William Zelevinsky (violin and piano)

International Little Mozarts Competition for performances on both piano and violin

William Zelevinsky, a 7-year-old Sharon public school student, was recently awarded top honors in an international music competition, earning a trip to Carnegie Hall in New York where he performed in May. He won first place in the Crescendo International Little Mozarts Competition for performances on both piano and violin.

William started playing violin at the age of 4 and piano at the age of 5. He also composes music and can improvise. His favorite genres include classical and folk. Not long after becoming an early fluent reader, William was reading books on music theory. He started picking out tunes by ear and arranging them when he was 5. Outside of school and playing music, William loves to read, swim and solve puzzles. He also attends the Russian School of Math.

William’s piano teacher is Tanya Schwartzman, music director of the Sharon Music Academy. His violin teacher is Betsy Pabon, who teaches at the William H. Galvin Middle School in Canton, the Canton Public School Encore Program and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Suzuki School. In June, William played the second movement of Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto along with a group of adult chamber musicians as part of a concert sponsored by the Sharon Music Academy.

William’s audition pieces for the Crescendo International Little Mozarts Competition were Scherzino by N. Rakov for piano, as well as Concerto No. 5 in D Major, Op. 22, 1st movement, by F. Seitz for violin. This was William’s first performance at the famed Carnegie Hall.