Baron Fenwick

Watauga native Baron Fenwick is performing with the Western Piedmont Symphony April 22 in Hickory.

HICKORY — Watauga native Baron Fenwick is performing with the Western Piedmont Symphony — under the direction of John Gordon Ross — April 22 as the last event in the WPS Masterwork Series.

Fenwick is playing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto (Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major). The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus in Hickory.

“I’m thrilled to play with Maestro Ross and the WPS,” Fenwick said. “It completes a circle for me since I played Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major with the WPS Youth Symphony back in seventh grade, along with many other fond memories playing violin in the Youth Symphony that year.”

Getting his start in Watauga with private lessons at age 5 from Lisa Brown, Fenwick is a 23-year-old graduate student of piano performance at The Mannes School of Music in New York City.

Fenwick has won numerous competitions and awards including the Dorothy Mackenzie Award at the 2016 International Keyboard Institute and Festival, a career grant from Salon de Virtuosi and the 2015 William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition.

Having the opportunity to perform with many orchestras, Fenwick has worked with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Hudson Valley Philharmonic (N.Y.), and Flint Symphony Orchestra (Mich.).

He has accumulated a number of concert appearances at impressive venues including Carnegie Hall, the Frick Collection, the Hungarian Consulate in NYC, Bohemian National Hall and the NC Governor’s Mansion.

Tickets to see Fenwick and WPS’ performance are available at the WPS website,

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