Concert to feature 9-year-old on piano

Created: 03/28/2014 9:24 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Malcolm Parnall is getting ready to give the performance of his life … so far. Malcolm is only 9 years-old.

“It’s just exciting to me and I like playing it, fingers moving down the keys,” said Malcolm.

He started taking piano lessons when he was 6. “I thought that I would become good. Like, someday I would play good pieces and here I am learning the concerto,” said Malcolm.

A lot of growth since he started. Just last year, Malcolm auditioned to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City and got it. He called it a “pretty cool” opportunity.

“Despite his very young age, he’s quite an experiences performer,” said Tatiana Vetrinskaya, Malcolm’s instructor at the New Mexico School of Music.

Retention and drive – key ingredients to a great performer. Things, Vetrinskaya said, Malcolm has. That’s why she chose him to perform with the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque.

A big challenge, Vetrinskaya said, because of what he’s performing. “Mozart Concerto #16 in D Major. First movement,” said Malcolm.

It will be the first time Malcolm’s performed with an orchestra.

“He just progressed so fast with this concerto. He memorized. His memorization was wonderful,” added Ventrinskaya.

So on Saturday, Malcolm will put his other hobbies aside, like reading, chess and hiking, to perform with the orchestra.

Saturday’s performance is at 7:30 PM at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 8600 Academy Blvd. NE and on March 30 at 2:30 PM at John Catholic Community at 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE.

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