Avik Sarkar

“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.



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