Musician Spotlight: Ty Promreuk and Matthew Schoenthal
National JOC participants Ty Promreuk and Matthew Schoenthal are featured on the front page of the Chandler Tribune. See also their two-page spread in the San Tan Valley News.
"Over the years, Ty Promreuk and Matthew Schoenthal have shown promise when it came to playing the piano. Both have honed their skills as musicians at the East Valley Yamaha Music School in Chandler, which is designed to allow children to enhance their creativity in music.
Promreuk, 12, began playing the piano at the East Valley Yamaha Music School when she was 4 years old and began composing her own music at 8 years old, and Schoenthal, 8, also began playing when he was 4. Promreuk said she was drawn to the piano because her father used to play when she was younger. “He played a lot of instruments, and he introduced me to the keyboard when I was really young” she said. “It’s such a diverse instrument, and I can create so many sounds while I play.”
Schoenthal was introduced to the piano by his older brother, who taught him the fundamentals of playing the instrument. “My brother also came to the East Valley Yamaha Music School and learned how to play the piano, so I thought I should come here, too,” he said. “I like playing the piano because I can compose my own songs and express my feelings while playing.”
The hours of practice paid off for both musicians — they were given a chance to perform at this year’s 2015 Yamaha National Junior Original Concert, which brings together 13 of the most talented musicians from ages 7 to 16 years old and has them perform original compositions."