May 7, 2001
Area musician performs, composes
Simon Zaleski, age 14, is a Union Hill homeschooler who enjoys playing and composing music. He has been studying the piano for 10 years and also plays the pipe organ, recorder and clarinet. Zaleski volunteers regularly to play the piano at the Redmond Senior Center during their lunch programs.
Zaleski is a third-year member of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. In May his composition "Raining Over Ashbrook," for piano and orchestra, was performed by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) live on KING FM 98.1 with himself as piano soloist. In March this year, he performed Mendelsohn's "Capriccio Brilliant," a piano concerto, with BYSO at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish.
He will perform the "Capriccio Brilliant" again with BYSO at a free pre-concert show for the Bellevue Philharmonic on May 11 at 6:45 p.m. at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue and on June 23 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.
At their closing concert at the Meydenbauer Center on June 4 at 7 p.m., BYSO will perform one of Zaleski's recent compositions, the "Fiery Fantasia."
Currently he is studying music theory and composition with Alan Futterman of Seattle.
Zaleski has participated in the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (London) examinations for piano and music theory studies for the past five years, earning their Advanced Certificate in Piano in 1999 and winning a Hedy Robinson Prize for a high score in his most recent music theory examination. This is his first year in the Seattle Symphony Young Composers Workshop.
For this workshop, he has written a composition for bassoon and string quartet called Waldmusik which was performed May 7 at Benaroya Hall.
In addition to music, Zaleski enjoys reading good books, participating in sports, playing strategy games, and keeping tropical aquarium fish. In school, history is his favorite subject.
He earned a full score of 800 in last year's SAT II World History Test and is also a top scorer in his recent PSAT Test. He is now eligible to be considered in the National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist list.