Each winter, the annual Concerto Competition gives Dwight-Englewood students an opportunity to vie for a chance to perform a concerto with the Upper School Orchestra in a major concert. Cellists Gregory Llewellyn ’19 and Anne Choi ’19 were selected as co-winners this year, with Greg performing the Saint Saens “Concerto No. 1”—one of his favorite pieces—with the orchestra in April and Anne having the chance to perform a different piece at a concert set for November.
Greg, who has been playing the cello for nine years and studies weekly with Marion Feldman at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, has been recognized for his cello playing outside of D-E as well. In March, he not only participated in the Honor Orchestra of America as part of the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis but also won the principal cello chair in the seating auditions. In April, Greg was named one of 78 young musicians selected from across the country for the inaugural season of NYO2, a two-week intensive summer program for outstanding American instrumentalists ages 14-17 in June. NYO2 is an extension of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a program for musicians ages 16-19 founded by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Greg is only one of five New Jersey students to be selected for this residency at Purchase College, where he will work with a faculty that is composed of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.