Thomas “TJ” Mallos, a sophomore at Lindbergh High School in Renton, began playing flute in his elementary school band but switched to bassoon in the 6th grade. He currently studies with Sara Savala and was principal bassoon in both the Junior All-State Rainier Band and the Seattle Youth Symphony Debut Orchestra. He has earned top scores at Solo and Ensemble Festivals and was a member of the All-Northwest Orchestra in his freshman year. TJ has also performed solo concertos with both his school orchestra and the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra.
TJ enjoys listening to and playing a variety of styles of music, ranging from classical and jazz to rock and metal. He plays guitar in his spare time, as well as bass guitar in his high school jazz and pep bands. Other hobbies include collecting Miles Davis CDs, video games, and attending concerts.
Marie Leou, age 13, began her violin studies with Jan Coleman at age 4 and is currently a student of Simon James, Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and piano collaborator, Hiro David. Marie has performed as a soloist with the Bayshore Symphony as well as the Seattle Festival Orchestra. She has also performed in masterclasses for Brian Lewis, Misha Keylin, Paul Kantor, Jan Sloman, and Grigory Kalinovsky. Marie has played in various quartets through the Academy of Music Northwest as well as Chamber Music Mania camps, and has served as the concertmaster of the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to violin, Marie has studied piano with Tien-Yin Chen since age 4. She received honorable mention in piano at the SCMTA concerto competition in 2011 and placed first at the Anna Rollins Johnson Scholarship Competition last year. Marie attends Odle Middle School in Bellevue and swims on the Bellevue Eastside Swim Team. She also enjoys reading, chess, traveling with her family, and playing tennis.
Adrian Steele, violin – November 2013
Jeffrey Taylor, tuba & composer – March 2014
Adrian Steele, age 13, has been a student of Ron Patterson since 2010, having previously studied with Mihoko Hirata and Tracy Helming. An 8th grader at the French-American School of Puget Sound, he also pursues music academics and chamber music at the Seattle Conservatory of Music. Adrian has received awards at numerous regional competitions, including the Seattle Young Artists Festival, the Washington State MTNA Competition, the Simon-Fiset String Competition, and the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, and this past year was named a finalist in both the Seattle Youth Symphony and Coeur d’Alene Concerto competitions. Adrian has also participated in the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado, and has performed in master classes for Ida Kavafian, Paul Kantor, Jan Sloman, and Brian Lewis. Besides music, Adrian enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and spending time with his older brother Jeremy and his sweet big dog Sage.
Chris Peterson, clarinet – May 2014
Jeffrey Taylor currently plays tuba with the Eastside Symphony, the Highline Community Band, the Black Diamond Brass Quintet, and Brass Band Northwest. He has studied tuba with retired Seattle Symphony tubist, Michael Russell. As a composer, Jeff began writing music at age 16. In 2008 he completed the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program with Hummie Mann. He has also studied with Samuel Jones. Jeff has written compositions for brass ensemble, chamber pieces for woodwinds and for strings, several full symphonic works, and piano solos and pop songs. Jeff is a member of ASCAP and the Seattle Composers Alliance. Read more at his web site, www.artsnsounds.com
Of his tuba concerto, Jeff states: "As a tuba player and a member of a number of different ensembles, one of my goals was to write a piece for tuba and each of these ensembles. The Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra essentially completes that cycle."
Chris Peterson has played the clarinet for over twenty years in ensembles in North Carolina, Utah, and Seattle. As an undergraduate, he studied with Professor Donald Oehler at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While pursuing a doctorate in Molecular Biology at the University of Utah, he continued his clarinet studies with Lee Livengood of the Utah Symphony, and was principal in the Murray Symphony Orchestra, where he performed solo concerto works by Copland, Weber, and Mozart.
Since moving to Seattle in 2010, Chris has played with the Eastside Symphony and more recently with Orchestra Seattle. He has also played Eb clarinet with the Microsoft Orchestra and the Northwest Mahler Festival. In addition to orchestral music, he plays regularly with the vaudeville/circus band, Fremont Philharmonic, and has participated in the Jazz Night School Program in South Seattle.
During the day, Chris is investigating HIV cure strategies in the Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.