CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham resident Nicolas Gritz, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Delbarton, is scheduled to perform at the winner's showcase 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watching Ave. in Plainfield.  

He is one of the winners of the Crescent Concert Piano Competition for Exceptional NJ Young Artists.

Gritz has studied piano for seven years, most recently with Dr. Julia Lam, and has won many awards including a first place finish at the age of seven in the prestigious Steinway Piano Competition.

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His other performance awards include first place in the Crescendo International Piano; the Cecilian Music Club; the Golden Key, and the National Young Musicians Showcase Competitions. 

He has had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the NJ Performing Arts Center, and the Westminster Choir College.

Gritz also received the Sylvia Plath Scholarship from the Baroque Orchestra of NJ and won Performer of the Year and a scholarship from the National Society of Art and Letters NJ Chapter, where he was the featured performance at their annual dinner.

In addition to playing classical music, Gritz also plays piano in the jazz band at Delbarton and serves as the middle school president. He is involved in public forum debate at the high school level, and is a USTA ranked tennis player.