OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – If you closed your eyes and listened to Winston Schneider play the piano, you’d never know the award-winning composer was just 14 years old.
Not only can the teenager perform famous Brahms works perfectly, but he can create original music, much of which has already been requested by some of the most respected professionals in the classical music industry.
Schneider started playing at the age of five and has never looked back.
He won first place nationwide in all three major pre-college composition competitions: MTNA (2022), NFMC (2022), and NAFME (2018), and at age 10 he was selected internationally as a composer MATA Jr..
Perhaps most notably, in 2021 Schneider received the prestigious Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a competition for composers up to age 30, with 400-500 applicants. every year.
His original works have been performed by the New York Youth Symphony and he was the youngest student to ever be included in the Curtis Institute of Music’s prestigious Summerfest composition program at the age of 12.
Despite his impressive resume, the homeschooled pianist and cellist is quite humble.
He credits the love and support of his parents, his piano teacher, his composition teacher and the school of the Omaha Conservatory of Music – where he studied for nearly a decade – for his success. continued.
“Most instruments you can only play one part at a time, sometimes two, but with the piano you have the full range of an orchestra at your disposal,” said Schneider, describing his passion for the piano.
Recently, his focus and dedication have taken him to new heights.
Omaha classical music station KVNO commissioned Schneider to create an original piece for its 50th anniversary celebration.
Schneider’s new work, a 10-minute composition titled “Anniversary Overture,” is a celebratory piece that will also be performed by the Omaha Symphony at the season-opening “Elgar and Bolero” concert.
This is Schneider’s first masterpiece and its world premiere.
“I’m very honored and very grateful to have this opportunity. It’s amazing!” He shared.
The young talent says he believes writing music you love is the key to success. “Chances are that if you like it, others will too.”
If you would like to support Schneider and the Omaha Symphony, you can purchase tickets to their “Elgar and Bolero” show for Friday night and Saturday, September 24.
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