My name is AnnaLotte Smith. I am nineteen years old, and am an honors junior at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, USA. I am a competitive pianist who has performed in the US and in Europe and competed internationally. You can look up my website at www.AnnaLotteSmith.com
. I also have a serious health condition which has severely impacted my ability to achieve what I hope to in my life. However, I am not allowing that to stop me completely, and I am determined to keep on bringing joy and beauty to others through music. A few weeks ago, I competed for a place at the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) and was accepted in the first round! EMF is the country's greatest summer educational institution and one of the most sought after performance festivals. EMF accepts up to 20 pianists world-wide, and now I am one of 14 pianists accepted! This means that I can spend five weeks (6/25 - 7/30) with the likes of Awadagin Pratt studying repertoire, competing, performing with an orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz, taking classes with some of the country's finest teachers and performers. Generally, I pay my own way, however, my financial resources have been almost entirely dedicated to paying for my medical treatments. EMF was able to give me a small stipend, but not able to cover as much as I had hoped. On the day I needed to make the recording to compete, all I wanted to do was return to the hospital and get my IV. Instead, I pushed through and made the recordings. Now that I have made it in, I am struggling to find the resources to actually attend. Can you help? Every little bit will help me reach my goal. Also - can you forward this to your friends and ask them to pass on my message? Thank you so much!
This is the page for the festival: http://easternmusicfestival.org/
This is one of my videos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg9Eq3dSF_0&feature=youtu.be