Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop Concert

Join us for the culminating concert of the 2018 Young Composers Workshop. Seattle Symphony musicians will perform chamber works written by the ten young composers in this year’s workshop led by Composer in Residence Alexandra Gardner.

Community Concerts

Dates and Tickets

  • 4 Jun (Mon) 2018 7:00PM


Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall - Benaroya Hall


Bradley de Lucia

Young Composer

Bradley de Lucia is a self-taught pianist and composer. At 16 years old, he's been accepted into various music programs, including the Merriman Young Composers Workshop and PLU's Honor Jazz band. He has a profound fascination with and passion for classical/romantic music and the theory which comprises it.

Benjamin Dickey

Young Composer

Benjamin Dickey is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School, where he plays trumpet in the symphonic band. He composes as a way to communicate and express his emotions through music, and participated in the Young Composers Workshop last year. He has played piano for 8 years and enjoys painting abstract art as another creative outlet.

Benjamin Fleishman

Young Composer

Ben Fleishman is a 13-year-old boy who enjoys composing, playing music, programming, and writing. He has been playing music ever since he picked up a saxophone at the beginning of his 4th grade year, and has never looked back. He goes to Washington Middle School in the central district of Seattle, and participates in the jazz band program there.

Zacarias Grynberg

Young Composer

My name is Zacarias Grynberg, and I love music. Growing up I've always loved hearing things more than seeing them and how even the most powerful visuals fall short when they aren't backed up by equally powerful music. It is because of this that I want to become a film composer. The "How To Train Your Dragon" and "Lord of the Rings" soundtracks are especially good.

Iris Hochwalt

Young Composer

Iris Hochwalt is a sixth-grader at Jane Addams Middle School. She plays the cello and piano, sings, and writes music. She is a national finalist for the 2017 MTNA composition competition. In 2015, she won an honorable mention in the MTNA for Washington State. In 2016, she won second place in the Simon-Fiset.

Elisa Johnson

Young Composer

Elisa Johnson is in seventh grade. She began playing the piano when she was five and writing songs when she was nine. She joined Northwest Girlchoir in third grade and in June 2017, the group performed her composition, Dreams are Here. Elisa began studying the Erhu, a two string Chinese instrument, in fifth grade and joined the Seattle Chinese Orchestra this fall.

Tony McCahill

Young Composer

Tony is 15 years old and a sophomore at Garfield Highschool. He plays saxophone in the jazz band and piano solo. He is a self-taught composer and has been writing for five years. Aside from music, he spends much of his time playing Ultimate Frisbee on the Garfield team, bouldering, and doing magic.

Dane Meade

Young Composer

Dane is a senior in high school who has been composing on and off for seven years now. This is his second year in YCW. In his spare time, Dane programs computers and constructs fictional languages.

Nathan Paek

Young Composer

Nathan is a graduating 8th grader at Providence Classical Christian School. He began playing the piano at age 5 and quickly discovered a passion for making his own music. He has received top awards for his compositions locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2015, Nathan was the national winner of the MTNA Elementary Composition Competition, premiering his piece in Las Vegas. Most recently, he received Honorable Mention in the 2018 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Nathan is thrilled to participate in the Merriman Family Young Composer Workshop and to premiere his first chamber music in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, his beloved home. When he is not composing on the piano, Nathan enjoys hiking, playing ping pong with his grandfather, learning math, and reading science fiction.

Elise Winkley

Young Composer

Elise Winkler is a sophomore at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup. She has studied piano since age 5, and her primary teacher is Dr. Merilyn Jacobson. She has also studied with Dr. Peter Mack at the Piano Institute at Cornish School of the Arts, and Dr. Oksana Ejokina at Pacific Lutheran University. As a pianist, she has been selected to perform in a recital for the last three years in a row for the MSMTA conference. Last year, she was awarded a gold medal in the Seattle Chopin Festival and three years ago won third place at the Seattle Russian Music Festival. She also loves to arrange music for the piano. Her first major composition "Four Preludes" for solo piano won an honorable mention in last year's WSMTA's composition competition. Elise was selected to be a participant in the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop in '17.  She looks forward to developing her skills as a pianist, arranger and composer.

Pablo Rus Broseta


Pablo Rus Broseta is Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, having originally been appointed Assistant Conductor in 2015. During the 2017–2018 season, he leads the Seattle Symphony in a wide variety of concerts, including an all-Russian program with pianist Beatrice Rana, Carmina burana and a festival of Prokofiev concertos.

Alexandra Gardner

Praised as "highly lyrical and provocative of thought" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "mesmerizing" (The New York Times), and "pungently attractive" (The Washington Post), the music of composer Alexandra Gardner draws inspiration from sources such as mythology, contemporary art forms, and her training as a percussionist. She composes for varied instrumentations and often mixes acoustic instruments with electronics.

Seattle Symphony Musicians


The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop is generously underwritten by the Merriman Family. The concert is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music. Additional support for The Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop is provided by Michel and Christine Suignard. In-kind support provided by the Downtown Seattle YMCA.