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peterinviennaRed Bank Regional VPA piano majors Pieter Lootsma (above) and Griffin Perry (below), both of Little Silver, recently returned from performing in Vienna as part of the Golden Key musical festival for young classical performers. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

griffininviennaLittle Silver residents and childhood friends Griffin Perry and Pieter Lootsma have shared their love for music all their lives. From third grade, they have been studying piano, currently with the same teacher. Both seniors at Red Bank Regional High School have been stalwart performers in RBR’s famed Visual and Performing Arts Academy as piano majors. They have performed in many school productions as well as community settings, including the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

At separate times, they have performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Golden Key Music Festival — and this past summer, the friends shared the pinnacle of their musical careers, when they performed in the gilded Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Austria during the International Golden Key Music Festival.

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Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Campbell Lee and Alexandra Siwulec, a pair of rising seniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, will participate and perform in the Golden Key Music Festival to be held in Vienna, Austria from August 4 – 11. Both musicians study piano with Marina Strakovsky of Rumson.

Strakovsky encouraged Campbell and Alexandra to take part in the Golden Key Competition, which is open to musicians aged five through 26. Campbell auditioned by submitting a CD of her performance of “Sung Outside the Prince’s Door” by Edward McDowell, and learned this past winter of her invitation to participate. Alexandra, who had been selected as a winner in the 2012 competition, was invited to perform as a guest artist at the 2014 event.

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