTA Sonata Contest in which he won 1st place in 2017 and 2018 and, for the first time this year, the John Leatherwood Concerto Competition in which he won 1st place in the Junior Division. Several of the events also provide opportunities for Parker to be tested in his knowledge of theory, keyboard, and aural skills to which he has been awarded honors and superior ratings every year he has participated.

This past year, Parker was invited to play as a guest for the annual Florida Federation of Music Club’s Convention concert, and was also invited by Yamaha artist, Craig Knudsen (also known for serving as The Piano Guys official “technology guy”) to perform at his lecture held at Blues Angel Music where he helped demonstrate the capabilities of Yamaha Clavinova and Disklavier pianos.

Parker is also very active playing hymns for his local church services and began playing as one of his church’s congregational pianists at the age of 6. In his free time, Parker enjoys playing sports and rock wall climbing. He also enjoys cooking and baking, reading, playing games, and going to the park with his friends. Recently, Parker has voiced his desire to share his gift of music with others. With a repertoire of several hundred videos to choose from, he now has many of these videos shared on his very own YouTube channel. His channel can be found at the following web address.


Will Taylor (Cellist, Senior Division)

William Taylor, Concerto Competition Winner (Cellist, Senior Division)

School: Chiles High School

Home town: Tallahassee, FL

Performance Piece: Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, mvt. 3

Biography

Will Taylor is a 17-year-old cellist from Tallahassee, Florida. A high school senior, Will began playing cello at age five. His cello teacher is Kim Jones. Will has also studied with Greg Sauer, cello professor at Florida State University, and Yves Dharamraj, cellist in the Bohemian Trio.

Will is further inspired every day by Mr. Chris Miller (orchestra) and Mr. Cory Sullivan (chorus) of Chiles High School. Will is presently a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He has also had the honor of being the principal cellist in the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra and the Chiles H.S. Orchestra, as well as a member of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra String Quartet and participant in the Florida All-State Orchestra. His other experiences include the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and being selected for the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Labor Day Festival.


Robin Tozzie (Violin, College Division)

School: Florida State University

Performance Piece: Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, mvt. 1

Biography

Robin Tozzie, Concerto Competition Winner, College Division Violin, posing with her violin

Robin Tozzie is currently a senior at Florida State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance with Dr. Benjamin Sung. Robin’s previous teachers include Patrick Clifford, and Suzanne Walter-Geissler. Being at FSU has provided Robin with many great opportunities, including organizing and being a part of the Lux String Quartet for two years (2016-2018), participating in masterclasses, being concertmaster of the University Philharmonia in 2016, being a finalist in the FSU concerto competition in 2017 and 2018, becoming closely involved with chamber music and some new music at FSU and in the community, as well as performing with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and sometimes with the Panama Pops Symphony Orchestra.

This year in particular has presented many wonderful opportunities for Robin. A highlight is winning the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition! She will appear in April of 2019 playing the Sibelius violin concerto in D Minor Op.47 first movement. Robin loves to perform and gives recitals frequently at FSU.

Robin loves chamber music and takes every chance she can to be a part of a group. She has participated in numerous chamber groups at summer festivals. Robin has attended Aspen Summer Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and KinHaven Young Artist Seminar. While at Aspen, Robin taught students through P.A.L.S. (Passes and Lessons Scholarship Program). She really enjoyed her experience and looks forward to teaching more students in the future! It is a gift to share the passion of classical music, always keeping the ears open to new possibilities. This is an exciting, fulfilling and inspiring mission for Robin.

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