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Daily Joy: Passionate Young Violist

When the energy of talented young musicians meets beautiful music, the results are extraordinary.

For today’s Daily Joy, here is 17-year-old violist Peirce Ellis‘ passionate performance of Bloch’s Viola Sonata alongside pianist Peter Dugan. Be sure to watch until the end!

SAVE THE DATE: Peirce will perform alongside his brother, 19-year-old double bassist Braden Ellis, at a From the Top Virtual Concert on Wednesday November 18th. Click here to learn more!

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Peirce Ellis (viola), 17, hails from Broomall, Pennsylvania and is in his senior year at Marple Academy Homeschool. He attends the Juilliard Pre-College Program where he studies with Toby Appel and Joohyun Kim. Pierce has participated in the Youth Chamber Orchestra in Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. He has performed nationally with the Perfect Fourth Quartet through the Sphinx Organization. After training with Project 440, he co-designed a classical music presentation and presented it to Philadelphia elementary school students. Peirce has attended numerous summer music programs, including Meadowmount and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. One of his most memorable musical experiences was playing at the White House for Michelle Obama. Outside of music, Peirce enjoys basketball and working for social justice.

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