“I am thrilled to be chosen as a 2018–2020 Lang Lang Young Scholar! I am looking forward to the numerous opportunities that being a Young Scholar provides to learn and lead within the musical community. I believe it will be extremely beneficial to my growth as a pianist, musician, and artist and will allow me to develop skills as a performer and collaborator, which are essential to being a good musician. Music is important to me because it allows me to communicate in a way that extends beyond words and speech; it is a language that transcends divisions between people and can express our feelings with mutual understanding. Music is also important to me because it is a means of serving the community and helping the people around me. Lang Lang has been a huge idol of mine, and having the opportunity to work with him as a Young Scholar is truly a great honor and privilege!”
Avik Sarkar is a seventeen-year-old pianist, cellist, and composer who is currently a junior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols (BB&N) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.He studies piano with Mana Tokuno and Prof. Alexander Korsantiaat the New England Conservatory (NEC), and he previously studied with Niva Fried. Avik has won top prizes at several international, regional, and state piano competitions, including Forte Music, New York Artists, Louisiana,Bradshaw and Buono, Future Stars, and Hartford Chopin International Piano competitions. He was a first-prize winner of both the Mildred Freiberg and Ruth Davidson New England Piano Teachers Association, four-time winner of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts, and five-time winner of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Associationpiano competitions. Avikwas also the state winner ofthe Music Teachers National Association competition. He has performed in recitals at Cadogan Hall in London, UK, Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall inNew York City, and was heard on WGBH Radio, NPR, Boston.
Aside from piano, Avik is an award-winning composer and plays cello in the NEC String Chamber Orchestra. His composition Mirror for Chamber Orchestra won the Carlos Surinach Prize BMI Student Composer award, given to the youngest laureate under age 27. Avik’s string quartet Polaritywas awarded first prize at the Robert Avalon International competition, runner-up at the Tribeca New Music Young Composers competition, and was premiered at the National Young Composers Symposium. His piece A Separate Unitywas also premiered by the Juventas New Music Ensemble at the Emerge program in Boston. Hisorchestral workPurviwas played by the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava,Czech Republic, and won an honorable mention at the 2016 BMI Student Composer competition. He has had several other works performed by NEC preparatory students at Keller and Brown halls.
Avik is dedicated to bringing music to the community. He has worked with From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders and is raising money for refugees in the Boston area by organizing a classical music benefit concert. Aside from music, he enjoys competition math, writing poetry, and watercolor painting. His poem Illegalwas published in the Best Teen Writing anthology of 2016.