Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
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Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Durham-born, DA-educated piano prodigy returns
Jim and Wendy Speir (US History Teacher and Hill Center Admissions Director) were among many DA community members in the audience recently at Duke's Baldwin Auditorium to hear alumnus Andrew Tyson '05 performing with the Ciompi Quartet. Click here to see that program.
From his first assembly performance in Kenan Auditorium, Andrew's classmates and teachers knew he would soon be on a national stage. In fact, Andrew continues to excel internationally. From his impressive web site:
"Since winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Mr. Tyson has received a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Sixth Prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition of Belgium, and Fifth Prize and the Terence Judd – Hallé Orchestra Prize at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition.
"This season’s engagements include appearances with the Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Hilton Head Symphony, and recitals in the St. Stephen’s Concert Series, and at the Falany Performing Arts Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and at the Caramoor Festival. He also tours the UK with the Hallé Orchestra, performing Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations in Gateshead, Manchester and Blackburn and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in Leeds."
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