On Saturday, January 31, Christopher Spinelli won the 9th Annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Instrumental Competition was held in Hosmer Hall at the Crane School of Music. He will perform the Schumann A Minor Concerto with the Orchestra of Northern New York in the upcoming Fantasy, Fables, and Folklore! concert. Below is a brief biography of this young artist.
Christopher Spinelli is a junior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School in Syracuse. A three-consecutive year winner of the CNYAMT Piano Competition, he entered and won the senior division at age 14. At age 12, and again at 16, he was a finalist in the Syracuse Symphony Youth Concerto Competition. He has participated in various piano competitions in Upstate New York, including the Thousand Islands International Piano Festival and Competition for Young People at Cape Vincent. He also participated in the Civic Morning Musicals Wednesday Recital Series in 2014. Chris enjoys sports from basketball to longboarding, and relaxes by initiating improvisational Jazz sessions with his Dad. A high honor roll student, he excels in Latin, and enjoys writing. He has served as accompanist for his high school's Jazz Chorale and as organist for his church. Both Christopher and his parents credit his musical accomplishment to his teacher John Spradling’s expertise, passion, patience and teaching style.