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The Times
  • Herkimer Co. legislators honor piano prodigy

  • Nine-year-old Zachary Slade is not an ordinary third-grader.

    A piano prodigy, the Bradley Elementary School student medaled at an international music competition in Krakow, Poland, as a seven year old and performed in front of an audience of 900 at a fundraiser for Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester last year.

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  • Nine-year-old Zachary Slade is not an ordinary third-grader.
    A piano prodigy, the Bradley Elementary School student medaled at an international music competition in Krakow, Poland, as a seven year old and performed in front of an audience of 900 at a fundraiser for Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester last year.
    Last week, he played Haydn’s Sonata in G Major for Herkimer County legislators, earning a standing ovation before the lawmakers proclaimed April 25 as Zachary Slade Day. He also received a certificate of recognition signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
    “He’s an extremely gifted and talented young man,” said Legislator John Brezinski, D – Frankfort. “I just know he is going to go on and accomplish great things.”
    Slade has been playing piano since age 4 and is one of the youngest students in the country to win the Early Bach Medal, awarded by the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
    Maria Slade, the New Hartford student’s mother, said he enjoys playing benefit concerts for charities. “One of the moments I was most proud of him was watching him play at the 25th anniversary gala for Golisano Children’s Hospital. It was truly something to see as he ran around the room giving high-fives to the audience after his performance,” she said.
    The only American represented in the fifth annual International Competition of Contemporary Music for Children and Youth in Krakow, Poland, Zachary placed third among 18 students in the eight- to 11-year-old division, in which he played.
    In addition to his competition win, the St. Mary of Mount Caramel/Blessed Sacrament Church altar server performed two solo recitals at the School of Music in Wisla, part of the National Conservatory System of Poland, and in the Club of Contemporary Music.
    Zachary is not only a piano virtuoso, however, as he also enjoys karate.
    “He’s really proud of his purple belt in American Eagle Style,” said Maria Slade.
    Brezinski said when he asked Zachary to play the piano for the Herkimer County Legislature he requested he perform Beethoven’s Fur Elise.
    “He told me that was for little kids,” Brezinski said with a laugh. “It was a real honor for me to bring Zachary to the legislature chambers. Herkimer County has a history of recognizing and supporting the talents of young people, and it is my hope by honoring youth like Zachary we can encourage others to go on and achieve great things.”
    For his part, Zachary said he enjoys making other people happy.
    “I just like playing,” he said.
    Contributing: GateHouse News Service
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