Jeremy Stein Cushman, age 17, performs internationally as a violin soloist, with performances in England, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, France, Argentina, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and throughout the United States. He has made numerous television appearances, including on the CBS Early Show, and performed as soloist in venues as diverse as Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and the Superdome of New Orleans. Jeremy has also been the featured soloist with orchestras throughout the country on over thirty occasions including the New York Riverside Orchestra, the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra (consecutive seasons), the Queens Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond County Orchestra, the Queensborough Orchestra, the Great Neck Philharmonic, the Scheidt Chamber Orchestra of Memphis, the COS Young Symphonic Ensemble (as both a violin and viola soloist), the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, and more.
Most recently, Jeremy was named the “2008 Discovery Artist” after winning first place in the Discovery Competition of the Young Symphonic Ensemble. That honor earned him a main stage Carnegie Hall concerto performance with the orchestra on May 29, 2008, a performance which received critical acclaim in the New York Times. Last year, Jeremy was also named a “2007 Ascending Artist” when he was selected for the Belz/Parker Artists Ascending Concert Series of Memphis which “"showcases internationally promising musicians at the early stages of their career."” This series has previously included stars such as Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Mischa Dichter, and Daniel Barenboim. A CD and DVD of the performance was recently released.
In addition to appearances as an orchestral soloist, other recent highlights have included: participating in the Burgos (Spain) International Music Festival as both chamber musician and soloist; a performance at the opening of the L’Oreal Paris convention to exemplify the event's motivational theme "Exceed and Succeed"; performing the National Anthem at the opening of a Cubs Game at Wrigley Field; and being accepted to the international music festival of the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice, where he had the privilege of working with London Philharmonic Concertmaster Boris Garlitsky. In 2007 and 2008, Jeremy was awarded the Children’s Orchestra Society’s top honor – the “Dr. H.T. Ma Scholarship” for “outstanding performance and leadership.” Dr. Ma, for whom the award is named, was the founder of the Children’s Orchestra Society, as well as the father of Yo-Yo Ma. Jeremy also performed at Dr. Ma’s 2007 induction ceremony into the Volunteers Hall of Fame. In recognition as a violist, which he began studying in 2005, Jeremy received the 2006 Catherine L. Bowers Viola Scholarship Award for “remarkable talent, leadership and service.”
Jeremy made his solo orchestral debut at the age of eight and, at the age of nine, was featured on the nationally televised CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel after winning the FAO/CBS international talent search. In 2002, he was selected to perform as Microsoft's Symbol of Potential for its annual convention in the New Orleans Superdome where he received a standing ovation from the 14,000 attendees, leading to additional performances under Microsoft’s sponsorship. At the age of twelve, Jeremy won the 2003 New York City talent competition at Manhattan’s Heckscher Theatre. He also gave two performances at Madison Square Garden for audiences of 19,000 in the Knicks’ Kids Talent Search semi-finals and finals where he earned the title of “Most Talented Boy of 2002-2003.” During 2004 and 2005, Jeremy was flown by Swiss Orange Communications to Zurich, Switzerland to give a benefit performance for UNICEF; performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall; gave a solo recital to a full house at Manhattan’s Steinway Hall, which raised significant funds for the concert’s sponsor, the Variety Children’s Charity; was honored with a third appearance at Madison Square Garden when the Garden featured the best performers from years past; and was invited, as the only past soloist of the Queens Symphony Orchestra, to perform at the orchestra’s Farewell Gala for Maestro Arthur Fagan.
Past highlights also include performances at the White House, at the Peace Bell ceremony of the United Nation’s 50th anniversary celebration, for the Dance Theater of Harlem at a program hosted by Arthur Mitchell, and at the opening of the 2003 World Leadership Conference in Washington. He also participated in a special 9/11 memorial ceremony hosted by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan just one week after the World Trade Center attacks, performed at the official NYC and NYS celebrations of Israel's 50th anniversary hosted, respectively, by Mayor Giuliani and Governor Pataki, and provided the music for the opening night reception of Franco D'Alessandro's Off-Broadway play "Roman Nights" where he was the sole entertainer for such notables as Pia Lindstrom, Isabella Rossellini and Peter Bogdanovich. Jeremy performed for five consecutive years on the Variety Children’s Charity Telethon annual telethon and at the holiday parties hosted by the charity for the children it serves, and he also gives volunteer recitals at nursing homes and schools. In addition, Jeremy spent many years as the featured soloist for the Tarumi Violinists, an acclaimed ethnically diverse youth ensemble that aims to spread “a message of peace through the international language of music”, and he performs several solos on the group’s 2001 CD, which is on sale at the United Nations.
Jeremy began his violin studies at the age of five with Yukako Tarumi and currently studies violin with Juilliard professor Shirley Givens. In addition to violin, Jeremy studies viola with Sheila Reinhold and composition with Michael Dadap. He has also been coached on violin by Boris Garlitsky, Joey Corpus, Kyu-Young Kim, Arnold Markov, and Yuval Waldman, and in chamber music (as both violinist and violist) by Yeou-Cheng Ma, the Daedalus Quartet, the Cassatt Quartet and the Pierrot Consort. Jeremy also served as the concertmaster of both the Young Symphonic Ensemble and the Elite String Ensemble of the Children’s Orchestra Society.
This summer he is attending the Philadelphia Orchestra's School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga, NY, where he is serving as concertmaster of both the symphony and string orchestras. In September, he will attend Harvard University where he intends to study physics and music.
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