January 2019

Symphony of Westchester Names Theo Liao Winner of Young Artists Competition

Theo Liao, a junior at Bronxville High School, was named a winner of the Young Artists Competition, held by the Symphony of Westchester. He will be performing the 1st movement of the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C with the Symphony of Westchester as part of their Young Artist Showcase Concert on Sunday, February 3 at 3pm, at the Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium at Iona College. The snow date for this concert will be Saturday, February 2 at 3pm.


Born in New York City and raised in London, Theo started his classical cello studies at the age of six and went on to study with such teachers as Alexander Boyarsky from the Royal College of Music and Alexander Baillie from Birmingham Conservatoire. Theo grew up performing and competing annually in many festivals such as the Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival, the Ealing Music Festival and the North London Festival of Music where he was a prizewinner in multiple cello and concerto competitions every year from the age of 12. Most recently, he was a winner in the International Grande Music Competition 2017 where he performed the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufmann Arts Center in New York City. Judges have praised Theo for being β€œan extremely talented, musically mature, young cellist with a beautifully nuanced tone.” Theo also performed several summers in Recanati, Italy at the Civica Scuola Di Musica, Beniamino Gigli and benefitted from various masterclasses, most notably with Guy Johnston and Louise Hopkins from the Guildhall School of Music.


Theo is a diverse musician and also an accomplished singer and electric and bass guitarist. He is the front man and singer-songwriter for a promising young punk rock band called Piece of Skeet, already garnering a following with their catchy tunes, energetic sound and electric live act. Piece of Skeet has been hailed as having β€œa sound that reflects brattish energy and focused musical smarts.” They are currently in the process of recording their first EP.


Theo was a music scholar at Westminster Under School and at Eton College in London, England, before relocating to Bronxville High School in 2017. Theo is also a passionate athlete. He is currently starting goalkeeper for the Bronxville High School Varsity Soccer team and was starting goalkeeper for the ISFA under-15 British National Soccer Team and a Gold Medalist at the British National Schools Fencing Championships in 2016.



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