I have decided to feature some of the young talent out there in a series called "Young Performer Series" - I will try and put up at least one a week - so if you have any videos or recommendations please send me an email.
The inaugural series performer is Juan-Salvador Carrasco.
Juan-Salvador Carrasco is the son of Mexican film director Salvador Carrasco and English violinist Andrea Sanderson. Juan-Salvador was born in Mexico City in 1994 and has been playing the cello since he was six years old. He currently lives in Santa Monica, California with his parents and two siblings, Sebastian and Cassandra. He attends The Mirman School for Gifted Children and studies cello at The Colburn School of Music with Ron Leonard, principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 25 years.
On March 11, 2007 Juan-Salvador (age 12) had his debut in Mexico City as a soloist playing Saint-Saens's Concerto for cello and orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Coyoacan conducted by Richard Markson.
As a result of this, Juan-Salvador was invited to appear on the nationally televised "Conversando con Cristina Pacheco," an hour-long interview combined with live cello performances.
Also in March 2007, Juan-Salvador performed Haydn's "Divertimento in D major (arr. Piatigorsky)" in a private audition for world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Seen here:
Juan-Salvador with Carlos Prieto (left) and Yo-Yo Ma (right).
Please feel free to leave comments - He actually wants some honest feedback.
*Update* A more recent video