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Simion Gronic

Apogee Merit Scholar and Performance Award Laureate

Chisinau, Moldova

Simion Gronic, currently the world's youngest Apogee Merit Scholar, is shown performing on six different national instruments in the course of these four performances at the Foundation’s 2006 Odessa International Music Festival.

Gronic is a virtuoso of the trumpet as well as of a host of national instruments. In 2006, he became the first Apogee Award laureate from Moldova and one of the youngest in the Foundation's history.

For more information, see Apogee's 3 October 2006 news release.
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After winning the Grand Prize in the 2006 Odessa young musician's competition at the age of ten, Simion Gronic was invited to participate in Apogee's Odessa International Music Festival later that same year. There, he was selected as an Apogee Merit Scholar based on his extraordinary series of performances of both folk and classical repertoire on five wind instruments, becoming the first Apogee laureate from Moldova and one of the youngest in the Foundation's history. While being reappointed each year as Apogee Merit Scholar, Simion (now twelve) has gone on to represent his country repeatedly at home and abroad, winning grand prizes in many international flute and trumpet competitions in Europe and Asia. He performs on wide variety of folk instruments as well as on the trumpet, and is equally at home performing folk, classical and jazz music.

In May and June of 2008, Apogee brought Simion to New Orleans to study jazz in its birthplace and to perform on the stages of his hero, Louis Armstrong.

For more information, see the Foundation's 3 October 2006 and 24 April 2008 press releases.


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