Two local high school students will perform in one of the most prestigious venues in the world this weekend. Debosir Ghosh and Christian Brann were both chosen to play piano at Carnegie Hall, in New York City.
Both won high marks in an exam, where they played piano pieces from memory.
“You get a mark, and if your mark is extremely high, you get to go to Carnegie,” Ghosh said. “It turns out mine was first in the US.”
Both Ghosh and Brann are 16 years old, and go to Williamsville North. Both will tell you, this is a dream come true.
“There’s so many famous pianists, like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, who premiered and performed over there,” Ghosh said. “It’s an honor to play at the same place they have played.”
“Carnegie Hall has always been something that I like idolize… it’s always been that place that I always dreamed of going,”Brann said. “I never actually thought I’d perform there. So actually performing there is a dream come true for me.”
Both teens have been playing for about a decade. And they also play the violin.
“It’s a really good stress reliever,” Ghosh said.
The two are students of Mary Handley, in Amherst, who has had many students perform in Carnegie Hall over the years.
“At first it was a bit of shock, and then it settled in, and then I realized I had to work hard and get ready for this performance,” Brann said. “It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”