Sep 16

American Classical Orchestra Presents Berwald, Mendelssohn, featuring Adrian Romoff, fortepiano

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7:30PM Concert Preview | 8PM Concert


(The Concert Preview starts promptly at 7:30pm. No late seating will be permitted. At 7:50pm, audience members wishing to attend only the concert may be seated for the traditional 8:00pm start time.)


Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G minor, Adrian Romoff, fortepiano

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (‘Italian’)

Berwald Symphony Singulaire


Twelve-year-old Adrian Romoff discovered his love of playing piano at age four, first studying with his mother, Olga Romoff. By age seven, he had played at Carnegie Hall three times and performed at Radio City Music Hall and the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany. At age nine, Adrian was accepted into the prestigious Juilliard School of Music studying under Veda Kaplinsky and Helen Huang, and at age 11, Adrian was selected for the pre-college program at the New England Conservatory to study under Wha Kyung Byun, prizewinner of the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition. 


Adrian has appeared on national TV programs such as America's Got Talent, the Ellen and Queen Latifah shows, and has appeared in the motion picture Anchorman 2 with Will Ferrell. In May 2015, Adrian was invited to perform as a child star at the world famous Apollo Theater as well as invited for a special guest appearance on the German TV show, Superkids. Adrian has also performed with country-singing star Zac Brown and his band in front of 39,000 people at Fenway Park in Boston. In the summer of 2016, Adrian won the Mensa competition “Child Genius” on the Lifetime Network. In early 2017, Adrian won third prize in the 3rd Annual 92Y Concerto Competition and performed two concerts with the Laredo Philharmonic under the baton of Brandon Townsend.


In addition to his musical endeavors, Adrian has advanced academic accomplishments. Having finished high school at age eleven with a 4.0 GPA in May 2016, Adrian is currently a first year college student at Simons Rock of Bard College, the youngest student ever in its history, where he studies science and mathematics. Adrian is learning French and is fluent in both English and Russian.


Described as “simply splendid” by The New York Times, the American Classical Orchestra​ (ACO) is a leader in the field of historically accurate performance. A period instrument ensemble devoted to preserving and performing the repertoire of 17th, 18th, and 19th century composers, ACO recreates the sound world of the masters using priceless historic instruments, as well as era-specific performance techniques. Comprised of the world’s top period instrumentalists, the ACO provides audiences with the opportunity to experience classical music in the specific way it was intended to be heard.


Founded by Artistic Director Thomas Crawford in 1984 as The Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy in Fairfield, Connecticut, the American Classical Orchestra moved to New York City in 2005, emerging as the City’s premier period instrument ensemble.


The ACO is dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of classical music through educational programs, and spreading historically-informed performance practices to new generations. In order to provide audiences with first-hand insight into the music, Music Director Thomas Crawford gives informative concert previews with live musical examples from the orchestra prior to each concert. Through its immersive in-school program, Classical Music for Kids, the orchestra has inspired hundreds of thousands of young students and musicians. For this work, the ACO was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and Early Music America prize. For more information, visit

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Prodigies have occupied a unique place in music history. As the ACO proudly presents Adrian Romoff performing Mendelssohn’s spectacular Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, we can expect audiences to marvel at the uncanny early virtuosity of a 12-year-old boy who has the technical skills and fearlessness to perform an advanced work of art. At this concert, the ACO also gives its first performance of Mendelssohn’s most well-known work: the ‘Italian’ Symphony.  The period instrument orchestra will also perform Berwald’s Symphony Singulaire, which portrays early colors of ‘northern lights’ such as Sibelius would develop generations later.

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