The Concerto Recording
Award-winning young violinist, Wesley Wells needs your help to record the famous Concerto for Two Violins by J.S. Bach.
The "Bach Double" (as it is known to violinists) is recognized as one of Bach's greatest masterpieces. All the great violinists have recorded it.
Some professionals have said that children are too young to properly perform the Bach Double. Wesley has heard this and he wants to prove those people wrong.
Wesley has been in love with the Bach Double since he was 6 years old and it has been one of his burning ambitions to perform this masterpiece. Now, at 11, he feels he is ready for a public performance and recording.
Also, if Wesley realizes his musical potential and achieves a musical career—as people think he may--then this youthful recording of this famous concerto would be an interesting artifact in years to come. In other words, how cool would it be to have this recording if Wesley grows up to become a rock star violinist? (It's an "if" but you'd have bragging rights.)
Musical Talent at 2 Years Old
At 2 years of age, Wesley showed the remarkable ability to sing back any music of whatever length he heard perfectly note-for-note. But more impressive was the intuitive sense of drama he imbued in the music. Wesley also has the ability to transpose pieces into other keys at will on his violin, which he does for fun! Seriously.
Wesley has been recognized by world-famous violinist Joshua Bell, who graciously invites Wesley backstage at Disney Hall or the Hollywood Bowl after his concerts in Los Angeles. Joshua Bell autographed Wesley's violin case with the message, "Bravo, Wesley!"
Wesley's International Violin Competition Award
Wesley has won local, state, and International Awards, including winning the silver medal in the London-based International “Great Composers Competition” for the best Vivaldi performance.
The Los Angeles Summer Music Institute
Wesley studies violin year-round at the prestigious Colburn music conservatory in Los Angeles, which is known as the “Julliard of the west.” But equally important to Wesley’s musical growth has been the Los Angeles Summer Music Institute that he attends each June.
The success of this project depends upon Wesley attending this summer’s violin festival, where Wesley will be in a master class focusing on the Bach Double Violin Concerto. But, whereas the other students will be working on the second violin part, Wesley will be playing the first violin part.
These summer institutes also give Wesley fresh inspiration by renewing his summer music friendships and being exposed to new teachers and famous guests artists, like internationally renowned violinist Will Hagen pictured below with Wesley last summer.
Upon hearing Wesley's recital, Mr. Hagen wrote, "Wesley sounds fantastic!!! I really like his vibrato and his perfectly straight bow, and he plays like he loves it. I really enjoyed listening to him."
Wesley is also a Talented Composer
Wesley has won two awards for his original musical compositions. Here is his most recent piece, Nocturne in G Minor.
The Cost of Education
As you can imagine, the cost of this level of education is not inexpensive. This year, the cost of two semesters at Colburn as well as a new violin hasn’t left his single father with enough to cover the cost of Wesley’s summer festival as he has in past years.
Wesley’s tuition and living expenses during the festival come to $1,575. The additional $377 is for Kickstarter fees and the cost of gifts for Wesley’s investors.
Wesley is excitedly looking forward to this project and to focusing all his concentration and bringing his personal style to the creation of an inspired Bach Double performance and recording. Thank you for believing in Wesley and honoring his hard work!
Wesley's Silver Metal Award Performance in the International London-based Great Composers Competition for the Best Vivaldi Performance.
Risks and challenges
The only challenge is that these will be recordings of live performances so they will have all the energy and immediacy of being in the moment before a live audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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