Wyoming Arts Council

Talented young violinist performs Nov. 18

ARTCORE announces that local violin prodigy Likai He will perform on Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Casper.

Likai recently performed at the Wyoming Arts Summit at the Casper Events Center.

Here’s some background on the young violinist:

A seventh-grader at Dean Morgan Junior High School, Likai He has been certified at the highest grade for violin performance in China by the Music Examination Committee of the Chinese Musicians’ Association.

Gifted in violin, he was the grand-prize winner of the 2006 Wyoming ASTA Young Artists’ Competition and also a recipient of Lucy Rognstad Award conferred by the Casper Chamber Music Society. Performing violin with Casper Children’s Chorale at 2007 Colorado Springs Music Festival, he was honored with the Maestro Award, a prize “not given very often” according to director Marcia Patton.

Likai was born in Yinchuan, a city located in northwest of China and came to the United States in 1997 when he was two-years old. He studies violin with his father Jianjun He, a composer and music theory teacher at Casper College. In recent years, the young violinist has performed frequently in Casper and Yinchuan. He is scheduled to perform Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with Gillette’s Powder River Symphony in the spring of 2008.

The repertoire of the Nov. 18 ARTCORE recital will include the masterworks for violin by Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Mendelssohn, and Sarasate, as well as pieces by Chinese composers.

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