Young soloist to perform with symphony

Piano prodigy hails from China

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“Great Stories in Music: the Fantastic Story of Peer Gynt” is the title for the next Littleton Symphony concert on Feb. 7 at Littleton United Methodist Church.

Incorporated in this performance is another great story: 18-year-old piano prodigy Jiaqi Long will perform Rachmaninoff's “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini.”

Long was born in 1996 in Liuzhou, Guanxi Province, China and started piano studies at age 4. He won the Little Musician's Piano Competition a year later in his home province and won other competitions in the years that followed.

In 2007, he was admitted to the Pre-College Piano Division of the Guanxi Arts Institute, where he studied with Professor Cheng Jun, while he continued academic training at the Tiantao Elementary School. While at the college, he had opportunities to perform for special guests, including Daniel Sher, Dean of the CU College of Music and pianist Larry Graham, Emeritus Professor of Music at CU.

In August 2010, with his parent's support, he traveled to Colorado, where he is a student at Accelerated Schools and continues his piano studies with Professor Larry Graham and Jasmine Steadman, living with Jasmine Steadman and her husband Dale Steadman.

He continues to compete and won the 2012 Steinway Concerto Competition, earning the opportunity to perform with the Colorado Symphony and an invitation to play with the Littleton Symphony.

The program, conducted by Music Director Jurgen de Lemos, will also include; Liszt's “Les Preludes,” and narration of Grieg's fantastic tale for the “Peer Gynt Suite” by CPR Classical announcer David Rutherford.

IF YOU GO:

The Littleton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jurgen de Lemos, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton, featuring pianist Jiaqi Long. Tickets cost $15/ $12/ free 21 and under: littletonsymphony.org, or Gorsett Violin Shop, 8100 Quebec St. B 206, Centennial (M-F 12-6; Sat 10-4). Information: 303-933-6824, info@littletonsymphony.org.