The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, November 19 featured youth musician Madeleine Bouissou, who is a junior at Ridgefield High School. Madeleine was invited by Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra conductor, Jerry Steichen, to be a featured soloist at Saturday’s concert.
Madeleine has been playing cello since she was 9 years old, and the cello was the first instrument that she had ever played. Despite coming from a family that did not play music, she quickly fell in love with the cello. She was accepted into the Precollege program at the Juilliard School of Music when she was in eighth grade and continues to study in that program. Every Saturday she goes to The Juilliard School in Lincoln Center for a full day that includes private lessons, chamber music, precollege orchestra, master classes, music theory and ear training. Students from all over the world audition for this program. In addition to the Juilliard Precollege program every Saturday, Madi also attends and plays at concerts on the weekends.
In addition to practicing 2-3 hours everyday after school, Madeleine is also a very busy student at Ridgefield High School. She has been taking extra classes each year because she hopes to graduate from RHS in June, 2012, which is one year early. Madi would like to study at Juilliard in college.
Every summer, Madi attends numerous music festivals and camps to continue her study of music and the cello. These include the summer program at Bowdoin, the International Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music.