2018 Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Co-Winner Alex Zhu
Alex Zhu, 13, an 8th
grade student at Solon Middle School, is passionate about violin and
music. He started learning violin at the age of 5. He won first place at
the Sigma Alpha Iota Cleveland String Competition three years ago. He
also won 1st place in the OMTA chapter competition in March 2017 and won
the state final in June 2017. Alex competed in the Washington National
Youth Music competition in May 2018 and won 1st place in the 7-8th grader
category and was also named best performer of that competition and invited
to play at Carnegie Hall in the Summer of 2018 in the CAI concert. As one
of the Grand Prize winners of the Cleveland POPS 2018 Jean L. Petitt
Memorial Music Scholarship Competition, he is honored and excited to be
performing with the Cleveland POPS Orchestra. Alex is a member of the Cleveland
Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO) and is currently studying with Wei-Fang
Gu from the Cleveland Orchestra.
Alex enjoys playing
music in local community events and outreach programs. His COYO quartet
performed at the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th year
Gala concert, the OMTA conference, and the Severance Hall Christmas concert.
Besides violin, Alex enjoys playing video games and tennis with his friends and is a competitive tennis player. He has won numerous local titles and also won the Midwest doubles title in May 2018. He traveled to Jerusalem, Israel to represent Team Cleveland in the International Children’s Games in the Summer of 2018.