Jesús Jimenez, a graduate of Nativity Prep’s Class of 2009 and now a junior at Francis Parker School (San Diego), was recently named one of five finalists in the San Diego Youth Symphony’s (SDYS) Concerto Competition, to be held on Tuesday, February 21st, at the Neuroscience Institute in La Jolla, California. The top two finishers from the February competition—one in strings, one in winds—will be the featured artists at the SDYS’s annual Ovation Concert at Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego in June 2012.
For the upcoming competition, Jesús will be playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 5 in A Major, accompanied on piano by Rebecca Ramirez.
Jesús enrolled as a sixth grader at Nativity in the summer of 2006, with relatively limited experience playing music—and having learned only by ear—in a mariachi band (Mariachi Juveníl Mi México) in National City, California. In his eighth-grade year, Jesús’ talent as a classical musician came to light when he performed a Czardas piece at Nativity’s annual benefit breakfast. In that same year, Jesús began to study music formally under the direction of SDYS’s violin master John Ramirez.
When he began playing with the SDYS in 2009, Jesús earned a spot as Third Violin in the Concert Orchestra. Since then, within the past two years, Jesus’ talent as a classical musician has improved immensely, and now he plays First Violin in SDYS’s Sinfonia and Chamber Trio. Last year, Jesus served as Concert Master for the SDYS Concert Orchestra.
As a junior at Francis Parker School (FPS), Jesus currently serves as Concert Master and violinist for the FPS Orchestra.
This past summer and the summer previous, through the generosity of a benefactor of Nativity Prep, Jesus has attended the two- and five-week intensive music seminars at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado.
After graduating from FPS in the spring of 2013, Jesus hopes to pursue his dream of becoming a career musician by attending either The Juilliard School, Oberlin College, Berklee College of Music, University of the Pacific Music Conservatory, or Indiana University Music Conservatory.
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