BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Venkat Subramanian, a student at Eisenhower Intermediate School, performed a piano recital at Carnegie Weill Hall in New York City Jan. 29.

This is the third year in a row Subramanian has been invited to play after winning the Crescendo International Competition. This year, he played Waltz Op. 12, No. 2 by Edvard Grieg, and one judge commented that his performance was pleasing and flawlessly played with sharp hard articulations and a fine musical approach.

Subramanian started playing piano when he was 6 years old, and he pursued piano lessons with teacher Julie Reina.

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“Ms. Reina is a great teacher,” Subramanian, 11, said. “She is strict as well as very understanding, which helps me continue to enjoy playing music. We frequently get invited to play at senior centers and local churches. So with all the practice, playing in front of large audiences gets easier.”

Subramanian is also learning viola as a part of the Eisenhower School Chamber Orchestra program.

“Learning multiple instruments helps me understand the music deeper,” he said. “I am very proud of my school, there is something for everyone.”

Subramanian is also the tournament director of the chess club he started under the expertise of his school teachers.

“Our teachers encourage us and we have so many opportunities in addition to the existing advanced academic programs,” he said.