Prodigy pianist returns for concert at HART

Aug 12, 2014

The Haywood County Arts Council will be presenting for the second time, an award-winning pianist in the annual Young Artist Concert on Aug. 15 at HART.

This year’s artist is Drew Petersen, a 19-year-old pianist from New Jersey. Petersen started winning competitions at age 8, and he has collected a long list of achievements. On Jan. 8, 2013, he was featured on the Katie Couric television show in a program based on Andrew Solomon’s book, “Far from the Tree: Parenting a child that is different than you.”

Petersen has been identified with other child prodigies such as Mozart. His background bears witness to this designation. He started piano at 5 and by 6 was playing at Carnegie Hall.

At 10, he entered the Manhattan School of Music Precollege where he had a double major in piano performance and conducting (as well as being the youngest student ever accepted). He also composes and his jazz works have been performed by the Jon Faddis Quartet.

Petersen's performance credits include appearances at the Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Tanglewood and Alice Tully Hall. He has received the Chopin Foundation of the U.S. scholarship each year from 2009 to 2012.

His repertory includes many works by Chopin as well as Mendelssohn and Listz. His program for Waynesville currently lists "Sonata No. 1" by Robert Schumann and Samuel Barber’s "Sonata in E-flat Minor."

Tickets are on sale for $22 at Gallery 86/Haywood County Arts Council and the HART box office.

For more information about Young Artist Concert featuring Drew Petersen in Waynesville as well as other programs or events, visit the Haywood County Arts Council website at or at

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