Wednesday, March 6, 2013 on Sujari Brit: 'I felt I was witnessing the emergence of a major talent.'

Full house at Carnegie Hall where New York Concerti Sinfonietta features debut soloists. (Kexi Cao)

Backstage at Carnegie Hall: Soloists surround Artistic Director Julie Jordan and New York Concerti Sinfonietta in Debut concert on Feb. 25. (Kexi Cao)

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The Epoch Times
International Competition Concerts Demonstrate Global Reach

Youthful prodigies also debut

By Michael Sherwin

March 05, 2013

Youthful Performers

The Feb. 25 concert began with three young debut award winners. Leading off the program was Seito Nakazawa, who just turned 11, performing Pablo de Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen” (“Gypsy Airs”), op. 20. There was something endearing about watching this pint-sized player who is young enough to be in the fifth grade. Meticulously bedecked in formal concert wear—including tuxedo, pleated shirt, and black bow tie—he exhibited a poised stage demeanor.


Next was Sujari Britt, a remarkable 11-year old who attends the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School of Music. First Prize winner of the New York Concerti Sinfonietta’s Young Artist Debut award, Sujari performed the first two movements of the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85.

Sujari played the work with deep feeling and complete command, displaying a rich, burnished, velvety tone. Sujari’s intonation was flawless over the entire range of the fingerboard. Her phrasing and dynamic variation placed her among the elite.

More important than the technical accomplishment was her preternatural musicality, showing an involvement with and sensitivity to the music far beyond her years. It was a memorable interpretation, by turns plaintive, passionate, and—in the concluding scherzo—playful (the manner in which she nonchalantly tossed off the ending was delightful).

In November 2009, Sujari, then 8 years old, performed a duet with noted cellist Alisa Weilerstein for President Obama at the White House. Dr. Julie Jordan is to be commended for affording Sujari this appearance with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta at Carnegie Hall. I felt I was witnessing the emergence of a major talent. Sujari’s Elgar eerily evoked memories of the late Jacqueline du Pré. With the right training and career guidance, it is no exaggeration to say she could achieve greatness.

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