Featured Soloists

Dane Jacobson, violin

​Sixteen year old Dane Mathias Jacobson has played violin for 11 years. He currently studies with Mark Lakirovich in his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts and prior to that with Meg Dole Abramowitz. He has been a member of NEC's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 3 years. He has also participated in the Longy Camerata and the Grace Chapel Orchestra. In addition to placing first at the Jeanne Selander Memorial competition, this year Dane received first prize and awarded scholarships at the Brockton Symphony Orchestra Fineberg-Kelley Youth competition and the Seven Hills Symphony concerto competitions. He was also awarded second place at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Category C and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra competitions. Previously he was the second place prize winner at the International Music Academy competition in Cremona, Italy.
Dane also enjoys mentoring younger players. Last year, he joined the From the Top Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, and was a member of the Chamber Music Residency to plan and deliver coaching sessions to students at the Conservatory Lab Charter school in Dorchester. As part of the program, he also played in communities throughout the Greater Boston area.
Dane's other hobbies include playing for the Noble and Greenough school varsity soccer team, junior varsity squash team, singing for Noblelonians (Noble and Greenough's young men's acapella group) and playing for the Nobles chess team.

Patrick Lu, piano

​Patrick Lu is a 10 year old fifth grader at the Crisafulli School in Westford. He began taking piano lessons at age five and currently studies with Ronald Kmiec. Patrick has performed in Boston at Symphony Hall, Steinert Hall, and Seully Hall (Boston Conservatory), as the first place winner of the 2015 Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition (Division 1) and 2015 Bay State Piano Competition (Age 9 Division). Patrick enjoyed performing at Steinway Society organized concerts, including the 2015 holiday concert at Mass General Hospital Chapel, Fox Hill Village Senior Center, and the 2016 WCRB Classical Cartoon Festival at Symphony Hall. Patrick also enjoys bringing music to local senior centers and hospital health centers.

Patrick was the 3rd place winner of 2015 American Protege International Concerto Competition. Later in the year, he performed the 1st and 2nd movements of Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 at the CAMSA (Concord Area Music School Association) Concerto Concert at Steinert Hall. This February, Patrick received the “Conductor’s Choice” soloist award in 2016 Jeanne Selander Concerto Competition, and will perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, 1st movement on May 6th and the entire concerto on November 18th 2016. He also recently was awarded the 3rd prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT.

Besides playing piano, Patrick plays oboe in his school’s fifth grade band. He loves playing soccer and has been playing on the Westford town youth team for five years. He is also an elected member of the Crisafulli School Student Council, and writes for the school newspaper. He especially enjoys writing factual quizzes and poems. In his free time, Patrick enjoys making origami and reading.