Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO–With only three hours of scheduled rehearsals between them: Conductor Hector Guzman, the San Angelo Symphony and pianist, Alexander Kobrin, all, succinctly as if they had been together for a while, delivered a magnificent, virtuoso performance.

Maestro Guzman, in an interview with Conexión stated that he met with the Gold winner of the 2005 Van Cliburn competition, Kobrin, prior to Saturday's Symphony orchestra rehearsal, so he could go over a piece to make sure they both had the same tempo; also certain things that artists such as Kobrin does musically, Guzman could then let the orchestra be aware of. 

The Symphony's We Are Music series, which was held at the McNease Convention Center, kicked-off the Doris Rousselot Memorial Concert, featuring the music of Tchaikovsky performed by Kobrin. 

Kobrin, who was born in Moscow, Russia, stated that at age five he started playing the piano and also enrolled in the famous, Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow. By the time he was 18-years-old, Alexander attended the Moscow Conservatory. 

Just about all pianos have 52 white keys and 36 black keys for a total of 88 keys (seven octaves plus a minor third, from A0 to C8).

Kobrin, in a telephone interview with Conexión shared a few keys to his success as an acclaimed pianist. Alexander stated that while he was blessed at such an early age to play so well, his advice to today's parents of a child who is musically gifted is to allow the child to enjoy their life and not pressure a prodigy into constant practices or competition.
"When parents see a glimpse of talent, they try to make their child the best of the best, and of course growing in such a competitive environment, that is what will burn kids out and then they stop enjoying it," said Kobrin.

Most importantly, Kobrin believed that it is in the best interest of the child to nurture their passion in whatever it is they choose to gravitate toward, whether it's music, academics or sports.

Kobrin concluded, saying for parents not to put emphasis on the results when it comes to their child competing. Two other significant keys for parents to keep in mind for their prodigy child is to be patient and give words of encouragement. 

Front row, left-to-right:  
Bella Teeter, Hannah Herrington, Amani Hussein, Mallie McNeill, Caroline Dethloff, Addison Henson, and Grace Shelton Back row, left-to-right:
Madeline Brown, Elizabeth Torbett, Chandra Ross, Mary Benes, Grace Lui, Vivian Yale. 

 The Jewel Bell is Elizabeth Teeter.

Janet Harvey is the Sr. Beaux Belle sponsor for the Symphony Guild.