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Orchestra to feature concerto competition winner, March 5-6

Kiri Murakami, co-winner of the 2004 Princeton University Orchestra Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in the orchestra's concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. These concerts mark Michael Pratt's return as orchestra conductor after a sabbatical leave last fall.

Murakami currently is co-concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra, a member of the Princeton University String Quartet and a violin student of Anna Lim. A music major, she also is pursuing certificates in musical performance, Japanese and environmental studies. "Kiri is a wonderful violinist and has been a superb leader for the orchestra, but her gifts go beyond even that," Pratt said. "She's a talented young composer (who already knows how to write for orchestra) and the finest kind of all-around musical citizen."

Murakami began studying the violin and piano at the age of three and four, respectively. In 1993, she entered the Juilliard School to study violin, composition and piano. She was the first-prize winner in Juilliard's Bruch Violin Concerto Competition and earned recognition from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts as a finalist in violin and an honorable mention recipient in composition. Her orchestral compositions, "Metamorphosis" and "Reminiscence," were given their premieres by the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras. Her other musical activities include participating in the Aspen Music Festival and in the New York Youth Symphony, where she served as a concertmaster for three years.

The March 5-6 concerts will include a performance by Murakami of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto. Tickets are available at the Richardson box office , (609) 258-5000.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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