John Sanderson wins Jacobs School Shostakovich concerto competition

Congratulations to John Sanderson, student of Professor Jaime Laredo, who has won the violin concerto competition in the Jacobs School of Music. He will perform the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Philharmonic Orchestra in the Musical Arts Center at 8pm on Wednesday, April 11. The alternate winner was Rena Kimura, a student of Professor Kevork Mardirossian.

“To be selected from a pool of incredibly talented performers is humbling,” said Sanderson. “I look forward to performing in Bloomington and having the opportunity to work with many longtime friends and colleagues and, of course, my mentor, Maestro Effron.”

Born in Indiana, Sanderson, is pursuing his M.M. degree in violin performance as a student of Jaime Laredo. He studied at the IU String Academy for seven years and received a B.M. from Indiana University, studying with Mimi Zweig. He is a frequent performer, having given concerts throughout the U.S., Sweden, Italy, and Spain. In addition, he is a composer, recording artist, and recipient of numerous awards.

Sanderson enjoys a wide variety of genres, including classical, jazz, fiddle, and rock. He is an avid teacher and currently the director of S.O.U.N.D.S, a non-profit organization providing musical opportunities to children from pre-kindergarten through high school.

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