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Emily Nolan, violin
José Leonardi Moore, violin
Sarah Toy, viola
Rebecca Bartelt, cello

Ayla Moreno: Quartet No. 1, “The Magical Forest”

The TSO String Quartet performs a new work composed in 2020 by a student in TSO’s Young Composers Project. The original performance was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is being presented here for the first time.

Ayla Takeda Moreno (9) is a pianist, violinist and 4th grade student at the Tucson Hebrew Academy. She joined TSO Young Composers Project when she was 8 and studied with Ilona Vukovic-Gay for one year then continued studying with her another year. The Magical Forest is about beautiful forests where animals are strolling and sunshine is going through the trees. Ayla received the Judge’s Honorable Commendation at the Young Artists Competition by TSO when she was 7. Ayla won multiple local and international competitions and was invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall and also performed concertos with 3 different orchestras as a soloist in the U.S. and Japan. Ayla enjoys performing at various venues including Tucson Folk Festival. She attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, Colburn Piano Seminar, Philadelphia International Music Festival and, this summer, she will attend the Heifetz PEG program.

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