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Forrest Eimold

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Forrest Eimold is currently enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) Preparatory School, where he studies piano with Dr. Marc Ryser. He has found success as a young pianist in the Boston area, having performed at such venues as Jordan Hall as the piano soloist in Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques with the NEC Wind Ensemble, and the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. He is an avid chamber music player, currently participating in a Pierrot ensemble at NEC, as well as in a mainly self-coached piano quintet. In this vein he has participated in Greenwood Music Camp, and has performed in the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at NEC.

In addition to piano, Forrest is devoted to his studies of the organ and composition. He is the Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, where he takes organ lessons with Mr. John Robinson.  He performed Olivier Messiaen’s concert-length Livre du Saint Sacrement at a recital. Forrest studies composition at NEC with Dr. Larry Bell. He has been a finalist twice in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and his compositions have been performed at the Rivers School Conservatory, Greenwood Music Camp, NEC, and at St. Paul’s Parish.

Forrest appeared on From The Top in September of 2015 as an organist.  NEC Prep awarded Forrest the 2015 Seth Kimmelman award and scholarship for his outstanding musicianship and participation. In addition he is the Student Ambassador for the Max Reger Foundation of America.

Haig Aram Hovsepian


Haig Aram Hovsepian, 17, started playing violin at the age of four with Narine Dolukhanian, continuing on with Anna Korsunsky, Mark Lakirovich, Jason Horowitz and Kyoko Horowitz.  Currently he studies with Lynn Chang and Angelo Xieng Yu at the New England Conservatory Prep School and is a member of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and a String Quartet.  At the age of 11, Haig received his first award at the statewide Music Teachers’ Association Competition.  In 2010 he won the Gold Medal at the Classical Music Competition (Canada), in June of 2010 became a winner of the Young Promise International Competition, and in 2013 a finalist in the Armenian Youth Talent Music Competition.  This year was marked by Haig’s winning several Concerto Competitions: the NEC, Feinberg-Kelly (Brockton), Waltham Philharmonic and becoming the finalist in the BSO Concerto Competition.  From a very young age, Haig started to perform at various community and charity events, churches, and nursing homes.

Amir Saraj


 Amir Siraj, 16, began studying piano at the age of four.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of ten after being selected as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival.  The following years, he appeared at Carnegie Hall twice more with the Festival.  He has performed many world premieres, including chamber works by Stephen Feigenbaum, as well as US premieres of Lera Auerbach.  In 2012, he made his orchestral debut with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra with Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.  Later that year, he won first prize at the MTNA State Division National Competition, and as a result represented the Commonwealth at the Eastern Division Competition in Baltimore.  He is a three-time prizewinner at the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition and a five-time first-prize winner at the MMTA Bay State Contest.  He studies with Helena Vesterman.