Brother-sister musical prodigies to light up the stage

VERO BEACH –Two world-class musicians with a 2009 White House performance already in their professional resumes will present a concert on Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, on Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.

Violinist Suliman Tekalli and his sister and pianist Jamila Tekalli will perform selections of a lighter German-Austrian cuisine followed by some truly heavy German fare. Join the Tekalli Duo in their performance of musical vorspeisen by Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven, followed by Richard Strauss’s youthfully exuberant and bombastic violin sonata that terrorizes pianists all around the world.

Space Coast Symphony conductor, Aaron Collins is pleased to be sponsoring the duo’s debut in Vero Beach.

“These are two of the finest musicians in the United States and I am so excited to have them here in Vero Beach,” said Collins.

Young American violinist, Suliman Tekalli was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and moved to the city of Orlando, where he began studying the violin at the age of three. At sixteen, he appeared in his formal debut with the Orlando Philharmonic, performing the Sibelius Concerto and had since then appeared with numerous orchestras around the United States.  He has also received numerous prizes and awards such as being featured on National Public Radio’s show “From the Top”, as well as first prize in the Blount National String Competition, which led to his invitation to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute where he served as concertmaster as well as performed in a special concert in Ozawa Hall. He was also a prizewinner in the Szeryng International Violin Competition in Mexico, leading to concerts throughout Mexico with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico. He performs in recitals and chamber concerts regularly across the United States, collaborating often with his sister, pianist Jamila Tekalli.

An American pianist of Japanese and Libyan descent, Jamila Tekalli has a B.M. in Piano Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she was a scholarship recipient of the Dean’s Award.

The Friends of Music scholar performed Franz Liszt’s Totentanz with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra to win the School of Music’s Concerto Competition. 

Ms. Tekalli holds a Master’s degree in Performance from the University of Central Florida and is currently a full scholarship Doctoral student at the University of Miami.

In the summer of 2007, she played a series of chamber music concerts throughout Ecuador, including in the Teatro Variedade of the Teatro Sucre in Quito.

Her list of accolades and awards include national finalist in the Music Teachers’ National Association Baldwin Piano Competition, winner of the MTNA Yamaha Piano State Competition, and a junior division finalist in the 1995 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition. 

Her performances include national and international music festivals, including the Young Artist Piano Program at Tanglewood, Keyboard Festival in Canada and the International Keyboard Institute of Mannes College in New York City.

Tickets are $10 at the door; 18 and under admitted free.

For more information, visit or call (321) 536-8580.

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