May 4, 2018

GRPS Student Wins Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Competition

Karl Falb, a senior at City High Middle School, won the annual Skip Gates Concerto Competition. The competition is held by the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra. As the winner, he will perform a solo at the symphony’s spring concert on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00pm at DeVos Performance Hall. He will be performing Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D Major".

Karl Falb, a senior at City High Middle School, won the annual Skip Gates Concerto Competition. The competition is held by the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra. As the winner, he will perform a solo at the symphony’s spring concert on Sunday, May 6 at 3:00pm at DeVos Performance Hall. He will be performing Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D Major".

Karl studied under Grand Rapids Public Schools orchestra teacher Samer Jeroudi and retired teacher Patricia Tergerson. Karl has also been studying with Megan Crawford, violinist in the Grand Rapids Symphony, since the age of four. He has been an active member of the St. Cecilia Music Center’s clubs and orchestras and has been concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony for the past three years.

Also active in chamber music, Karl performs in a piano trio, “Trio Brioso”, with Mara Logan (co-concertmaster and pianist) and Helen LaGrand (principal cellist). Trio Brioso performed the Beethoven Triple concerto with the Kent Philharmonic; the group placed first last year in the MASTA Chamber Music Festival, and was prominently featured at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival last spring.

Karl has attended Interlochen Arts Camp for the past five years, performing in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and various chamber groups. Last year he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend the camp and participate in the advanced string program. This summer, he will be attending Center Stage Strings, a summer program founded by University of Michigan Professor Danielle Belen.

Karl has been accepted into the University of Michigan’s School of Music, where he will be studying with Aaron Berofsky, pursuing a dual degree in violin performance and applied physics.