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Cooke Young Artist Wins Top Honors at International Piano Competition

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 16, 2016 4:47:58 PM

Oscar Paz-Suaznabar, who received our Cooke Young Artist Award in 2015, competed in the prestigious VII Chopin International Piano Competition last week. We are excited to learn that he was awarded Grand Prix in the "Junior" category -- congratulations, Oscar!

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Topics: grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award

NPR Interviews JKCF Young Artist Award Recipient Oscar Paz-Suaznabar

Posted by Christine Florence on Jul 1, 2015 4:39:00 PM

You may remember Oscar Paz-Suaznabar from our blog post last November celebrating our 10-year partnership with From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians broadcast weekly on NPR. Oscar is a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient who performed at a special taping of From the Top in Washington, DC. He started to play the keyboard at the age of two, and by the age of nine he was performing at Carnegie Hall. He was recently interviewed about his music on NPR's All Things Considered.

Each year From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award program provides 20 outstanding young musicians with financial need between the ages of eight and 18 with a $10,000 scholarship to advance their artistic development and education. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists also perform on From the Top and participate in arts leadership training to spread the power of classical music.

When This 9-Year-Old Pianist Plays, He Feels The Music

Oscar started playing his older sister's keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The sorrow he conveys when he plays "The Lark" by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka is drawn from the kind of loss any 9-year-old can understand.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Artist Award

JKCF College Scholar Featured in HBO Documentary

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Nov 17, 2014 4:47:00 PM

Last month, HBO aired this segment of their Family Documentary Special on Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell. The piece highlights Bell’s experience with the National YoungArts Foundation and films the renowned musician as he mentors and performs with nine young string musicians in New York and London.

One of the nine is former Young Scholar and 2012 College Scholar Anna Litvinenko, an outstanding cellist from Florida.

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Topics: Young Scholars, College Scholarship, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, College Scholar, Young Scholars Program

From the Top Casting Call for DC Show

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jun 23, 2014 2:30:00 PM

From the Top, the popular weekly music series on NPR supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is coming to DC!

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Topics: Arts, From the Top, Young Artist Award, musicians

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Composes Score for 1921 Keaton Film

Posted by Anthony Baracat on May 1, 2014 2:16:14 PM

Each year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation partners with From the Topa nonprofit organization that encourages and celebrates the commitment of young people to music and the arts, airing performances on NPR—to advance the careers of young classical musicians. From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Program provides 20 outstanding young musicians who demonstrate financial need with a $10,000 scholarship to advance their artistic development and education. 

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Topics: College Scholarship, Arts, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, musicians

Study: Music Strengthens the Brain

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jan 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

What made Jack Kent Cooke destined for greatness? Whittling that down to one answer may be a fool’s errand, but history suggests that music—an abiding love of Mr. Cooke’s—set forth at least one bridge to success. And now science may suggest the same.

In this article, Education Week highlights the findings of multiple studies that suggest music training and performance strengthens a student’s cognitive development, especially in the areas of creativity, decision-making, and complex memory.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, research, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, musicians

Long Read: Narrowing the Excellence Gap

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jan 17, 2014 1:20:00 PM

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Young Scholars, funding college, college fit, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, low income, high achieving, financial need, college access, Good Neighbor Grants, college success, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, college choice, college decision, Talent Development Award, excellence gap

Grantee Spotlight: From the Top & Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Posted by Heather Reams on Jul 24, 2013 11:15:00 AM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and From the Top are proud supporters of today’s talented youth and seek to provide them the necessary resources to succeed. The NPR hit program, From the Top, gives young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents on a live, nationwide radio broadcast as a part of their National Radio Taping Tour, with an audience of more than 700,000 listeners.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Scholars, students, programs, grants, Grantee Spotlight, From the Top, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, musicians

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