Skye Park, a 12-year-old violinist and student at The Lexington School, will be featured this week on NPR’s student music showcase From the Top.
The program, hosted by pianist Christopher O’Reilly and featuring young musicians from around the country, does not air locally, but it can be heard soon (as of this publication time) on the From the Top website. In the region, the show airs at 6 p.m. Sundays on Louisville’s WUOL-90.5 FM and Cincinnati’s WGUC-90.9 FM.
Skye began playing violin at age 4 and is a student of Margie Karp. She was accepted to the Cincinnati Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s preparatory department in 2011 as a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus, founder and conductor of the Starling Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, she studied in the Great Wall International Music Academy and performed as a soloist on From the Top in its first broadcast from China. She is a member of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras’ Concert Orchestra.
On the From the Top broadcast, recorded April 2 at the University of Cincinnati’s Corbett Auditorium, she performs Edward Elgar’s Salut d’amour with the Starling Chamber Orchestra. Her parents, Stephen and Grace Park, shared that, “Skye also joined FTT’s Arts Leadership Program visiting and playing for students of Rowan County Public Schools in Morehead, KY after the show in Cincinnati. It was truly a rewarding experience for Skye because for many students it was their first time hearing such wonderful young classical musicians!”