On June 21 at New York City’s Pier 1/Riverside Park, Tom Flynn, piano student at Flemington-based Hunterdon Academy of the Arts, was honored to perform Philip Glass’ Etude #12 in the festival “Summer on the Hudson: 10th Annual Make Music New York Presents Glass on Water.” This performance included composer and pianist Philip Glass, considered one of the most influential musician of the 20th century, performing his own Etude #10.
As stated on Glass’ website, “Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.”
According to James R. Oestreich, long-standing music critic for the New York Times, “Make Music New York chose to shine a bright spotlight on extraordinarily talented youth on Tuesday. Or rather, a bright setting sun, in the open air of Pier I in Riverside Park at a concert presented in collaboration with Summer on the Hudson. Focused solely on Philip Glass’s 20 Études for piano, it featured — along with the composer himself, in a star turn — 40 youngsters, most seeming of high school age, each playing one étude in two cycles of the full work. A few clinkers aside, most of the performances were more than competent, if somewhat studied… and a few were remarkably fine.”
Having won First Prize in the Talented Young Musicians Association’s 12th Annual Russian Music (Festival) Competition in November 2015, Tom Flynn previously performed in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. Though he’s been playing piano for less than three years, Tom’s dedication to piano and many hours spent practicing has been worthwhile. The day after performing at Carnegie Hall, Tom performed at the Piano Teacher’s Congress of New York’s Incentive Program, at Shetler Studios on 54th Street. As a result of his solid performance, he was selected by the judges to return the following weekend to perform in their Encore Recital at the same location, along with students of similar caliber from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition, Tom was invited by the Piano Teacher’s Congress of New York to attend their Master Class in January, which was taught by famous Russian Pianist, Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. In April, Tom also participated in a Master Class with world-renowned pianist, Barbara Nissman.
A North Hunterdon High School Rising Junior, Tom has been taking piano lessons with Walter Aparicio at the Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in Flemington for the better part of three years. He is the son of Hunterdon County residents Mike and Julie Flynn. Tom’s older brother John is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resources at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and his older sister Liz is a Junior at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Award-winning Hunterdon Academy of the Arts is the county’s largest and most in-demand music lesson program, offering individualized instruction in Music and Acting by professional performers and teachers. For more information, visit http://HunterdonAcademyOfTheArts.com or call (908) 782-4943.