April 18, 2014 at 12:18 AM
SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Middle School student Eileen Huhn will be performing at Carnegie Hall on June 13. This will be third time the eighth grader will be playing piano at the world famous music venue. Huhn performed well enough in both national and international competitions for the past two years bring her the opportunity to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie in New York City.
Most recently Huhn played in a competition at the Lindeblad School of Music in Pine Brook. She performed Prelude The Girl with the Flaxen Hair by French composer Claude DeBussey.
Huhn first started to learn to play piano at The Biryukov Academy in Sparta. This past September she began studying with Wayne Weng at Lindeblad. Weng is the winner of the 2013 International Piano Competition. He holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Guidhall School of Music and Drama, and Yale University.
Huhn is First Chair Cello in the Preparatory Orchestra Division of the Sussex County Youth Orchestra as well. She toured Europe this past summer with SCYO.
While Huhn is looking forward to attending Sparta High School in the fall, she appreciates the experience she has had at Sparta Middle School. Huhn says, "Sparta has an excellent music program. I am so grateful for the wonderful music teachers who have supported and taught me over the years, especially Ms. Santora, she is the best." Andrea Santora is the director of the Sparta Middle School Orchestra.
Huhn has established a strong academic record at the middle school, preparing for honors classes next year as a freshman at Sparta High School. In her free time Huhn likes to swim and ski. She also shares her passion by teaching piano to younger students.