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Violinist, 14, playing Sunday

Zachery Zyskowski plays Sunday in Grass Valley.
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Violinist Zachery Zyskowski has practiced five hours every day for a year in preparation for Sunday.

The 14-year-old will perform his first full solo recital in Grass Valley. He planned the presentation a year ago.

He just has to practice five hours a day. Homework follows late at night.

But Zyskowski’s schedule works out fine – he is a Nevada Union High sophomore with a 4.0 grade-point average.

Zyskowski belongs to the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra, which rehearses weekly and plays in concert six times a year. For a few years, Zyskowski has performed at Northern California events with groups including the Pahazy String Trio, Capriccio String Quartet and the California Prokofiev Quintet.

Last year, he was associate concertmaster of the Auburn Youth Symphony.

Zyskowski won the 1999 and 2001 Music in the Mountains’ Young Musicians’ Competitions in his division. He was also recognized in the 2001 Auburn Young Musicians’ Competition.

Sunday’s program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Wieniawski and Barber. Dr. Aileen James will accompany him on piano.

He and James have rehearsed for four months.

“I first heard Zach perform in the Music in the Mountains’ Young Artist Competition three years ago,” James said. “His obvious talent and dedication have produced an extraordinarily mature musician for his age, and it has been a joy and a privilege to collaborate with him on the coming recital.”

Zyskowski has paid all costs involved with putting on this concert, simply because he wants to perform for the local community.

A reception follows the concert.

WHAT: Zachery Zyskowski in concert

WHEN: Sunday at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted.


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