Piano Prodigy Miles Walter To Perform In Auburn

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Pakachoag School faculty member Vladimir Odinokikh (left) with his student and award-winning pianist Miles Walter. Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo

AUBURN, Mass. — As part of Pakachoag Music School's 30th Anniversary celebration, teen piano prodigy Miles Walter will give a free community concert of works by Mozart, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Rorem.

"Miles is one of those exceptional students who is accomplished at more than one calling," said Pakachoag Executive Director Sarah Smongeski. "Besides his obvious gift for piano, he's also active in his school's theater program, having recently played Hamlet. And he has been accepted at Yale University in the fall for a potential double major in physics and music. We're thrilled to host Miles' performance."

The 18-year-old pianist has studied piano for more than seven years with Vladimir Odinokikh, a member of the Pakachoag faculty. He is currently completing his senior year at Keene High School in New Hampshire.

Walter's wins in national and international competition include:

  • First place, 2012 Stony Brook Young Artist's International Piano Competition
  • First prize, 2012 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition
  • First prize, 2012 Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship competition
  • Accepted as one of 20 international participants in the Eastman Young Artist's International Piano Competition (2012) 

Early in his career, Odinokikh won first prize in the Chamber Music Competition of Soviet Composers (1983) in his native Russia. He was a prize winner in the Russia National Competition (1993), and competed in the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, the Tchaikovsky International Competition and several other international competitions as a collaborative artist.

His website includes videos of Walter playing Prokofiev and Ravel on the Piano Lessons page.

The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in The Great Hall at Pakachoag Music School, located at 203 Pakachoag St. in Auburn.

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