Montara resident Charles Levine, 13, has been registered as a candidate for membership in the National Fraternity of Student Musicians having earned Superior Plus scores in the National Piano-Playing Auditions on June 5 in San Francisco. He played a 10-piece program by memory that spanned the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods and included a Bach invention, Mozart sonata, a Chopin mazurka and a 21st-century piece, and did some sight-reading. He was registered by his teacher, Julia Hansen, member and adjudicator of the classically based National Guild of Piano teachers.
“He is diligent,” Hansen said of Levine, who has studied piano with her since he was 4. “He practices with joy.”
Playing piano “is really special for me,” said Levine.